Photos of readers

Claudia Baker has put one entry into the “photos of readers” tank, and again I have no more. But I’m grateful to Claudia, and her photos and words are below.

This is me and my daughter Emily when we spent a year in Iceland several years ago.  I was teaching at a high school in Reykjavik and she was 17 at the time and attending the same high school. She is now a young woman, and my hair has now gone somewhat grey.  I like this picture of the two of us because it shows that we had a very nice relationship when she was a teen,  and we still do to this day.

One thing I have been doing during lockdown is knitting.  I have made many pairs of socks for friends and family.  These are thick and warm and perfect for cold northern winters. I think I may need to send Jerry a pair!
[JAC: I’d be delighted to get a pair!]

This is Bodie, my 15-year-old ginger tabby, chilling on the deck down by the water.



  1. Jenny Haniver
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    In the photo, there’s a very close physical resemblance between you and your daughter and it’s wonderful that mother and daughter were and are emotionally close as well.

    Those socks do look to be thick and warm; hope Bodie’s fur is, too in winter.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:27 pm | Permalink

      Bodie’s fur is very thick. Great in Canadian winters; not so great today in the extreme heat we are getting in Ontario! Which is why he is lounging down by the lake. Also, he can go to the water’s edge and get a drink whenever he needs one.

      It is wonderful to have a good relationship with one’s children. It is one of the joys of my life. 🙂

  2. jezgrove
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Nice photos – and a strong family resemblance! (No, I don’t mean the socks – although they do have one too.)

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:27 pm | Permalink


  3. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Which is the daughter and which the mother, Claudia?

    Bet those Landis took the two of you for sisters. 🙂

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      Haha – flattery will get you everywhere Ken!

      • Ken Kukec
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

        Could swear I heard my father whispering in my ear as I typed. He was always quick with a line like that. 🙂

        • Claudia Baker
          Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

          I had a Dad like that too. Quick wit, very funny. Always made me laugh.

  4. Debra Coplan
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    That is a wonderful photo! You both look so much alike. I can’t tell who is the mom and who is the daughter. It’s great you have a wonderful relationship.
    …And you have a gorgeous cat.

  5. Claudia Baker
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Debra!

    Bodie is a pretty nice boy. I have had him since he was born – his mother was a stray that I took in, and, of course, she was pregnant. I kept one of the kittens and we have been inseparable ever since. I like his pink toe beans in this pic.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      One of our cats came the same way. The mother is gone now but Bumper is still going well.

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:02 pm | Permalink

        Same here. His mother died about 4 years ago. Right up until she died, he snuggled her like he was a kitten, even though he was twice her size. Quite funny to see that. I have loads of pictures, of course!

        “Bumper” is a very cute name for a kitty.

    • jezgrove
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

      Yes, Bodie’s a cute cat. Of course, the “toe beans” won’t be visible when he’s wearing his new socks…

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

        Haha! True!

  6. rickflick
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    If the lockdown lasts, you may have a chance to knit socks for all of us. 😉

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

      Yup, especially if it lasts into winter time. There are a lot of cold, dark hours up here in Ontario during Nov.Dec.Jan.Feb.March…
      Have to fill in the time somehow. Get you order in rickflick!

  7. Mark R.
    Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Very nice photo…love the subtle sepia tone (maybe it’s my monitor?). Either way, I can see why you cherish it.
    Looks like some well-made socks to boot (pun intended) 🙂 All the knitters in my family are long gone. I used to have all sorts of knitted wear from grandmother’s and great aunties. Unlike the bad jokes about getting such items for Xmas, I always enjoyed the gifts.
    And a lounging cat (more like sprawling) in a pink chair- what’s not to love?

    • Mark R.
      Posted July 3, 2020 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      Apostrophe police! “grandmothers”

      • Claudia Baker
        Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

        My grandmother taught me to knit when I was about 6 years old, and I am so grateful that she did. It is really fun to give people things that I have made myself.

        I will let Bodie know that you like his
        ‘sprawl’ in the pink chair. That’s his “It’s SO hot!” look.

  8. Posted July 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and your wonderful relationships, Claudia. You must be a great mom.

    • Claudia Baker
      Posted July 4, 2020 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      Very nice of you to say. Thanks.

  9. phoffman56
    Posted July 4, 2020 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Assuming you teach high school in Ontario, it must have been very interesting to compare the system, the students, etc. in Iceland with over here in Ontario.
    My wife and I have visited Iceland 9 or 10 times since the big volcano in 2010, but haven’t interacted with younger people much there yet.
    And I’m jealous about your extended stay, though we did manage to get a 6 week cottage rental visit up in the Snaefelljokull peninsula one time.

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