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Dog Parking at King Cross

Laura is the one who spotted this parking spot.  We were waiting for a taxi.

She asked, “Did you photograph the Dog Parking? and I said, “HUH?” but there it was. Thanks,  La. Good find.

Seems everyone took their dog right inside the shopping area. Dog ParkingPark your dog at King Cross

Out of Place

Today’s idea  for a post was Laura’s. She’s the one who spotted the bottle of  OJ by the Halloween candy display.

“This should be a blog.” she said, when we came across another example.

Once you start noticing the items out of place, they are EVERYWHERE!

Look as you go around a store and you will find your own examples.

People change their minds when they shop, sure.  But placing a refrigerated item on a shelf across the store?

At least take it to the register and state, “I decided to not buy this after all”  and it can be reshelved appropriately.

Tropicana OJ






And then there are those who litter the shelves. With garbage.




Presidents’ Day Party Supplies in the Strip District- Pittsburgh PA

After Christmas I was in the Strip District with Matthew and Natalya. We had coffee at La Prima and lunch at Sunseri’s.  A little window shopping, popped into the kitchen store and then Wholey’s to see the fish.

One “must-see” store is Mike Feinberg’s on Penn Ave.  Right now you can stock up on Leprauchan supplies.  Or Mardi Gras masks and beads.

You name it- they have it.  Postcards and old school candy, too.

This is what we saw up front. Presidents’ Day supplies. There were tons of New Year’s hats and horns, pre-packaged party supplies for any number of guests.


Penn Macaroni Cheese Counter the Sunday Before Christmas

Penn Mac is what everyone calls this place.

While I was in the Strip Districtat the Polish Deli, procuring Pierogies for Polish Christmas Eve,  I walked down Penn Avenue.

This crowd caught my eye.

Shot through the glass with a cell phone as I opted to leave the camera home while I ran last minute errands around town.

All their cheese is excellent.

cheese counter penn macaroni

NYC Tourist Gallery-Dog Lover Sweater, Grand Central I Love NY Tourism Window, Paddington Ad, The Crowd at Rockefeller Center and a Couple More Christmas Windows

One more gallery of New York City.  I’ve been home a week.

By looking at the photographs,  I’m still enjoying the time I had with my sister.

I was a tourist for sure!

Dog Lover SweaterIMG_0368



the crowd at Rockefeller Center last Sunday

IMG_0277A fire truck outside St. Patrick Cathedral


Another Killer Heel in a Store Window



People like to photograph the Christmas windows.

IMG_0222Giant snowflake dangling above the traffic


Market in Grand Central


The train display at the Transit Museum in Grand Central


Transit Museum Train Display

IMG_0388Trees for Sale on Seventh Ave

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

The Color is What Caught My Eye

Whether it be flowers in a garden, a rainbow in traffic, or colorful cake mixes on the store shelf.

The color is what caught my eye!

Unsure about actual consumption, though.      Here’s how I came to see these boxes of cake mix……

After school, I drove down to the Waterfront to get gas, stock up on provisions. Lunch items to take to school.

Target was right there and I needed more wonderful 8GB Flash Drives that are still at a low, low price.  The ones they keep by the checkout line so you can load up as you head out the door.  Must be an old shipment as the ones up front are two dollars cheaper than the ones in the electronic section in the back.  (Hope I didn’t clue them in and they change the price!)

Now you might already know if you follow the blog,  I really don’t like to eat anything blue

(with the exception of fresh blueberries)

but those fakey blue raspberry popsicles?

Just looking at blue food/icing gives me a shudder down my spine.

But if you need to bake a Smurf cake, the Blue Suede mix might be your answer.

I can definitely see some of these colorful cake mixes as the basis for art/photography projects.

And from what I read on Charm City website,    “Our inspiration comes from everywhere: art, fashion, fabric, furniture, architecture, landscapes, science, music, and history.”   


iPhone shots of the cake mix shelves



Inspiration for the colorful cake mixes, created by Duff Goldman

 Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis

Found at least 3 Pink Cadillac songs

Bruce Springsteen,

Natalie Cole, Jerry Lee Lewis

And Prince won an Oscar in 1985 for Purple Rain






Men on Ladders Spotted by Maura

Reminded me of the toothpaste billboard in Croatia.  You might remember it, the supposed workers hanging on the side of the building in Zagreb.

Today at the Easton Mall, Maura (5) asked me what the men  on the ladders were doing?   Huh?

I looked up, then pulled out the phone. Thanks Maura.

Good eyes.  I might have missed them.  They are 3D in person.   Here they look flat.

3D Billboard

Easton Mall before the crowds arrived.  iPhone camera is all I had in my pocket.

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!





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

Portrait of Husband Who Waits for Wife While She Shops in the Shoe Department

How about this department store for ambience?  Hospitality?

Von Maur Department Store in Columbus, Ohio at Polaris Mall.  This is Donald, my son’s father-in-law waiting in a comfortable chair by the fireplace in the shoe department.  I was shopping too and saw him sitting there and had to photograph him in this elegant setting.

A few weeks before, Anna had told me that a Giant Sock Monkey was on sale at Von Maur.  (What’s a grandmother for?)   Making sock monkeys for all the grandchildren had kept me busy but this one was giant.

My sister and I drove out from NYC the day before. Early Friday morning we went and and picked up the Giant Sock Monkey and had taken it to the car as a surprise for later. He’d been in the Customer Service Department where they said they were feeding him bananas daily.  A couple of weeks ago,  I’d called from Pittsburgh and ordered him by phone and asked them to save him for pick up at Easter time. There was a thank you note from the sales associate Taylor attached to the huge package. thanking me for my purchase. The Customer Service at Von Maur is excellent.

Anyway, Anna wanted to show me something in the Children’s Department but when we got to the spot, whatever she wanted to show me was GONE.  Little did she know that the Giant Sock Monkey was already wearing a seat belt in my back seat.  It was a fun day.

Waiting in the Shoe Department

Giant Sock Monkey


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