Tuesday, November 30, 2010


The ayes, or is the eyes, have it.

As Ansonia is also known as the ‘Copper City’, it seems a bit ironic that Linus, being born in our small city, has copper eyes.  

Yet, as cats are able to see through us (or so it seems). His eyes here are expressive, but expressing what?

As per usual cat behavior, we wonder and wonder.

Without a doubt, just as he intended...


Another milestone, the NaBloPoMo for November is complete. 

Thirty posts in 30 days, which compels one per day. All for fun, as when this becomes a chore...well, nobody wants that! Since blogging is merely an avocation that I enjoy, it is a fun pursuit!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - State Street Skyline

Ruby Tuesday arrives for our weekly look at red, in large or small doses.

On a trip to Boston earlier, plenty of rubies were all about. Our hotel was in the heart of Boston’s Financial District along State Street. From wheelchair height, the skyline, while not as full as Manhattan, is quite impressive.

Not deep in a ruby hue, yet the variety of reds from roofs, brick and window surrounds appear under the nice blue Sunday sky. This is not the touristy part of the Hub, so Sunday morning there were few persons around, and the multitude of pubs with Irish names weren’t yet open. So photo meme hunters could fire away...

Ruby is all about, so visit Mary’s excellent meme to see plenty more!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Rah, Rah

I found this picture, along with many other oldies, a couple of weeks ago. The year, I believe, is 1977. The place is a field outside Mayberry Village in East Hartford Connecticut. The subject being Pop Warner football. My brother, CP (Christopher Patrick), is the one with the shaggy hair.

(Yes, I know that just about all the players fit that description). I am guessing CP is number 60, but that my be nothing more than a guess...Happy memories!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Ohio Trip

Shadow Shot Sunday is back, courtesy of Brisbane blogger Tracy. Today, I am reverting bak to the past, a most excellent vacation to return to my college years.

The year was 1999, the place is the old steel mill town of Steubenville, Ohio (39 miles west of Pittsburgh), the college Franciscan University (B.S., Business, 1977).

For a reunion, I convinced the lovely Patti that a 10 hour ride west would be at least unique. I wouldn't say that she went kicking and screaming at the thought of a visit to my heritage in the old steel mill town, plus Weirton WV and of course, Pittsburgh. We loaded into the one-year old and still huge Ford E-150 and departed west.

It was really hot and humid during our visit, so the filtered sun took the blue sky away. Yet, shadows still occurred and the fall nicely on and about the stylish arcs of the college chapel. I like the boat that appears on the curvy steeple.

Naturally, the time ended and we began our 500 mile (805 Km) trek home. Here, the intrepid pilot (me) is charting our course east. We have exited the Fort Pitt Tunnel and are traversing the upper deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge, I-279 North through Pittsburgh.

At this point, we are crossing by Point State Park, in which the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the long Ohio River. We are passing by the old Three Rivers Stadium, then home to the (US football) Pittsburgh Steelers and baseball Pirates.

So, is a silhouette of the driver a shadow? The author thinks so :) It feels like the Alfred Hitchcock cameo in his films - the signature. If not, there is the bridge hardware that holds the supporting cables for shadows. The wing mirror has a shadowy reflection from where we were...

It was a fun time, although Patti is in disbelief that she was actually there! See shadows all around at the always fun Hey Harriet

Friday, November 26, 2010

Looking at the Sky - Autumnal

Looking at the Sky on Friday brings up the dark autumnal view of this season. 

This bold sky is typical of this season, the dark background perhaps a front that passed through allowing for the dark orange sunset to usher in the colder air that follows closely behind. 

Dark and cold say November perfectly. See more at Tisha’s meme!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Thanksgiving is a day to be thankful for God’s blessings. To acknowledge that we have been provided for and additional blessings have come our way.

For me, it is a wonderful family. The four of us have been through great and trying times. Together...

Given that they are big now, they alway’s weren’t so. Like the first day of school in 1996, Allegra then in third grade, Cameron in first. We await the school bus together. Yes, a family is a wonderful thing as we celebrate together. Which never gets old...

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sepia Scenes - Rockies


Sepia Scenes is the meme that allows the past to shine in this soft monochrome.

Many viewers remember that I am in the process of scanning my past, especially Grandpa Ralph (I) and Grandma Agnes. I am guessing that the year is 1966, and the place is the Garden of the Gods outside Colorado Springs.

