in loving memory

Sunday, March 27, 2011: Wearing Grandpa’s Santa suspenders today. And loving my sunflowers.

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art

Tuesday, January 18, 2011: Grandpa was an artist. He made his art out of things you would normally throw away – corks, plastic bottle caps, old CDs, etc. He also loved military miniatures – they are still saluting, marching, and battling all over the house (I’ll leave those for another day). Along with these categories of artwork was the miscellaneous category, which includes things like this (I’m quite certain that the flag was not always folded down between the cat and the beads … it was probably once flying high beside the cat.):

Art.

It makes me smile. : )

family

Sunday, January 16, 2011: Grandpa’s memorial service means family photos! We took quite a few and this was one of the best. Candid and wonderful. Definitely siblings!

Monday, January 17, 2011: Went for a walk today down to Cook Park where we used to go with Grandpa. It’s so warm and green here! The sun finally came out today after many days of rain. It was gorgeous!

travel

Friday, January 14, 2011: Cross-country traveling!!! Car to Commuter Rail, Commuter Rail to North Station, Green Line to Blue Line to Airport, Boston Logan to Washington Dulles to Portland, Oregon. Phew! Long day.

Train!

Saturday, January 15, 2011: Adventures around Portland! Arleta Library Cafe, Willamette National Cemetery, Voodoo Doughnuts, Powell’s Books, and the list goes on. This is Dad running through the rain looking for his grandparents’ graves.

Section S, Site 571. Porter W. and Evelyn H. Mitchell.

two for today

Wednesday, January 12, 2011: Today I have two photos. One is actually from today, and one is from a while ago.

Photo 1: Blizzard! Things you can’t see very well in this picture: long underwear and leggings underneath jeans, up to my knees in snow, and many layers up top as well! Things you can see in this picture: lots of snow (there’s over a foot of snow!!!) and a beautiful hat knit by Janet!

Photo 2: Grandpa. My grandpa, Donald Porter Mitchell, passed away last night. He passed peacefully in his sleep, which is exactly how he wanted to go. Things had been going downhill for several years, so it was far from unexpected. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Today is for celebrating a great life and recalling wonderful memories. Rest in peace Grandpa. I love you!