Monday, August 24, 2015

Ruby Tuesday Too - Crayola Candle

For the fun meme Ruby Tuesday Too, a celebration of the hue red, I am offering a look at a unique item. This is a jar candle surrounded by a series of crayons, many of them in variations of ruby. This was created as a gift by our daughter, obtaining her Masters in Elementary Ed. As a student teacher/intern, she made the cute candle, she made this for her fourth-grade cooperating teacher at the school where she was assigned. This is thoughtful, creative and quite ruby...


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Classic tarmac shadows

Last week I found an envelope of 8x10 photos in a file cabinet in the garage, and I think this might have been stored since 1997-1998 or so. There were a lot of pics therein from the 1940s on, and I found the second of a cool B&W photo which I am using for this week's Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

This is likely from March 1970, the person is my father returning from London, the place being the tarmac at JFK Airport in New York and the big subject in the background was the then brand new Boeing 747. On a sunny day in the Borough of Queens, the shadows are quite strong. The reason that he went down the steps that the 747 was so big that loading bridges to the plane were not yet installed at the Pan Am Worldport terminal.

On the back of the photo is a caption "Pan American World Airways, JFK Airport, New York" so this was when all was good...Pan Am passed away in 1991 and the Worldport terminal was razed in 2013. But four plus decades ago, the sun was bright and here is a picture of an optimistic future - I love the surprising discovery of these long-lost historical pics

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Hand Cycle Kid

This device is a hand cranked bicycle for wheelchair users, and a cute guy who seems disinclined to try it out, too little to reach the pedals or who is almost ready to graduate to two wheels...see WW 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Ruby Tuesday Too - White Pizza Ruby

Normally we think of pizza as a red treat, covered in tomato sauce - a perfect subject for Ruby Tuesday Too. Yet here is an odd ruby, a white pie (mozzarella and Romano cheeses and garlic) with sun-dried tomatoes being the sole ruby on the entrée. Other reds include are the tablecloth and cabernet that nicely accent our table setting at Molto-Bene in Ansonia...and our dinner was delicious :)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Playground

It has been a nice summer, warm but not quite as humid as usual. Thus, being outside on a sunny day at a playground makes for a fine post for Shadow Shot Sunday 2. The day was beautiful at a park in nearby Milford - fair weather shadows rule this 80ºF / 27ºC day of children playing and parents playing along too...

Thursday, August 13, 2015

TBT - 1940s Army Air Force

As I have been dabbling in the Throwback Thursdays, perhaps a blog of the FB post is now in order...


The other day, in a filing cabinet was an envelope of quite a few 8X10 pictures was found. And many pictures I do not remember - so scanning commenced.

Lower right is dad, in the USAAF (United States Army Air Forces;  the USAF was created in Sept.1947) is on the lower right, Grandma Villers (Agnes) standing behind him. As he enlisted in the USAAF in Oct 1945, I believe that this is in the Summer of 1946.

Are the three stripes for rank of Private 1st Class? I guess this to be in Steubenville, Ohio. Would love to know more!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Wheelchair Tennis

Although a (power) wheelchair user, even I never have seen tennis being played in a wheelchair. These lightweight sport 'chairs' have sharply angled wheels for quicker movements. This was an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in Milford CT. These players held many a serve and volley...see WW!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Whimsical Windows - Traci's on Main

For this week's meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, I travel downhill from our Ansonia Uplands home to downtown, and a new pâtisserie, Traci's on Main. Not only a bakery, antiques are on display and for sale as well. This is located on the ground floor of the 1870 Ansonia Opera House, and the weathered windows and brickwork are nicely updated with the bold purple signage and awning to greet the customers. Nice looks with delicious pastry comply us to browse and snack any time we travel downtown...

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Savin Rock

We aim to find shadowy art in our travels for Shadow Shot Sunday 2, ant any event or venue. So this is the room where dinner would be served at a recent event. The building is the attractive Savin Rock Conference Center, the shadows are filtering in nicely and on a nice day, Long Island Sound saltwater estuary looks as blue as ever. Thus the alliterative mix of Sound, sun, surf and shadow makes for a fun evening...  

Monday, August 3, 2015

Wordless Wednesday - Historical Naugatuck Valley

This is a train layout at the Derby Historical Society (DHS) that was built to evoke the past with a layout that covers the Shelton, Derby and Ansonia CT communities in the early 1920s. Of course, I also feature our darling daughter and DHS docent Allegra (obvious bias :). Is the detailing accurate? I'm not old enough (yet) to say! See WW 

Ruby Tuesday Too - Rum cake rubies

We lookout many items in our lives, but seem to be dawn to that arresting red color. So this week's Ruby Tuesday Too take me to the nearby town of Shelton (CT) and a new bakery/eatery Lighthouse Rum Cakes with a total of four rubies, sized largest to smallest: The awning, the'OPEN' sign, the patron inside and the exit sign over the door. I haven't sampled their products, but if there as tasty as the rubies, I'd rather not wait...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Whimsical Windows - The Duplex


The weekly meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors compels us to look at unique architectural detailing any place, anywhere. The always lovely Patti captured this gem last week in New York City West Village of Manhattan, and this being The Duplex. A cabaret theatre that calls visually to anyone with this very unique entryway. She captured it with a phone, and the deep blue surrounding the sign showcases this very unique place...

Saturday, August 1, 2015

SOOC - Red Sky

Pictures can leave a confusing impact to the viewer. So for this edition of Straight out of the Camera - SOOC, I am using a photo captured by the always lovely Patti in 2010, this being in Boston at the Red Sky. This was taken vertically from the sidewalk...but I see this as horizontal, too. I am imagining a passenger ferry, looking toward the bow, and the striped awnings look almost like long passenger benches. Is it upward - or outward? It may depend on the viewer...