Chopped Green Salad Brightens Winter Afternoon


My first post for Six Word Saturday. Thought I’d participate this week.

At least my title is just six words.

My DIL brought me this lovely salad to which she added pomegranate and feta cheese. A drizzle of Balsamic. So refreshing and how nice to be served unexpectedly. The kids were all at swim.

The book underneath is The Four Hour Work Week . Have to dip into it. Oops, I’m retired. Debbie at Travel With Intent Blog hosts this challenge

Six Word Saturday

He is Still Here

On a different shelf.

I blogged Baby Jake. four years ago (see below)

Looks like he’s on the WWII shelf now.


—from Blog May 2014—


First Communion Weekend in my son Mark’s home office I saw his old Baby Jake from 1976.

I believed little boys should have a doll to love and care for when they were growing up. Preparing for fatherhood.

Now he has his own family of four, but it touched me when I saw his old doll Jake on the bookshelf. Jake has a soft body that has been recovered and filled with fluff, his rubbery arms surgically reattached by me.

You might have seen Mark’s 38th birthday post from Monday.

There is something about a toy or a doll with a face.

One that’s been well loved.

If you want to see a doll well loved, his wife Erika’s childhood doll (now named Baby Doll) adopted by their daughter Anna- really illustrates LOVE!

old rubber doll from 1976 with home sewn clothes I made for him

Weathered Gallery

Krista Stevens at WordPress challenged bloggers to show the effects of time and the elements in a post – weatheredimg_8034

Okanogan WA

Berlin Germany


New York City Playground



Near Roanoke VA


Berlin Germany


Gainesville FL

snow covered car

Columbus OH

Millvale PA


Pittsburgh PA

Penn Avenue Pittsburgh PA

Children’s Museum Pittsburgh 


Lawrenceville PA

Zagreb Croatia



Near Okanogan WA

Mallott WA

The Sock Monkey Book

Some of you’ve seen the little sock monkey I keep on my camera lens. He stretches around the cylinder, a gutted Beanie Baby. I’ve got a sweet spot for them.

Eleven years ago I made this Sock Monkey Book for granddaughter Anna(14 now). I found it on a shelf while re-shelving some children’s books at Mark and Erika’s. Finding some books to pass on to the younger grandchildren. Not sure if these blank Little Golden Books are still available but it was fun to make.

I’ve sewn a lot of sock monkeys over the years. This book tells the story of transforming a pair of Rockford Socks into a lovable toy.

The finished sock monkey joins the other toys.

Chex Mix Making

A few alterations to the original recipe but Wednesday night Laura guided Charlie and Maura in the holiday tradition of making Chex Mix. One site says “it’s been a party staple for 50 years”. I can tell you the original recipe was not on the boxes we had this year. Boo.

Baked at 250 F for an hour stirring every 15 minutes. What could be bad about it with all that melted butter and savory salt? Hmmmm

After the Mix making the two cousins played in Charlie’s new train tent. Crawling between the red and blue and back again. Then the added collapsible tunnel component.

A fun night.

Charlie said ” I love this game”

Finding What’s Good About Returning Home After the Holiday

My house is quiet this morning and it’s zero degrees with a windchill of plenty below.

I got back to Pittsburgh yesterday evening. I miss them all now, having spent two weeks with my families in Ohio.

This morning in my kitchen I see my 33 year old self looking at me making toast and wonder where the time flew – I took a cake decorating class in Germany with my friend J when Laura was small.

There’s the reliable top of the line toaster from my dear friend V.

Best 50th birthday present, still working wonderfully fifteen years later.

There’s the new ceramic pour over I received from James and Laura this Christmas. The family photo mug Marlene created for me last Christmas waiting for hot coffee to drip in it. The new spices and tiny lidded butter dish from J in Florida. Oh and the new spices on the rack from her,too. There are Christmas cards to read, bills to pay, Laundry, ordinary life stuff.

At my daughter’s home it’s “pour over” and mugs of places traveled. Every morning my DIL would make a fresh carafe of coffee. Both types delicious. How lovely it is to have someone serve you coffee. I made a pot in their fancy machine but I know they like it a certain way.

Five grandchildren in two homes guarantee fun, laughter and lots of activity. I like playing. Here at home, I’m thinking about finishing knitting projects, checking out a book at the library, hoping the pipes don’t freeze, going to a doctor’s appointment, meeting friends for lunch next week and continuing my efforts to reduce the accumulations in the house with multiple thrift shop trips with donations. I found I had difficulty doing this ongoing task so hired an expert to assist me, spur me on. Need to clear out my third floor.

It’s good to be home in my kitchen.

I’ll catch up on the blog and reply to comments, think about what’s next.

Schedule a battery replacement for my iPhone, (link to a Washington Post Article Below Run Don’t Walk To Replace Iphone Battery for $29). I won’t be running to the nearby Apple store as there is no availability support said to try tomorrow to schedule.

Anyone Still Collect Matchbooks?

Anyone still collect matchbooks? Do restaurants still have them in a large glass snifter for the taking? I know people who’ve collected colorful and interesting ones from fancy or fun establishments-but years ago.

Brides and Grooms names on matchbook covers were once a popular wedding favor.

I saw this matchbook at my son and DIL’s home, and wasn’t sure how long they’ve had it. I keep the same brand of kitchen matches in a drawer- like box.

Pink Elephant on a Lawn

Saw this pink elephant all lit up on a lawn as I drove the grandkids home from swimming practice. I drove around the block to try to get s better photo on the phone and the kids groaned. I thought it was blogworthy.

Ensuring the Neighborhood has Heat and Hot Water When It’s Minus 11 Degrees Windchill

These gas company workers have been working outside for several days in bitter cold.

The thermometer in the negative column and windchill making it more severe with no relief in sight. Laura and James home didn’t experience the problems some neighbors did. I can’t imagine how the early settlers made it through the winters.

I know it’s colder in other locations around the country as I heard from a friend in NH and it was 35 below zero

I admire these men for working hard to get the heat snd hot water to the neighbors.

Christmas Tree and Couch, Curbside

Clintonville. On Calumet. In Columbus.

No kidding.

That’s a lot of Cs.

I saw this Christmas Tree and the couch waiting for pick up. Some people put their trees out right after Christmas.

Maybe the trees have up since Thanksgiving and the needles are dropping like crazy.