Category Archives: Photographs

Typed Note from Frances

I’ve written about Frances a lot here. She was our next-door neighbor when we moved to the DC area in 1985. She and I became fast friends, even though she was forty-seven years older than I when we first met. We only lived next door to each other for a year while we rented a house in Alexandria, but we continued our friendship after that.

She sent me this typed post card in 1990. I guess I sent her a couple of photos of her back yard. I’ll have to find them someday. She mentions physical therapy and insurance. I think that was due to an accident we were in a few months before that — we were rear ended at a stop light. The truck behind us thought we were turning right on red but I knew that intersection and didn’t turn right. The driver got out and screamed at me. Frances ended up with whiplash — which at 81 wasn’t a good thing to have.

June 10 Dear Dona, I’ve been trying to write this card to you ever since you sent me the photos…I love the one of you and Dean — and even like mine a lot….And it’s nice to have a good shot of my azaleas! Thanks…you are a fine photographer.

I’m glad your school is practically over and I can expect to see you sometime…Am also eager to know if you have any definite plans for next year.

I’ve had an awful lot to do lately…Finished my physical therapy about 2 weeks ago and am hoping I won’t have to fool with many more papers for the insurance co…Lots of other types of business to take care of also.

Call me! Love, Frances

My Japanese Scarf

In August of 2007 my daughter’s girl scout troop hosted a Japanese girl scout troop. The leaders stayed with us and gave us many gifts. My favorite was a beautiful silk scarf. It was accompanied by photos showing how it was dyed.

Here are the leaders, my daughter, a Japanese girl scout wearing Kimonos. They brought one for both Clare and me — including shoes! I’m still in contact with Yuko, the woman on the far left.

And here is my scarf.

Silly Hair Day?

Back row, L-R: Frank Patrick, Ray Choitz, Marge Choitz, Louis “Bud” Choitz, Louis William Choitz
Front Row, L-R: Emily Patrick, Jerry Choitz, Alvera Choitz, Leila Patrick Youngs, Ron Choitz, Anna Marie Nielsen, Grace Choitz, Charlie Choitz.

I scanned this photo on January 29, 2009. I was in possession of my grandmother’s photo albums for a brief period — on loan from my Aunt Corrine. Even though I edited it a bit, I never really looked at it until today when I was trying to figure out who was who. I assumed that the boy in front was my cousin Ron Choitz and noticed his hair was standing up in the middle. I assumed the wind had come by just at the point the photographer was taking the photo. Studying the other faces, I noticed that the boy on the left in the middle row also had hair that was sticking up. Then I noticed the looks on the adults surrounding him. What a hoot!

Grandma Patrick is not pleased, nor is Aunt Alvera or the two men and possibly woman in the back row.
I think that Aunt Leila finds it rather humorous though. Maybe even Great Grandma Nielsen.