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Simple Halloween Decor

There are wild and elaborate decorations around town and outside of town,but here are a few simple ones.

There are ersatz graveyards in people’s front yards, witches flying in trees,skeletons and cobwebs on mailboxes and Halloween light strung on front porches.

People are going all out.   A real Halloween Decoration Extravaganza.

These are a few simple decorations in Pittsburgh and from my sister Mary in Brooklyn NY.

Here’s a giant spider on the South Side of Pittsburgh

Purple SPider

Schenley Park Pumpkin

Regurgitated pumpkin within pumpkin across from Schenley Golf Course.

Mary sent these from Brooklyn on her phone earlier today


Vincent, Euthemia, Dorothy, Liane and Montclair Came to Mind Today

iris blooming

October 29th,  Wednesday Afternoon

Funny how the unexpected sight of something triggers a stream of consciousness.

The word Iris, the sight of these Iris blooming made me think of many things.

In Highland Park after school today, while waiting for a poet to arrive to shoot the author photo for her new book cover,

I saw these Iris.

I always think of Iris as the“end of the school year” flower but now I see they bloom in late October, too.

Vincent Van Gogh painted them.

Euthemia is always planting, growing, showing and readying Iris for her Capital Hudson Iris Society show and sale

Liane Ellison Norman wrote a poem, ” I Dug Up the Iris”  about our friend Dorothy’s Iris.

When I was young, we lived in Montclair New Jersey and walked in the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens named after the founder of the American Iris Society.

Iris.

So many memories triggered by the sight of their blooming today.

October Iris


Hypothetical Self-Help Books Cover Art

Cover Art- Part two-  A fun weekly challenge created by Pete Rosos- you can check out his blog

I neglected to add a title/text right onto the images.

Today I went to www.picmonkey.com as suggested on WordPress, found some images that lent themselves to the addition of text and went with the Self-Help Genre.

Not that self-help books really help

Here’s the bookshelf of Cover Art of my imaginary titles.

dawn at St george Island

Keep your Marbles

Knit Your Way Through Winter

dawn at St george Island (1)

Find balance in your life

Baseball in the leaves


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.”


I Saw These at Friday Night’s Football Game

I had to look twice at what I was seeing.

Marching band plumes

 

 

 

 

 

The plumes from the Marching Band Bucket Hats, put away until next year.


Central Park Seasons – Guest Blog

Thank you Jack W. and Joe W., a father and son and  two dear friends and followers who are like family.

You might remember the beautiful winter scene Joe W shared from Central Park.

Here is the same location early October.
Shot from the vicinity of the Plaza Hotel at 59th Street.

Thanks Joe and to his dad Jack for sharing them with me.

Central Park October

and a reminder of how beautiful winter can be even when it is treacherous to get around in the snow and ice.

Central Park Winter


Glass of Coffee Refraction on the Way to School

A new weekly photo challenge will come out Friday afternoon. I posted a gallery of light through crystals already but -

Here’s what I noticed on the way to school ( I didn’t get to the Drive-Thru)

I saw the light refracting through the glass pattern onto my coffee and out the other side of the glass.

I don’t think I was looking for refractions last week prior to the challenge.

This one presented itself.

(And yes, you’re right. The pink and orange is a gift card from Dunkin Donuts.)

Glass of Coffee


Lone Golden Tree

Autumn afternoon.

One more hour of Wednesday so squeaking in as a Wordless Wednesday. Well, almost wordless.

Don’t seem to be disciplined enough to stick with the Wordless Wednesday, Throwback Thursday on a regular basis.

Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge is one I enjoy responding to each week, though.

I was reading about how one’s blog is kind of a self-imposed assignment- one doesn’t have to do it at all.

But you get something going and you stick with it. Put it out there.

There’s always something new to be seen in the world, photographed and shared.

Thanks for looking today.

Golden Leaf Tree


Unattended iPhone Pic

One of my Photography Two students left me a little surprise on my iPhone (which I’d left unattended on my desk)

Uh-oh.  Let that be a reminder to keep my phone away in the future.  It’s usually in my top drawer.

Sharing it on the blog because I laughed out loud when I found this photograph in my photostream.  It gave me pause.

I’ve a set of Victorian Masks – this one is Horatio Nelson 1st Viscount Nelson.   It was on my desk, too.

My guess is

1.she saw the mask,

2. she saw my phone,

3. she felt inspired

4. and created this in a few short seconds.

5. Left it for me to find.

6. Never mentioned it.

(Way to go AZ!)

7.  I blogged it!

Horatio Nelson Viscount Nelson


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.

IMG_5455

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


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