Good to Go Away- Good to Return Home

 

Pittsburgh in the distance as we make our descent. 
welcome signop Duquesne Incline aPPGDowntown alley view from the bus
Cathedral of Learning University of Pittsburgh
Central Catholic rooftop silhouette as I wait for Steve to come pick me up at the bus stop

not my house but isn’t the light lovely on the brick?

Home sweet home. Grateful for safe travels.

Stacking Wood the Ohio Way

This is the way Chuck and Sharon keep their home toasty warm in the winter. There were at least three huge stacks of firewood. I have a little plastic thermostat on the wall that I adjust, no real work involved.

I asked what kind of wood it is and Chuck says “Ash”.

When I got home I ordered this book for Chuck. not that he needs any tips on how to chop, stack or dry wood but just to read about the Scandinavian way.  ( It’s a bestseller- click title for article on how it became a “global hit”) – Norwegian Wood by Lars Mytting

I heard about this book when I visited Norway last fall.  I sent it to my brother in Okanogan. He heats with a woodstove, too.

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What Steve Put on the Mantel

A blog post from December 2009

Not a single “like” clicked when first posted 20 December 2009. A few comments but zero likes. It’s one of my favorites.

Thought I’d repost today.

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What Steve Put on the Mantel

Deborah McLaren’s still life is one I purchased at the PERSAD  Celebrate Life Celebrate Art auction held at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh last May (2009).  The other day I sat at the table, looked up and saw Steve’s additions to the decor.  He’s been purchasing RITZ crackers frequently since I bought the painting- subliminal influence?  I wrote to the artist for her permission to post the image of her painting along with his props. Steve’s fun additions- the unexpected sight of them in front of the still life-  I laughed out loud!  

Super Comfortable but there are Holes in the Soles

I needed new slippers. For a long time. I finally got a pair. AND I need to discard the old ones.

The old pair had gotten ratty and ripped in spots, but well broken-in and comfortable, even though the soles cracked off over a year ago.

The new ones are so clean – they need to be broken in, I guess.

I’m looking longingly at the old ones. Surely they’ve some wear in them left……?

Just throw them out already, right?

Did you ever struggle with discarding something you’ve had a long time?

Maura Made an Ohio Welcome Just for Me

Tuesday morning I drove out to Columbus to visit the family.(ies) Halloween I’ll split my time between both families so I can photograph everyone in their costumes. We won’t let the predicted rain prevent the photography.

Here’s what I found when I arrived.

Maura collected the sock monkeys (I didn’t make the giant one or the ones sporting Ohio State or U of Florida hoodies)

And all her knitting projects and yarn AND a jumbo size box of Cheez-its. Mmmmmm. My favorites. (No judgment please)

My grandma name is Froo Froo Ruthie thanks to Anna now 15.

Thanks Maura for the festive welcome. Love that you created this happy scene for me to find upon my arrival. Xxoo❤️❤️❤️

Mother’s Day Greetings

In the ongoing effort of cleaning up the third floor earlier this week, I found a stash of postcards and greeting cards, some handmade by my kids, written or scribbled upon and saved. Saved by me cause I couldn’t bear to pitch them. Even a dot matrix computer printer card, made by the kids for me. A folded page of Murphy the Airedale’s inky footprints before any of the grandkids arrived and then I found a card with the addition of “baby” when Anna was expected.

Numerous photographs, too.

Happy Mother’s Day greetings, a partial collection.

Me as a young mother of 3 in 1983Me with the kids on way back to Germany in 1985 at Christmas after Aunt Bobbie’s wedding in Kansas City.

My mother as a grandmother holding Mark in 1977, Fort Knox, KY

Christmas 2017. Me with five of my grandchildren

Finding my place in the world of motherhood.

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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/