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Miniature Dog and Boy Amid Jelly Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amid, Amidst, Among- Writing Tips Blog describes the difference of these three words.

You decide if I made the right choice- amid.  Amidst is outdated but I chose that first.  Then I wondered if I chose correctly.

The more I thought about the choice, the more confused I became.  But we are among friends.

mini dog and jelly beans

Where did that boy go?

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“There he is. Is he going to throw that stick, or what?  I’ll fetch it.”

IMG_4919[1]A washcloth and some multicolored jelly beans. Miniature train people.   Taken with a Canon Power Shot at school.

Photographer Christopher Boffoli has the best use of the miniatures I’ve seen.  He’s created a  book Big Appetites.

Creative and humorous, his work cheers me.  Makes me laugh.

 


Watch The 1st Step!

 

 

Saw this sign last Sunday in Columbus Ohio.

 

Columbus Ohio Building

 

Captured with iPhone.

Stopped at a red light on our way to grab lunch at Hill’s Market, before Matthew took off-  return to  Zagreb

 

Watch First Step

 

Good advice.

 

 


You Could Dress Me Up…..1959- Newark NJ

Note to self:    Remember how I mugged for the camera in 1959 when I’m attempting to photograph the grandchildren in 2014!

Pittsburgh Public Schools was closed today.  I did some sorting and found some old family photos.  My family didn’t own a camera that I know of but I think my sister took this photo somehow and I will ask her tomorrow and add any details. My cousins may have been involved.  Paul? John B?

An iPhone photo of a photo isn’t the best quality but you get the idea.

Ruth Hendricks 1959

And thanks to Kathryn of Vastly Curious blog  I went and found the front page from New York Times August 23, 1959  Steven Rockefeller‘s Wedding to a Norwegian (Anne Marie Rasmussen )in the photo

August 23, 1959 New York Times


Count 18 Million Human Viewers Plus One

Two years in a row on Thanksgiving, Penny the Golden Doodle watches the National Dog Show.  Seriously.

I saw it today with my own eyes.

The link said there was an audience of eighteen million viewers.  Plus Penny!

National Dog Show

 

2013 National Dog Show

 

 

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2012 National Dog Show2012 National Dog Show as taken by my daughter Laura     (the television on the other side of the living room)

 

 

She got so excited she stood up on her hind legs

 

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Golden Doodle


Senior Picture Halloween Costume Via Laura

If you follow the blog through FB,  you probably already saw Laura’s Halloween Costume for her party at work.

I thought it was creative and would make a fun post.  She is a “Senior Picture”

Here’s she is-   as photographed by a coworker (Lori, she thinks)    Not a terrific photo credit but that can be rectified tomorrow.

Laura sports her supervisor’s actual High School Senior Photograph, held by paper clips and ribbon.

The look-alike sweater from JC Penney.

(didn’t want to post on the blog until her supervisor said she didn’t mind  :-)  I think she’s a good sport for allowing it)

Laura as a senior photo


Magi With Gift on Vending Machine and the Ice Cream Sandwich Vacuum

What I found after lunch at the inservice today at Pittsburgh Filmmakers-

Sure this King has been shot a thousand times but it was my first sighting and he made me laugh out loud when I looked up and saw him.

 

Lost Magi

 

 

I did attempt to purchase an ice cream sandwich ( I know, I know….) from the frozen vending machine and the lid of the freezer compartment opened and the vacuum hose was at the ready to suck up a sandwich but the machine was empty and rejected my dollar bill.   Waaaaaaaaah!

The man at the equipment desk with the retro Pirates hat came to assist and told me that sometimes, if you are lucky, the ice cream sandwiches get stuck together and he has actually seen as many as FIVE get sucked up and dispensed.  Several colleagues waited with me, hopefully.   EMPTY!

 

Ice Cream vending machine

 

 

 

And here is the shot I got when I left my driveway on the second day of back to the school year.  Just had the iPhone camera once again.

early am fog

 


Liz Tried Her Hand at the Art of Bonsai

Since the family is visiting , Erika wanted to see her longtime friend Liz.  We drove out to the country today to see  Liz and her family’s new home and all the hard work they have done (continue to do) to make it spectacular.  During the house tour she shared her attempt at Bonsai.  

She made us smile.  It can’t be easy.

I should have asked her more about it but the little brown growth had a prime spot in a sunny window in the kitchen, even though it had seen better days.

Not sure if she took a workshop or class.

Bonsai Tree

 

 

 

Here ‘s a link to the Brooklyn Botanic article on Bonsai  Small Tree, Big Heart by Julian Velasco

 

 

And here is one of the photographs of a Bonsai tree at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden I took in June when I visited my sister.

Probably more what Liz had in mind.  Bonsai means “planted in a tray” and the definition and history is here

 

Bonsai Tree Brooklyn 3 (3)


Laura’s 30th Birthday Surprise

 

 

 

Happy Birthday to you, Laura.

James sure planned a wonderful surprise for you.

Enjoy your actual birthday today and relive the fun we had on Saturday by looking at the photos.

