Decking the halls. Preparing for the Christmas season. I haven’t done any decorating, yet. On the recent trip to New York, the effort was in full swing. A couple of Pittsburgh shots, too.
Cheri Lucas Rowlands presented the Weekly Photo Challenge
Circle “you might consider what this familiar shape represents: the cycle of life and death, infinity, perfection, and more.”
As I pulled down Laura and James’ driveway, I saw the Christmas tree at the curb, ready for pick-up.
Charlie’s first Christmas tree.
He was six months old on Christmas Day.
I put the emergency brake on, got out and saw the blogpost photo for the weekly photo challenge.
Update Monday afternoon : So I went and bought a saw at Loews this morning and cut a slice off the bottom to make an ornament for next year’s tree. Thanks Julia for the idea.
There is something for everyone. Three floors of all kinds of items.
I don’t need a single thing and yet I enjoy looking.
Instead, I should be signing up for the attic or basement clean-outs offered.
My friend and I were driving back from the yarn store. I was stocking up for the winter.
We’d seen this colorful place on the way out to Sewickley and made a stop on the way back.
The huge ornament is from Kaufmann’s Department Store Santa Land and the giant cage belonged to Mrs. Kaufmann’s tropical bird (which outlived her)
Bill the owner told us the story about the bird and the ornament and you can see how this scene caught our eye as we drove by.
Too bad I didn’t have this photo for the WPC Ornate- Kaufmann’s Christmas Tree
Not sure if bride dolls are still manufactured but they were popular at one time.
I bought a handkerchief. Has a little nursery rhyme in the middle. Another post just for it another day.
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I won the tickets. We parked on the North Side for free and walked to Heinz Field. We didn’t buy anything at the game. Not a hotdog or a foam finger or even a plastic tray of nachos. Nada! A frugal effort to say the least. We slipped and slid to the field on the untreated walks. We got to the game and I had a purse with my camera. NOPE, even if it were empty, it could not enter the stadium.
Had to be see through plastic or a 4.5 x 6″ clutch. YIKES. We walked half way back to the car and Steve put in in the V of a tree in the park. It was to far to walk all the way back. It was leather and I carry my camera in it and couldn’t just pitch it in the giant dumpster provided for such bags. I don’t go to football games and didn’t realize the restrictions on bags. PNC Park never banned my camera/purse.
On to the snow (the very wet snow) and the cold and the damp and the loss. Yep. The loss.
A high scoring, exciting game, though. And disappointing.
We left before we could see the dismal end, the “almost greatest play ever” they said on the radio as we scraped the windshield and warmed up the car. Came home for soup and tea and a hot shower and I was STILL cold! But we had fun as best we could given the circumstances ie. weather.
Thanks random Steelers fan for photographing us! Nice.
Can you see Fort Pitt Bridge arch on the right? The city skyline was totally obliterated by fog and snow when we first arrived. If you stare you can see ghosts of the buildings.
Snow on the drums
Snow on Condiments
TV camera crew in the snow (taken with the iPhone)
Santa on his cell phone.
Discarded Terrible Towel. Sacrilege! (Sorry to post this photo, Myron- RIP)
What the city looked like later
Serious Tailgaters Equipment
More serious tailgaters personal equipment in a pick-up
The tree holding my purse until after the game when we retrieved it.
Pittsburgh Steel Man , Yoda and Bandito let me take their picture
From my sister Mary via her cell Sunday afternoon
Not Light Up Night tonight. My friend Ray called. Said there was a huge orange moon on the horizon but by the time I threw on my jeans, wool sweater, hat and scarf, drove up to Mt. Washington, the moon had risen and appeared off white. Clear, cold and windy, met two couples from Minneapolis on their way to the Macy’s Parade in NYC. Ray told them how to drive off the mountain to Fathead’s or Primanti’s on Carson Street. The city lights looked brighter to me than Friday night. It was an impromptu shooting session but a lot of fun. Posting the Radio Tower on Shiloh Street tomorrow.
Driving to the West End for the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast Saturday morning, I saw the City-County Building (architect named Henry Hornbostel) tree being put into place. A large flatbed truck now empty and a forestry truck with a cherry-picker bucket and a huge gold crane-like machine were all at the curb. I parked and got out of the car to photograph the scene. My friend R remarked that the pumpkins are still out! You can see the head of the Richard S Caliguiri Monument. Second image below of monument.