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Light Patterns on Bloomfield Bricks

On the way home from school the light on this wall caught my eye so I pulled over to the curb.
I looked across the street and tried to determine what was making the reflection but I couldn’t discern what caused it.

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This was the view opposite the light patterns.

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Steep Streets

Pittsburgh has some steep streets. I plan to find them and photograph them when winter’s gone.

carrick streetA friend posted an info-graphic  Steepest Streets in America.  The top ten.  Two are in Pittsburgh.

Dornbush Street and Canton Avenue.

This street headed up to Brownsville Road is a steep one.  It is also a one way so I didn’t drive up it.

On the way to school the other morning…

The sidewalk turns into stairs and has a railing the whole way up.  It isn’t on the info graphic but you know I’m on a mission to find the two steepest Pittsburgh streets listed and photograph them for the blog.

In the early ’90s we used to drive down a street in Mt. Washington that  looked like you were driving off  the end of the world. Three kids strapped in seat belts in back. We’d go around again, they’d lose their stomachs and we’d pretend we were on a roller coaster.

The list of the top five steepest streets in Pittsburgh -and one is in the Carrick neighborhood where I was driving.

Excerpt from Frontiernet.net  below-

  • Canton Avenue is a 37% grade, and is in the Beechview neighborhood. It is the steepest street in Pittsburgh.
  • Dornbush Street is a 32% grade, and is in the East Hills neighborhood.
  • Boustead Street is a 29% grade, and is in the Beechview neighborhood.
  • East Woodford Avenue is a 27% grade, and is in the Carrick neighborhood.
  • Rialto Street is a 25% grade, and is in the Troy Hills neighborhood.

 

I went and looked up the info about Steve McQueen driving in Bullitt and what street that was in San Francisco.

Taylor Street is not in the top ten but here is an interesting post about the making of that famous driving scene.


DJ’s Butcher Block in Bloomfield

Since we’re talking about meat…..

on the way home from school I stopped at DJ’s Butcher Block (Butcher Shop) on Penn Avenue.

What a selection of-

antibiotic free, local, grass fed, custom cut and ground meat.

There is also Amish Butter and Organic Cheese, one item I bought today was from Mercer County.

Local farms provide fresh eggs and rich milk that separates in a glass  1/2 gallon bottle   (to be returned)

DJ the proprietor is a also a chef,  trained at the Culinary Institute of America (I read in this Pgh CityPaper Article)butcher dj

Butcher Block and CleaverSteak thickness

He knows what he is doing

Bacon Soap

for the vegetarian?    A couple of vegetarians were in front of me buying sausage today.

Someone else was picking up a custom order of braciole.

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You can get a Savory Meat Pie to take home and bake.

pound of ground steak

I bought a pound of the grass fed ground beef and made burgers which were delicious, fried up in a cast iron skillet.

During Little Italy Days I had photographed DJ at night.  Thanks for allowing me to tour your butcher shop and photograph you again.

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Dog Follows Rider in the Snow

Ruth:

Reblogged from Feb 2010 Snowmageddon. German Shepherd and Biker.
When I look at the comments from four years ago, I see Deb saw a snow heart in the tree. Happy Valentine’s. We’ve had lots of snow this year but never all at once like 2010.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

Round the Corner at Sheridan Ave and Grafton St.

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What It Looked Like Four Years Ago Today

 February 2010-

There was a huge snowstorm and the whole city was covered with snow… for at least a month.  I was supposed to fly to Florida for friend Kristin’s big birthday and take photographs of the event.  Greater Pittsburgh Airport was shut down, no flights in or out. I  never made it to Florida for the weekend.  :-(.  (Happy Birthday again, Kristin!)

For those of you who’ve been following the blog since 2010, it’s a repeat.

You know how I like to take a color photograph that looks like a black and white. This is unretouched.

The big snow was the impetus for my beginning a photo of the day, and I’ve just kept at it since then.

p.s.  concerning yesterday’s post of French Pastries here are the details on the “dark chocolate something“-   heard from Lisanne at La Gourmandine Bakery and she said”The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake”

 

 

Snow 2010


Tartelette aux Framboises and Dark Chocolate Royal

We made an evening run for me to pick up something at Target.  Little plastic containers for soup.

