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Archive for October, 2009

Halloween Night Sky

Halloween Night Sky

Taken From Porch Where I Passed Out Treats


South Side Sidewalk Find Last Saturday Morning

Party Hat Saturday Morning

What is the story behind the abandoned party hat?


Autumn Tree, Anna called it a Tomato Tree, JB says Persimmon,Sand HIll Berry Farm

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Autumn Tree at Sand Hill Berry Farm


Waders and a Potato in a Truck Bed Parked on the South Side-Pittsburgh

Okay the waders are for fishing. But what about the potato?  Just sitting there in the parked truck Saturday morning.

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Gone Fishing or Planning to Go


Sand Hill Berry Farm Cider Press- Bushels of Apples- October Sunday-Mt. Pleasant, PA

Red Currants and Red Raspberries their specialty, not to mention the gooseberries to make jam.  Raspberry pies, and free raspberry sundaes. We roasted hot dogs over a fire, and marshmallows to make smores.  Autumn color in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania is hard to beat. The barn was filled with the smell of apples.

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Apples wait to be pressed into cider.

 

 


South Side Sidewalk Scene Saturday Morning-Get Your News Here- Wait, there isn’t an outlet for the plug!

How They Get Their News on the SouthSide Sidewalk in Pittsburgh

How They Get Their News on the SouthSide Sidewalk in Pittsburgh


Cake Cones at the Beehive Saturday Morning-Memories of Childhood

Choose your flavor.  Even though it was a fall day with the leaves blowing all over the South Side, these empty cones looked inviting.

Cake Cones at the Beehive


Two Historic Landmarks of Incongruent Architecture and Style-Cedarburg Wisconsin

Cedarburg Wisconsin is a lovely town full of perfect brick stores.  This massive landmark is the mill built in 1855.  And the Pagoda(1926) was once a service station, now converted into a jewelry store.  We stared across the street a long time trying to understand how the pagoda got built right next to the mill-“Wadham’s Oil and Grease Company of Milwaukee” was one of the first business to have a distinctive  and recognizable brand with these filling stations and there aren’t many examples left!  You have to go to Cedarburg and see these two together to fully appreciate the scene.  I checked and there is a similar photo on wikipedia but the blue sky with the white cloud sky in mine appeals to me!

Diverse Architectural Styles Right Next to One Another

Diverse Architectural Styles Right Next to One Another


What I Found on Sidewalk by the Dumpster at School

I think it was the platform shoe.  I tried to imagine the owner of the missing limb. One day I saw a blue plastic crucifix and a spork on the ground by the dumpster.  Photographed that on my phone.  When I travel between buildings and arrive I am frequently amazed at the trash contents that spill over the edge onto the ground.  Used a wax paper sandwich bag to pick it up and photograph later in the afternoon as had to get to class- so it was not in its original spot but I was worried someone else would delight in the unusual found object.

Who do you think this leg belonged to?

Who do you think this leg belonged to?


Earth Mover and Autumn Tree a Close Match But No Mike Mulligan in Sight

Steam Shovels live on in storybooks as Mary Anne in the Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton.  Modern day road work accomplished by high tech vehicles. This one parked by the side of the road as they install a Traffic Light at the corner of Old State Road and Lewis Center Road.

Saturday Afternoon and the Road Work Vehicles are Parked Right in Front of this Tree

Saturday Afternoon and the Road Work Vehicles are Parked Right in Front of this Tree


What 30 years of being played with, slept with, and loved the best looks like on a favorite doll!

Another view from yesterday’s story- Baby Doll’s sister in her box since 1979.  Anna(6) set up the dolls for me to photograph and added the birthday card.

Best Loved Baby Doll on the Right, Factory Twin on Left b. 1979

Best Loved Baby Doll on the Right, Factory Twin on Left b. 1979


Baby Doll born c.1979 & her sister, trapped in someone’s closet all these years

You can see which is which.  Baby Doll belonged to Erika(b. 1975) and is well loved by daughter Anna(b.2003).  The same doll came up on Ebay and arrived in Ohio for Anna’s 6th bday.  Smells a bit musty, like a basement or forgotten closet.  Sister Dolls separated at birth in the Fisher-Price Factory.  Now living together after a thirty year separation.

