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Follow Me to Forbes Field Vintage Sign

Saw this sign on the back wall behind the Cobra Kings band at Excuses on the South Side Friday night. The kitchen door is on the right, the spice rack a blur.

Some of you may know how Baseball in October is a big thrill in the city of Pittsburgh right now, after twenty one years without a winning season we have one now…. and then some!

Another game against the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow afternoon. On our home field of PNC Park. Everyone is hoisting the Jolly Roger flags and cheering them on.

Forbes Field Forever is a website which maintains the memories although the actual field is no longer there, but the brick wall with the painted distance numerals is still in Oakland, covered with some ivy. Home plate in a U of Pitt building floor, covered with plexiglass for all to see. GO BUCS!

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Fête Paradiso at Governor’s Island Via My Sister

My sister went to Governor’s Island (in New York City) today.

Mary sent me some photos from her phone. You know she and I have been to a couple of carousels this year… Jane’s and Coney Island

Looked like a fun blog post in the making!   She did just that!  Thanks Mary. Her phone isn’t a smart one yet although I think it’s time to upgrade.

Fête Paradiso -Vintage French Carousel and Carnival Rides from the late 19th and early 20th century have been on display every weekend this summer, some to ride, some just to admire.

Fete Paradiso

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all en FrancaisEn Francais

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painted on tin

Carousel

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Thirteen Stars on the Flag

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The city skyline as see from Governor’s Island

and there was an art fair going on as well

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Do Not Rock Cars!

Atop the Ferris Wheel.  The sign said Do Not  Rock  Cars.  

No kidding,  but Jack (6) my grandson would have loved to rock the car when we were stopped at the top!

Mr. George Washington Gale Ferris although born in Illinois  founded a company to test metals for railroads and bridges- G.W. G. Ferris in  Pittsburgh PA.  Mr Ferris lived on the North Side and died in Mercy Hospital Pittsburgh of typhoid fever.

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Happy 11th Wedding Anniversary- August 17th

On the church steps of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Polish Hill Pittsburgh PA.

A cool day today.  Not so on the actual wedding day 11 years ago. We went to 4 o’clock mass with the family.  Immaculate Heart of Mary Steps

My son Mark and his bride Erika and  Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack, on the church steps.

 


Mother Goose

Storybook Forest- Idlewild Park , Ligonier, PA.  Nestled in a dark green forest…..

Aunt Linda talked to a worker who said the Old Woman in the Shoe was not at home in her shoe was because she had to fill in and be Mother Goose in the late afternoon.

But to the kids, this was Mother Goose, no questions asked.

Mother gooseJack, Cousin Parker and sister Maura are listening attentively as she asks them about a giant in the forest.  Jack knew right away who we needed to find.


Anna Learns How to Polish Silver

The family came to Grandma’s house today.

The highlight of my summer!

And Anna likes to check things out around the place. We found a tarnished, dented silver rattle of her father’s from 1976.  It was badly tarnished.

I asked her if she’d like to learn how to remove the tarnish, talked about oxidation, and how to polish silver.  We found a few old baby cups that were up high on a kitchen shelf and seemed a bit fuzzy.  We got a ramekin and she poured the baking soda in and then the littlest bit of water to make a nice paste.  I found an old washcloth to rub the metal.  We added an apron for her and she polished away.

I have lots more tarnished silver if she wants to dig in.

And here is what she said to me as she polished away…..

   “Your dad would like that I am doing this.”

and I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and thought, she is exactly right.

Silver Rattle After polishing

 

Anna at the sink with her father’s old rattle after she polished it!  WIsh we had taken the BEFORE shot with the old iPhone first!

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Baby cups on my mom’s old hammered aluminum tray, awaiting polishing.

 

 


Dry Ice from a Gift Box Evolves into a Science Experiment

 

Another photo essay today. An iPhone essay.

My friend J sent a huge styrofoam chest filled with fancy steaks, filets, chicken breasts, some gourmet franks and burgers, too. It arrived today.

Going to be a birthday grill out but Mark’s mind started thinking………  memories of science class?

