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After a Day of Football Watching

My son-in-law James and Penny the Golden Doodle, exhausted!  James was happy with the results of two games (Ohio State and Auburn winning)  and said he didn’t care much about the last one- USC and UCLA.  He gave me permission to blog the two of them resting on the couch.  Laura had already headed to bed.

I went down the street to photograph a crazy Christmasy house lit up full force but they’d flipped the  off switch early and gone to bed. Thought that would have been good for the Let There Be Light challenge part two.

The pink afghan covering James has a label in it from my father’s mother Mary Alta Hendricks, who knit it in 1976 at age 84.

Born in 1892.  That was a long time ago.

I’d been knitting all evening while the games were on. Earlier in the day,  my granddaughter Anna and my daughter Laura had been knitting as we all sat on the same couch.  Passed down four generations. There’s another afghan my grandmother knit from Bobbie, she sent it to Laura and James.

Tonight I am in the guest room at Laura and James’ sleeping under a quilt my grandmother stitched.

Thinking of family as the holiday weekend comes to a close.  Grateful for all the love passed down.

Thinking of those nearby and those no longer with us on earth, just in our hearts.

Penny and James

James and Penny are exhausted

QuiltQuilt stitched by my grandmother Mary Alta Hendricks


BUCKEYES Reflection- Guest Blog

My son Mark sent this to me  from his phone today.  He was with Anna at an Invitational Swim Meet, Ohio State University – The Bill and Mae McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion to be exact.   The text he had written to me with the photo was:

Photo Challenge Reflection.

No matter that the Weekly Photo Challenge for Reflection was the beginning of December.  I thought it was fun to receive the photo he took with the accompanying words.  He saw that and thought of the Photo Challenge Reflection. And he thought of the blog.  It was nice to receive and so I’m sharing it you.

Thanks Mark. (more…)


Care, Compassion and Competence Plus a Quirky Sense of Humor with a Canine Skeleton

Shoot where you are.  Still Columbus. Actually, Galena, OH on Monday afternoon.

Took Murphy to the Vet down the road as he broke a toenail on his hind leg and was limping around.  The family had swim championships and so Maura and I drove him up to Cheshire Road just before Sticky Fingers Ice Cream. (Isn’t that a terrific landmark?)

We were welcomed and Murphy was remembered from his last visit. Received a compliment on his good manners. He’s a popular guy.  One of the women had an Airedale at home and seemed to enjoy talking with Murphy and trying to find his favorite scratching spots. He weighed in at 71.9 pounds.

We were invited right into an examination room, past the cats in the carriers and another dog with the same malady.  Not much time waiting in the waiting room. Hooray.

Once in the exam room,  I looked up and there on top of the cabinets, I saw this Canine Skeleton dressed for the Fourth of July.  You know with a birthday on the 4th, one has an eye for Patriotic decor.  This one was a stand out.  I asked for permission to photograph it as I thought it illustrated a good sense of humor. Told them I had a blog. You know I’ll tell that to anyone who will listen.  Ha!

I was told this is the first time the skeleton has been dressed in female attire!

One of the techs told me they change the costume for the different holidays when I asked about the decoration.  She said I should see it at Easter.  The teaching skeleton gets a lot of comments from what I hear.  Reminded me of the Museum of Natural History.  I looked it up and a dog has on average 319 bones. Obviously there is a wide range in dog breeds from Chihuahua to Mastiff.   No one knew the origin of this skeletal model but you can purchase anatomical sets (I saw on the google search)  I am including a link to a canine quiz about dog anatomy and the three skeletal systems, sponsored by Ohio State University.  You know how teachers like to learn stuff and share. I didn’t even know there were three skeletal systems.  It’s pretty interesting.

Murphy did well and he’s sporting a bandage that will come off tomorrow.

Thanks to Dr. Carrie St. Clair at Don R Mann, DVM, Inc. for such excellent care.


The Best Damn Band in the Land Tryouts

After Erika and Laura ran the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon, we drove home via Ohio State University Campus.  There in a hot parking lot were the Marching Band Tryouts.  Known as  The Best Damn Band in the Land, all brass and percussion. The kids loved marching around to the rapid drum beats.  We saw a young man running to his music audition portion, carrying his cymbals in a padded case.  Four hundred+ trying for 225 slots.  You have to try out every year. With two buckeyes in the family now and OSU being Steve’s and Dorothy’s alma mater one thinks about how team allegiances are born, how rivalries are formed. A lot depends on where yo live. Or move.  People have strong feelings about teams. And Marching Band music heightens pride and emotion.

Steelers’ fans not limited to just Pittsburgh but are around the world. For more info on the OSU Marching Band click here We had a nice but really hot day! Check out the buckeyes on the ceiling of stadium entrance.

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