Love you,   Ma

p.s. I wish I had someone take a photo of us together!  Next time.

 

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Laura is surprised

Laura is surprised

happy 30th

the last present                HER BROTHER’S GIFT……………………..

opening gift from Mark

Brother gift

Mark''s photo

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Mark found an empty picture hook on the wall!Laura and Mark

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Mark and the boys

ANNA AND THE SHOWER RIBBONS

Anna holds the wedding shower ribbon bouquet that was under the glass dome cake holder.  How did that tradition get started?

MICHAEL AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA MAGNET

Michael studies Laura’s state of Florida magnet to find the city where he was born (Tampa)

James Mom Kim

James and his sister Kim and Mom Sharon

LAURA AND JACKAunt Lala catches Jack as he comes into the kitchen


How One Looks at Dryer Lint

Last week I emptied the dryer at my son and DIL’s. Thought I’d help out, fold a load.

When I cleaned out the lint trap, I found a tri-layered catch of  fresh dryer lint.  The striation helped out by the load of new white towels.

I put the dryer lint on the counter above the garbage and saw the face of a sock monkey.

“Erika”, I said, “let me save the dryer lint and show the kids in the morning, It’s striped and looks like a sock monkey.”

Hmmmm.  I decided to take a pic on the phone instead and throw it in the trash cause I didn’t think she was seeing the face and she hadn’t been to the dryer lint art show at the  Duds ‘N Suds Laundromat on Centre Ave  here in Pittsburgh, a few years ago.  I took some friends and it was a memorable and quirky event. The laundromat had that detergent, steamy scent.  The people and scenes were all made from none other than DRYER LINT!  You know how different loads offer different colors, frequently gray but sometimes a lovely hue, depending on the clothes or sheets.

My DIL had no idea there was a National Lint Project and that artist Cheryl Capezutti  creates art from such a catch.  You can go to her website and see her creations.

 What I should have done is send the batch of lint to the artist Cheryl Capezutti and she could have created a winged creature or a tiny figure. She finds art in the everyday.

My lint screen here at home in Pittsburgh isn’t as interesting a shape, either.  Erika’s is a half moon and mine is a flat, broad screen.

dryer lint


Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says

When I went to look in my files for signage, I wasn’t surprised to find a ton of them.

I know I’m attracted to writing and the reading of it.

This week’s challenge arrived in my inbox Friday May 31st and I am wondering how it is going to be June in a few minutes.   Last day of school is June 17th.

Hold Five

 

 

 

 

 

Guilt Free Holy Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rocco's Storefront

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Cleaners Sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big Gay Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

Italian Parking Signs

 

 

 

 

 

Algonquin Hotel

 

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Eataly Bread

 

Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

Caffe Roma

 

Little Italy

 

 

Penguins Home ICe

 

The Strip District Pittsburgh PA  Penguins Hockey

 

 

Sign by Ghost Bicycle

Ghost Bicycle


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.


Bob Rumba- Ventriloquist, Comedian, Balloon Artist and All Around Funny Guy

His card states COMIC GENIUS*

and the asterisk below statement says *Genius Available by Appointment Only.  

When Steve and I were downtown at the Gallery Crawl a couple of weeks ago, we were walking  in front of the new Arcade Comedy Theater.   Kristy was out front distributing info and invited us in. I told her my daughter Laura was taking an improv class in Columbus.

Free beer!  Hmmm.  Steve thought that sounded good.  There was improv going on in the theatre.  Lots of good energy in the place.

We promised to return another time when we didn’t have to be somewhere.

We were on our way home but with the free beer and the man in the window motioning for us to come in, too, what else could we do?Just a few minutes.

Turns out it was Bob Rumba, All Around Funny Guy.   

Bob Rumba

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Rumba

 

 

Women outside the Arcade Comedy Theater

Gallery Crawl


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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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!  


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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Inspired by Christopher Boffoli Miniature Food Work

When I saw photographer, Christopher Boffoli’s work, I thought that this was something we could do in the digital photo classroom.  He has really perfected the art in this department of miniature food scenes.   And we tried to recreate one of his ideas at school. The miniatures are so appealing.Miniature Food Scene

Only problem is 6 mini HO scale figures run almost 14 bucks at Esther’s Hobby Shop  so that makes it pricey.          They’re fragile too but oh so fun.

The Oreos were on sale at Giant Eagle.  But they don’t last, either.   I took in beans and rice and we had some Cheerios but it just wasn’t feasible for more than 120 students to get satisfactory results.

This is one of my practice shots.  The students liked the little figures.  I had some larger plastic dogs that they photographed, too.

Thanks Mr. Boffoli for the cool inspiration.  It isn’t that easy to do it as successfully as you’ve done.

I’d photographed a model railroad mother hanging out the wash before but not the whole scene with props.

Be sure to check out his picture show at this link cause his creativity and imagination is endless.


What People Do in Their Car on the Way to Work

I’ve seen women brush on mascara at a red light, adjust the rearview mirror, apply lipstick.

Lots of coffee drinking. Dancing.  Singing.

Cereal eating. Bagel noshing. People talk on the phone.

