Friday, December 29, 2006

Trip Update, Friday December 28th

I'm finally sneaking in a few minutes on Big Sis's computer to post something.

We've been enjoying our trip to Louisiana, getting to visit with family and to eat some good home cookin'.

We arrived in Monroe at about 2am on Wednesday morning, and had a short night of sleep. The trip was pretty good, we drove straight through from Palm Bay to Monroe in about 13 hours. It's just over 900 miles.

We brought Lovely Wife's laptop and our flatbed scanner and have been scanning some print photos of Sainted Mother's and Big Sis's for which negatives no longer exist.

As we've been sitting around talking, I've been steadily scanning different photos and just want to get what I can while we're here.

Lovely Wife is doing pretty well, but I've been sick the whole time. My throat is really sore, it feels like my tonsils are swolen, and I've lost my voice. I sit and wisper. I'm a bit hard of hearing, so now I'm a semi-deaf-mute.

Yesterday (Thursday) was my worst day, but I've trudged along. I've waited too long to come here to spend the time sick in bed.

This afternoon, Sainted Mother, Big Sis, Lovely Wife and I are going down to the community of Amoch in central Louisiana to my Dad's and Big Brother's graves.

That'll have to do for now, but I'll throw a couple of scans that I have done the past two days at you here, before I go...

I have done only the most rudimentary touch ups here, mainly to correct the color shift of old prints that have yellowed.

These are a couple of scans of my Dad, who I usually call Don C. here, from when he was almost a lad and in the U.S. Navy. I've always loved the one of him with the handlebar mustache. This is one that was cut and put into an oval frame. Sainted Mother has a 5x7 rectangular version of it, but I haven't gotten my hands on it yet. These two photos of him would have been taken around 1954, when he was about 19 or 20.

This final one is of my Dad's Mother, Eunice Williamson (left) and her cousin Florence (right) when they were young. This is the only photo I've ever seen of "Mamaw" as a grown, but young woman. She looks very similar to Number Two Daughter in this photo.


Hammer said...

Cool pictures. It's a good thing that you're able to scan them for posterity.

Gargle some pute lemon juice for that throat. It's a great antiseptic.

JAM said...

Big Sis didn't have any lemons, but Sainted Mother went all old school on me and supplied me with a bottle of Dr. Tichenor's and a strong batch of that, gargled frequently, helped deaden the pain a lot.

Thanks for the tip though. I tried drinking hot stuff, which I hate, and it actually helped more to drink ice cold stuff. I drank tea by the gallon for a few days.