Electric lights and tinselly garland for Easter time in Pittsburgh? Not my house.
and Laura (who was born in Germany) said she would like to make an Easter Tree so I am taking her the German Easter decorations. Feels good to pass them on. I remember when we moved to Germany at EAster time and on the table in the Gasthaus was a platter of earth and real green grass growing with colored eggs peeking out of the grass. It was so pretty and inviting. The tablecloth is from our former exchange student Yvonne.
Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).
March 21st is your big day. Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!
Last year you looked like this.
And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!
The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.
A story in three photos. (The other part of the challenge.)
Welcome Maura Clare. November 2008.
Tonight I was camping out in my 5 year old granddaughter’s room, lying on a mat on the floor.
I looked up and saw the ceiling fan.
I remembered a youtube demo of light writing. Have been working on light writing at school with the students and thought I’d experiment.
Maura said the fan made her too cold so it was not a lengthy experiment. Not as many variations as I would have liked to try. I think it would work well with regular glow sticks. She liked the way the photos looked, though. Crazy Grandma.
Photo- light graph – write
You need a darkened room.
Set your camera on bulb setting ( or long exposure)
A tripod would have been useful. I just braced it so it’s soft focus.
I used a Flashing/Glowing White Lighting Stick and tried three different settings.
You need some tape (that won’t damage the paddle) to attach the light source to a ceiling fan blade.
Here are the Light Write Experiment results
Here is one I did at school with LED Christmas Lights, trying to make and intentional circle shape.
Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Three Men in a Tub
Three Little Pigs
Three Little Kittens
Wynken, Blynken and Nod
Three Sailing Ships
No Three on a Match
It’s bedtime in Ohio. Three photo story post for a different day. Kicking off the Weekly Photo Challenge by Michelle W with this single photo of all the threes I could find on the grandkids’ bookshelves.
Three Little Pigs Cartoon 1933- familiar music Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf
Either Michael or Jack, one of my grandsons, took this photo of Star Wars figures.. I found it in my December Photo Stream in Aperture tonight.
I hadn’t seen it before, didn’t notice it. I know I didn’t take it. The kids love to use the electronic devices.
Any it was all set up and photographed (on the piano I’m fairly certain) and here’s their shot. Guest blog photo by one of them.
I’d left the mini Light Sabers in a gift box with a friend’s gift but she mailed them out from Pittsburgh in a card so they got to Ohio in time for Christmas. Need light sabers to do battle!! Thanks V.
Something about mini figures invites creative and imaginative play.
The girls and I came to Laura and James’ for New Year’s Eve. It’s a sleepover.
Waiting for the new year to arrive. We started out enthusiastic. Winding down now. Ninety minutes to go.
Who will be able to stay awake? I’m knitting a Christmas gift hat for Steve and hope to finish before I leave for Pittsburgh tomorrow afternoon.
Penny is excited the girls are here. Loving the attention.
Vacation is winding down. We’re down to just hours left. The rest of the family will be over for lunch Wednesday and then I get in the car and head east.
Anna (off camera to right) getting Penny to do a trick while Laura and Maura watch.
Penny sporting the New Year’s Crown
Still awake and ready for 2014. What time is it? We’re waiting………………
No resolutions made yet!
Matching Dresses for the Sisters-In-Law Gap
I kid you not. I think it was on the sale table somewhere. It was funny cause Laura and the girls played it and then wanted to recreate some of the photos they’d seen on the photo cards included in the game. There were challenges to respond to – “explain how you came to have this photo in your wallet.” Do people have photos in wallets anymore or just in phones? Remember when showing grandchildren pictures meant you had a vinyl accordion filled with 2×3 school size pics?
Here is attempt one, slightly desaturated to give the illusion of a time past
Inspired by Awkward Family Photos®
We all know that taking family photos can be stressful and not everyone’s idea of a good time.
And it is an interruption.
Someone else’s idea.
Cooperation and light-heartedness are essential for success. Trying to not feel annoyed cause no one is in the mood.
and I wanted a photo of everyone but it wasn’t working out but Matthew is in from Croatia and Zagreb is far away and the opportunity to get the three siblings plus two in-laws is rare
Laura and James on the way home with Matthew (in his new knitted hat) and Mark and Erika, the hosts on the left
Matthew’s friends in Croatia have been looking for him on the blog and here is the elusive subject!
