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Sunday, February 28, 2010

32/365: Things That Are Old

The construction guys found these old bottles and jars buried under the old porch. The mason jars were made by a company called Atlas. Atlas stopped making them in 1964. The clear glass jar I was able to date to 1942, and was manufactured in Ohio.


Some detail from the bottom of the amber bottle. It is marked "Moon Shine Chemical Company. I could find no reference to this company, but from the numbers on the bottom I was able to learn that the bottle was manufactured in Charleston WV in 1946.


31/365: Things That Are New

Here's the new porch!


30/365: Construction

The middle of the winter isn't the best tome to construct a new porch. Unforrtunatly, the old concrete porch was starting to crumble, and the roof was in danger of coming down. So the fine folks at P.E.C.S. construction build us a new wooden one.


Thursday, February 25, 2010


Can't get enough Molly!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

28/365: Collections

My wife collects owls. Thankfully, she hasn't started collecting live ones.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

27/365: More Gifts

Hand painted boxes given by the best man.


Monday, February 22, 2010

26/365: Wedding Present

Our friend Mike gave this to us as a wedding present. The carving is made from Irish bogwood, which can be thousands of years old. Craftsmen carve the wood into everything from small trinkets to pieces of furniture. It is a treasured memento of our wedding.


25/365: Parking Chairs

A Pittsburgh tradition!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

24/365: Catnap

Doing what a cat does best.


Friday, February 19, 2010

23/365: Spooning

Just the nature of things that a lot of these pictures will be of Molly...



...and wildlife.


21/356: Roast Duck

One of our favorites!

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Knack It Off!

Doug Fieger died. Cancer. I really liked Get The Knack, but the later albums were dissappointing. Fifty-seven is way to young, even for one who partied pretty hard back in the day.

20/365: The Icing

Spent awhile banging the huge icicles off the gutters. I found a drilling hammer to work quite well, its like a hand-held sledgehammer. Figure the more weight I can get off the overhangs, the better.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Snowpocolypse III: The Frozening

Looks like we're gonna get another half a foot. Hopefully, we won't see Snowpocolypse IV: The Search For Salt.

19/365: President's Day

Happy President's Day! I had to work.


Peaface! 18/368

I never was a fan of pictures of children with their faces covered in food. That changed when I became a daddy.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Alpine: 17/365

OK, do I work in Pennsylvania, or Switzerland?


Friday, February 12, 2010

Happy Birthday Abe!

16/365 Tomb Topper

Snow covered tombstone outside a church. I've long been fascinated with graveyards. There is some symbolic meaning to the various decorations that adorn peoples' burying spots, but I only know of a few, such as a broken column indicates a life cut unnaturally short. Before we were married, my wife lived on the edge of the Montgomery County Cemetery, which is a great old burying ground, full of marble headstones. Many veterans of the 51st PA are buried there, and you could see the tomb of General Winfield Scott Hancock from my wife's apartment building. Former PA governor John F. Hartranft, who commanded the 51st PA, is also buried there in an impressive family plot overlooking the river.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

15/365: Pull My Finger!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

14/365 Big Squirrel In My Backyard

Can't afford to feed him anymore.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Now playing!

UPDATE: That bastard Spork beat me to the headline! All day, while I was tied up in court downtown, I was thinking "Snowpocolypse II, Electric Boogaloo," that's the ticket! So I get home, post, and start checking my favorite blogs. And there it is, on Spork's site, posted HOURS before mine. Guess I owe him a beverage of his choice.


Monday, February 08, 2010


Molly likes to play!


Sunday, February 07, 2010

11/365 Pines

Snow covered pines on Marshall Island in North Park


Saturday, February 06, 2010

More Pics From The Snowpocolypse!

Yinz want jimmies with that?

I'm not sure my trellis was designed to support snow.

Looks like I'll be needing a new solar powered clothes dryer.

My poor bamboo!

14" in the front yard.

Snowpocolypse Now! 10/365

Big tree fell in my backyard. Didn't hit the house, and the fence appears undamaged.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Mr. Tawney 9/365

Our non-K9 pet, Mr. Tawney. He's big, orange, likes to sit in the window, and suffers the dogs' antics with quiet dignity.


Thursday, February 04, 2010

Parking Putz: 8/365

This selfish jerk's truck is occupying THREE parking spaces! Not surprising that the owner supports an unrealistic tax policy, and is a Huckabee supporter to boot. (photo is deliberately slightly blurry to obscure the registration plate)


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

7/365 Geese

A gaggle of geese!


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

6/365: Squirrel Hill Shlomo

Apparently, the only groundhog out and about today is Punxsutaney Phil, so we'll have to settle for a squirrel.


Monday, February 01, 2010

Cold Cadets 5/365

Every morning during the week, the cadets at the Police Academy raise the colors and stand for roll call. Not easy when it is 17 degrees out and you can't put your hands in your pockets.


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