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)
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.
We had these exact bookends in the house when I was growing up. I think they are at Mark and Erika’s house now
Had just been in San Antonio for a wedding a couple of weeks ago.
Truman was president when I was born!
Then we went into the library.
What a beautiful library! The Talcott Free Library is celebrating 125 years this year.
Inside the library-
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.
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.
Owner 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.
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.
the town square
The Opera House served as the Pennsylvania Hotel in the movie
Groundhog Days are celebrated in February!
Mary found this place Ethereal Confections
The most delicious method of making coffee
Our server came out to the place we were sitting and brought us two samples of delicious chocolates, made on the premises
A highlight of our visit to Woodstock Illinois
Rockford Art Museum
Tuesday April 15th
Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)
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.
Anna Maura and Michael in the garage. You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.
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.
Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.
Peeps® on top -
on top of grass.
Purchased for photographic purposes outside Columbia City, Indiana.
The doughnut shop was connected to a gas station.
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.
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 at 5 1/2 finally learns to pump
Blogging from a smartphone tonight-
My cousin Chris ordered them “dark and dry”.
He recommended the fresh orange juice, too. Delicious.
Welcomed by a Rockford sock monkey
Mary found something fishy in the gift shop
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.
Julie R Thomson of the Huffington Post thanks “Pittsburgh for the greatest cake America has ever made”
and a link to a previous blogpost with the copycat recipe
When my sister and I came out to the car in the restaurant parking lot …..
Wanted my student teacher to be reassured that her recommendation was mailed in by the deadline!
View from the Art Show. Murray Avenue.
After we picked Mary up at the train we ate Saigon Soup at Tram’s in Bloomfield
Maura’s old shoe. When I moved it the grass was a lighter green.
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.
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.
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.
They are everywhere.
As far as the eye can see.
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.
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
Literal interpretation of Jack crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.
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!
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.
Erika sent a photo of the birthday Airedale biscuits she baked for Henry’s first bday. I’ll have to get the recipe.
One year old today. Anna took these photographs and sent them through her Mother’s phone to me.
Henry loves to hide bones. Big ones!
Thanks Anna for the photos. Nice job.
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.
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life part two Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-
From the archives
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
This was a Angel’s Lodge Above the Creek
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.
photographed with the iPhone
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.
and the iPhone shot
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.
Street 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. Earlier in the day Should have included the traffic below. Along Main Street Fredericksburg Texas
My friend Kristin and two of her grandchildren