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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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It’s a Meat Week- blogging from Jim’s Steaks Philly

Steve and I drove out 290 miles after school. He’s going to a conference and Mary and I are making it a mini vacation. She’s back at the hotel but we hoofed it .6 miles to South Street to Jim’s Steaks

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Here is a cheesesteak with

Yea, we ate organic cheddar from Mercer County on the drive out bit tonight it is Cheez Whiz , baby. No provolone.
Plenty of grilled onions

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And here it is. We shared one.

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More for Philadelphia tomorrow

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Star Wars Lego® Figures Photo Found on my Phone

Either Michael or Jack, one of my grandsons, took this photo of Star Wars figures..  I found it in my December Photo Stream in Aperture tonight.

I hadn’t seen it before, didn’t notice it.  I know I didn’t take it.  The kids love to use the electronic devices.

Any it was all set up and photographed (on the piano I’m fairly certain) and here’s their shot.  Guest  blog photo by one of them.

I’d left the mini Light Sabers in a gift box with a friend’s gift but she mailed them out from Pittsburgh in a card so they got to Ohio in time for Christmas.  Need light sabers  to do battle!!  Thanks V.

Something about mini figures invites creative and imaginative play.

star wars legoEither Michael (8) or Jack(6+) took this photo with my phone.  I found it in the December photo stream tonight.

 


The International Sphaeralogical Society Super-ball® Exhibit via Henry J. Simonds

Here’s a new one on me-  the  International Sphaeralogical Society    Did you ever see a SUPERBALL®??

“Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.”

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, make a plan to come down sometime during the weekend.  If you live far away, just enjoy the photos and check out the International Sphaeralogical Society.

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Photos and attachments via Guest Blogger Henry Simonds.

 

“… here are a few photos of the installation to whet your appetite to come down and see it for yourselves.

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There are extended hours today until 4pm and visits can be arranged throughout the week with

Mia at 412-370-6916.  

Regular hours Friday 11-7,

Saturday 11-7

and Sunday 9-3.

Saturday December 21st is FAMILY DAY 11-7 

All the work is for sale, so you can pick up a last minute gift while you are here.
Some of you mentioned that it was a little hard to find, so I have posted a visual guide on my facebook page from the vantage point of the East End Food Co-op front door.  

Also, Check out the link to the new Merchandise page.
The address again is 201 N. Braddock Ave at Meade St. (across from the Co-op in Point Breeze).  
I could use all the help I can get to spread the word, so please tell your friends and neighbors to come down.
Thanks again,

Sincerely,
Henry J. Simonds
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist
The International Sphaeralogical Society

Saturday, December 14, 2013
7pm
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International Sphaeralogical Society
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist

Henry J. Simonds

Invites you to join him for a gallery talk and conversation
at
The Mine Factory
201 N. Braddock Ave.
Point Breeze
(across from the East End Food Co-op)

Come and learn more about the history of the Super-Ball®
and man’s unique relationship with this iconic toy.
Share some wine and beer and hear more about the exhibition and its evolution
as Mr. Simonds shares how the ball has inspired him and
presents contemporary examples of how others have been inspired.

https://www.facebook.com/events/512335242207435/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Www.Sphaeralogy.org
Www.Facebook.com/Sphaeralogy

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Weekend Hours:

Friday, December 13, 2013 – 11am-7pm
Saturday, December 14, 11am-7pm
Gallery Talk – 7pm-??
Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm


Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

A hint, allusion, to something about to happen.  Foreshadow.  Sounds ominous.  Doesn’t have to be.

I remember studying foreshadowing in high school English class. A tough challenge to “nail” this week.

Hummingbird about to drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummingbird Nectar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is he looking right at me?

Is he looking right at me?

Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday

Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday

 

 

 

 

Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat

Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat

 

 

 

SURPRISE Birthday Party

SURPRISE Birthday Party 8-3-2-13  About to blow out the candles

 

Where's the fork, Jack?

Where’s the fork, Jack?

 

About to jump

About to jump

 

Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable

Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable

 

 


Big Walnut Skate Club – Sunbury Ohio

At school I teach what a photo essay is- a series of photos that tells a story, with or without captions.   I also got to practice my sports photography.

