Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I have totally been neglecting my poor old blog.  I meant to write about my visit to Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater," my new camera, my husband's trip south on the completed boat.  So here goes -- I will make it brief:

In early October my sister and I drove out to Pittsburgh to visit our Uncle Bud.  We had made this trip a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Nothing better than a sisters' road trip.  We so enjoy each other's company.  Uncle Bud is 86 and loves to travel and is always active.  He is one of two of our mother's only remaining siblings and he was our mother's favorite brother.  He insisted on making the reservations in advance (which you have to do) to get into Fallingwater and he drove the two hours to and from his house to Fallingwater.

Fallingwater was built in  1937 for the Kaufman family of Pittsburgh as their weekend retreat.  You probably have seen pictures of it.  If not, here is one of the house behind us.  It has to be seen to be believed.  It is built cantilevered out over a waterfall amidst deep woods.  Stone floors, rustic throughout, totally integrated with nature, extremely contemporary for its time and even for today.  Frank Lloyd Wright also designed much of the furniture in the house.  One question presented by the guide -- "Could you live here?"  My answer is a resounding "YES!"

Now my new camera:  I researched cameras for a month, going between spending a lot of money on one, or being more reasonable.  I knew the things I wanted in a camera.  My previous camera was a little Fujifilm which still works, but the USB cable connection is done for.  I had pretty much settled on a Canon, but finally ended up with another Fuji because it was more reasonable and had everything I wanted for under $200.  I am a very mediocre and inexperienced photographer, so I am happy with what I got.  Here is a picture of it.

The Great Boat Trip South:  My husband and boat partners left November 4 to take their 65 ft. trawler south via the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW).  This has been a four year project to totally gut and rebuild an old fishing vessel.

As you can see the photos are miniscule thanks to the downloading features of the Kodak EasyShare from which it was downloaded.  Kodak Easyshare is NOT Easy Share!

We had a huge nor'easter or as they are calling it Nor'Ida because it was the remnants of Hurricane Ida.  The beach here is totally eroded, roads were flooded -- it was a mess.

All the best to you, fellow bloggers,



Willow said...

Now I know where you've been and am glad you're back. I'd love to see Fallingwater someday. We visited Hollyhock House a couple of years ago. Could I live in either home? Absolutely! I walked by the ouside of the 'honeycomb house' on Stanford's camus but we're not allowed to disturb the occupants so I didn't actually walk on to the property.

Tonja said...

I would love to see Fallingwater. I watched a TV special once that explained all about it inside and out! Yes, I think I could live there, too.
I came over from Lynne's blog. She is one of my longest blog friends.
Nice to meet you. I look forward to reading more of your blog. And, I invite you to visit me at http://tonjasgatherings.blogspot.com

Linda said...

Happy Birthday Tina...hugs, Linda

BClark said...

Frank was way ahead of his time for sure. He was also quite a character, I went by several of his projects in WI. Never stopped, but might someday. The boat looks great. Try calling or emailing kodaks help line and they should be able to help you with the easy share. I did love my whole setup with my camera and dock. What put me off them was their customer service. Camera stopped working and I was supposed to pay $150.00 in advance for them to look at it, with no guarantee that they could fix it. Having already spent over $400.00 on camera and all the goodies I was not a happy puppy.

As to the potatos, you would do this in the spring. You buy the seed potatos at your local nursery, I just laid mine on the ground. Then you cover with hay. I put the link on my blog with more detailed info. All in all very simple.