Tommy Likes Fishing – Sat. Aug. 11, 2018

Steve wrote this morning that Tommy has discovered that he likes fishing. He used a pole that Clark had given the boys a few years ago.

Tommy is fishing in Grand Traverse Bay in Northport, MI, a village about 25 miles north of Traverse City. Northport is at the northern tip of the Leelanau peninsula on Lake Michigan.

That is Tommy in the green shirt. Steve and Tommy were fishing and those other boys in the photo (a family from Iowa) invited Tommy to join them. They taught him all about the different fish and about which bait to use.
Steve said that the boats in the harbor were amazing.

Tommy caught a rock bass. They did catch a little perch, but didn’t get a picture.
The body of water to the left of the peninsula is Lake Michigan. Grand Traverse Bay is to the right of the peninsula.

Looks like a beautiful area.


Joe Zavadil’s 90th Birthday – Fri. Aug. 10, 2018

Today would have been the 90th birthday of Joe Zavadil, husband of my sister Patricia. Joe was an amazing combination of brains and charm and good looks. Patricia and Joe met at daily Mass at the Newman Club at Stanford, where Joe was working on a PhD in English and Patricia had just enrolled to study for a Master’s degree in English.

Joe was tall, dark, and handsome. He was a wonderful conversationalist. Patricia and Joe were married in 1959. After obtaining his doctorate from Stanford in 1961, Joe took a job on the English faculty at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where he taught until his death in 1992. He was survived by Patricia and their 6 children.

Patricia Canty and Joe Zavadil in July 1959.

We miss you, Joe!


Zucchini Rampicante – Mon.Aug.6, 2018

Today at bridge a player brought in some zucchini to share:

It is an Italian heirloom climbing zucchini. This one that I brought home was
30 inches long and weighed 3 lbs. Guess we will be eating zucchini for a while!


Visit to Joanne Donovan in Her New Home – Sun. July 29, 2018

(This is a re-do of a blog that I posted yesterday with enlarged pictures.)

On Thursday Clark and I went to Stockton to visit my friend Joanne Donovan in her new home at O’Connor Woods, a beautiful place for Senior Living. Joanne and I were apartment mates for only 7 months when we were both teachers in Sacramento. I broke my leg skiing in March 1961, and by the time I returned to Sacramento 10 months later, Joanne was about to get married. But, we have remained good friends all of these years.

Joanne and husband John raised 4 children in Lodi. Joanne, now a widow, is almost 5 years older than I, and she decided it was time to sell her 5 bedroom house and make the move to an apartment at O’Connor Woods. Here is the sign in the lobby of her section of the building:

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Sign in the lobby welcoming Joanne

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Joanne in her new home

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Barb and Joanne

The public areas are beautifully decorated. And Joanne’s 2 bedroom, 2 bath apartment is spacious. I got remodeling ideas for our guest bath.

Joanne hosted us for lunch in the large dining room. For lunch there was a choice between 2 soups. I chose gazpacho which I hadn’t had in years and have never been too crazy about, but this was wonderful with large chunks of vegetables in a room temperature tasty broth. Then there was a shrimp and avocado salad, and for the entree I had the best tilapia I have ever had. It was golden brown, with no sauce, just the way I like it. It was accompanied by zucchini. Clark loved his meaty enchilada. The choice for dessert was flan or bunny tracks ice cream which I skipped.

Clark always comments on how sharp Joanne is. She is a great conversationalist, reads the New Yorker magazine, and keeps abreast of what is going on in the world.

After taking an hour and 20 minutes to get there in horrendous Hwy 50 Sacramento traffic, it took only 50 minutes to get home.

Thanks, Joanne, for a delightful day.


One thought on “Visit to Joanne Donovan in Her New Home – Sun. July 29, 2018”

  1. Barbara Chase July 29, 2018 at 08:14 Edit Reply

    What a treasure to have such a long time friend. Glad it was shorter going home. This is peak tourist time in Seattle and traffic can be horrific here too.
    You made a good choice in your home which always seems great to me.Whoever designed your neighborhood did it just right.

Turned 84 Today – Fri. July 27, 2018

Thanks to all who sent cards, emails, and electronic cards.

I celebrated by playing bridge with Sharan Fleming, my regular Friday partner, and we had our regular bottom score. Her birthday card (on the left) was very appropriate. It said, “As we get older, we realize it isn’t about winning or losing … It’s about learning to stay awake during the game!” So, true. With 2 rounds to play, I was dying for a nap.

I came home and tried to sleep, but couldn’t. So, Clark and I went to pick up an adjustable chain that he had ordered for my birthday. We were at the jewelry store for quite awhile. Then we headed out for dinner, and when I tried to use my phone to make a reservation, I realized that the blue tooth wasn’t working, which is supposed to connect my phone to my new hearing aids. The right hearing aid was missing! We made a U-turn and headed back to the jewelry store which was due to close in 15 minutes. It was no where to be found. So, we headed home and I found it on my pillow!

Yesterday I forgot to wear the hearing aids during the day when we went to see my friend Joanne Donovan in her new surroundings in Stockton. Then last night, I forgot to open the battery holders to turn the aids off. So, they were connected to the batteries all night.