Baby Doll on the right and her twin sister, both 30 years old.

Baby Doll on the right and her twin sister, both 30 years old.


Chicken Soup, Saltines, Applesauce, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Memories of Childhood

I’ve fought off invisible germs for weeks now. I cancelled tonight’s plans.  All day at school I’d cough, wash my hands.  A tear leaked down my cheek.  I drove straight to Ruggeri’s Food Shoppe on Northumberland and Shady.  Bought the mother remedy. Came home,  heated up the soup and applesauce, drank the juice, opened a waxy sleeve of saltines.  Placed it all on the hammered aluminum tray.  Comforted my cold misery with the salty broth and parsley bits floating.   It could be Seagram’s Vernor’s or this time Canada Dry.  Missing my mother. Missing my mothering with all the family grown and gone.  Came home with a brown grocery bag containing the ingredients for healing at least my spirits if not the sniffles. In bed for an hour already. It is 6:35 PM.

Chicken Soup, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Saltines, Ginger Ale, Applesauce

Chicken Soup, Fresh Squeezed OJ, Saltines, Ginger Ale, Applesauce


Memories of Childhood- Bone China Brittany Spaniel and Her Nursing Pups

Purchased in 1961 from Mrs. Notowicz’s Gift Shop.   All the figurines sat on glass shelves on the sunporch of their home next to Morris Plains Borough School, Speedwell Avenue. This mother dog and her nursing pups was the one I longed for.  And bought.  And have kept all this time.  Barely noticed most years.  Hardly dusted.  Photographing these fine items allows decision making as it is time to pare down possessions.  Paul Notowicz, grade school and high school classmate, we loved your mother’s gift shop.

You can see the size in relationship to the teacup

You can see the size in relationship to the teacup


Salt & Pepper Souvenirs-Childhood Vacation 1962 Yellowstone Park

Yellostone Salt and Pepper

Salt & Pepper Shakers Crafted from a Pine Tree - Purchased 1962


All Plastic Garden + Woven Web Lawn Chair with Orange Teddy Bear

All Plastic Garden & Woven Web Lawn Chair with Orange Teddy Bear


All-Plastic Garden “Planted” and “Blooming” in Sheboygan WI

Driving by the color caught my eye.  We turned around and drove back to photograph the garden and yard which stood out as the most colorful and blooming spot we had seen.  Every single flower was fake.  Stuck in the dirt.

All Plastic Garden in Sheboygan

Blooming Plastic Garden


Tchotchke I Found to Photograph in a Wisconsin Thrift Shop

Who owned this item before it was donated? Who gave it as a gift?

Who owned this item before it was donated? Who gave it as a gift?


Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies Baked in Erika’s Kitchen Columbus Ohio

  • Cape Cod Oatmeal Cookies
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • Mix dry ingredients.  Cream butter and sugars and molasses. Add egg.  Add oatmeal and dry ingredients. Stir. Add raisins and walnuts if desired.  Bake 11 minutes at 350.

Banana Cake Made With Sour Cream in my Daughter-in-Law’s Kitchen

SOUR CREAM BANANA CAKE  2 c. flour- 3/4 tsp. salt- 2 eggs -1 c. ripe mashed bananas- 1 tsp. baking powder- 3/4 c. butter- 1 tsp. vanilla- 1 tsp. soda- 1 1/3 c. sugar- 1 c. sour cream

Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. Cream butter and sugar and beat until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla. Add bananas Add dry ingredients just until blended. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 x 2 pan and bake for 40  minutes at 350 degrees.

Midnight Snack of Banana Cake and Milk on Black Granite Counter

Midnight Snack of Banana Cake and Milk on Black Granite Counter


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