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Ready for Their New England Tour, Thanks G!

They’ve the proper hats now, thanks to a dear friend from Boston who is in Columbus this weekend.

The kids are ready to tour New England next summer.  G brought them for my grandchildren from her home in Boston.  There are some red, white and blue Patriots shirts to go with the hats, too.  When in Boston……

The family had just been talking about their next adventure, studying American History while traveling to battlefields, landmarks and historic sites.  This summer it was Williamsburg, Ft. McHenry and Kitty Hawk, Assateague National Park, Chesapeake Bay and General McArthur’s gravesite.

Boston is so rich with history. The books she brought about the Boston Tea Party and the start of the American Revolution will be terrific preparation for their New England tour. Get ready Faneuil Hall, Fenway Park and Old North Church.

Anna, Michael, Jack and Maura sporting their brand new Boston hats.IMG_9932

Weekly Photo Challenge: Endurance

Steelers fans watch their team fairing poorly against the the Miami Dolphins. Sitting through it while it snowed.

ENDURANCE.

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Steelers fans exhibit incredible endurance.

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The park bench and tree endure the winter snowfall.

40th anniversary billboard

A billboard tribute to Bob and Chris.  Happy 40th Anniversary.

Carousel Horse

from the early 1900’s, Marcus Illions carved carousel horse at Coney Island

Grandmother's Silver

Grandmother’s Silver

New york City

New York City endures

Wordless Wednesday a Day Late

Crestline Ohio Barn

Crestline Ohio Barn

Like a Squirrel Gathering Nuts for the Winter

yarn skeins

Wednesday’s mail was waiting when I got home late.   A box!

A box of yarn arrived from Web*sters in Ashland, Oregon.  Silk Blend.  70% Merino wool and 30% silk.  Manos del Uruguay.  I’ve plans to knit my way through the freezing season.  So soft and the colors like jewels.

Magenta, Aster, Dark Cherry.  I love the names of the colorways.

Spolier alert:  Knitty City Horizontal Cowls (link to their free pattern) for gifts.

I’ve made three already. Oh and an attempt for a circle scarf from a different yarn (the gray)

It can’t just post comfort food.

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I like this particular pattern cause the circular knitting goes around and around and around, getting me to a peaceful place, sucking out my anxiety, making me calm. Trying not to notice the sun setting earlier already.

The assignment was to cut out newspaper photographs……

Photojournalism.  We were looking for photo credits, pictures of the day, discussing the purposes of photography.

The students were to find two photographs, cut them out and answer the Who What Where When Why.

There’s such variety of subjects throughout the papers.

Here is what I saw at one table when I was checking on how the project was coming along.  It made me laugh out loud.

Guess the purpose of the photo was “to advertise”  but the paper wristwatch on his wrist was unexpected.

Paper Wristwatch

Thanks to my friend who had brought over a big box of newspapers and left them on my front porch.

Polish Hill Skateboard Spot

When I saw what I thought was a wading pool filled with graffiti, I thought I’d return another day and photograph it.

Sunday after coffee, Steve and I drove over to the park in Polish HIll and as I walked closer, I realized it was NOT a wading pool that was decorated with urban art but a place for kids to skateboard.

Here’s a list of skateboarding terms and info about the physics of it but not sure if I am properly labeling this pit a half- pipe or not.

Alas, not a skateboarder in sight on Sunday morning so no action shots.

Polish Hill Park

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just  few satellite dishes for reception

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What We Lose When They Raze this Entire Block

The facades were to be restored and preserved but looks like they’re slated for the wrecking ball.

Demolition not preservation.

What happened to the Historic Commission plan to preserve the facades?

We’ve seen lots of development lately and that’s not all bad but there sure are a lot of BOXES going up and the photographs show what we will lose when they raze this entire block.

East Liberty PA.  Penn Avenue.  The same block as Zeke’s Cafe with the super coffee beans.  Spinet Piano Sign

It’s always expensive to restore, true. But what a loss of character for the city.   Lester Betsy Ross Spinets were popular instruments.

Old theater

Penn Avenue Block

formerly Bolan's

Lester Piano sign

Okay I can see this former PNC bank building now empty going but what about the character and history of the rest of the buildings?

formerly PNC Bank

J2 Dimensional Cuisine- John and Jessica Fell in Love Over Their Love of Food

Tonight with friends at the New Hazlett Theater for an excellent piece- PARALLEL LIVES performed by Beth Corning and Arthur Aviles- (a Glue Factory Project) we were invited by Corning Works to “break bread” and “in person” conversations- plus there were two items from a tasting menu in the lobby after the performance.

The food was lovingly and expertly prepared by John and Jessica from International Culinary School at the Art Institute Pittsburgh.  I spoke with the young chefs and John told me they met and fell in love through their love of food.  It was quite romantic.  And sweet. Good energy.

I asked him how he chose food as life’s work and he said every happy memory from childhood involved food.  They were a lot of fun to talk to.

Jessica and John are J2. but I can’t get the 2 in the proper spot as it is “J squared” even after reading how to type an exponent.

Dimensional Cuisine.  They prepared a savory and a sweet to complement one another and the theater goers got to break bread together after the show.

We were instructed to talk to people we did not know and that was easy. Doug and Greg sat with us upon invitation and so we did get to talk to people we just met for the first time.  With our smart phones turned off!  HA!

J Squared

The lighting in the lobby was a challenge so the above shot is with a flash.

Below I turned on the sepia after desaturating the image.

Sorry for the shadow on your face, Jessica. But I wanted the blog readers to see and feel your love and respect for one another as you worked together tonight!

john and jessicaJohn and Jessica love food- and one another!  <3

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Third Eye Mom, a blog I’ve been following for awhile,  created a great challenge this week- HUMANITY

Makes me think of a crowd and my blog theme- ” place with a trace of humanity”

Making Another Movie in Pittsburgh

It’s always good news for the Burgh when the filmmakers come to town.

The movie making industry is thriving in Pittsburgh.  Here’s a list of films shot in Pittsburgh.

I saw a number of trucks and trailers in an East Liberty parking lot as I drove to school, early this morning.

On the way home, I drove by again and asked a man in a truck with the door open what was being filmed.  He told me Kerosene, The Last Witch Hunter. (with Van Diesel )

I called to him and said “Enjoy the city while you’re here” and he said “I live here”

then he told me that 98% of the crew live in Pittsburgh.

He was very nice and I drove around the Penn Circle to get home and saw more trucks, lights and filming.

Stalled traffic made it easy to catch a couple of quick shots.  On the way back from Bernadette’s  South Side Bday party I asked Steve to swing by the route again on the way home.  Still working into the night.

catering on Centre AveFiring up the grill for dinner time

Got to eat

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That was some giant spotlight illuminating the East Liberty Presbyterian Church

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Road Closed

Not much to see really but a road closed and a blur of the Motor Square Garden dome in the background.

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Steve was driving later

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