On the way to the parking lot, Steve asked me if I could drive by his work so he could get something he left there.

Someone had brought two delicious French pastries from La Gourmandine Bakery as it turned out.

He brought out the box and opened it in the car and there they were.  Two lovely pastries.

When we got home, I cut the raspberry one in half and ate it, intending the other half for him later.  Ooops. I ate the other half too.   Here is the description on their website

Tartelette aux Framboises
(shortbread crust filled with baked almond cream and topped with fresh raspberries)  and the description of the

The chocolate cake is called “Royal” and made of dark chocolate mousse with a layer of crispy praline and sponge cake.

chocolate one courtesy of baker Lisanne

Pastries in a box

in the box     so glad he remembered they were at work and they didn’t go to waste! Happy to swing by and pick these up.

Raspberries

close up

ChocolateI saved this one for Steve.


Ice Crystals on the Window in Morning – Solar Light on Snow at Night

Crystals on a Window in the MorningHere is the view from my bedroom window.

Although the sun was shining, the thermometer dipped enough to cause schools to be closed today.  In fact, they were calling it Arctic Blast.  We weren’t in as bad shape as Atlanta, though.  What a mess.

 

Lemon Cheesecake

A friend picked me up, drove me down the hill  to Park Bruges Café where I ordered the Lemon Cheesecake for dessert, serious comfort food.  We used to work together but don’t see each other often so it was fun catching up. You can see how the sunlight streamed into the window where we sat.

 

 

Forty years ago my sister gave me a set of Farberware Pans. They have seen a LOT of use.

Mary’s  coming to visit for the weekend and I was trying to get the dark burned- on grease off the bottom of the pan. I only noticed it as it hung on the rack, thinking about how she keeps her Revere Pans’ copper so shiny as it hangs over her stove in NYC.  I solved the problem of not being able to get it all off.   Tried some internet remedy with vinegar but it didn’t quite work so this is what I did so the bottom didn’t show.  What I should post  is a photograph of the bottom so you could be horrified but the idea is to camouflage the undesirable pan bottom.

Farberware pan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Light on SnowDropped off a birthday gift for a friend and then I was over at the neighbors and on my way home, I noticed their solar lamp’s rays radiating on the snow.

It was quite dramatic.

iPhone captures today.


Nobody Walks

Abba Used Cars

ABBA II Used Cars in McKees Rocks Pennsylvania-  Nobody Walks? But where are the cars?  Seems a lot of people aren’t getting the ABBA connection either. So I am editing and leaving these questions for the viewer.  No one noticed the lot was empty although it was apparent to me when I took the shot and it made me laugh.

 

1/28/14 Tuesday Afternoon

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Snowman Down

I haven’t written a lot about the weather on the blog.  Some blog readers live in a different hemisphere are enjoying summer temperatures and swimming.  I heard from K that it got up to 44, even if Florida.      Deb wrote that we’ve got ice on the rivers.

Storms, low temps, windchill? I know two people who had to get a new furnace.

Weather? You see it on the news.  The computer.  Experience it first hand. Shovel your driveway or your walks.  Listen for two hour delays or school closures.

Tying to not feel down like the snowman,  but hey, it’s WINTER!

Weatherman’s prediction is start at 4 AM and snow until 5 PM. Dress warmly.

My sister had 11 inches of snow in New York City.  What are you experiencing?

snowman down


The Shop in East Liberty

It’s been here for more than a year in the East Liberty neighborhood.  Where have I been?

Driving back and forth from school each day, I’ve been passing this shop since it opened in September 2012.

Right there on Highland Avenue.

I know mornings when I drive by on the way to school it’s dark and of course closed

but I  thought I had some keen  observational skills.  Ha!

Guess not!    Missed this shop until….

Saturday I was meeting my friend R for lunch at Pig and Chicken next door. (I photographed the Pig and Chicken one night in Feb 2012 before The Shop in East Liberty was established.)

I  had the chance to go inside as I was a few minutes early for lunch.  I met the shop owner Julia Reynolds, and purchased  a unique, Made-in-USA , artist crafted item for a gift – so can’t reveal what I bought yet cause they might see it on the blog today.

