Following Mr. John’s Truck Up the Narrow Road

One day BEAUTY, the next day NECESSITY- Andy said the blog is like a Carousel Slide Show and you just don’t know what’s next–

On the way to school one morning.  Shot with old iPhone 4.  How about that narrow road  Parkfield Street?

Not sure how a toilet got named a John,  so I looked it up and found out they are named for Sir John Harrington and that there is even a toilet museum.

One of my favorite posts on the blog is the pink toilet in the snow.

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Hail Storm in Zagreb Croatia- Guest Post

In my email this morning-

Dear Mom,

 A hail storm broke out in Zagreb today and my friend Maja captured it with her iPhone from her 9th floor office.  She was a little bit reluctant to be blogged, but she had this to say about the picture :   “It looked so great and it made me so happy that I wanted to share it.”

And it reminded me of the sentence from the film “American Beauty” – “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.”

I think that quote is a great motto for us to live by.  You and your blog do a great job reminding us all of the beauty that surrounds us every moment of every day, so I knew what to do with Maja’s picture right away!

 Love you,

Matty

Thank you Maja for sharing your beautiful photograph of the hailstorm from the ninth floor window and thanks Matty, too.  

Hail Storm Zagreb Croatia

Adjectives Illustrated- But Which Ones?

Today I read an ________________________(noun) about creating a self-assignment for your photography.

It made me _________________________(verb)  about what I might like to try to photograph.

Then I  ____________________________(verb)  at what I’d already photographed.

(Chose a word – like  Mad Libs ™  (Did you know Mad Libs™ was created in 1958?)                         

 

I was looking for images to go with the ____________ (adj) Strawberry I photographed on the _____________(adj. )porch this afternoon- it seemed to have a __________________(adj. )mouth.

I added the ________________________ (adj.) eyes and ears.

 

Adjective defined by Merriam-Webster  : a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else

and the Writing Centre University of Ottawa has an accessible definition and examples  (not that you need them but I was refreshing my grammar knowledge)

An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by describing, identifying, or quantifying words. An adjective usually precedes the noun or the pronoun which it modifies.

In the following examples, the highlighted words are adjectives:

The truck-shaped balloon floated over the treetops.
Mrs. Morrison papered her kitchen walls with hideous wall paper.
The small boat foundered on the wine dark sea.
The coal mines are dark and dank.
Many stores have already begun to play irritating Christmasmusic.
battered music box sat on the mahogany sideboard.
The back room was filled with largeyellow rain boots.

 

Silly

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)   Strawberry face

Stanchions in an Elevator

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)  Stanchions in the elevator when we took down the student art show

 

Origami on the School Stairs

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)     Origami on the school steps

 

 

 

Food Sign in Millvale

 

                      ______________________________________________________(adj.) sign in Millvale

 

Masking Tape Dispenser

 

            _____________________________________(adjective) masking tape dispenser in an art room

 

 

 

5 lb hot dog

 

                       _____________________________________(adjective)   sign

 

 

 

 

Night Light

 

_______________________________________________________________(adj)  night light from Divertido

 

 

 

iPad Fireplace

 

_______________________________________________(adj) iPad fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sock Monkey in Camo Sleeping Bag

Sock Monkey in camo sleeping bag       _____________________________________(adjective)

Garden Gnome

A garden gnome for my Daughter-in-law’s garden  (just kidding, Erika!)                  ____________________________________________(adj.)

There might be descriptors for several that are interchangeable.  I am restraining myself from writing a list of adjectives to choose from.

Thanks for playing MadLibs™.     Hope you will write an adjective for any image(s) you wish.

Fresh Eggs Make the Best Omelet

My colleague brought me a dozen fresh eggs from her chickens. Thanks S.

I loved how each egg had a date written on the end.  I made an omelet this Saturday morning with some Cabot Creamery Extra Sharp White Cheddar.  Maybe a tad too much butter.  Couldn’t cook and photograph with the cell phone simultaneously.  I was told you want “sound” when the eggs hit the pan.

I know the chickens are well cared for and eat organic feed.  Fresh eggs make the best omelet.  It was delicious.  If I were a true photographer I would have made a neater looking one and photographed it again but no one else around to eat the wrinkled one. I went on Google images to see how my omelet fares by comparison and I think it is fine. These eggs are too precious to waste.

