Tuesday, March 31, 2009

President Obama's Security Bubble

President Obama's Security Bubble...
I'm wondering what your reaction is to this article on the BBC
Just check out the massive amount of equipment and man power he brings with him to Europe!

Amazing Video

You've got to stay with this video through to the end. The pictures get more and more amazing as you watch it... Not sure how they captured this amazing moment between fawn and kitten!!
I picked up this video through Hetty... Thanks Hetty...

Sunday, March 29, 2009


Almost Happy Birthday as I write this.
Happy Birthday by the time you read this!!

Always our angel!!

So tired...

Bonding with the Granny Doll
made by Grandma DeRemer

Wondering what you'd look like
when all those curls grew out!!!

An early trip to Woodloch.

Always an avid reader!!!

Clip clop the Wonder Horse!

Great Grandmother Crandall was so proud of you.

Happy 2nd Birthday

Grandma would be wishing you a happy birthday
if she could.
The daffodils laced the bank of the creek in back our house
when I was very little also.
I'd go to that very same spot and pick them.
A very special hand-made doll house.

Happy 3rd Birthday!

4 Generations together.

Your first boy friend!!!

Grandma made this angel food cake for you!
She always made me angel food cakes for my birthday too.

Grandma Gordon is the same age in this picture
as I am now!!!

A special visit to nursery school.
Performing at a very young age!!

Skipping to the age of about 9 or so!!

Missing you!

And here you're quite the young lady.

Hope you have a happy birthday Lindsay..
This is really a Happy Birthday a few hours early...
but want to make sure this is on the blog if you check it in the morning
before I wake up.
We had a few hundred other pictures that I wanted to put up...
This should do for now!!
We'll be thinking of you all day!!!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Have Your Lunch & Entertainment Too

I'm hoping to grab a bite at the Stardust Diner in NYC some day... The waiters and waitresses are unemployed Broadway actors and actresses..  If you drive by, you can often see them standing on tables singing and dancing for their customers.  Later you can take in a Jazz show at the Iridium.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Top of the Rock

I recently took a quiz on Facebook... It said that the ideal place for me to live would be New York City... I'm not sure I'd like to live there at this point in my life, but I certainly enjoy spending time there... Of course, if money were no object, I could probably make myself feel quite at home there!!!
Earlier this fall I was lucky enough to go to the top of NBC building (Rockerfeller Center -hence, top of the Rock)
 with Colin when we saw
Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall.
Here is a small sample of the photos I took that beautiful sunny day.
I wasn't prepared for how just how breath-taking 
the view would actually be...
I like how the clouds are gathered around the 
Empire State Building for this shot.

Central Park is hidden in the shadows.

Here you can see the Hudson River 
and the George Washington Bridge is in the distance.

Here's another view of the  Hudson and the George Washington Bridge.

You can see the Circle Line
 and the Statue of Liberty
 in the background
if you look closely.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Returned From London to Groningen

The kid has returned to Groningen from his long weekend in London.
Hopefully he'll tell you some details of his trip once he gets some rest.
I think he and Luke didn't bother to get a room last night so they just wandered the streets of London until they went to the airport early this morning..
I understand that Colin missed some connections so he had
a very long wait/trip back to school.
Can't wait to hear about your adventures Colin!
Good luck staying awake in your rehearsal tonight!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

No More Snow!

I'm not thrilled about the fact that it snowed today... I am soooo ready for spring.
Of course it didn't actually stick.. at least in our neighborhood.
This is a photo of a snow we had in April '08...
I'm ready for warm weather!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

On Broadway

This doesn't quite look like what you might expect
Broadway in New York City to look like.
It was a beautiful spring day '08.
Colin was rehearsing at Symphony Space.
Glenn and I were taking in the sights!
I'm coming back to NY for the National Flute Convention in August..
That's right, flute nerds of the world get together here for 5 days,
and I'm going to be part of it!!!

Hang onto your Hats!

Those Long Islanders love visiting the beach,
even on a cold windy day.
We went for a walk on the boardwalk
during one of our visits last fall.
Here Glenn is posing with his mom...
They really had to brace themselves against the wind.

