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07/09/20 08:13 PM #8743    


James (Jim) Rookus

Catching UP .....  MARV... cute and colorful grand-daughter... they sure grow up TOOOO fast !  Love the colors of Thailand  ... especially love that orchid ...when i see pics of Thailand always think of Salina... she sat by me in homeroom and was always such a sweet person!  Fond memories... has anyone kept up with her?   WENDY... I was so impressed by your Botanical knowlegdge to come up with that plant name... then by expectations shattered when you said you only pushed a button to find out what it was sad and think the cannonball vine fower is pretty like an orchid... the balls on the vine look like eggs... how about renaming it "EggPlant".   STEVE... that spider ... amazing... if you had not told us I would have thought the "ALIENS" landed in your back yard... it looks more like some kind of alien creature from another planet!  

07/10/20 10:04 AM #8744    


Regina (Sue) Petersen (Koppenhoefer)

What's on your walls theme -- (if you remember, I mentioned that my passion is quilting and I collect dishes.)


The print is by Charles Peterson, who is described as the ghost painter.  If you look closely you can see kids playing baseball and a mother pushing a baby buggy.

07/10/20 01:54 PM #8745    


Sandra Jeakins (Singletary Sizemore)

Marvin, I laughed and laughed at your post #8732.   And I enjoyed reading the next post about your job while in the service and you receiving the Bronze Star for saving so many lives.  Wow. What an honor!

Sue, your home is beautiful.  On my walls, I have several fish that Ron caught and one that Jim caught.  I have a pheasant, above my piano.  I also have teddy bear figurines and a few raccoon figurines and plates.  The raccoons were Jim's that I inherited.   I also have some pictures of Bob Singletary's and pictures that I love by other people.

Jim had suggested some themes and I'm going to take "Humerous work related incidents".   When I was in reception at Gailey's, we had a test that was done in the back of the building and patients had to go to the back lobby to be called from there.  The test was called Axial measurments, that were done in preparation for Cataract surgery.   A girl that was in reception with me told the patient to have a seat in the back because they were going to do  "axials in the rear."   I asked her if we were doing a new procedure-instead of doing axials in the eyes, were we doing them now in the rear?   We all had a good laugh out of that. She never lived that down.  It was even mentioned the day I retired which was at least 16 years after I was in reception.



07/10/20 03:55 PM #8746    

Julie Hart

marv - i don't know if i ever told you i worked at then irving community hospital in the lab from 78 - 85 before moving to east texas.  we used lots of abbott products and i attended several abbott seminars/conferences.

07/10/20 04:50 PM #8747    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)





We have been collecting Japanese woodblock prints for a long time.

I have four called the Lemon in Four seasons.  Here are winter and spring.

This is called Oregon

A group of R. Tanaka prints and another one called Urban Samurai.

Two traditional prints of geisha   Upside down unfortunately.  Oops. (Isn't it amazing how these pictures keep turning right side up? MTsurprise)

07/10/20 06:05 PM #8748    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Sue, your plate collection goes well with your quilts. Very nice. Sandy, I have collected a number of animal skulls. Your mounted fish sound interesting. Did you ever have the Singing Fish? It was lots of fun when singing Proud Mary (Rolling Down the River). Sandy, love the story about the "axials in the rear." Leaves a lot to the imagination. Wendy, I too have collected Japanese block prints. Will try to post some of them later. Would love to see more of your collection.

Since today would normally be FREE FOR ALL FRIDAY, I was saving this one to go with the other Oakland School photos posted this week.

1951 aerial photo of Oakland School the year it opened. Our house is 8 Wach Dr. in the lower center.

07/10/20 06:49 PM #8749    


Sandra Jeakins (Singletary Sizemore)

Mel, I don't have the singing fish.  But I love Proud Mary, by CCR.   They were my favorite band back in the day.  The fish I have are ones Ron and Jim caught and had mounted.  Bass (large mouth, small mouth and a striped) Walleye and a Muskie.  

07/10/20 07:47 PM #8750    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)

Thanks Marv for the help getting things right side up!

07/10/20 08:15 PM #8751    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

Maybe because it's Friday night. Maybe it's because I've had a marvelous day. Maybe it's because I'm a little overserved. Maybe it's the result of going stir crazy with the stay-at-home thing. Maybe it's just closing in on 74 years. Maybe it's pure nostagia and feeling like one lucky person for the life I've had. Maybe it's because I'm listening to Puccini's "La Boheme". Or, maybe because I'm so happy that the heat wave is abating. It might be the result of all these wonder posts that are in large part due to Dave Long. I just feel the urge to say to you Raiders64...I LOVE YOU ALL.


07/10/20 10:04 PM #8752    


Marvin Theobald

Wendy – The third grade photo is so great to see, to realize how far back some of us go and how special our life adventures growing up in Bloomington were. In my mind it truly was a Camelot like experience. Love the Cannonball Vine flower. Nature is amazing.

Steve – Elaine’s spider pic is terrific. Judy would not have gotten close enough to take that close up. It is also quite an interesting specimen of nature’s incredible developments.

