Weekly Photo Challenge: Up

Thanks for all the nice comments and emails and congrats on the 700th post.

So what to post for seven hundred and one?  WordPress helped me out at the end of the week with releasing the weekly photo challenge today- UP!   Thought of this photo I took in September 2004 in Hardy,Virginia.  Uncle Matty tossing niece Anna up in the air.  Wheeeeeee.   She started second grade on Wednesday.  Matty in in New York City visiting his Aunt Mary (my sister) as they prepare for the arrival of Irene.  He heads back to Zagreb, Croatia, soon. You saw him on the Megabus. One thing leads to another.  And Winston the rescue horse was in Hardy VA next door to Erika’s(guest blogger) parents. Anyway, I have always liked this photo and the feeling I get looking at it.  The trusty Canon EOS Rebel for this shot! Newer readers might want to check out  my 10-10-10 blog post of Anna hula-hooping.  See time fly by.

Burnt Almond Torte and Copycat Recipe

Different regions prefer certain pastries, baked goods.  Burnt Almond Torte is popular in Pittsburgh. I’ve seen it as a wedding cake. tiered!  Who brought the recipe here I don’t know but many Pittsburghers LOVE it.  I’d never tasted one until we moved here.  This one is from the Oakmont Bakery.  Joan brought it to dinner one night.  We split it three ways. Don’t know who ate the cherry.  Not me.  But before we devoured it, I photographed it.  Here is a link to the Recipezaar Copycat Prantl’s Burnt Almond Torte recipe in case you want to have a taste of Pittsburgh Pastry/Dessert.  I hear there’s one where chocolate is involved.

Finding Joy in the Snow 2-20-2010 Columbus

It is not all gloom and doom, piles of dirty snow.  A break in the Cabin Fever on Saturday.  Sledding down the Firehouse Hill on Orange Road in Columbus, OH.

Sledding in Columbus Ohio
Usually "unpeopled" photo of the day, grandson Michael as he came down the snowy hillside.

Vintage Hardware Store Pittsburgh

One of the few remaining. Not eaten up by the giants.  Get a key made, some glass cut, how about a real mop, some rock salt?  Shop now.  Two blocks from school last Thursday afternoon when the sun came out.

Memories of Childhood   The hardware store.
Arlington Avenue. Will see about interior shots with permission of owner.