"There's No Place Like Jenna's Kitchen, Maquoketa, Iowa, April 2009" © Sandy Dyas


"Jenna is my oldest daughter. She lives with her daughter Caroline Louise and her husband Tony in her Great Grandmother Mabel's house in Maquoketa, a small town in eastern Iowa close to where I grew up. Grandma Mabel passed on when Jenna was a teenager. Jenna later bought the well over one hundred year oldĘ home from her paternal grandparents.

The kitchen doesn't look a whole lot differently than it did years ago. It wasn't painted a deep cobalt blue then nor did it have the two large rusted signs hanging on its walls. Jenna found the Pride sign buried amongst a lot of junk in her great grandparents' shed on their farm outside of Maquoketa. Great Grandpa Ed had saved the sign and now it lives in Jenna's kitchen. The yellow Clinton Chainsaws sign came from my Dad's farm. Grandpa Jack gave the sign to Jenna a number of years ago. It used to be nailed to one of his sawmill buildings down from their house near the woods."