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Lala and Her Lap Dog

Happy Birthday Laura.  

(Didn’t  Erika coin your nickname, Lala? )

What is the definition of a “lap dog”?

A dog who is able to sit on your lap.

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Penny is a lap dog.

 

 

Laura and familyYou at the farm with husband James and his sister Kim and Penny, and niece Anna.

 

 

Laura and AnnaEveryone loves Aunt Lala.

 

Laura jumpigCorny.  But fun.   A jump at the farm.  Hope your birthday feels just like this.

I am so excited you are here in the Burgh. Good timing on the wedding weekend so you get to come to Pittsburgh.

 

 

Angel Food CakeI baked an Angel Food cake. Not sure why I did it in this Angel Food loaf pan this time.  Looks a tad cracked on top.

You always called it CLOUD CAKE.

We’ll add some fresh berries and ice cream.

 

Laura and Her Lap Dog (1)

Without the shades this time. Thanks.  love you lots.

Happy Birthday dear daughter.  Love. Ma

 


Independence Day Birthday

Set alarm about 3:30 AM to catch a 6:25 flight to Nashville, connecting four hours later to Panama City FL.

 

 

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“Oh beautiful for spacious skies”

 

 

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Knitting a horizontal ribbed cowl  and two eggs over easy with toast and potatoes, coffee and juice.

 

 

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Self portrait     St. George Island on the Gulf Coast

 

 

The closest fireworks I have ever seen.  The beach had a number of colorful displays.

 

 

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Marlene sent a video of the family singing Happy Birthday  and I was missing being with them  but

Erin baked a beautiful birthday cake, it some candles and my friend’s family sanga again. Very nice.

 

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Thanks for all the nice birthday greetings and wishes.

Fourth of July Birthday is fun.   Then the Daily Post said, how do you celebrate July Fourth and I had already posted this one showing my actual birthday cake.

Weekly Photo Challenge: It’s Your Party

 

 


The Importance of Friendship

Long time friends, childhood friends, best friends, far away friends, friends and neighbors of years past and passed-  there are many degrees and types of friendship. Friends can see you through all kinds of situations and experiences.

And we have virtual friends -you may not meet in person but with whom you have a connection, a blogging friend, or someone with a shared interest..

I ‘m fortunate to have received real mail in my mailbox-  birthday cards and also texts on devices and phone calls from other friends.

This Friday (the fourth) I’m celebrating my birthday so it’s good to feel their friendship in a variety of ways. You can eat together, laugh together, cry together, provide mutual support.  Be a friend to have one, it’s true.

One friend sent a tea bag in a fabric envelope with a little verse. (thanks Donna).

Yes, it is good to have friends.

 

 

birthday cards in the mail

Loss of a Blogging Friend

 

This morning I read a post by  Stuart, a blogging friend’s husband (of 45 years) who told of Christine’s sudden passing. A virtual friend from the blogging community.  The first comment Christine wrote on my blog was in 2011- when we “met”  so it has been a nice exchange of good words and photographs. She was an excellent photographer and lived near the beach in Australia so her photographs show another part of the world.

One doesn’t really know what to do when someone passes.  Takes time to digest the sad news.  And then the missing begins……….

Two members of the wordpress community , blogging friends, wrote tributes,  beautiful blog posts, to Christine in response to her passing-
click to see Jo’s A Walk for Christine or Madhu’s Farewell Dear Friend blog with photographs and words in memory of Christine.


David and His Elderberries in Okanogan. WA

Flag Day!  June 14th.

Started in the year 1895. For history click here

AND it’s my brother’s birthday!  Happy Birthday David.

Carolee (David’s wife)  sent these photos of my brother David, standing by the enormous elderberry plants.

I’ve been saving them all week to post on his birthday. Thanks for sending the photos Carolee.

 

 

Happy Birthday from Pittsburgh-  American Flag and the PPG building tonight.  love, Ruth

Flag and PPG

 

 


They Say It’s Your Birthday

Dear Mark,

Seems like just yesterday (May 26, 1976) you arrived at Ireland Army Hospital – Fort Knox, Kentucky.

You were born exactly two years to the day from my graduation from college. 

And suddenly, in a blink, it’s 38 years later!

I am proud of you and the wonderful man you have become. WOW. You have a beautiful family.

With love and gratitude on your birthday,

Your Mom

and of course I should have included the best present ever  

Been on a bit of a Beatles kick lately….


Helping Pap Celebrate His Birthday

Anna, Maura, Michael and Jack helped Pap celebrate his birthday Saturday evening. (Donald is Erika’s dad)

Happy Birthday Pap

Try to not shoot into the light source.  Used the Canon 5D with the 50mm L series lens with available light

 

I photographed the three grandkids in the garage on the way to church.  Jack was under the weather and stayed home with Pap.