A double birthday party for two neighbor boys whose Mom rented out the entire Roller Rink for the evening.  WOW!

The kids tried roller blades and four wheel skates for the first time and Mom Erika got out on the floor and gave a hand to help them stay upright.

The lighting in the place was a challenge, too.

Big Walnut Skateland

 

Good thing for the GPS

 

Remember how I said I like to catch them unaware. ….Here is the result when I ask for a mug!

We arrive.  Love those posed shots.  No one wanted to pose for Grandma.

We arrive. Love those posed shots. No one wanted to pose for Grandma.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the right skates for the family

Finding the right skates for the family

 

Lacing the skates

Lacing the skates

 

Maura on roller skates

 

 

 

 

Anna on Roller Blades

 

 

 

 

 

Family roller skating

 

Michael ventures on his own

 

And some help from Mom

And some help from Mom

 

 

 

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They turned down the lights- Maura has a blast!

 

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Into the carpeted wall!

 

 

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Michael and Mom take a break

 

 

Roller Skate Rental

 

 

Jack turns in his skates.

 

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Anna is concentrating

 

 

Skating Accessories

 

 

 

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Ready to go home. One bag of chips for the road.

 

 

On the way home.  We did it!  (Well I just photographed)

On the way home. We did it! (Well I just photographed)

 

VFWThe Skate Club is directly behind the VFW.

Alum Creek Park

The view on the way home  Alum Creek at sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ohio State Fair – Columbus Ohio

Today’s post is primarily people.  A few animals. Or people and animals.  The food highlights will be a separate post.  Stay tuned for a Deep Fried Buckeye.  No, I didn’t eat it but someone let me photograph theirs.

I accompanied two moms and seven children!  We had a wonderful afternoon.   Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

Keep Cool Fans

 

Fans from the egg farmers- outside the Taste of Oho Pavillion-  four of them are my grandchildren.  Three are their friends.

 

 

 

I'm in a Fowl Mood

Thanks for letting me photograph your shirt in the Taste of Ohio Pavillion

Thanks Guys Top banana

 

 

No, not going to guess my weight or age today!

 

 

Union General

 

Union General  from the Civil War Encampment checks out the cowgirl boots

 

 

 

Boy and Cow

 

Being taken back to the livestock/ stall area after showing

 

 

 

 

 

Abe Lincoln

 

Abe Lincoln chats with fairgoers

 

 

 

Cowgirl Boots

 

Cowgirl Boots galore

 

 

 

AIrbrush T shirt Art

 

Airbrush artist

 

 

 

No Firearms

 

Posting a No Firearms sign on the Dairy Pavillion

 

 

 

Pirates on Stilts

 

 

Jack and Drew talk to the Pirate about missing treasure

 

 

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At the Cardinal gate.

Bent Traffic Cone

Bent traffic cone and Ohio State Trooper giving directions

 

Jack  Milked a cow

 

Jack milked a cow. Why he put the sticker on his mouth is beyond me.We did not put it there!

 

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

weaving a scarf

 

Weaving a scarf

 

 

 

Ohio Fair Band

 

Rousing band music

 

 

 

checking the bags of wool

Checking the bags of wool

 

 

 

Walking her horse

 

The horse barn

 

 

sleeping with the livestock

 

Sleeping near the livestock

 

 

napping at the fairCatching a quick nap behind the concession stands

 

 

 

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Waiting in line to milk the cow

 

 

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Looking down the walkway lined with horse stalls

 

 

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Exhausted. This woman takes a nap on the grass.

 

Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

 


Adjectives Illustrated- But Which Ones?

Today I read an ________________________(noun) about creating a self-assignment for your photography.

It made me _________________________(verb)  about what I might like to try to photograph.

Then I  ____________________________(verb)  at what I’d already photographed.

(Chose a word – like  Mad Libs ™  (Did you know Mad Libs™ was created in 1958?)                         

 

I was looking for images to go with the ____________ (adj) Strawberry I photographed on the _____________(adj. )porch this afternoon- it seemed to have a __________________(adj. )mouth.

I added the ________________________ (adj.) eyes and ears.

