No Snow Needed

A brisk sunny March Sunday afternoon in the backyard. James was going work on converting the shed into a gardening greenhouse. The kids had fun playing together. Michael pulled the little blue sled with a delighted Charlie- back and forth, back and forth across the seeded lawn.

Maura climbed around and swung upside down on Charlie’s climbing apparatus. She tried pulling Charlie but too heavy.

St. Patrick’s Day Gallery

St. Patrick’s Day gallery of blogposts from previous years.

St Patrick at St PatrickSt. Patrick in St. Patrick Columbus Ohio


                                                                                          St Patrick Cathedral NYC

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St. Patrick Chapel in St. Michael in St. Augustine FL


I’d rather be…..

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Knitting, of course.   The Weekly Photo Challenge created by Krista Stevens 

“How would you fill in the blank?”    I’d Rather Be…

If given the choice, what would you rather be doing, right now?

So many possibilities.

I was knitting at a friend’s home, Finishing up these PairPerfect Socks.  The Regia yarn 75% wool 25% nylon designed by Arne and Carlos is dyed so it turns out looking like you really did something fancy.  You get two identical socks, knit from the top down.  When the colors change, you go on to the next step.  It falls into almost mindless knitting category.

Moon Weight and a Poppy Seed

Did you know how much the moon weighs? South side- a couple of weeks ago, while waiting at the bagel place, I was thirsty. I’d already had enough coffee so bought a lemonade/tea.

I never knew the lids held facts. Don’t usually but a bottled drink.

I ate a poppyseed bagel. As I read the fact about the moon I saw a single poppyseed next to the lid. I’m not sure how much that single poppyseed weighs but I learned how much the moon weighs. 81 billion tons!

Tugboats, Trains and a Tanker Truck

These past few days driving around the city I’ve seen a lot of freight trains. I pulled over to the curb in the Strip District by the junkyard to catch the Wheeling Lake Erie cars overhead. And while visiting at my friend’s house I love to watch the tugboats push the barges on the Ohio River. The tanker truck was in front of me on the RDFleming Bridge while at a red light. Lots of demolition on the hillside there, too. Right now, as I write this post just before bed, I can hear the train whistle repeat itself loudly in the night.

Kidney Gift of Life Gala

Tonight Steve and I were fortunate to attend the Kidney Gift of Life Gala -30th Anniversary at Heinz Field.

Pearls and Diamonds were the theme for the evening. Music was by a terrific band Protege (see video below)

Event Chairs were David J. Levenson, MD, Debra Caplan, MPA,and Beth M. Piraino, MD.

Many others volunteer and committees put in long hours of work to make the Gala evening such a wonderful success.

You might be familiar with his voice-Emcee- Jeff Hathhorn of KDKA 1020 Radio did a great job.

The Executive Director of the National Kidney Foundation Serving the Alleghenies, Erin L. Tuladzieck made opening remarks and then the Board Chair, Tom Ali thanked the members of the board and had them stand for a round of applause.

The Danka family spoke of their journey with kidney disease and multiple kidney transplants for three of them.

We learned a lot about kidney disease, kidney research and kidney transplantation and the need for increased funding. Also, the importance of increased awareness became clear as we heard the statistics. One in seven people will be affected by kidney disease. Millions of people already deal with it and many more people are walking around and don’t even know that they have kidney disease. Yet!

March is National Kidney Month.

We watched the screens as the ten minutes challenge to reach a goal of ten thousand dollars netted more than twenty thousand dollars in donations. They’ll be matched dollar for dollar. Very exciting to watch the temperature rise and go over. Wow!

When you scroll down you can see the photograph I donated to the event’s silent auction.