Hopefully not my nerves or the rope
I hang onto with my best grip.
I sleep with the comfort of the worn red calico and
yellowed muslin quilt my grandmother stitched decades ago.
. I told my friend V what the photo challenge word of the week was and she said,
“Fray? That’s an easy one. You start school Monday.”
Three years ago I photographed men playing Bocce under the Bloomfield Bridge on a regular Bocce Court.
And again at Little Italy Days last year.
Today after school, I was in Groceria Italiana picking up some ingredients for dinner and I saw the street closed off again and the men playing Bocce. The big tournament of matches is this weekend, teams competing against one another, the final matches on Sunday.
The gentlemen I photographed today said to get their picture today cause they wouldn’t be playing too long before being eliminated. One of the men was in a photograph I put on the blog three years ago. They were very gracious and remembered my photographing before. Looked it up right there on my phone and found the post with his photo.
This afternoon turned into a photographic study for me, anticipating the release of the ball, I forgot to go right home and make dinner I got so engrossed in watching.
The balls reacted differently depending on the direction they were thrown, due to the grain of the astroturf which is NOT the usual surface played upon.
Farther back to give the feel for the length of the court.
Trying to get as close as possible to the little white ball at the other end.
And the photograph from three years ago on the Bocce Courts under the Bloomfield Bridge. Moonrise over the Bocce Courts. The gentleman in the photo above is third from the left.
Tampa Florida is his birthplace.
You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.
Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.
Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool.
Happy Happy Birthday Michael.
love, your Grandma
Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog
And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!
It’s all over the internet. Bill Gates did it with an elaborate contraption he designed. Friends, neighbors, coworkers are challenging one another and the videos are all over social media. People challenging others to pour a bucket of ice water over their heads to call attention to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. ALS is defined on the ALS Association webpage as “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.”
One thing is the crazy stunt has not only gone viral, a dreaded disease- ALS has come to the forefront and received 22.9 million dollars in donations, a marked increase from a year ago. Of course there’s controversy and debate, too. Are the participants really understanding what ALS is and how it affects those who have it? and their families? Others think it is a waste of perfectly clean water when so many parts of the world are in drought, or don’t have easy access to clean water. Here is an excellent blog post about what an ALS Family REALLY thinks about this challenge
Yesterday, I was invited to photograph the cheerleading squad accepting the ice bucket challenge the first day of school. I know they are fundraising and sending a donation in addition to pouring the water on their heads.
Here is a crop of that photo.
(I was careful to keep the camera far from the ice water, though) Here’s more information about ALS
Trombonists of The Best Damn Band in the Land of The Ohio State University.
“It is one of the few all-brass and percussion bands in the country, perhaps the largest of its type in the world” wikipedia
TBDBITL is in the media a lot lately, most of it negative and all of that mess is being sorted out but-
Just look at what happened after the Ohio State Swim Club Swim Banquet.
Today as we left the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion we saw this fine group of band members headed our way.
Now if there are four steadfast and loyal fans in Ohio, it is my grandchildren. Even Michael our native Floridian in his Orange and Blue.
Jack did his rendition of “dotting the i “and taking a bow which gave them a chuckle.
Then Jack (a native Buckeye) asked if they could play Hang on Sloopy (Wes Farrell /Bert Russell 1964 song) and they complied. As they played, Jack did the motions O-H-I-O with his arms and body.
What fun. A cool memory and experience for us all. but especially the kids.
Michael sporting his U of Florida colors
The scarlet and gray plumes had to be covered in plastic due to the rain.
Jack’s swim towel served as a banner as the trombonists posed with the grandchildren.
The Ohio State University band members received iPads yesterday that have an app that will have the formations that they execute so masterfully. Of course I had to ask how they learned them so well and it used to be charts on paper. Now it will be on iPads.
Four years ago the kids marched to the drums at the tryouts and I posted a blog about that in August 2010 so some of these trombonists were at that very tryout I photographed.
And here they are in concert last year so no watching their amazing marching but it’s the song
NOTE: If you are not a
WordPress Blogger just skip down to the collection of Silhouette Gallery photos
So WordPress decided to change the editor where one creates a new post and I just couldn’t see how it is any sort of an improved model. Perhaps it just takes some getting accustomed to the new format?
“No worries, just switch to classic mode” they reassured me at the top of the WordPress Page. I clicked.
And then when you click :PREVIEW the post from the classic mode, it then reverts to the New Editor, it does not stay in “classic mode”
Life is all about change and our ability to adapt to change, right?
But sometimes CHANGE is NOT an improvement.
(And what the heck is the BEEP BEEP BOOP someone created for the loading while you wait? Oh my)
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming and I know talking about computer issues bores people.
MY SILHOUETTE GALLERY – You’ve seen a few of these before if you follow the blog
St. John at Cupples Field South Side
Looking up Murray Avenue
Dinosaur Demolition (you’ve seen this one before)
Celeste as a bride last weekend. I was actually trying to get a good silhouette but it didn’t quite work out.
