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The Village of Rockton Illinois Afternoon

Another Spring Break post-

Mary and I drove from Durand, Illinois (our mother’s hometown and the town where our parents were married in 1939)

to Rockton, Illinois in Winnebago County.

We browsed in Main Street Antiques Mall and Mary bought a couple of handkerchiefs.  There were two vintage jukeboxes playing records as we enjoyed looking at all the vintage items.

Main Street Antiques

 

 

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We had these exact bookends in the house when I was growing up.  I think they are at Mark and Erika’s house now

 

 

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Had just been in San Antonio for a wedding a couple of weeks ago.

 

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Truman was president when I was born!

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Then we went into the library.

 

 

Rockton IL library

What a beautiful library!  The Talcott Free Library is celebrating 125 years this year.

 

 

 


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Inside the library-

 

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A close up of one of the ships in a glass case at the library.

 

 

Bring a puzzle, take a puzzle.  A jigsaw puzzle library.

jigsaw puzzles

 

 

Wedding Cake Ice Cream was the recommended flavor at the Dairyhäus, according to a guidebook Mary had read in NYC.

The Dairyhäus was located right next to the library and opened at 3 PM.

I sampled several flavors but decided on the Peter Rabbit which was a carrot cake flavor. Mary had the Toffee Fudge.  Ice Cream season had just started.  One employee who has worked NINE seasons at the Dairyhäus created the counted cross stitch Care Bears sampler.

 

Care Bears Cross Stitch

 

 

The Dairy Haus

 

 

 

Brent MurrayOwner Brent Murray shows off an ice cream cake his wife had just put together in the back.  Brent really enjoys his work!  He said mother had purchased the ice cream store in 1994 and he has been there ever since. He’s enthusiastic about his product and with good reason.

 


Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

If you follow the blog, you know that Laura and Mary and I went to Punxsutawney PA February 2nd to see Phil the Groundhog predict six more weeks of winter!

Groundhog Day has always been a favorite holiday in my family.  The celebration breaks up the winter and dreary February days.

It’s a holiday where no cards or gifts are necessary.

Last week on Spring Break, Mary and I took a short (12 mile) side trip to Woodstock Illinois where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day in 1993.

We drove around a bit, walked around the town square  and had a nice coffee (see below). Mary is back in New York City and I am back in Pittsburgh now but wanted to share our quick visit to the scene of Groundhog Day movie, Woodstock, Illinois.

Bed and Breakfast Woodstock IL

 

 

 

the town square

 

 

Town Square

The Opera House served as the Pennsylvania Hotel in the movie

Pennsylvania Hotel

 

 

 

 

Tip Top CafeTip Top Cafe is now  a Mexican Restaurant

 

Groundhog Days are celebrated in February!

Groundhog Days

 

 

 

 

Ned's Corner

Elgin Watches

Signage,

 

Mary found this place  Ethereal Confections

Ethereal Confections

 

 

The most delicious method of making coffee

Delicious Method to Make coffee

Our server came out to the place we were sitting and brought us two samples of delicious chocolates, made on the premises

 

 

Cafe

 

 

chocolate rabbits

 

 

A highlight of our visit to Woodstock Illinois

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Museum Floor Reflections

Rockford Art Museum
Rockford IL
Tuesday April 15th

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Helping Pap Celebrate His Birthday

Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)

Happy Birthday Pap

Try to not shoot into the light source.  Used the Canon 5D with the 50mm L series lens with available light

 

I photographed the three grandkids in the garage on the way to church.  Jack was under the weather and stayed home with Pap.

 

Grandchildren

Anna Maura and Michael in the garage.  You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.

 

 

Jack Thumbs Up

Not to leave anyone out- Jack giving the thumbs up after a good report at Children’s Hospital.  Photographed by his dad earlier in the afternoon.

 

 

Birthday party

Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.


Weekly Photo Challenge: On Top

On Top

Peeps®  on top -

of doughnuts.