Today Jaclyn and her sister Shannon baked nut rolls together, carrying on family tradition.
Their mother, Theresa, passed last February. This post is to remember Theresa , those who knew and loved her and to send hugs to Jaclyn and Shannon as they are missing their mom, especially at Christmas time.
Theresa was one of the four sisters in this slideshow (baking the pizelles) showing the three sisters making nutroll in Pittsburgh- Linda, Georgeann and Theresa, while the fourth sister Marlene communicated via SKYPE in Virginia.
You might remember the previous post of the 15 greased nut roll pans where the retro recipe card is photographed in case you want to make them.
Marlene and I share grandchildren and her daughter Erika is married to my son Mark.
One of my favorite photos from long ago, taken by unknown photographer
Theresa their mother Marion, Bride Linda, Marlene and Georgeann
guest blog via Marlene
Jack needs two front teeth. One on the top and one on the bottom! The remaining top front tooth is dangling by a thread and turns 90 degrees on occasion as he works at it with his tongue. Ugh!
The other grandma, Froo Froo Marlene, took this shot with Henry the Airedale in his Santa hat.
Here is the history of the 1944 song
Happy 33! I found this drawing from your birthday post from three years ago and saw the Lacrosse number. I am thinking of you and hoping someone is celebrating your birthday with you in Croatia. Missing you.
Birthday box on the way. 6-10 business days they said. Hope it makes it. I ‘m inserting Richie Havens singing “Wonder Child”. We’ve enjoyed Richie a couple of times when we were together so thought it was a good birthday song.
Here is the colored pencil drawing I am making for you with Little Green Doggie, Lego, Playmobil, St Nicholas made with a walnut and upside down apple from German Kindergarten. ( You can see the Lacrosse #) Love you, Ma
It was your idea to start blogging for birthdays and it’s a wonderful idea. Love to you in Croatia
Richie Havens sings on Sesame Street
Information on Richie Havens and Sesame Street here
Happy Fifth Birthday Maura Clare. November 17th 2008 was a very happy day in the family because you were born!Enjoy your day. Here are some of my favorite photos I chose for the blog today.
Buckeye Baby- Not even 24 hours old in this shot.
With her first dolly.
Maura doesn’t seem to mind her Grandma wielding the camera. Her sense of humor shines through.
Like a little fish in the water….
Lunch out in Virginia at Thanksgiving time a couple of years ago
Sitting on Uncle Frank’s running board with Mom, Erika.
Summer popsicles in Virginia
Sporting her brother’s ski mask
Big sister Anna had just fixed her hair for church
Playing on the swingset in the yard
Anna and Henry
Michael adjusts his handkerchief
Jack received the game ball
Maura adjusts her baby
The Pumpkin that grew from one of last year’s pumpkins.
Why it’s fun to visit the family and rejuvenate for a new week!
Anna holds the giant sock monkey up at the door, sporting the boa I knit with some yarn (Twist and Twirl) my friend Donna gave me last year.
Saturday morning we went out to the Columbus airport to meet Mark’s college friend Bob. ( Marquette U) Bob is a Lt Commander and trains jet pilots. He’d invited us out to see him and check out the training jet. The kids loved that!
When we were leaving, and the family walked by another parked jet, I photographed their reflection.
A fun series to receive on the phone from my son Mark.
Looks like a depth of field exercise, too.
This is a “leaf bug” or katydid. A relative of the grasshopper and also called a bush-cricket in some parts of the world. Looks like such an interesting creature and is the perfection of camouflage.
Thanks Mark for sharing your Katydid and Kids study. love you. Mom
Can you see him/her?
Can you see him/her? Probably snacking on the foliage.
Proud of the fact he was born in Florida, he’s a Gator fan. (And that’s not easy given he lives in Buckeye country)
He loves to wear the orange and blue! Build lego. Learning to strategize in Chess.
When he swings, I worry he goes too high, just even with the very top of the swing set.
He assures me he’s fine. He studies bugs in the grass, wonders about things.
Likes airplanes in a book. Tin-Tin. He’s always finding Waldo!
His palate is expansive-he devours little yellow tomatoes with zest. Loves his family.
I was fortunate to be in Florida the day he was born. Happy Birthday Michael. Enjoy 8 !.