 

Adjective defined by Merriam-Webster  : a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else

and the Writing Centre University of Ottawa has an accessible definition and examples  (not that you need them but I was refreshing my grammar knowledge)

An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by describing, identifying, or quantifying words. An adjective usually precedes the noun or the pronoun which it modifies.

In the following examples, the highlighted words are adjectives:

The truck-shaped balloon floated over the treetops.
Mrs. Morrison papered her kitchen walls with hideous wall paper.
The small boat foundered on the wine dark sea.
The coal mines are dark and dank.
Many stores have already begun to play irritating Christmasmusic.
battered music box sat on the mahogany sideboard.
The back room was filled with largeyellow rain boots.

 

Silly

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)   Strawberry face

Stanchions in an Elevator

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)  Stanchions in the elevator when we took down the student art show

 

Origami on the School Stairs

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)     Origami on the school steps

 

 

 

Food Sign in Millvale

 

                      ______________________________________________________(adj.) sign in Millvale

 

Masking Tape Dispenser

 

            _____________________________________(adjective) masking tape dispenser in an art room

 

 

 

5 lb hot dog

 

                       _____________________________________(adjective)   sign

 

 

 

 

Night Light

 

_______________________________________________________________(adj)  night light from Divertido

 

 

 

iPad Fireplace

 

_______________________________________________(adj) iPad fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sock Monkey in Camo Sleeping Bag

Sock Monkey in camo sleeping bag       _____________________________________(adjective)

Garden Gnome

A garden gnome for my Daughter-in-law’s garden  (just kidding, Erika!)                  ____________________________________________(adj.)

There might be descriptors for several that are interchangeable.  I am restraining myself from writing a list of adjectives to choose from.

Thanks for playing MadLibs™.     Hope you will write an adjective for any image(s) you wish.


The Whole Family is Getting in on this Guest Blog Thing

The number of Jelly Beans in the Jar is 528 so Gloria came in as the winner tonight as she guessed 500 and didn’t go over the total amount.  

Thanks everyone for looking and guessing. 

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This is a team effort.  Blogging through a four year olds eyes. Could that be a stylus at the foot of the mat on the left?photo-19

I’m on the left and Maura asleep on my iPad  on the right.  You can see the computer hinged lid. Maybe an iPad, too.

(corrected by Maura, what is really happening in the picture she drew)

Here’s a photo I received from my DIL on Thursday.   My youngest granddaughter Maura (4) drew a picture.  There is another version where we have ears, and I mean EARS!!!   Maybe I’l lost that one, too.

When I visit in Ohio, I sleep on a  mat in Maura’s room. She gets her Hello Kitty Sleeping bag and camps out, too.

So she drew herself sleeping  on the right, while old Grandma(me) is next to her on the left,  BLOGGING on the computer!  She always says, “you can do the blog in my room.”

It is cool that everyone wants to contribute to the effort.  Thanks supportive Family!!

love,

Ma/Grandma Ruthie


Guess How Many Jelly Beans in a Glass Quart Jar

I counted them.

One person guessed just two under the exact total.  The jar was theirs.   If you guess without going over,  I’ll send  Jelly Beans to the one closest.  I think you could google the question but that wouldn’t be fun.  The contents are the tiny jelly beans.

Lots of people don’t even like to eat them but they’re colorful and at this time of year, plentiful. There are all sorts of flavors, too    Not just the fruit, spice or pectin.  Did you ever put one in your mouth and guess what color it was?

Scroll down to see a simple jelly bean art design I made to photograph.

All things Jelly Bean  today is inspired by fellow blogger Inside the MInd of Isadora and her post  Create More Love where she showed a Kina Grannis music video with Jelly Bean Stop Action for the entire video using 288,000 jelly beans. And if you want to know more about the History of the Jelly Bean click here

Jar of Jellybeans

And if that isn’t enough, head on over to the Jelly Belly Art Gallery and see Mona Lisa or the Girl With the Pearl Earring or Marilyn Monroe or Elvis created entirely wtth-   you guessed it- JELLY BEANS.  Did you know there was Jelly Bean Art before today?  I just found out last week.

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I’ll post the number of Jelly Beans in tomorrow’s post.

We’ll see who comes closest without going over the number!  


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