Tag Archives: Nostalgia

Dinner and a Hair Cut

My girlfriend, Mary, and I have been thick friends since our junior high days when I lived across the street from North Jr. High and she lived a few blocks away in a different direction. She moved away for 15 years a few years out of high school but that didn’t stop us from keeping in touch with […]

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Remembering the Good Guys

The location for Ken and Kathy’s post awaked something in me — memories of two special men in my life but more on that in a minute. I suggested several locations for Ken and Kathy’s photo shoot and Kathy seemed drawn to the ones involving architecture … downtown Boise, the Bishop’s House, or the Capital Building were some […]

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Megan - March 15, 2011 - 11:23 PM

Want to know a little secret? This is my FAVORITE post to date. I loved it- everything about it…and sadly, there’s so much I learned in this post!!! I had no idea Grandpa Queen was a cradle-robber! The picture of Grandpa Brown in the kitchen threw me for a loop- I can’t believe how much Matt looks like him there. It was fun to read of lemon-drop and auction childhood memories.
I can only imagine how much you must miss your Dad…even after all these years. I wish I could have met him. Someday. 😉

Kathy Jones - March 19, 2011 - 8:58 AM

Love this post! It made me feel nostalgic and although I never met your dad, I feel connected through your stories because you have such a great way of story-telling! The stories also reminded me of my own father in many ways. Thanks for sharing!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 19, 2011 - 8:33 PM

My oldest sister wrote me an e-mail with these comments on this post. They are special and I appreciate her!
“My memories are in some ways the very same and others the exact opposite. I do not ever remember Dad saying the actual words – I love you – but I never doubted that he did. My special memories are after Nick. Nicole was less than one because she wasn’t walking and I walked into the kitchen and he was on his stomach on the floor making her laugh. I can very clearly remember thinking to myself – who is this fellow? I have always felt sorry for both of you that you didn’t get to meet Pap Pap on your own level with your kids. I do know that I was given a gift.

I don’t remember not liking you with the exception of having to go to the basement and getting you grape jelly and who knows if that was more than once. I was sad to read that you felt that way so SORRY many years later.

I also have good memories of both sets of grandparents. I remember Grandad as only wearing railroad pants, always with hard candy, which I hated and would never turn down his offer of a piece (and would turn the corner and spit out). I loved riding in his funny old car. I always thought that he took care of Gram. Not that he was perfect because we all know thats not true. I have happy memories of the aution but I know that only went once or maybe twice. I always knew that their house was tiny and so perfect in so many ways. I was always impressed even as a very small kid that we were all invited as a giant family. The garden was so important to her and we were allowed to run the paths, pick the berries, play in the wonderful smelly little room downstairs with the clothes and hats. I loved Easter dinner there. I always felt sorry for Gram when it was rainy or cold. Cousins are a special thing. This year at Christmas at your house my husband was reminded of that same magic watching the ladies, Charlie and MJ. It’s just special, crowed, noisy, estra messy, and special. With four, soon to be five and six.”

Becky Hamilton - March 22, 2011 - 12:59 PM

Mary – you have such a way with words. I can picture Grandpa and Uncle Kenny vividly in your story. My favorite story about your dad is that he used to throw 24 pennies out in the yard and tell you girls not to come in until you found them all. Problem was he would tell you he threw out 25. Always makes me smile.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 22, 2011 - 1:01 PM

Are you serious? I didn’t know that story. That’s hilarious … can’t wait to play that on my grandkids one day! Thank you for commenting Becky.

An Old and New Kind of Love (Ken and Kathy)

The date was July 3, 1976 — the day before the Bicentennial. Mike and I had been married almost one year and we were at Cathedral Pines Family Camp in Sun Valley where we met Ken. He had just moved to Twin Falls from Northern Ohio (where incidentily Kathy’s family had lived for about 10 years […]

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Kathy Jones - March 1, 2011 - 7:03 AM

Nice pictures! Hard to say which is my favorite. I like the one on the balcony with the white sky background. But I also like the black and white – oh and the sepia toned too! Heck – they are all great!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 1, 2011 - 7:12 AM

