Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ah, The Good Ol' Days

If I were to write a story-
from the days of my youth
every line 
would be filled with things 
I still treasure today.


Point Iroquois Lighthouse

I admit I'm not really a winter person, but how can you not admire a gorgeous winter view?


Alan has offered clotheslines, pegs, or laundry hung out to dry,
 and etc. as our theme this week.

Photo taken sometime in August of 1937 in Winton, Mn.

While a post about clotheslines could prove refreshing, our subject stirs emotions from my childhood so, I'm opting for scenes from a distant yesterday.

I'm the child in the mixed plaid ensemble while my sister and father are still wearing their pajamas. The place, a friend's cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and my daddy's smiling even though moments before this I used up the only loaf of bread to feed the ducks.  Oops.

They say we are what we eat, well I like to think we create what we see.

Photo information here.

Or maybe not, since I've yet to draw nude pictures.  But wouldn't you agree that this poster from sometime around 1936 appears more like something we'd see today? 

I've concluded my love for art arrived by mixed channels growing up.

Loving animals came from an early age.

Mickey, my beloved first dog!

Animals were a major part of my childhood, and many of my relatives drove around town with a bumper sticker that read, Drink Milk.

Growing up in Michigan is where my love for automobiles and other means of transportation began.

Michigan was known for their auto-industry, but also,

father and son pictured here with a creation from their two man plant that they operated in Bay City, Michigan.  They were pioneers in the auto trailers using yacht construction methods.  Messrs, Kaunetz in Bay City, Michigan.

"The intelligent have plans; the wise have principles."
Raheel Farooq

Growing up in a small town rarely did we meet a stranger walking down the street, and folks always stopped to chat.

This photo above was taken well before I was born, but it's a perfect example of my first hometown of Mason, Michigan.  Funny thing Mason still looks pretty much like that today. 

Mason, Michigan seen here, my first library and love for courthouse buildings, and the town as it is today viewed here.

Of course, there's my love for water and lighthouses too.

"This couldn't be just a lake. No real water was ever blue like that. A light breeze stirred the pin-cherry tree beside the window ruffled the feathers of a fat sea gull promenading the pink rocks below. The breeze was full of evergreen spice." - Dorothy Maywood Bird

(Yes, just as I remember it.)

"Big Red" South Pierhead Lighthouse, Holland Harbor Michigan.

Eagle Harbor, Lighthouse.

"You are the spiritual entity

 that emerges out of the material networks 
in your head."
David Brooks

I can't forget those trusty tugboats.

Tugboat Edna G. Two Harbors, Minnesota

As a little girl admiring and learning all about Lake Superior, I had no idea that I'd one day I'd make my home in Minnesota.

Not everything or every place is picturesque in Michigan today.

Abandoned and quietly sitting in Rural Michigan

It's always a treat for me to come across old service stations no matter where I am.


Cloudia said...

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful, Karen! Each line, each photo, Mickey and tugboats and winter scenes.....I resonate with ALL of it! You are JUST my sort


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Oh I just love these pictures from your youth! They are so fun.

TexWisGirl said...

sweet mickey. :)

sage said...

Love your photos, especially those Great Lake Lighthouses... and Mason wasn't that far from Hastings and I've been there.

Jo Featherston said...

I remember learning about the Great Lakes system at school, probably as part of a geography lesson, but the only one I've actually visited briefly was Lake Ontario, when we stopped in the town of Kingston for lunch. It was late April or early May and still icy cold. Lovely photos!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

These are great, Karen!

Jeanie said...

I had forgotten that you started out in Michigan! Mason looks almost exactly the same. It's one of the spots I love to go -- shopping at Keans, lunch at one of the tasty restaurants, a spot on antiquing and junking! And that cabin -- as soon as I saw the photo of your time up north (not remembering the Michigan connection yet or reading the copy) I thought "That looks like up-north Michigan!" I love the knotty pine walls, which are what we have in the cottage.

This post feels so personal and resonates particularly well with me for its familiarity and knowing someone I have never met has shared some of those experiences! There's a lot of Pure Marketing in Michigan now, too much sprawl, too many big boxes -- but when you look hard enough you can find the charm. And you'll never be able to beat the people!

Beth from VA, . . ."E" said...

i love lighthouses ... all of them. we try to search them out when on our travels. i would love to see them in the winter time with all the snow. but know that traveling to see them could be way interesting. ( :

Anonymous said...

It would be interesting to know whose clothes were on the clothes line. An interesing post.

Wendy said...

I'm not a lover of snow, but I can't help loving photos of snow against a blue sky on a sunny day. Funny story about using up the bread to feed the ducks. Like you, I am always on the lookout for abandoned gas stations. What is it about the architecture that you can spot 'em so easily?

Little Nell said...

I have a thing about lighthouses so that one’s a winner, but I now want a Mickey in my life.

Helen Bauch McHargue said...

Lovely memories of a enviable childhood.

Deb Gould said...

We've got plenty of lighthouses up here in New England...and I'm expecting MY version of Mickey any day now (Cocker Spaniel Rescue); it's the laundry line that's caught my eye -- but I can't tell what most of those articles are!

Alex Daw said...

Lots to dream about here. Places I've never been....maybe one day.

Mike Brubaker said...

Wonderful photos and essay about small towns.

anyjazz said...

One memory always leads to another, doesn't it?

Tattered and Lost said...

I'm right there with you loving lighthouses. Churches for lost souls.

And I'm fascinated by the trailer. Do you have interior photos?