I love you. Grandma
Since the family is visiting , Erika wanted to see her longtime friend Liz. We drove out to the country today to see Liz and her family’s new home and all the hard work they have done (continue to do) to make it spectacular. During the house tour she shared her attempt at Bonsai.
She made us smile. It can’t be easy.
I should have asked her more about it but the little brown growth had a prime spot in a sunny window in the kitchen, even though it had seen better days.
Not sure if she took a workshop or class.
Here ‘s a link to the Brooklyn Botanic article on Bonsai Small Tree, Big Heart by Julian Velasco
And here is one of the photographs of a Bonsai tree at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden I took in June when I visited my sister.
Probably more what Liz had in mind. Bonsai means “planted in a tray” and the definition and history is here
The family came to Grandma’s house today.
The highlight of my summer!
And Anna likes to check things out around the place. We found a tarnished, dented silver rattle of her father’s from 1976. It was badly tarnished.
I asked her if she’d like to learn how to remove the tarnish, talked about oxidation, and how to polish silver. We found a few old baby cups that were up high on a kitchen shelf and seemed a bit fuzzy. We got a ramekin and she poured the baking soda in and then the littlest bit of water to make a nice paste. I found an old washcloth to rub the metal. We added an apron for her and she polished away.
I have lots more tarnished silver if she wants to dig in.
And here is what she said to me as she polished away…..
“Your dad would like that I am doing this.”
and I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and thought, she is exactly right.
Anna at the sink with her father’s old rattle after she polished it! WIsh we had taken the BEFORE shot with the old iPhone first!
Baby cups on my mom’s old hammered aluminum tray, awaiting polishing.
Happy Birthday to you, Laura.
James sure planned a wonderful surprise for you.
Enjoy your actual birthday today and relive the fun we had on Saturday by looking at the photos.
Love you, Ma
p.s. I wish I had someone take a photo of us together! Next time.
the last present HER BROTHER’S GIFT……………………..
Anna holds the wedding shower ribbon bouquet that was under the glass dome cake holder. How did that tradition get started?
Michael studies Laura’s state of Florida magnet to find the city where he was born (Tampa)
James and his sister Kim and Mom Sharon
At school I teach what a photo essay is- a series of photos that tells a story, with or without captions. I also got to practice my sports photography.
A double birthday party for two neighbor boys whose Mom rented out the entire Roller Rink for the evening. WOW!
The kids tried roller blades and four wheel skates for the first time and Mom Erika got out on the floor and gave a hand to help them stay upright.
The lighting in the place was a challenge, too.
Good thing for the GPS
Remember how I said I like to catch them unaware. ….Here is the result when I ask for a mug!
Michael ventures on his own
They turned down the lights- Maura has a blast!
Into the carpeted wall!
Michael and Mom take a break
Jack turns in his skates.
Anna is concentrating
Ready to go home. One bag of chips for the road.
The view on the way home Alum Creek at sunset
At least a year ago, my friend Connie W. from Florida, sent a newspaper article from an Ocala paper about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia. Connie must have read it and thought of Matthew, my son who lives there. I asked him one time about it and then another time and we didn’t talk about it or mention it for along while. Then I said I hope he could take Flat Ruthie there as I thought it would be an interesting place to visit. Then Flat Ruthie went missing. And besides Flat Ruthie hasn’t really had any relationships to break up that I’m aware of………….
Today in my email I received photographs of his visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships. Here is what Matthew wrote:
My Blog-following friends- Sasha, Ana Maria and Tanja asked if I had taken Flat Ruthie to the Museum of Broken Relationships. I hadn’t. So we decided to go together and take some pics for the Blog. Flat Ruthie was too busy exploring the remote reaches of my desk drawers, so she opted not to join us this time. I bought a Bad Memories Eraser for Mom at the gift shop, but a few hours later ran into a friend who needed it more. Her boyfriend has gone to NYC to play the drums.
I wonder what she’ll donate to the museum: a pair of scuffed sticks or an abandoned ride cymbal? Hopefully, she’ll update us when she decides – Matthew
It isn’t just the objects. It is the stories behind the objects.
Tanja, Sasha, Ana at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb
At the gift shop
I am so happy you all encouraged MAtthew to go to the museum!!!
I am not sure to whom the credit should go to for the photo of Matthew at the entrance. Let me know and I can edit the post.
Photo credit to Sasha, Tanja or Ana Maria- Thank you