The store itself is a work  of art and cool design. You can check out the “unique handcrafted gifts here

A return trip is necessary to  more photos so you can see some of the artists’ work.  You’ll have to click the link to see the art!

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Julia at The Shop in East Liberty

 

 

Ringing up my sale and giftboxing with white and red baker’s string.

 

 

gift box

Took the one above when I got home as I liked the look of the little cube box tied with string.

 

The Shop in East Liberty


Reports of a “Light Turnout”

voter receipt

Election Day.  No students at school.  No lines to vote.  Many people stayed home from the polls today.

I heard the comments, “it’s a done deal.”    “Why bother?”      “My vote won’t make a difference in the outcome” “It’s already decided”

The 19th Amendment  (Women’s Right to Vote) was ratified in 1920.

Even if you’re frustrated with politics, exasperated with politicians or feel powerless to affect change, it’s important to exercise your right to cast your ballot. In many places in the world, you’re denied this opportunity.


What I Saw on Reynolds Street Curb

 

 

 

 

After knitting at Ann’s, I drove her other friend to the Frick Market so she could order a fresh turkey.  Right across from Sterrett School.

And when I parked I saw all of these fine items waiting to picked up at the curb.   I talked to the people outside the market and they said they were going to be listed on Craiglist under CURB APPEAL

. It was the fake log fireplace and andirons that set the mood.

 

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What I Must Look Like to Others

While sitting in Pamela’s with Erika’s family I saw someone out of the corner of my eye. I was waiting for two eggs over easy- but pulled out the phone.
When I looked out the window I saw this guy shooting in the alley.
Wondered what he saw.
I have shot the same alley at night.
He was intent. Took his time. Shot quite a few. He seemed to stay in the same spot and did not kneel or step to either side- but I thought to myself that this must be what I look like to others around me.

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Have a good week.


Some People Go All Out for Halloween

 

Carson Street South Side      Anything this wild in your neighborhood?

Halloween House


Mona Lisa, Jesus, Everything Must Go – City Street Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Lisa Bowl

 

Lawrenceville Sidewalk

 

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Point Breeze Corner

 

 

couch and trash

 

Braddock Ave Near Penn Ave

 

 

 

Everything must go

Just last year they had new Fall arrivals- see post

 

 

 

drummersDrummers on the corner of 40th Street

 

 

afghan cover

 

None of these are stellar shots, but the collection of random sampling – what I see when I drive around the different parts of the city, makes for an interesting hodge podge.

What do you see where you live that catches your eye today?

 


I’ll Have to Go Back When They’re Open!

Urban Yard Sale

 

Liberty Avenue   Pittsburgh PA  Almost to Bloomfield


Urban Madonna, North Side- Middle and Suismon Streets

Looks like a tear has rolled down her left cheek.

You might remember a winter post of another Urban Madonna from January 2011 (complete with Beatles lyrics0

Our Lady Queen of Peace- not sure if the church building is occupied as they have combined parishes due to population decline.

(I’m sure a Pittsburgher who reads this can straighten this out and I will edit the post.     Bill? )

Taken Tuesday late afternoon after a Gallery Walk at the Mattress Factory- Art Teacher Professional Development.

Directly across from Max’s Allegheny Tavern where we discussed the Gallery Walk.

Urban Madonna


Do You Even Think About What You See in the Trash?

Due to Penn Avenue closure, I ended up in a Bloomfield Alley and caught this trash scene with the iPhone as I waited to get out into the main road.

Do you think people get tired of looking at what’s on their wall?

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<3 Responsible Dog Owners

Photographed during  a walk this summer, I’m always trying to keep up….  as I was looking for a photo to post tonight, I was reminded me of an ongoing issue in the city. Probably in most cities and towns across the nation.

There are responsible dog owners (xxooxx)               and irresponsible dog owners   :-(.

You read about it on the neighborhood list-serve. Complaints.   Or see it when you take a walk in the nearby park.  Or find a deposit on your lawn.  Uh-oh.  I think there are more responsible dog owners than not but thought this was a good illustration of  a couple of responsible ones.

