"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Little Dog, Big Dog-Napping

Grandson Michael (10) is the guest blogger today. 

He photographed Josie (puppy) and Henry the Airedales. 

I like he got down on their eye level. 

I found it tonight on my phone and remembered he took it Saturday night. 


Puppy Love

Josie the Airedale and granddaughter Anna

 On the move.  What big paws you have…  
Light in all four eyes 

  Henry (2) plays with her.  He likes to keep watch on the front yard, too.  

Penny Remembers Before the Baby Came

The blog is back in real time today. No flashbacks, no reblogs from six years ago.

Penny, the Golden Doodle, looks at the baby Charles and remembers when she was the center of attention.

Perhaps I should have made this a wordless Wednesday or a

You Write the Caption.

She’s adjusting.

(And not sure what cousin Anna is doing )


Penny remembers

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.



For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood

And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge



P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP



Golden Doodle and Grandma

With a new baby in the house, Penny seeks reassurance and is probably wondering when baby Charlie will be leaving. It’s an adjustment .

My daughter Laura , (the new mother) shot this quick moment today as I was getting up.

You saw Penny’s paw included in the new family handshake a couple posts ago.

Penny the Golden Doodle expressing how she feels.

Here she is photobombing during the first bath the other day




The night Charles was born, I brought a cloth diaper from the hospital so she could get his scent. Little did she know how life would change.




On the front porch with the human members of the family. Sorry Penny.

P.s.  Tomorrow after this posts, my DIL will tell me Henry the Airedale is upset because  he isn’t featured or included on the blog.

Thanks V for the idea to blog Penny and Grandma

New Family Handshake

You know those photo greeting cards with the tiny hand in the big hand?

The touching closeups?

I was going for a similar feel with the new parents and grandson Charlie who was a week and a day.

New Family handshake



Oops. Add one eager Golden Doodle.  Penny’s paw added to the photo.

New Family handshake plus pennyThe new family handshake!

Wordless Wednesday


Many Dog People Favor Certain Breeds and Others Like a Mix

This is Brooke, a Dachshund Rescue.   I saw her in a basket in the Waterworkds Shopping Center at the PetCo a few years back and I knew my friend’s daughter wanted a dachshund. It was a lucky day.

She belongs to Molly now.  You can see how Brooke loves “her person”.

I know some of my cousins favor dachshunds and Mary in New Jersey loves them.

Molly’s family always has liked this breed. I saw a crazy video of dachshunds on a Sausage Dogs Central Post on FB just last week.

Now my DIL and her family love Airedales.  Jaclyn has her St. Bernards.   One type of dog I don’t see around here is an Irish Setter.  Be it Border Collies or Italian Greyhounds, German Shepherds or a Pug or you name it.  People who are dog people may have a strong preference.  ( Rob, I know what your preference is!  NO DOG)

Some families like to get a mixed breed rescue (we used to call them mutts but maybe that isn’t the term now) from an animal shelter.

I usually keep the blog in “real time” but the rose colored couch is highlighted again this week.

BTW there are “339 listed breeds in 10 groups” and if you want to check out that info it is here

brooke the daschund (1)

It looks like she is smiling to me

brooke the daschund and MOlly


Alum Creek Dog Park Autumn by Anna (11)

Autumn tree by Anna

When one of the grandkids sees something when they’re out and about and thinks-

“oooh, a good one for Grandma’s Blog”, takes a picture to send to me, I like to share it.

Good to encourage their “seeing”.

I told Anna I’ll help her start a blog of her very own. I think she has a great eye. She could start once a week, not daily.

Two years ago Anna took the photo of the pick up truck filled with mannequin legs, headed “to the dummy store.”

Preparing Socks for Monkeys and the Front Porch Swing

The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today.  Uncle James was at work.

Aunt Lala did the girls hair.

Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.

Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands.  We had a relaxing summer afternoon.

Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.


Aunt Lala's front porch

Aunt Lala’s front porch


porch swing and dog




Penny wearing Anna's headband

Penny wearing Anna’s headband




Socks ready to make into monkeys

Socks ready to make into monkeys

I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand.   The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year.  I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.


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