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Silvery-Cheeked Hornbills, Cheetah and Camel Rides at the Columbus Zoo

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.

 

 

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Summer Lovin’

Summer Lovin’ weekly theme by Krista. I love summer.   School starts back August 19th. Savoring every moment.

 

A mixture of the farm in Ohio and the beach in St. George Island Florida

sunrise dogwalk

Sunrise dogwalk at St. George Island Florida.   I don’t know these people but I liked their silhouettes and  reflections in the  tidal pool.

 

 

 

summer swing

Kim, Anna, Laura and James laughing with Penny.

 

michael Henry

Michael and Henry in summer rain.  It almost looks as if Michael is riding Henry.

maura smoreMaura eats a s’more

 

 

smore making

Learning the art of s’more making

 

 

 

jumping and the corn

Jumping by the corn.  Maddie, Laura and Anna.

 

 

in the corn (1)

Mark and Jack and Michael walking into the corn for the experience of it.

 

 

 

family on stumpFamily posing with the stump, well actually the giant log that never was growing out of the ground.

 

 

 

beach panorama

Summer by the ocean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Oram’s Donuts in Joe Namath’s Hometown – Beaver Falls, PA

More than a decade ago I saw a show narrated by Rick Sebak on PBS about Oram’s Bakery in Beaver Falls, PA. Beaver Falls is about 35 miles Northwest of the city and is on the Beaver River.  ( I just looked it up and the show was out in 1999)

Their cinnamon rolls are their most popular donut, and they appeared to be the size of dinner plates. Well, at least a luncheon plate. I am sure each one weighs a half a pound.

I’d always intended to go check them out.

Today I did.

Oram's Cinnamon Rolls

They barely fit in the bakery box.

I bought a seventh cinnamon roll for me to eat for lunch and Josh put it in a white paper bakery bag for me.

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Here is Josh graciously posing for me with the box of the donuts. Thank you Josh.

I was going to take the box to Ohio but the car was so hot that when I was at the Beaver Falls Post Office I saw a woman waiting in a car,  so I asked her if she liked Oram’s donuts and she said yes so I went to the car and gave her the box.  She was most appreciative.

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Nicole is constructing boxes to hold donut orders.

Josh and his brother built this LEGO®  donut bakery.   They sent a design to a company online and they sent the design kit to build, software is involved.  It’s on display in the bakery and I found it fascinating.

Orams 3Another view of the LEGO® bakery

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A lot of details. This is the front of the bakery.

 

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Love the LEGO® donuts

 

 

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Orams 7I bought a souvenir coffee mug for Steve  if you lived in Beaver Falls and brought this mug in after purchase they will give you FREE coffee (the small size coffee) in your Oram’s mug

 

 

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Orams building 1912The building was built the year both my parents were born 1912

 

Oh yes, I mentioned that Beaver Falls is  Football Hall of Famer Joe Namath‘s hometown so I found the plaque to him by the library(the library is closed on Friday’s :-( )    I drove by the Beaver Falls Senior High School but it is a modern one now and so I  figured the old one must be the Middle School next door.

 

 

Here is the plaqueJoe Namath Plaque

My friend Gail and her parents took me to see the JETS play in the late sixties and you know who the quarterback was in that game!

 


The Photographer’s Eye – Guest Blog from Croatia

My son Matthew writes from Zagreb, Croatia………………

Vedrana and I spent the day touring her hometown of Rijeka, snapping shot after shot, trying to come up with something worthy of a guest post on mom’s blog.  

We raced up to the Fortress of Trsat to catch the “golden hour” and found these fabulous dragons, eager to pose for us.

I took ten pictures, trying to get just the right one and this was the best I could do.

Sunny Dragon                  Photographed by Matthew

Sunny Dragon            Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana took just one:

Dragon Silhouette Photo by Vedrana

Dragon Silhouette                   Photographed by Vedrana

When I saw the stunning photograph she had created I threw up my hands, recognizing that my novice attempts had been outclassed in every way.  

Clearly, the photographer’s eye does not run in the family.  

In one, last, desperate attempt to capture something beautiful, I took this one-

Vedrana Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana
Photographed by Matthew

And finally I was satisfied with the results.

