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Fellow Blogger’s Comment Spurs Action

It was Janet of Sustainabilitea blog, ( This,that and the other  thing/ Looking at life through writing and photography) who wrote in a comment  “these photos would make great puzzles”.

She was right.  Thanks, Janet, for the super idea.  (original post of the doll collection was just January 6th).

I went down the hill to give my friend the early birthday present and it was a cool surprise. Waiting until the actual birthday on the 29th was too long.  Barb was really thrilled with the origianl idea and I told her how a fellow blogger suggested making the photo into a puzzle.  Her husband thought the photo below would make a cool document of the idea come to fruition.

Here my friend Barb’s  husband Rich holds up the puzzle I ordered from the photo of her doll collection.

It came in a lovely tin. Ravensburger USA in New Hampshire did a super job.

How much fun it would be to photograph collections to be made into jigsaw puzzles.

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Colorado Morning Serenity-Guest Blog

My Floridian friend Kristin is braving the elements and skiing in Colorado.

This is the view upon awakening.   She emailed it to me this morning.

I thought it fit in nicely with the theme of the week- serenity.

Thanks Kristin.   Was the world muffled?

(Almost looks like a black and white photo)

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Brand New Today

New.
Brand new today.   I was wondering what to post for this week’s photo challenge.

We went to a delicious brunch at our friends’  home Saturday morning.
I received this unexpected gift- at first I thought it was a whisk broom for clothes – but no, can you guess?

It’s a cake tester!  Perfect for a baker.  A cake baker.  Just need an occasion to bake a cake.
Pull a broom straw and insert in the cake’s center to test the cake’s doneness.  Make sure it comes out clean.

I’m hanging my brand new cake tester on the pot rack right next to the over door as the little verse suggests.

Thanks Rich and Barb for a lovely time and for this unique gift.  

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A Knitting Themed Tea Cozy and San Pasqual Patron Saint of Cooks

Returned to Pittsburgh this evening and a package of Christmas gifts from J in Omaha, awaited me.

She stitched a bright colored tea cozy to keep the tea warm as it steeps.

Love the colors and knitting theme as many of you know I’ve been knitting my way through the winter.

I need a patron saint in the kitchen and will put him in a prominent place in the morning.

Thanks J. What a fun surprise.

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Here is granddaughter Anna sporting one of the cowls I knit everyone
for Christmas

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Makeshift Thanksgiving Eve Supper on Supermarket Conveyor Belt

Do you ever look at another customers items on the conveyor belt in the grocery store?

Do you make judgements based on their choices?

Today I was watching the weather and accumulated snowfall all day and thinking about my Thanksgiving travel plans.

When I drove out of the school parking lot, it was slush on the roads and a pretty snowy wonderland in the trees.

After school, I went to the Giant Eagle supermarket and procured some semi-Thanksgiving items for supper tonight.

You can’t see the pretty red yams.

I can tell you this, the cranberry, orange, Granny Smith relish was refreshing. We didn’t sample the pie.

It’s just sitting.

If I never eat another Turkey Burger that’ll be just fine.

Don’t look too closely foodies and food bloggers.

Holidays are usually low view days on the blog.  Good thing!

Steve and I ate together and he’ll hold the fort here.   I packed a suitcase with plenty of wool sweaters and socks.

Thinking about all those I love and who love me. Feeling grateful for friends and family.

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When I took the car to be inspected on Monday night (due Nov 30th so made it just under the wire)

I saw this sky as I waited in the wind for Steve to pick me up.

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Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Installation -NYC- via Joe and Jack- Guest Blog Photos

You remember the Father/Son blog followers and dear friends who guest blogged the scenes from Central Park in Fall and Winter?

Here is what dad Jack wrote

“Joey’s office is near Rockefeller Center. He sent these pictures of the Christmas Tree as it arrived. He said that some branches are removed making it bare in spots. They reattach the original branches and add branches from other trees. Who would have known? Not me for sure. I was impressed by the scaffolding and all. It is different so I thought you would enjoy it. I will send the finished product if Joe sends it to me. “

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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.

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A City Hornet Returns to Nest at S. Evaline and Friendship Avenue

 

After dinner Steve said he wanted to go to Bloomfield/ Friendship neighborhood and show me an incredible nest, alive with hornets coming in and out.  Perhaps an expert will be able to identify what type of hornet they are by the nest structure but after researching them when we got home tonight, I wish I had the telephoto lens and didn’t get quite as close with my 50mm fixed lens.  I read about how they can sting multiple times and can be very dangerous to animals and humans.  Hope no one decides to disturb this nest but it is so low to the sidewalk, hanging right over the middle, near a PAT bus stop.

People walk under it all day long and it ‘s fairly well camouflaged by the tree leaves.  It seems the color of the church stones. Hornet Returns to Nest

 

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from the other side you can see the nest entrance

 

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Unsuspecting woman approaching the sidewalk where the hornet nest hangs. 

 

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Best Groomsmen’s Gifts in the Galaxy- Engraved Light Sabers

Groom-to-be  Shawn (tomorrow August 8th) bestowed these unique gifts upon his groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner tonight.

ENGRAVED.

Jason, Davide and Jason test them out while Shawn looks on in the intersection of the beams of light.

I felt like we needed a swell of Star Wars Music.

Most unusual and creative groomsmen’s gift I’ve seen.

 

 

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And with a slow shutter to show the light and movement

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My Tall and Thin Shadow Portrait at Sunrise

Although I’m not at the beach this week, I think about the beauty of the water and sand and the sunrises and sunsets I witnessed. The rhythm of waves.

Tonight I found this photograph.

A self-portrait.  No diet necessary.  Just early morning sun for a loooong look.

I like how the tire tracks and my legs intersect.

 

my tall shadowWe went to the very end of St. George Island in the state park.  

In order to enter the state park, my hosts had to get a special pass and code to enter as the number of cars and people allowed each day is regulated.


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