Mirrored Art Car

Last week in Columbus I kept being drawn to Laura’s neighbor’s car. All those tiny mirrors glued on so meticulously. The reflections on the surrounding pavement.

Be sure to check out that passenger as we walked by.

I’ve posted another of his Art Cars 11 years ago.

Supporting Your Independent Bookstore and a Friend

October 11th, fellow blogger and friend, Audrey Kletscher Helbling, posted the news that her poem, “Funeral During a Pandemic” had been published in an award winning book- This Was 2020—Minnesotans Write About Pandemics and Social Justice in a Historic Year.


The collection was compiled by Paul Lai, a Ramsey County Librarian in Minnesota. If you click the link at “posted the news” above so you can see a photo of the beginning of her poignant poem.

There are 54 pieces of prose and poetry in the volume.  I called the reference librarian at their library and was able to get the

ISBN# 9781087967622

I discovered the book could be ordered from your independent bookstore. So I did!

Here is a nearby independent bookstore, White Whale Bookstore (“a home for book lovers”) in Bloomfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh PA, just a few miles from my home.  Today I went to pick up the book. I’m looking forward to reading it.

Hope you have an independent bookstore near you.

 

 

 

Little Library at the Bus Stop

I had to stop and get out of my car to photograph this new (to me) scene.

Little Libraries have been posted on the blog before -in the snow , one Laura found and one in Pittsburgh on Friendship Avenue

Here’s the one I saw today

And a bench to sit on and read while you wait for the bus

Says Sweet 16 in the Year 1917

From my Grandmother’s Album.

Not sure about the significance of this photo. No recognizable relatives. Location is Durand , Illinois. At least this one is dated. My mother would have been five years old that year.

Any ideas on the occasion?

Scootering to School

This morning before I headed back to Pittsburgh, I got to walk with Charlie to school. He rides his scooter.

I tried to keep up but at least got the chance to document his early morning trek to school.

Wondering what they’ll do in the winter.

Milkweed Bugs are not Pests

Milkweed bugs are NOT pests according to this article Lesser Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmii) and Large Milkweed Bugs (Oncopetus fasciatus), look very similar to each other. They are differentiated by size and the design on their backs.”

Charlie found these Milkweed Bugs on the milkweed as we walked around his neighborhood. Their coloring is a warning to predators, “don’t eat me!”

Close up of the Milkweed Bugs

Mirror Lake OSU

Mirror Lake Saturday late afternoon.

I was on my way to pick up Maura from Synchronized Swim Camp. I pulled over and rolled down my window. After I picked her up we drove by again. The sun was gone by that time. Glad I caught it when I saw it. Elusive light.

Around the Neighborhood

Laura and James and Charlie’s neighborhood.

I’ve noticed a tremendous increase in Halloween decorations in Pittsburgh, too.

Guess people are feeling the spirits?

Giant cat caught my eye
A Cheshire Cat on the porch roof
You can really say it glows
To get a better idea of the scale of that feline