Scootering to School

This morning before I headed back to Pittsburgh, I got to walk with Charlie to school. He rides his scooter.

I tried to keep up but at least got the chance to document his early morning trek to school.

Wondering what they’ll do in the winter.

Milkweed Bugs are not Pests

Milkweed bugs are NOT pests according to this article Lesser Milkweed Bugs (Lygaeus kalmii) and Large Milkweed Bugs (Oncopetus fasciatus), look very similar to each other. They are differentiated by size and the design on their backs.”

Charlie found these Milkweed Bugs on the milkweed as we walked around his neighborhood. Their coloring is a warning to predators, “don’t eat me!”

Close up of the Milkweed Bugs

Around the Neighborhood

Laura and James and Charlie’s neighborhood.

I’ve noticed a tremendous increase in Halloween decorations in Pittsburgh, too.

Guess people are feeling the spirits?

Giant cat caught my eye
A Cheshire Cat on the porch roof
You can really say it glows
To get a better idea of the scale of that feline

North Side 3 Views October Afternoon

Three views of the North Side of the city on Thursday afternoon. Photographed from the AGH parking garage.

One tree has turned gold
View up the hill from James Street
So many different houses

No Batteries No Screens Pure Fun! at Dragonfly Castle Toys

Dragonfly Castle Toys‘  motto is No batteries, no screens, pure fun.  

I went shopping at the toy store on Friday before I went to Clarissa Boutique.  

The proprietor Nan told me her store is in one of the oldest buildings in the city of Pittsburgh.  Built in the 1840’s.  She and her husband, along with an architect, have done a ton of work to make it a beautiful place.

It’s located at 4747  Butler Street in Lawrenceville hours listed below. And you can shop online.  

I was happy to find Rhodia notebooks and stationery from Florence in addition to potholder loops, a moon puzzle and some surprise stocking stuffers for future gift giving for the grandchildren. There’s something for every age, including adults.

Supporting small local business is a good thing.

 

Wed- Fri : 11:30 am – 7:00 pm
Sat :  . . . . .10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun :  . . . . . 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Mon – Tue:   Closed

I BEFORE E EXCEPT AFTER C AND “AY” AS NEIGHBOR OR WEIGH? ( a Reblog from 2010)

Reblogged from 2010 post, now that school is back in session and spelling tests will be forthcoming. This rule is of little help it seems..

Are you a good speller? Did this rule help?

Sitting in traffic I noticed Bloomfield was Bloomfeild

Mr. Bob Cummingham makes a case that the rule is of little use in his article

“Examples of exceptions to the rule: Sticking for the moment to the basic rule, “i before e except after c”… here are some exceptions…..beige, cleidoic, codeine, conscience, deify, deity, deign,
dreidel, eider, eight, either, feign, feint, feisty,
foreign, forfeit, freight, gleization, gneiss, greige,
greisen, heifer, heigh-ho, height, heinous, heir, heist,
leitmotiv, neigh, neighbor, neither, peignoir, prescient,
rein, science, seiche, seidel, seine, seismic, seize, sheik,
society, sovereign, surfeit, veil, vein, weight, weird”