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Weekly Photo Challenge

Change: From Dough to Cookies

Change is this week’s photography challenge and Friday I posted my children as they are all grown up with families of their own.  I’ve looked at quite a few fellow bloggers posts and didn’t see this one yet but I might have missed it.  So many possibilities for posts illustrating change.  

I was baking some cookies, noticed the mixing bowl of dough, and I thought- change.

I went to the other room and got the real camera instead of the phone.

The light seemed nice in the kitchen.


cookie dough

Oatmeal Crisps from the Farm Journal Cookbook (1972 ed.)

 I cut the recipe in half and left out the coconut. You could add nuts and/or raisins.

My minor adjustments to the original recipe below.



1 C butter, room temp ( I happened to have Irish butter on hand)

1 C brown sugar

3/4 C white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C flour

3 C Bob’s Red Mill Oats

1 t baking soda

1 t salt

dash of cinnamon and dash of ginger

Bake about 11 minutes @ 350


Thanks to Kristin Snow for the challenge this week. You have to check out her blog Snowmads

Excerpt from her blog is below.  You will be inspired for adventure after reading it.  

“Who are the Snowmads?

We’re Jason and Kristin Snow, a travel-addicted couple who walked away from cubicles and conventional lives two years ago to roam full-time, gaining valuable perspective on life and meeting new friends at every turn. We hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and collect experiences instead of things. Please feel free to share some travel tips right back at us whenever possible — we love hearing from you!”

Fifty Plus Acres of Cars, Vans, and Pickups with any Part You Need

On Lincoln Highway in Stoystown, PA.  Stoystown Auto Wreckers.  Established in 1948, click on link for their story.

The field of cars is something to see. Piles of crunched up vehicles, stacks and stacks.

The categories are evident.  On the link above,  I read they have computerized inventory and ten salesmen to help you find the car part you are looking for.

We pulled over and I had to get out of the car. Photographing through the bonus chainlink fence- perfect for the Weekly Photo Challenge of GRID

A photograph can’t really capture the massive sea of broken cars and trucks.

auto wreckers 1


red car wreck


auto wreckers 2


Grid Gallery

Grid gallery.  From the archives.  Once you start looking, it’s surprising to see how many grids present themselves. Seems I lean to shooting through chain link fencing.

ball field Arlington

City through a chain link fence.  Arlington Ball Field.

Felix de la Concha

Felix de la Concha Cathedral of Learning Paintings University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall


MOMA grid

Man on cell phone with statue at MOMA  NYC


warhol museum

Andy Warhol Museum from the AGH Parking Lot

murray ave grid

looking to Murray Avenue from the Suzanne, Linda and Pat’s Art Show

mary apartment grid

From my sister’s apartment window. You can see Freedom Tower under construction.


steelers door

Steelers Garage in Arlington neighborhood.

madonna and chainlinkUrban Madonna Bloomfield neighborhood

The Wilds windows


Grandchildren at  The Wilds in Ohio
murphyDear Murphy in the snow


Grid: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to Michelle W. Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

shot with iPhone this evening specifically for the challenge.

Park Brugges


Monochrome: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.” Photos by my DIL. Erikaimage

thanks Erika for your photos from the Ohio State University Game against Hawaii imageand one with the field so you can see the contextimage

Breakfast for Dinner After Swim Practice

Whole Foods in Upper Arlington.

Farm Breakfast is five bucks.

Kids eat free on Wednesday with an adult eating.  Good deal!

(Michael’s book is either the American Revolution or the Civil War.)  IMG_5397Feeling connected to family in Ohio tonight.

Old Grandma got almost everyone to cooperate for a quick pic as they sat down.

Missing a few family members but because of retirement, I can be with family  on a Wednesday night, right in the middle of the week!


My Dad Framed Postage Stamps as Art

response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

And I did the exact same thing tonight!

I found this sheet of stamps. (a birthday gift from a friend a couple years ago)  in my desk and thought it was perfect for framing in a plastic box frame. 39 cent stamps. The children’s literature characters caught my eye.


Closeup of the familiar book characters

Closeup of the familiar book characters


One sheet my dad framed. These stamps came out in the early 70’s.  The love stamps are 8 cents.

After Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and prints.http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=25276

And here’s another sheet of stamps my father framed. When the stamps were 13 cents.

I stitched the needlepoint pillow kit of the butterfly stamps and gave it to my Aunt Rhea and then she passed it back to me. Connections


Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside, Art Show Opening

susan and joan

Artists Susan Middleman and Joan Brindle. Classmates reunited at Susan’s Opening Reception Friday night.

Class of 1965-  they met as freshmen at Carnegie Tech

(now Carnegie Mellon University) Pittsburgh PA

Joan and I were art teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and then Joan was my Art Supervisor. We became friends. That’s how I got invited to her friend Susan’s Art Opening Reception at Gallerie Chiz. The large oil paintings on paper are Susan’s art work.

I met the artist Susan Middleman through Joan.


IMG_2991Hosted by Gallerie Chiz owner/director Ellen Chisdes Neuberg who provided the space for connections. I knew she was the gallery owner as she came to introduce herself. I was inquiring if her plate held a sweet or a savory.

I thought it might be a chocolate or a meatball but it was a baby bella mushroom.

Ellen sported a cool purple outfit, unique art jewelry and turquoise glasses. Plus she wasn’t carrying a purse.  Ellen and one other person would have been selected “best dressed” if I were from the paper.

Glass and found objects artist Elizabeth Fortunato showed her work at the art opening reception this evening, too. The show is open through October 10th.







The title is Waiting for the Rain to Stop


The white embroidered dress is from Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing down the street (5890 Ellsworth Avenue)


IMG_2985Piano accompanied a jazzy singer which added to the life of the party

Pumpkin Patch on my Living Room Floor

It was my daughter Laura’s idea.  She called on Face Time and asked me what I was doing.  I showed her the little stack of different size pumpkins hats I knit this past week.

“Make a pumpkin patch with all the knitted pumpkin hats.” she said. “Stuff them with something to make them stand up.”  Good idea, Laura.

(I used a couple of large balls of yarn and some dishtowels.)

I was thinking about photographing outside in the grass but it is totally unfall-like with 85% humidity.

The morning sun was streaming in through the lace curtains onto the living room floor.

Not from every angle but the difference in lighting is remarkable.

My first full week of retirement, no back to school. It’s a transition.  And we’re moving from summer to fall, even though the heat is intense. Another transition.  I bought a snow shovel this week.

There’s still one hat on the needles. I’m knitting the last hat for my granddaughter Maura, who’s going to be 7 in November but said she’d wear one.  I already gave one away a few days ago.

My other neighbor, J said the first pumpkin hat I posted looked like a tomato!  I think these photos show the color of yarn as orange for sure. Two hats and the one for Maura are Superwash Merino wool and the others are Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Soft Non-Pilling Acrylic. Hopefully easy wash and dry for the moms.

The pattern was from Ravelry by Tara Thomsen in case you want to make some. Newborn to adult sizes.  That’s enough for me this season.









Weekly Photo Challenge: Creepy


fish in ChinatownFish as viewed from the sidewalk in New York City, Chinatown.



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