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Grateful for Traffic Backup

This post inspired by fellow blogger Colline   – Wednesdays she publishes a “grateful post”.

Last year at school in the final staff meeting, I was awarded the Most Optimistic Award.  I found the little plastic trophy and happy dancing apple in my school cupboard yesterday afternoon and took it out and placed it on my desk.  A reminder to remain optimistic,

It’s a new year so don’t want to rest on my laurels, though.

HA!  (Just this morning my sister was remembering how dad would say that when he wrote to us)

Would be cool to be a repeat for this new school year, I thought to myself and laughed at myself.  A good plan.

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Last June Selfie.  An unexpected award voted by my colleagues- Most Optimistic

On my way home this afternoon, a different route, there’s a bridge out. What a mess.

It means everyone sits and sits,  winds around the corner like snails, waiting to get a quick left turn, the arrow light. It’s a real clog.

I first saw the rainbow on the straightaway and you can see it’s photographed through a tinted windshield.

But then I had to inch up.

What a glorious rainbow.

Were there a parking lot to pull into, I would have done so and gotten the end of the rainbow as it arched into the Allegheny River.

Back in my car since school started, driving around the city  all over the place.

Opportunities to see things I wouldn’t have seen if I were stretched in my hammock on the front porch, sipping a lemonade, reading a book, or knitting for winter.

Today I was grateful for the traffic standstill.  Got to catch a rainbow.  Thanks, Colline. For more posts on Colline’s Gratitude Project, click here.

Rainbow in traffic

 

Uh-oh, can’t see it between the wires as I did when I looked with my eye Interesting wires intersecting.

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It gets better and the traffic winds around the bend.

 

Rainbow in traffic series 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow in traffic series 1

 

 

Rainbow in traffic series 3

And the other half of the rainbow as I made my way in the traffic

 


Back to School Silhouettes on my Drive to School

Silhouettes challenge was August 15th.  

But look what I found this morning on the way to school.  (And yes,  I pulled to the side of the road)

I was behind a workman’s truck and saw the silhouette.

Pulled over to the curb, mindful of the time, knew I could wait a minute. Parking brake on, the hill’s steep.

The school bus

and then two students walking to our high school.

Work truck silhouette

Turning onto Brownsville Road

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School bus coming down the hill

students in crosswalk silhouette

I was hoping for some separation between the two but not this morning.  


Ford Explorer Swallowed by Vines

Centre Avenue on the way home from school.  The lush green growth of summer. 

I turned around after I’d passed it by,

pulled over to the curb, waited until the rush hour cars zipped past.

The reflection on the windshield was so bright, the atmosphere muggy, a bit of haze.

I wonder how long it had been parked there.  It is a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001according to the front grille as a clue.

I wonder how long it had been parked there. It’s a second generation Ford Explorer somewhere between 1995-2001 according to the front grille as a cl

When Flat Ruthie was traveling courtesy of friend Shuey, she learned the origin of Kudzu and how it can grow a foot in a day.

The first photo with the red parking sign seems better but why I shot it so close to the edge of the frame is beyond me and I did it just the once.

Ford Explorer SWalloed by Vines


No Need to Mow, Front Yard by Van Gogh

I took the first shot as I sat in my car,  stuck in a long line of unmoving traffic, waiting for the zoo goers to drive out and find their way home.

Sigh.  Camera on the passenger seat, a full stop.  

I went home and changed and came back out and had to return the same route.

No traffic the other way, thank goodness. 

I pulled over to photograph the hillside yard of sunflowers with the late afternoon sun coming through.  

Now it is not the same as my friend Joyce’s field of sunflowers in Provence but they made me feel happy to look at them and I realized they didn’t have to mow that pesky steep hillside front yard.

 

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and the Sunflower front yard from across the street when I was driving the opposite direction a bit later

sunflower front yardand looks what is hiding in the first photo

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Cherry tomatoes


Little Italy Days Nighttime Collage

Steve and I went over to Bloomfield Saturday night to see what was happening at Little Italy Days.  We saw fire consumption as we did in June by @PghFireGirl

The recycled glass Aurora Lamps were eye-catching.  And there were a ton of food vendors and food trucks.

