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A Florida Rainbow Appeared When Michael was Born

Tampa Florida is his birthplace.

You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.

Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.  

Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool. 

Happy Happy Birthday Michael.  

love, your Grandma

Mark holding Michael

Mark holding newborn Michael in Tampa Hospital with a rainbow in the background

With Mom Erika at Cousin Vicci and Ben’s Wedding  2014IMG_5724and dancing at the wedding

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Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog

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And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!

Crop of a Bucket Challenge Photo, Catching the Action, Creating Awareness, Increasing Contributions

It’s all over the internet. Bill Gates did it with an elaborate contraption he designed.  Friends, neighbors, coworkers are challenging one another and the videos are all over social media.  People challenging others to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads to call attention to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  ALS is defined on the ALS Association webpage as “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”  

One thing is the crazy stunt has not only gone viral, a dreaded disease- ALS  has come to the forefront and received  22.9 million dollars in donations, a marked increase from a year ago.   Of course there’s controversy and debate, too.  Are the participants really understanding what ALS is and how it affects those who have it? and their families? Others think it is a waste of perfectly clean water when so many parts of the world are in drought, or don’t have easy access to clean water.  Here is an excellent blog post about what an ALS Family REALLY thinks about this challenge

Yesterday, I was invited to photograph the cheerleading squad accepting the ice bucket challenge the first day of school.  I know they are fundraising and sending a donation in addition to pouring the water on their heads.

Here is a crop of that photo. 

(I was careful to keep the camera far from the ice water, though)  Here’s more information about ALS

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Reminder to Self

IMG_4806Found this by  my bedside pile this morning.  First Day of School.

Thanks for all the good notes and comments yesterday, wishing me a good year.  I think I’ll take this card for my desk this morning. 

Last Day of Summer Vacation Before School Starts

I need to gather up my knitting bag, the computer bag and the camera bag- pack the suitcase- load the car.  And the grocery bag with the sock monkeys that the girls helped me stuff but still need to be handstitched.  The eyes embroidered.  The tails attached.

I’ll be heading home in a few hours. A 3 1/2 hour drive.  Just can’t sleep. 

The Summer unstructured time has been grand.

Although I’m up at four today, setting the alarm for 5:15 is going to be the tricky part. Getting up tomorrow for the familiar drive to school. The freshman will come on Friday so that gives me a couple of days of clerical time and Prof Dev meetings. All students start on Monday.

Here’s the pastry case and breakfast from Sunday’s brunch at La Chatelaine after church.

La Chatelaine Desserts

 

 

 

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Trombonists Play Hang on Sloopy for Family per Jack’s Request

Trombonists of The Best Damn Band in the Land of The Ohio State University. 

“It is one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country, perhaps the largest of its type in the world” wikipedia

TBDBITL is in the media a lot lately, most of it negative and all of that mess is being sorted out but-

Just look at what happened after the Ohio State Swim Club Swim Banquet.

Today as we left the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion we saw this fine group of band members headed our way.

Now if there are four steadfast and loyal fans in Ohio, it is my grandchildren.  Even Michael our native Floridian in his Orange and Blue.

Jack did his rendition of “dotting the i “and taking a bow which gave them a chuckle.

Then Jack (a native Buckeye) asked if they could play Hang on Sloopy  (Wes Farrell /Bert Russell  1964 song)    and they complied. As they played, Jack did the motions O-H-I-O with his arms and body.

What fun.  A cool memory and experience for us all. but especially the kids.

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Michael sporting his U of Florida colors

 

 

The  scarlet and gray plumes had to be covered in plastic due to the rain.

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Jack’s swim towel served as a banner as the trombonists posed with the grandchildren.

Best Damn Band in the Land

 

 

 

IMG_2245The Ohio State University band members received iPads yesterday that have an app that will have the formations that they execute so masterfully.  Of course I had to ask how they learned them so well and it used to be charts on paper.  Now it will be on iPads.

 

Four years ago the kids marched to the drums at the tryouts and I posted a blog about that in August 2010   so some of these trombonists were at that very tryout I photographed.

 

And here they are in concert last year so no watching their amazing marching but it’s the song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5_1J8Z5Z34

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette Gallery

NOTE:  If you are not a WordPress Blogger just skip down to the collection of Silhouette Gallery photos 

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So WordPress decided to change the editor where one creates a new post and I just couldn’t see how it is any sort of an improved model. Perhaps it just takes some getting accustomed to the new format?

“No worries, just switch to classic mode” they reassured me at the top of the WordPress Page.  I clicked.