Guess who found this shot last summer?  That’s right.  On the way to swim practice.

Granddaughter Anna (9). Remember her photograph of the pickup truck full of mannequin legs?  

 

“Look!  That guy’s brushing his teeth!”    

 (An electric/battery toothbrush!)  You just wonder where he would spit!

I had the camera in my bag and got it out as quick as I could.  My daughter-in-law was driving so that was good.

This is the shot I was able to get as we passed.  He was getting ready to exit.

Brushing Teeth while Driving


A Pick-Up Truck Bed Filled with Legs on a Snowy Highway

Guest blogger again today.  The blog has been a family effort as of late.  I’ve been out here for ten days and going back home New Year’s Day.

Today”s guest blogger is none other than my nine year old granddaughter Anna who shot this scene with her mom’s cell phone from a moving car.

She saw this pick-up truck on the way to swim practice.  What I love is that she saw it, got her mom’s camera on the phone going and captured the shot and THEN she texted it to me saying “I just blogged for you”.  People write to me and tell me they see something and think, ahh Ruth would photograph this.  People have called or emailed suggestions of things to consider photographing for the blog. If I had seen this truck filled with a pile of fake legs in the back

And then there are these moments of serendipity.

I asked her where she thought the truck was going

Her reply   “Probably a dummy store.”    

Anna has shown me photos before to be on the blog but I said We’ll know when it is right!   Today it is perfect.

 

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Wind Up Toys

Sunday morning. Breakfast at Joan’s.  A cadre of colorful windup toys in her kitchen… I asked if I could photograph them. I can’t remember a specific windup toy I had as a child but these all felt familiar and provided a relaxing and fun time as she wound them up and they executed their motion while I tried to photograph them.

Guess they are making a big comeback.  I am going to get some for me  the grandkids so I they can play with these adorable windup toys. 

 


Sock Monkey Welcoming Committee

When I got to Ohio this evening, the kids were in their pjs and had already eaten supper.  As I entered the door there was a wagon load of sock monkeys and a  handmade Welcome Froo Froo Ruthie sign.  It was funny and exciting to arrive and be greeted so enthusiastically.  They had run down to the car and helped haul the suitcase and school bag and I carried the one with the camera.  Even Murphy was at attention in the driveway as I pulled up.  He watched the monkey shot but did not get in it.  A quick photo op and no belaboring trying to get everyone’s attention.  The monkeys did well again, never moving or flinching!  You don’t want to spoil the moment by insisting on multiple poses for a stellar shot.  The grandkids all looked wonderful to me.  Jack doesn’t like to sit still anyway,


Popping Bubble Wrap

Lots of people enjoy the satisfaction of popping bubble wrap. Even the virtual kind.  On one listing for a computer game  it’s called the ultimate time waster.  There are apps with popping bubble wrap games. Some people find it a stress reliever and like hearing the pop.  Lately I have been receiving packages with a different kind of plastic with air trapped inside and they aren’t nearly as fun, just half heartedly filled with air and don’t make a good POP! More of a fizzle.

You don’t have to explain the rules to this activity. Here’s Maura on Aunt Linda’s back porch, concentrating on the task.  A detailed post of various methods of popping bubble wrap has been published over at 1000 Awesome Things( #840) so check it out here. There’s a photo of someone jumping on a big sheet of it! And there are various size bubbles.

Maura was popping the bubbles one at a time and it was fascinating to watch her take her time.  It seems a skill that’s a natural one.  Pick it up. Squeeze. Pop!

 

 

 

 

and Jack has found another use for bubble wrap


Swim Coach Clay Saves the Day

After the Dive Championships at Worthington Hills Club in Ohio, we were waiting around for the results and awards presentation.  Jack McG (5) threw his favorite Woody (Toy Story) t-shirt up into the air.

A gust of wind caught the shirt’s billow and sailed it up onto the Pool Clubhouse roof.  Uh-oh.

Jack’s face would have made a good photograph but I’m not that fast.  He didn’t expect the shirt to disappear on the roof.

This kind man, who happens to be a coach of the Penguins of New Albany, came over and pulled over a stool AND a big golf umbrella, climbed up onto the stool and retrieved the favorite shirt, snagged it and flew it down to Jack.  What a nice guy.

By that time I had the camera to my eye, shot this image and then asked if it would be okay to blog him and he graciously agreed.  Thanks,  Coach. Good sportsmanlike conduct, eh?


Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Limiting myself to a single image, shot on my iPhone at school.  I like to document their artwork.

Teaching art to K-8 students, I had many choices.

I am posting this first grader’s response to the question What is Your Favorite Thing About School? 

Here are some fellow bloggers responses to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

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Without the 3-D Glasses, the Movie’s Blurry

Girls night at the Dollar Theatre (well more than a dollar but weeknights it is 1.75!) Maura on a booster, Erika, Anna and Laura.  

Last day of school, two art rooms cleaned and packed up until mid-August.  Time to relax and enjoy.

Today is the 999th post so tomorrow it will be one thousand.

Marking summer with a brighter header of the city,  taken June 14th.

 


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