It's hard to believe that this is the sound by the looks of these waves.
Hang on to your hats!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

On Sesame Oil

Have any of you heard about sesame oil's antiviral and antibacterial properties? I found this site called Youthing Strategies in my search for cold pressed organic sesame oil. I was entertained by the many blends of oils they offer and their uses - and of course enticed to try them as well. A nurse practioner suggested sesame oil in a nettie pot to help the chronic sinus issues I deal with... I've known that Ayurvedic Doctors will advise you rub it onto the skin. As I said, check out the many health benefits that are given at this web site! Anybody out there a user of coldpressed, organic sesame oil??? Have you had success? I am trying it... will report back in a month or so!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Smederij Jazz Groningen, NL

Colin has a gig at Smederij in Groningen tonight...
I just found the place on line.
Looks like he's playing with Nico Finke's Bad Surprise Septett. After their gig there'll be a jam session.

Of course the speaker hooked up to my computer is suddenly dead so I can't check out some of the video that's posted there.
That's par for the course.
Over the last week, our furnace quit and our sky light's leaking... Need a new roof...
New sax for Colin
Looks like we're doing our part to stimulate the economy!

Just Yesterday

Here we are... back in the day of the flower children and the hippies... also a time of Viet Nam War protests...Richard Nixon was president. Many kids were being drafted and some that were evading the draft went to Canada. The civil rights movement was well under way. We were in college in the early '70's.

So.. we were your age Colin... -Lindsay, you're now about 6 years older than I was here. It was a time when girls often wore dresses to high school school but bell bottoms were also in style. When I graduated and started teaching, it was the FIRST YEAR that women teachers ever wore slacks instead of dresses in our public school. (I'm trying to remember if we were allowed to wear pants to school in elementary or high school - I almost think we weren't!)

The dress in the photo was one that my mom made for me. She still made a lot of my dresses including formal wear. (I guess I told you before, that my Barbie had dresses to match all of my own dresses as I was growing up!)

This was taken at Glenn's house in Long Island... (Glenn is WILLINGLY wearing a sports jacket!!) Don't you love the sideburns, the moustache and hair.

I lived with my Grandfather Hanel and his wife Dorothy for my first 3 months of teaching. I remember warning him that Glenn would likely wear blue jeans when he came to visit me. My grandfather told me that people who wore blue jeans were communists! (What can you say to this type of mentality??)Everyone was afraid of Communists when we were kids!!! I knew people who had fall-out shelters to prepare for nuclear attack! I even remember elementary teachers lecturing about the danger of the Communists!!

I remember going to concerts for Blood Sweat and Tears, Jethro Tull, Bob Dylan... We also listened to the Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, Janis Joplin, Cream, The Beatles, The Who...

Does anyone else remember these awful gym suits from High School??? (I don't know the people in this photo.) (This is an picture that I scarfed off an email that came around a few months ago.) We also had a milkman deliver our milk. (We played drop the clothespin in a (milk) bottle at birthday parties when I was a kid!
So anyway - that's my trip down memory lane for one day!!!! Anybody have any memories they'd like to share????

Saturday, March 14, 2009

George Eastman House

As often as I've been to Rochester, this is the first time I've visited the George Eastman House.
 Not only is there a nice photography (art) museum, but I really enjoyed seeing the house and learning about his life!  I definitely want to go back in summer and see the gardens as well!  

Are there any of my adventurous friends out there that are willing to join me??

Jersey Boys

If you have not yet seen the Broadway Show, Jersey Boys, I highly suggest that you make the effort to do so! We actually saw it in Rochester, NY. Of course it helps to be a child of the 50's and 60's!!

We were also celebrating a friend's birthday!! 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Vilnius Lithuania - Family History

Well kids, the father of your Grandpa Robert Gordon, was actually named Rainkin Kurchinsky. He was born in Vilna Russia, (Now Vilnius Lithuania) in 1886 and changed his name to Gordon when he came to America in 1901. He came through Canada to Boston and had to denounce the Czar (Nicholas) in order to become a citizen.Since it sounds like Colin will have some gigs in Lithuania and other parts of Eastern Europe, I am putting up some photos of Vilnius that I found on-line at http://www.galenfrysinger.com/lithuania_vilnius_2007.htm (Check out some history of the city at this site as well)
This is a photo of Gidimio Tower. Between 1503 and 1522 the city was surrounded with walls that had nine city gates and 3 towers.

Vilnius is the largest city and the capital of Lithuania with a population of over 500,000.

This shows archaeological diggings at the site of a former castle.

There are some fun pictures from this restaurant...

It also has an interesting looking KGB Museum. It is a museum of genocide victims as the result of Soviet occupation from 1940-1991 and was established 10 years ago
in the former KGB Headquarters.

This was an isolation cell.
This is a KGB's officer's desk.