Circles in Squares

A one sided Tic-tac-toe.

The dining room fireplace tiles and the balls of yarn were right there. I took them out of their reflective yarn bowls and centered them on the square tiles. Fun.

Coming in on the end of this Month of March challenge created by BeckyB https://beckybofwinchester.com/2018/03/01/march-square/

Long Winter’s Night

Relaxing by the fire Christmas night. The first day of Christmas. One day seems sufficient.

Grandson Charlie turned 2 1/2 on Christmas Day. He and his family came Christmas afternoon for dinner. We had a nice time together.

René Magritte or Harry Potter?

IMG_1378 Harry Potter’s world

yet reminiscent of  Time Transfixed painted in 1938 now at Art Institute of Chicago  by  René Magritte Belgian Surrealist Painter

When renovating this old house, the contractor said leave the chimney in- and they were working with an artist who added the locomotive to create

Harry Potter’s Platform 9 3/4 

Not sure who the purple passenger is.

Found at Old Towne Toys St. Augustine Florida

 

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 

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

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

Certified Chimney Sweeps Chris and Jim

You remember the squirrel (s) in the box gutters post last week?

I needed to have my chimney inspected and cleaned, too.  I thought there might be a family of squirrels enjoying the shelter of the chimney bricks, even though there was a screen on top of it at one point. Living across the park with a ton of trees makes this neighborhood squirrelandia.

A few years ago we had a squirrel in the fireplace. Somehow Steve trapped it in a cage.  Steve took it down the street in a carrier as he sported a winter parka in July and a couple of oven mitts. Not that the oven mitts would have spared him.

These men, Jim and Chris, certified Chimney Sweeps came today and did a terrific job. I found them through google and read all  positive reviews- Advance Chimney- about “professional job….clean up after themselves…courteous… efficient and certified!”

All true!

Not only can my wood burning fireplace  be used again (safely) BUT there were no squirrels making a home in the chimney. No roast squirrels!

There’s some pointing needed in the bottom of the fireplace. Mortar is old and crumbling but nothing major. They’ll come back and do that work when I get on the schedule. They said it would take about an hour. Cure in 24.

As they were leaving, I asked if they’d consent to be part of my people at work series.

They were gracious to allow me to get my camera and photograph them as they were ready to head out to the next job. Good sports.  Thank you.

Jim and Chris Chimney Sweeps Truck

Jim and Chris Chimney SweepsJim and Chris enjoy their work.

p.s.  I shook hands with them both.  Must have been those 1964 lyrics I remember.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Warmth

Warmth is what we seek this time of year.

Old Homestead and a Stone Chimney Via Marlene- Hardy, Virginia

It’s a Guest Blog today. This gallery could be a good writing prompt, too.  You know there’s a story.  Probably more than one story.

And you know when someone sends me photos and they say they saw something and it made them think of me and the blog, it’s a nice feeling. Marlene (Erika’s mother and Mark’s MIL) wrote from Hardy, Virgina with the accompanying photos she took on a walk with Donald.
Glad you had your cell phone along on your walk, Mar.

 

“We saw this fireplace chimney in the woods so we ventured up the hill.  There was a stone outline of where the old homestead was.  There were a bunch of mason jars all over so we figured kids with moonshine would sit around the fireplace and drink.   Way behind the chimney we saw another old house.  So we walked through the leaves to the other house.”

Chimney in the Virginia Woods

 

 

 

 

old Virginia Homestead

 

 

 

 

old house

 

 

 

 

side of old house

 

 

 

old house interior

 

 

 

 

old house interior

 

“After checking out the side of the house I walked around to the front door and there I saw the front door was padlocked.  

It was so funny because the exterior wall was missing on the side.”

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Thanks Marlene for the gallery of the old Homestead in Virginia,

Ruth E

 

Adjectives Illustrated- But Which Ones?

Today I read an ________________________(noun) about creating a self-assignment for your photography.

It made me _________________________(verb)  about what I might like to try to photograph.

Then I  ____________________________(verb)  at what I’d already photographed.

(Chose a word – like  Mad Libs ™  (Did you know Mad Libs™ was created in 1958?)                         

 

I was looking for images to go with the ____________ (adj) Strawberry I photographed on the _____________(adj. )porch this afternoon- it seemed to have a __________________(adj. )mouth.

I added the ________________________ (adj.) eyes and ears.

 

Adjective defined by Merriam-Webster  : a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else

and the Writing Centre University of Ottawa has an accessible definition and examples  (not that you need them but I was refreshing my grammar knowledge)

An adjective modifies a noun or a pronoun by describing, identifying, or quantifying words. An adjective usually precedes the noun or the pronoun which it modifies.

In the following examples, the highlighted words are adjectives:

The truck-shaped balloon floated over the treetops.
Mrs. Morrison papered her kitchen walls with hideous wall paper.
The small boat foundered on the wine dark sea.
The coal mines are dark and dank.
Many stores have already begun to play irritating Christmasmusic.
battered music box sat on the mahogany sideboard.
The back room was filled with largeyellow rain boots.

 

Silly

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)   Strawberry face

Stanchions in an Elevator

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)  Stanchions in the elevator when we took down the student art show

 

Origami on the School Stairs

 

 ____________________________________________________(adjective)     Origami on the school steps

 

 

 

Food Sign in Millvale

 

                      ______________________________________________________(adj.) sign in Millvale

 

Masking Tape Dispenser

 

            _____________________________________(adjective) masking tape dispenser in an art room

 

 

 

5 lb hot dog

 

                       _____________________________________(adjective)   sign

 

 

 

 

Night Light

 

_______________________________________________________________(adj)  night light from Divertido

 

 

 

iPad Fireplace

 

_______________________________________________(adj) iPad fireplace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sock Monkey in Camo Sleeping Bag

Sock Monkey in camo sleeping bag       _____________________________________(adjective)

Garden Gnome

A garden gnome for my Daughter-in-law’s garden  (just kidding, Erika!)                  ____________________________________________(adj.)

There might be descriptors for several that are interchangeable.  I am restraining myself from writing a list of adjectives to choose from.

Thanks for playing MadLibs™.     Hope you will write an adjective for any image(s) you wish.