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Kat and Kevin Tie the Knot (Literally) Aboard Three Rivers Queen at Sunset

August 28, 2015.  A beautiful August evening for a happy wedding celebration. Here’s the first peek at some highlights of the photographs from the wedding.  Congratulations to Kevin and Kat!

Here are the bride Kathleen (Kat) and Kevin. He is watching her come down the aisle of the top deck of the Three Rivers Queen (Gateway Clipper Line)

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Tying the knot

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_2163Roberto Clemente Bridge closed due to the Baseball Game (Pittsburgh Pirates 5- Colorado Rockies 3)

The sun was sinking fast.

 

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On the way back to the Three Rivers QueenIMG_2233

Reboarding on the gang plank

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Their two dogs are important to them although they didn’t attend the wedding they were featured in the cake topper silhouette.

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Working together to get the wedding cake’s first piece out and onto a plate. It’s more difficult than it looks!

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Their rings in the bride’s bouquet

Three Rivers Queen Crew

A full moon over the city of Pittsburgh

 

IMG_2950The ship’s captain Andy,flanked by the crew, navigated the Three Rivers Queen expertly, going up and down all three rivers- Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio.


It’s Pumpkin (Hat Knitting) Season Again

I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day.  Who knew?  On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.

People, including Fallon Tonight,  have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.

I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance.  But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.

Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats.  You can only knit so fast.  This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours).  I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table  documentaries while I knit.  And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.

Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.

Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and

cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles.  I still can’t decide which material I prefer.

Each has good points.(no pun intended)

I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry.  Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I  bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats)  one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.

The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16") with worsted weight yarn

Knit on size 5 circular needles (16″) with worsted (4)weight yarn. Of course it looks much cuter with a baby wearing it! Stay tuned. 


Today was a good day- Weekly Photo Challenge

June 25, 2015.

The challenge was to create a gallery of a good day.

I tried the MESH app recommended for the challenge but was incredibly frustrated using it.  Will wait until they work out the bugs.

Here is a regular gallery of Today was a good day.

The story of June 25th has an introduciton  with a late afternoon (6/24)  photograph of Laura and Maura.

 


Carousels in Columbus OH and Ligonier PA

I missed National Carousel Day on July 25th but have seen two beautiful carousels in the ten days or so.  Idlewild Park was last week and the Grand Carousel at the Columbus Zoo today 

The lead horses look similar – http://www.carouselfigures.com/id250.html

Idlewild Park Carousel in Ligonier PA is first. Built by the Toboggan Company in Philadelphia 

  
   
And celebrating Michaels tenth birthday at the Columbus Zoo today 

Carvings by Marcus Illions from Lithuania who did the Coney Island carousel 

http://rutheh.com/2013/06/19/coney-island-carousel-restored/

   
    
 


If you’re an arachnophobe, don’t look! 

From Kristin in Florida – guest blogger

“These are everywhere in Florida right now. Both these webs are on my front porch. Large spider is female. Small one male. Yikes!”
Banana Spiders aka  Brazilian Wandering Spiders https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_wandering_spider

(Scientific name: Phoneutria nigriventer)  

    
    
 


I’m not saying “eat them”

-just sharing what products caught my eye on Columbus shelves when Laura and I were out for the afternoon.

A conglomeration of color and taste.

I recommend the sriracha movie my son showed me.

  

this is beer

 


Zucchini Three Ways

Arrived in Ohio this afternoon. 

Vegetable soup. 

Poor man meatballs (no meat)

And grated carrot,zucchini, with garlic sautéed in olive oil. Salt and pepper
  


Watching the Round Up at Idlewild Park

A wonderful summer day.

We did NOT ride the Round Up but the spectators are in line at the Tilt-a-Whirl.

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The Story of the Flag Dishes

My friend J found these dishes in a kitchen consignment store in Omaha-The Pot and Ladle.

J had them  packed and moved with her when she relocated to Florida.

And then she wrapped them in bubble wrap and  packed them herself in about eight boxes and shipped them to me in Pittsburgh.

When your birthday is the Fourth of July, people see red white and blue and think of you.

Last night I had house guests so got up and baked blueberry muffins with a container of greek yogurt (vanilla) and used one of the American Colonial plates (designed by Warren Kimble in 1997) When I looked up Warren Kimble it said he is “the best known living American Folk Artist”

(noticed I used the red, white and blue potholder I wove a few years ago)


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