Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tortoiseshell (090/365)

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Marge Simpson: An alligator with sunglasses? Now I've seen everything.
The Simpsons: Season 7, Episode 4, Bart Sells His Soul (8 Oct. 1995)

TIME: 5:57 PM
PLACE:  On the road
SUBJECT:  Stella

Stella and I met up with the cousins for our quarterly get-together.
I had the top down on the Miata on the way home.
The sun was too bright for her.
Luckily, she found my old pair of sunglasses which had slid down between the seat and the door.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Come On April (089/365)

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If April showers bring May flowers, than what do May flowers bring?

(Get it?  The Mayflower? They traveled on a ship called the “Mayflower” Bwahahahaha!)

TIME:  8:35 PM
PLACE: Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Chalkboard

I might complain later, but right now?
I’ll take the rain if it means warmer weather and flowers.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wall (088/365)

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Homer Simpson: If only these walls could talk. Then people would pay to see my talking walls…
The Simpsons: Season 19, Episode 9 Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (16 Dec. 2007)

TIME:  11:02 AM
PLACE:  Advance Auto Parts

We did a little grocery shopping as a family this morning.
The husband also had to stop by the auto parts store to buy a new radiator cap for his Corvette.
We stayed in the car and I took a picture of our view.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Candle Wax (087/365)

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“Don't tell me I'm burning the candle at both ends, tell me where to get more wax.”

”TIME:  12:23 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Candle

I love candles.
I buy most of mine on clearance at Target.
I bought this one last year –
Black Orchid & Amber (an awesome smell by the way)
It was stored in a drawer and somehow became broken.
I lit it anyway and the wax spilled over the broken glass.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Maple & Moon (086/365)

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TIME:  9:29 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT:  Maple tree & moon

It was snowing this morning.
We are supposed to have a hard freeze tonight.
Where is spring?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday (085/365)

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“The biggest dog has been a pup."
- Joaquin Miller

TIME:  1:50 PM 3/27/2007
PLACE:  Backyard

She wasn’t always overweight.
What really kills me about this picture is how green the grass was at this time.
It is nowhere near that color right now.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Comics (084/365)

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Comic Book Guy: Someone has mixed an "Amazing Spider-Man" in with the "Peter Parker - The Spectacular Spider-Man" series. This will not stand.
The Simpsons: Season 10, Episode 9, Mayored to the Mob (20 Dec. 1998)

TIME:  8:37 PM
PLACE:  Fantasy Books

StellaDella continues to play Dungeons and Dragons every Wednesday.
While waiting for her to finish, I browsed the available comics.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Curvy (083/365)

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“Magic lives in curves, not angles”
 Mason Cooley  (American , 1927-2002)

TIME:  5:30 PM
PLACE:  Around town
SUBJECT:  Old Drive-in roof

I was a lazy mom and ordered Chinese for supper.
I let James drive when we went to pick it up.
We drove past the old K&W Drive-In.
I love the curvy roof where the cars used to park.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Dear Easter Bunny (082/365)

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“Dear Easter Bunny, I left a snack for you. (It’s on the counter). Enjoy! Love, Claudia”

TIME:  9:18 PM
PLACE: Living room
SUBJECT:  A note from the past

I found this note packed away in the Easter decorations.
I had to hang it up.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Althoff Crusaders (081/365)

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“If you get depressed about being the second-best team in the world, then you've got a problem.”
Julius Erving (American, Basketball player, Athlete, b1950)

TIME:  12:19 PM
PLACE:  Main Street
SUBJECT: Althoff Boys Basketball Team

My high school alma mater made it’s way to the class 3A IHSA State Championship game on Saturday.
Unfortunately, they lost 67-63 to Westchester St. Joseph.
Still, they had a 30-4 season.
And, hey, 2nd place is the best that any of our city’s high school teams have done at the state tournament.
So yes.
We shall celebrate.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bees (080/365)

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“Life is a mosaic of pleasure and pain - grief is an interval between two moments of joy. Peace is the interlude between two wars. You have no rose without a thorn; the diligent picker will avoid the pricks and gather the flower. There is no bee without the sting; cleverness consists in gathering the honey nevertheless.”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba (Indian Spiritual leader, b.1926)

TIME:  3:57 PM
PLACE: Backyard
SUBJECT:  HandsomeHusband and the bees

HH worked on his hives this afternoon.