 

Eggs

beating eggs

butter in the pan

making omelet

Yes, a little too much butter.  Eat the toast with jam no butter due to excess amount on the eggs!

Hiding the imperfect folds with the farm grain bread toast. Now to polish the French PepperMill that was a wedding gift in 1974.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape

They call it challenge for a reason.  Escape. Or trying to.

Escape defined : Break free from confinement or control    (School is out June 17th)

Need to get away. Get out. Break free.

Attempted escape. Some of mine seem like “trapped” or “escape is necessary” . It makes me consider posting a photograph of our jail that they built along the Monongahela River, spoiling the scenic view. Escape from reality.  A fire escape?

Me trapped in the mail chute

Me in the mail chute at the City County Building today when we took down the art show.

Fencing so the Cheetahs Can’t Escape!

Fenced in at the Wilds

NYC

Kayaks on Allegheny River

Kayaks on the Allegheny River Photographed from the Roberto Clemente Bridge

Branch trapped

Fence and Branch at the Softball Game

Get out of the Car Wash

Did you ever feel like you can’t escape when you are in the middle of the car wash?

 

 

 

Play House Captive

Take the keys and lock her up! Little sister tries to escape

Buy a lottery ticket

A hopeful escape from reality and the rat race. I guess I need to buy a ticket.  Oh well.

The Book Loft in Columbus

The Book Loft Columbus Ohio.  Reading is a terrific escape!

Roller Coaster at KennywoodA roller coaster is good for a brief escape

at Kennywood Amusement Park

Helicopter Getaway

Ready for the get away

Fire Escapes

 A Couple of Fire Escapes  ( I was shooting the Bitter End, I think)

Central Park

Central Park Pastorale

 

Thai Cuisine on Liberty Ave at Pearl Street in Bloomfield

When I got home from school, Steve asked me if I wanted to go eat at the Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Bloomfield. Bloomfield is considered the Italian section of the city and I have blogged the Italian Festival and scenes from the Bloomfield Bridge.

On Liberty Ave at Pearl Street, across from the  Bloomfield Laundromat,there’s delicious Thai food in this wonderfully Italian neighborhood.

I was so tired when Steve suggested going out to eat, I thought about lying down and taking a rest instead.

Fortunately, I decided to take him up on his offer and am I ever glad I did.  He’d brought home take-out from this restaurant before but had never dined in. He told me how nice they were to him and always remembered his name.

It’s BYOB. They have a vegetarian menu,too.  The service -friendly and nice, the food fresh and perfectly prepared. Very tasty. The decor and ambience clean and comfortable.  Love the cloth napkins.

We enjoyed our dinner tremendously.

We ordered two dishes to share and the brown rice. There are curries and appetizers, soups and salads and desserts.  Spicy Basil Fried Rice seems to be a favorite in the reviews.  The YELP reviews = overall four out of five stars.  The Urbanspoon seemed quite favorable and highly recommended by the City Paper Critic, too

Authentic Thai Restaurant

 

 

 

 

Ginger Roots

Ginger Roots  Onions, Black Mushrooms, Broccoli, Carrots, Red Pepper, Green Pepper, Snow Peas, with Chicken

 

 

 

 

Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

Classic Shrimp Pad Thai

 

 

My plate

 

 

 

 

 

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The view from my seat in the front window booth.

 

 

Laquered Table with Church Reflection

 

 

And the high gloss lacquered table reflecting formerly St. Joseph’s Church

 

Cloth Napkins

 

Our server rolled all the silverware in wonderful cloth napkins- stacked and ready to go

 

And Steve took a shortcut down the alley to get us home.  Love being a passenger so I can photograph with the good old iPhone camera.  Did not take my regular camera to dinner.

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Bronze Elevator Doors in the City County Building, Pittsburgh PA

Sometimes you see something on the fly-  take a quick picture and later you think, oh,

I should have taken a little more time, shot more views or gotten better photographs as you review what you captured.

I left these  photos the way I took them-  a bit crooked, a partial door- as a reminder to take my time and get the detail, watch the angle,

*note to self– take a few more pictures when you see something magnificent, unusual and interesting.  Take the entire door in the frame!

