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What I Saw on Reynolds Street Curb

 

 

 

 

After knitting at Ann’s, I drove her other friend to the Frick Market so she could order a fresh turkey.  Right across from Sterrett School.

And when I parked I saw all of these fine items waiting to picked up at the curb.   I talked to the people outside the market and they said they were going to be listed on Craiglist under CURB APPEAL

. It was the fake log fireplace and andirons that set the mood.

 

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Spring in Autumn

After school, I was knitting at Ann’s again.
Her hydrangeas contrast with the turned leaves caught my eye as I left to go to my car. A balmy temperature and a gorgeous Autumn light. Unseasonably warm November afternoon.

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Late October Rose

This afternoon my friend Ann taught me how to knit a sock on two circular needles. As we knit, we drank some unusual organic herbal coffee (from a tea bag, no coffee beans involved) with a drop of almond milk.
Using two circular needles took time to get the hang of it. When I got home, I watched a video by Cat Bordhi on YouTube as a follow up. It’s good to learn new things.
So the double pointed needles are taking a break. I’m thinking about knitted gifts, wondering why I didn’t start in July- there’s not a lot of time before the holidays. We all know the family is eager to see what grandma has knit this year. Ha!
As I left Ann’s porch, I saw this stunning rose in a lovely light. Ann saw me stop on the steps and I called through the glass – “I’m photographing your rose!”

Thanks Ann. For the knitting instruction and your beautiful rose- almost November.

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Tugboat and Barges on the Monongahela

Saturday afternoon, after the poetry reading at the Pump House, I walked outside.

I saw the tug pushing the loaded barges up the Mon towards the Rankin Bridge.

Because the leaves are still on the trees, I had to find an open space to catch the scene before it got away. Carrie Furnace is in the background.   Shot with the iPhone5.

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Buckeye Weekend

Ohio Buckeye Tree in the Front YardBuckeye Tree

 

Grandchildren update………

 

Anna and Henry

Anna and Henry

Michael

Michael adjusts his handkerchief

Jack and Game Ball

Jack received the game ball

Maura and her baby

Maura adjusts her baby

pumpkin

The Pumpkin that grew from one of last year’s pumpkins.

Sock Monkey and Boa

Why it’s fun to visit the family and rejuvenate for a new week!

 Anna holds the giant sock monkey up at the door, sporting the boa I knit with some yarn (Twist and Twirl) my friend Donna gave me last year.

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First Day of Autumn

Although I took photos at our beautiful baseball park this afternoon  (unexpected tickets with some friends) and photographed  football fans gathering for the Steelers game, I thought I’d show something else. The results were dismal in both games and a huge disappointment.

I think the leaves are turning early this year. Fall started at 4:44.

A fall leaf on Mark and Erika’s deck.  Looks like From Lines to Patterns, the Weekly Photo Challenge, too.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Renewal.

Autumn offers no crocuses or tiny redbud blooms on trees. I thought of library books and contracts, being signed up for a team.  Commitment.

Everything is preparing for dormancy, dropping beautiful  gold and orange leaves in gutters like crazy.  There is a sense of approaching winter, the urge to cocoon, make soup.  And then the temperature is in the 60s and predicted 70 for Sunday. One day you are making up your bed with flannel sheets, boiling water for tea, making chili or soup.  The next day you are ripping off your sweater and sporting a cotton T.  The fluctuations feel strange and off.

As I left school, this is what I saw…

The fresh pine cones dangling for the pine trees branches, bobbing in the wind and the late day sunlight shining right on them said renewal to me.

Everything has been focused on the vibrant palette of the deciduous trees but look at this magnificent coniferous tree!


Red Pears by Candlelight

This winter will be the winter of photography by candlelight. I mean you have to have a plan. Try something new. Challenge yourself. The early darkness seems a good opportunity to light candles and experiment with low light. Bought some red pears. They don’t look red in this photo but my goal is to not manipulate the images. Find the right white balance. Not going to poach these orbs in wine or make a pear tart. I’ll pack them in my lunch bag for school and slurp their refreshing juice at the end of my lunchtime – hurriedly before period 8 starts.
Will be doing some more candlelight images and dm looking for some human volunteers for portraits by candlelight, right in my dining room.

