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Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Looks Like Change of Seasons

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

Sculpture court steps at rear of Carnegie Museum of Artimage

Little locust leaves litter the steps, wet from the rain

Change: From Dough to Cookies

Change is this week’s photography challenge and Friday I posted my children as they are all grown up with families of their own.  I’ve looked at quite a few fellow bloggers posts and didn’t see this one yet but I might have missed it.  So many possibilities for posts illustrating change.  

I was baking some cookies, noticed the mixing bowl of dough, and I thought- change.

I went to the other room and got the real camera instead of the phone.

The light seemed nice in the kitchen.


cookie dough

Oatmeal Crisps from the Farm Journal Cookbook (1972 ed.)

 I cut the recipe in half and left out the coconut. You could add nuts and/or raisins.

My minor adjustments to the original recipe below.



1 C butter, room temp ( I happened to have Irish butter on hand)

1 C brown sugar

3/4 C white sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C flour

3 C Bob’s Red Mill Oats

1 t baking soda

1 t salt

dash of cinnamon and dash of ginger

Bake about 11 minutes @ 350


Thanks to Kristin Snow for the challenge this week. You have to check out her blog Snowmads

Excerpt from her blog is below.  You will be inspired for adventure after reading it.  

“Who are the Snowmads?

We’re Jason and Kristin Snow, a travel-addicted couple who walked away from cubicles and conventional lives two years ago to roam full-time, gaining valuable perspective on life and meeting new friends at every turn. We hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and collect experiences instead of things. Please feel free to share some travel tips right back at us whenever possible — we love hearing from you!”

Change: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Change.”

One minute you have babies, then toddlers and teenagers, young adults. Before you can catch a breath, they are all grown up and gone and have families of their own




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Grid Gallery

Grid gallery.  From the archives.  Once you start looking, it’s surprising to see how many grids present themselves. Seems I lean to shooting through chain link fencing.

ball field Arlington

City through a chain link fence.  Arlington Ball Field.

Felix de la Concha

Felix de la Concha Cathedral of Learning Paintings University of Pittsburgh Alumni Hall


MOMA grid

Man on cell phone with statue at MOMA  NYC


warhol museum

Andy Warhol Museum from the AGH Parking Lot

murray ave grid

looking to Murray Avenue from the Suzanne, Linda and Pat’s Art Show

mary apartment grid

From my sister’s apartment window. You can see Freedom Tower under construction.


steelers door

Steelers Garage in Arlington neighborhood.

madonna and chainlinkUrban Madonna Bloomfield neighborhood

The Wilds windows


Grandchildren at  The Wilds in Ohio
murphyDear Murphy in the snow


Grid: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to Michelle W. Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Grid.”

shot with iPhone this evening specifically for the challenge.

Park Brugges


Monochrome: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.” Photos by my DIL. Erikaimage

thanks Erika for your photos from the Ohio State University Game against Hawaii imageand one with the field so you can see the contextimage

Breakfast for Dinner After Swim Practice

Whole Foods in Upper Arlington.

Farm Breakfast is five bucks.

Kids eat free on Wednesday with an adult eating.  Good deal!

(Michael’s book is either the American Revolution or the Civil War.)  IMG_5397Feeling connected to family in Ohio tonight.

Old Grandma got almost everyone to cooperate for a quick pic as they sat down.

Missing a few family members but because of retirement, I can be with family  on a Wednesday night, right in the middle of the week!


Happy Day or 1-2-3-4 Cake?

 If you’ve been following the blog since the beginning, you might remember the photos and recipes.On several occasions, I’ve posted our  “go to” birthday cake recipes.
 My sister got me the one Swan’s Down vintage cake pan in Omak, Washington when were visiting our brother one summer.
I did mail a birthday card to my sister.  (Unusual for me that it wasn’t belated)
In my family, we’d try to get it in the octave, as my mom would call it.  Enjoy your day!

Happy Day Cake Recipe-

For Birthdays it was the 1-2-3-4 Cake recipe or the Happy Day Cake recipe on the back of the Swan’s Down Cake Flour box, frosted with Penuche icing.  My mother would put the saucepan into a sink of cold water and then beat it by hand once it cooled. I can hear the ring of the metal loop at the end of the pan’s handle. And as I remember it she added a dash of vanilla extract.  My dad would pour milk over a slice and eat it with a spoon.   Cake and frosting recipes below photo.

Happy Birthday to my sister Mary who gave me the vintage pan

Happy Day Cake

2½ cups sifted cake flour

1½ cups sugar

3 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 cup shortening, at room temperature

1 cup milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 eggs

Sift flour with sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir shortening to soften. Add flour mixture, ¾ cup of the milk and vanilla. Mix until all flour is dampened, then beat two minutes at medium speed. Add eggs and remaining ¼ cup milk. Beat one minute longer. Pour into two 9-inch layer pans that have been lined with parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pans; remove from pans and cool thoroughly on racks.

This cake also may be baked in three 8-inch layer pans for 25 to 35 minutes, or in a 13- by 9-inch pan for 30 to 35 minutes. Batter may be spooned into 36 medium paper baking cups in muffin pans, filling half full. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Penuche Frosting   Butter is Key


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar, more or less
  • hot water, optional


In a saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Add the brown sugar. Bring to a boil and lower heat to medium low and continue to boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the milk and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cool to lukewarm. Gradually add sifted confectioners’ sugar. Beat until thick enough to spread. If too thick, add a little hot water. Frosts top and sides of a 2-layer cake or a 13×9-inch cake.


p.s. Last year I mailed an actual cake but this year it will be virtual

and another connection was the post when my friend J sent me a cupcake tree to Ohio when I was visiting

My Dad Framed Postage Stamps as Art

response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”

And I did the exact same thing tonight!

I found this sheet of stamps. (a birthday gift from a friend a couple years ago)  in my desk and thought it was perfect for framing in a plastic box frame. 39 cent stamps. The children’s literature characters caught my eye.


Closeup of the familiar book characters

Closeup of the familiar book characters


One sheet my dad framed. These stamps came out in the early 70’s.  The love stamps are 8 cents.

After Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture and prints.http://m.mentalfloss.com/article.php?id=25276

And here’s another sheet of stamps my father framed. When the stamps were 13 cents.

I stitched the needlepoint pillow kit of the butterfly stamps and gave it to my Aunt Rhea and then she passed it back to me. Connections



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