Mark carried the package to the basement. We  put the food in the upright freezer and then he proceeded to entertain and teach the four kids about the properties of dry ice and how it could be used for special effects on stage or movies.  He was careful and warned them about how you couldn’t touch it and why it was doing what it did as he poured water of different temperatures onto it.     It was quite a show and much appreciated by all.

Well, Maura(4) hung back. Said she didn’t like it.

Solid Carbon Dioxide- dry ice

Thanks Joanne for the lovely present. Who knew the packing material to preserve the food inside would become a blog today!

 

Mark shows the kids dry ice with water

 

 

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Show’s over.

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Dry Ice Cautions

All the precautions on the bag.  I am sure most people just dispose of it. But maybe not.

 

 

 

 

 


The Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes Course at the BSA Booth, Ohio State Fair

 

 

Girls Eye the Mobile Ropes

 

The Girls at the Boy Scouts of America Booth-  Eyeing Mobile Ropes Course

 

 

Kids and Goldfish

 

Michael and Maura eye Goldie and Tiger

We didn’t play any games but these goldfish were foisted on us by a girl who won them.  Sadly, both are deceased already(the first within 24 hours) despite the investment in an aquarium with filter and lights and pretty gravel and conditioning the water etc etc.

 

 

Railroad display

 

The Railroad Display

 

 

Patting the Calf

 

 

Petting a calf.  The calf was a prize in a drawing.  No, we did NOT enter the drawing.

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

 

Why did the chicken cross the road?

 

 

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Kids at the Fair

All seven kids on the inflatable chair at the State Farm Booth.  And obviously had them pose for this shot.

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

Tough challenge this week.   For me, at least.

I didn’t want to post a painting from the Metropolitan Museum from my archives or someone else’s idea.

There have been a lot of creative and unusual masterpieces posted by fellow bloggers .  And although there’s plenty of grandchildren artwork where I’m vacationing, how could I chose a single piece from one of the four?

In Ohio, there are no majestic tall ships with light on their sails  like  Frizz in Germany or Colline’s intricate handmade ship models, or Francine’s stunning views of the Grand Canyon or Meg’s post of Capri. Or Madhu’s edible masterpiece.

There are so many others to see and even a brand new grandchild for Gilly

So keeping it simple.  Very simple

One more photo from the Ohio State Fair to meet theWeekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece.  

 

Look, an egg!

Look, an egg!


Light Writing in the Backyard

 

Four grandchildren in the backyard

+Four White Lightning Sticks with strobe effect (@$5)

+Fading light

+Grandma’s camera on bulb setting, propped on the garden fence.

+Energy and Enthusiasm for the experiment

= ________________________  FUN!

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We started out slowly, sitting down on the lawn.

 

 

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I suggested a little more movement.   I’d say they complied on both of these shots.

 

 

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Michael, Maura, Anna and Jack with their White Lightning Sticks in the Backyard

The final one, directed by Anna, Circles all around.  She staggered her siblings so no one hit one another.  It started to get buggy. We’ll try again another night.

 


Feeding the Horses in Virginia

When the kids visit their grandparents in Virginia, they love to feed the horses next door carrots and apples.  Marlene must have had ten pounds of carrots for our stay!  The neighbors are generous with allowing all the children to visit the animals at the barn, too.  You might remember the pigs. The grass was so high from all the rain in was hard to see the bare feet!

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The fence where we took  Christmas card pics last Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

Maura and the little horse

 

 

Maura feeds the mini horse a carrot.

 

 

Michael and the horses

 

Not sure what Michael is communicating to the horses or they to him……

 

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The next morning, saying good bye. Horses keeping cool in the shade of the woods.

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and the much used but almost always successful running grandchildren shot.

 

They really respond to on your mark, get set, GO. Must be all that swim team practice and meets!

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The four of them are making my summer vacation a lively one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Boy’s Best Friend

Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia.

Michael talks to 3 month old Henry, (the Airedale Terrier puppy) on the boat.

Henry wore a life jacket and did a bit of doggy paddle with the family but was glad to get out of the water and shake off.

Henry is losing his black puppy hair on his face and as Mark said today, he is looking more “Airedaley”.

