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The Real World by Tom Otterness

img_0539Artist Tom Otterness created The Real World installed in 1992

(You can see more of his artwork Life Underground at the 14th Street-Eighth Avenue Subway Station)

Also known as Penny Park  along the Hudson River in New York City.

Michael, Jack and Maura enjoyed exploring the bronze sculptures.

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We were headed to the Staten Island Ferry- at the end of the day our walking total was just shy of nine miles.


Autumn Leaf Delight at the Playground

Laura and Charlie enjoying the crunch of the leaves at the playground this morning.

I tried to be an observer, not a participant. Watched them play together.  Just kept shooting, trying to be unobtrusive.

Kept my distance and sorry I  didn’t have a zoom lens.

It was a happy time.  A joy to watch Charlie have fun in the leaves.

The bear hat doesn’t quite fit right but old grandma will knit another one.

Big slide, the swings, finding a shadow, mommy hide behind the tree trunk, throw the leaves, kick the leaves, stomp and crunch pick up a big stick.

No shortage of games and activities.

 

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He was trying to master the balance beam, figure it out.  Too hard but the fact he was trying was something to watch.

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One direct smile at old Froo Froo Ruthie.

 

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Yes he knew I was there!  Hard not to notice that sock monkey who sits on the 24-70 lens.

img_2557Back to the car.  Good bye playground.  See you soon.


Photographed at My Friend’s House

Thanks for letting me photograph the top of your piano, Cj.  It spoke to me

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Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.

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One more try

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Molasses Swamp Switched for Chocolate Swamp?

I like molasses. Granted it’s been a few years since I’ve played CANDY LAND, but I missed the old Molasses Swamp. You get mired in a Chocolate Swamp these days.  I read it was changed because today’s children don’t know what molasses is!

Molasses makes me think of cookies.  Here’s a recipe (use butter instead of shortening) for Cookies-Molasses Crinkles. My mother baked them for years.

And yes the Candy Land artwork is different on the board. There’s a lot more “stuff” and it looks a bit clown-like now. I miss the ice cream floats. You still advance on the board by drawing a card with a colored square (or two) and moving your gingerbread piece to the matching color.  The plastic gingerbread game pieces look like they are dancing nowadays.  The classic candy Valentine conversation hearts bit the dust, too. 

The board game is 67 years old, says it was created by Eleanor  Abbott, a polio victim herself. Children in the hospital wards, afflicted with the disease, played her original game. Milton Bradley manufactured the first game in 1949 but now the brand is Hasbro. 

My granddaughter Maura brought it to my house while she’s visiting. We played it a lot.

When I played with Anna (almost 13)she had the original version as an anniversary edition in a tin.  

Another opportunity for me to feel antique and reflect how everything changes. Rapidly. 


I went and got out the jar of molasses out of the pantry. An old grandma on the label. Guess it is old fashioned. 

Where did Grandma Nutt come from? 


If you go to the wiki link above you can see the image of the original board. 


The Swing, a Slide, a Tunnel, Peek

26753299721_11b5fa3254_kThis is a new sensation.  Laura gave him a little push.

26548296810_12585223d2_kHolding on, not too sure about the swing yet.

26548250000_1feb4bf144_kGoing up the slide.

 

26786492736_039ae01e23_kComing out of the tunnel.

 

 

26786453486_20aa7c1c1c_kPeek a boo.  I see you, Grandma!

Laura and Charles (10 months) came to visit Grandma in Pittsburgh.

Fortunately I have a playground in the park across the street.

I used the 70-200 lens to document his visit.

Fun to catch him enjoying this playground equipment for the first time. At least the first time I’ve seen him experience a playground.   They returned home to Ohio yesterday but I was savoring their visit when I went through the photos tonight.


First Visit to Children’s Museum 

Monday May 2, 2016.

Charles, Laura and I went to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

When you’re ten months old there are so many “firsts” to experience.

I am so glad I bought a family membership last summer when Mark and Erika’s children came to visit.

Today the waterplay at the end of our visit was his favorite but I didn’t get any photos of his splashing. So much more to explore next visit!

26717338741_85f8b02c2a_kChecking out Henrietta Pussycat puppet from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

 

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img_4006Lunch in the café.  Mom brought a pouch for Charles. We ordered a slice of cheese pizza. Laura ran into a friend Stephanie and her son Joe in the cafeteria so that was nice.

Making the lights move onto the wall as Laura pushed the stroller through the light.

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IMG_6558The Wooden Mirror is amazing.  I am still trying to figure it out, how it works.

 

One of our favorite parts was the helpful woman in the Museum Gift Shop.

We found a little “first car” and a baby beaver Folkmanis puppet for Charles’ first birthday coming in June. (shhhhh, it’s a surprise!)

 


Backlit Bubbles by Anna

Thank you for the lovely bubbles in late day light, dear Granddaughter Anna.

You are a great guest blogger.  I love how you see your world and capture it!

(remember the mannequin legs in the pickup truck?)

xxoo

your Grandma,  FF Ruthie

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Grandma’s Grand Light Experiment Slated for a Do-over This Year

Knowing what I know now, I want to try the light writing with my grandchildren again.

These photos from July 2013

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Different Dollhouse Occupants- Simpsons Chess Set

When I was visiting my friend Donna (with the doll collection),  I was leaving and I noticed her granddaughter’s dollhouse and the occupants.

The SIMPSONS?  They are just the right size.

Her Uncle Tony’s chess set put to use.  She’d arranged them so neatly, all in a row.

(I didn’t even know there was a Simpsons Chess Set.)

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