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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.

Round up

Pittsburgh Plunge and The Slide at the Pool

Saw these two photos on the desktop and they seemed similar in shape

But here’s what happens with the Pittsburgh Plunge at Kennywood

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.



For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood

And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge



P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP



Swing Like a Pendulum Over the Tree Tops

And at a high speed!

Yes, it’s a thrill ride. Watching it from the ground with a 70-200 lens, you’re mesmerized.

You wonder why a person would want to get buckled in and subject oneself to the sensation.











Actually they look serene.

I would be screaming,  I know.


Here’s a youtube post of the ride in action so you can get a better idea.


Phantom’s Revenge at the Red Light

After I drove Jack and Maura to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s  (where I got to sample cookies for the wedding cookie table tomorrow) I pulled into the Kennywood Parking Lot drive at the bottom of their hill.

I marvel at roller coaster design, engineering, construction and  contemplate the desire of those who ride,

ed the clouds and the people headed up to the first drop.

Phantom Revenge at the Red Light

Showing the final shot first. The clouds looked threatening for sure..









Phantom Revenge


Anticipation 1

Anticipation-  I  watched and listened to the riders scream.



Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent

Lots of images came to mind.

The trick was digging around in the files and finding what I was envisioning for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent created by Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress.   Her example was excellent.

Here is my gallery of descent.

bride on staircase

Classic Bride Jessica descends spiral staircase at Mexican War Streets on the North Side, Pittsburgh

descent incline

The Duquesne Incline in descent

descent log ferris wheel

Idlewild Ferris Wheel ready to make descent

descent airplane

Jet Blue making descent to Baltimore July 2014

descent truck

How I love being the passenger with a camera in hand. My DIL was driving.

Low clouds and a truck making descent in WV enroute to Hardy VA

descent log slide 2

Down the slide at Idlewild Park -Michael, Erika and Maura

descent log slide

Grandson Jack coming down the Giant Slide at Idlewild Park

descent bride deer stand

Mark climbing the deer stand in Centerline OHio

descent kennywood

Some random Skycoaster riders at Kennywood. Lots of screams

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Anna coming down off the obstacle course at the Ohio State Fair

descent swimming

Anna diving into the pool at a swim meet. Descending into the water.

City Sidewalks  Pittsburgh

from a previous post – City Sidewalk -paper street steps- 2010 Garfield when I taught at Fort Pitt School

descent log flume

Grandson Michael in the log flume at Idlewild Park making their rapid descent

Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me.  These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.

Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.

I asked for a small twist cone!  and this is how they make them on Carson Street.  Waaaaah!   It’s a half and half.

ice cream cone- twist!

There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.

Twist on a medicine bottle!

I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.

medicine caps


The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand!  Finding a twist in the house



the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)



red goblet glass



twist tiesTwist ties for the tops of bread bags. Or garbage


For the final image for TWIST

a couple of hanger tops.


Definitely twisted




and a couple from the archives  Coney Island Ride


coney island ride 2



student scarf

and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year


sandwich with a twist


Is this a twist or a swirl?




Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Reflections.  There are so many reflections in my archives, I could do a postaday for a year with that theme. Here are some new ones and a few familiar ones.

I know I am drawn to them.  Trying a tiled mosaic today for a change.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

I like the title of the challenge in this time of year when the days are growing shorter.  We’re asked to show the light source in our photos.

Just today I saw a box with a HAPPY LIGHT for sale, to ward off the season’s darkness and the impact it can have on your mood.

At school I teach about the different sources of light, manmade and natural.  There are so many different types of light.

Here are some examples of photos showing a variety of light sources.


backyard moonlightMoonlight in Ohio Backyard






Bonfire in Virginia


St. Patrick Candles



Candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral



St. Rocco Fireworks


Fireworks at Saint Rocco’s Festival   Pittsburgh PA


Pocorn neon

Popcorn Neon at Kennywood Amusement Park


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Birthday candles- Laura covering the boys mouth so they don’t help blow them out!



angel lightErika’s Angel Lava Lamp last Christmas




wedding lanternsWedding Lanterns Somerset PA




sparklersJack July Fourth with Sparklers

Stick Your Head in for the Photo Op. Or NOT!

Raggedy Ann


Standing between.

Don’t you want to be Raggedy Andy so your old grandmother can capture the moment?

Ahhh, no thanks.

I’ll just stand between the two heads.

so here is Maura between Raggedy Ann and Andy

Okay, got it.

When I saw this tonight it struck me funny.  I’d forgotten about the fun time we had at Idlewild Park and was thinking about all the grading I need to accomplish this weekend for the upcoming progress reports at school.

And I saw Maura refusing the standard photo opportunity at the amusement park. She did not want to stick her head in the hole.  Maybe she thinks it is a silly plan to do so.   We sure found a ton of ovals in wooden cut outs.  Wonder who started the first one years ago.  Seems a standard practice on the boardwalk.  We were here.  I’ve seen them for Civil War or old fashioned sepia pics offered for $.

A few more….


Raggedy Andy


Jack agrees to be Raggedy Andy-  on the fly, that is.








train conductor (1)



Train conductor




train conductor (2)


Michael is totally agreeable to the task at hand. Thanks, Making it easy on Grandma,

Lincoln Highway

Jack and Anna in the old fashioned car

Maybe next year, Maura.  Peek- a -boo.  Need a bit more height for this one.

train conductor


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