Matthew

 


Jessica and Matthew Got Married at The National Aviary in Pittsburgh

Saturday July 19, 2014

The whole day was filled with love, love, love. There was mist, then drizzle, but no downpour.  A little thunder and at the end of the evening we heard the Pittsburgh Pirates fireworks, boom boom boom.

Jessica and Matthew worked hard on every detail but the weather was out of their control.

Everyone was a good sport and carried umbrellas, one maid of honor wore her boots!   I covered the camera with plastic grocery bags. And then it stopped.

It was long awaited for and very happy day.

You can see the mutual admiration, love and affection for one another in these photographs.  The wedding and reception were held at The National Aviary on the North Side of Pittsburgh

Congratulations and all the best to Jessica and Matthew. It was a lovely wedding to capture.

Enjoy your European honeymoon adventure.

bride in carJessica gets out of the car.  She and used to teach at the same school. She is an Art Teacher in the city.

women at Inn (1)Everyone was at the Inn at the Mexican War Streets on the North Side.

the menin the music room

In front of the mantle in the Music Room

the groomMatthew the Groom in the Music Room

Jessica and her dadHere comes the bride with her father.

first kissFirst Kiss

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Just Married!

Jess and Matt at the Aviary

With Disco Pete the Penguin after the ceremony

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Jess and Matt on Bridge Party (1)

Wedding Party on the bridge in the park on the North Side

the womenCoaxing the flower girl to join the women for a photograph

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Matt holds Jess; train

Matthew holds Jessica’s dress

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A kiss under the veil

MAtt and Jessica Umbrella

A little rain doesn’t matter


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James Bond and his Bride

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First Dance

MAtt and Jessica dance

First Dance

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The Sweetheart Table

sisters' toast

The sisters’ toast

cake and cupcakes

Oakmont Bakery made the cake and cupcakes

a sweet kiss with frosting

A sweet kiss after the cake cutting with a taste of frosting!

Bouquet Toss

Throwing the bouquet

garter toss

The garter toss

back detailThe back detail of her gorgeous wedding gown

YMCA

YMCA

(and the embroidery hoop filled with lace, dangling from the ceiling of the tent- remember the bride is an art teacher)

macaron favorsMacaron Favors by Jean-Marc Chatellier French Bakery in Millvale

Best man and wife

and the Best Man Ty and His wife Jean, parents of darling flower girl, too (hope it is spelled correctly) help out at the end of the night


32nd Vintage Grand Prix Pittsburgh- Rich, Luke and Chris and Lauren’s First VGP

After sipping coffee in Squirrel Hill with a friend, catching up on the last few months of our lives, I headed home via Schenley Park.  NOT!

Everything was blocked off with white sawhorses. I found a parking spot and strolled around, chatting with the women at the gate letting the trucks and car trailers into the park, realizing that this has been going on for all these years but I’d not experienced it in the 25 years I’ve lived in Pittsburgh. The 32nd Vintage Grand Prix in Pittsburgh where the cars are raced right on the streets.

from their website

“The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event to raise funds that help provide residential care, treatment and support for children and adults with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities through the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Allegheny Valley School.”

I learned a lot in a short amount of time, walking down the road, talking with car owners and pit crew or significant others.  I met a volunteer who is a “rope tower” during the races.   No one wants his services but I understand some will need to be towed.

A nice couple from Milwaukee with a really cool MG that they toured in England with 89 other MG owners. I’m always fascinated how people get into different interests and activities in their lives, why people collect things, their hobbies.  One man had a former show dog, Vivian ( or perhaps Vivien, sorry) who was a distinctive English bull dog.  He said showing dogs, racing cars, there are a lot of similarities.

I can tell you that the people I talked to are making themselves happy by participating in this sport, caring and restoring their cars, and being part of an eclectic group with passion for what they are investing themselves in.

Meet Luke.  From the North Hills. He has worked on this Lotus for 5 years. Check out the humps he created so he can fit into the car as he is 6’2″. He shared the photos of the work he accomplished, what it looked like when he started and it is amazing. When his mother was expecting him in two short months, she drove demo laps at the VGP. His father was there offering support and advice, cheering him on.  He told me how there was a meeting for the drivers and then they would walk the course.  He even invited me to ride in the Lotus at the Charity ride but Saturday I am shooting a wedding. I looked in and down and wondered if I would fit or if several people would have had to extricate me from the seat.

