Sunday, April 13, 2014

70 KYDS ON A SKI TRIP TO SALT LAKE, UTAH, 2014

Saturday, April 12, 2014

TOROLA FAMILY ON THE DAY OF VAARI'S FUNERAL IN 1995

MADDIE'S BIRTHDAY...MAKING A PYRAMID
BOTTOM..LENNIE, LIZZIE, TREVOR
MIDDLE, MADDIE...PETE TOROLA ON TOP
SIDE GIRLS, SAVAYA ANDERSON AND ?
(DAVE AND ANN'S HOUSE)

MY MOM'S UNCLE, PATRICK (UNCLE PADDY) MAANINGA
HE WAS A CRUSTY OLD BACHELOR WHO OFTEN VISITED MY FOLKS, LIVED IN AN OLD RAMSHACKLE HOUSE NOT FAR FROM THE INCLINE DAM.  BEFORE HE GOT TOO OLD, HE TOLD MY MOM AND THE UNDERTAKER THAT HE HAS ENOUGH MONEY FOR HIS FUNERAL HIDDEN BEHIND THE CALENDAR IN HIS KITCHEN.  AND HE REALLY DID.

FOUND OUT THIS IS DAVE STORM WHILE WE WERE WAITING TO BE SEATED AT A RESTAURANT....THOUGHT HE WAS SOME KIND OF BIGSHOT CEO WITH HIS HAT AND GLASSES AND PHONE!!!

VERNA AND MARIA, ON A DOLPHIN TOUR

WAITING FOR OUR RIDE...REAL FANCY AND COLORFUL SHOPPING AREA

MANATEE TOUR...DIANE, VERNA, ME

ONE OF SEVERAL MANATEES THAT WE SAW....THEY CAN GROW OVER 1000 LBS
LIVE  IN THE INTERCOASTAL WATERWAYS.  THEY HAVE TO COME UP FOR A FEW BREATHS OF AIR EVERY 20 MIN. OR SO.  MANY HAVE BOAT PROPELLER SCARS ON THEIR BACKS.  KNOWN AS A GENTLE GIANT

AT THE NAPLES ZOO BY A HUGE FICUS TREE

DOROTHY POYHONEN, ELAINE KIILUNEN AND CAROL RYYNANEN AT THE HOUGHTON COUNTY MED. CARE RECENTLY

BOB AND ELAINE LEAN AT THE MED. CARE...ELAINE IS A PATIENT THERE
GOOD FRIENDS OF ME AND PETE

Tuesday, April 8, 2014


MARIA, ME AND VERNA ON THE BEACH, NAPLES FLORIDA

ICE CREAM MAN ON THE BEACH

MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE RANCH.........

WINDY DAY AT THE BEACH...

A FUNNY BIRD IS THE PELICAN
HIS BEAK CAN HOLD MORE
THAN HIS BELICAN

PELICANS WEREN'T AFRAID OF US; MORE IMPORTANTLY, THEY WERE WAITING FOR FISH GUTS FROM THE FISHERMEN

THIS WAS MY FAVORITE PELICAN.....

ANOTHER SIZE PIC OF PETE'S CONFIRMATION CLASS....
CLICK ON TO ENLARGE  (OTHER ONE WASN'T WORKING TO ENLARGE)

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DARLENE'S CAT...JOCKS...DOESN'T MIND BEING GUSSIED UP...SLEEPS WITH ALL THE HATS AND GLOVES WHERE IT'S WARM OVER THE RADIATOR.

                                      CHARLIEHORSE AND DINGO...HELMINEN'S HORSES
PETE'S CONFIRMATION PICTURE
CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE!!!
                                
PETE'S BACHELOR WAGON...READ ALL ABOUT IT ON PETE'S MEMORIES, STORY SENT BY PAUL JACKOLA....NOTE PETE'S HAT...HE LOVED OLD HATS, ANOTHER STORY ABOUT HATS ON PETE'S MEMORIES (TO THE RIGHT AT THE TOP OF MY WEBPAGE)




YES, WE REALLY FISHED A LOT!  NOTE PETE'S HAT....HIS MOTHER'S OLD CAST OFF.  DIG THE TENNIS SHOES AND THE CIGARETTE.   SHEEEESH!
THERE....GONE TO ROGER HELMINEN'S AND LORETTA MORRIS' WEDDING IN COKATO..I THINK..IF THE WEATHER LETS US OUT OF HERE.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Bradley, Randy, Janina and baby Trent Hyrkas  baptism, Howell, MI
Godfather, Jonathan Larson in March, 2014


gathering in ft. meyers , florida at the storm's
back, diane peterson, june storm
front, verna daav, judy storm, me, maria

they never knew we were goofing off in back!

Mother Laura Kangas, and daughter Linnea Daavettila
with their babies, Adrina and Hugo

Nice, small, quiet music time
Dave Torola, Betsy and Aaron Kangas...at my birthday party in Jan.

an older photo...my grands:  rosemary torola, joyce helminen,
isis torola and pam torola....

we call these little birds "beach babies"...they are always eating something that the waves leave behind.  they run toward the ocean and dig in the sand when the waves are receding, and when the waves come to shore, they run like mad.....i always enjoyed watching these birds in Texas as well as now in Florida

Ibis feeding on the shore.  the birds don't seem to be too afraid of people, just feed and mind their own business....you can get as close as five feet of them

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

home from one great sunny warm month in Naples, Florida. Diane Peterson graciously invited me, maria sturos and verna daavettila to stay with her in her family condo.

THE TWO ROWS OF CONDOS...POOL AND TENNIS COURT IN THE MIDDLE.

LOTS OF PICS ON THE "LANAI" (PORCH)
DIANE, ME, JUDY STORM, VERNA

DIANE'S SISTER IS AN ARTIST AND LEFT ART STUFF THERE, SO I DUG IN AND DID A COUPLE PNTNGS...(SHOW YOU LATER.)

OUR POOL...SWAM EVERY DAY, SOMETIMES TWICE...I STARTED OFF WITH 10 LENGTHS (5 LAPS) AND AT THE END OF THE MO, 30 LENGTHS (15 LAPS)
ME AND DIANE

A "SELFIE" WITH THE BOUGAINVILLA VINES, WHICH GREW PROFUSELY THERE

ON A DOLPHIN TOUR...WENT PAST MULTIMILLION DOLLAR  MANSIONS, FAB. BOATS..ON THE INTERCOASTAL WATER WAY. DIDN'T SEE ANY DOLPHINS, BUT BOATRIDE WAS REALLY NICE.  LOTS OF WATER TRAFFIC, NEVER SAW THE LIKES OF IT....EVERY SIZE BOAT, AND WATERCRAFT.  SO MUCH WAKE, THAT SOMETIMES THE WATER WAS ALL WHITE WAVES FOR A BIT. (WE DID SEE DOLPHINS FROM ONE BEACH)

JUST ONE SAMPLE OF MUCKY MUCKS HOMES...WE PASSED BOAT DOCKS BEFORE WE GOT TO THIS AREA.  THERE'S NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR ALL THE BOATS, SO THEY ARE LIFTED OUT OF THE WATER WITH THIS TRACTOR CONTRAPTION AND WHEELED TO A BIG THREE TIER  BLDG....AND PUT ON A SHELF.