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Murano Marbles

Today my sister and I visited our Aunt Rhea.  We had a nice visit, looked at our grandmother’s photo album together, and ate lunch with tapioca for dessert.

Next to her couch were her colorful glass marbles  from Murano (a puzzle you are to jump in a straight line- NOT  Chinese Checkers)

The light was coming in through her window.  I shot this with  my phone.

Murano Marbles


Greatest Cake in America says Huffington Post

 

 

 

 

Burnt Almond Torte WEdding CakePrudence and Jordan’s Burnt Almond Torte wedding cake-    assisted by his father wielding the fire axe  September 2012

 

Julie R Thomson of the Huffington Post thanks “Pittsburgh for the greatest cake America has ever made”

 

Prantl's Burnt Almond Torte

and a link to a previous blogpost with the copycat recipe

 

 

Prantl's Bakery Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 


4-14-2014 Rockford Illinois

When my sister and I came out to the car in the restaurant parking lot …..

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Friday and Saturday

dishclothMy friend Joanne sent me a surprise hand knit dishcloth to go with the dishes she found for me in Omaha, Nebraska.  Celebrating my Fouth of July bday in style this year!

 

 

mailing recommendation

Wanted my student teacher to be reassured that her recommendation was mailed in by the deadline!

 

 

 

potatoes sproutingWanted to make soup but the onion and potatoes were sprouting!

 

SycamoresSteve and I drove to Squirrel Hill to see friends’ art show.  On the way there was an eerie light on the sycamores.Nice work Linda, Pat and Suzanne!

 

 

 

 

smokestack

View from the Art Show.  Murray Avenue.

saigon soup

After we picked Mary up at the train we ate Saigon Soup at Tram’s in Bloomfield

 

 

easter tree (1)Saturday we had lunch in Columbus with James and Laura.  She set up the Easter Tree

 

 

easter treeI am so happy the Easter decorations have a new home with Laura and James now.

 

SpringLaura put the bouquet in the vase Mark and Erika gave them for their wedding.  I brought her the nest of wooden robin’s eggs too.

 

NimitzMark likes the Nimitz statue I got for him at the Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg, Texas.  He put in up on his office shelf next to the book on him.

 

WHEN I MOVED THE SHOE

 

Maura’s old shoe.  When I moved it the grass was a lighter green.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Flowers in an Airport Bathroom

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Wordless Wednesday

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My School Neighbor Gave Me These- Said They Look Like Me

A couple of weeks ago, my next door neighbor at school put out a call for a poster about reading.

There was to be a state inspection and a visual aid encouraging reading was on the checklist. When I saw her in the hall, I offered a collage of photographs of students reading their favorite books.  She was thrilled and one of her students created a large poster with the photos and added some text about the benefits of reading.

It looked good and she told me it was well received by the inspection team.  My colleague was pleased.  And grateful.  I wish I had a photo of the finished poster to include in this post but it is at school.

As a thank you, she brought me this unexpected gift.

She said when she saw them at the store, they reminded her of me.  I looked in the mirror and I see the resemblance!

When I saw the smiling face socks,  I thought of fellow blogger Stef and her Smile, Kiddo blog. Always on the lookout for smiles.

Here’s a link to a cool post titled What I Like About Me.

 Right now the high school students are working on creating images for a positive image campaign so it’s a great post for that theme.

smiley face socks

 

p.s. You can see Twilight, Gregory Crewdson’s book of photographs.  If you haven’t seen his movie Brief Encounters about how he makes his photographs, check out the trailer and the film.


Easter Decorations in the City

door decoration off 40th street

Electric lights and tinselly garland for Easter time in Pittsburgh?  Not my house.

 

 

and Laura (who was born in Germany) said she would like to make an Easter Tree so I am taking her the German Easter decorations.  Feels good to pass them on. I remember when we moved to Germany at EAster time and on the table in the Gasthaus was a platter of earth and real green grass growing with colored eggs peeking out of the grass.  It was so pretty and inviting.  The tablecloth is from our former exchange student Yvonne.

 

german rabbits (1)

 

 


Texas Bluebonnets Through a Rental Van Windshield

They are everywhere.

As far as the eye can see.

Bluebonnet wildflowers.  Beautiful color of blue, the Lupinus Texensis is the state flower of Texas.

I photographed (70-200 Canon L series lens) the wildflowers on the way to the San Antonio airport last Sunday.

Was NOT the driver of the rental van but the passenger. (Thanks Rick)  Figure we were going about 70 mph so the blue is a bit of a blur.

bluebonnets


Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold

Threshold

thresh·old   noun \ˈthresh-ˌhōld, ˈthre-ˌshōld\
: a piece of wood, metal, or stone that forms the bottom of a door and that you walk over as you enter a room or building

: the point or level at which something begins or changes

 

jack threshold

Literal interpretation of Jack  crossing a threshold at Idlewild Park in Storybook Forest last summer.