Doughnuts-

on top of grass.

Purchased for photographic purposes outside Columbia City, Indiana.

The doughnut shop was connected to a gas station.

 

easter doughnut

Photographed in Rockford Illinois in a motel parking lot as the sun was going down.  It had snowed the day before!  Did not eat them.

 

 

 


..the pleasantest thing ever a child can do!

The Swing

How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!

Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Maura on the swing

Maura at 5 1/2 finally learns to pump

 

It wasn’t that long ago  (201o) that it was her sister Anna on the blog 


Swedish Pancakes at the Stockholm Inn

Blogging from a smartphone tonight-

My cousin Chris ordered them “dark and dry”.

He recommended the fresh orange juice, too. Delicious.

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Welcomed by a Rockford sock monkey

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Mary found something fishy in the gift shop

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Murano Marbles

Today my sister and I visited our Aunt Rhea.  We had a nice visit, looked at our grandmother’s photo album together, and ate lunch with tapioca for dessert.

Next to her couch were her colorful glass marbles  from Murano (a puzzle you are to jump in a straight line- NOT  Chinese Checkers)

The light was coming in through her window.  I shot this with  my phone.

Murano Marbles


Greatest Cake in America says Huffington Post

 

 

 

 

Burnt Almond Torte WEdding CakePrudence and Jordan’s Burnt Almond Torte wedding cake-    assisted by his father wielding the fire axe  September 2012

 

Julie R Thomson of the Huffington Post thanks “Pittsburgh for the greatest cake America has ever made”

 

Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte

and a link to a previous blogpost with the copycat recipe

 

 

Prantl's Bakery Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 


4-14-2014 Rockford Illinois

When my sister and I came out to the car in the restaurant parking lot …..

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Friday and Saturday

dishclothMy friend Joanne sent me a surprise hand knit dishcloth to go with the dishes she found for me in Omaha, Nebraska.  Celebrating my Fouth of July bday in style this year!

 

 

mailing recommendation

Wanted my student teacher to be reassured that her recommendation was mailed in by the deadline!

 

 

 

potatoes sproutingWanted to make soup but the onion and potatoes were sprouting!

 

SycamoresSteve and I drove to Squirrel Hill to see friends’ art show.  On the way there was an eerie light on the sycamores.Nice work Linda, Pat and Suzanne!

 

 

 

 

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View from the Art Show.  Murray Avenue.

saigon soup

After we picked Mary up at the train we ate Saigon Soup at Tram’s in Bloomfield

 

 

easter tree (1)Saturday we had lunch in Columbus with James and Laura.  She set up the Easter Tree

 

 

easter treeI am so happy the Easter decorations have a new home with Laura and James now.

 

SpringLaura put the bouquet in the vase Mark and Erika gave them for their wedding.  I brought her the nest of wooden robin’s eggs too.

 

NimitzMark likes the Nimitz statue I got for him at the Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.  He put in up on his office shelf next to the book on him.

 

WHEN I MOVED THE SHOE

 

Maura’s old shoe.  When I moved it the grass was a lighter green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Flowers in an Airport Bathroom

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Wordless Wednesday

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My School Neighbor Gave Me These- Said They Look Like Me

A couple of weeks ago, my next door neighbor at school put out a call for a poster about reading.

There was to be a state inspection and a visual aid encouraging reading was on the checklist. When I saw her in the hall, I offered a collage of photographs of students reading their favorite books.  She was thrilled and one of her students created a large poster with the photos and added some text about the benefits of reading.

It looked good and she told me it was well received by the inspection team.  My colleague was pleased.  And grateful.  I wish I had a photo of the finished poster to include in this post but it is at school.

As a thank you, she brought me this unexpected gift.

She said when she saw them at the store, they reminded her of me.  I looked in the mirror and I see the resemblance!