Sue – Very warm, homey touch in your kitchen wall shots. I really like how you combined your quilt and sewing craft with family pic and plate collection. Is the sewing machine a family heirloom?

Sandy – Glad I was able to entertain you with my humor regarding my travel mishaps. If I ever get Lasik surgery I will make sure I get my axials in the right place. You and Mel had me wondering what in the world a singing fish was so I researched it. Glad to know you have better taste than that. He probably has one in his refrigerator for backup in case he can’t find anything else for dinner.

Jim – Milan and I made an unsuccessful effort to find Salina several years ago. Wendy lost contact with her years ago. It would be awesome if she could be found and join us at a future class event. She was my long standing inspiration for going to Thailand which I finally got to do in 2008.

Julie – We overlapped in Irving from 1982 to 1985. Wish I would have known you were there. It was a very turbulent time in my life but would have been fun to meet up.

07/10/20 10:17 PM #8753    


Marvin Theobald

Now for my theme post for Free for All Friday – late as usual lately and still playing catrch up.

For favorite mugs a while back I did not know where this mug was at the time but found it yesterday. The handle is shaped like a whale tale and is an amazing fit to your hand when held by a right hander. Consequently Mel never gets to use it.

To pick up on Wendy’s Japanese prints – Once upon a time I had several of them but a divorce eliminated my ability to enjoy them. I acquired the one below at some point many years ago and it hangs in my living room just inside the front door. It is great art that compliments almost any wall.

Regarding the past collections theme - My collecting is very eclectic or in other words very inconsistent. I enjoy finding unusual antique things but have no theme for the most part. Aside from a collection of “bad habits”, my recent collection of operculum and accumulation of monkey fist knots, my eclectic collection consists of mid to late 1800’s books with steel plate prints, a late 1930’s wooden airplane propeller, sculptures, natural crystals, bells, a singing bowl and a gong. Here are a few photos to demonstrate some of these items.

These books contain many very nicely detailed steel plate prints.

This bronze casting was obtained by my parents in about 1970. It is by an Italian sculptor from the late 1800’s.

This sculpture is cast marble. I know nothing of its history but really like it’s character.

This is as grouping of various bells I have collected over the past 15 years or so. Love the variations in sound.

This is an old bronze ships bell that a friend made a bracket for which I had powder coated. You should hear this baby. Better plug your ears.

Last is a gong I found in an antique shop in Grapevine Texas about 20 years ago. Great sound.

07/10/20 11:57 PM #8754    


Jack Keefe

This little guy was perched on a leaf at the Parklands Foundation nature preserve in 2006. I think Elaine Jetton's spider would have classified him as "lunch."

07/11/20 10:09 AM #8755    


James (Jim) Rookus

This butterfly adopted into our family by the pool yesterday ... perching on 6 yr old Oz's head for over a minute and would flutter from person to person eve landing on my phone for a while when I was holding it inches from my face taking videos of kids diving ... several hours later when I went out to do my "pool boy" duties he was still present!

07/11/20 10:29 AM #8756    


Sandra Jeakins (Singletary Sizemore)

Melvin, I think I speak for everybody in our class, we all love you too.   We love both of the Theobald Brothers that have done so much for our class and helping to keep us all together.

 Marvin,  I loved that cup.   Ron would have loved it!  Although, he never caught a big fish like that.  He did go deep sea fishing from Key West, but didn't get anything.  While he was fishing, I got sunburn poisoning that made my face so swollen I could hardly open my eyes.  I was in the pool for 2 hours on an over cast day.   I saw a Hotel Doctor in Miami who gave me a shot and some pills and I think I hit every bathroom from their to Bloomington!  ha-ha

Jim, I loved the butterfly story and picture.   I'm not fond of spiders and I do agree with you that Elaine's looked like an alien.    Jack's spider didn't look like a "little guy" to me.  

07/11/20 10:32 AM #8757    


Regina (Sue) Petersen (Koppenhoefer)

Marv -- yes, the Singer Featherweight belonged to my mother-in-law.  She and her two sisters each bought one in the early 1940s.  It's call a featherweight because it is so light - weighting 10 lbs.  I take this with me to quilt retreats and guild meetings because of it's light weight.  Interesting story -- my husband remembers that when he had his tonsils removed as a small boy, the sewing machine case was used as his little suitcase at the hospital.  Featherweights are very sought after today - going for between $350 to $500.  I never thought to ask her what she paid in the 1940s.

07/11/20 11:23 AM #8758    


James (Jim) Rookus



Well ... here I am resting after more "pool duty" this morning (Now upright - MT)

And guess who appears again on table next to me ?


