"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen

Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.

You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees.  The shortest day of light.  Winter officially here.

Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon.  It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.

Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene

Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.

A faithful  blog reader in Virgina, C, (and  best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was  J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year.  The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.

I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered.  Finding the joy of winter.  My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it.  i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street.  I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.

Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.

"...and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China......"

15 responses

  1. Having hot tea in a cozy kitchen is the best thing about winter!

    December 22, 2011 at 12:12 am

  2. Nothing like a light snack and a cup of tea on a winter’s afternoon.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:24 am

  3. Kristin

    A beautiful photo and makes me warm just looking at it.

    December 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

  4. What an inviting photo! Almost as if we’re enjoying a cup of tea together! Have a great Christmas!

    December 22, 2011 at 7:13 am

    • Cheers to you Phyllis and I enjoy reading your posts. Thanks for stopping by for tea today.

      December 22, 2011 at 8:44 am

  5. Vincie

    There is nothing better than a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon!

    December 22, 2011 at 8:43 am

  6. Who would have thought you’d be photographing a rainbow on the solstice? Well, better that than 2 foot snow drifts! Love the “Suzanne” reference. Been ages since I thought of that song. I just bought it on iTunes and am listening to it now. :)

    December 22, 2011 at 9:29 am

  7. Toni

    The rainbow made the WTAE morning news, but I think your pick for the blog is the best! Cozy and delightful!!!!

    December 22, 2011 at 9:47 am

  8. Looks like a great breakfast.

    December 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  9. Northern Narratives

    Very inviting :)

    December 22, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  10. Beautiful! I love the peaceful feeling I get from the photo.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

  11. thirdhandart

    Looks delicious! Lovely photo!

    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 pm

  12. “I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered.  Finding the joy of winter.” I *loved* reading the description of all of the items in the shot. What may look like “just” a kitchen scene is so much more – it’s not a meal eaten alone, but instead a gathering of friends and family in your heart. So beautiful.

    December 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

  13. Jill

    Great photo Ruth. Every time I see a photo from inside your house I want to visit you! I saw Judy Collins in Akron this year. She is still as amazing as ever. And FUNNY! She’s coming back to Akron next April (?). You should try to check her out. She’s worth it! Happy Holidays!

    December 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

  14. Joyce

    The Nafie dishes bring my mind lots of happy memories.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:05 am

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