Maura Helped Me Out this Afternoon

Lighting candles at St. Patrick Church near the statue of St. Joseph, Maura helped me out this afternoon. I’d given her a ten as she was headed out the door. Asked her to light five as they’re two dollars each. Take a picture, I called to her. She did exactly that!

The candles will burn for hours in that holy space, throughout the nights. It’s an intention to remember friends and family who are ill, going through a difficult time, experiencing loss snd grief, facing treatment and or surgery, recovering from surgery, expecting a baby. A candle can be lit in gratitude and thanksgiving, too, whatever you believe.

A candle seems a universal symbol for hope. A way to let someone know you are keeping them in your heart. Thanks, Maura.

The five candles Maura lit for me by St. Joseph

Topiary Takeover at Franklin Park Conservatory

Monday afternoon, Laura, Charlie, and l spent a couple of hours at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Columbus Ohio. Here are a few example.

The Exhibition Topiary Takeover.

Twenty-five topiaries made of living plants will take over the gardens this summer—fourteen of which have never been seen before! The animal topiaries are filled with plants to mimic the colors and textures of fur, skin, scales and feathers. UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites inspired the animal topiaries and the plantings that surround them. Visit sea creatures from the Great Barrier Reef, a show-stopping peacock from India, a majestic bison of the plains and more

If you’ve followed the blog for a time you’ve seen Topiaries posted here when I visited in 2017

Mt. Rainier and the Cascades Guest Blog

Taken from the window by Sue Reinfeld as she was landing in Seattle. You’ve read my friend Sue’s comments on the blog. Recently we were photographing goats together along the Monongahela. Thanks for the beautiful view, Sue.

Mt. Rainier and the Cascades

Last year I received a photo of Mt Rainier above the clouds from 8 year old Ellie and she was guest blogger in July.

Ecru Couch Going and Coming

Another one for the collection. Garbage collection.

Laura was driving. I sat in the back seat on the left side on the way to the pool.

On the way home I sat in the passenger front seat. It was quick as she drove by.

I’d rolled the windows down.

I’d spotted the discarded couch earlier that afternoon but there was no place safe to take the shot. I knew we were going to drive that direction later d was hoping the garbage truck didn’t get there first.

Thanks Laura.

Going to the pool via Broadway
Oh my, there it was. On the way home.
I was so excited to capture it in the frame as we drove by. It would not have been convenient to ask her to drive around the block.
Too soon

Seven is Super

Charlie is seven today! And it’s halfway to Christmas. Oh my! Happy 7th Birthday Charlie!

It’s exciting to be here in person to celebrate together this year.

Early morning celebration

A few friends of his friends will come for cupcakes after lunch.

Seemed like his UNO birthday was just yesterday
It’s a Minecraft theme
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A Scooby Doo Van

Rectifying a Mayo Stain with Reverse Tie Dye

Laura spilled some mayonnaise on her cotton dress. It left a nasty oily stain. Wash it with some Brown fels naphtha soap first before washing, I advised -she didn’t even leave the soap on – but it took the color out of the fabric. Hmmm so much for my advice.

My solution. Rubber bands and yarn ties all over the dress for a reverse tie dye in a solution of Clorox water. Good thing I’m a retired art teacher

You can see where the color came out along with the oily stain
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