Kathy sent me this comment by e-mail and I told her I was posting it … it was too sweet not too (or else I am too vain), but either way, thank you Kathy … so sweet. It was a beautiful journey for me to get to read and write about all my friends and their love for each other. She writes:

“I looked at the blog today and I think you put way too many pictures of us up, but oh my gosh are they beautiful. That was a very fun experience for me and I really did not mind that I was freezing cold. I just cozied up to Ken. And when I looked at the camera, I pretended I was looking through the camera at you, so it was you I was smiling at, thinking about the kind of person you are, and that made me smile. You are an inspirational friend. I just read somewhere that having a good social network adds 3.7 years to your life, so I guess this weekend must have added a year. Your friend, Kathy”

That last comment made me laugh considering the wonderful post V-Day party we just had at Jim and Diane’s.

botut - March 2, 2011 - 10:43 AM

I hate getting pictures taken but love to take them. I’ll have to remember Kathy’s trick (if I know the photographer!)

I laughed at the “walk…in the dark…off the trail…with branches whipping in her face” part! Donnie has done the same thing to me.

Kathy Sereduk - March 4, 2011 - 3:25 PM

What a beautiful story! I think Mom and Grandma played matchmaker. I loved the pictures. The love and friendship that Kathy & Ken share really showed through them. How fun to take a trip down memory lane with them. We have shared many adventures together, and hope we get to add to those memories as we all grow older together.

[…] location for Ken and Kathy’s post awaked something in me — memories of two special men in my life but more on that in a minute. […]

Boy Meets Girl (Jim and Diane)

This is a love story of boy meets girl. This is his story. The year was 1969. It was the 8th grade year. Boy was at a basketball tournament with friends. He sees girl for the first time as she walks up the stairway to exit the game. He asks his friends who the girl is. They reply. […]

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botut - February 22, 2011 - 10:42 PM

Loved these pictures! Mostly how the snow was “frozen” yet not distracting. Awesome.

Your Man - February 25, 2011 - 4:42 PM

Wow, wish I could ‘ve been in those pics. What a neat couple. They seem to go together like peas and butter. Down 2 earth people who don’t judge. And love each other.

Kay - February 26, 2011 - 10:00 AM

This is AWESOME!!! You two are the best!! Your love for each other is an inspiration!! We love you both so much. The pictures are great!!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 26, 2011 - 10:33 AM

This comment was left on the Page entitled “About Me” but I wanted to add it here for Jim and Diane to see. (Thank you btw, Gail, for such nice comments.) Mary

It was from Gail Kennedy and read: You did such a fabulous job capturing the love I have always seen in my forever friends, Diane and Jim. I am glad you have been encouraged in the art of photography – I think you have a God given talent. Thank you for posting such a wonderful story of two very special people!

Kathy Jones - March 1, 2011 - 7:06 AM

Beautiful pictures of beautiful people! What a great setting! It embodies who Jim and Diane are – down to earth and so full of life! And I always enjoy hearing about “his” story of Boy Meets Girl “sigh”…

Debbie - March 3, 2011 - 12:53 PM

Went to high school with Diane and Jim, and what a great couple. Diane is one of the kindest and greatest friends a person can have. My husband Pat and I feel very blessed to be their friends from South Dakota their hometown!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - March 3, 2011 - 10:55 PM

Debbie, thank you for visiting the site to read about J & D. I’ll be sure they read your comment. They’ll love it. Mary

A Together Kind of Love (Jim and Kathy)

Imagine a house in the mountains surrounded by some acreage, with a fence and a gate, lots of well cared for dogs and cats, and a river or stream near by. Imagine, if you will, a sign on the gate. What might it read? I think it would simply read “Heaven on earth found here.” […]

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Your Man - February 21, 2011 - 5:44 PM

It’s true, what a unique couple. Their love for the outdoors and animals make me jealous. I wish I could be that compassionate. Mikey

Lacey - February 21, 2011 - 10:28 PM

Wow what a wonderful post mary! I admire their love for eachother everyday and pray I will be that happy in 36 years! I love my parents!!

botut - February 21, 2011 - 10:51 PM

Wow is that a radical sunset! Loved how you captured the personality of the couple.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 21, 2011 - 10:55 PM

That’s BIG that you say that because of all my friends, Kathy hates the camera most. The only other person that hates the camera more is my own dear mom. I’m trying [unsuccessfully] to convert her.