And Patricia’s card on the right, asks inside, “What part of getting older, don’t you understand?” I think I am showing signs of getting older!


Maxine (Ferguson) Canty 1905-1978; Scotch Scones – Sun. May 13, 2018

Thanks all for the memories of Grandma. I will work on the gluten free version of her scone recipe.

Rereading this reminded me to send the attached photos of Rockford University.

Sydney and Milan are preparing for their 9th season of synchronized figure skating. Their team competed at the National Championships in Rockford in February 2017 and I took the photos on a brief visit on the way to the arena. I couldn’t get the girls in the shot as they were with the team and the team schedule was too tight for a detour.

2018 championships were in Portland. Dave and Muffy got to see the team take fourth place. Medals are awarded for the top four places so the their team was on the podium!



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On May 14, 2018, at 09:25, Jim Canty <jimcanty> wrote:

Hi Barb,

Thanks for the great story about Mom!

I had always thought that Mom taught at Dominican College in San Rafael. In doing some Googling, I came across this 1889 ad for the College of San Rafael which was run by the Dominican nuns and later was called Dominican College and is now Dominican University.

When Mom taught there, it was several years before the construction of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge and decades before the construction of the Richmond San Rafael Bridge. I always wondered whether she lived in San Rafael or found a ferry service from the East Bay to San Rafael.

Dad presumably was working at the then location of St. Mary’s College in Oakland at Broadway and Hawthorne. I have two doctors in the medical office building across the street and have noted that the old auto dealership building was torn down and there is now a huge construction project on the site. I have wondered what happened to the plaque that Dad had installed near the entrance on Broadway to the auto dealership building, commemorating the site of the old St. Mary’s College.

I vaguely recalled that the Oakland site for St. Mary’s was called The Brickpile. Googling turned up this website which has a photo of the plaque that Dad had installed in 1959 for “The Old Brickpile.” It has an interesting photo of the damage done by the 1906 Quake. Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWikixx

Saint Mary’s College – Oakland – LocalWiki


On Monday, May 14, 2018, 12:51:13 AM PDT, Barbara Wheeler <bcwgolf> wrote:

Today on Mother’s Day I am thinking of my mother, Maxine Ferguson Canty, who was born on May 1, 1905 in Macomb, IL, daughter of Frank Ferguson and Fanny May Corlett. Her parents were music teachers at Macomb Normal School in Macomb, IL. They had met in Rockford, IL, and Maxine grew up as an only child in Rockford, graduating from high school at age 16 and from Rockford College in 1925 at age 20.

After her graduation Maxine became alumni secretary of her college and met Tim Canty in about 1930 at a meeting of alumni secretaries in Canada. Tim was the Executive Secretary and founder of the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. They were married on August 9, 1933 at St. Leo’s Church in Oakland.

After her mother died in 1930, Maxine had moved to California with her father Frank. Maxine taught English at the College of San Rafael and received her Masters degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley in 1932. While awaiting my birth in 1934, my mother wrote a serial for the San Francisco Call Bulletin newspaper entitled, High School Tragedy. Soon followed the births of Patricia, Joan, Tim Jr, Jim, and Bob.

This photo was taken at Maxine’s apartment in Oakland on May 1, 1976 on her 71st birthday. She died 2 1/2 years later on Nov. 26, 1978.

For some reason I was thinking of the fact that Mom used to make Scotch Scones, so I made some this morning. My grandfather, Frank Ferguson, lived with us during the War from about 1941 until he died in Nov. 1943. He sold Watkins products door-to-door. For the scones I used a recipe from Mom’s Watkins cookbook. I remembered that Mom’s scones had sugar on them; these didn’t. So, I called my sister Joan tonight and she had a similar recipe, but with cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top. Here is the Watkins recipe with cinnamon sugar added:

Scotch Scones
4 T butter 2 cups flour Sift dry ingredients together. Blend in butter with pastry knife.
2 eggs 4 t. baking powder Add well-beaten eggs and milk.
1/3 cup milk 1/3 t salt Turn on to floured board. Roll 3/4 inch thick.
2 t sugar Cut in triangle shape. Brush with egg white diluted with water.
Sprinkle with mixture of cinnamon and sugar.
Bake 20 min at 450. (I used parchment paper.)

Hope you all had a Happy Mother’s Day.


Good-bye, Wheeler! – Mon. July 16, 2018

Tonight we put my grandson Wheeler on a plane headed for Santa Barbara with a transfer in Burbank. He will join Colleen and Deke in the Santa Barbara area. He had stayed with us for 2 weeks so that he could go on a camping trip with 6 friends this past week-end. They had planned to camp at Rancho Seco, but when they got there, they discovered that they needed reservations which they did not have.

Fortunately, one of the fellows had parents with a condo at North Lake Tahoe. So instead of camping outdoors, they stayed at the condo having taken a lot of camping gear that they didn’t need.

Wheeler headed for the Santa Barbara area.

We employed Wheeler and his long arm to take this selfie of the 3 of us:

Wheeler Barb and Clark

Have a fun time in Southern California, Wheeler!