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

Family

Late Afternoon at the Dam

Telling a story without words.   Sequence.

Reviewing these photos from the archives, I’d say I was an observer, not a participant.

Photos taken six years ago.

Anna picks up rocks

 

 

Anna Skips

 

Michael and Jack

 

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Reflections at the end of Mother’s Day

How a family grows-

IMG_6591My grandmother and grandfather and my mother held by her grandfather on the right

with  my mother’s grandmother and great-grandmother seated-  Durand Illinois- my mother born in 1912

 

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Marian Van Sickle in the middle with her brothers on either side  John(l) and Robert(r) with parents Judd and Charlotte Van Sickle

 

IMG_3853My brother David and sister Mary and me in our mother’s arms  Montclair NJ 1952

 

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Me in Germany  1983 with Laura (’83) Mark (’76) and Matthew(’80)

 

On the left, Laura (and James) expecting first baby and Mark (back right) with his family- Erika, Anna, Michael, John Patrick (Jack) and Maura and my sister in the middle back and Erika with her mother and father and  aunts and cousins and Henry in the front.family

 


John Patrick- First Holy Communion Day

What a special day for grandson John Patrick (Jack)

The family gathered in to celebrate his day.

 

 

Holy Communion


Eastern Redbud Blooms

My friend Ginny planted this tree in my backyard as a memorial to my parents.  When Spring comes, despite the low temps tonight, the buds cluster and bloom all along the branches.

It is a most beautiful tree.

Soon the heart shaped leaves will appear.

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Eight is Great!

March 21st is grandson John Patrick’s 8th birthday.

Where does the time go?  Happy Birthday Jack!

love,

FF Ruthie

Jack is 8 and Henry

Jack and Henry

Jack Swimming

Jack at  swim meet last summer 2014

Jack at the Carnegie Museum of Art Sculpture Garden last summer 2014Tom and Jerry at Pittsburgh

Sneaking a cookie from cousin Vicci’s wedding cookie table. (Aunt Linda’s curtain veils weren’t enough)

JAck and the Cookie Table


We Used To Be Off School February 22

First day of March and I’m a week
off but I’m blogging from my phone while sitting in the dark in my granddaughters room. Some of the family already headed out to a swim meet.

Here’s the vein of memory sparked by these photos – not for certain when Presidents Day started but will google.

My mother had a small cookie cuter in the shape of a hatchet.
Baked sugar cookies and the skinny dough hatchet handles would break off so easily.

She also made a pie like dessert with canned sour cherries and every so often you’d find a pit. I remember her stirring the juice on the stove with cornstarch to thicken, a crusty biscuit on top, baked.

This pie, a purchased one, reminded me of her efforts to celebrate Washington’s Birthday when I was growing up.

I’ve baked a chocolate log for Lincoln when the kids were small.

For this impromptu photo op, I pulled out the Presidents’ teapot J gave me and then remembered my parents George plate in the china cabinet.

The year mark (77-78) and I lived in Philadelphia while his dad was in Korea, my mom or dad would rock Mark in the big wooden rocker( it’s in his office now) and he’d look up at the blue plate on the wall and say “George” when you’d ask him “who’s that?”

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Now We Are Six- Happy Birthday Maura Clare!

Updated Post with corrections 

Now We Are Six

When I was one,
I had just begun.
When I was two,
I was nearly new.
When I was three,
I was hardly me.
When I was four,
I was not much more.
When I was five,
I was just alive.
But now I am six,
I’m as clever as clever.
So I think I’ll be six
now and forever.

-A.A. Milne

Six Years Old November 17, 2014
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(Retro Raggedy Ann and Andy party tablecloth from blog follower and friend Deb B.who has been saving it to give to me and driving it around since forever and got it out of the trunk of her car on Greenfield School Veterans Day Dinner, thank you Deb!)


Portrait of Pap, Captured by Maura

If You Give a Kid a Camera….

Her view from the shopping cart.

Maura (who’ll be 6 next month) captured her Pap while shopping.

With her mother’s phone. They sent it to me.  I asked if I could blog it.

Good one Maura. Thanks for sharing Erika. Here’s the guest blog of the day.

I thought she did well to freeze a moment in time- Saturday afternoon at Costco, after the swim meet.

Looking good, Pap!

Pap shopping at Costco


He’s the One With the Post-It on His Head

My son  Matthew in a Croatian TV Commercial

It’s just 30 seconds long. Not sure if the link will work.


Report from Okanogan WA from My Sister- Guest Blog

My sister’s visiting our brother in Okanogan WA and has sent a few pics from her phone. It’s considered “high desert”.

I wish I were with them.

Here are bins of firewood, stacked, ready to burn to keep warm this winter

bins of wood

The other day she sent a pic of these delicious peaches

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And when they take the dogs for a walk, they see some old vehiclesIMG_5374

like a car graveyard

abandoned cars

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