Luke Lotus

 

 

 

luke explaining about his car

Luke taking time to show his Lotus photos and explain how he rebuilt it to a young man who is going to be a seventh grader at Colfax this fall.  This almost seventh grader been coming to the Vintage Grand Prix on his bike for the past three years and  has a real interest in cars.

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Lotus Interior

 

Luke and his dad

 

 

Luke and his dad

 

Meet Rich.  Drove in from Denver, Colorado. His wife flew in from a business trip in New York so they are at the VGP for the first time.  He races cars after an experience with an avalanche while extreme skiing.

He explained a lot to me (which I am hesitant to write for fear it will be inaccurate) but his 912 (which he got off Craig’s List) uses gas without ethanol.  NOTE: A Porsche 912 NOT 911.

Richard Spritz

 

Inside the trailer that holds the car.

 

Porsche 912

 

 

You should hear his engine when he fires it up!                                                                 Porsche 912 1967

 

replacing the jet

Here’s Rich replacing the jet due to the low altitude here.

 

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The jet

fire extinguisher
Rich has installed an automatic fire extinguisher as a safety measure. If the temperature rises above 155 degrees it will go off.

 

I thought it would be fun for Rich to meet Luke (turns out they will be competitors in the same class) as they were both first time racers in this particular event so Rich drove his car down the road and I followed.

Here are Rich and Luke

Rich  and Luke Vintage Grand Prix

 

And here’s Chris. Chris is from Verona, PA.   He has restored cars for years. But this is his first race. You can just tell he has put a lot of love into his car.

Vintage Grand Prix Chris

MGB GT 1968  Under two litre class

And here is Richard Barnes the Competition Director and  the man who introduced me to Rich

Richard Barnes

Yes, there are female drivers. Here are some competitors lined up to register.

registration

Without realizing I caught a shot of Lauren in line at registration. She is “paddocking” with Luke but wasn’t there when I was doing all the pictures.  See edit below with addition of Lauren and the 1956 Turner she drives.  Thanks Luke B for the photograph below.  VINTAGE RACE CAR

VINTAGE RACE CAR 2

A couple more cars so you can see the variety participating

Porsche 912Driving by some of the open wheel cars.  A nice man from Toronto who is on a Pit Crew explained all about the open wheel construction and the rear engines. Another man with a couple of Sprites offered to get me some contact information so I could share the photos.

When I left there were still cars arriving

Late addition courtesy of Luke B the Lotus Owner  Saturday 9:00 AM

After reading the post Luke B sent me the following photograph of another first time driver

Here’s what he said

I saw you caught a photo of my friend Lauren at registration. It’s too bad you didn’t get a chance to meet her – she’s paddocked with us now, but I think that was after you left. Not only is she one of only a few female drivers this weekend and one of the few young drivers, but she’s another local entrant and, like me, it’s her first time racing here. Here’s a photo of her and the 1956 Turner she races:

Lauren at VGP

Photographed by Luke B.


Frank Vittor, Sculptor, Studied under Auguste Rodin

In 1954, Frank Vittor (who has an interesting story if you click his name)sculpted a famous baseball player, Honus Wagner,  honoring his contributions to baseball.

The  Honus Wagner statue stands at the Home Plate Entrance of PNC Park, Pittsburgh PA. The statue has been in Schenley Park, Forbes Field and Three Rivers Stadium from what I researched before it was relocated to PNC Park.

I posted a St. Joseph the Worker statue in Homestead which was also sculpted by Mr. Vittor

Here is just one side of the base of statue I photographed this evening, of two young boys pointing up to Mr. Wagner on the pedestal above.

They just spoke to me.   Maybe it was the way the light made their three dimensions pronounced.