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Bumper by the Side of the Road

You know there is a story behind this city scene, late afternoon.  I took a different route.


All the leaves are down and the sky is gray

I heard a loud machine sound out my bedroom window this morning. No school today. I shot this right through the screen and glass and need to pull the storm windows down. It was a vehicle with a strong leaf blower. Hmmmm. The tree muncher arrived later to chew up a few branches that fell on the park across the street.

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Autumn Postcard from Guernsey County Seat – Cambridge Ohio

I’ve been told some of my photographs look like postcards.  I don’t think that is a good thing when they tell me but I don’t mind.  I like postcards.

Another view from the National Road- along Route 40.  Have you ever seen a Cambridge Glass Turkey?

 

Cambridge is best known for  Cambridge Glass 

and the museum     The National Museum of Cambridge Glass is located on 9th Street in Cambridge, Ohio.
Open April thru December
Wednesday – Saturday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday: Noon – 4:00 pm
Closed Easter & July 4th
Additional appointments or tour groups by appointment.


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What I Saw When I Got to School


Laura has a Mumkin on her Front Porch

When I visited last week in Columbus, Laura had a Mumkin on her front porch. (James,too)

A pumpkin decoration with the top off and filled with a chrysanthemum plant. Do they have mumkins where you live?  It was new to me. I guess you could turn it around after Halloween for Thanksgiving time so the Jack-o-Lantern face is in the back. I thought it was cheerful.  

When I googled the word Mumkin,  I came up with a totally different definition from the Urban Dictionary.  

Anyway it was cute and the mums were all still buds. Maybe it has since bloomed. I will have to ask.  What will they think of next?

 


Brother and Sister Waiting for Brother and Sister

Waiting for the school bus at the end of the day.  You can hear it  round the corner.  My sister sat on the curb with Maura and Murphy-  Super Jack was ready for action.  November afternoon with the grandchildren.  It is going to be hard to leave and return to normal life.

There were chores to accomplish today, debrief from the weekend celebration.  Got J off to Omaha before breakfast.  We returned the layer separators to the cake baker’s place. The lost engraved forks were found in the kitchen of the Athenauem where the reception was held. Tomorrow the wedding dress to the cleaners in the morning. Visiting with Matthew before he returns to Croatia.   La and James are on their honeymoon!    Thanks for all the wonderful comments and notes. It was nice to share the wedding excitement with my blog followers.


Painted Brick and Autumn Vine

Don’t understand why people paint brick.  But the peeling paint I found in the back alley was a great background for the autumn vine.

Like an artist's palatte, just waiting for me to find it.


Mt. Washington Tower and the Full Moon

On Shiloh Street there is a 350 foot tower. Here is a piece of it and the full moon from the impromptu Tuesday night shoot.

Just last year I was on the hunt for Inflatable Turkeys. To me this is much more dramatic.

Guess this will be the Thanksgiving post. Handheld, RB, no tripod. Propped camera on the side of a telephone pole.

Shiloh Street Mt. Washington

Reminds me of a Cape Canaveral image.


Red Leaf’s Shadow

Late afternoon sunlight on a red leaf as it blew across the walk in front of school. Unaltered photo.  A true crimson red.

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if you wait long enough, the wind blows leaves across the concrete.


Count the Crows

At four o’clock the crows gather near Hillcrest Street. This is just one tree of many where they roost.  I was waiting for Steve to pick me up at school. Their cawing sounds are loud and remind one of the movie The Birds. This is a color photo.

There were more but as I approaced the tree some flew away!