We met Lenny and James and admired the BBQ trophies.  James gave us a sample to take home and will be competing down at Heinz Field next week.  The Wool Sports Logo Banners would look great at school in the counselor’s office.

The Sacred Heart Window

The Sacred Heart Window


My Grandmother’s Quilt and About to Jump in Monday

Fray.  

A verb.  

A noun.

Hopefully not my nerves or the rope

I hang onto with my best grip.

I sleep with the comfort of the worn red calico and

yellowed muslin quilt my grandmother stitched decades ago.  

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892 Farmersville, Illinois

Mary Alta Kerr Hendricks born Feb 7, 1892
Farmersville, Illinois   She’s the one who taught me to knit when I was four.

 

. I told my friend V what the photo challenge word of the week was and she said,

“Fray? That’s an easy one.  You start school Monday.”

The classroom is ready

The classroom is ready.  I’m jumping in. 


Bocce in Bloomfield – Little Italy Days

Three years ago I photographed men playing Bocce under the Bloomfield Bridge on a regular Bocce Court.

 And again at Little Italy Days last year.

 Today after school, I was in Groceria Italiana picking up some ingredients for dinner and I saw the street closed off again and the men playing Bocce.  The big tournament of matches is this weekend, teams competing against one another, the final matches on Sunday.  

The gentlemen I photographed today said to get their picture today cause they wouldn’t be playing too long before being eliminated.   One of the men was in a photograph I put on the blog three years ago. They were very gracious and remembered my photographing before.  Looked it up right there on my phone and found the post with his photo.

This afternoon turned into a photographic study for me, anticipating the release of the ball, I forgot to go right home and make dinner I got so engrossed in watching.

The balls reacted differently depending on the direction they were thrown, due to the grain of the astroturf which is NOT the usual surface played upon.

 

Bocce Courts in Bloomfield

 

 

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Farther back to give the feel for the length of the court.

 

 

Bocce in Bloomfield

 

 

 

Bocce in Bloomfield 2

 

Alternating sides. 

 

Bocce Courts in Bloomfield 4

 

Trying to get as close as possible to the little white ball at the other end.

 

 

And the photograph from three years ago on the Bocce Courts under the Bloomfield Bridge. Moonrise over the Bocce Courts. The gentleman in the photo above is third from the left.

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A Florida Rainbow Appeared When Michael was Born

Tampa Florida is his birthplace.

You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.

Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.  

Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool. 

Happy Happy Birthday Michael.  

love, your Grandma

Mark holding Michael

Mark holding newborn Michael in Tampa Hospital with a rainbow in the background

With Mom Erika at Cousin Vicci and Ben’s Wedding  2014IMG_5724and dancing at the wedding

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Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog

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And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!


Crop of a Bucket Challenge Photo, Catching the Action, Creating Awareness, Increasing Contributions

It’s all over the internet. Bill Gates did it with an elaborate contraption he designed.  Friends, neighbors, coworkers are challenging one another and the videos are all over social media.  People challenging others to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads to call attention to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.  ALS is defined on the ALS Association webpage as “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”  

One thing is the crazy stunt has not only gone viral, a dreaded disease- ALS  has come to the forefront and received  22.9 million dollars in donations, a marked increase from a year ago.   Of course there’s controversy and debate, too.  Are the participants really understanding what ALS is and how it affects those who have it? and their families? Others think it is a waste of perfectly clean water when so many parts of the world are in drought, or don’t have easy access to clean water.  Here is an excellent blog post about what an ALS Family REALLY thinks about this challenge

Yesterday, I was invited to photograph the cheerleading squad accepting the ice bucket challenge the first day of school.  I know they are fundraising and sending a donation in addition to pouring the water on their heads.

Here is a crop of that photo. 

(I was careful to keep the camera far from the ice water, though)  Here’s more information about ALS

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Reminder to Self

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Thanks for all the good notes and comments yesterday, wishing me a good year.  I think I’ll take this card for my desk this morning. 


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