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Kids Marvel at Typewriter

In this age of devices and flat screen tv, the kids marvel at my friend V’s typewriter. She said remembers how she used to type her college term papers on it in the early 70’s.
Michael (7) was fascinated with Tin-Tin and  inspired by the typewriter he saw in the movie. He asked if I could bring one out to Ohio. V had given this to Laura when L was in high school. I had it in the hall closet. Michael typed the name of each member of the family and the others were mesmerized.

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What Laura and James Found While Digging in their Garden

It’s gardening season finally.  Planting grass seed.  Thinking about what vegetables to plant.  James and Laura were preparing their garden and found this Old School original Fisher-Price Little People® girl.  Wooden head.  Wooden body.

I think she got transferred from my son and his wife’s  house to my daughter and her husband’s  house.  Not by a bird but a grandchild.  Will have to check and see if the same girl is living in two homes.

Awhile ago I did a post on the various generations of the Little People® I’d come across at the family’s house in Columbus.

No worries about choking hazard when these were manufactured.  And here’s the crazy part.  I discovered a site that identifies the Little People®.

From what I could determine she’s from late 60s early 70s.  On the site she is listed as Occupation: Girl.  

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I think they are a match!

 

Here are the three generations from the October 2011 post

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Need an Ohio Spider ID

How do you feel about spiders?

Found under the kids’ sandbox when cleaned out on Sunday.  Not sure if it is a biting spider or not.  I had no idea there were so many types of spiders in the world.

Looked at some photos online but started to feel confused.  Hope someone can tell what kind of a spider he is and if we should worry he is making his home underneath the sandbox.

Anyone have a clue?

I remember reading the kids a book when they were little  -Be Nice To Spiders.

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Anna and Her Sock Monkey Photo Shoot

Anna set up the sock monkey clan in the family room and photographed them. The most cooperative subjects you would wish for. A couple sock monkeys must have been hiding but collecting four grandchildren’s monkeys is the challenging part. Trying to get the real family for a group shot is much more difficulty. I get a kick out of the kids trying out their photography skills. Anna(9) photographed this one with the iPad. Thanks Anna for the guest blog.

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Now YOU are Six, Jack!

Now We Are Six

When I was One,
I had just begun.
When I was Two,
I was nearly new.
When I was Three
I was hardly me.
When I was Four,
I was not much more.
When I was Five,
I was just alive.
But now I am Six,
I’m as clever as clever,
So I think I’ll be Six now                                                                                                                                                                                

for ever and ever.

-A.A. Milne

 

John Patrick McGrath

Happy Birthday John Patrick (Jack). Here is a poem for you on your special day.

 

Watching the Box in a Box*

 

Here are two views of the grandchildren watching”the box” while sitting in a box.  A portion of one was in the Lost in the Details yesterday.

Thanks to a wonderful fellow blogger, S – Another Day in Paradise –  who wrote this comment on yesterday’s Weekly Photo Challenge and inspired today’s post.   ( she is originally from England, now South Africa and Florida)

*“Wonderful selection of photos, Ruth. I absolutely love the “Watching TV in a box.” In England, the TV is often called “The box,” so you could have titled it “Watching the box in a box.”

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Raggedy Duo in Public Domain But Does Anyone Play With Them Nowadays?

Never used nowadays lately but had to look it up to be sure I spelled it correctly.

While in Ohio this past weekend, I was helping sort through some toys in the playroom.  Matchbox cars here, a duffel bag of puppets, strollers and baby dolls and a whole tub of action figures like Batman and Star Wars light sabers.  A box of wooden blocks.

The grandchildren are growing up and many of the younger toys aren’t being played with and room needs to be made for new ventures.

These Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls were gifts from Great Aunt Bobbie when Anna(9) was born.  They looked exactly the same way they have smiled at me for all these years. No change in expression.  Just grinning. They looked almost brand new.

