After thirteen weeks of intensive training Marine recruits see their families for the first time the day before graduation on Family Day. Up until then there are no phone calls, no emails, no Facebook, nothing. They are totally immersed in concentrated training and focused on the task. In this day of instant communication it is definitely a culture shock not only for the recruits but the families who are used to being in touch with their kids at all times.
MCRD Family Day Moto Run, Formation
Boot Camp, Liberty Formation
My youngest son had a different experience in boot camp. He left right after high school, and experienced more homesickness than his older brother who had been in college for two years prior. My new Marine was craving food of all types and during his five hour liberty on Thursday he ate continuously.
All we could do was watch in amazement as two bags of homemade treats, beef jerky, oreo balls, “Memaws “(bran) muffins, swedish fish, pringles, cheeseburger, ice cream disappeared AFTER a full buffet lunch. Since Marines cannot eat and walk in uniform at the same time there was a lot of stopping to snack.
New Marine at MCRD San Diego
Open the Feed Bag for a new Marine
My Dad was a private quiet man. He served in World War II and in Korea. However I know very little about his WWII experience other than he was in the Navy, on a destroyer operating one of the big guns at Normandy and in the Pacific. His papers and commendations were all lost when he arrived home on New Years Eve and put his sea bag down in Times Square. Someone else picked it up. Considering he used his brothers ID to get in at age 16 I don’t know what I can find out.
For the sake of possibly finding anybody who served with my Dad I’m listing his full name: Leo Thomas “Terry” Tyrrell, his nickname in WWII was Tiny Terry the Terrible. He wasn’t very big, 5’6″ and weighed 125 lbs sopping wet. But, from what I understand you didn’t want to mess with him. He fought like a little bantam rooster. I often compare his physique to Clint Eastwood, not an ounce of fat on him.
Leo Tyrrell, Korean War Memorabilia
He reenlisted in the Korean War with the Army airborne and I do have his papers and airman’s wings which I treasure greatly. (There is a longer story on this shadow box which I will relate later) He was a paratrooper and after the war worked for a parachute factory in Manchester Connecticut. The area is now called Silk City. For many years he didn’t talk about the war, but he would watch all the black and white television shows on WWII and occasionally he would say “I sat there, that’s what I did.” I wish I had paid more attention when I was a kid.
Here’s to my Dad and all the veterans today that served our country and have given us the freedom we enjoy today. We are a safer country and world for what you did many years ago. We salute you.
Veterans Honor Memorial Flag
On this Veterans Day I wish to salute my sons who have chosen to serve their country in the United States Marine Corps. I know the Marines seem to be the proudest, and the Mom’s are just as bad. But there is a reason why they are called The Few, the Proud, The Marines.
They are the only branch of the service that once you go through Marine boot camp you can transfer to any other branch without going through boot, or basic again. But every other service man wanting to transfer into the Marines must go through Marine boot camp. They train the hardest and the longest of any other branch. Thirteen weeks, followed by four weeks of Marine Combat School (MCT)
From boot camp, to their uniforms, Marines are disciplined to pay attention to detail. Everything has a purpose, not that you are supposed to understand that purpose, but there is a trust in every command, every directive, that there is a greater purpose in mind. Here are a few pictures taken during my youngest son’s leave from boot camp in October.
He received the Expert Rifleman award, the highest marksmanship award given in boot camp. It is pined exactly an 1/8 of an inch above the left pocket. If you don’t have a ruler in your kit the width of two nickels will do.
Attention to Dress Blue Details
Marine Rifle Expert Pin
US Marine Dress Cover
I could make it to the Elmwood-Murdock Veterans Day program this year, so I’m posting last years tribute from the high school choir. It’s my favorite and never fails to give me chills.
Thank you to all our veterans who have served and who are now serving in the United States Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force.
High school football, the central point of every fall Friday night in a small town. It’s the center of the social scene, the place to be seen and to see people and watch some football. Elmwood-Murdock high school has been conference district champions for the past 13 years and make the state playoffs every year I can remember.
Nebraska, High school football, obviously doesn't want me to take his picture
Class C2, Nebraska Football
High School Football Cheerleaders
In honor of my two US Marine sons, a great big 236th birthday wish to the United States Marine Corps.
I am very proud of them both. This picture was taken at my youngest son’s Marine boot camp graduation at MCRD San Diego California this past October. His brother received weekend leave from his permanent duty station to attend. It was great to have them together.
I have only gotten to see my youngest son in his dress blues and like any good Mom I was beaming with pride. Who can resist a Marine in his dress blues? He had the opportunity to wear them to his high school during a recruiting visit to his alma mater Elmwood-Murdock High school.
Two U.S.Marines and a Sister
USMC Dress Blues, the fitting
First time wearing his Marine Corps dress blues
Heavenly delight, a chocolate chocolate cupcake, yum! What’s better is I didn’t have to make these myself, my step daughter did for a friends birthday.
There is a reason I don’t to into Hobby Lobby very much. I would get sucked down the hole that is my crafty addiction. I thought I had broke the habit, but its like anything else, you just have to say away. But everything is so shiny, and cute, and I could make, ok step away from the glue gun.
Seriously, I love the store, for more than the obvious reasons. This day I was content with pictures.
Sso many interesting projects come through the door at Hamilton Color Lab I keep my Olympus camera on the counter at work. (Sometimes it’s the only place I get my photo of the day) I work the front desk, handle the customer service, the marketing, and the social media accounts which, at the present time includes a Facebook page, Twitter account and lately the Flickr account.
But, since my personal blog centers around photography I thought I would post a series here every now and then. Especially since some of my photos of the day are taken at work.
Graflex camera a customer brought in to show and tell
Film is not dead, barely hanging on though. Hamilton Color Lab only processes E-6 slide film, our C41 machine literally caught fired a few years ago and it wasn’t worth the money to rebuild. But the film that is very much alive and cool again is vintage formats. We still receive large format film for processing including E-6 110, 120, 4×5 and occasionally 8×10 size slide transparencies.
Vintage check project
We scanned the vintage small check (lower left in pink) at a high resolution, created a vintage look in brown tones, printed it on cotton etching paper on an inkjet printer, matted and framed the piece. It will eventually go into the Woodbine Saving Bank newly remodeled bank.
Mid 1800's: Photo and art restoration and reproduction
The date on the back of this picture was 1841 and the genealogy of the family listed a son named “Benjamin Franklin ____” Isn’t that cool! Benjamin Franklin was a celebrity of his day, and obviously admired enough to name their child after the man.
Found this Caramel Apple Dip recipe several years ago, and it’s the best I’ve every had. I should know, I’m a caramel apple addict. Every year I lose my index card and have to dig for it again, but it always turns up in a drawer, or my recipe box, in the wrong section.
So I’m posting it here for posterity, then I can always do a search where ever I am. Yes, the recipe is at the bottom and I did eat all the apples on the plate and the 1/2 cup of dip in the bowl. Yes, I’m a pig, oink, oink, smile.
Caramel Apple Dip
Caramel Apple Dip recipe
Here’s the recipe as I found it in Taste of Home’s Simple & Delicious magazine 2006
- 1 package (14 oz) caramels
- 20 large marshmallows
- 1/2 cup butter, melted (mmm butter)
- 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream (full octane cream, mmmm)
- Apple slices
Place caramels in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute. Add marshmallows (which in my opinion don’t count as sugar) ; microwave for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted, stirring occasionally. whisk in butter and cream until combined. Serve with apple slices. Refrigerate leftovers.
Yield 2 1/2 cups