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Archive for October, 2010

Maura in Motion and the Green Balloon

At the mall after buying a pair of pink shoes for her birthday

In her new pink shoes. She loved her green balloon.

Ghost Bicycles, Halloween House and a Full Moon

Steve drove me home from the Poetry Reading at Borders. Drove around the block so I could shoot the Halloween House and the FULL moon. Got out of the car and it wasn’t looking like much. Then the traffic started to arrive.  And the lights of the passing cars added some interest. But when the 25 bicycles sped by with their lights on I shot as fast as I could.  Not intending an animation initially but I thought it made the series worthy of publication.

Autumn Through the Art Room Windows

Walking into the room this morning I saw the oak tree catch the morning sun, reflect it onto the art room tables.  Warm fire aglow.  A stunning welcome to the beginning of  the work day. I  dialed the combination to get the camera out of my locker.

The oak tree outside the art room window, like fire aglow.

Autumn colors at their peak, through the art room windows.

Friendship Park Middle of the Day

Driving from one school to the other in the middle of the day, stopped at the red light.  You just never know what you will encounter.  Near West Penn Hospital.

Wonder what the dog is thinking?

Book Club Held During Power Outage

It was all candles.  Candles on the mantel, the table, the desk in the hall.  It was very dark. I thought all of us looked great by candlelight.  We discussed The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The power was off for about two hours.  Fortunately the night before I baked a Gateau di Sirop (recipe)with a bottle of Steen’s Cane  Syrup. Baked Split Second Cookies with Bon Maman Fig Jam.  Extra sharp cheddar and Honeycrisp apple slices.  And Tess and Chris brought me a box of St. Moritz truffles from Oxford Centre downtown. Lovely.  A gold box with an oval window in the middle.  There’s a spider and a tiny dancer one and a pumpkin one and each one is delicately embellished.  Just before everyone arrived, Laura had sent a picture on my phone of a lovely ring on a finger.  Then she called. James Weaver asked her to marry him and she said YES. It was a happy night!

Tess told me every flavor and I promptly forgot almost all of them. Going to have to eat each one and be surprised,

Shoestore Established 1854

Wagner’s Shoes in Lawrenceville.  I bought discontinued Dansko clogs on sale.  You know how I like to live in them all the time. Seems most shoe salespeople in shoestores disappear into the back and magically reappear with boxes. Here you can see the storeroom with the stacks of shoe boxes, right there.  A tin ceiling way high.  First time to shop in Wagner’s.  The storefront has stained glass above the awning. Great service.  4313 Butler St    (412) 682-2759. Scroll down for exterior view.

Check out the newspaper clippings.

Butler Street Lawrenceville

Leftover Brioche? French Toast- 3 images

Talking to my sister(NYC) Sunday morning I asked her the best way to warm the brioche from Saturday. She responded French Toast!  and so while we talked on speakerphone I made it and it was so good.  Had never made it out of brioche before although have seen it on a menu. Soak.  Saute in heavy pan with a bit of butter and oil.  Eat with  warmed maple syrup or jam.

Slice and soak in egg and milk mixture.

Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery in Millvale PA

Crossed the Allegheny River to go to Millvale.  After I went to Panza’s to pick up Joan’s painting I had reframed, I went to get some brioche  and a loaf of crusty bread from Jean-Marc Chatellier’s French Bakery. 412.821.8533   Everything in the bakery is beyond delicious. There are samples on the counter of the melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies and a French shortbread called Breton Cake. There are little fruit tarts, apricot tarts and flaky croissants, even Key Lime pie slices.  As I was about to pay for my order, I saw him frosting a cake in the back.  I asked the young woman waiting on me if it would be all right to take a picture. She said,” Just take it!”  So I did.  Magnificent artistry in cake making.  And delicious.  I have eaten memorable wedding cakes made by him.  Once I bought a cake there for Laura’s graduation from Marquette and drove it to Milwaukee WI.

Memo to self: Drive across river more often to Millvale and buy delicious pastries from Jean-Marc Chatellier.

Cathedral of Learning and School

It’s dark in the morning on the way to school and you know how I like to shoot at red lights.  Saw the Cathedral peeking through the driveway as I looked to the left out the driver’s window.  Then when I got to school in Arlington the sun was coming up and I could see the Cathedral in the distance.  The school buses lined up, waiting to let the children get off to go inside for breakfast.

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Children’s Hospital Pittsburgh PA- Old and New

When Steve drove me over to the Southside  Wed night, I saw the old Children’s Hospital being demolished. On the outside of that exit door high in the sky, there’s a pink paper still hanging on the right wall.  My daughter-in-law, Erika, was a nurse in the NICU at the old Children’s. Thursday on the way home from work I saw the new Children’s Hopsital as I sat in traffic on the Bloomfield Bridge. A helicopter about to land on the roof…

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CMU Crosswalk- Autumn Afternoon

When Steve drives I have so much fun taking pictures. It was magnificent light through the colored leaves, the students crossing Forbes Ave.  We were driving down Morewood and there was the sinking sun making the leaves vibrant. Too bad the windshield wasn’t clean!

Great to be the passenger

A perfect October afternoon. If only this weather could stay!

CMU Campus Lights and Shadows at Night

Waiting for Steve to pick me up in the turnaround, I saw the pattern on the concrete.  I had just viewed Waiting for Superman. I was in a good discussion group after the film.  You can read an editorial piece by Tony Norman from the Post-Gazette my friend V told me about. Lots to think about.  There wasn’t much in it that was hopeful or positive, especially when it comes to public education.  In fact , it was downright depressing to me.There are a ton of reviews at Rotten Tomatoes if you want to see the splats, too…. But getting back to the patterns of light and shadow on the sidewalk while I was waiting for Steve….

