Friday, November 27, 2009

Thankful . . .

...for family. The Baldwins and Claire were here for Thanksgiving.

... for Mary, who did a ton of the cooking. Claire too.

...for Chloe, who kept things hopping.

And that maybe, just maybe, my Dad is noticing some improvement from the stem cell therapy.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Ferretería Efren

My relatives in Spain have run a hardware store since 1870 - that's three generations. They have a web site that contains a history section, with these old photos. I did my best to translate the Spanish.

1915 - hardware store and bar.
The little boy all the way to the left is my grandfather, age 4. He had 4 brothers and two sisters.

1936 - the business was hard hit by the Spanish Civil War, with supplies being requisitioned and sent to the front.

1940 - starting to recover from the war.