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text 2018-06-30 17:16
I woke up with the worst stiff neck in maybe forever

I almost couldn't get out of bed.  Unfortunately, I have too much work to do to baby it, so I'll just power through, I guess.


The list of things I wanted to do while BF is out of town keeps growing, but I'm actually getting a few small items crossed off the list.


I did find some photos of Topsy, the first of my grandparents' Chihuahuas, but they aren't good photos.  So here's one of me (sort of) with an unnamed dog.  That's me on the right with my mom, my grandmother in the middle with the puppy.  I have no idea who the other children are.  Taken in front of my grandparents' home on Owen Avenue, Edison Park, IL, 1950/51.


EDITED TO ADD:  I believe the address of the house is 6921 N. Owen Avenue.  From what I can determine via Google Maps Street View, the brick house next door is still there, and my grandparents' house is, too, though somewhat altered, which isn't surprising given it's been close to 70 years since they sold it.


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text 2018-06-29 19:05
The birthday book

Today's task is to enter all the names and dates and relationships from Mom Grace's birthday book into a spreadsheet so I can put everyone in alphabetical order.


Oh, and I'm watering the plants, too.  We haven't had significant rain since September or October.




Faint notes in pencil are mine.


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text 2018-06-29 00:21
Dogs, part 2, plus Norman

Norman Peterson was my great grandmother's younger brother, born in 1886.



When I first saw the following photograph, I didn't know who for sure it was.  It looked like other pictures I had seen of Norman, but fortunately, my dad had written on the back of this postcard and confirmed that identification.  I should check the address and see if there's still a house there.  It's a shame, though, that the stamp is so badly torn.



What I didn't know until I scanned the photo and opened it in the (basic) editing software was that someone else was in the scene!



So I enhanced it just a bit before posting here.  "Congratulations from all Chicagoans."

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text 2018-06-28 20:30

I have posted old family pictures with dogs before.  My favorite is Uncle Thomas Gerrie with his three dogs from 1915.



Years later, sometime in the 1940s, Tom and his wife Edith would give my grandparents their first Chihuahuas, Topsy and Tebo, who produced many, many generations.  Topsy lived well into the 1950s, and the last of the Wheeler dogs stayed on into the early 1970s at least.


When I found the tiny 1920 photo of the house my dad was born in, I didn't know until I zoomed in that sure enough, there's a dog!



I have no idea who the people are; the photo is dated 1920 and my dad wasn't born until 1926.


Today I discovered an even earlier one.  This is dated September 1908 and shows my grandmother Grace Gerrie (b. 1900) and her older sister Helen (b. 1899) with an unnamed Sheltie.



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review 2018-06-25 12:02
Dogs with Guns
Dogs of War - Adrian Tchaikovsky

This deeply affected me, I found it a moving story about a dog who is modified to be a weapon learning about the truth about his master and trying to make better choices for his life. The story starts with him with some very simplistic thinking but as the story unfolds you can see him changing, becoming more thoughtful and introspective, with some help from some of his fello bio-forms.

It's a pretty deep look at what could happen and I found it fascinating. One of the best books I've read this year.

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