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Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare!

Updated Post with corrections 

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 and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014
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(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)


Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare

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 and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014

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(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)


Alum Creek Dog Park Autumn by Anna (11)

Autumn tree by Anna

When one of the grandkids sees something when they’re out and about and thinks-

“oooh, a good one for Grandma’s Blog”, takes a picture to send to me, I like to share it.

Good to encourage their “seeing”.

I told Anna I’ll help her start a blog of her very own. I think she has a great eye. She could start once a week, not daily.

Two years ago Anna took the photo of the pick up truck filled with mannequin legs, headed “to the dummy store.”


The Beauty of Face Time

I love it when the family calls on FaceTime or SKYPE. Makes them seem so much closer.

I should crop me out of this one but I took this photo by pressing the home button and the top button.

Granddaughter Anna was speaking with me via a device as her Mom looks on.

The light on her face seemed so nice.

Anna FAce Time


Eleven Years in a Blink

Seems as if you were just making your entrance at dawn, not so very long ago.  I remember going to school after you were born and how excited everyone was for me.  I had just gotten my first digital camera so I could take your photo.

Happy 11th Birthday dear Granddaughter Anna Catherine.

Hope you like the photos I selected for your birthday post.  Except for the sock monkey and Henry, it is just YOU this year!

How about that?  love you,  your Grandma, FF Ruthie


Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

The challenge arrived this afternoon via email.  Dialogue.  

I looked for two photos from the suggestions below and this exchange jumped out first.

The creator of this week’s word is Frédéric Biver.  He ‘s an architect (UK and Switzerland)  and  a photographer – some cool examples of dialogue on his blog. 

The challenge is 2 images “making the two images talk to one another”

“Not sure how to foster dialogue between two images?

Try:

*Photos of the same subject from different perspectives.
*Photos with similar color palettes, textures, or geometric shapes.
*A before-and-after or cause-and-effect composition.”


A Photo Shoot Idea Results in a Teeth Clench, a Grimace and a Bobblehead Shot

Eight years ago I created a homemade book for granddaughter Anna for her third birthday. You know those blank white books you can buy in an art store or school supply?    I photographed Baby Doll doing all sorts of things around the house and yard and swing set. I even had the photos printed on PAPER and mounted them on the pages and wrote a caption for each shot.

Anna wasn’t  a collaborator then as it was a surprise for her.

You get the idea of the book I made.  And I thought I could make another one, no problem. HA!

Today her sister Maura (5+) thought it would be a great idea to make a book together, starring her Bitty Baby and Chelsea baby dolls and her AG Clare.  I thought it sounded like a good idea, too.

Only problem, Maura suddenly got into some unnatural poses and grimaces and it didn’t look right to me.  Also the dolls seemed to have more vacant stares than good old Baby Doll (originally belonging to their mother Erika) who seemed MUCH more cooperative and responsive to my direction (plus it was my direction alone previously)

But I can learn from the experience of the photo shoot.  The results did not match my vision. But Maura had a blast and likes the pictures and we all had a great laugh.  Erika thinks my efforts are funny.  I think it is good to show the outtakes sometimes, too.

I showed today’s pics to her mother Erika and she said she loved them all.  Her brothers and sisters are the one who said that Maura looks like a Bobblehead in the one (due to Grandma’s angle and perspective)

Maura liked the photographs, just fine by her.

So here is what we came up with and for me it is back to the beginning and reworking the shots and getting Maura to ease up on the posing.  Will see what we come up with on the next attempt.

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Ooops down one subject

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And the Bobblehead shot.

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Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.

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Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.

 

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One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

 

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Before sunset

 

 

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red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower

 

 

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I like the drain pipe line and puddle

 

And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.

 

 

salt and pepper Anna

Salt and Pepper Still Life

 

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)

 

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Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.

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The Satisfaction of Completing a Lengthy Project

A few months ago, I was knitting a little baby blanket which called for 4 skeins of yarn.  My granddaughter Anna loved how the blanket felt to her touch.

She asked if I could make her a blanket.  A big one. Certainly.

Eleven skeins later (and a lot of time sitting in the knitting bag, not being knit) summer break from school and a few long swim meets ( I perfected knitting a toasty blanket in 90 degree weather by draping it on an adjacent chair)  the handknit blanket got finished!

I was returning home today (Tuesday) and completed the final stitch at yesterday’s swim meet. Phew!  Anna would ask me how her blanket was coming along. I promised myself, I wouldn’t start another new project until this one was complete.

When we got home, Anna put it in the washing machine and sat and watched it for awhile.  She set it for “quick wash” and then it had to be dried. it’s 100% man- made polyester (I know some knitters will disapprove it’ s not made with natural fibers )

But she said she didn’t like it, she LOVES it!

What else could a grandmother wish?

 

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Monday night at the washing machine.  Watching the time.

 

 

preparing the music

Tuesday morning. Piano practice.

The blanket reminds me of a chenille bedspread from the 1950′s.  It is soft and squishy. Because the yarn is variegated, the color falls in random splotches.

 

 

Playing the piano And yes I moved my position to capture her profile with the backlighting from the open front door.

 

Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn, Color Sittin’ Pretty  

Pattern is the old basic dishcloth. Knit on the diagonal

Cast on 4 stitches.

K 2, YO, Knit to end.  Repeat until half your yarn is used.

Then to decrease.  K 1, K2 together, YO, K2 together, knit rest of row.  Repeat until last four stitches then bind off.

 


Freeze a Moment in Time

Thought these two photos of Anna at the Dive Meet Monday afternoon, illustrate the concept of freezing a moment in time.  

I shoot singly, not in a burst, try to anticipate the moment to click the shutter.   Shot these with my 70-200 Canon lens.  It was a hot day.

 

Anna dives

 

 

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