I took them upstairs and set them up in my father’s old oak rocker which is now in Mark’s office.  They didn’t object to being photographed.  I started thinking about rag dolls and how they aren’t trendy and I wondered if people are still buying them.  These are lovingly handmade in Kansas City and  I think of them as classics.  Nostalgia sets in.   (more…)


Michael, 7, Master LEGO® Builder

Sunday afternoon, Michael, 7, asked me if I would photograph his LEGO® vehicle and put it on the blog.

Now how can any grandma resist that invitation?   Michael loves to create, construct and play with LEGO®.  We just don’t like stepping on them.

 

(I pronounced him the “master” LEGO® builder although there might be an official designation with a credential he’d have to earn from LEGO® U)

 

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The close-up of the vehicle.  In the background? When I looked at the photo on the computer screen I noticed my father’s rocking chair in my son Mark’s office.

Star Wars LEGO®

Here is the first photo, when Michael  called down to me and asked me if I would photograph his STAR WARS LEGO® vehicle and put it on the blog.

I said, sure.

Then he came down the stairs and put on the finishing touches so I could shoot it.  It tickles me how the grandchildren know all about the blog.

Friday night, four year old Maura told me I could bring my computer to her room and blog before bed.  (That’s Maura on the bottom right with a hockey stick, climbing up the stairs.)

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What the Kids Like Best on Christmas

The Famous Box

Maura finds the exterior box of the pressure cooker a great toy!


City Rooftop Horsey

I’m sure there’s a great story behind the placement of this molded plastic creature, dangling from a wire frame atop a building!

You might remember, depending on how long you have been following the blog, that my friend Sally said that things come in threes.

And the day before that there was the horse of a different color. The post the day before that one was The Old Gray Mare (or stallion).

There was the steed left by a cowboy in an Arlington neighborhood alley, just like the one Chicago John rode as a kid.

And here is the latest one I caught yesterday as I sat in traffic in East Liberty and happened to see it up on the roof.

“Found” rocking horses or rocking horse heads in the city are a theme without my even realizing.  Maybe someone is going around the city and placing them for me to find!

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Here are the aforementioned horse sightings in the city cause let’s face it- who has time to return to old blogposts?

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Forgot to Post the Pilgrim Trolls, So Ugly They’re Cute?

Trolls have a really bad name these days. The internet troll is the first to come up with a google search.  UGH. The word conjures visions of creeps on the internet doing extremely negative things.

But there was a time when the word trolls meant little plastic doll with crazy hair sticking up and beady eyes-

and before that they were written about in Norse Mythology and Scandinavian Folklore.

The trolls of the rubbery type, a protruding belly with navel, glassy eyes and colorful hair were around when I was in grade school in the late 60’s.

Did a search for the origin of the  troll dolls and they were created in 1959 by a Danish man, Thomas Dam.  They are also called Dam dolls.

Chicago John noticed the Christmas troll, dressed as a caroler, on my Sunday breakfast table.  The wikipedia post says that some people collect THOUSANDS of them.  No kidding. I have a few of the Christmas ones that have been around for years and I brought them out for the grandkids who had fun with them last summer.

When I was with the family in Virginia over the Thanksgiving Holiday, my son’s in-laws had this pair of Pilgrim Trolls on the mantle. They made me laugh when I saw them.

I did turn these two so they were looking at the camera cause initially they just had eyes for one another. (scroll down)

Sounds like they are having a bit of a comeback these days with a new generation.  Any troll collectors out there?

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Listen to Garrison Keillor Read Liane Ellison Norman’s Poem Today

Saturday morning I went to a wonderful poetry reading at Calvary Episcopal Church on Shady Avenue (in Pittsburgh). It was a grand crowd of friends, fellow poets and family. Jan Beatty gave a marvelous introduction and then Liane read poems from her book.   They had to get extra chairs! Afterwards there was lots of hot coffee and croissants, raspberries and blueberries and other delicious pastries. Her grandson helped sell the books and make change.

Liane Ellison Norman’s new poetry book is Breathing the West: Great Basin Poems.

On Monday December 3rd, one of her poems will be read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.  How cool is that?

Here’s the link so you can listen to the reading of Tree by Liane Ellison Norman.

Poet Liane Ellison Norman and her husband Bob

Poet Liane Ellison Norman and her husband Bob

 


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