Another Color Photo Appears Black and White

When the outdoor world seems black and white and gray but your photograph is in color. Everyone has had enough of the cold, snow, ice and dark. They’re ready for crocuses and daffodils bursting through the earth, looking for light.

I’ve photographed this tree before. I always like how the snow defines the branches.

Pączki Sales are Hot for Fat Tuesday

Tuesday March 5th is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras.

Pączki  is pronounced Poonchkey. The Pączki sign was in the bakery window as my friend Donna and I were headed to her home after eating breakfast in Dormont.  I had never heard of them.We parked and I went into the bakery and Lynn was wonderful to tell me all about the Pączki.  I bought six, three for Donna and three for Steve and me.  Lynn put each order in white bakery bags.    When we got back to Donna’s we cut one in half and shared it along with a cup of tea.

If you live in Pittsburgh they are available through Fat Tuesday at the Party Cake Shop on Brookline Boulevard.

Here is what the Party Cake Shop says   “Pączki is a pre-Lenten Mardi Gras tradition deriving from the Polish word meaning little package.

These little packages are large pastries enriched with egg yolks and deep fried like a doughnut. Each Paczki is available plain or filled with various fillings that include: vanilla custard, lemon, apricot, buttercream, chocolate buttercream, raspberry jelly, or prune and finished off with a toss in granulated sugar. “

The taste reminded me of a fresh doughnut from childhood.  Much tastier than any doughnut I have eaten in years.  I see there are recipes online to make your own but a trip to Party Cake Shop would be well worth the effort.  Last summer visiting friends took the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites Food Tour in Pittsburgh’s neighborhood of Brookline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toilet and Utility Sinks Await PickUp

I got excited when I saw this combination on an adjacent street the other day. Drove around the block to capture this image. Toilets in unexpected places can be a surprise.

You saw the pink toilet in the snow last week.  There’s another one from 2011 post below. 

 

What I found across the street from school in 2011 post

Unusual Umbrella Stand

The other morning at Bastone Auto. My car’s state inspection was due. I sat in a chair and waited for my ride. I asked where they’d gotten the umbrella stand. Found in someone’s trash!

I’ve never owned an umbrella stand. I rarely use an umbrella . But this one caught my eye.

You might remember the Bastone brothers from my People at Work Series.

To the Moon and Back

Saturday afternoon we went down to the Heinz History Center to see the Destination Moon: The Apollo 11 Mission  Exhibit with the actual capsule from Apollo 11 and a piece of the moon.  Charlie and Michael had fun trying to use the pincers to collect “moon rocks” and they got to experience what it was like inside the capsule. The amount of interactive parts in the exhibit were much appreciated and enthusiastically enjoyed. There were books you could write your memories in about where you were when the men landed on the moon, fifty years ago.  

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Attention Knitters: Tree of Life Afghan Project

Pittsburgh at Night

Although I took the above photo in July.  I read that our beautiful city is bathed in blue light tonight, remembering the eleven victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. The city is grateful to the first responders and everyone who gathered in to help.

Tonight there was an Interfaith Memorial Service.  There aren’t words to describe the emotions experienced in response to this horrific tragedy. Many friends and family around the globe have written or called to express sympathy and concern. Lighting candles, praying, keeping us in their hearts.

Attention Knitters

Reposted from Yarns by Design-  

“In the aftermath of the horrors at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh many of you are wondering how you can help.

Our instructor Vanessa has started a Tree of Life Afghan Project. Over the next several weeks, she will be knitting and collecting squares to assemble into an afghan (or 2, or 20) to give to the Tree of Life Synagogue.” 

click link for Tree of Life Pattern to knit a square “To make the square, I took one of the tree twins from Nikki Epstein’s Tree of Life Afghan and framed it in seed/moss stitch.  I will include the chart here and the pattern errata I encountered.  That said, feel free to do your own thing.  There are plenty of tree of life designs available on Ravelry.  Leaves, hearts, or expressions of the Jewish faith would also be lovely. If you are a beginning knitter, plain squares in a color that speaks to you would also be very welcome.  The only restrictions are the square size mentioned above and the yarn weight, so the afghan forms a consistent fabric.  Each square needs to be 9 in horizontally and 8.5 in vertically.  Check your gauge!

Yarns by Design, local knitting store, in Oakmont is sponsoring a Tree of Life Afghan Project  (Click for link to pattern)   It is posted in the Forum tab –  Yarns by Design Group on Ravelry.

Drop off  or mail to store
Yarns by Design 622 Allegheny River Blvd
Oakmont PA 15139

Local yarn store Yarns by Design  has generously agreed to host this effort and will be collecting squares and donating their time and experience to help assemble the afghans.  You are more than welcome to drop your squares off there, as well.

If you have any questions, please let me know; 
Attn: Vanessa 
instructors@yarnsbydesignpa.com