07/11/20 11:41 AM #8759    

Julie Hart

glad you have a new friend jim smiley

since all this pic stuff is finally forcing me to work on organizing my pics i came across 2 colorful pics today.

macaw in costa rica (Also now upright - MT)

greek isles

07/11/20 12:07 PM #8760    


Joan Pease (Connor-Clark)

"Something Silly Saturday":  I've been lax at participating this past week, so here is a weekend contribution - my late husband Alton with my best friend's son, Anthony. This past week, he joined the University of California San Francisco staff as an Assistant Clinical Professor, Neurological Surgery School of Medicine. I threatened to send this picture to his new director. (Obviously proud of this kid!)

07/11/20 01:18 PM #8761    


Marvin Theobald

I like Joan’s SOMETHING SILLY SATURDAY thought. (BTW – You could tell that baby was smart due his likeness to Albert Einstein)

On a return trip to NH with my mom and granddaughter in 2009 we stopped for a visit with Mel in Chicago. Mel had a collection of frogs and gave one to my granddaughter. We took the train from Chicago to Bloomington and I started taking fun pics of the frog kind of “flat Stanley” style. The first pic was of an Amtrak Police Officer making an arrest which turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

The next event was the frog getting his ticket punched by the Conductor. (Mel had made the ticket for the frog so we would be sure he was able to make the trip without getting thrown off)

This pic is the frog holding our punched tickets.

We had to wait for a taxi at the train station in Normal so the frog was guarding our luggage.

Once the taxi showed up, the frog wanted to ride on top but we convinced him it was a really bad idea and we all arrived home safely.

07/11/20 03:20 PM #8762    


Wendy Stephens (Cullen)

I like the Silly Sa turday idea.  This is the front of a birthday card I got from my sister Carol.

07/11/20 04:26 PM #8763    


Melvin (Mel) Theobald

How silly? SILLY SATURDAY. That's just plain silly. To paraphrase Forest Gump: Silly is as silly does. Thanks Joan...great idea. In 2006, Marina Schustermann, who lives in St. Petersburg, Russia, was showing off her hat collection to me and a few other artists. That set the stage for a spontaneous haberdashery fashion show in which we all started putting on different hats and breaking out in song and dance inspired by whatever hat we had on at the moment.

My dear friend Gennady Troshkov helped us out by playing his guitar.

We all changed hats again.

And again and again. Marina and I reenacted Grant Wood's "American Gothic", which seemed fitting for the occasion.

Then we sang "New York, New York" followed by a little softshoe imitation of Frank Sinatra. The Russians loved Sinatra.

07/12/20 12:55 AM #8764    


James (Jim) Rookus

More Catch Up ....  SUE... what's on your walls express the warmth and hospitality I'm sure are present in your home... great family!    Sandy... next time I visit my eye doctor I'll ask him if he ever heard of that procedure!  WENDY... really like that Oregon picture on your wall.... winter serenity. My wife got a good laugh out of your card... she love's the cooking shows!     MEL ... heart back at ya !!!  AND the hats in Russia... the tall black and white one really looks like you !!!   MARV.... really like that whale tale mug... when I look at it, the large dark blue vertical swatch of color reminds me of a parrot on a perch, the white at top is his head and long dark blue feathers drape down near the bottom... also like a reverse image of Julie's Macaw....  you have some very interesting collectibles .. especially like the bell and dong!  AND lastly cute creative way to have fun with grand-daughter and her frog adventure !     JULIE ... you continue to amaze me with the beautiful photos of your interesting travels..... keep the travelouge coming !!!  Glad I don't live in the neighborhood with all those stairs!   JOAN.... that photo is at least worth a spot on the agenda at his wedding reception or rehearsal dinner !  



07/12/20 12:42 PM #8765    


Marvin Theobald

Nice thought for the day!

07/12/20 12:49 PM #8766    


Marvin Theobald

A little humor and possible suggestion for those of you that might consider a future marriage.


Senior Wedding

Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, living in Miami , are all excited about their decision to get married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and on the way they pass a drugstore. Jacob suggests they go in.

Jacob addresses the man behind the counter:

"Are you the owner?"

The pharmacist answers: "Yes."

Jacob: "We're about to get married. Do you sell heart medication?"

Pharmacist: "Of course, we do."

Jacob: "How about medicine for circulation?"

Pharmacist: "All kinds."

Jacob: "Medicine for rheumatism?"

Pharmacist: "Definitely."

Jacob: "How about suppositories?"

Pharmacist: "You bet!"

Jacob: "Medicine for memory problems, arthritis and Alzheimer's?"

Pharmacist: "Yes, a large variety. The works."

Jacob: "What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol, antidotes for Parkinson's disease?"

Pharmacist: "Absolutely."

Jacob: "Everything for heartburn and indigestion?"

Pharmacist: "We sure do."

Jacob: "You sell wheelchairs and walkers and canes?"

Pharmacist: "All speeds and sizes."

Jacob: "Adult diapers?"

Pharmacist: "Sure."

Jacob:   "We'd like to use this store as our Bridal Registry."

07/12/20 05:43 PM #8767    


James (Jim) Rookus

Hey Marv ... a good laugh ... sadly becoming too true,  You beginning to remind me of Victor Jackson with all his past humerous posts of tho gs like your post .... Victor where are you?

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