 And then when you click :PREVIEW the post from the classic mode, it then reverts to the New Editor, it does not stay in “classic mode”  

Life is all about change and our ability to adapt to change, right?

 But sometimes CHANGE is NOT an improvement.

(And what the heck is the BEEP BEEP BOOP someone created for the loading while you wait?  Oh my)

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Now back to our regularly scheduled programming and I know talking about computer issues bores people.

MY SILHOUETTE GALLERY – You’ve seen a few of these before if you follow the blog

silhouette cupples field st. John

St. John at Cupples Field South Side

silhouette  hand murray ave

Looking up Murray Avenue

silhouette family smith mountain lakeFamily at Smith Mountain Lake

silhouette Hudson RiverHudson River Silhouettes

fireworksJuly Fireworks at The Lakes

michael on the zip lineMichael on the Zip Line

silhouette MauraMaura at the Strawberry Farm

Bobbijo and Tim  Wedding

Bobbijo and Tim
Wedding

silhouette steam shovel 2

Dinosaur Demolition  (you’ve seen this one before)

silhouette Hudson River 2 Looking to New Jersey

silhouette birds on wire

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Celeste as a bride last weekend.  I was actually trying to get a good silhouette but it didn’t quite work out.

silhouette winter trees

Winter trees in Highland Park

silhouette gigapanGigapan Work on Mt. Washington

silhouette supermanSemi Silhouette of Superman in Hardy Virginia

Preparing Socks for Monkeys and the Front Porch Swing

The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today.  Uncle James was at work.

Aunt Lala did the girls hair.

Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.

Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands.  We had a relaxing summer afternoon.

Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.

 

Aunt Lala's front porch

Aunt Lala’s front porch

 

porch swing and dog

 

 

 

Penny wearing Anna's headband

Penny wearing Anna’s headband

 

 

 

Socks ready to make into monkeys

Socks ready to make into monkeys

I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand.   The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year.  I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.

A Photo Shoot Idea Results in a Teeth Clench, a Grimace and a Bobblehead Shot

Eight years ago I created a homemade book for granddaughter Anna for her third birthday. You know those blank white books you can buy in an art store or school supply?    I photographed Baby Doll doing all sorts of things around the house and yard and swing set. I even had the photos printed on PAPER and mounted them on the pages and wrote a caption for each shot.

Anna wasn’t  a collaborator then as it was a surprise for her.

You get the idea of the book I made.  And I thought I could make another one, no problem. HA!

Today her sister Maura (5+) thought it would be a great idea to make a book together, starring her Bitty Baby and Chelsea baby dolls and her AG Clare.  I thought it sounded like a good idea, too.

Only problem, Maura suddenly got into some unnatural poses and grimaces and it didn’t look right to me.  Also the dolls seemed to have more vacant stares than good old Baby Doll (originally belonging to their mother Erika) who seemed MUCH more cooperative and responsive to my direction (plus it was my direction alone previously)

But I can learn from the experience of the photo shoot.  The results did not match my vision. But Maura had a blast and likes the pictures and we all had a great laugh.  Erika thinks my efforts are funny.  I think it is good to show the outtakes sometimes, too.

I showed today’s pics to her mother Erika and she said she loved them all.  Her brothers and sisters are the one who said that Maura looks like a Bobblehead in the one (due to Grandma’s angle and perspective)

Maura liked the photographs, just fine by her.

So here is what we came up with and for me it is back to the beginning and reworking the shots and getting Maura to ease up on the posing.  Will see what we come up with on the next attempt.

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Ooops down one subject

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And the Bobblehead shot.

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80 Pounds of Fresh Linguine in a Day

No, not eaten.  Made!

I can tell you that it is delicious. Today I was buying walnuts and Amish butter and fresh eggs to make biscotti.

On Tuesday they make ravioli.  Mushroom, Imported cheese, artichoke, and many other varieties

Here is Carol in the Groceria Italiana (established 1958) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

She is of Irish German descent but is married to an Italian, she told me. Very hospitable and didn’t mind my questions at all.

There is a lovely photograph of Gloria who has passed but who made fresh pasta for years and years using these same machines.

One machine is 27 years old.

Thanks for letting me photograph the process with my iPhone.  I will return with my good camera one of these days.

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Another machine rolling the dough into strips.

 

 

 

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Preparing the strips for the machine.

 

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Here the pasta strips are being cut.

 

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Carol can make 80 pounds of fresh linguine in a day!

 

pasta cutterYou can see the different widths on the pasta cutter machine. Gloria’s photo is above the machine. Carol said her spirit is with them still.

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