 

 

 

 Erika and kids waiting for Jack to be born

A couple of days before Jack was born 2007

 

 

p.s.  click here to see Madhu’s entry  at The Urge to Wander blog photographerd  at a Shinto Shrine in Japan.

In my opinion, hers is the best of all the responses I viewed! 

 

 


Henry the Airedale Terrier is One Already

There are lots of ways to mark the passage of time.  You rip the calendar pages off and suddenly a whole year has passed!

When I was at school, I saw there was a missed call and a voicemail from my DIL Erika.

Later when I didn’t have students I listened on the phone’s speaker.

The message was a howling/animal crying and then my granddaughter Anna(10) saying, “Henry, stop it.  That’s enough. ”  Then some more doggy  crying and Anna saying, ” Aww Henry don’t feel bad.”

When Erika got on the phone when I called back, she said that Henry ran to the computer first thing this morning and was sad he wasn’t featured on the blog today, celebrating his first birthday.

So Anna took some photos and I PROMISED Hnery would be on the blog before the end of the day.  Forgetful Grandma!

The thoughtful breeder, Diana McKenna,  remembered and sent a card via email and E forwarded it to me.  Screen shot below.

Here is the photo of the family getting ready to take Henry back to Ohio from Michigan. Thanks Diana.

Aberdeen Card

 

Erika sent a photo of the birthday Airedale biscuits she baked for Henry’s first bday. I’ll have to get the recipe.

Airedale cookie cutter

One year old today.   Anna took these photographs and sent them through her Mother’s phone to me.

Henry the Airedale on a rainy deckApril Showers in Ohio. Henry on the Rainy Deck

Henry the Airedale TerrierPhotographed by Anna.

 

 

Henry the Airedale and his bone

Henry loves to hide bones. Big ones!

 

 

 

Henry the Airedale in the KitchenHelping cook supper?

Thanks Anna for the photos. Nice job.

You might remember the shot of the grandchildren with Henry at his first Christmas. He made the blog then. Or the time he knocked at the back door. He was on the blog that day too.

 


Third Street Life

Cell Phone Trio NYC

Cell Phone Trio NYC

Lawrenceville by Neid's Hotel

Lawrenceville by Neid’s Hotel

Near Union Square

Near Union Square

Belgian Dinner

Belgian Dinner

Cell Phone Duo

Cell Phone Duo

Marilyn Monroe NYC

Marilyn Monroe NYC

Nitrogen going where? NYC

Nitrogen going where? NYC

Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Line NYC

Magnolia Bakery Cupcake Line NYC

Dog in Pink on Bleecker St

Dog in Pink on Bleecker St

Bleecker Street Music

Bleecker Street Music

Pink Wigs NYC

Pink Wigs NYC

Loe protestor in East Liberty

Lone
protestor in East Liberty

Pittsburgh Workmen at night

Pittsburgh Workmen at night

Brooklyn Delivery

Brooklyn Delivery

Model on street of NYC

Model on street of NYC

Fruit Seller NYC

Fruit Seller NYC

Hot dog Vendor NYC

Hot dog Vendor NYC

Crosswalk NYC

Crosswalk NYC

Smurf in Times Square

Smurf in Times Square

Bagpipers and Onlookers Morningside

Bagpipers and Onlookers Morningside

Bomb Squad in Parade

Bomb Squad in Parade

Perusing the archives in a different computer.  I know this STREET LIFE challenge could go on and on and on……Will stop now. I really liked it, though.  Guess you can tell.

It’s fun to scan the files for forgotten photos you might not post otherwise.

 

 


Street Life 2

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life   part two  Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-

 From the archives 

pittsburgh poetry

Waiting for the Bus East Liberty

Waiting for the Bus East Liberty

Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC

Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC

Pizza Men New York City

Pizza Men New York City

Someone's Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge

Someone’s Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge

Pirates Sidewalk bridge

Headed to Summer Pirates Game

Headed to Summer Pirates Game

Couch on Sidewalk NYC

Couch on Sidewalk NYC

Short North Beer Truck Columbus

Short North Beer Truck Columbus

New York City

New York City

Poetry in Bloomfield

Poetry in Bloomfield

Pirates Sidewalk

Pirates Sidewalk

Bus Stop Millvale

Bus Stop Millvale

High Street Columbus Ohio

High Street Columbus Ohio

Garbage Men on Josephine St

Garbage Men on Josephine St


Texas Breakfasts

Friday and Saturday mornings- starts of the day in Texas

The vibrant colors seemed a cheerful welcome to Saturday’s Wedding Celebration. Top two taken with the Canon 50D

Fruit and flowers

This was a Angel’s Lodge Above the Creek

Fruit and flowers

and the photograph below with breakfast on the colorful Fiestaware was taken at the bride’s parents’ home Friday morning. Everything seemed bigger and brighter than what I’ve been experiencing all winter.

 

 

breakfast in Texas on Fiestaware

photographed with the iPhone

 


By the Dawn’s Early Light- Opening Day

As I was driving to school, crossing the Liberty Bridge, I decided to make a right turn up McArdle  Roadway to Mt. Washington and shoot the city from the Duquesne Incline Platform.  Traffic didn’t seem too thick. I knew I could do it.