 

Honus Wagner Statue

 

You’ve all heard how valuable  the Honus Wagner baseball card is.   (millions paid)  

Here is what the back of the statue says

J.P. “HONUS”
WAGNER
(Back of base:)
ERECTED IN 1955
BY THE FANS OF AMERICA
IN HONOR OF A BASEBALL IMMORTAL
A CHAMPION AMONG CHAMPIONS
WHOSE RECORD ON AND OFF THE
PLAYING FIELD OF THE NATIONAL GAME
WILL EVER STAND AS A MONUMENT
TO HIS OWN GREATNESS
AND AS AN EXAMPLE AND INSPIRATION TO THE YOUTH
OF OUR COUNTRY

SPONSORED BY
THE PITTSBURGH PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ASSOCIATION
RELOCATED BY THE PITTSBURGH BASEBALL CLUB
FROM SCHENLEY PARK TO THREE RIVERS STADIUM
AND REDEDICATED JULY 21, 1972

SO THAT FUTURE PIRATE FANS WILL BE REMINDED OF HONUS WAGNER’S CONTRIBUTIONS TO BASEBALL IN PITTSBURGH.


A Repurposed Purse as a Camera Bag

(First of all I just reread the Psychology Today article on 8 Tips to Know if You’re Being Boring  by Gretchen Rubin of Happiness Project Blog )  but maybe someone has an old purse they can repurpose to hold a camera………………

What are they called in your part of the world? purse, handbag, pocketbook, tote, shoulder bag, carry-all ?

My DIL sent me a ton of links from ETSY and other places before Christmas as she knew I was looking for a cross body strap camera bag that didn’t look like a camera bag.

And there were some nice ones she found. (thanks Erika)

Her mother sent me an article with a link to camera bags created with women in mind and they were nice, too. (thanks Marlene)

But nothing seemed just right and at an affordable price.  The one I liked the best was about $325 so think again.

I have a big black padded and compartmentalized wheely backpack but it is just enormous and conspicuous.  Barely fits into the overhead on a plane, too.

This old slouchy  gray leather purse had the  lining split around the top.  I wasn’t using it as a purse anymore but the leather still seemed good.  I thought about relining it.  I thought about it so much and it seemed so tedious, I never did it!

I should have taken a before shot.  Didn’t think about photographing it until it was all stitched up!

At the local craft/fabric store I found the answer and I came right home and slipped this extra thick batting into the purse between the ripped lining and bag and then I stitched up the lining around the top with strong black thread.

And now I have a padded camera bag.  There is a zipper pocket inside which will hold camera cards or batteries nicely and there is room for a flash or an extra lens. And a top zipper is always a plus, which this bag has already.   A friend suggested treating the bag with mink oil to help moisturize the leather. It is not slouchy anymore, that’s for sure.

 

 

purse to camera bag 1

Now it stands up instead of slouches.  Grandson Michael tested it as a makeshift pillow as we sat in the bleachers, too.

I don’t know what brand the purse is originally, it has elephants all over the lining and says it was

Made in Italy.

 

purse to camera bag 2


My Tall and Thin Shadow Portrait at Sunrise

Although I’m not at the beach this week, I think about the beauty of the water and sand and the sunrises and sunsets I witnessed. The rhythm of waves.

Tonight I found this photograph.

A self-portrait.  No diet necessary.  Just early morning sun for a loooong look.

I like how the tire tracks and my legs intersect.

 

my tall shadowWe went to the very end of St. George Island in the state park.  

In order to enter the state park, my hosts had to get a special pass and code to enter as the number of cars and people allowed each day is regulated.


Dog Action and Kids Laughing in the Back Seat

We had a nice time at North Star for dinner and Jeni’s Ice Cream for dessert. Then we went back to Laura and James’ and the kids played with Penny in the backyard.

Soccer.

 

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Penny made a good catch

soccer dog

 

 

soccer dog 2

 

 

Then we went to pick up Anna at a birthday party and while I was waiting in the van at sunset, I put the camera between the seats and caught them looking at a funny clip of a video Laura had posted of a kid who wasn’t thrilled about going to Disneyland.

 

kids

 

 

 

laughing in the back seat


Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Something called the Century Plant is going to qualify as a relic today.

My friend Kristin had been sending me photos of the Agave Americana (known as the Century Plant)   as it was growing in her family’s front yard on

St. George Island.    When I went down for vacation I got to see it first hand. I couldn’t believe how tall it had grown.

It is definitely at least twenty + feet tall!

It was preparing to be in full bloom- and then it will die.  I saw some other Century Plants on the island in different stages of their life cycle.

Kristin sent me these photos on the phone and said, “Wait until you come and see it in person.”  She wasn’t kidding. I took some photos of it too.