Most People Don’t Like Them (2 images)

Squirrels!  They ransack bird feeders.  Had one in the fireplace the month of July a few years back. Steve had to take it down the street and he wore oven mitts and a parka in July, carrying a cage.  Neighbors must have gotten a look.  I am sure it ran right back to our house after he released it in the park.  Some call them rats with  bushy tails and they are from the order of rodentia.  Their beady eyes dart about.   But just look at where they live!  The colors in person were even more alive.  Fred Peterson, President of the Pittsburgh Poetry Society read a poem at Maker’s Mark about the delicacy at the family table- squirrel brains.  Not part of my cultural upbringing so totally unappetizing to me. When Laura moved to an apartment in college, one of the housemates had one as a pet.                                                                                      This was a tree worth driving around the block.  This is an unretouched photo taken on a glorious autumn afternoon. Closeup of nest- scroll down for second image

Maryland Avenue just below Walnut Street

Seems a strong wind would undo the squirrel nest.

A squirrel nest, closeup.

Wish I knew how high this branch is but taller than a third floor of a house.


Silvery Skyline

Can someone explain the building the jail (the four red brick structures) on the Monongahela River Front?

Riverfront Jail Makes No Sense to Me

Arlington Avenue view of the city on the way home from school.


Autumn Through the Art Room Windows

Walking into the room this morning I saw the oak tree catch the morning sun, reflect it onto the art room tables.  Warm fire aglow.  A stunning welcome to the beginning of  the work day. I  dialed the combination to get the camera out of my locker.

The oak tree outside the art room window, like fire aglow.

Autumn colors at their peak, through the art room windows.


Cathedral of Learning and School

It’s dark in the morning on the way to school and you know how I like to shoot at red lights.  Saw the Cathedral peeking through the driveway as I looked to the left out the driver’s window.  Then when I got to school in Arlington the sun was coming up and I could see the Cathedral in the distance.  The school buses lined up, waiting to let the children get off to go inside for breakfast.

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CMU Crosswalk- Autumn Afternoon

When Steve drives I have so much fun taking pictures. It was magnificent light through the colored leaves, the students crossing Forbes Ave.  We were driving down Morewood and there was the sinking sun making the leaves vibrant. Too bad the windshield wasn’t clean!

Great to be the passenger

A perfect October afternoon. If only this weather could stay!


A Bowl of Minestrone

A chill in the air, the leaves start to turn. October 4th is a good day.  My DIL was born.  She would rather eat a bowl of soup than a piece of cake. Happy Birthday Erika !  I watched  my friend Roberta make this pot of minestrone Friday night. Fragrant, nourishing, delicious. We all ate a bowl and had some Hearth Bread from Whole Foods and it was a great kickoff for the beginning of soup season.   I photographed it on my kitchen table in one of my mother’s bowls. The recipe is from The Best Recipe Cookbook by the editors of COOK’S ILLUSTRATED.  Follow the recipe to the letter and you will be surprised. It is a different method and has no garlic unless you add it in the pesto or Rosemary mixture at the end. The key to the recipe success is the real Parmesan Cheese Rind.

Feeds the soul, not just the stomach.

To DIL- Happy Birthday Erika. Soup Season has Begun! I will make some when I visit. Love you, MIL

2 small leek washed thoroughly, white and light green sliced thin crosswise

2 medium carrots peeled and cut small dice

2 small onions peeled and small dice

2 medium celery stalks trimmed and cut small dice

1 medium russet potato peeled and medium dice

1 medium zucchini trimmed and medium dice

3 c stemmed spinach leaves cut in thin strips

1 can (28 oz)  whole tomatoes packed in juice, drained and chopped

1 Parmesan cheese rind about 5×2 inches

1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed, added last 5 minutes

ground black pepper

at end add 1/4 c basil pesto or 1 T rosemary mixed with 1 teaspoon minced garlic and extra- virgin olive oil

Bring vegetables tomatoes and 8 cups of water, cheese rind and 1 teaspoon of salt to a boil in a big soup kettle or pot.

Reduce hear to medium low simmer uncovered, stir occasionally,until vegetables are tender but still hold their shape about an hour.

Add beans and cook just until heated through about 5 minutes.  Remove pot from heat.

Remove and discard cheese rind. Stir in pesto or Rosemary mixture if desired and adjust seasonings adding pepper or more salt if necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve immediately.

If you want to add pasta be sure to cook separately, drain and put in soup bowl, then ladle soup over it so it doesn’t suck up all the broth.


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