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The bees were eating their winter honey.

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They were a bit cranky today.
I was too.
Today was the 10-year anniversary of my mom’s passing.

My daughter posted this on her Facebook page this morning..

I think my mom would be proud of her.
I know I am.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Peeping (079/365)

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TIME: 7:15 PM
PLACE:  Five Below
SUBJECT: StellaDella

Stella wanted to go to Five Below to see what they had.
They had a place to take your photo as a Peep bunny.
So glad she is still willing to oblige her mother’s whims.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Keeping An Eye On Each Other (078/365)

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TIME:  7:31 PM
PLACE: Claudia’s room
SUBJECT:  Jack & Tessa

They don’t get along very well.
When they are in the same room, there is usually some underlying tension between them.
They don’t trust each other at all.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jay Jay, The Stuff of Nightmares (077/365)

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"The sun is rising high up over TarryTown
Friends taking off and friends touching down
That’s where you’ll find that one of a kind,
Jay Jay, Jay Jay the Jet Plane
“That’s me!”
There’s never been another little guy like this.
So much in love with the sky like this.
So buckle up tight, it’s a magical flight
With Jay Jay. Jay Jay the Jet Plane
“That’s me!”

TIME:  8:40 PM
PLACE:  Wal-Mart
SUBJECT:  Jay Jay the Jet Plane Ride

I remember my kids watching this program when they were younger.
The faces on the planes used to scare Claudia.
She would have nightmares about them.

They bothered me too.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Faded (076/365)

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“Sugar Free as Beer Should Be”
Stag Beer Slogan

TIME:  7:01 PM
PLACE:  Old Stag Brewery/Empire Comfort Systems

Stage Beer was made in our town until August 1988 when the brewery was closed.
As you travel north on 17th Street, you can still see the Stag emblem on the side of one of the metal buildings.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Belated Birthday Bicycle (075/365)

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“Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race.”
~ H.G. Wells

TIME:  5:08 PM
PLACE:  Front yard
SUBJECT: Stella on her bike

She has long outgrown the bicycle we bought her in 2011.
It was time for a new one.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Catching Bees (& Flies) (074/365)

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You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

TIME: 6:02 PM
PLACE:  Backyard
SUBJECT: Bee and flies on sugar

The husband fed some sugar to the bees.
The flies like it too.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Parade Drinks (073/365)

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Best while you have it use your breath
There is no drinking after death.
Irish Toast

TIME:  1:10 PM
PLACE:  Downtown
SUBJECT: Adult beverage containers

These may or may not have been consumed while watching the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
I may or may not have consumed more than one of each.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Luck of The Irish (072/365)

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“Nothing is as obnoxious as other people's luck.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Writer. Author of The Great Gatsby. 1896-1940)

TIME: 6:36 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT: Chalkboard

Not my design…but I did do this all by hand.
I impress myself.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Heat Change Rust (071/365)

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“Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.”
Voltaire (French Philosopher and Writer. 1694-1778)

TIME: 5:23 PM
PLACE:  Back yard
SUBJECT:  Bottom of metal tub

We had been using this metal tub as a fire pit.
This is what the bottom looks like after several fires.
We use a metal tub as a fire pit.
We are hoosiers.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Will It Waffle? (070/365)

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Peppermint Patty: Now look, kid: these eggs are *not* to be fried. Nor are they to be roasted, toasted, or waffled.
Marcie: Yes, sir.
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown! (1974), TV Short

TIME:  8:07 PM
PLACE:  Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Ore-Ida Potato Round

Stella was hungry after her Dungeons and Dragons meeting.
So she decided to see if she could waffle potato rounds.
They can be waffled.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Electro Freeze (069/365)

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Bart: Rough day.  Apu…Pump me a Squishee and don't spare the syrup.
Apu: Oh, perhaps you would like to try an experimental flavor of my own concoction. A delicious Chutney Squishee.
Bart: Oh... okay…
Apu: You can really taste the chutney!

