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Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

Maura and Aunt Laura (otherwise known as Lala to her nieces and nephews) working together on a game or a photo on Laura’s phone.

Dictionary.com defines together - (tuh-geth-er) adverb-

#2  proximity, closeness or collision

#3  into or in relationship, association, business or agreement

#4  to consider collectively

And 99 fellow bloggers have posted their Weekly Photo Challenge: Together photographs.

So many different interpretations for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

  1. Orchids, Bromeliads, and Epiphytes « Spirit Lights The Way
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge – Together | Chittle Chattle
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge – Together | Just Snaps
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: TOGETHER « Ink.
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Pathfinder: MotherWifeStudentWorker
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda
  7. Together « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « My Daily Posts by Flynn
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Wind Against Current
  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « A year in the Life
  11. Un abrazo de luna llena | La mandrola de la Mandraka
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together – USA « Wanderlustress
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Alice through the Macro Lens
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Fenland Photos
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Form Your Troika
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « AbstractUnknownBoy
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Creativity Aroused
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « acieartikulasi
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together – Mostly inspirational chit-chat
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Sin Polaris
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Mike Hardisty Photography
  22. Together | Pseu’s Blog
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The Urge To Wander
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Janet’s Craft
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Cee’s Life Photography Blog
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Colour Me Happy
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Monochrome
  28. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « 3rdculturechildren
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Because
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge – together « The potato blog
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge – Together | Wanderings of an Elusive Mind
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | colderweather
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Just Fletcher
  34. Shadowy X’s & O’s | Four Deer Oak
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Together | An Uneducated Palate
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | mothergrogan
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « a hectic life
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge : Together « Mystiic
  39. Weekly photo challenge: Together « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The Incredible Lightness of Seeing
  41. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : TOGETHER. « 2012 – ON THE BENCH
  42. The More We Get “Together” – the Happier We’ll Be! «
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | The Environmental Rhi-source
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Rhianna’s Guide to Ethical Eating
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together! Sagra del Tordo, Montalcino « Our Italian Table
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Even A Girl Like Me
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Reflections in a Puddle
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge – Together « Tacts Blog
  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Jaajaabor
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Ingset’s Blog
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « e-Shibin
  52. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Heart Renovation
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Chronicles of Illusions
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Efrata Denny Saputra Yunus
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « scrapydo
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The Sacred Cave
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge : Together | Twogether « Thoughts Unrestricted
  58. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Lonely Travelog
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « R Shad
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge : Together « The if’s and when’s
  61. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… | Mirth and Motivation
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The Sacred Cave
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | heartfelt images
  64. Weekly photo challenge: Together « Connie’s World
  65. Weekly photo challenge: Together « Connie’s World
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The Poet Stefan
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together (2) « Fenland Photos
  68. Together (Weekly Photo Challenge) « Cardinal Guzman
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « The World According to Me…
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Misk Cooks
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Journey Together | Junior Highschoolers’ Journey | Blog Kemaren Siang
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « « Wilderness Escapades Wilderness Escapades
  73. Can You Spot The Strange~Her? « Spirit Lights The Way
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together «
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together | Blog Kemaren Siang
  76. crossing « yi-ching lin photography
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « rondomtaliedraai
  78. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together #2 « My Sardinian Life | La Mia Vita Sarda
  79. Weekly Photo Challenges – Sun & Together – Just a lil’ lost…
  80. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: TOGETHER « Francine In Retirement
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: TOGETHER (The Ducks at Firwood Lake) « Pictures in living color
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge “Together” | Campanulla Della Anna
  83. [1: 631 of 10,000] Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « It Takes 10K
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge : Together « BananaRunning
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Together | holistic complications
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Heart’s Home
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Chris Donner, Mystery Writer
  88. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « blastedgoat
  89. What We Can Do Together « Simply Charming
  90. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « bukaningrat ™
  91. Weekly photo challenge: Together | The Eco and the Id
  92. Weekly photo challenge: Together | Where’s my backpack?
  93. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Clever Blogs
  94. doughnut sundae « yi-ching lin photography
  95. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together… | The Blog Farm – A Growing Blog Community
  96. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « Fi’s Mutterings & Mumblings
  97. Weekly Photo Challenge – Together | The Retiring Sort
  98. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together Again « Misk Cooks
  99. Weekly Photo Challenge: Together « John Mullinax’s Blog


General Grant’s 190th Birthday Party

We have interesting friends.   Here’s a creative celebration Steve and I went to on Saturday night.  What a fun event.  Here are a few of the details. Hardtack crackers and dried black-eyed peas.  The sheet music for Tenting Tonight on the piano. Photographs and books bearing the General’s likeness.  A willingness to celebrate and have fun.  A Prantl’s cake with five candles for his rank. I made Rice Pudding after reading that it was a favorite on the Presidents’ Food Timeline.  Thanks Tim and Bernadette for being such welcoming hosts. We had a wonderful time!

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Price Bennett- Street Musician on Liberty Ave

Price Bennett appears
Monday- Fridays Smithfield Street/Downtown
Friday and Saturday Night- Carson Street/South Side
Saturday Daytime Strip District
and he gave me his email if you wish to contact him
pricebennett38@yahoo.com
I watched him  lick his finger and and slide it across the head of the drum. In this article they call it  a moose call.

