Monday, January 14, 2019


  1. 'IF ANYONE HAS SOME INTERESTING PEOPLE PICTURES THAT THEY'D LIKE TO HAVE ME POST ON THIS BLOG, PLEASE EMAIL TO ME...torolaea@gmail.com  (this blog is seen by the people we know, from finland, germany, and all over the USA...I know, cuz they tell me...)
BRIAN HELMINEN WITH HIS DEER LAST FALL

HAPPY 65TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO LEO AND ESTHER TOROLA RECENTLY
HOW BLESSED TO HAVE EACH OTHER ALL THESE YEARS

LEO AND ESTHER W GRANDKIDS AT THEIR 65TH PARTY

FOUND THESE PUPPIES ON MY COMPUTER....TAKEN A WHILE BACK
MATT KIILUNEN'S RABBIT HOUNDS

MATT AND HIS FLOCK, ALSO A WHILE BACK...NO MORE CHICKENS, BUT STILL HAS THE HOUNDS

MATT'S TAXIDERMY...YOU'D SWEAR THEY WERE GOING TO CACKLE

A GREAT EVENING WITH BRIAN AND AMY TOROLA LAST SATURDAY

BEING NERDS W THE HELMINEN'S AT CULVER'S LAST FALL....THE WAITRESS GAVE US THE GLASSES

THIS IS IN OUR AGASSI PARK...MYSTERIOUS "STONE HEDGE"...SOME MAN IS MAKING THESE SNOW COLUMNS...US AT PARK AVE. APTS. ARE WATCHING TO SEE WHAT'S GOIING ON.....(THAT IS, IF SOME BRATS QUIT SMASHING SOME OF THEM AFTER THIS MAN'S HARD WORK)

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A NEW YEAR HAS BEGUN...2019

CHRISTMAS IN ALASKA...THEY TELL ME THAT THEY STARTED THE ELLEN  AND PETE TOROLA TRADITION..GINGERBREAD HOUSES...GRAHAM CRACKERS, TONS OF CANDY, AND NUKED WHITE CHOCOLATE.....EVEN ALL THE GROWN UPS PARTICIPATED!  YAY! 2018

ELLEN YLITALO IN MENAHGA...VISITED HER THANKSGIVING WEEKEND IN MENAHGA
(WITH her "pillow"

GREATGRAND, GRADY JOHNSON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY...(selena and kurt's)
GRADY IS ON THE RIGHT, FRONT....

GRANDDAUGHTER OF AMY AND TOM JOHNSON...ELLE

AT THE PARTY...ALL THE LADIES

ANOTHER JOHNSON GRANDBABY....NINA

BRITA AND HANS HAAPALA GANG, PLUS ONE GIRLFRIEND...ON THEIR ICE RINK AT HOME
(see, we LIKE SNOW!)

THE KYDS FROM CHURCH ANNUAL NEW YEAR'S  SKATING AT THE COLLISEUM  IN CALUMET
{imagine 1000-ish kids!)  click to enlarge

LENNY TOROLA EATING BREAKFAST (ERK?) CHOCOLATE CHIP PANCAKES, SMOTHERED IN PEANUT BUTTER AND SYRUP...

ME, GRAND/MADDIE TOROLA & DANICA RYYNANEN

PETER TOROLA (DAVE AND ANN'S) PRACTICING HIS PIANO LESSONS

ME AT KEYBOARD, ANTTI TOROLA, BRANNON TOROLA, TREVOR TOROLA AND LOWELL TOROLA, ACTING OUT THE 12 DAYS OF XMAS AT OUR PARTY, WHILE THE REST OF THE GANG SANG...THIS ONE IS "THREE CALLING BIRDS"...LOTS OF LAUGHING!

THIS GAME IS POPULAR WITH EVERYBODY..ELECTRICITY...DAVE IS THE ELECTRIC CHARGER, OR STARTER

MORE SHUFFLING OF KIDS, A FEW MORE ADDED, AND READY TO CHARGE, DAVE

HEAD DOWN, EYES CLOSED, FEEL THE CHARGE!!  TWO TEAMS, ONE ON EACH SIDE...WINNER GRABS THE HAT ON THE CHAIR....

Monday, December 17, 2018

NOTE: ALL PAINTINGS ARE 20% OFF LISTED PRICE AT THIS TIME

22 X 28 WATERCOLOR, MATTED, FRAME AND PLEXIGLASS.
DAISEY BOUQUET $500

12 X 12 ACRYLIC, WRAP CANVAS..HUNTER'S POINT NEAR COPPER HARBOR
$90

22 X 28 WATERCOLOR/ACRYLIC, MATTED, FRAMED WITH PLEXIGLASS
WILD TANSY AND CHICKORY $500

IF YOU WISH TO GET YOUR OWN  MATT & FRAMING, DEDUCT $100...AND 20% OFF BESIDES


PAINTINGS AVAILABLE....CALL OR TEXT ME AT 906-369-2468 PAINTINGS ARE 20% OFF AT THIS TIME 9-2468 IF INTERESTED

24 AND 40 ACRYLIC, WRAP CANVAS, NEEDS NO FRAME
LAKE SUPERIOR SHORE $500


11 X 14 HAVEN'S FALLS...(SORRY, NO FRAME AS SHOWN)  WRAP CANVAS, NEEDS NO FRAME
ACRYLIC..$200

11 X 14 ACRYLIC, FRAMED, ESREY PARK IN THE KEWEENAW
$250




11 X 14 ACRYLIC, CANVAS WRAP, JACOB'S FALLS $200

12 X 12 ACRYLIC...MEGA ENLARGED BLUEBERRY BLOSSOMS
(blossoms are super small, but are beautiful) $80

8 x 10 framed, watercolor, copper country thimbleberries $50

24 X 30 FRAMED WATERCOLOR , MAUVE MAT, PLEXIGLASS FRAMED,
COPPER COUNTRY WILD FLOWERS ($400---)

HAPPY COUPLE....KELSEY (TIKKANEN) AND TOM RANDELL
MARRIED IN CALUMET LAST WKEND

THIS IS WILLISTON AND DICKENSON, NO.DAK., COMBINED SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS  PROGRAM PHOTO..(thanks, wally)  HOW BLESSED THEY ARE TO HAVE THEIR LITTLE CONGREGATION OUT WEST.

KINDA LATE ON THIS PHOTO...STANLEY HELMINEN, SVEN TOROLA , SAUL TOLKKINEN, ELI ANDERSON AND CALVIN HELMINEN...

TINA (HYRKAS) ZEGEL WITH KIDS NATHAN AND JANA
THEY LIVE IN LONGMONT, CO

I PAINTED THIS TINY PICTURE OF MY CASITA LAST YEAR AND PUT IT IN THIS XMAS TREE ORNAMENT FRAME

THIS YEAR, I HAD PORCELAIN ORNAMENTS WITH THE PAINTING OF MY CASITA FOR ALL THE KIDS...WITH DATES 2002-2018....IN MEMORY OF MINE AND PETE'S FAVORITE PLACE.  I SOLD THE CASITA THIS SUMMER, I KNOW IT WAS TIME, IN MY OLD AGE.
(a good idea for gifts for even weddings, anniversaries, etc.... in any kind of material, and comes in this elegant velvet bag)

Friday, December 14, 2018

The Alaska gang has taken over my tradition on making gingerbread houses out of graham crackers and melted white chocolate...i retired and they took over.....