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2012 Christmas Cat

My Cousin’s cat reminds us to share the family stories about our furred family members too!

Like the story of the Siamese who brought home a mouthful of baby mice in order to train her people how to hunt. Grandma was not amused… though in the stories the snake was off-putting as well—but visible before Mademoiselle was allowed into the house.

Or my babysitter’s tiny dog that delighted in burrowing in my hair anytime I lay down at the house.

I spent a lot of time trying to photograph this cat at our holiday gathering last year.

Are you collecting that part of your family story?

Happy hunting,

Jess

Iced Tree, 2013No doubt 2013 will be a memorable holiday season for many Michiganders purely because of our ill-timed weather events—freezing rain, snow, more snow and the possibility of wind today—causing countless power outages. But I’m hoping everyone can find some sparkle and shine in their holidays. Stay warm and enjoy the gift of friends and family, in whatever form they come!

Find joy in your holiday season!

Happy hunting,

Jess

Trotters, 1971

‘Tis the season! This week I was going through Christmas specific pictures and came across this lovely shot of my Aunt and my Grandmother from around 1971. It’s a little fuzzy but I love the lace. I have to say my dad’s family has consistently had style! Remember Dad’s Nehru jacket? And, oh, if Uncle would only let me show you some of his looks in the 1960’s and 1970s—the hats alone are fabulous!

Happy holidays and happy hunting,

Jess

Rebecca Huntingon PorterToday is the 177th Anniversary of my 4th Great Grandmother’s birth. Rebecca Huntington was born in Vermont and orphaned at a young age. She was brought to Michigan as a child. She married Seth Porter, Jr. on October 4th in 1852. The couple had at least seven children including my 3rd Great Grandfather, George Erwin Porter.

Thanksgiving 2002I think that I’ve mentioned before that my childhood memories of Thanksgiving focus largely on my father’s family. That was our tradition the holiday itself was reserved for trips to the Detroit area, huge meals and a hose full of people. These were often followed by a trip to Grand Rapids sometime on the weekend to catch up with mom’s family as well. But that holiday itself is one I associate with Grandma Trotter and I’m thinking of her on this Thanksgiving Eve.

The photos my brother, my grandmother and I at my aunts’ home in Greater Detroit back in 2002.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Enjoy your families, share, and listen!

Jess

P. S. Friday is a National Day of Listening and tomorrow is National Family Health History Day… Celebrate!

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Someone is celebrating a birthday this week! And looking back at pictures made me wonder where the time went, as this young man is now way closer to driving than I’m comfortable with. I took this shot at my Grandmother’s home in Rockford, Michigan in 2002. And as a bit of trivia it’s the same house as last week’s picture.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Post Deer Hunt

I am a total city kid and hunting is a foreign concept to me, but we’ve definitely had (and have) hunters in the family. So in a slight nod to deer season—but more because of the looks on the kids’ faces—here’s a home from deer camp style picture. I believe this shot includes my 1st cousins once removed (of the Johnson and Bailey persuasions)—Brinda, Tom, Robin and… Craig? Please feel free to correct me, but age-wise that makes the most sense. It was taken at my Great Uncle’s home in Rockford in the 1960s and the photo came from the collection of my grandmother.

Happy hunting,

Jess

Hmmm… Someone is having a birthday this week!

Dad's Birthday

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Jess

Halloween 1984

Tis the season… My brother and I on Halloween in 1984. Shots from the period fascinate me as I look at his children and see the resemblances. Also, given where we live I probably went out in that costume and a winter coat… kind of defeats the purpose but that’s fairly normal for a Michigan Halloween.

Happy hunting,

Jess

A housekeeping note: I don’t manage to get in a post for everyone’s birthday and not everyone wants me too. But I do try… life just happens to interfere… often. That said… 

Johnson BrothersOne of these two is celebrating a birthday this month. This is not a good picture, but it makes me laugh—Grandpa in his sombrero on the phone and Uncle paying no attention. This was taken at Uncle’s house—decades before my Gran redecorated it—in Rockford, Michigan.

Happy hunting,

Jess

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