Laura and Anna walking Penny and Henry in mid-July.

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph

Noticed the little blue bags this evening, two months after I took the photograph


Urban Deer

Crossing the street, a long block from school. I saw the doe cross first and sure enough she was followed by her two young ones. They were not afraid of me and took their time crossing Parkfield Street. Someone’s back garden was probably breakfast.

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Mom

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Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots


Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue

 

 

Little Italy days (2)

 

 

 

 

Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce

 

 

West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance

 

 

 

 

 

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days

 

 

 

 

 

Bocce

Bocce

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones

 

Little Italy Days (15)

 

Live entertainment at Center Stage

 

 

Balloon Man

Balloon Man

 

 

 

 

 

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days (3)

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Self-Portrait in Someone’s Trash

 

 

 

 

 

On my classroom keyboard was a nice note,written on composition paper, from the computer man who stopped in yesterday  -

back up computer- hard drive must be replaced.

Now one thing I know is that discussing any sort of computer issue is instant snooze z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z

BUT look what I found today as I copied photos to a borrowed external hard drive!

A photo I took last Spring of my on the way to school.

I’m in the oval mirror.  Really.  And I loved the carport and the seemingly crooked pole.

Thanks for looking and thanks for all the good birthday wishes for Michael’s 8th yesterday.

I got to partake in the festivities via FaceTime along with the other grandparents in Virginia and it was fun.

Ninth graders come to school tomorrow for orientation.
Hendricks May 1 431


Thai Cuisine on Liberty Ave at Pearl Street in Bloomfield

When I got home from school, Steve asked me if I wanted to go eat at the Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Bloomfield. Bloomfield is considered the Italian section of the city and I have blogged the Italian Festival and scenes from the Bloomfield Bridge.

On Liberty Ave at Pearl Street, across from the  Bloomfield Laundromat,there’s delicious Thai food in this wonderfully Italian neighborhood.

I was so tired when Steve suggested going out to eat, I thought about lying down and taking a rest instead.

Fortunately, I decided to take him up on his offer and am I ever glad I did.  He’d brought home take-out from this restaurant before but had never dined in. He told me how nice they were to him and always remembered his name.

It’s BYOB. They have a vegetarian menu,too.  The service -friendly and nice, the food fresh and perfectly prepared. Very tasty. The decor and ambience clean and comfortable.  Love the cloth napkins.

We enjoyed our dinner tremendously.

We ordered two dishes to share and the brown rice. There are curries and appetizers, soups and salads and desserts.  Spicy Basil Fried Rice seems to be a favorite in the reviews.  The YELP reviews = overall four out of five stars.  The Urbanspoon seemed quite favorable and highly recommended by the City Paper Critic, too

Authentic Thai Restaurant

 

 

 

 

Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots  Onions, Black Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Snow Peas, with Chicken

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

Classic Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

My plate

 

 

 

 

 

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The view from my seat in the front window booth.

 

 

Laquered Table with Church Reflection

 

 

And the high gloss lacquered table reflecting formerly St. Joseph’s Church

 

Cloth Napkins

 

Our server rolled all the silverware in wonderful cloth napkins- stacked and ready to go

 

And Steve took a shortcut down the alley to get us home.  Love being a passenger so I can photograph with the good old iPhone camera.  Did not take my regular camera to dinner.

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Cars Driving Uphill Have the Right of Way

….and so when I leave school and I’m driving down Parkfield Street (AKA the Cow Trail) and someone’s driving uphill, the road’s so narrow you have to pull over to the curb and allow the uphill car passage. Even pulled over it can be a tight squeeze.

Wouldn’t you know it, I got lucky on Monday afternoon and as I’m at the curb I look out the passenger window and see the neighborhood of Carrick and St. Basil’s Church up at the top of another hill.   One shot with the window down and then I put the camera back in my school bag and take my foot of the brake and head down the hill as the uphill driver gives a wave of thanks.

Looked up St. Basil‘s story, too.

This shot shows Pittsburgh topography. Hills and more hills.

The trees are full of leaves now. Shot with the Canon 70-200mm lens as I was headed to the  Girl’s Softball game.

Carrick Neighborhood

 

 

 


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