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 22, 2011 - 12:26 AM

Lacey, we love your parents too and what a beautiful testament you gave. I don’t believe in luck, so do what it takes to make that happen … and you said it … prayer is the place to start! It won’t be long until you’re a bride – have fun! Love, Mary

She Loves You, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah! (Bob and Kathy)

With Bob and Kathy what you see is what you get. You get quirky and fun, a couple that loves Christ, loves to laugh together and with others, go camping (okay who doesn’t love to camp), listen to the classic Rock-n-Roll tunes, and pull off a unique fashion style all their own. :-)After almost 30 years of marriage they know […]

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Megan - February 9, 2011 - 9:20 AM

The picture of Kathy on the bench looking sideways- killer…she’s gorgeous! Kathy- you’re gorgeous!!! (Cause I know you’re reading this!) A perfect write-up with description words for a couple whose love really does shine no matter how well you know them or don’t know them…and really- she totally could rock skinny jeans.

Linda Johnston - February 9, 2011 - 11:55 AM

Kathy’s style is definitely unique to her–and not the slightest contrived. She even rocks that silver hair and absolutely not one person would think of her as an old lady–it is beautiful and suits her personality. I can go into a store and see something cute and cutting edge and immediately think, OOOOH Kathy would look great in this!(Though I know it would make me look silly!) She can do quirky and make it hip and elegant. Okay Bob, you too, though I will have to retract elegant. Mary, you did a great job highlighting our dear friends.

Kathy Jones - February 9, 2011 - 8:01 PM

Mary – you did a great job! Thanks for the kind words! You nailed it! You are the best photographer ever – and boy do you have some unbelievable photo software because that is NOT what I see when I look in the mirror!

fairlycandid - February 9, 2011 - 8:52 PM

Thanks Kathy! I’m so happy you liked it … and I said it once and will say it again … what you see with you two is what you get … a beautiful woman and her funny guy! 😉

Nostalgic Love (Mike and Mary)

We were young … Mike was a week from being 19 and I was a week into being 21 when we married August 23, 1975. We had each lived at home until we married and it didn’t take long to realize that being with each other nearly 24/7 was a bit of an awakening {for […]

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Kathy - February 4, 2011 - 9:25 AM

Wow! Fun stuff to read – how do you remember all those details? I guess getting married in Vegas does have its advantages! But – every once in awhile I do dream nostalgic about what it would have been like to have a real wedding…

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 9:30 AM

Ha! I don’t remember details … I had them written down. Obviously, I’ve always been anal about my photo albums.

Megan - February 4, 2011 - 10:20 AM

Favorite yet. That was my FAVORITE post you’ve done- it was so fun to read about your love…not that I didn’t know it all already, but it’s always nice to read about how much your Mom loves your Dad and the way she views her life…know what I mean? Thanks for being an open book and always being so real about your love and the importance you place on it.

And Mom, you rocked that wedding dress.

Love you!!!

Linda Johnston - February 4, 2011 - 11:25 AM

Wow, Mary, really you have not changed very much in 36 years. Mikey, a little more but still very recognizable. I’m pretty sure that noone who knew me 36 years ago and then saw me on the street today would have a clue unless I recognized them and told them who I was (and what is the chance I would recognize someone I knew 36 years ago?). I’m with Megan, you rocked that wedding dress!

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 11:34 AM

You and Meg are funny … I did love my dress though … probably the last piece of clothing my mom ever made me. Sweet thing was that when Meg was in the 5th grade and interested in porcelain dolls, my mom bought one, made a replica of my wedding dress with the material she had saved, and almost the same pattern. When Megan opened her gift that Christmas, I was stunned as I had no idea about it. And I thought my mom wasn’t sentimental. I was “thinner” back then (I hated the word skinny) but then weren’t we all. Mike had some nice sideburns going on, didn’t he. R-a-r-r-r. 🙂

Your Man - February 4, 2011 - 4:40 PM

What a surprise. You asked me all those ?’s But didn’t know what fer. Still lovin ya but u still need your own $50 next weekend.