 

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Anna Maura and Michael in the garage.  You know how I love to photograph them in the ambient light.

 

 

Jack Thumbs Up

Not to leave anyone out- Jack giving the thumbs up after a good report at Children’s Hospital.  Photographed by his dad earlier in the afternoon.

 

 

Birthday party

Posing for their other grandmother, Marlene.


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.

 


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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Weekly Photo Challenge: One

One is the loneliest number ….”

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One unicyclist Pittsburgh Marathon last May

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One handstand by Anna my granddaughter in Hardy Virginia

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One reader in Bryant Park NYC

by window

One friend at her window

watching the seals

One seal watcher in Central Park

one tulip

One tulip by St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC

one nun

One nun in NYC

$1 keychainsOne dollar souvenir keychain

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Laura is ONE  August 7, 1984 Grafenwoehr Germany

I saw Three Dog Night in the early seventies.  No kidding.


Lebkuchen Recipe from Aunt Rhea, (Well actually from her Mother’s Father)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This recipe is from Aunt Rhea’s mother’s (Marie) father, Julius Rickel(, who died in 1933.) That’s all the info I have on the handwritten recipe.  Not much more.

How to bake a Family Favorite recipe that hails from Germany. I copied it down from Aunt Rhea. Sunday before I left Ohio I dropped into the Kroger and bought what I needed

Aunt Rhea married my mother’s brother Robert.

She’s 98 years old today and celebrating, too.

   I plan to call her up and ask if there’s anything else to know about this particular recipe.

Love to you.

pecans and citronChopped pecans and citron. The recipe didn’t say how much.

Oh yes, prepare two 8 inch pans to bake.  Fire up the over to 35o degrees

I used disposables and cut out some parchment paper

 

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cinnamonMix the cinnamon into the flour

 

 

 

cinnamon mixed inAdd the finely chopped citron and nuts to the flour mixture to coat evenly

Beat 4 eggs and 2 cups of brown sugar together until light. I used a heavy duty mixture.Lebkuchen recipe

 

 

add the flour mixturepouring the flour in

 

 

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cooling lebkuchen

 

Baked  between 25 and 30 minutes

 

 

 

 

glazed lebkuhen

A light glaze on top.  The whole kitchen smella so good.

 

 


This Book ©1958 Cost $1.75 and Says a Lot About Friendship!

A Friend is Someone Who Likes You.  (by Joan Walsh Anglund)

Can’t show you the sweet images inside as they’re copyrighted  but it’s all about how lovely it is to have a friend.

I took the book to school  in 1961 and the teacher, Miss Grace E. Wagner, inscribed it after I shared it.

A good friend is to be cherished.

You may not see your friend all the time, live far away, but when you’re together it is as if all the time between melts and you pick up where you left off.

Your good friend “gets you”, accepts you, and loves you, no matter what.  And you love them right back!

Life events, milestones, heartaches, joys, loss and laughter.   Sometimes all in the same moment.  These are shared, celebrated or in the case of grief you  keep one another in your hearts.    Carefully.   Remembering.    With gratitude.   And  much love.

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A Friend is Someone Who LIkes You

 

for my longtime friend – I love you.         Happy Birthday!    

Friendship since childhood“And the greatest of these is love………….”


Grated Grenada Nutmeg

Sunday afternoon I was getting ready to bake cookies. (Originally from Fannie Farmer Boston Cooking School)

The recipe my mother used to use  for her signature Sour Cream cookies – (baking them on my cousin Paul’s milestone birthday :-) and will mail them tomorrow)

‘d just gotten back from the store with the sour cream when I realized I did not have a container of nutmeg on the spice rack.

But wait, how abou these whole nutmegs in a little bag?  I pulled one out and began to grate it and the aroma was amazing.

The label said Grenada Nutmeg .

(Joanne, did you send them to me?)

You may already grate your own nutmeg but it was first for me.   The interior was a beautiful pattern. The smell intoxicating.

Nutmeg interior

Freshly Grated Nutmeg ready to go in to the Sour Cream Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 3/4cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture on top before baking – I used parchment paper for easy baking and clean up
  • Bake at 350 for 11 minutes

Back to the Post Office after school.

 

 


Matty, Your Age is Your Lacrosse Number Today

Happy 33!  I found this drawing from your birthday post from three years ago and saw the Lacrosse number.  I am thinking of you and hoping someone is celebrating your birthday with you in Croatia.  Missing you.

Birthday box on the way. 6-10 business days they said. Hope it makes it.  I ‘m inserting Richie Havens singing “Wonder Child”.   We’ve enjoyed Richie a couple of times when we were together so thought it was a good birthday song.