Shadow patterns on the concrete from the lights at CMU.

Looked like a good target for a spaceship landing.

Pittburgh from the Air at Night

Taken Sunday 10-10-10 Through the airplane window, flying fast. One quick shot. Can you find any recognizable landmarks? Wish I could have a “do-over”- try again.

Prepare for landing.

The Color of Bowling Balls (2 images)

Picked Michael up from a birthday party at the  Saw Mill Lanes in Columbus.  The balls were the color of Granny Smiths or Neon Orange.


Like giant Granny Smith apples


Second Cousins

Columbus OH fall weekend.  Erika’s first cousin Shannon’s daughter visiting from Pittsburgh.  Looks like we coordinated their outfits.  Maura will be 2 in a month. Find the eggplant!


1October afternoon in Columbus OH

Their mothers' mothers are sisters. Maura Clare(l) and Parker Rose (r).


Loading the 1950 BelAir, Rock Island, Illinois

Driving around with my sister, we were  looking for the Historic District and saw this scene.  BTW I am in Columbus OH not Illinois this weekend. One friend wrote and thought I was on a cross country trip and had stopped working.  The men were loading the 1950 BelAir behind the pick-up.

Watching the men load the 1950

My Friend Ellen Bakes

Usually cheesecakes but lots of other great stuff, too. And she made a tray of these chocolate cupcakes with tiny chocolate chips and cream cheese for the school meeting this afternoon.  So moist and flavorful.  Thanks Ellen.  She said take some home and I did! Three for the little cupcake stands my friend Joanne gave me.  One for Ray who came to fix the window and doors and one for Roberta who waited for him to come and for Steve who brought the lettuce home to go with the quesadillas.  I had already eaten mine at school but wished I had been piggy and brought another one home.   Thursday evening impromptu “dinner party”  with dessert by Ellen. click to see Ellen’s fridge


Chocolate cupcakes with chocolate chips and cream cheese

Do you remember Ellen's refrigerator with the cream cheese and beer from July 18th posting?


Mississippi Spillover and a Rowboat

Still a few views from the Quad Cities weekend.

Bettendorf Iowa

Sunday morning. A perfect fall day. The sun shone right on the red rowboat. No oars in sight.

50th Anniversary at Forbes Wall in Oakland- October 13th- 1 PM

The radio will be playing the game.  Starts at 1 and the home run hit by Mazeroski will play at 3:36 PM.  Lots of the team will be there.  My friend Sue will help interview and point out players for a friend who is filming the occasion. Very exciting, And Happy Birthday to Marianne who was at the game with her Uncle Bobo in 1960.  Learned at the Rick Sebak lecture that no beer was sold inside the ball park at that time. You could buy it outside and bring it in. So not the actual spot of the wall where  the home run went over but a piece of the wall to commemorate the game.(click for details)


When the Pirates Wete Great.....1960

Going to be a crowd here today to listen to the rebroadcast and celebrate.


My Sister Examines the Artwork on the Hotel Wall

An enamel.  But when I saw her looking at it I saw all of the surrounding items as well.   Quite a gallery.

A sign that says PAY PHONES , written in braille underneath

My Sister Found the Two-Tone Cadillac

Driving to the Sunday Brunch at the groom’s parents’ home, we’d checked out of the hotel.  We were sitting at a red light.  Mary handed me the camera but I told her maybe the credits should read- photo by Ruth Hendricks with assist by Mary Hendricks.  Wouldn’t have gotten it without her! We had a wonderful wedding celebration in the Quad Cities and were sad to say so long.

Bettendorf Iowa- classic scene with vintage cafr

Anyone know the year for this model?

Quad Cities Cuisine-Magic Mountain @ Ross’, Sundaes @ Lagomarcino’s, Catfish Filets @ the Boat House

We took  almost all the Bride and Groom’s suggestions for “Eats” in the Quad Cities.   What is a Magic Mountain? Hamburger meat on Texas toast and fries, cheese sauce and “snow” chopped onion.  Our server Lissa at Ross’ 24 Hour Restaurant  had the chef make us one even though we had eaten breakfast, just so I could photograph it! A nice couple reading a map struck up conversation- they were from Chambourg IL.   Photographed the 2 pound cinnamon roll first. Mary had corned beef hash and farm fresh eggs. We had ice cream sundaes for lunch in Moline Il at Lagomarcino’s Soda Fountain.  And Friday night we ate on the patio overlooking the Mississippi River at the Boat House Restaurant- catfish filets and some Pale Ale local beer. A freight train rolled by and I photographed the cars.  We drove over the river before the wedding and saw the John Deere Pavilion in Moline.

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10-10-10 Birthday, HBTY Anna

Anna is 7 today.  Here is a stop animation 1 minute video I made for her, not intending to when I shot the pictures. It just spoke to me when I saw them in a folder and I thought it would work!  This will take 60 seconds to load.

Quad Cities Halloween House

Mary and I ate dinner along the Mississipi River at the Boat House in Davenport.  Char grilled catfish filets. Our hotel overlooks the river in Bettendorf. A huge riverboat transformed into a casino.We’re in Iowa to celebrate our first cousin’s daughter’s wedding tomorrow.  Driving along River Road we saw this home decked out for Halloween. The photo doesn’t capture it sufficiently. I couldn’t have answered what the Quad Cities were before today.Moline IL East Moline IL Rock Island IL and Davenport IA


Large carved pumpkins lit the stairs.



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