fairlycandid - February 4, 2011 - 5:27 PM

Darn … I was hoping saying all those nice things about you would mean you’d give me play money … I did call you “generous” after all. 😉

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:46 AM

AWESOME. This was so incredible to read! You looked stunning & you have a picture of my mom bowing at your feet! 😉

fairlycandid - February 8, 2011 - 8:16 AM

Aubrey, you’re so fun. Thanks for all the sweet comments. I need to tell your mom I blogged about our wedding so she can see her picture unless you can forward her the link as I don’t have an e-mail address for her. Btw, I loved the picture of her and Leslie on your blog. That was a great one of them both.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

Christine Ellis - February 15, 2011 - 1:45 PM

I loved this post!! What a sweet tribute to an amazing relationship!

fairlycandid - February 15, 2011 - 1:57 PM

Christine! Thank you! One day you’ll look back on your own early beginning with the same amazement that you’ve come so far. Where does time go? Hope all is well in Holland … I’ll check our your blog soon.

Today is a good day. Smile. Mary

botut - February 16, 2011 - 9:42 PM

I loved this! The photos and figures were great! I really liked the look at the past and then present. And the shoes….well, they looked like something I had to wear with my nursing uniform at graduation. ‘Nuff said!

FairlyCandid.wordpress.com - February 16, 2011 - 9:44 PM

Oh, that was just cruel {but so so true}.

Spontaneous Sunday « Fairly Candid - February 2, 2012 - 6:42 PM

[…] home. I met Mike there, we married there, and had children attend there. (For more on our story see this post.) We have attended the same church the better part of 50+ years not because we think it is the one […]

Matt - February 6, 2012 - 9:38 AM

I never got a chance to read this post till now. A year later. I love this story and never get tired of seeing dad in that green suit. Wow am I glad times change, ha ha no offense dad, looked good on you though. Love you two and have fun and Jackpot this year.

In the Name of "Love" (Linda and Guy)

They say behind every good woman is a good man, or is it behind every good man is a good woman? Either way, it’s true with our good friends, Linda and Guy. They’ve been married 30 years and one of the most endearing things about this couple is their nick names. Guy calls Linda “Love” […]

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Linda Johnston - February 2, 2011 - 9:20 AM

Aw, Mary, how sweet. You did a great job. Thanks for being my friend.

Megan - February 2, 2011 - 9:54 PM

That was sweet- and I loved their advice to newlyweds…SO TRUE! All of the pictures are adorable- I love how big and sincere Linda’s smile is.

fairlycandid - February 2, 2011 - 10:15 PM

Thank you Linda and Meg. I’m having fun with this project … more to come.

Kathy Jones - February 3, 2011 - 7:03 PM

Mary – you are so wonderful with words and your camera! Linda/Guy – these are great pictures! We truly do have a great circle of friends.

jennessjohnston2 - February 3, 2011 - 11:25 PM

Ah Mary what a sweet and wonderful portrayal of my parents. Tears came to my eyes while reading it. I love love the pictures!!!

fairlycandid - February 3, 2011 - 11:27 PM

Jenness, thank you! You know how much we love those guys … could have written on and on, and on, and on ….

Roberta and Blaine Johnston - February 4, 2011 - 9:39 PM

Truly wonderful pictures of both Guy and Linda and what a beautiful tribute you wrote about them. You have been such a blessing to their family and I know the feeling is mutual for them. Thanks for sharing your blog with us!
Roberta and Blaine

fairlycandid - February 5, 2011 - 5:58 PM

How nice of you to comment Roberta! Thank you. It’s been a long time – hope you are doing well.

Aubrey Archuleta - February 8, 2011 - 7:34 AM

Oh wow, did this ever make me miss you all. Hi Linda! You were the best mentor I ever had, you look amazing. Beautiful pictures Mary, as ever.

Linda Johnston - February 9, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Aubrey, thanks for the sweet comments. I miss you also. I get updates from your Mom on you, Matt and your busy, busy boys. I got on your blog and read some of it yesterday. It really gave me some insight into your life and your family–very special. Love to you and yours.