Here is the colored pencil drawing I am making for you with  Little Green Doggie, Lego, Playmobil, St Nicholas made with a walnut and upside down apple from German Kindergarten. ( You can see the Lacrosse #)    Love you, Ma

Matthew collageIt was your idea to start blogging for birthdays and it’s a wonderful idea.  Love to you in Croatia

Richie Havens sings on Sesame Street

Information on Richie Havens and Sesame Street here


Happy 8th Birthday Michael!

Proud of the fact he was born in Florida, he’s a Gator fan.  (And that’s not easy given he lives in Buckeye country)

He loves to wear the orange and blue!   Build lego.  Learning to strategize in Chess.

When he swings, I worry he goes too high, just even with the very top of the swing set.

He assures me he’s fine.  He studies bugs in the grass, wonders about things.

Likes airplanes in a book. Tin-Tin.  He’s always finding Waldo!

His palate is expansive-he devours little yellow tomatoes with zest. Loves his family.

I was fortunate to be in Florida the day he was born.  Happy Birthday Michael.  Enjoy 8 !.

I love you.  Grandma

Michael on the slide


Big Walnut Skate Club – Sunbury Ohio

At school I teach what a photo essay is- a series of photos that tells a story, with or without captions.   I also got to practice my sports photography.

A double birthday party for two neighbor boys whose Mom rented out the entire Roller Rink for the evening.  WOW!

The kids tried roller blades and four wheel skates for the first time and Mom Erika got out on the floor and gave a hand to help them stay upright.

The lighting in the place was a challenge, too.

Big Walnut Skateland

 

Good thing for the GPS

 

Remember how I said I like to catch them unaware. ….Here is the result when I ask for a mug!

We arrive.  Love those posed shots.  No one wanted to pose for Grandma.

We arrive. Love those posed shots. No one wanted to pose for Grandma.

 

 

 

 

 

Finding the right skates for the family

Finding the right skates for the family

 

Lacing the skates

Lacing the skates

 

Maura on roller skates

 

 

 

 

Anna on Roller Blades

 

 

 

 

 

Family roller skating

 

Michael ventures on his own

 

And some help from Mom

And some help from Mom

 

 

 

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They turned down the lights- Maura has a blast!

 

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Into the carpeted wall!

 

 

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Michael and Mom take a break

 

 

Roller Skate Rental

 

 

Jack turns in his skates.

 

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Anna is concentrating

 

 

Skating Accessories

 

 

 

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Ready to go home. One bag of chips for the road.

 

 

On the way home.  We did it!  (Well I just photographed)

On the way home. We did it! (Well I just photographed)

 

VFWThe Skate Club is directly behind the VFW.

Alum Creek Park

The view on the way home  Alum Creek at sunset

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1949 Chevrolet Ambulance and Our Brother’s Birthday

My sister Mary sent me these photos she took on her phone in NYC.

She texted the year- 1949. a very good year!

A Chevrolet Ambulance.  Looked up definition for the word Chevrolet and found Louis Chevrolet “a Swiss Born American Race Car Driver of French Descent”

I’ve been saving the photos to post for our brother David’s birthday today, also Flag Day.  (You might remember how bad I am at sending out a card in time.)

Happy Birthday David.  Thinking of you and hoping you have a wonderful day.

Love from your sisters,

Ruth and Mary

Chevy 1949

 

 

 

 

Side View 1949 Chevy

 

 

 

 

 

1949 Chevy rear view

 

 


May 26, 1976 Fort Knox Kentucky

Ireland Army Hospital.

The family has gathered in to Erika’s parents to celebrate Mark’s birthday.  You were a bicentennial baby and my father’s mother knit you a red ,white and blue afghan.

This afternoon we went to the farm next door to see how the pigs are growing. We were playing with the runt named P.P. and watching her root in the mud.  No truffles found, though.

Mark and his sons Michael and Jack were walking back home.  Of course I had the fixed lens (50mm) on the camera.  I almost missed them though.  Erika asked me “Did you get it?” We saw the three of them at the top of the hill at the same time.  The next frame they’re in total sunlight and it isn’t as strong.

Happy Birthday Mark.  I searched the card racks for the right words but the card writers this year didn’t capture what I wanted to say.

When I see you grown up, loving your own beautiful family, my heart is full.

I love you.   Ma

 

Road to the Farm


Peter Celebrates the Big Five O (+)

Stuffed grape leaves, and fancy cheeses.  Goat cheese and fig jam on bruschetta.   Green grapes.  Some bubbly to toast.   M and D brought the most drinkable wine.  A secret in the carafe, a blind test.  Carlo Rossi. No kidding. Beat out the pricey Portuguese wine.  What do we know?

