Groundhog Day Compendium

Through the years on the blog.Happy Groundhog’s Day.

Groundhog’s Day first celebration in Punxsutawney was in 1886.

Snippets from previous Groundhog’s Day Posts. If you want more pics or details, click on underlined links.

Let’s see if there is a clear day with a shadow or an early Spring for 2017.

History of Groundhog’s Day– from Stormfax

“If Candlemas Day is bright and clear,
There’ll be two winters in the year.”

 

Groundhog Day Filmed in Woodstock Illinois

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Punxsutawney Phil Declares 6 More Weeks of Winter

Shout out to  Kyle Kline on the bass

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And yes  we were there  Me. Laura and my sister Mary

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Groundhog Sports Black and Gold Beads

 

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Flat Ruthie and the Groundhog

 

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Michael on left and Jack on the right with Baby Groundhog (a family puppet)

 

Groundhog’s Eve Sunset

 

Groundhog BrewSkumps Groundhog

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Groundhog Day Movie Capture Pittsburgh SkylineThe Pittsburgh Skyline before all the neon signs on the buildings

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Readability and a New Look

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Readability of text on background is a factor to consider when creating content in a blog post.  I’ve been using the same theme with the white text on the black for a few years, liking the way the photos looked surrounded by black. I never found them hard to read but then I was the author.

These days blog readers frequently check  phone screens, not a giant desktop display.

Today I heard from artist Carol Skinger  after she had visited the blog via FB to check out the macarons.  She included an article Why Light Text on Dark is a Bad Idea

After thinking about her message,  I went to “try on” different WordPress themes and even got some great tips from the support team at WP when I couldn’t see the good old “Like” buttons or the “Subscribe” button or even the “Follow Blog” at the bottom right of the page.  This theme is called SNAPS.

Thanks Carol for taking time to write.  This theme works well on all sizes of devices!

I think it’s a clean look.  I wish I could get the palest of gray as the background but when I tried to change it the text looked dark red.  Will do some more experimenting.

Hopefully one that won’t tire your eyes as you read.  I hope to find a header image that screams Pittsburgh, as I miss my  Pittsburgh Light Up Night skyline view of the city header.  This one is Jack and Michael on the North Side on the way to the Children’s Museum, running to Ned Kahn’s Cloud Arbor sculpture  

Thanks Mar, for the Ott Lite I’m using on the Kindle.

Notice -“Booming Stats” on Abandoned Blog Today

Five years ago I tried to create a recipe blog from my grandmother’s wooden recipe box and my mother’s recipe cards. I’d forgotten all about it until today when I got a notice from WordPress. Try this link to the blog   A friend wrote she had trouble

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Throwback Recipes Blog

I didn’t stick with this blog for very long.

There were SIX followers. Throwback seemed as if the recipes weren’t really relevant nowadays.

It stopped seeming like such a cool idea.

But today I got a notice “Your stats are BOOMING!”  On the Throwback Recipes blog.  Rhubarb Cake recipe and the home page

And 65 hits (that’s booming after zero) are from El Salvador, 2 are from United States and 1 from Australia. And in just ONE hour.

So thought I would share about my abandoned blog that got rediscovered today.

Did you ever start a blog and abandon it?

It’s always nice to receive those notices from WordPress.

Here is the Chocolate Pound Cake recipe my mother made

 

 

 

 

Seven Years Ago I Started the Blog

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  1. “Happy Anniversary with WordPress.com!
                 You registered on WordPress.com 7 years ago.
    Thanks for flying with us. Keep up the good blogging.”

Seven years flew by.  Thanks for remembering WordPress.

And thank you to all of you who stop by to look, read, hit the like button and or leave a comment.

IMG_2957My friend Joan’s garden.  Hollyhocks remind me of my Grandmother Hendricks

 

Mid-Winter Break

Actually we are not even a month into true winter but wanted to tell you the blog will be on mid-winter break for the next week. Will miss you and will catch up with you upon my return.  

  
Hope the Puzzle People can find a replacement piece for this 1976 USA puzzle. I value New York. 

My Year 2015 in Photos

Thank you for visiting the blog and clicking the ‘like’  button and/or leaving some good words.  I appreciate your taking the time to look at the photographs.  If you’ve been with me this year, you’ve already seen these images but after reading the Annual Review of my Blogging Year from WordPress, I wanted to capture 2015 myself.  What I notice is I like weather, people, family and night photography.

I wish you a new year filled with good health and happiness.
A few of my favorites from 2015- I skipped over most of the food photos.  Will take new ones in 2016!

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The weddings

 

jack and mauraGrandkids visit “Cloud Arbor is made up of 64 steel poles reaching 32 feet into the sky, embedded with nozzles that spray a fine mist of water, creating the effect of a spherical cloud suspended in the air.”         (artist Ned Kahn)

 

Some of the family photos-

People at work and play

 

 

Places

Four out of Five

The 2015 Annual Report on the Blog came from WordPress .

Four out of five most viewed blogposts this year were NOT published in 2015.

Just one of the most viewed was posted this year.

Not sure what to think about the most popular posts viewed in 2015 date back to 2010.   Huh?

Playing Cards at the Party- Blog Post #2222

Blog post number 2,222.  “Do something with twos”, my daughter suggested. Hmmmm.

“A pair of shoes?”  She nixed that. Boring.

I looked up things that come in twos and there’s a list of pairs for ESL students.  Can be confusing. A pair of glasses is a single item.  Don’t have any dice handy. But

Made me think of playing cards but all I have is an UNO game photo from October 4th.  You can see my hand, too.

Maura and Laura play UNO

WordPress forgot to send a note- after 6 years of blogging. How could they?

I thought it was automatic.  An electronic note to me.  Six years is a long time.  Today’s post is #2132.

Six years ago today I started blogging at wordpress.  I thought at least they would send a notice… Congrats on Six Years of Blogging. I’ve seen badges on other blogs for years of blogging accomplished.

I told my granddaughter it was my blogaversary and she said, “What’s that?”

No drum roll, no brass band, waaaaah waaaah waaaaaah, whine, whine, whine,

No one really cares, just me.

This was the first photo I blogged on July 14, 2009.

Murphy passed away and Michael is going to be ten in August.

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For today’s 2015 photo gallery I’m posting the grandchildren feeling exhilarated at Kennywood


And a silhouette of the Phantom’s Revenge

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P.s. 11th hour update.  Thanks WP

  

 
 

What We Found When We Went to Brush Our Teeth

Photographed by Anna (9+)  with the iPhone.  When I am staying with the family ( since I am out of school for the summer), I get help documenting-

“for the blog”.

You might remember Anna found the pick up truck full of mannequin legs last winter and captured the scene with her mom’s iPhone.

 

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Jack’s (6) plane- landed in a sink full of water earlier in the day.

 

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I like that she changed up her angle on the second shot and found the unfortunate figure beneath the plane at the bottom of the sink