Shopping Fun Photographed by Shannon

Erika’s cousin Shannon captured the store exploring we did. I missed National Sloth Day last month.

I captured the “found grocery list” in the cart.

What fun to find and read other people’s grocery lists

first time seeing Peatos

Puppets Need a Human

Puppets need a human (or two) to come to life. One to operate and even better with one to appreciate the effort of the puppeteer.

This puppet looks like a giftwrapped present. Surprise! It’s a furry puppy. Like a manual Jack-in-the-box without the organ grinder music. This particular puppet was Michael’s (12) and he’s passed it on to cousin Charlie (2 1/2).

Laura surprised Charlie.

Then Charlie gave the puppy a kiss.

Figuring out how it works

PUMPKIN hat season- again

There’s been a lot of buzz about the early appearance of pumpkin spice lattes. Not too much about pumpkin hats.

People gripe about rushing the season. It’s a short window for pumpkin hats.

Plus, as babies age and turn into toddlers with their own fashion sense, they may reject sporting a pumpkin on their head!

Spoiler Alert: These two knitted pumpkin hats are for my first cousins twice removed. (Or my first cousin’s new grandson and his big sister.)

The pattern Punkin’Head is by Tara Thomsen and is available for free on Ravelry.    

Color: Bittersweet  Yarn: Premier Yarns Everyday: Deborah Norville Collection

(Wash and dry with ease for mom)

Two years ago I knit eight of these in a week.

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Eight is Going to be Great

Happy Eighth Birthday Maura Clare.img_1220Aunt Lala took this picture of Maura carrying her cousin Charlie

 

        November 17, 2008                                             October 2016

 

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Maura loves arts and crafts, swimming, piano lessons, dancing, going to the Children’s Museum in Pittsburgh and taking good care of her dolls.  She brings a lot of energy and spirit to the party, that is for sure! Have a wonderful birthday, Maura.

Love from Grandma Frooey.

Hope you like your birthday blog.  You can always check out some more photos of when you were little here   on your 6th birthday blog.

What happened to ‘ I think I’ll be six forever and ever”?

Giraffe Family Puzzle Construction

Maura and I were at Laura’s house, folding the freshly washed baby things, trying out some of the new baby equipment.  Laura said, “let’s do the giraffe puzzle that Aunt Mary gave me”

So we did. Matching tiny numbers to numbers. A and B giraffe.

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Here Comes the Bride Doll – Vintage Crochet

Do you have a doll with crocheted clothes, right on its body?

Marlene’s cousin made many of these bride dolls and I photographed hers when we were in Hardy. Virginia,

There is a 1951 pattern available for $1.49

Would like to make a gallery of vintage crochet dolls and their clothes if you want to share a pic or two.

Joanne, i know you have that poodle!  Are people still creating these? Share your photos.

bride doll crochet

Look what just arrived from Omaha!   Joanne sent her Poodle crocheted by Aunt Angie

A Tribute to Lori Lynn Baur Meli- 7/21/69 – 2/19/11

Lori and Fredi at Ritter's Diner, Pittsburgh, last May.

A valiant fight! A wife, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a granddaughter, a niece, an animal lover, a friend to many.

Her grandfather, Robert E. Van Sickle,  was my mother’s brother.

As  Aunt Nancy VS put it so well, ” a sad day for our family.”

When you hear the term”battle” in reference to cancer,  Lori Lynn Baur Meli exemplified the definition.   Despite metastaticbreast cancer, Lori planned each day of her life to the fullest.   She sent us recordings of her singing a hymn or a Christmas song, always creative and musical.  She and her husband Fredi went on her dream trip to Hawaii returning just Feb 7th.

They came through Pittsburgh last May and here’s the photo I took of them in Ritter’s Diner that night.  It was right before she got to be honorary bat girl for the Yankees so it’s nice you can see the print on her shirt.  She loved the Yankees.   Especially Jeter.   She called and asked if a newspaper could use the photo for a story about her and another one of the pictures from that night was in a show in the 1650 Gallery in Los Angeles last summer. Lori was pleased with the images so I felt pleased, too. And she made sure I got the photo credits in the paper and sent the hard copies to me in an envelope.  Despite her diagnosis she was determined to live as long as possible, which is exactly what she did!     She had a plan. Always.    I will remember her first time in the batting cages in Connecticut a few years ago.   She touched a lot of people.   Here is an excerpt from her online journal–   “Love really is everything. There IS nothing else.       We have to let go off the other crap to begin to live in love and light, every day of our lives.” Her friend Jennifer pulled this clip- youtube video of Lori telling her own story.

A Bright Life Well Lived

Lori Lynn Baur Meli
A tribute.
She made the most
of the time she was given.

Second Cousins

Columbus OH fall weekend.  Erika’s first cousin Shannon’s daughter visiting from Pittsburgh.  Looks like we coordinated their outfits.  Maura will be 2 in a month. Find the eggplant!

 

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Their mothers' mothers are sisters. Maura Clare(l) and Parker Rose (r).