HIDDEN

WordPress has  taken a week off from the Weekly Photo Challenge but fellow blogger Cee Neuner has created a Just A Fun Challenge- Hidden

check out her cats, hiding on   Cee’s Blogpost IMG_3033

if you’ve been following me since June 2010 you’ve seen my grandkids hiding under the Japanese Maple in their front yard.

Kennywood Water Rides

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Great, on a hot summer day.

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My DIL on the Log Flume (and various family members)

 

The Pittsburgh Plunge below

 

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Yes, you get absolutely soaked to the skin.

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Perfectly Framed Eyeballs

This afternoon I left a Shop ‘n Save where I don’t usually shop. I saw these eyeballs staring out of the dark frames.

 The building is unoccupied. Just thinking about why they were painted there.

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Cherry on Top, Literally 

A Rainier cherry on top of Ted the bear’s head.


Shot specifically for the Weekly Photo Challenge Cherry-on-top

(Spoiler: Don’t read this piece about the Legend of William Tell by the Smithsonian if you like the story you heard as a child.)

Best Groomsmen’s Gifts in the Galaxy- Engraved Light Sabers

Groom-to-be  Shawn (tomorrow August 8th) bestowed these unique gifts upon his groomsmen at the rehearsal dinner tonight.

ENGRAVED.

Jason, Davide and Jason test them out while Shawn looks on in the intersection of the beams of light.

I felt like we needed a swell of Star Wars Music.

Most unusual and creative groomsmen’s gift I’ve seen.

 

 

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And with a slow shutter to show the light and movement

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It’s a Meat Week- blogging from Jim’s Steaks Philly

Steve and I drove out 290 miles after school. He’s going to a conference and Mary and I are making it a mini vacation. She’s back at the hotel but we hoofed it .6 miles to South Street to Jim’s Steaks

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Here is a cheesesteak with

Yea, we ate organic cheddar from Mercer County on the drive out bit tonight it is Cheez Whiz , baby. No provolone.
Plenty of grilled onions

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And here it is. We shared one.

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More for Philadelphia tomorrow

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Star Wars Lego® Figures Photo Found on my Phone

Either Michael or Jack, one of my grandsons, took this photo of Star Wars figures..  I found it in my December Photo Stream in Aperture tonight.

I hadn’t seen it before, didn’t notice it.  I know I didn’t take it.  The kids love to use the electronic devices.

Any it was all set up and photographed (on the piano I’m fairly certain) and here’s their shot.  Guest  blog photo by one of them.

I’d left the mini Light Sabers in a gift box with a friend’s gift but she mailed them out from Pittsburgh in a card so they got to Ohio in time for Christmas.  Need light sabers  to do battle!!  Thanks V.

Something about mini figures invites creative and imaginative play.

star wars legoEither Michael (8) or Jack(6+) took this photo with my phone.  I found it in the December photo stream tonight.

 

The International Sphaeralogical Society Super-ball® Exhibit via Henry J. Simonds

Here’s a new one on me-  the  International Sphaeralogical Society    Did you ever see a SUPERBALL®??

“Founded in 2011, The International Sphaeralogical Society was created to celebrate the history and dynamism of the Super Ball®. Invented by chemist Norman Stingley in 1965 and sold by the Wham-O Manufacturing Co., the iconic toy has been the subject of fascination and play for almost half a century. The I.S.S. is dedicated to exploring and promoting the allure of this bounciest of balls.”

If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, make a plan to come down sometime during the weekend.  If you live far away, just enjoy the photos and check out the International Sphaeralogical Society.

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Photos and attachments via Guest Blogger Henry Simonds.

 

“… here are a few photos of the installation to whet your appetite to come down and see it for yourselves.

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There are extended hours today until 4pm and visits can be arranged throughout the week with

Mia at 412-370-6916.  

Regular hours Friday 11-7,

Saturday 11-7

and Sunday 9-3.

Saturday December 21st is FAMILY DAY 11-7 

All the work is for sale, so you can pick up a last minute gift while you are here.
Some of you mentioned that it was a little hard to find, so I have posted a visual guide on my facebook page from the vantage point of the East End Food Co-op front door.  

Also, Check out the link to the new Merchandise page.
The address again is 201 N. Braddock Ave at Meade St. (across from the Co-op in Point Breeze).  
I could use all the help I can get to spread the word, so please tell your friends and neighbors to come down.
Thanks again,

Sincerely,
Henry J. Simonds
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist
The International Sphaeralogical Society

Saturday, December 14, 2013
7pm
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International Sphaeralogical Society
Co-Founder and Chief Sphaeralogist

Henry J. Simonds

Invites you to join him for a gallery talk and conversation
at
The Mine Factory
201 N. Braddock Ave.
Point Breeze
(across from the East End Food Co-op)

Come and learn more about the history of the Super-Ball®
and man’s unique relationship with this iconic toy.
Share some wine and beer and hear more about the exhibition and its evolution
as Mr. Simonds shares how the ball has inspired him and
presents contemporary examples of how others have been inspired.

https://www.facebook.com/events/512335242207435/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Www.Sphaeralogy.org
Www.Facebook.com/Sphaeralogy

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Weekend Hours:

Friday, December 13, 2013 – 11am-7pm
Saturday, December 14, 11am-7pm
Gallery Talk – 7pm-??
Sunday, December 15, 9am-3pm

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

A hint, allusion, to something about to happen.  Foreshadow.  Sounds ominous.  Doesn’t have to be.

I remember studying foreshadowing in high school English class. A tough challenge to “nail” this week.

Hummingbird about to drink

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hummingbird Nectar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is he looking right at me?
Is he looking right at me?
Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday
Anna waiting to surprise Aunt Lala for her birthday

 

 

 

 

Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat
Michael looking at the feast- getting ready to eat

 

 

 

SURPRISE Birthday Party
SURPRISE Birthday Party 8-3-2-13  About to blow out the candles

 

Where's the fork, Jack?
Where’s the fork, Jack?

 

About to jump
About to jump

 

Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable
Another birthday party- about to land on the inflatable

 

 

Big Walnut Skate Club – Sunbury Ohio

At school I teach what a photo essay is- a series of photos that tells a story, with or without captions.   I also got to practice my sports photography.

A double birthday party for two neighbor boys whose Mom rented out the entire Roller Rink for the evening.  WOW!

The kids tried roller blades and four wheel skates for the first time and Mom Erika got out on the floor and gave a hand to help them stay upright.

The lighting in the place was a challenge, too.

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Good thing for the GPS

 

Remember how I said I like to catch them unaware. ….Here is the result when I ask for a mug!

We arrive.  Love those posed shots.  No one wanted to pose for Grandma.
We arrive. Love those posed shots. No one wanted to pose for Grandma.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the right skates for the family
Finding the right skates for the family

 

Lacing the skates
Lacing the skates

 

Maura on roller skates

 

 

 

 

Anna on Roller Blades

 

 

 

 

 

Family roller skating

 

Michael ventures on his own

 

And some help from Mom
And some help from Mom

 

 

 

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They turned down the lights- Maura has a blast!

 

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Into the carpeted wall!

 

 

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Michael and Mom take a break

 

 

Roller Skate Rental

 

 

Jack turns in his skates.

 

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Anna is concentrating

 

 

Skating Accessories

 

 

 

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Ready to go home. One bag of chips for the road.

 

 

On the way home.  We did it!  (Well I just photographed)
On the way home. We did it! (Well I just photographed)

 

VFWThe Skate Club is directly behind the VFW.

Alum Creek Park

The view on the way home  Alum Creek at sunset