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Archive for December, 2010

Keeping the Darkness at Bay

No one seems worried about the electric bills!  The days are growing shorter and the light displays increasing.

What an effort! Wonder where they store them all year long.

East Liberty off Negley Avenue.


With Hopes for St. Nicholas

No hay or carrots to leave in the wooden shoes for St. Nicholas’ horse tonight.  My father brought these shoes back from the Netherlands sometime after WWII.  I dusted them off as they sit by the fireplace, untouched.  When we lived in Germany, St. Nicholas came through the neighborhood, bringing candy and little gifts for the children.  Matthew’s Kindergarten made a St. Nicholas by drawing a face on a walnut and sticking it into an upside down red apple, connecting it with a wooden toothpick inside.  The nut had a foil bishop’s mitre on top, and a fluffy cotton beard. His story tells of a compassionate and generous man.

I wonder if there will be chocolates and sweets in these shoes tomorrow morning.


Between the Neon Beer Signs on Carson Street

South Side.  There is a house sandwiched between storefronts and bars on Carson. Here is how it looked Friday night.   In this view you can’t see the Jockey lawn ornament by the life-size Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Between the Neon Beer Signs on Carson Street

Making the season bright!


“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out”

We watched A Christmas Story (1983) over Thanksgiving.

Friday night I walked by this window on Carson St after listening to Don Hollowood and the King Cobras at Excuses. Saw the display and thought anyone who has seen this holiday movie would enjoy the picture.  Found out it was shot in Cleveland.  When I was in high school I used to listen to Jean Shepherd on the radio.  I never knew anyone whose tongue stuck on a frozen flagpole.

Red Ryder Box on the Right

Ralphie in the pink bunny suit sits under the fishnet leg lamp, Red Ryder on the right.


Urban Bird Housing

Driving from one school to another I vary my route. Not specifically looking for photos, just trying to find a good way to go with the least traffic flow. Colorful bird houses dangling from the branches of a city tree made me smile.

Seeing these colorful houses and thinking of the person who put them in this tree, cheered me!


First Snow

As I left school, I saw the snow on the tree. When I walked across the street I saw the Scarecrow people and the ever-blooming flowers in the hanging pot! Happy December

Right across the street from school I saw this tree with a dusting of snow

I didn't get the Blessed Mother in the shot, but she was there!


Once a Turkey

Actually captured this shot on the way into school last week before the holiday but it seemed a good one to post today.  It’s been pouring all day(Tuesday), the mood particularly grim and gray.  Snow is threatened but the temperature will have to drop twenty degrees. Don’t know the recipe of the smashed turkey dessert but it looks like Oreos and candy corn and a Devil’s Food cupcake were involved. I guess the green is frosting?  When I went to examine it after school, it was just a total grease spot on the concrete step. The smashed turkey was gone.

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By afternoon, this turkey had disappeared. Looks like it took the bottom of someone's shoe first!


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