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Change: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

One minute you have babies, then toddlers and teenagers, young adults. Before you can catch a breath, they are all grown up and gone and have families of their own




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Portrait of Pap, Captured by Maura

If You Give a Kid a Camera….

Her view from the shopping cart.

Maura (who’ll be 6 next month) captured her Pap while shopping.

With her mother’s phone. They sent it to me.  I asked if I could blog it.

Good one Maura. Thanks for sharing Erika. Here’s the guest blog of the day.

I thought she did well to freeze a moment in time- Saturday afternoon at Costco, after the swim meet.

Looking good, Pap!

Pap shopping at Costco

Ohio Katydid and the Kids Via My Son Mark

A fun series to receive on the phone from my son Mark.

Looks like a depth of field exercise, too.

This is a “leaf bug” or katydid.  A relative of the grasshopper and also called a bush-cricket in some parts of the world.   Looks like such an interesting creature and is the perfection of camouflage.

Thanks Mark for sharing your Katydid and Kids study.  love you. Mom







Can you see him/her?


Can you see him/her? Probably snacking on the foliage.



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.

Atop the Ferris Wheel

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



dry ice








from the balustrade





kids wait






dry ice









Show’s over.






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?



Mobile Ropes Course







Mobile Ropes Course





Kids at the Fair

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


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!

feeding the horses



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……


jack and the horse






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

Anna and the horses


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!

And the running shot


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








Henry the 3 Month Old Airedale Puppy

Many people have a favorite dog breed.  In the list of the top ten most popular breeds in the USA, the top three are Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd and Golden Retriever. Forget the ranking, Airedales are tradition in my DIL’s family.

Henry, the 3 Month Old Airedale Puppy, is the newest member of the family.  He is exuberant and happy with all the care and attention he is receiving from everyone.  You’ve seen glimpses of him in a few posts.

Henry hails from Michigan (Aberdeen Airedales) and has already been in West Virginia and Virginia and resides in Ohio. He was really good on the seven hour ride to  Virginia!  Both ways so that racks up 14 hours in the van.

Mark was telling me about the Presidents who have had Airedales –  Scott Brown of Cerebral Caffeine blog wrote “After The Great War (World War I), the Airedales’ popularity rapidly increased thanks to stories of their bravery on the battlefield and, in America, also because Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Warren Harding owned Airedales.”

Although Airedales are not in the top ten most popular breeds in 2013, he is one popular little guy in the family.


Henry the Airedale Puppy

Can you see how big his paws are?

learning to maneuver the stairs

Learning to go down the stairs

Henry in introduced to his cousin Penny the Golden Doodle.

Golden Doodle and Airedale


Puppy Portrait

Henry in the grass

Each of the kids sat on Dad’s lap to help steer.

My DIL Erika took this one on her iPhone as Mark held Henry the Navigator at  Smith Mountain Lake Virginia

(Mark asked me if I remembered Toonces?)

Henry the Navigator

photo credit to Erika, guest contributor

Henry and his new family.

Henry and the Kids

Maura, Anna holding Henry, Michael and Jack in Hardy, Virginia.

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.


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


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