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I find it hard to clean out the basement

My friend Ann has no trouble throwing things out.

These items, ignored for such a long time, need to be thrown out.

Reading this post might be like my neighbor says- “Watching paint dry.”

Slated to get a much needed new furnace installed and an updated electrical box-

so the pressure’s on to clear the place.

Buying new lights to illuminate the boxes of junk was a start.

My problem is I think about all the different lives the things represent.  Matthew suggested photographing the junk.

I was able to get another one of those construction bags filled to go out to the curb. Two bags of items for donation

But a dusty electric skillet lined with probable-poison-coating when heated, no lid or plug? Immediate disposal.

No problem!

electric fry pan

plastic groceries

Remaining plastic groceries from the little yellow shopping cart with the orange wheels, a tea party cup from at least 30 years ago.  Half a wooden lemon, a fake muffin.  Garbage.

Christmas decoration

A little felt elf, found in a Christmas tin. My mother used to put these on our stairs, wrapped them around the banister.

Probably purchased at a Church Bazaar in the 60’s.  He was looking at me.  Couldn’t throw him out. His sequined eyes looked at me.   Better than that Elf on the Shelf.

basket and badminton

A ratty basket in the shape of a duck and old badminton racquets.  Easy to pitch these.

cigar box with parts

Will I ever need these parts in this old cigar box?

science fair trophy 1988

Mark’s old trophy.   Erika saw this on FB when I posted and said it was a great item to stay in Pittsburgh!

I don’t even have a record player anymore

I don’t even remember who gave this to me

Can't remember who gave this to me

And then I found my dad’s old trench coat, black gloves in his pocket.

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I washed it, hung it out.  It had a presence as it hung on that hanger

Going to donate.    Steve said he’d wear it.  Made me feel a little less sad but I think it is too big on him.

Steve in my dad's coat

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Laura rhymes.  Yellowed paper booklet . Yucky.

Old workboots.  Owner unknown.

Work Boots


Crystal Heart Refraction

When the Weekly Photo Challenge is sent out by WordPress on Friday afternoon, I mull it over, dig around in the archives and whittle down a myriad of choices.  But on occasion I’ll shoot something specifically for the challenge.

This week it’s REFRACTION by Kevin Conboy so I played around with a crystal heart my parents gave me on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary (1939-1989) and a crystal swan and pyramid  I have in my china cabinet from them also.

I could’ve used an assistant today to hold the crystal or pyramid.
And because I’ve had my rainbows up recently and the Freedom Tower in NYC with refracted light through the clouds, I’m going with the gallery of my refracted light experiment.


Portrait of Pap, Captured by Maura

If You Give a Kid a Camera….

Her view from the shopping cart.

Maura (who’ll be 6 next month) captured her Pap while shopping.

With her mother’s phone. They sent it to me.  I asked if I could blog it.

Good one Maura. Thanks for sharing Erika. Here’s the guest blog of the day.

I thought she did well to freeze a moment in time- Saturday afternoon at Costco, after the swim meet.

Looking good, Pap!

Pap shopping at Costco


The Beauty of Face Time

I love it when the family calls on FaceTime or SKYPE. Makes them seem so much closer.

I should crop me out of this one but I took this photo by pressing the home button and the top button.

Granddaughter Anna was speaking with me via a device as her Mom looks on.

The light on her face seemed so nice.

Anna FAce Time


Jazz Festival Sign from Croatia – Guest Blog

Blog follower Tanja read the Weekly Photo Challenge Post with the signs on Oct 8th.

She wrote to me and sent the photo of the sign below.

Thanks for your contribution to the blog today, Tanja.

Best,  Ruth

“My summer vacation I was in Istria, in a small town called Bale and I attended at the Jazz Festival. During the festival, a small cafe near the place where the festival was held, had put the sign in the front of the cafe. The sign was something that I have never seen before so I took a photo.  Maybe you will find it interesting too.”

Jazz Festival Sign


Drive Thru Coffee Arriving in Pittsburgh at 6:30 AM 10-16-14

Different parts of the country have Drive Thru coffee all over the place. Not Pittsburgh! Until NOW.

My plan is to be at the new Zeke’s, close to opening,  on my way to school

A good way to start a very long day- Parent conferences/Open House tomorrow.

They are calling it a “soft opening” as they are still “under construction”.

Remember the urban block that is slated to be razed?

Zeke’s Drive Thru will be at 6314 Broad Street in East Liberty

(near the Post Office and next door neighbors to  Station Street Hot Dogs,   starting Thursday morning at 6:30) You can see the GOOGLE flag at Bakery Square from the premises. Hope they make it around the block to support their new neighbor.

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There’s a banner on the roof. You can’t miss it. Where the pound bags are just that- one pound!

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Wordless Wednesday

(Wordless- except for the signage- New York City)
Big Daddy's Diner NYC


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy

Michelle W. challenged the WordPress Community this week with the theme DREAMY-

I thought it was a real challenge.  (I guess that’s the point of the challenge) Some are easier to find just the right photos in response.

Anna

Anna

Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Night lIghts at the Columbus Zoo

Laura and James

Laura and James

jack at the wedding

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Mark and Erika in Virginia

Highland Park Reservoir

Highland Park Reservoir

Charlotte and Joel

Charlotte and Joel

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Michael dreaming on Aunt Mary

Kaufmann's Clock at Night

Kaufmann’s Clock at Night


Homecoming High Heels Study Two

If you’ve been following me since last October, the photos below may seem familiar.

Last year’s homecoming heels post is here

I couldn’t walk in these fancy shoes, I know that.

Probably couldn’t get them on my feet, like Cinderella’s stepsisters couldn’t get that glass slipper on their foot either.

High heels look fashionable and glamorous, uncomfortable.

And, they don’t stay on

very long at all.


He’s the One With the Post-It on His Head

My son  Matthew in a Croatian TV Commercial

It’s just 30 seconds long. Not sure if the link will work.


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