The Tulip Tree Out Front

The Tulip Tree out front was slow to change color this year. Liriodendron is in the Magnolia family

l’m told they grow up to sixty feet tall, which I probably won’t see, but it’s a lovely tree.

I lost my 90+ year old Sycamore in 2002. I’d gotten a second opinion that it had to be taken down. a living thing that had come to the end of its life.  I filled out a request for a new tree  and the city planted this one.

It’s growing straight up it seems to me.  The sky was blue today and made a perfect backdrop for the changing leaves.

The tree today

The tree on Tuesday

Lovely shaped leaves two weeks ago.

 

 

Parallel Parking

This morning when I went to the library and parked, this structure was in the space in front of me.

It was up on a trailer but as I pulled alongside, to angle in reverse and parallel park,  it just felt odd.

A PortaPotty instead of another car.

Pittsburgh Signature Sandwich

There aren’t many places open on Sunday night, late. You’re headed home and stop in to get their #2 Best Seller -To Go. Vinegary Coleslaw and Fries right in between the thick slices of Italian bread.

Primanti Bros. In The Strip District

I took a few pictures while Steve was inside getting the sandwich.  We split one. It’s sufficient.

Celtic Culture in Ligonier Pennsylvania

Celtic Culture was founded in 2004 with the mission of bringing a wide range of style forward products from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The company was founded by Andrew Carr who has traveled extensively in Ireland and the British Isles and has always had a love for all things Celtic. ” from their Website 

Just about fifty miles from downtown Pittsburgh, you can find all things Celtic.

Celtic Culture Shop is a gorgeous gem right on East Main Street in Ligonier, Pennsylvania.

We saw sweaters, cloaks, wool caps, jewelry, crystal, greeting cards, home decor items, preserves, candies, chocolate, sweets and even Marmite.

It would be a pretty time to drive out to the Laurel Highlands and check out the Celtic treasures, do a little holiday shopping.

Andrew Carr
Celtic Culture

 

The photos were taken in the summer on the day of the Yarn Crawl- August 2019, but just recovered this first day of November, 2019.  Thanks for your patience, Andrew.

1966 Throwback Thursday 35mm Slide Converted to Digital File

My friend V gave me a really cool device that converts old slides and film negatives to a digital file.  I used it when I was teaching photography and helped a colleague preserve some wonderful pictures of her family.

Tonight I started thinking about my own slides I found while cleaning out a drawer and brought the file converter out.  After re-reading the steps to use the converter, I was successful.  I won’t do a whole slide show today but wanted to put this 1966 picture up of me with my family.  I’m the one on right front (eighth grade) and I am sure my mother and I sewed our fashion choices on the old Singer sewing machine.

Certainly next time I can center the cardboard frame more accurately.  I left that exposed pipe in, too.  In an upstairs closet, are forgotten metal carousel trays of slides to convert but just did the 24 images tonight.

Once you get a rhythm it doesn’t take too long.

What I’ve noticed is a LOT of the slides I’ve kept for decades are not worth converting into a digital file for posterity.

But did I put them in the trash?  Not yet.

Will save some of those treasures for a future post.

Thanks for the great gift, Vincie. 

Homemade Devil Dogs and Store Bought Snowballs

A couple of weeks ago I was given a homemade Devil Dog from Priscilla, my friend Jen’s mother. She hails from Connecticut.  I haven’t seen her mom’s original recipe but I found another one for Devil Dogs in my old Junk Food Cookbook by Lydia Sager.

Her individually wrapped Chocolate home baked Devil Dog snack cake tasted really good.

I’m serious.

I couldn’t find commercial Devil Dogs in the grocery store. Here are some coconut marshmallow skin covered chocolate Snowballs snack cakes filled with probably hydrogenated fat.

I purchased these at Weiland’s Market and Kroger in Columbus a few weeks ago.

Thanks Steve got helping taste these. I think you can keep these indefinitely and they don’t get moldy.

So would you eat one?