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Weekly Photo Challenge

Transition: Weekly Photo Challenge

A single image was my goal. 


 (The hat pattern is Sockhead Hat  by Kelly McClure on Ravelry


Treats at Royal India – Kaptol, Zagreb

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

One more image for this week's challenge -treat

One more image for this week’s challenge -treat.   Royal India Restaurant  Kaptol, Zagreb  We were picking up dinner for “takeaway”



Park Hollow House on Halloween



Everyone going to get a treat.



They really go all out.  Dry ice machine. Strobe lights. Music and scary sounds.  There are friends and neighbors dressed up amidst the mannequins.  Some of the children stay on the sidewalk and watch and don’t go near the entrance.



Treat: Weekly Photo Challenge

Sweet.  A fun challenge to respond to this week.  Treat.

Jen H says “Treats and indulgences can take many forms. Share yours with us!”

Here’s a gallery from our recent trip.

Vincek Cakes

Frozen Wind/Icy Wind on the left (and a  recipe for icy wind cake I found for it online)

Vincek Ledeni vjetar (left)and on the right Vincek Boem šnita

from Vincek Bakery in Zagreb Croatia 21959096210_5936ff047f_k

Matthew saw the cake we ordered and said, “Ahhh famous frozen wind cake”  Icy wind came up as the recipe but we liked the sound of his calling it Frozen Wind.  It was delicious.

candy window in Salzburg

Two Windows in Salzburg- same store

gummi treats

morning treat

Morning treat

tea and apple studel

Tea and Apple Strudel on the Sound of Music bus tour.  Notice there are two in a paper for “takeaway”

with nuts


salzburg nockerl

You saw the Salzburg Nockerl on a recent post

Perhaps chocolates are your treat  -another window in Salzburg


or perhaps you prefer something salty

pretzels in SalzburgSalzburg

Careful: Weekly Photo Challenge


This week, show us something careful — a photo taken with care, a person being careful, or a task or detail requiring care. Michelle W.

Here is my gallery of careful.

anna and Charles

Ever so careful.
maura upside down

Careful not to drop her, Mom.


Putting on her seatbelt.

Jack and the soft spot

Careful not to touch the soft spot

UP in the deer stand

Maura in the deer stand at the farm


St. George Island FL


taking care of Charlie 2

Holding him so he doesn’t roll off the ottoman.


careful balloon


Mike the balloon guy taking care to tie the balloon.



Lobster fest.


michael and charlie

So very careful, Michael.  Nice!





(Extra)ordinary: Weekly Photo Challenge

(Extra)ordinary  “Things or settings we might overlook at first glance. Whether in a new or familiar place, I try to keep my eyes open — to look for beauty or interestingness where I least expect it.” Cheri Lucas Rowlands

Not an ordinary puddle.

After a week of constant rain, the sun came out just before sunset.


With the ripple. A passerby hit the water.


IMG_2464The water is still.

Did I mention I left my camera in the apartment?  Shot with the iPhone camera.

IMG_2467A different puddle.




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


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