When I saw the smiling face socks,  I thought of fellow blogger Stef and her Smile, Kiddo blog. Always on the lookout for smiles.

Here’s a link to a cool post titled What I Like About Me.

 Right now the high school students are working on creating images for a positive image campaign so it’s a great post for that theme.

smiley face socks

 

p.s. You can see Twilight, Gregory Crewdson’s book of photographs.  If you haven’t seen his movie Brief Encounters about how he makes his photographs, check out the trailer and the film.


Easter Decorations in the City

door decoration off 40th street

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.

 

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Texas Bluebonnets Through a Rental Van Windshield

They are everywhere.

As far as the eye can see.

Bluebonnet wildflowers.  Beautiful color of blue, the Lupinus Texensis is the state flower of Texas.

I photographed (70-200 Canon L series lens) the wildflowers on the way to the San Antonio airport last Sunday.

Was NOT the driver of the rental van but the passenger. (Thanks Rick)  Figure we were going about 70 mph so the blue is a bit of a blur.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Threshold

thresh·old   noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building

: the point or level at which something begins or changes

 

jack threshold

Literal interpretation of Jack  crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.

 

 

 

 Erika and kids waiting for Jack to be born

A couple of days before Jack was born 2007

 

 

p.s.  click here to see Madhu’s entry  at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd  at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed! 

 

 


Henry the Airedale Terrier is One Already

There are lots of ways to mark the passage of time.  You rip the calendar pages off and suddenly a whole year has passed!

When I was at school, I saw there was a missed call and a voicemail from my DIL Erika.

Later when I didn’t have students I listened on the phone’s speaker.

The message was a howling/animal crying and then my granddaughter Anna(10) saying, “Henry, stop it.  That’s enough. ”  Then some more doggy  crying and Anna saying, ” Aww Henry don’t feel bad.”

When Erika got on the phone when I called back, she said that Henry ran to the computer first thing this morning and was sad he wasn’t featured on the blog today, celebrating his first birthday.

So Anna took some photos and I PROMISED Hnery would be on the blog before the end of the day.  Forgetful Grandma!

The thoughtful breeder, Diana McKenna,  remembered and sent a card via email and E forwarded it to me.  Screen shot below.

Here is the photo of the family getting ready to take Henry back to Ohio from Michigan. Thanks Diana.

Aberdeen Card

 

Erika sent a photo of the birthday Airedale biscuits she baked for Henry’s first bday. I’ll have to get the recipe.

Airedale cookie cutter

One year old today.   Anna took these photographs and sent them through her Mother’s phone to me.

Henry the Airedale on a rainy deckApril Showers in Ohio. Henry on the Rainy Deck

Henry the Airedale TerrierPhotographed by Anna.

 

 

Henry the Airedale and his bone

Henry loves to hide bones. Big ones!

 

 

 

Henry the Airedale in the KitchenHelping cook supper?

Thanks Anna for the photos. Nice job.

You might remember the shot of the grandchildren with Henry at his first Christmas. He made the blog then. Or the time he knocked at the back door. He was on the blog that day too.

 


Third Street Life

Cell Phone Trio NYC

Cell Phone Trio NYC

Lawrenceville by Neid's Hotel

Lawrenceville by Neid’s Hotel

Near Union Square

Near Union Square

Belgian Dinner

Belgian Dinner

Cell Phone Duo

Cell Phone Duo

Marilyn Monroe NYC

Marilyn Monroe NYC

Nitrogen going where? NYC

Nitrogen going where? NYC

Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Line NYC

Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Line NYC

Dog in Pink on Bleecker St

Dog in Pink on Bleecker St

Bleecker Street Music

Bleecker Street Music

Pink Wigs NYC

Pink Wigs NYC

Loe protestor in East Liberty

Lone
protestor in East Liberty

Pittsburgh Workmen at night

Pittsburgh Workmen at night

Brooklyn Delivery

Brooklyn Delivery

Model on street of NYC

Model on street of NYC

Fruit Seller NYC

Fruit Seller NYC

Hot dog Vendor NYC

Hot dog Vendor NYC

Crosswalk NYC

Crosswalk NYC

Smurf in Times Square

Smurf in Times Square

Bagpipers and Onlookers Morningside

Bagpipers and Onlookers Morningside

Bomb Squad in Parade

Bomb Squad in Parade

Perusing the archives in a different computer.  I know this STREET LIFE challenge could go on and on and on……Will stop now. I really liked it, though.  Guess you can tell.

