"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Little Dog, Big Dog-Napping

Grandson Michael (10) is the guest blogger today. 

He photographed Josie (puppy) and Henry the Airedales. 

I like he got down on their eye level. 

I found it tonight on my phone and remembered he took it Saturday night. 


Rest Stop in Ohio- I had to pull in and get out and photograph


Sunday Night.  Along Route 70 Eastbound. The sunset.

It was the end of a beautiful day.


Ohio sunsetEven using the real camera cannot capture the beauty of the sunset. The pair of cars helps give perspective.  When you don’t live where it’s flat, you really notice the sky and the immensity.

Happy Birthday to my DIL

You’ve seen her featured on the blog if you’re a follower.

This blog sends lots of love from your MIL on your special day! Erika is a wonderful daughter, wife, mother, friend and DIL and a beautiful person, inside and out.  She ‘s really good to me and I’m so fortunate.  That whole “in-law relationship” can be tricky, eh Erika?  I try to be a good one, too.

(You watch, she’s going to let me know that Henry and Josie, the Airedales, would have liked their photos on the blog today, too!)

at Lala's Wedding


Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Henry Love

Anna snuggles with Henry the Airedale (2)

So Many Firsts

So many firsts 

When you are three months old.   

Today his first autumn leaf. Look!

Oh, there it is

I walked Charlie around the block today and found the ambient light under his stroller canopy. 

Series of three


Baby’s first autumn. 

He’s not at all  worried about the next season and what it will bring.

Everything is new and wonderful. 

Sculpture Court Puddle Reflections

With raindrops.


Wet pavement and textured concrete.







Through the museum window









Trying to find attribution to sculpture court artwork is challenging on the CMOA website.


Monday afternoon

We need rain but it’s coming so fast and furious on Tuesday, it’s running off and forming problems on  roadways, causing flooding in some areas.


In context.  Sculpture Court Carnegie Museum of Art.







Looks Like Change of Seasons

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

Sculpture court steps at rear of Carnegie Museum of Artimage

Little locust leaves litter the steps, wet from the rain

Change: From Dough to Cookies

Change is this week’s photography challenge and Friday I posted my children as they are all grown up with families of their own.  I’ve looked at quite a few fellow bloggers posts and didn’t see this one yet but I might have missed it.  So many possibilities for posts illustrating change.  

I was baking some cookies, noticed the mixing bowl of dough, and I thought- change.

I went to the other room and got the real camera instead of the phone.

The light seemed nice in the kitchen.


cookie dough

Oatmeal Crisps from the Farm Journal Cookbook (1972 ed.)

 I cut the recipe in half and left out the coconut. You could add nuts and/or raisins.

My minor adjustments to the original recipe below.



1 C butter, room temp ( I happened to have Irish butter on hand)

1 C brown sugar

3/4 C white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C flour

3 C Bob’s Red Mill Oats

1 t baking soda

1 t salt

dash of cinnamon and dash of ginger

Bake about 11 minutes @ 350


Thanks to Kristin Snow for the challenge this week. You have to check out her blog Snowmads

Excerpt from her blog is below.  You will be inspired for adventure after reading it.  

“Who are the Snowmads?

We’re Jason and Kristin Snow, a travel-addicted couple who walked away from cubicles and conventional lives two years ago to roam full-time, gaining valuable perspective on life and meeting new friends at every turn. We hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and collect experiences instead of things. Please feel free to share some travel tips right back at us whenever possible — we love hearing from you!”

Step Forward Event to Fight Parkinson’s Disease

Step Forward Event/Walk (1.5 Miles) to Fight Parkinson’s Disease.

Highland Park, Pittsburgh PA. Saturday morning September 26, 2015.

When the listing for the Fund Raising event said “Fun for the whole family” you can see they were serious.


check inFriends and family sign in to walk in teams.

oh say can you see


Face Painting by a Pixie- designer Beth Shari

Temporary Tattoos

Temporary Tattoos


Volunteers take a Ping Pong breakmananddog

Mike the Balloon Guy


Franktuary Hot Dogs Food truck- you can get grass fed beef and gluten free buns

Pierogie and Peduto

Yes, that is a Pierogie with a Purse and the Mayor in the blue shirt and jeans

stepforward walk


Eat'N Park Cookies

Eat’N Park Cookies



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