Winter trees in Highland Park
The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today. Uncle James was at work.
Aunt Lala did the girls hair.
Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.
Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands. We had a relaxing summer afternoon.
Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.
I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand. The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year. I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.
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.
Ooops down one subject
And the Bobblehead shot.
No, not eaten. Made!
I can tell you that it is delicious. Today I was buying walnuts and Amish butter and fresh eggs to make biscotti.
On Tuesday they make ravioli. Mushroom, Imported cheese, artichoke, and many other varieties
Here is Carol in the Groceria Italiana (established 1958) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
She is of Irish German descent but is married to an Italian, she told me. Very hospitable and didn’t mind my questions at all.
There is a lovely photograph of Gloria who has passed but who made fresh pasta for years and years using these same machines.
One machine is 27 years old.
Thanks for letting me photograph the process with my iPhone. I will return with my good camera one of these days.
Another machine rolling the dough into strips.
Preparing the strips for the machine.
Here the pasta strips are being cut.
Carol can make 80 pounds of fresh linguine in a day!
Remember the groom bestowed upon his groomsmen the colorful light sabers at the rehearsal dinner the other night?
And you saw the beautiful wedding couple at the church and the Pittsburgh Zoo and their reception at the PPG Aquarium.
I took the flash drive with some wedding photos to them earlier today and I got to see them open this gift before they head out early in the morning for a warm beach honeymoon.
One of the most creative wedding presents I’ve seen! There was a STAR WARS bottle opener tucked inside, too.
I asked permission to post them sporting their new robes and it was granted. Thanks Shawn and Celeste.
A shot of texture from Friday night’s wedding at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
Groom-to-be Shawn (tomorrow August 8th) bestowed these unique gifts upon his groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner tonight.
Jason, Davide and Jason test them out while Shawn looks on in the intersection of the beams of light.
I felt like we needed a swell of Star Wars Music.
Most unusual and creative groomsmen’s gift I’ve seen.
And with a slow shutter to show the light and movement
Happy Birthday Laura.
(Didn’t Erika coin your nickname, Lala? )
What is the definition of a “lap dog”?
A dog who is able to sit on your lap.
Penny is a lap dog.
I am so excited you are here in the Burgh. Good timing on the wedding weekend so you get to come to Pittsburgh.
You always called it CLOUD CAKE.
We’ll add some fresh berries and ice cream.
Without the shades this time. Thanks. love you lots.
Happy Birthday dear daughter. Love. Ma
Here is the link to the New York Times Style Slide Show.
There was a call to submit an unusual cake or cake-topper so I submitted one via Instagram from a wedding where I was a guest on Valentine’s Day 2010. It was exciting that it got chosen from the entries.
The Times called the bride, whose cake it was on, to get her permission to use it and hear the story of the cake topper.
It’s the second photo of the slide show with the story in the caption below but just in case…………..
The special story was told by Charlotte Rowell Sellier, granddaughter of Matthew and Catharine Walsh.
It was on top of her grandparents wedding cake on Valentine’s Day 1942
and then on Charlottes and Joel’s Valentine’s Day wedding cake in 2010.
You can read how the cake topper was used by the Walsh’s four daughters and then by all their granddaughters. A wonderful heirloom and family tradition. Lots of LOVE!
Charlotte’s Grandfather, Matthew Walsh, owned Jimmy Ryan’s Jazz Club in New York City.
This photo is a bit different from the one posted in the Times.
Here you can see the entire cake but the topper is hidden behind the hearts.
You might remember the post Wedding Flowers in the Snow, the year of the Giant Snowstorm .
(Our friend Joanne thought it would be interesting to see even more cake toppers and their stories so feel free to send them with a pic to me and I will post them in a gallery.)
Monday morning started out foggy but as the day wore on it burned off.
And darn if I don’t have another Ailanthus tree to cut down and try and get the roots out. These supposed trees called Tree of Heaven are definitely invasive. Ugh.
Monday morning fog from the front porch
When I got to the Mellon Park fountain for a photo shoot, I saw a wedding bouquet and an abandoned fan with the names
Rae and Nick 8-2-14
And then right in the middle of the shoot, I met Margaret a 7 month old Giant Schnauzer named Margaret and I gave her owner a postcard with the blog address and said to email me and I’d send the pic. What a distinctive looking dog.
Margaret has a lot of creative energy. You can just tell. She is still a pup but about 70 pounds!!!
Well, Giant Schnauzer. A lucky dog to be a rescue.
Another view of the abandoned bouquet at the fountain.
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.
Michael said the doors had real keys! Here he is with Mark and Erika.
One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.” Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower
I like the drain pipe line and puddle
And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.
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)
Leaving for Pittsburgh. A shot from the van window showing motion. I see the snack bag reflection.