Time tight,  the light so nice and the next Opening Day would be a year away.   You saw the view from inside the park on yesterday’s post.

A decision, a moment, you know you’re a photographer.

And as I was standing there I realized I’m witnessing the sun rising, coming up behind the buildings. It didn’t take too long.

I had to wait to shoot the sun as it peeked through.  Not exactly Stonehenge in NYC but a thrill just the same!

PNC Park was a happy place as the Pittsburgh Pirates won in the 10th Inning.  (sorry Chicago John) You can see the Ballpark lights glowing on the left hand side of the photos.

 

 

Opening Day Pittsburgh

 

 

and the iPhone shot

 

sunrise Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 


PNC Park at Dusk

Ruth:

Trom the archives
Monday, March 31.2014.
Today is Opening Day. Against the Chicago Cubs.
Spring is here! I know my friend Sue will be in her seat, cheering on the Pirates this afternoon.

Originally posted on Ruth E Hendricks Photography:

from the archives- Pittsburghers will notice fewer lighted signs on the downtown buildings in this shot- taken 7 years ago this time of year. Tuesday’s post will be back in “real time” . Baseball equals summer to me!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

Main StreetStreet life of Main Street Fredericksburg Texas by night and by day. Friday March 28. The weekly challenge on wordpress by Cheri Lucas Rowlands is street life.   Pedestrians in crosswalk         couple in front of brewery         cars going up and down Main Street   Earlier in the day     Gun and Blade show Should have included the traffic below.             IMG_6287   Along Main Street Fredericksburg Texas     IMG_6379       IMG_6384           pansies        
        Walking with two grandchildren My friend Kristin and two of her grandchildren


Night Wing to Texas

Waited to capture the red light as it flashed on the plane wing. Took a few tries-

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As I looked out the window, I thought a lot about a cool book my sister gave to the kids about Bernoulli’s PrincipleBernoulli’s principle

Aerodynamics is amazing to me.


Sad Tulip in a Swan Neck Vase

This lone tulip was left out of the water overnight. I tried to revive it, see if it could stand up again. Gave it a drink.

The curved lines seem to repeat.

My dad gave me two of these vases ages ago.
The students have been photographing the white tulips and painting them in Photoshop elements
to make them a color.

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A Few More Reflections

You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.

Some favorite reflections.  The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.

 

swimming ohio state

Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium

 

 

penguin reflection

Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo

 

 

 

subway train reflection

From the subway on the way to Coney Island

 

 

church reflection

Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

sidewalk reflection

Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

 

mail chute  reflection

Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.

 

 

 

 

mary reflection

 

 

 

 

 

Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses

 
jack reflection

 

Jack’s reflection in a puddle.

Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo


Sure Signs of Spring

At the high school baseball game after school Monday afternoon.

A gallery of abandoned baseballs in the brush-

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sunflower hulls and cleat marks

 

Cleat marks in the dirt and discarded sunflower seed hulls

 

 

 

 

baseball 6

It was like an Easter Egg Hunt, all of the lost baseballs in the underbrush.  The afternoon light hitting them sideways.

 

 

 

 

baseball glove 1

Leather baseball glove or is it a mitt, lying on the wooden bench.

 

 

 

baseball fans 3The weather felt like a football game but the fans huddled together, wrapped in a blanket.

 

 

 

baseball 5

I see a bit of new green in the baseball photos amongst the dead leaves.

 

 

 

baseballs 2

 

 

 

baseball interior

And Monday March 31st will be Opening Day for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the Chicago Cubs coming to PNC Park


Empty Sign

Driving from Columbus to Pittsburgh I pulled off the exit and photographed this sign.  Looked like an outline for Batman.

Didn’t drive in to see if I could find a clue what the sign was for originally.

Sign to Nowhere


But What’s a Hoogie?

Submarine sandwiches are called lots of things – depending on where you live.

A grinder, a hoagie, a sub, a hero, a blimpie- to name a few.

Last Sunday afternoon,  I filled up the tank in Clintonville, Ohio  before heading to Pittsburgh and saw this sign.

A new name or a typo? Well,no typewriter was involved but a misspelling? or intentional naming of a new type of sandwich.

Shot from inside the car through the windshield. With the iPhone.

My DIL said, why didn’t you go in and ask them. Never occurred to me.

Hoogie Sign


What a Difference a Year Makes

Happy Seventh Birthday Jack (John Patrick).

March 21st is your big day.  Thought you’d like to see the faces your old grandma captured this past year!

 

Last year you looked like this.

Jack in the Monkey tie

 

 

And now you are getting your permanent front teeth after losing those baby ones!

 

The shot below was taken one week before your birthday at the Columbus Car Show.

 

jack is sevenYou had a great year being six-   Here you are making the leap from six to seven!

jack at Idlewild stepping

 

 

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