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

Family

First Cousins Meet for the First Time

Not even 24 hours old. My daughter Laura and her husband James have a new member of the family.

Charles Joseph.  7 pounds 15 ounces.  19 1/2 inches long.

He arrived Thursday night but Anna and Michael were home in bed resting up for the Peppe Meet at Ohio State Swim Club Friday afternoon.

Friday morning, we went to Riverside hospital on the way to the swim meet. It was on the way to OSU.

Anna and Charles

Anna meets baby Charles-

 

Michael and Charles

Michael gets a turn with Charles on the Boppy

 

Anna Michael hold and Charles

Anna waits for another turn to hold her new first cousin.

 

Anna Michael and Charles

Michael, Charles and Anna pose for Grandma

 

Their Dad Mark ( my son) is now an uncle

Uncle Mark and Charles

 

and we talked to Uncle Matty and Natalya in Croatia via SKYPE

talking to Croatia

 

 

Here are the two Grandmas

Anna took the photo, thanks Anna.two grandmas with Charles

and here is the new little family

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Anna Squeezed a Lot of Lemons

I made the simple syrup. Anna squeezed and strained the seeds of all these lemons. 
  
Tastes like summer. It was delicious. 


A Bear and My Brother in Hank’s Market, Twisp WA

Went back to my Okanogan album of 2007 and found this photo of my brother shopping in Hank’s Market in Twisp WA.  How about that wildlife?

Happy Flag Day Birthday David.

xxoo love from your sister Ruth

Hank's Market in Twisp WA


So What Are You Supposed to Do?

You’re taking the same exit as the truck in front of you with the sign?

What do you do?

Roanoke Route 581  Photographed by Marlene with Erika driving. The truck exited the same direction they wanted to go.  They exited too!

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Jeffrey Brunner’s Artwork a Hit at the Shower- Photo by Guest Blogger Toni K

The minute I saw this painting, I knew it would be perfect in the nursery.

My friend and blog follower Toni K. took this photograph Saturday 5-30-15 at the shower.  Thanks for sending it.

Here’s Laura with the Night Forest Elephant and Bird piece I bought at the PERSAD Art for Change 2015 Auction.

Jeffrey Brunner of Hey Beast Studio in Pittsburgh is the artist! He’ll have a booth at the Three Rivers Art Festival next week.

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Photograph taken by Toni K at the shower

Laura is sporting the gift of Chewbeads that double as a necklace and a teething ring for baby…..Thanks Marlene!

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You can see Maura and my SIL James in the reflection 

(Note to self: photograph art without glass)

And here it the book I bought with the stunning illustrations by Mr. Brunner.

Available at ETSY

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One more fun illustration by Jeffrey Brunner

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Front Porch Friday Night

The family has gathered in.  The house comes alive.

Awkward Family Photo®  Game on the front porch.

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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.

 

 

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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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