A bit of a stretch for the Weekly Photo Challenge Zig Zag.
A super guest post is coming tomorrow. Stay Tuned!
Zig Zag shoes. You may have seen them on here before.
But the kids loved everything in the Children’s Museum on the North Side.
They said “Just like Lala’s porch swing” (at the entrance)
Jack and Maura rushing to get inside. We lucked out – THROWBACK THURSDAY the kids were 1/2 price admission.
Silk screening first so everything had a chance to dry in the studio before we took it home
Maura loved putting her artwork into the dryer and watching it come out the other end on the conveyor belt.
Climbing in the Ant Farm. They never tired of climbing up and down.
You can watch Mr Rogers explain how his mother shows love here
His sneakers were in the next exhibit area- ATTIC
Maura tried her hand at STOP animation video production in MAKESHOP®
Cool puppets display in the ATTIC
But here is my favorite Daniel Striped Tiger
Videoing the emotion on the screen This is SCARED in the XOXO exhibit. All you need is love………..
A really great installation art piece of the spinning barrels by Will Schlough in the GARAGE
Jack cranked the parachute up to the ceiling but it got trapped.
You can see the Old Post Office Rotunda from the outside
At the outdoor lemonade stand, Jack promised to buy me a new car on his promise of a good deed tag. No money for the lemonade. I promised to be a patient grandmother and tweeted it with a hashtag.
Jack got on the KDKA news clip
Waiting for the mist to come in Buhl Community Park- Cloud Arbor by Ned Kahn click here to see an excellent photo
The original Carnegie Free Library on the North Side (Allegheny). Walked by on the way to the car. It was a great day.
Thanks to my friend V for suggesting I take the kids. A very good idea.
Honoratus of Amiens (who died in 600) . The Feast Day is May 16th but no matter.
The nice woman at Jean-Marc Chatellier Bakery in Millvale said “Saint Honoré” when I asked.
Here he is, carved from wood, with his bread peel with some sheafs of wheat, watching over the baker
August 2 is the last day before the bakery goes on vacation. We just made it on our way to the Children’s Museum.
Saint Honoré at the French Bakery in Millvale
Siblings. The two youngest. Jack is 7 Maura is 5
They aren’t known for being charter members of the “get-along” gang.
In fact, they can annoy and aggravate one another with a simple song, a glance, a perceived injustice. Oh my. Sounds exhausting?
So Mark (their dad called) and ask how Punch and Judy were doing. It’s been only 24 hours.
Will see how it goes. Today there were a few rough spots but they are settling into a routine here.
I was wishing I still had the book. He Hit Me First so I could refresh my understanding of sibling rivalry.
Pictures don’t always tell the whole story.
They kids wanted individual photos, each sitting on the special wooden seat.
I said I had just one shot left on my camera card which was the absolute truth. I could have deleted a photo on the card to make room for two pics but it forced them to sit together. We had just come from a nice time at the playground in the park.
The new Heart of Africa region (43 Acres) is open at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
I have mixed feelings about zoos but know that they do important animal conservation work and support programs around the world that assist in this effort. The weather was cool for a July day so we kept taking our jackets and sweaters on and off.
I can tell you that the grandkids LOVE going to the zoo to see the animals.
There is always something interesting to learn and experience. A first for the kids was the camel ride.
Six camels are rotated to give the rides.
Aunt Lala was remembering a lengthy camel ride she had in Egypt that she didn’t really enjoy but everyone had fun on Monday.
Yes, it was a bumpy ride.
This is Julia.
She went to Marquette with my son Mark in the mid-nineties.
Coincidentally, Mark and Julia saw each other years later at an Ohio swim meet where their daughters were swimming.
Sunday evening Julia and Rick and their family came over to Mark and Erika’s home for hamburgers on the grill.
Each family has four kids so they were laughing about meeting Freshman year, whoever thought they’d be eating together with their four kids apiece.
Julia brought these Wine Charms that spelled out LEBOWSKI as she’d seen some of Mark’s photos of the 13th Annual Lebowski fest he had just attended with my first cousin Jim.
She makes all different kinds of charms and you can check out her Charms Kool Page
Photographed by Mark
Mark in Louisville at the 13th Annual Big Lebowski Festival
Photos by Mark
Cousin Jim on the right and Liam O’Brien in Middle. John is on the left/ photographed by Mark
A mixture of the farm in Ohio and the beach in St. George Island Florida
Sunrise dogwalk at St. George Island Florida. I don’t know these people but I liked their silhouettes and reflections in the tidal pool.
Kim, Anna, Laura and James laughing with Penny.
Michael and Henry in summer rain. It almost looks as if Michael is riding Henry.
Learning the art of s’more making
Jumping by the corn. Maddie, Laura and Anna.
Mark and Jack and Michael walking into the corn for the experience of it.
Summer by the ocean.