Dates and nuts in a chocolate South African pudding recipe, topped with whiskey whipped cream, created by his wife Janice.  Happy Birthday to Peter.  Live music at a party makes the evening rhyme. Marc on harmonica and Peter and Doug on guitar.  Kim sang a number with the lyrics on her cell phone.

A fun surprise party.  Well done, J.

 

 


Raspberries and Blueberries on Vanilla Häagen-Dazs

Accompanied by ginger snaps!

This is the dessert my friend V served at a lovely home cooked dinner last Saturday.  It was delicious.  A generous helping, too.

A nice finish to a simply perfect meal. Walleye caught by Cousins Jeff and Jeffrey, a baked sweet potato and salad with whisked lemon juice and olive oil dressing.  Found this in my phone tonight and was thinking about how everything was so good.  She said she was following the same idea my mother used to profess-  Buy the best food you can and do as little to it as possible.  Good advice.

The Pamela’s Ginger Mini Snapz are gluten free and quite tasty.    Hope you have a good day Saturday.  HBTY!

Bowl of Ice Cream and Fruit


32 Years Later

 

Happy Birthday Matthew. Remember when we pulled off Interstate 80 on the way to NYC last August?

Here you are last summer in front of your first home in Clarion PA. The house we brought you to from the hospital, 32 years ago.

Of course I didn’t send a card, just like last year!  So this is my birthday wish for you.  A day filled with love!

You sure give all of us a lot of love.  (Matthew’s the one who says about my photographing people, It’s annoying now, but later you’re glad)

Thinking of you today and everyday.

love. Ma

 

 

 

 

 


100 Years Ago Today

Marian Van Sickle Hendricks

Born Durand Illinois

September 3, 1912

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The one room school house photo with my mother as the teacher (in the back row left) was photographed September 13, 1930.

 Written on the back of the photo –  Barbara Sweet, Pearl Wallace, Jesse Shultz, Ellis Greene, Truman Sweet.

Front row, l to r, Glenn Greene, Laurence Judd, Edward Bratt, Truman Clark, Phyllis Sweet, Mildred Judd.

In the photos with her are her brothers John Rowley Van Sickle (1910) and Robert Eugene Van Sickle (1914)  Her parents Judd Dewitt Van Sickle and Charlotte Rowley Van Sickle were married in 1908.

The doll, Maybelle is in my living room.

She married Roy Joseph Hendricks August 28, 1939.

I am the baby in the photograph with the 1952 Dodge Wayfarer and my sister Mary and brother David.

My mother passed September 7, 2000.


Happy 7th Birthday

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Seven years ago I was in Florida watching Anna while Erika and Mark went to the hospital. Happy Birthday Michael Joseph!  He just lost his first tooth and is starting First Grade on Wednesday so your last day of summer vacation you don’t have to go to school.  Bet you’ll find time to build something with your new  Star Wars Lego today.

Blogging from Aunt Mary’s computer in NYC at 3 AM so when you wake up you can see your birthday post.  Love, FF Ruthie

 

 

 

 

 

 


“It’s Annoying Now, But Later You’re Glad”

Laura’s 29th birthday.  She says it is her FIRST 29th birthday.  The family gathers on the front porch because most of them are nearby.

This year I didn’t run around and get in the photograph. Just wanted them.  I’ll put it on the fridge.  Look at it until we’re all together again. In the middle of winter I’ll glance at this August evening, celebrating Laura’s birthday and be glad I have the picture.

Not too many people really want their photo taken. Maybe a few.  The family allows me to photograph them one more time.

They’re gracious and they love me and they know it’s what I like to do.

They probably wonder when I’ll get tired of wanting to photograph them but they don’t complain. Much.  Photographing them while they ignore me is easier.

Of course, I want the shot where everyone is with me and looking pleasant on this occasion.  Ha. Erika says to me, “Good luck with that!”

I get it the best I can.

Don’t want to drag it out too long, make it quick, Just SHOOT!

Thanks family.  Matthew is the one who said to his friends at his college graduation ” This is what my mom does.  It’s annoying now, but later you’re glad.”

Penny the Golden Doodle with Lala and James on their front porch.

And Maura and Murphy pose for Mark. Caught them from the side as he got them to look at his phone.


29, For Real!

 

 

                                                  Happy Birthday Laura Christine.

 On the left, lounging at the beach in Bibione, Italy as a toddler.

Center- A baby blessing/birth stats I cross stitched in 1983.  The town is spelled incorrectly- missing the first C- Eschenbach!

Photo on the right and below as a bride are from 6 months after the wedding in Columbus OH with husband James.

 


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