Grandpa was one who liked to have pictures taken in front of signs that proved that he indeed was there. Grandma looks elegant in that dress and floppy sun hat. Agnes considered herself a lady as she saw it, and dressed like one. See fine sepia in the past, or present, at this fun meme.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Birthday Boy 20

Happy 20th birthday Cameron! A kid with intelligence, wit and loyalty. Once a little baby (well, sort of)  from over 9 lb. (4.2 Kg) at birth to 220 (100 Kg). 

A quick study and an even faster mind. We salute you as we have from then to now, an all around good guy - and one of the few remaining! 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Feeling stuffed?

(This is an edited repost from two years ago. Not to worry, tradition reigns on Thanksgiving since we make it the same way every year...)
Ruby Tuesday is just in time for turkey day.

The ingredients for a favorite of ours, stuffing, are shown above. The commercial bread stuffing is augmented with the following: Onion and celery for aromatic flavors, apple (Granny Smith) for a hint of sweetness, sausage (pork in our case, turkey a fine substitute), and butter. The apple cider is added to the mixture before baking for moistness. That's it! 

We don't stuff the bird with this, we add to the inside an apple, onion and celery for flavor before baking. I love the smell of onions, celery and apples cooking in butter on Thanksgiving morn. A wonderful aroma throughout the house. I should lose weight...but not this week!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Positive vs. Negative

In 1984, my sister in Denver had a black kitten named Jasmine. A fine looking feline, she sits proudly upon the fence that enclosed the patio of the apartment. Yet, I had tried a different effect, transforming the black kitty to white, giving the change from day to night. 

The edits occurred on out old Windows machine. I have yet to find an inexpensive, or even free web based edit software to the Macs we now use. So this post may get me to look harder for something to allow for the cool artistic edits like this...

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snow Day

Shadow Shot Sunday, by Tracy in Brisbane, appears again and we are ready. Not to worry, the view to the left is from last year - not currently...

Of course, I have posted that snow, despite its faults, is a fine canvas for shadowy art. The fresh snow here is perfect for impressions of the sun working on the leafless trees in our back yard. Thus, winter shadows can be beautiful.

And the new snow covers up the leaves that weren't raked the previous autumn...

Naturally, the warmth of the summer is a memory. And the sun in that season creates shadows from the fully clothed trees that surround our patio.

The difference is that in the summer, we can enjoy the shadows while outside - in the winter, the preferred shadow watching, alas, seems to occur while inside.

Visit Hey Harriet (where Brisbane is nearer summer) to see many great shadows!

Friday, November 19, 2010


Given that our kids are large these days, it is not like we need the calming antidotes of when they were very young (1990).

Like loading them into their car seats and motoring a few passes around the block (or further) to drive them into slumberland. 

They look as they needed this ride...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Looking at the Sky - City Sky

For Looking at the Sky on Friday, we look toward heaven in any environ. Be it country, suburban or urban, we look up and the beauty awaits. As the weather is growing colder in anticipation of the impending winter, I prefer to look to the summer season to remind me of the warmth to arrive next year. Patti captured this lovely blue sky in New Haven in early July as we were driving around the northern edge of Yale University. The architecture view is what we were originally looking for on this drive, but the sky blue above was just too nice to ignore! See more from above at Tisha’s fun meme!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Sepia Scenes - Sepia Arrival

Sepia Scenes arrives, and the monochrome memories seem to take to our favorite monochrome.

In that envelope full of old pictures that were found in the garage, I found this gem of my dad.

The year is 1970, the place is on the tarmac of JFK airport in the New York City borough of Queens. This is an early flight taken on the brand new Being 747 of the classic Pan American World Airways. This I believe was not too far from the inaugural flight of 21 January 1970. 

The terminal 3 Worldport (I am sure that host Mary remembers JFK then...) was not yet modified for the much larger 747, so one took the steps down outdoors. And minus the current security, pictures from the ground could be taken. Of course, jet travel back then was nicer, and the duty free stuff was probably a bargain. The antique edit of the original B&W seems so perfect on a sunny winter day. See more at Mary’s fun meme!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Children - 1967

Cameron found a large envelope full of 5 X 7 pictures of my siblings, mostly from the 1960s. So again I present the family from East Hartford. 

