Monday, July 9, 2007

Saturday, July 7, 2007


Friday, July 6, 2007

Dental View

The view from the dental chair in my dentist's office. I do not mind waiting to get my teeth cleaned and checked.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Neighborhood Fireworks

They are illegal in my city, but that does not stop some from buying them and setting them off, starting with a few practice sessions a day or two before, followed by a big blowout on the 4th.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Eye and Paws

Eyes ... windows to the soul.

Paws ... after the pawdicure.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Day Lilies

The blooms live for only a day and many parts of the plant are edible.

Sunday, July 1, 2007


Friday, June 29, 2007

City Hall

Our City Hall was designed by local architect, Samuel Hannaford, who also designed our Music Hall, in a very popular style, Romanesque, as interpreted by H. H. Richardson, using massive stones, rounded arches and a tower.

Today, it's numerous stain glass windows, depicting events in our city's history, attract the most attention. In addition to the windows, the building has decorative ironwork and carved stone, as well as two ceiling paintings.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

A Volunteer Mimosa

The birds bring all sorts of new plants into my garden. The only mimosa tree I know of in the neighborhood is many houses away from mine.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Rain, At Last

It has been ages since it has rained. Although I do not like hot weather, this summer is bearable. Periods of heat alternate with what the weather people call "cold fronts" which usually bring rain and relief from the heat, at least for a day or two.

A little redbud, the seedling found last year in a friend's yard. I was told that it would probably not transplant and would die.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Pretty Blue Flower

I cannot remember the name of this flower but when I do I will come back here and post it.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Neighborhood Picnic

Once a month through the summer and early fall, our neighborhood community council sponsors a picnic for the residents as a way to help them get to know each other. The council supplies the hot dogs, brats, mets, hamburger and the fixings and drinks. The residents supplement with salads, desserts and other homemade dishes.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Take the Cake

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Peonies After Blooming

I discovered these in a friend's garden. I had not realized that there would be such a pretty dried "bloom" after the opulent fragrant blooms had withered. A lovely surprise.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Amish Friendship Bread

I made these lovely loaves from a starter given to me by a neighbor, the recipe supposedly know only by the Amish. The bread was delicious but the starter needs to be fed, divided and used every 10-days. I don't think I will be baking that often. But, before I let the starter go, I searched the internet and found the identical recipe for the bread and the starter recipe. So much for secrets.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Dead Horse Lily

Ready to be planted. Beautiful but revolting to smell when it blooms. I will post pictures when it does.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Friday, June 8, 2007

Lost In Thought

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Cleaning Gutters

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Friday, June 1, 2007

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Fresh Strawberries

Strawberries from my garden.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Garden of Fame

As an incentive to the residents of my neighborhood to improve the appearance of their yards, our community council created a monthly Garden of Fame award. Recipients receive a gift certificate to a local nursery.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Saving Canceled Stamps

I thought it was a good idea, soaking off canceled stamps and drying them on the enamel surface of my washer. Most came off when dry but some still had a bit of stickum that kept them attached. Next time, wrong side up.

Sunday, May 27, 2007


The idea came from a 1998 public art project in Zurich, Switzerland, which featured more than 800 decorated fiberglass cows. It was mimicked in Chicago with Cows on Parade and in Cincinnati with The Big Pig Gig. Now, squirrels?!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Neighborhood Health Fair

Blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and vision testing with a nice sitting massage at the end.

Student nurses practicing their blood drawing technique.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007


Boys walking home from school, tore limbs off several trees on my street. I am sadden by this senseless destruction.

Monday, May 21, 2007

Vita Brevis

Saturday, May 19, 2007

CBAS Study Group: Altered Books

We met in the basement studio of well-know Cincinnati collage and altered book artist, Alice Balterman, who shared examples of her work and suggested some techniques we might use if we wanted to try altering a book. More here.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Moon Rising

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Fading Beauty

I love the scent of peonies so I had to clip and bring some into the house. Even as they fade, they are beautiful.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sasha, the Pit Bull

My neighbor's new puppy, sweet and hyper.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Pretty In Pink

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Dying Silver Maple

Never plant a silver maple near a house. They grow fast so that may be why some people are tempted. Mature trees can become quite large and they will break up easily in stormy weather. Their visible, shallow roots can make lawn mowing problematic and they produce a mass of whirligigs that must be cleaned up every spring. This maple was topped (a tree no-no) before I became it's owner and that has sped its decline.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

The Old Radiator

If you are mechanically inclined you can see two radiators, the large water-cooling one, and a smaller one, to cool the transmission fluid, piggy-backing on it. While the larger one had not failed, the fins on the bottom had been destroyed by the leak.

Sunday, May 6, 2007

CBAS: Bookworks 8

For more photographs, click here and here.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Wednesday, May 2, 2007


Columbine has such a pretty structure. This clump of white reminds me of a bridal bouquet.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Old Blue

Old Blue needs a new radiator, she's leaking transmission fluid. Except for a few dings, she is in good condition, only 110,000 miles. Think she should last a few more years.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Car Trouble

Sunday, April 29, 2007

FIG Meeting

The acronym FIG stands for Fiber Interest Group. We meet every couple of months to show, share and/or ask for advice on anything related to fiber. Click here for an account of the day.