17 Years in the Making – There are Rules to Follow

1. No styrofoam in the center is allowed. Has to be a rubber band core.

2. You have to find the rubber band or be given a rubber band.

Rubber is heavy.  Like a medicine ball.  I was surprised by the weight of it.

This ball is so large that the newspaper rubber bands can’t fit around it.  A chef donates his escarole rubber bands.  Mr. Laszlo Zongor has taught a couple of young people how to start a rubber band ball the correct way.

I believe there are other rules but I can’t remember and he said to not misquote him!!

In Pittsburgh, rubber bands are called gum bands by many!

And yes, I looked it up and there is a guy who claims he has the real deal biggest authentic rubber band ball that he has stretched each band onto, individually.   My friend E at work has a ball she started 11 years ago! She said she had started to buy the lettuce, pre washed in a bag and wasn’t getting those nice big fat Romaine bands lately.

I wish I had asked what motivated them to start making the rubber band ball……………….and then the commitment to “growing it”.

 

And a P.S. from Melinda (his wife) after viewing the post

“I think the last rule you forgot was that the rubber bands cannot be lengthened by tying one to another – each band has to fit entirely around the ball on its own.  That’s the challenge at this point:  finding bands that are long enough, since most will no longer work.  ….Makes it somewhat self-limiting in size!”

Not sure who checks if one is following the rules but wanted to include it, since I forgot!

 


Jurassic Pittsburgh


Novelty Architecture-Bedford PA- The Coffee Pot

I imagine this scene has been captured thousands and thousands of times by passersby like myself.

And if you enjoy looking at the Coffee Pot there are plenty more structures to read about here

 

 


Dunkle’s Gulf Station-Bedford, PA

This Gulf Station has been photographed thousands of times, but I was a tourist in Bedford, PA this past weekend and I joined the throngs and snapped a picture even though there was no blue sky or inhabitants.  What I would have liked to photograph is Mr. Dunkle if he is available, have a conversation. Next trip.   If you want to see other photos of the same spot check out this site


Bedford, PA- Home of the National Museum of the American Coverlet

Laszlo Zongor explains the system of Jacquard Loom(see below) and the punched holed cards, each card a single line of weaving.

 

 

A two hour drive from Pittsburgh.  My book club had a fun and memorable getaway weekend trip.  We stayed at the Historic Bedford Resort.

Sunday, Joan and I went to see the National Museum of the American Coverlet- housed in a beautiful Historic Common School.   A coverlet is a woven bed cover, although there were some floor coverings, too.  The coverlets display changes every four months.  We learned a lot about the history of the coverlets with our knowledgeable guide explaining the differences. The last photos are of the gift shop where you can purchase reproductions of the antique designs and fabric for quilters.

 from the National Museum of the American Coverlet

The Museum and Museum Shop are open daily, year round.
Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Admission is $6 ($5 for age 60 and over).  Kids under 12 are free.  Group rates available.

Laszlo Zongor explains the punch cards used in the Jacquard loom.

 If you have a coverlet, you can bring it to Melinda and Laszlo Zongor and they can help date it and identify the weaving method.

The Jacquard Loom

There are looms and spinning wheels on exhibit.


What On Earth Are We Doing?

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Earth Day 2012


Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun

Sunrise, St. George Island, Florida.  My friend and her daughter.

Fellow Bloggers responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge

    1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun
    2. Photo Challenge: Sun is Up! | La mandrola de la Mandraka
    3. Weekly Photo Challenge: SUN « The Other Courtney
    4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Because
    5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
    6. Joakim Knudsen
    7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Pathfinder: MotherWifeStudentWorker
    8. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Changeversations
    9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « bukaningrat ™
    10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun (2) « e-Me
    11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « e-Me
    12. The Sun « Teepe’s weblog
    13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun – Tanzania « Wanderlustress
    14. Here Comes The Sun « Spirit Lights The Way
    15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Beyond the Brush
    16. Weekly WordPress Challenge: Sun « A year in the Life
    17. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | lizabethlacey photography
    18. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | { a Memory Bliss }
    19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun – Mostly inspirational chit-chat
    20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Wind Against Current
    21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Mike Hardisty Photography
    22. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sun | Just Snaps
    23. Weekly Photo Challenge – Sun | Chittle Chattle
    24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | mothergrogan
    25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « The Urge To Wander
    26. Weekly photo challenge: Sun « Alice through the Macro Lens
    27. Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sun | Writing Your Destiny
    28. Connie’s World
    29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | colderweather
    30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
    31. Weekly Photo Challenge: SUN « Ink.
    32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Cee’s Life Photography Blog
    33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | A Number of Things
    34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « a hectic life
    35. Weekly Photochallenge: Sun | Chronicles of Illusions
    36. Weekly photo challenge: Sun « IsobelandCat’s Blog
    37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Ingset’s Blog
    38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Perpetual Learner
    39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « « Wilderness Escapades Wilderness Escapades
    40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « My Daily Posts
    41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « Form Your Troika
    42. sunny spot « primo piano
    43. Weekly photo challenge: Sun « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
    44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « 3rdculturechildren
    45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « 3rdculturechildren
    46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « YSalma
    47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun | Heart Renovation
    48. Sun – Weekly Photo Challenge « Crows of Arroyos
    49. Weekly Photo Challenge – SUN! « mudpieville
    50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « R Shad
    51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun « the birch grove



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