The steps in question for this view is from none other than the front steps belonging to Grandpa/Grandma V. at 1645 Oregon Avenue in the steeltown of Steubenville Ohio. The time is the summer of 1967 on a family vacation, the trip taken in our seafoam green 1963 VW Microbus.

Clockwise from top: Vicky (8 years), Suzanne (5), Chris (2-1/2), Sharon (9), Michele (13), Claudia (11) and myself (12). The photo is faded by age, and the scan is so-so. But not the memories...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - A day in the life (in 1762)

Ruby Tuesday, by Mary, reappears. And we search high and low for reds aplenty.

It is always a pleasure to take a look at local history, not so much to relive it, but instead to see it up close. A favorite blog subject, is the David Humphreys House in Ansonia, home of the Derby Historical Society.

Built in 1695, it was the home of David Humphreys, aide-de-camp to General George Washington in the Revolutionary War. 

It is refreshing to see kids of all ages being part of an educational yet fun experience.

The Derby Historical Society has an open house in November. Since Allegra is a part-time docent for the society, we wanted to visit again and enjoy the tour of the home. 

There is a wheelchair ramp which allows me to enter the first floor. With hearths ablaze, it is stiflingly warm by the central fireplaces, while drafty and cool elsewhere. I am happy to live with central heating.

The food, as per usual, was excellent and included squash pie (left), pumpkin soup (actually made by Allegra), brown bread (made in coffee cans) with freshly churned butter, fresh applesauce, cranberry sauce and a turkey cooked by a fire. The items were cooked and/or finished in cast iron pots by the fire, all heated from above and below with the red-hot embers. Everything was delicious...

An excellent day to explore how life may have been lived in the past. We take for granted things like modern climate control, upholstered furniture, cooktops, and electricity. So, a visit that evokes the way things were done long ago is instructive yet fun.

Allegra is a tour guide for the "Day in 1762” Program, an educational program for local towns 4th-5th grade students. The historical society’s web site notes that "this program to preserve an appreciation and understanding of our region's rich history. We want you to visit our homes...we want to continue raising awareness of our communities' common heritage with a sense of respect and pride”. 

The classic cooking techniques are a fun byproduct!

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Compared to my Friday post that showcased baby Allegra, Allegra is bigger, but just as radiant.

She works part-time as a docent for the Derby (CT) Historical Society. She gives tours and instruction of David Humphreys House (built in 1695) with school age children on a day in 1762 program. She is in colonial dress as she stands in the parlor of the house.

She portrays Elizabeth Clark Hull, grandmother of Commodore Isaac Hull, Derby native and U.S. Navy hero who commanded the USS Constitution during the War of 1812. And judging by her looks here, she plays her part quite well!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Gazebo

Shadow Shot Sunday by Tracy reappears, to the delight of participant and viewer alike. Today we are on the town green of small town (13,000) Derby Connecticut on a sparkling autumn day. 

What passes for style depends on your point of view. Modern architecture has its charm, providing of course that lines and angles appeals to you. The structure in the background is full of a brick and glass constructed in the mid-1970s. Not unattractive, but perhaps a bit bland.

Of course, the charm of the past allows for myriad details and shapes that may just leave great shadows. Perhaps a gazebo constructed in 1990, using the classic octagon shape from eons ago. The lattice under the eaves and the cupola on the roof can be from 100 years ago. The multi-sided shadow follows the form nicely. Old and new architecture coexist on the historic town green. 

Shadows of all shapes remain classic, so see more at Brisbane’s own Hey Harriet!

Friday, November 12, 2010


When the babies tire of formula and baby foods, perhaps big kid foods are in order for the developing palette. I am not sure what little Allegra is trying here.

I am guessing she is 14 months based on the pink and white striped OshKosh overalls she wore then

Perhaps it is American cheese, placed on the baby sized plate. She seems to grasp the morsels well. Soon plastic utensils will be tried and mastered. But for now, she enjoys her snack...

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Looking at the Sky - Volumes of blue

Looking at the Sky on Friday arrives again, and we keep our eyes open, but especially so in our hometown. This brilliant blue is interspersed with thin and wispy clouds. Fitting, as the colors of the city of Ansonia are blue and white. 

This is one of the peaks on the Ansonia Public Library, opened in 1895. The peaks of the roof draw our eyes up toward the sky. As to the stylish item on top, I do not know what this shape represents. However, it sits nicely under the heavens. See more at Tisha's fun site!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sepia Scenes - Towering

For Mary’s Sepia Scenes this week, the sky cloudy, the subject stark in style and material. So I edited the scene in a light and soft sepia.