How it starts.  The mother plant sends out “pups”

baby plant

 

 

century plant

 

century plant 2Look at the thickness of the stalk

 

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I used a flash at sunset and it makes the buds look interesting.

century plant 6

 

 

A shot at night

Agave Americana Agave Americana with the American Flag

 

 

 

 

 

American Agave with moon

 

Someone else’s Century Plant fell over.

 

century plant 4

 

 

 


Lahma bi Ajeen at Joan’s Thursday Night

Steve and I drove across the Highland Park Bridge to Joan’s for dinner. You’ve seen Joan’s spools of thread  and checking out where she used to teach.

Since I went out of town on my  birthday, we made a plan for when I would be back in town and when we could get together

Joan made James Beard’s recipe for  Lahma bi Ajeen. The fresh tomatoes, cucumber and peppers,Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Yogurt Sauce with Fresh Dill from her garden, and wonderful olives.

Lahma bi Ajeen

The Lahma bi Ajeen recipe from Beard on Bread cookbook (A well used page)

James Beard Recipe

 

 

buttermilk pound cake with rhubarb

Buttermilk Pound Cake from World of Baking by Delores Casella topped with fresh rhubarb sauce.  Rhubarb from Joan’s garden- we ate outside.

 

Joan's Garden

 

Thanks for a nice dinner and good conversation, Joan.  Everything was delicious

 

 

 

joan

 

Joan inside her doorway keeping the dogs inside.

 

 

 

buttermilk pound cake

 


We Had to Memorize High Flight with Mrs. Stewart in the Sixth Grade

Pilot John Gillespie Magee, Jr. wrote this sonnet three months before he was killed at age 19, when his Spitfire collided with another plane on 11 December 1941.

Today when I was flying home from Panama City Florida to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (via Baltimore), I remembered we had to memorize and recite this poem in Mrs. Stewart’s Sixth Grade at Morris Plains Borough School 1963.

True, I wasn’t the pilot but man’s ability to fly  is astounding to me.

 

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;

Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds — and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there,

I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace

Where never lark, or even eagle flew.
And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

clouds

First image shot with iPhone   The rest shot with a  Canon 50D

clouds 2

clouds

It was a great day to fly.

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airplane flight

Above the fruited plain……..


Delores’ Sweet Shoppe – Apalachicola, Florida – Key Lime Pie

“Where the locals meet” the sign says. The shop is closed on the weekends- open 7-3 Monday through Friday

After we got some provisions at the Piggly Wiggly grocery, my friend’s sister made a stop so I could get a couple of pies for supper. Her son Jack accompanied me as I didn’t know how to find the door on the side of the wrap around porch.   I needed help carrying the boxes.

Here is Delores, who has been here for twenty years, holding the box with one of the Key Lime pies.

She sells Pecan Pies, too. And Breakfast and Lunch/ Daily Specials, too.

Delores Pie

 

Delores sign

This is a great sign.

 

 

 

Delores Buns

 

 

 

 

Delores Sweet Shoppe

You can sit down and eat or order take out.

 

wrapping up the cinnamon  bunsOkay, we’ll take six cinnamon buns, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?

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That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.

 

 


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And this last one is one I liked a lot.

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Independence Day Birthday

Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.

 

 

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“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”

 

 

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Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl  and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.

 

 

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Self portrait     St. George Island on the Gulf Coast

 

 

The closest fireworks I have ever seen.  The beach had a number of colorful displays.

 

 

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Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday  and I was missing being with them  but

Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.

 

birthday cake

 

Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.

Fourth of July Birthday is fun.   Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party

 

 


The Satisfaction of Completing a Lengthy Project

A few months ago, I was knitting a little baby blanket which called for 4 skeins of yarn.  My granddaughter Anna loved how the blanket felt to her touch.

She asked if I could make her a blanket.  A big one. Certainly.

Eleven skeins later (and a lot of time sitting in the knitting bag, not being knit) summer break from school and a few long swim meets ( I perfected knitting a toasty blanket in 90 degree weather by draping it on an adjacent chair)  the handknit blanket got finished!

I was returning home today (Tuesday) and completed the final stitch at yesterday’s swim meet. Phew!  Anna would ask me how her blanket was coming along. I promised myself, I wouldn’t start another new project until this one was complete.

