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Archive for November, 2011

Anxiety? Knit a Hat

Less than a week to the wedding
Woke up feeling anxious- that free floating type- some situational also.
So instead of doing everything I needed to do, I knit a hat Sunday morning. It was a total knit knit knit so could really relax.

Am also testing the blogging from the phone…thanks for bearing with me. Seeing if I can photograph and write and upload with success. I see I posted an empty post a few minutes ago.

Molly gave me one ball of Noro yarn ( Iro, the bulky one) and it made a great hat which I wore most of the afternoon.

just checked the post and see that the photo is upside down.  Back to the drawing board on the blogging from a phone.  Maybe it is trial and error?  Or a tutorial in my near future.

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Guest Blogger- Suzanne- in Response to Balloon Seller Man Post

I love the dialogue and exchange the blog posts evoke.

From my friend Suzanne in an email Saturday morning…

Ruthie — your blog post today was great!  Reminded me of a photo I took in Oaxaca — hard to figure out how they don’t float away!

So I wrote to Suzanne and invited her to be guest blogger today. I love that my photo of the balloon seller created such a response.

Suzanne wrote:
In Oaxaca, Mexico in 2005 another balloon seller busy every evening as the town square, the zocolo,  filled with families for the evening’s music, strolling and visiting.  Every small child had one of these tied to their wrists, and eyes filled with wonder at the beauty of it.

Suzanne is an artist and her website and artwork can be seen by clicking here .

I love that she captured the conversation/sale between seller and child and look a those balloons!!!!


Before the Manu Chao Concert-Balloon Seller- Pula, Istria- Croatia

People at work series. From the archives. Outside the coliseum.  There was a cool Roman temple of Augustus there I have posted before. Put back together like a jigsaw puzzle.

What do you think this job would be like?


Test upload of photo to blog from iPhone

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Guest Blogger/Photographer Rob Finds His Own Eye

I received the loveliest email and photo from a family friend in northern Illinois.  He graciously consented to be guest blogger today.  You might have read his comments on blog posts of mine.  He collects MGs and is a certified pie judge.  A dear friend.  What I always remember is how Rob and his wife Mary drove to Rockford, Illinois for my mother’s funeral service and also came to have lunch in Milwaukee  and offer friendship and support when I took Laura to college at Marquette.  Here is Rob’s note and photo-

I love following your blogs and the interesting subjects that you always seem to capture at the right moment.  You also inspire me as I sit and think deep thoughts about what is around me and look at things differently.  Today I finished up some yard work getting ready for the cold weather that is expected in the near future.  The temperature was around 64 degrees and it was a little cloudy.  As I sat on the patio enjoying a nice glass of wine, i took out my iphone and captured this photo that just seemed to be something unusual about it.  The reflection of the homes on the other side of the lake, the cloudy sky, the metal patio table, the branches of the tree and of course the glass of wine. Do I have an eye or should I go back to go?  Thanks.  Rob

 Do not go back to GO, Rob.  Keep finding moments and catch them.  Thanks for being such a great blog follower.

love,

Ruth


Tom Cruise Movie, ONE SHOT, Lights Up 10th Street Bridge Wednesday Night

The movie is causing a buzz and some traffic around the Burgh.  One Shot is the name of the film after a novel by Lee Child.   On the way to my photo class I saw the lights set up on the bridge and a few giant movie lights on top of some buildings.  Heard on the radio Armstrong Tunnels would be closed.  Remembered my photo for the weekly challenge of fall, with the 10th St Bridge in the autumn light and thought I would go my usual school route.  Here is the series of bridge shots taken on the way home from class Wednesday night. A circuitous route but worth the detour in my opinion.

I could hear and see a car race and screech across the bridge as I photographed.  Next time I will bring a spotter to keep watch as I pulled the car over but it is dark and a bit creepy up on the top of Arlington Avenue, my route home from school. I have shot from this angle before and here is the link to the daytime photo.

Photo four has a bright movie light on the right of the photo.


Big Dog Coffee Shop Reflected in Their Nuova Simonelli Machine

It is a stunning and shining beauty of an Espresso machine, the Nuova Simonelli. And as I stood waiting for my coffee, I noticed the reflection of the chairs and wall. I read that they are getting ready to put up some new art so I caught it on a plain green wall day.

I love that Big Dog Coffee Shop opens at 6 AM. They make authentic conversation with you and never seemed annoyed or put out like a coffee shop I used to go to every morning(and the other place doesn’t open ’til 7AM) .  I feel welcomed, appreciated. It’s friendly but not fake.  And their coffee is delicious, too.  They are on the flats of the South Side and I teach on the slopes.  Just right.

Once our book club met in the back room.  It’s a welcoming space.  Pretty soon they will start using the fireplace, too.  I like the oatmeal bar for a splurge some days.  Big Dog Coffee is more than just the jolt of morning caffeine.  It is a joyful start to the day!


Not Sure How Long it is….

Pulled over to capture this sign.

There are listings for homes if you're in the market and also a Hard Road Cafe


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