It’s fun to scan the files for forgotten photos you might not post otherwise.

 

 


Street Life 2

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life   part two  Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-

 From the archives 

pittsburgh poetry

Waiting for the Bus East Liberty

Waiting for the Bus East Liberty

Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC

Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC

Pizza Men New York City

Pizza Men New York City

Someone's Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge

Someone’s Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge

Pirates Sidewalk bridge

Headed to Summer Pirates Game

Headed to Summer Pirates Game

Couch on Sidewalk NYC

Couch on Sidewalk NYC

Short North Beer Truck Columbus

Short North Beer Truck Columbus

New York City

New York City

Poetry in Bloomfield

Poetry in Bloomfield

Pirates Sidewalk

Pirates Sidewalk

Bus Stop Millvale

Bus Stop Millvale

High Street Columbus Ohio

High Street Columbus Ohio

Garbage Men on Josephine St

Garbage Men on Josephine St


Texas Breakfasts

Friday and Saturday mornings- starts of the day in Texas

The vibrant colors seemed a cheerful welcome to Saturday’s Wedding Celebration. Top two taken with the Canon 50D

Fruit and flowers

This was a Angel’s Lodge Above the Creek

Fruit and flowers

and the photograph below with breakfast on the colorful Fiestaware was taken at the bride’s parents’ home Friday morning. Everything seemed bigger and brighter than what I’ve been experiencing all winter.

 

 

breakfast in Texas on Fiestaware

photographed with the iPhone

 


By the Dawn’s Early Light- Opening Day

As I was driving to school, crossing the Liberty Bridge, I decided to make a right turn up McArdle  Roadway to Mt. Washington and shoot the city from the Duquesne Incline Platform.  Traffic didn’t seem too thick. I knew I could do it.

Time tight,  the light so nice and the next Opening Day would be a year away.   You saw the view from inside the park on yesterday’s post.

A decision, a moment, you know you’re a photographer.

And as I was standing there I realized I’m witnessing the sun rising, coming up behind the buildings. It didn’t take too long.

I had to wait to shoot the sun as it peeked through.  Not exactly Stonehenge in NYC but a thrill just the same!

PNC Park was a happy place as the Pittsburgh Pirates won in the 10th Inning.  (sorry Chicago John) You can see the Ballpark lights glowing on the left hand side of the photos.

 

 

Opening Day Pittsburgh

 

 

and the iPhone shot

 

sunrise Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 


PNC Park at Dusk

Ruth:

Trom the archives
Monday, March 31.2014.
Today is Opening Day. Against the Chicago Cubs.
Spring is here! I know my friend Sue will be in her seat, cheering on the Pirates this afternoon.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

from the archives- Pittsburghers will notice fewer lighted signs on the downtown buildings in this shot- taken 7 years ago this time of year. Tuesday’s post will be back in “real time” . Baseball equals summer to me!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Main StreetStreet life of Main Street Fredericksburg Texas by night and by day. Friday March 28. The weekly challenge on wordpress by Cheri Lucas Rowlands is street life.   Pedestrians in crosswalk         couple in front of brewery         cars going up and down Main Street   Earlier in the day     Gun and Blade show Should have included the traffic below.             IMG_6287   Along Main Street Fredericksburg Texas     IMG_6379       IMG_6384           pansies        
        Walking with two grandchildren My friend Kristin and two of her grandchildren


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