What fun walking the trails, visiting over tea with honey and lemon as Joan has served it for more than half a century, and hearing stories events and everyday friendship from times stretching almost that far back…. Nat, who started … Continue reading →
Turning 85 on March 6th, Niilo was feted by his fellow Fairbanks Pioneers Home residents and staff at lunchtime and again by family in the evening. He was alert all but a few moments of 3 evening hours; I think … Continue reading →
We had a fast-paced but fun visit from Max’s band Nor’easter the beginning of February, coming to Fairbanks for the Contra Borealis Dancer‘s Winter Dance Weekend. Got all the siblings out to dance (Alex wins the stamina award) and Joan … Continue reading →
Who would have thought horses like mint? That is the flavor of the treats Joan and Heather were provided to give neighbor horses of Cindie and Lauren – and the mule boarding with them. It was a very brisk day, … Continue reading →
Happy New Year Family and Friends Joan notes she is making a new dish from the Cooking For Two cookbook she was recently given, using apples, carrots, onion, and maple syrup: “Almost anything with maple syrup improves it!” She … Continue reading →
Although the greenhouse got closed down long ago, Joan continues to enjoy fresh homegrown tomatoes, as well as garden potatoes, carrots, cabbages, and frozen produce. … Continue reading →
NK skis (Click on link to open picture) If only we were all still up to skiing again! Here’s Niilo skiing across the driveway some 30+ years ago. Now although there is currently enough snow the next generation very rarely … Continue reading →
In 1962, when Niilo got accepted to graduate school 4500+ miles away, Koponens had a rousing driveway auction, then loaded up the TravelAll and trailer with horse Kijafa, dogs Maya and AbiYoYo, the 7 family members, and lots of stuff. … Continue reading →
The robin was totally convinced that Niilo’s office would be the most desirable place to nest, so for a week it kept trying to get in the window. It would fly up to the window and scratch to get in, … Continue reading →
Joan has “no idea” what this curiosity -found in the basement – is. Niilo knows what it is! But he’s keeping his memories and wisdom to himself.
Rob knew immediately, and could point out what happens at each point in the contraption: a steam trap, possibly from a train, possibly from some other application.
Per wiki: A steam trap is a device used to discharge condensate and non condensable gases with a negligible consumption or loss of live steam.
Do any of you readers recognize what application this particular steam trap belonged to?