Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Little People in the Sandbox

The best thing about vintage Fisher Price Little People is all the people and the accessories.

We got rid of most everything else.




In this case, I am not exactly certain what is going onβ€”

something involving some goats and some people in blue police-style hats. They might be farmers.




There are a lot of other people, tooβ€” tho none of them seem to lively at the momentβ€”

and an up-turned television, currently being used as a trough.




The fields are well groomed.




The machines are well maintained.




It looks pretty peaceful. I will try to remember it that way.


Saturday, April 24th, 2021

At the Car Cemetery

We went to the Car(r) Cemetery. Whole car(r) families are buried there.




We found Father and Mother Car(r)β€”




Their ancestor, Parker Car(r), who seems to have lived a very sedentary lifestyleβ€”




And Parker’s wife, Sarahβ€”





And Ernest A. Car(r), who was always serviced by the most honest of mechanicsβ€”




We also found Mary, whoever she wasβ€” a wagon, perhaps.




Many people doubt that cars have funerals, but I have proof.

Here, for example, is the funeral of a maroon 2005 Prius, as documented by my brother, Dan Shanahan.


click here for more drawings by Dan



Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Pont Drouin Covered Bridge, Compton, Quebec, Canada

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Iris’s 9th Birthday

For Iris’s birthday, she decided she wanted to eat carrot cake on top of Mount Ham. So we did. If mount Ham was good enough for me, then it was good enough for her. Carrot cake was what the rabbits voted for, but we didn’t bring rabbits. At the last minute, Iris also decided to bring a friend. Fortunately, there was a very good one available for last-minute birthday parties on mountain summits.




Hymie and Napua came with us for the purpose of taking photos. Hymie is all fixed up so he could attend the doll party in good form. The biggest difference, aside from the fact that his fabric is now perfect, is that his mouth is about 1/8th of an inch narrower. It’s quite noticeable if you know him! Napua is Megan reincarnated. She includes all of Megan’s stuffing plus some, and her head is configured over Megan’s old head. But really, nothing is the same aside from the fact that Iris still has three dolls instead of four. You wouldn’t recognize her in any way shape or form, but they say that reincarnation is like that.




While AmaΓ«lle took time to finish her cake (she is especially good at savoring), Martin hiked to the other high point on the peak. Once Akiva saw that his papa was all alone, he wanted to go, too! Do you see that tiny blue spot to the left of the slightly larger red spot, just to the right of what appears to be a ham radio tower on the peak?** That’s Akiva! He went all the way over there all by himself.




**It is not actually a ham radio tower: it is the profile of the enormous crucifix where they tortured the last of the wild mountain giants.

Friday, April 2nd, 2021

How we ended up behind Isabelle’s houseβ€”

We went looking for a shortcut,

We went looking east and west,

But we did not find a shortcutβ€”




We decided long was best.