1-24  The First Twenty-Four
25-48  The Second Twenty-Four
49-72  The Third Twenty-Four
73-96  The Fourth Twenty-Four
97-120  The Fifth Twenty-Four
121-144  The Sixth Twenty-Four
145-168  The Seventh Twenty-Four
169-on  The Eighth Twenty-Four

97  A Family Visit, part 2
98  Wunderkammer XI
99  Wunderkammer XII
100  Ponogram Index
101  Michigan Outlines
102  Hawaiiana 9
103  Kids of Maine - 1
104  Kids of Maine - 2
105  Clarence Sandin
106  Tech House
107  Hawksbill Hatching
108  Facial Recognition
109  Hawaiiana 10
110  Spring in Maine - 1
111  Spring in Maine - 2
112  Wunderkammer XIII
113  Wunderkammer XIV
114  Wunderkammer XV
115  JOVIAL Programming Language
116  "Big Like a Soldier Officer"
117  TV Shows That Never Were - 1
118  Gecko Rejects Moth
119  TV Shows That Never Were - 2
120  The Story of Four




Pono invaded Maine for the “Birthday Season”.  This is the first half of the report on that trip.  I’ve been sorting and re-sorting all the pics and finally decided I just couldn’t pare down the count to make only one Ponogram.  The cast of characters includes Pono, son JR, daughter-in-law Courtney, 5 yo Poppy, and 2 yo twins Scarlet and Clover.


 Five Sandins in Maine

                                        The family enjoying a bright fall day in their yard

Maine was very pleasant for the entire three weeks I was there.  It could have been a few degrees warmer for my old bones, but there was lots of sunshine and only an occasional few drops of rain.  One evening it spit some hard snow or sleet – enough to go out and gather a handful.  The kids stuck a tiny bit of carrot and two peppercorns in it to make the first snowman of the season.  It was put back out on the window sill and lasted long enough for a couple pics.


Here are some close-ups to introduce the Kids of Maine.  You may see some resemblances, but believe me they are three very individual personalities.

 Clover and Scarlet   Poppy and the grouch on the couch

Clover and Scarlet Poppy and the Grouch on the couch

 Scarlet   Clover

Scarlet Clover


I spent about 7 hours a day with the family.  Patty, Courtney’s mother was there for most of my stay.  I wasn’t near as capable as Patty at entertaining the kids, but I got pretty worn out just watching them.  In fact, I took two “personal maintenance” days and gave myself and the family a little break.  (I only had one pair of pants with me and I had to launder them.)

 Pono with Poppy   Pono with Scarlet and Clover

Pono with Poppy Pono, Scarlet, Clover

Poppy at the gym   Poppy at the pool

Poppy at the gym Poppy at the pool

Some of Poppy’s weekly activities.  The twins usually go to the gym also and enjoy playing ball, running around, crawling through the wolf’s den, and going down the slide while Poppy has her class.


   The doll house   The doll people

Of course there is a doll house.  JR built it and the furniture and its tenants came from other sources.  The tenants became identified as Nana (Courtney’s mother), Daddy, Mama, Pono, Nougat (cat), Poppy, Scarlet, Clover, Uncle Stuart, and Marmalade (dog).  Pono and Uncle Stuart change ID sometimes depending on who visits.

The set came with only one baby but JR actually constructed a second one to match the real gang.  I suggested that he should perhaps refrain from making babies for a while.


 Poppy with a saw   Poppy, Clover, Scarlet, tree

 Poppy under the tree

 Poppy in the tree

One day late in my stay, Courtney and Poppy took a saw and went out in their forest.  They picked a tree, cut it down, dragged it in and decorated it before the day was over!



This being the first of two P-grams, I’ve given you a quick look at the kids.  The next one will show more of their activities.  And your bonus video is here.