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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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!
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….
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.
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!
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.
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
Still a few views from the Quad Cities weekend.
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)
An enamel. But when I saw her looking at it I saw all of the surrounding items as well. Quite a gallery.
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.
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.
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.
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