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Archive for March, 2012

Someone Left Their TV in the Rain

Glad I shot it when I did, as it was gone the next day.

The other day a friend said to me that one of the things about the blog that she enjoyed is that you never know what the topic or theme will be for the day.  It’s true, I like to change it up.  Seems to come in waves sometimes. Lately I have been documenting some discards again after being off the noticing of them for awhile.  I think it was the comments about the televisions people had that could complement the outdoor seating of the couch I posted a couple of days ago. Couches and televisions are frequently curbside.

 

 


People at Work- Butcher at Schwartz’s Market (now closed)

The market closed a year ago after being open for 83 years! Photo taken 2009


Outdoor Seating Available

Same couch, a different day. Through the chain link fence.

The Hide-a-bed across the street from school.


That’s What I’m Honking About

This is the second image shown first. Shot from the balcony at the Convention Center (where the garbage was for THROUGH)

And just moments earlier, this was the peaceful scene.  Not sure why all the honking and general nastiness from the Canada Goose in the above image..

 A grandmother and her granddaughter by the Allegheny River.  (Unidentified subjects)


Woman Waiting for the Man and Dog Behind- But Read the Green and White Sign

I was sitting at the red light. Saw the gorgeous tree blossoms.  Quick shot through the windshield. No time to capture what happened next. The man and dog appear from behind the barrier and return to the woman who was waiting for them.

And when I got home, looked on the computer screen, and read the words on the green sign. Oh my.  Just my kind of shot. Inadvertent, but still……


Shitake Logs Explained* (Lentinula edodes)

At the  6th Annual Farm to Table Conference I was fascinated by the Shitake Logs Display. Quiet Creek Herb Farm and School of Country Living was doing a brisk business with just one Shitake Log left to sell.  There were quite a few with SOLD tags on the logs, propped up against a table.  I was shooting unobserved and then noticed and that is how the pose came to be. Got a good laugh and was granted to permission to blog it anyway.  He said, “You didn’t get that did you?” and I said “Yes, I did.”   He didn’t think I was that quick.

A good laugh when he realized I did catch the pose he had struck when he saw my giant lens intruding on his afternoon

And here is the explanation how to to choose a log, choose spawn,inoculate,soak and thump(thumping triggers fruiting), stack, incubate, and harvest.  I will count on Rufus- Shitake and Garlic Scapes and Chicago John’s Dad’s Puffballs (not Shitake) to tell you how best to use them in recipes. Shitake – Lentinula edodes- are originally from Japan.

*(Obviously I don’t really know how to explain Shitake Logs but the kind people at  quiet creek(at)windstream(dot)net   know everything about the process and will be happy to assist you with all your Shitake questions  in addition to herbs, soaps, salves and bags of Worm Wonder for all your worm composting needs.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

About number six on the list of definitions of the word through   – Having finished; at completion

Went to  Farm to Table Conference  (courtesy of Erin Hart, Thank You! and stay tuned for a post tomorrow highlighting the conference)

I ventured out onto the balcony to shoot the bridges, helicopters landing at Allegheny Hospital and the Allegheny River.  At the end of the balcony I found this receptacle filled with items – looked like the people were THROUGH – as in finished- the people who left their cigarettes and soft drinks and beer bottles were definitely THROUGH and they were probably not from the Raw Milk and Organic Fruits and Vegetables crowd.

Not a soul was out there lighting up. But everything seemed in a perfect place in the circle of the trash, an interesting composition.

And-

You know how I enjoy the idea of a garbageologist as a second career.  My mother always said, you can tell a lot about people by their garbage.

And when I turned to go back into the Convention Center, I looked through the window and saw these boys and two male figures, looking out through the windows to see  the Allegheny River.

The Railroad Bridge, plate glass windows, the Allegheny River and reflection. People staring through the windows.

And here are fellow bloggers responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

Another WPC participant this week is Cardboard Me/ Flat Ruthie is stepping Through a Tart Pan, Sprightly 

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Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department No. 3 Fundraiser & Steel City Shows

Comedy night fundraiser(there ‘s another show Saturday March 24th  8PM) –  No. 3 Fire Hall, Penn Hills Volunteer Fire Department.

I was invited by Matt of Steel City Shows.(the man behind the soundboard, in a suit and tie)

It was a fun evening.

After the comedy show ended,  Firefighter Vinnie gave me a tour of the trucks, Jaws of Life, and the uniforms hanging ready.

Comedians Mike Wysocki  and Joey O’Connell are listed on the site but there were two others who warmed up the crowd, Sean Collier and Mike Travers.

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How to Revive a Slice of Cake

Place in a bowl and pour some cool fresh milk over it. Eat with a silver spoon. My father used to do this and I'd turn my nose up. Boy, was I wrong about this practice! Delicious


Carmela Baked All These Breads for St. Joseph Feast Day

Tuesday afternoon I met a friend for dinner. We used to teach in the same school but are in different schools across the city now. It was good to catch up.  When we walked into the restaurant,La Tavola Italiana, I could not believe what I saw in front of me!  A St. Joseph Feast spread from the day before.  Later Carmela came out to speak with us about how we were enjoying our dinners and she was taking photos with her iPad to send to her family. She uses the iPad to keep the restaurant calendar for parties and other aspects of her business.

I asked if she made the St. Joseph Cavazunes filled with the chick peas and she said, “NO, they are Calabrese.” She is Sicilian and she makes Zeppoles.

I said that I’d photographed all the bread and would send her the photos but would she like to pose with all her handiwork and she did!  I didn’t notice she put the iPad down onto the cloth in front until I saw it on the computer. She was gracious to allow me to photograph her. NEXT year we have to go to actual feast!  It sounded like a terrific party.

And speaking of party?  Click to hear Chicago John’s Italian Song Selection


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