The subject in question is from a decades ago trip to (then West) Germany, and the lovely city of Munich (M√ľnchen). The subject is the imposing  Olympic Tower. Even from a distance, the tall (950 ft / 290 M) structure has an impressive stature. The usual Television antenna sits above the rotating restaurant that bisects the tower. 

Concrete looks a little nice in sepia. Actually, lots of things do, so visit Mary’s meme for many more!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Who doesn't love a parade? Well, I do in our small town (19,000) of Ansonia, with fire trucks, brownies and Cud Scouts, our high school band and cheerleaders, drum and bugle corps marchers and so on. You may infer that we like to watch the proceedings on the shady side of Main Street.

The anticipation of the proceedings us not lost on this anonymous boy as he sits on the curb. A parade is a marvelous thing, but we are near the end of the parade route so the reviewing stand in front of City Hall keeps the parade a distance away, but only for a little while...

Monday, November 8, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Aged ruby

The past can be resplendent - that is, when mom decides a photo shoot must have a family wardrobe that matches as much as possible.

So, Ruby Tuesday allows me to return to Wickham Drive in East Hartford. I presume that this is Easter Sunday in 1964 (I say that as Christopher isn’t there, born in August that year). Red predominates with four of six siblings in a bold red. And if your definition of red including pink, then all are compliant with ruby...

In order, L-R, the ages are 10. almost 9 (me), 7, 6, almost 4, and 2. Grandpa took the picture, and mom, the wardrobe magician worked dress-up magic on this day. See ruby all around at Mary’s meme!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Pets of a different genus...

I know that we have a cat now (hoping to adopt another). But in earlier years in East Hartford, there was the other kind, family friends with a different kind of fur.

The type that is standard equipment with what is formally known to us as as dogs (Canis lupus familiaris). Here are two knuckleheads know as Maggie (foreground, aged about nine) and Tasha (background, about one). 

Like cats, dogs in our home capture our hearts, and love us regardless. They also love our servitude, our desire to give them not just what they want, but also what they need. Our attention. Of course, we say that they're demanding - but don't mean it! We are attended to them as required, but really a labor of love...

Good dog!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Pavillion

For those south of the equator such as Oz and NZ, the warmth of spring and later summer begins now. Such weather has to be nice, although we in the northern USA and Canada are facing seasonal cold. 

We are forced to change from lighter to heavier clothing to protect against winter’s wrath. Shadow Shot Sunday, by the famous Queensland artist Tracy, at least allows us up here a remembrance of when it was warm...

However, there was a time when we sought cooler places to avoid the excessive warmth of the sun. To avoid complaining about the heat, we know how much sun we could stand and where to escape to to cool off. 

While safely inside the picnic pavilion at Kalmus Beach in Hyannis on Cape Cod, Patti captured me (in the ‘chair and in the red shirt) outside near the beach. When us old-timers had enough, we could enjoy sitting under cover while we caught a cooling breeze from Nantucket Sound. Which is okay in the summer, but I am drawn to the heat and indoors more and more these days.

Shadows abound at the fun Hey Harriet!

Friday, November 5, 2010

The right approach

To relieve the daily stress, we can follow the lead of our furry feline friends, such as our late Sir Humphrey at work. Don’t look too closely, as such poses may become contagious...

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Looking at the Sky - Soft Stormy

For Tisha’s Looking at the Sky on Friday, the soft colors of Spring or Summer have passed for the year. Yet, the pink clouds (I believe post rain near sunset) stand out in a pleasing lavender/pink combination. The place is the along the track that encircles the Nolan Field sports complex where the Ansonia H.S. Chargers play. A non-descript place at ground level, with a nice sky above. The simple views in our own towns are nice, as long as we take the time to look...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sepia Scenes- Antique vs. Modern

Sepia Scenes arrives as we look for subjects that are enhanced by this subtle and soft monochrome. Boston with the blend of old and new architecture. Such as the classic and (relatively low to the ground) Faneuil Hall (last renovated in 1899) flanked by a tall modern building from the 1980s or 90s. Not at all unattractive, but devoid of details such as dormers and half-moon shaped windows. Sepia is the one thing that bridges the style changes. See sepia from all around at Mary’s meme!