When we got home, Anna put it in the washing machine and sat and watched it for awhile.  She set it for “quick wash” and then it had to be dried. it’s 100% man- made polyester (I know some knitters will disapprove it’ s not made with natural fibers )

But she said she didn’t like it, she LOVES it!

What else could a grandmother wish?

 

Anna's Blanke†

Monday night at the washing machine.  Watching the time.

 

 

preparing the music

Tuesday morning. Piano practice.

The blanket reminds me of a chenille bedspread from the 1950’s.  It is soft and squishy. Because the yarn is variegated, the color falls in random splotches.

 

 

Playing the piano And yes I moved my position to capture her profile with the backlighting from the open front door.

 

Bernat Pipsqueak Yarn, Color Sittin’ Pretty  

Pattern is the old basic dishcloth. Knit on the diagonal

Cast on 4 stitches.

K 2, YO, Knit to end.  Repeat until half your yarn is used.

Then to decrease.  K 1, K2 together, YO, K2 together, knit rest of row.  Repeat until last four stitches then bind off.

 


Tuna Melt For My Lunch and Thistle Seed for the Goldfinch

 

Picked up Laura for lunch at the Brown Bag Deli in German Village, Columbus OH.

We had a glass bottle of 1/2 Tea 1/2 Lemonade, some Cape Cod Kettle Chips and a dill pickle on the side.

 

Tuna Melt

Tuna Melt reminds me of my friend Joanne and also my childhood.  As I remember they were on an English Muffin half then.

 

Mark has to keep filling the Goldfinch feeder as they flock in and love to eat the nyjer/ thistle seed.  It hangs in a birch tree in their backyard.

My mother’s parents, Charlotte and Judd Van Sickle,  were real bird watchers and kept a life list of all the birds they saw. Cousin John still has the list and maybe I can get him to guest blog it sometime.

I thought of my grandparents  as I watched the finches gather in to dine.  Only one brave finch stayed to eat as I crept around with my 70-200 lens and camera.  They were attuned to an intruder but this one stayed to eat anyway.

American Gold FinchSo my lunch and bird lunch on the blog today

Goldfinch 3My first shot as I approached the backyard feeder. The question is, how do the other finches know to come to this particular place to find the thistle seed?


Man Tree Seen in Mendocino CA by a Friend

Thanks for sending the photo tonight from Mendocino, MaryAnne L. ( friends since 1984-we met in Grafenwoehr, Germany-MaryAnne L. is a fellow art teacher and a master quilter, living in Texas)

Here is what she wrote when I asked her if I could guest blog the colorful tree.

“It’s called ‘Man Tree’ by Corrine Bailey of The Crayon Box. There’s the artist’s name pinned to it. Didn’t ask questions. I don’t know if I have enough info to blog. I do have one more pic of wool wrapped columns but don’t have store name. Have beautiful coastal pics tho”

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All of Mendocino. The buildings are part of the town that faces the ocean. I was standing on a bluff overlooking Pacific with town behind me. Lots of art galleries. If you zoom in on town upper left, you can see the wool columns and part of the name. see the wool columns and part of the name.

Great guest blog, MaryAnne. The coast looks wonderful. Enjoy your vacation and thanks for thinking of me when you saw the “Man Tree”

for more info go to Mendocino Yarn Shop link to see Corinne installing the “color bombing” as they call it


Suitcase Race for Home and Then Off to a Baseball Game

After six days in Pittsburgh- they got out of the car,

retrieved their suitcases and headed up the hill.

They were happy to go to Grandma’s and happy to return home.

 

 

suitcase race for home

 

 

 

suitcase race for home 2Michael stops for a moment to get a better grip on his Playmobil catalog

 

 

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Maura made it to the stoop first, Jack’s suitcase fell over. Michael was watching Jack.

The boys changed and we headed to the baseball field

Michael on the bench

Waiting on the bench

 

little league catcher

Jack as catcher

 

 

 

four grandkids

After the game, Anna set up this photo of the four of them when I said let’s get one of the four kids together.  Cheesy but fun!

Anna enjoyed her week as an “only child”.

 

 

 

 


Hot Town Summer in the City

Back of my neck feeling dirty and gritty.

