Model Trains, Vintage Streetcar Were the Favorites

Earlier this week- Heinz History Center and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Laura and Charlie and I enjoyed visiting a couple of Pittsburgh’s highlights while James attended a conference.

We are fortunate there is so much to do in the city.

Built in 1900 But Looking Brand New

People at Work. Hard work.

NIcholas Karam leads the team at Karam Restoration of Natrona Heights. They can definitely take pride in their excellent work.

You can see from the photo below how  bright and clean looking the brick is now that it’s been restored and new mortar has been put in. They are good at Brick Pointing for sure.

They would arrive before the sun was up and worked in cold temperatures, long dark days.

Today they came and took all the equipment and cleaned up the place. Rinsed the brick again.   It’s a pleasure to pull up to the house and see it looking rejuvenated.  Plus the porch roof won’t fall down from the missing mortar in the columns. I was thinking the house was built in 1920 but went and looked again and it says 1900.

(Now if only my carpenter would finish the wood that needs to be replaced)

Thanks to Nick and the team for a job well done.  See below for the Before and After comparison photographs
Before photo/

Our first photo was four members of the team

Ten + Years From Now

Because I misplaced the envelope with the 2 school photos Maura gave me, I ordered a basic package so I could replace them.

I was supposed to give her cousin Charlie one before they got lost. Oops!

The minimum order is a “basic package”.  What to do with the extra sheet? Envision possibilities for the future.

This I can tell you.  It’s tricky to paint and draw on top of these school photos. Clearly I should have researched a neater solution.  But I’m going to frame the sheet and take it out for Maura (just turned 11 on Nov 17th if you’re following) when I visit.  Original photos credit to HR Imaging of Delaware Ohio

 

Tapioca- Yes or No?

This tapioca is take out from the Grant Bar in Millvale. I took it out of the container and put it in the glass. Eating it reminds me of childhood.  If you click the word Tapioca you will learn it’s a starch without much nutritional value.

Here’s the question-tapioca? Yes or no?

I added a piece of mandarin as it looked as if it needed a garnish. I had it for breakfast. They include a couple of half and half shots so I put one in my coffee, not on the tapioca.

Be Kind and Sport a Cardigan November 13th

 

World Kindness Day is Wednesday November 13.

 Wear your cardigans for World Kindness Day  article in Tribune Review by Shirley McMarlin and remember Mr. Fred Rogers who exhibited acts of kindness as a way of life.  And wore cardigan sweaters on his television show.

Here’s what Mr. Rogers said about his mother making his sweaters.

“She makes sweaters for many different people,” he told the camera, after showing a picture of his mom and pointing out the intricate details in each piece. “But, that’s one of the ways that she has of saying that she loves somebody.”   from article by Samantha Sutton  In Style Magazine

One of Mr. Rogers’ sweaters at the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Maura poses with one of Mr Rogers’ sweaters At the Children’s Museum Pittsburgh

Watch Mr. Rogers suitcoat turn into a cardigan as I pour in the hot water from the kettle.

Knit for Laura with lots of love  in 1984 by my dear friend’s mother- Karlene

Cardigan-wikipedia The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British Army Major General who led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War.[2] Thank you Mister Rogers:  Music and Memories new album just came out October 25th  click for more information  They arelaunching a campaign to declare November as “National Thank You, Mister Rogers Month.” Everyone is welcome to support the effort by going to www.thankyoumisterrogers.com for more info and to share their memories of Fred.

One of my photographs was selected to be used in promoting the album. 

 

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