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Local:What Feels Like Home

img_9880Jen H at WordPress has created the weekly Photo Challenge: Local.

What feels familiar, home. The places you know by heart. Local diner, local playground, local neighborhood, local church,local streets-I live in the city by a park.

I notice I shoot a lot of local coffee, too.

Here’s my iPhone local gallery.  Pittsburgh.




Habitat Show in Johnson City, Texas 

If you are in the vicinity of the Amanda Smith Gallery in Johnson City Texas be sure to check out the current exhibition, curated by Julie Blackmon.

(Click to see the Habitat exhibition)

My photograph Jane’s House on Atlantic Ave at Friendship was selected to be part of the show.

Jane McKee- a good friend, passed December 22, 2015. I think of her often. 

I’m glad this image was chosen as I feel it honors Jane’s memory. We liked to say we taught together in Hell. I remember great parties- the Winter Solstice with the Useless Gift Exchange, Chinese New Year and the 10,000 Year Old Eggs , our Unpretentious Wine Group gathering with a crazy glossary of terms  and a kitchen a sink that sucked down plastic garbage bags with unbelievable suction. 

(Jane McKee obituary)

Ceiling Shadow, Floor Light

Around my house, catching the light coming in. 

A long shadow at Laura and James’ house 
Compare and contrast. 

Curtains and chandelier in the frame across the dining room. 

What I Need to do at My House

Saw the clean-outs on the curb and thought I should do the same- tackle my third floor and basement!  Take it to the curb 

Blogging curbside in Bloomfield  after breakfast.

Wildflower Paintings on Beehives


My artist friend Joan paints Pennsylvania Wildflowers on her beehives.  I learned there are different parts to a beehive. (see article link below)

Her bees were busy and didn’t want to be disturbed but Joan assured me she keeps an EpiPen in case I was allergic.


IMG_0811Trying to photograph the hive without agitating the bees as the hive is tucked in between lush rhododendron.

One thing for sure, the bees will know which hive belongs to them and where to return

First she sketches onto the white super



Blocking them out over the pencil sketches.


As you can see, Joan has painted lots of flowers onto things in her home, too.


View from an artist’s studio

Joan’s garden provides for the bees.

If you’re interested in learning the basics of beekeeping and the parts of the hive, here’s an article A beginner beekeeper’s guide to the parts of a beehive.   by Anita Deeley at BeverlyBees.com


Abstracts: Shot with Intent

For this week’s challenge, which I thought was a true challenge, I was taking photos I already had and tried to crop bits of them to create abstracts.

I just don’t shoot abstract photos so the ones I posted were incidentally abstract, not intentional.


These few were shot with the idea that they were true abstracts. I thought of making them black and white but stuck with color.  I’m ready for the new challenge on Friday I think and will abandon the abstract effort.  But it is good to challenge oneself.

On occasion.





IMG_3882IMG_3711This one a mistake with lights and took it accidentally.  Looks abstract to me.

#CreativeSprint Day 5

Day 5“What do you collect? Work with a collection of your own or borrow one.”


Day 5 an easy one.   

I’ve lots of rabbits. Some live at Laura’s  home now. The wooden ones with the clothes. The family. 

I missed Day 4.  Take a 5 minute walk and make something for someone else to find.  It was raining, did I think I’d melt? 

Creative Sprint

Seasons on a Kitchen Wall

Or the wooden side of an open cupboard is more accurate.

I bought these when we lived in Germany

Decorative plates. Villeroy and Boch Naïf pattern

The order of the seasons is what I notice, how I put them up- perhaps in order of preference?

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Next I’ll be in the basement digging around for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons album I think is down there. Jen H has inspired us to post our seasons.


trying to show the detail without the glare.

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.

Be My Valentine Gallery 

But first- Who is working quality control at the candy heart message factory?



and Be My Valentine Gallery – Hearts around the house

Red Cupid photos courtesy of my friend Joanne (wood cut creations by Sue John’s husband)

  Candy from my sister. Sweet!
  Tray of raspeberry jam hearts at Colangelo’s bakery in the strip

  And the one I brought home with me to devour!