This is a photograph without a caption other than waiting. One of my self-assignments is to experience more street photography this summer.

Taken with a 100-300mm Canon lens.  The old lightweight one.  Bought it used for $150 at the Camera Repair store.

Shot through the driver’s side glass when I was at  a red light.  I think I was spotted.

 

Waiting for the bus (1)


Watching the River AND the Ball Game @ PNC Park

Drove back from Columbus to Pittsburgh with the youngest three grandchildren for a vacation at Grandma’s House.

We went downtown toPNC Park to see  the Pirates game. It was Pittsburgh Public Schools Night.

Wasn’t sure how I’d manage with all three ( 5, 7 and almost 9) but it was fine. There was a mixture of fun and boredom for them.

A hot summer night.  No rain. Saw a lot of students from school and the grandchildren seemed fascinated as the kids called my name.

 

Our seats had a great vantage point for the activity on the Allegheny River, too.

 

Gateway Clipper Ships

Gateway Clipper Ships Pass Under Roberto Clemente Bridge on the Allegheny River

 

 

Pirates Pitcher

Anticipating the release of the pitch      Pirates lost to Cincinnati Reds 6-5

 

 

IMG_9437Entertaining the crowd

 

Cotton Candy Man

Always like to get a shot of the Cotton Candy Man

 

 

Barges and tug boat

 

 

 

 

Grandkids on way home

A lot of energy left at 10 PM. Home to Grandma’s House.

 

 

 

Take me out to the ball game


David and His Elderberries in Okanogan. WA

Flag Day!  June 14th.

Started in the year 1895. For history click here

AND it’s my brother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday David.

Carolee (David’s wife)  sent these photos of my brother David, standing by the enormous elderberry plants.

I’ve been saving them all week to post on his birthday. Thanks for sending the photos Carolee.

 

 

Happy Birthday from Pittsburgh-  American Flag and the PPG building tonight.  love, Ruth

Flag and PPG

 

 


Sweets to the Suites at PNC Park

It was a busy and happy weekend with the grandsons staying over two nights, the family wedding on Saturday  and some generous neighbors/friends inviting Steve and me to accompany them to a Pirates Game at PNC Park.

It was good to have an activity and a place to go after the kids left, so I didn’t have time to be in a quiet, empty house on a Sunday afternoon or think about going to school tomorrow to finish the grades and end out the school year this week.

We had the luxury of excellent seats (thanks, Rich) and as the game progressed (Pirates lost to Brewers 1-zip which was unfortunate) we were asked if we would enjoy something from the dessert cart.  Who knew there was a dessert cart in the suites section of the private boxes?  Certainly not us.  Steve and I are usually getting those fifteen dollar last minute, last row seats as high as you can go.

Our host treated us to lemon cake (although there was quite a variety to choose from.   Tim (in the black shirt and gold tie) described each of the desserts with great flourish and he created sundaes for the kids and added a dollop of ice cream to a slice of cake.

I asked him if I could photograph him and at first there is a bit of awkwardness for about two seconds and then he relaxed and we worked together to get his result.

 

Thanks Tim.  ( and Matt is writing up the check which our host graciously picked up) The desserts are baked on the premises.  By Levy Restaurants.  I asked!

 

Tim and the Dessert Cart

 

Tim makes a sundae

 

 

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Tim and our host Rich.   You might remember Rich as the local man who discovered a new use for the newspaper sleeve on my 777th post

 

 

 

I tasted the root beer cake.  It tasted like root beer.

 

 

and a couple of photos from the excellent seats

the rain held off although we got drenched from a cloud burst as we walked to the T (subway)

 

IMG_0487 I like to practice my timing and I was able to capture McCutcheon hitting the ball.

 

 

Pirate Parrot hatA fun hat in the next box

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Great seats today, thanks Rich.

 

 

IMG_0406This boy caught a foul boy.  He was so excited.

 

 

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Can you spot the two birds on a wire, watching the game!

 

 

 

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As we were leaving with some fellow baseball fans

 

 

 

groundskeepers

I almost forgot    One of my favorites to watch- the groundskeepers team.

 

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Getting on the T   I don’t think I have ever ridden it before but am trying to remember.

 

 

 

 


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