Well, I guess my week off was a bit longer than I intended. There's nothing like traveling, then family arriving, then holidays descending to sabotage even the best of intentions to write. Still, it's been a good couple of weeks. Graduation in San Diego for son Carl was awesome, all the boys looked great in their dress Blues. It was also fun wandering around Carl's favorite haunts -- visiting the Star of India and The Surprise (from the film Master and Commander) though Carl has seen them mostly from underneath, rather than on top. We flew up to Wisconsin which was cold, cold, cold and full of snow and ice -- spent a good two days helping my daughter dig out. Stephen's phd graduation was appropriately stately -- except we made fun of the "madrigal" robes all the doctoral students wore. We ate well...and then took the flight from hell home (turbulence, multiple crying babies, and delays...).
Arriving home I discovered that due to my earlier posts about my grandfather, I received a fabulous email from the Ménager-Charvet family genealogist, Earl Charvet. The Ménager family was large (14 children) and a number of the sisters married into the Charvet family and had lots of children. So there are huge clans on both sides. It turns out that my corner of Pierre's life was something of a mystery for Earl so it was eye opening filling in the blanks on both sides. Earl sent me photos of two more of Pierre's paintings as well as the wonderful photograph of gr-gr-grandparents in France, Edouard Louis Isidore Ménager and his wife Maire Camille Alexandrine (known as Camille) Dabin. The painting above is Gallo Canyon (near Gallup, New Mexico) and the painting below is Mt. San Jacinto, Palm Springs.