Grandmother, Her Sisters and Friends

My son Mark found my mother Marian and her brother John in the photos. My mom was born in 1912 so this photo must be about 1914.

Bee on Purple Asters

Bee photography in my friend Joan’s garden has been an interesting experience. Joan keeps two hives of bees. When we walk through the garden she knows which bees are hers. When I left the first time she gave me a jar of honey

My return trip to Joan’s I took her a hat of apple butter. As we sat outside, I was determined to photograph a bee on the purple asters. The bees wouldn’t land for long and my hand wasn’t that steady, coming up with lots of blurry shots.

My mother loved asters. Joan said last year she inadvertently cut them down to the ground thinking it a weed. And look at the gorgeous flowers now.

One more bee on a flower image.

City Stairs Renovation on the North Side

October 15, 2020

October 16, 2020

In 2011 I posted about the City Sidewalk Stairs. And again in July 2018

CITY STEPS IN PITTSBURGH.

from July 2018

”Pittsburgh has more public staircases (800+) than any city in the United States. The City’s steps connect communities and provide residents access to transit and other amenities” http://pittsburghpa.gov/

A3335182-92FA-4B9B-B167-F089D90FD769Garfield   The Steps to Ft. Pitt School

Sidewalks can be steps, too.

 

Book by Bob Regan   Photos by Tim Fabian 588B00B2-BDC7-4C68-BE5A-A04539FF0555

 

Pittsburgh topography requires innovation- how to get from the bottom of a hill to the top.  And in 2010 the snow covered stairs students climbed to Ft. Pitt School.

Author Martin Aurand’s book describes the formation of the topography of Pittsburgh’s hills and valleys. The Spectator and the Topographical City examines Pittsburgh’s built environment as it relates to the city’s unique topography. Martin Aurand explores the conditions present in the natural landscape that led to the creation of architectural forms; man’s response to an unruly terrain of hills, hollows, and rivers. From its origins as a frontier fortification to its heyday of industrial expansion; through eras of City Beautiful planning and urban Renaissance to today’s vision of a green sustainable city; Pittsburgh has offered environmental and architectural experiences unlike any other place.”

Got Grease?

Unable to find an online presence for this business, you’ll have to dial the number on the back of the truck.

That is if you’ve got grease you need to be removed. I envision them sucking out oily grease from restaurant kitchens?

I would have happily added their link to this post. I was behind the truck at the stop sign and snapped a fast pic of the unusual truck.

Definitely looked like an oil truck. The musical Grease kept coming up in my search.

Apple Butter Season

Immersion blender smoothed it out. All those apples cooked down to four jars.

Ancestor born in 1795 – My Father’s Side

Not sure why the info on the back says two years 1862–63 for death date unless it’s an approximation?.

Katherine is from my father’s mother’s line. I wish I knew more.

I don’t see any family resemblance.