Penny the Golden Doodle ate Charlie’s Animal Cracker During the Family Photo

It was time for Grandma  (AKA Froo Froo Ruthie) to go home.

My car was packed and I’d left Mark and Erika’s house to head to James and Laura’s house.  About a twenty minute drive. Had to drop off the cast iron griddle gift left by the couch.

Drive back to Pittsburgh.

The one thing I didn’t really do on Christmas day was take any photos. It’s hard to be a participant AND a photographer simultaneously.

It can interfere with your living in the moment and enjoying those you are surrounded by. A camera can be a barrier, a distraction, an annoyance to others- sometimes I’m unobtrusive and candid and they ignore me…..but I said to James and Laura I was leaving and the one thing I didn’t get was a family photo of them at Christmas.  And I’d really like to get one of their family I’d gotten Mark and his family on Christmas eve in the usual spot after church.

Okay, get Penny a milkbone biscuit.  And Charles got an animal cracker/cookie.

Bribery. This group family photo will just take a sec, a little tasty bribe…..  OOPS

Penny’s nose was right at the level of Charlie’s animal cracker.GULP.  One big bite for Penny. And in the second photo you can see how  Charlie felt about losing his snack.img_1488

img_1489We’ll get that family photo another visit. Thanks for letting me try.

 

I might be waiting awhile

thanks Michelle W at WordPress for the suggestion of stockings hung by the chimney with care –Weekly Photo Challenge anticipation 

img_2181

Needlepoint c.1974 by Bobbie, my sister-in-law

img_2198

 

Handknit Snoopy stockings by a woman named Jane G in Clarion PA 1981

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

Christmas.

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.

img_1629

img_1647img_1662img_1654img_1646img_1668img_1449img_1792img_1793img_1794img_1648

 

Michael Captures Inflatables from the Passenger Seat

Great to have three grandkids visit for a few days. We were headed to the Children’s Museum.

Michael, 10, caught these with my camera on the phone. Teamwork makes blogging fun!

 I caught the three of them by the high water mark sign.

We went by way  of Millvale  because I forgot the French bakery was closed on Mondays. No brioche.

   

   
Michaels edit, too. 
   
N Northside trio of inflatable snowmen

  
Millvale 

My Favorite Christmas House

Yes, the longest day of the year is coming soon. Craving the light.

This is the third year I’ve photographed this house.

I love how they go all out.

One year I sent it as my Christmas Card cause it looked like a Gingerbread Candy House all lit up.

This year I took the photo with my iPhone, just two shots.

I think they’ve changed to LED lights.  It must take a tremendous amount of time to install all these lights.

Will I remember to drive by in July and see if they leave them up all year round, such a lot of time to decorate? Probably not.

At the end of the post, if you scroll down, you can see the string of lights Steve added to the front of our house. When I drove home from Ohio Wednesday night, I saw the colorful   beacon along the driveway and it touched me that he put  up a string of lights and plugged them in. Reminiscent of Charlie Brown’s sweet little tree.  He must have found them in the garage.

You can see why I am so attracted to the over the top display highlighting the architectural details of the Morningside home.  So cheerful in the dark night.

 

XmasHouse2015Here is the 2015 view taken Thursday night.

 

 

christmashouse

The 201o version above.

 

IMG_4266Lone string of lights on bare branch tree to stave off the darkness at my house.  Less is more?

The Camel on the Sidewalk Caught My Eye

Columbus OH, downtown at the State Auto courtyard. The giant camel was on the sidewalk. waiting to be positioned.

Guess what they were doing? Yep, you guessed.

Putting up the Nativity scenes for Christmas. It was October 7th. 

  

  

  I had to get out of the car for this one

   
    
    
    
 

Off-season: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Off-Season.”

From my family’s basement.

I unearthed some holiday items for the challenge. Shot with the iPhone.

image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image image

Trying to Capture Family Christmas Photos

Not sure what the exact percentage might be, but many people really aren’t thinking they’d like their photograph taken. (Brides and homecoming/prom goers are definite exceptions)

Maybe people don’t mind taking it of themselves on a phone at a cool venue to share but sometimes you’re just not “feeling it”

Last year I received the Awkward Family Photo®  Game but those photos can’t  be recreated easily, even with intention.

Granddaughter Anna (11) likes to try with her siblings, giving them directions.  We have fun but it doesn’t always rhyme.

IMG_9964

Henry the Airedale adds some excitement and action, creates a blur, while sporting his Christmas tie.

The shot just before the one above

IMG_9959 2

IMG_9957

The grandkids

IMG_9973

IMG_9980

Christmas morning candid with the available light of the tree

Maura likes her new swim goggles
Maura likes her new swim goggles

Christmas night   Laura and James were leaving and it was WAIT, let’s make Mom happy and let her take our pic”