The Simpsons: Season 3, Episode 22, The Otto Show (23 Apr. 1992)

TIME:  6:15 PM
PLACE:  The White Cottage
SUBJECT:  Electro Freeze machine

They opened for the season yesterday.
I’m pretty sure my dad was there when they unlocked the door.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Printed (068/365)

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"Your fingerprints are just like snowflakes. They're both very pretty."
- Chief Wiggum, The Simpsons: Season 9, Episode 16, Dumbbell Indemnity (1 Mar. 1998)

TIME: 6:10 PM
PLACE:  School
SUBJECT:  Fingerprint

The Juniors finished up their Detective badge requirements at the meeting tonight.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Man and His Dog (067/365)

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“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don't know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring--it was peace.”
― Milan Kundera (Czech, author, b1929)

TIME: 5:40 PM
PLACE: Back porch
SUBJECT:  Oreo and HH

Sitting together on the porch steps.
Not doing anything.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Continuing With The Bird Theme From Yesterday (066/365)

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TIME:  5:49 PM
PLACE:  Front Porch
SUBJECT:  Shadow

Last week at this time?
The snow was falling.
Today, it reached a high of 66 degrees.
Oh yes.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Last Year’s Nest (065/365)

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“There are no birds in last year's nest.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American, Poet,1807-1882)

TIME:  4:02 PM
SUBJECT: Bird’s nest

How much longer before the birds start to nest?
I am so ready for spring.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Again, The Moon (064/365)

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“I never really thought about how when I look at the moon, it's the same moon as Shakespeare and Marie Antoinette and George Washington and Cleopatra looked at.”
― Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life As We Knew It

TIME: 6:40 PM
PLACE:  Outside (duh!)

I wonder how many times the moon has had it’s picture taken?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wayback Wednesday (063/365)

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Don Corleone: I like to drink wine more than I used to...[pause] Anyway, I'm drinking more.
Michael: It's good for you, Pop.
Don Corleone: Ah, I don't know...

The Godfather, Paramount Pictures (1972)

TIME: Circa 1959-1960
PLACE:  My paternal Grandfather’s house
SUBJECT:  My paternal grandfather, Michael Caponi (Capone) in his basement bar

My grandfather partially finished his basement and included a bar.

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This area was originally closed-in.  My dad’s older sister and her husband lived there for a little while.  It was their bedroom.  After they moved into their own home, Grandpa opened it up and built the bar.

How awesomely retro is it down there? 
Planters, knotty pine, checkerboard linoleum, aluminum drinking glasses on the shelves, chrome table and chairs. 
Dad told me that flooring came from a local hardware store and it was asbestos tile. 
Do you see that area in the front left where the pattern is off? 
It really bothers me.

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SUBJECT: Cindy the dog, My dad, his brother Pete and Mrs. Smith (his sister Phyllis’ mother-in-law)

Here is my dad, looking pretty hipster in his v-neck cardigan, white t-shirt, khaki pants and dark framed glasses.
He started wearing the dark frames his Junior year in high school.
Those glasses and the fact that he is wearing his high school ring helps date the approximate time frame of the photo.
I bet if James wore glasses like that, he would look a lot like his grandfather.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

No Swimming/No Skating (062/365)

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In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

TIME:  4:38 PM
PLACE:  Bicentennial Park
SUBJECT:  Sign and fountain

I saw fog rising from the melting snow on my way home from work.
I stopped at the park and took a couple of pictures.
I didn’t really capture what I wanted…but these photos will do.

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SUBJECT: Sculpture

I can’t wait until the trees are full of green leaves again.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Street Light Shadows (061/365)

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“Poetry is the shadow cast by our streetlight imaginations.”

― Lawrence Ferlinghetti (American, poet, painter, b41919)

TIME: 8:07 PM
PLACE: Backyard
SUBJECT: Rake and bee enclosure

The snow on the ground emphasizes the shadows in the backyard from the street light in the alley.
There may be no snow on the ground by tomorrow evening.
Tonight, it is suppose to rain & sleet.
Tomorrow they are predicting a high of 52 degrees.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Love is… (060/365)

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“Donuts. Is there anything they can't do?”
Homer Simpson (The Simpsons: Season 4, Episode 12, Marge vs. the Monorail, 14 Jan. 1993)

TIME:  8:55 AM
PLACE: Kitchen
SUBJECT:  Doughnut

Love is receiving a personalized doughnut from your husband.