When we hung the art show at the City County Building downtown Pittsburgh, we were getting into the elevators and I took a couple of photographs of the bronze elevator doors.  You almost felt like you were in Florence.

 Henry Hornbostel was the architect of the building (and about fifty other building that are still in the city) but I couldn’t find who designed and sculptured/cast the elevator doors specifically.  They were amazing to see. Figures with earlier government buildings in hand.  Definitely need to get to the Carnegie Library for some detailed research but just look at the doors and think about how they don’t make buildings like this anymore. There’s a lot of history in the story of the doors that I don’t have at hand.  Details later.

Brass vs. Bronze the difference in the two metals information here

 

 

Elevators sign

elevator doors

 

 

 

detail of elevator door

 

 

 

 

 

detail elevator door

The Wilds, Cumberland Ohio

Mark and Erika called Saturday night and suggested we meet up at The Wilds.   Cumberland Ohio.  I took the New Concord Exit on I-70.

I said, sure I’ll meet you there! I was excited cause it was unexpected.  And who knew this place was so interesting?

It was about 130 miles for me to drive there and they drove about 90.  We took a 2 1/2 hour bus ride tour throughout the 10,000 acres and saw lots of wonderful animals.  Most are endangered in the wild and this conservation facility(non-profit) gives them the protected place to reproduce.  It was a beautiful day.

Bactrian Camel

Bactrian Camels- Mother and Child     (Yes, this was photographed in Ohio)

Przewalski Wild Horse

Przewalksi Wild Horse- a female

Sichuan Takin

Sichuan Takin

Zebras

Zebras- Buck and bray a bit while the one looks on

Bison

Bison running away from our bus

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25 cents in a machine and you can get food for the catfish.  They act like they have never eaten before or will they ever eat again. I know these were Jack’s favorite.

catfish close up

The catfish are not particularly attractive to me.

Rhino

Rhinoceros family time.   Our guide says there skin is really soft. A group of rhino is called a CRASH.

All photos taken with a Canon 70-200 mm L series lens on a Canon 5D

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Our knowledgeable guide Rob.

Ordinary Rabbit

And an ordinary rabbit.  Not endangered.

 

 

 

And if you want to travel with us on the bus, Anna captured a two minute segment of the tour!  Thanks Anna for the videoing,

Weekly Photo Challenge: Pattern

Pattern.  This week I actually took a few photos to respond to the weekly challenge instead of sifting through the archives.

It was a wonderful Mother’s Day with an unexpected trip to meet the family at The Wilds in Cumberland OH but stay tuned for that post.   No time for uploading tonight.  Using the iPhone camera tonight, looking around the kitchen for patterns.  Came upstairs and saw the afghan on the bed.  Impromptu pattern photos.

Traffic pattern-  coming back from The Wilds we were totally stopped on Interstate 70 around Zanesville.

Traffic Pattern

 

 

China pattern.   I used to like the idea of mismatched china.  Service for 12 in twelve different patterns.  It was an idea.

China patterns

Silver Pattern.  My grandmother’s Moonglow and some random pattern in my drawer.  Used to be you would select a silver pattern when you were getting married.  Lots of couples choose stainless these days.

Silver Pattern

 

 

Knitting, Sewing and Smocking Patterns from yesteryear-  another life.  I used to do all these things when the kids were small.  I still knit.

 

 

Knitting Smocking and Sewing Patterns
Knitting Smocking and Sewing Patterns

 

 

Pattern in Nature

apple Star

 

 

A Chevron pattern– the crocheted afghan that a coworker’s mother made for my mother.  I call it the Good and Plenty afghan.

 

Chevron Pattern

 

 

Pattern in the lid of the jam, sitting on the kitchen table

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You can see some wonderful pattern in fellow blogger’s posts for the challenge this week

Waterlilies and driftwood 

Light through Glass Block Windows

Roofs in the Netherlands

Carpets Architecture Leaves and Details

Patterns in Lisbon

Patterns in Nature

The patterns of Wat Sene

Beach Patterns

and see Rockaway Six Months After Sandy at Nylondaze