Thursday, March 30, 2006

More pictures of Luz's kids

We're having fun visiting with Luz's kids.
Me, Nora, Javier, Christina, Fanny, and Cheque and Alex. We went to the Falls of Ohio along the Ohio River where there is a museum with prehistoric bones and fossils. It was a beautiful day.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Spring Break with Luz' s kids

Chucky Cheese with the kids.

This week I am visiting with Luz Maria and her kids in Clarksville, Indiana. Today I took them to Chucky Cheese. Luz, Nora and Nicole weren't feeling to well today so I had the kids for the day.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Happy Birthday David!

David is 55! Happy Birthday David!

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Connie, Dave, Nora, Marg and Vince go out to eat for David's Brithday

Connie and Nora outside the Japanese Steak House, waiting for Marg and Vince.
Inside the restaurant. Connie, Vince, Marg and Nora at a Japanese Steak House for David's birthday.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

One more picture of 1607

This is the upstairs banister. Say no more.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Thoughts on 1607

Going back to see the house I grew up in affected me more than I'd like to think. Of course, we can never go back and everything changes. I was prepared for that. I expected there to be remodeling changes to the tastes of the former occupantes and I expected it to seem smaller than I remembered it. What I wasn't prepared for was the lack of any remodeling, the total neglect and deterioration over the last 36 years. For me, it was depressing, and it took me a couple of days to shake off.

I still have occacional dreams in that house. Nice dreams. Part of me is there. Perhaps I haunt the place from time to time. That house has a soul and a personality. I saw that soul in utter dispare. Walking through the house, I had sudden memories of things that happened, laughter, tears, people in our lives. The walls and space within hold memories.

I was remined of Mrs. Haversham in the Dickens story David Copperfield. The old lady in her tattered wedding dress in her decaying old house waiting for the wedding that never happened.

Alright, that's enough. Time to move on. Shake off the past. Back to the present. I will take care of the house I now live in and cherish the people in my life. Life is short.

Monday, March 13, 2006

1607 - 20th Street (6)

Marg's room Fireplace in masterbedroom

Upstairs bedrooms. Yiks! Boys' room

1607 - 20th Street (no.5)

More pictures of the old house.
The sun room doesn't look too bad.

1607 - 20th Street (no.4)

The kitchen, bedroom and bathroom off the kitchen, my old bedroom
ugly, ugly ugly. They didn't take care of our house!

1607 - 20th Street (no.3)

1607 - 20th Street number 2

Here is the stair way where we used to slide down the banister when we were kids. The banister is loose and wabbly. The wall paper is the same but now there are big chunks of wall missing. There is water damage in several places coming from various holes in the roof. The owners did not take care of this beautiful house.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

1607 - 20th Street, Rock Island

The house I grew up in is for sale. I haven't been in it for 36 years. It's in pretty bad shape. This is the livingroom fireplace. We used to run around the livingroom and sunroom when we were little. My brothers Dennis, Tim, Terry, Pat and sister Margaret...from 1952 to 1970. There's a lot of memories.

Thursday, March 02, 2006


Nora Barrett, Mina Elizondo, Paula Elizondo, Mina's father, Mina's mother. Visiting us to ask Nora to be Paula's Madrina.

Mina Elizondo and her baby Paula. They came to visit us to ask Nora to be the Madriana (GodMother) at Paula's christening.