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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


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.


Report from Okanogan WA from My Sister- Guest Blog

My sister’s visiting our brother in Okanogan WA and has sent a few pics from her phone. It’s considered “high desert”.

I wish I were with them.

Here are bins of firewood, stacked, ready to burn to keep warm this winter

bins of wood

The other day she sent a pic of these delicious peaches

Peaches

And when they take the dogs for a walk, they see some old vehiclesIMG_5374

like a car graveyard

abandoned cars

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My Go-To Comfort Food

Comfort food.

“Comfort foods may be consumed to positively pique emotions, to relieve negative psychological effects or to increase positive feelings.[4] The term was first used, according to Webster’s Dictionary, in 1977.” Wikipedia

 A topic I study and explore from time to time.  Take a poll.

In fact, i asked this question just last December.

I was with a friend on Saturday and we were talking about eating in response to stress.

 His choice? a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (i forget which flavor)  

It’s a new school year.

Grilled cheese on stove and plate below. 

“Comfort food is traditionally eaten food which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it,[1] frequently with a high carbohydrate level and a simple preparation.[2] The nostalgic element most comfort food has, may be specific to either the individual or a specific culture.[3]” Wikipedia

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

 

 

grilled cheese sandwichYes, that is a slice of summer tomato on Laura’s Birthday grilled cheese dinner.  I asked her what she would like me to make for her birthday (they were in town for Celeste and Shawn’s wedding weekend)


Weekly Photo Challenge: Adventure

A November day, three years ago, my sister Mary and I were visiting the family in Ohio.  She was walking with her two great nephews and youngest great niece and Murphy the Airedale (RIP Murph we miss you) to greet Anna as she came home on the school bus. 

The adventure may not seem epic in scale compared to some of the other entries, but when you’re almost 3, 4+ and 6, walking the dog and riding scooters down the block to welcome your big sister( 8) home is pretty exciting.

 I like the feel of the wind, the weather, the line of the five of them, making their way to the bus stop at the end of the road.

An adventure, close to home.

An adventure, close to home.

 


What We Share

An enjoyment of baked goods. I didn’t eat any of these but I am sure we would have had fun together if we did.

flower cakes

Cake flowers from NYC shot last Spring

The enjoyment of flowers (although you’re a good gardener, I like to look at them)

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Real flowers and bird eggs 

We are fortunate to share the love of grandchildren.  That’s the best thing to share.  Shared love and laughter. 

Have a wonderful birthday, Marlene! 

Happy Birthday Marlene.

(And you share a birthdate with my mother Marian VanSickle Hendricks born 1912)


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.


Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.

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Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.

 

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One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

 

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Before sunset

 

 

photo-12Anna did a sunset series. Nice balustrade’s shadow on the roof.

 

 

red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower

 

 

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I like the drain pipe line and puddle

 

And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.

 

 

salt and pepper Anna

Salt and Pepper Still Life

 

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)

 

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Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.

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Peace and Harmony the Goal at Camp Grandma This Week

Siblings.  The two youngest. Jack is 7 Maura is 5

My grandchildren.

They aren’t known for being charter members of the “get-along” gang.

In fact, they can annoy and aggravate one another with a simple song, a glance, a perceived injustice.  Oh  my.  Sounds exhausting?

So Mark (their dad called) and ask how Punch and Judy were doing.  It’s been only 24 hours.

Will see how it goes.  Today there were a few rough spots but they are settling into a routine here.

I was wishing I still had the book. He Hit Me First so I could refresh my understanding of sibling rivalry.

Pictures don’t always tell the whole story.

harmony Camp Duo (1)Here they are sitting on the stump ,holding bottles of bubbles from our generous neighbor.   The tree stump was turned into a seat when the tree was cut down.

They kids wanted individual photos, each sitting on the special wooden seat.

I said I had just one shot left on my camera card which was the absolute truth.  I could have deleted a photo on the card to make room for two pics but it forced them to sit together. We had just come from a nice time at the playground in the park.


The Big Lebowski Inspired Hostess Gift

This is Julia.

She went to Marquette with my son Mark in the mid-nineties.

Coincidentally, Mark and Julia saw each other years later at an Ohio swim meet where their daughters were swimming.

Sunday evening Julia and Rick and their family came over to Mark and Erika’s home for hamburgers on the grill.

Each family has four kids so they were laughing about meeting Freshman year, whoever thought they’d be eating together with their four kids apiece.

 

Wine Charms Lebowski

 

Julia brought these Wine Charms that spelled out LEBOWSKI as she’d seen some of Mark’s photos of the 13th Annual Lebowski fest he had just attended with my first cousin Jim.

She makes all different kinds of charms and you can check out her Charms Kool Page


LEBOWSKI  wine charms

 

Photographed by Mark

 

 

 

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Mark in Louisville at the  13th Annual Big Lebowski Festival

 

 

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Photos by Mark

 

Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.07.23 PMCostume winners photographed by Mark

 

 

 

 

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Cousin Jim on the right and Liam O’Brien in Middle.   John is on the left/ photographed by Mark

 


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