Thursday, December 14, 2017


This is what I use to estimate the amount of snow that has fallen. It is my birdbath turned upside down and since there was no wind I think it is safe to say about 12 inches......this is from 2 snow falls.
I never realized all the stuff that I have sticking up that collects the snow
 This is an old birdbath base that has a sundial on top.
 Looks like a hat on this solar light
 Empty bird feeder :-(
This is chimney stack from and old factory in Pittsburgh that was torn down. I bought it at an antique fair years ago. I love the patina on it.


 9am and I am out taking pictures of the snow. My Chore Guy is here snow blowing and my neighbor on the corner is doing his and our neighbor's front sidewalk. It is 14 degrees and I am not paying much attention to the camera, just snapping away...... OK, you South Carolina folks, this is for you!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Knights in Shining Armor

 Anyone that knows me well, knows that I am in love with Medieval history and read a lot of Medieval Mysteries. That's why I enjoyed this armor at the DIA. Half of the collection is still being restored but this is what is on display now. The armor is all Geman and I am more familiar with English and French. Still, these are very old and are in amazing shape

 Can you see the little door on the left side of the faceplate? Wondering what that is for. I googled it but got nowhere. And how did they see? Doesn't look like a visor. The one below has a similar contraption. Wow, how did they get into these uncomfortable looking.
You know that there are so many comments about the violence in the world today but it doesn't compare to those times when you could be hanged for stealing a loaf of bread.
Very interesting times.......Doomsday Book, would love to read that. Everything was recorded down to the number of chickens a person had. England has a wonderful grasp of their history..... that book was written in at the end of the 9th century.

The little door is more visible in this photo. Also, you can see where the coat of arms was on the right breastplate.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Winter Wonderland

 When I want to know how much snow has fallen I look at my birdbath and if it was not windy, I can pretty much tell how many inches we have. Last night it was an Winter Wonderland. Wish that I could have gotten out to the park. More snow tomorrow and overnight it will be 10 degrees with a wind chill of 0. More snow on Friday as well. I think that we can be assured of a white Christmas.

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's Snowing!

OMG, you guys! I love this GIF that I found. The lazy cat batting the ball of yarn, the little birds in the tree outside and the snow...... I need to find more of these.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Scenes from the DIA

 The DIA holds such wonderful masterpieces but not to be overlooked, is the building itself which is a work of art in it's own right. The picture above taken out a window overlooking the Kresge Court where we stopped for coffee. It's old world charm begs for a photo (jeez maybe I could paint the scene after watching all that Bob Ross on youtube) LOL
 On the floor in the grand court.
Wall art seen going into the Rivera court

I'm Back!

Well, I'm back after a week of being in bed with bronchitis. We have had our first snow as I had wished for. Finally starting to feel a little better but I have really been set back with all my holiday chores (and believe me, they have become chores).  Spent a lot of time watching  Youtube ...such things as instructions on oil painting and crafts such as scrapbooking. This is funny since I don't do any of this. Two days of watching non-stop making cards out of old, repurposed Christmas cards. They were pretty tacky looking by the way.
Wish That I could get out with my camera and shoot some snow pictures but it is way to cold. I am enjoying the wind rattling the windows and the snow scenes in my backyard.

Sunday, December 3, 2017


working on my family much fun but unfortunately the price goes up every year so even with a coupon I paid $30 a calendar...ugh!  Even a desk calendar was $20.  I used to give them to everyone now I'm down to 3. Anyway that is my grandson Mikey, gaming, so a typical pose for him.
Beautiful sunny day today but cold. All the neighbors are out working in the yard....last yard waste pick up tomorrow. My guy, Bill, cleaned up my front yard as that Oak tree has finally dropped all it's leaves.
Got my tree and most of my decorations up, but it's a mess down there. Hope to finish up tomorrow. Thanks, to my son, Tim, who came down and helped me drag all those decorations up from the basement.
I think when January comes I am going to lay back and not do a damn thing. My back hurts, my throat is sore again and I am just plain pooped out. Maybe I will get snowed in!!!!
Have lots of editing to do but no time right now.
Over and out........

Saturday, December 2, 2017

My Friendly Bird Friends

Black-capped Chickadee

 Tufted Titmouse

 Female Downy Woodpecker

White -breasted Nuthatch

Friday, December 1, 2017


Spent a few hours at the DIA with Barb and Mary Jo. We enjoyed seeing all the really ancient art from the Medieval period....mostly religious. There was a handwritten Bible that was 600 years old....amazing. The writing was so small and in Latin as well. Of course, I had to check out my knights in shining armour. Only half are on display, the rest still being restored. The only downside of our visit was  the kids....the place was packed and I mean packed, with noisy kids. Went to our favorite restaurant in Mexicantown....yum!