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Men at Work

 

In the living room at Mark and Erika’s house,  Saturday of Easter weekend.

I pulled the iPhone out of my pocket.  QUICK

The four males engaged with their devices or book.  Oblivious to me.

Erika’s dad- Donald,  grandsons Michael and Jack and my son Mark on the right.  Pap’s birthday. April 19th.

I love this photo of the four them.

Men on Devices

 


Share Your Cookbook Shelf

What’s on your cookbook shelf?  These days, many people are cooking from recipes on the internet instead of cookbooks.

Did you ever discard or pass on a cookbook and then later regret your having gotten rid of it?

Diets, tastes and trends change over time.  I have a wooden box of my grandmother’s recipes but I’m  not making them.

I always enjoy reading a cookbook in bed, planning meals or dishes to try. Thinking about entertaining.  What I usually end up doing is making the same things over and over again for the most part, not using a recipe.

Comfort foods as of late, with the ongoing winter temps I feel motivated to cook hearty meals-  and eat them!

Here’s my sister’s cookbook shelf in NYC.  You might remember seeing her kitchen.  I love the Coldweather Cooking book and have a copy myself. I love to bake the Brown Mountain Cake out of the Farm Journal Country Cookbook.  The Fannie Farmer makes me think of my mother’s Boston Cooking School Cookbook,  tied with a ribbon.

I open old cookbooks, find a handwritten note or  a yellowed recipe between the pages, see my mother’s hand- memories of my childhood or my children’s childhood, recipes past, present and the ones I’ve clipped for the future (always heavy on the desserts!)

I’ll share my cookbook shelf another post.  Hope you will share your cookbook shelf photo.

Cookbook Shelf

It was hard to get it all in one shot, it’s a tight space!


Unexpected Gallery Two

Working on a different computer today-  I saw a few more unexpected themed photographs although  I already posted for the weekly photo challenge.   If I dipped into the hard drives I could go all week I am sure.

I skipped the “couch on the front lawn” shots.  Those are almost expected these days.

Some deja vu for longtime followers, thanks for looking again.

 

Fox on the Roof

 

Stuffed Fox on a Roof

 

 

Maura sees her reflection

Maura and her reflection

bras on Hot Metal Bridge

 

Bras on the Hot Metal Bridge for Breast Cancer Awareness

 

book bench

 

 

Book bench on High Street Clintonville, Ohio

 

American Girl Beauty Salon

 

American Girl Hair Salon Fifth Avenue New York City- my sister was showing it to me- no kids or dolls with us.

 

 

MOMA courtyard

 

Museum of Modern Art Courtyard New York City

 

 

mona lisa

 

Mona Lisa mural in Columbus

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady and Beware of Dog

Juxtaposition

 

 

 
mini car in NYC


You Ought to Write a Book….By George- George Boyle, That Is!

Last Saturday night we were down by PNC Park and strolling along the walkway while the Pirates were inside the park, beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 7-1. The Allegheny River was muddy and reflecting the night lights of the boats and city.

My friend Steve saw a man he recognized.  Captain George Boyle on the Safety Boat by the fireworks on the barge.  They hadn’t seen each other in years.

Captain George was patrolling the river to keep the pleasure boats away from the barge where  the fireworks were set to go off after the game, to  keep the boaters out of the danger zone.

Captain George invited us aboard the Safety Boat, and Steve bought his book (which Captain George autographed for him) One of those serendipitous moments in life.

“A world traveling photographer and film producer chronicles the highlights and adventures of a unique and thrilling career”

If you’re from Pittsburgh you might have seen one of the 13 part TV series “What’s New at the Zoo” which Captain George filmed.

You can read about Captain George’s suiting up in scuba gear and his retrieval of the Gateway Clipper Steamboat’s Paddlewheel from the bottom of the Allegheny River.

Captain George Boyle

Captain George Boyle just autographed a copy of You Ought to Write A Book…By George

Lots of adventures packed in twenty chapters!  If you want a copy of his book just leave a comment and I’ll contact Captain George.

Here is what Mr. Fred Rogers said in the blurb on the back cover

“My goodness George, what a marvelous tome you have written.  You certainly have gone to great lengths to help the reader understand some of the technical details of photography.  I’m happy to be included in the events of your life.”  Fred Rogers, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood


Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots


Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue

 

 

Little Italy days (2)

 

 

 

 

Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce

 

 

West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance

 

 

 

 

 

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days

 

 

 

 

 

Bocce

Bocce

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones

 

Little Italy Days (15)

 

Live entertainment at Center Stage

 

 

Balloon Man

Balloon Man

 

 

 

 

 

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days (3)

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thirteen Hundredth Post Today

This is the blog’s 1300th post today.  I don’t think I mentioned when it hit number 1200 or 1100. Thanks for following and looking and writing when you can.

 Maybe it was the 13 which was the lucky number for two of my kids on their baseball uniforms years ago!   

 I was sitting on the floor and looked at some of Matthew’s books on a shelf at his Aunt Mary’s, thinking about him.  Saw the brick wall reflected in the vintage looking alarm clock. 

bookshelf and alarm clock


The Book Loft of German Village – Columbus OH – Independent Bookstore

Not many independent booksellers left in my city of Pittsburgh.

If you come to Columbus, Ohio you must visit this bookstore. In fact, plan a trip to Columbus so you can go to this bookstore.

Thirty-two rooms of books!

 I spent most of time in the children’s section but you could lose yourself for hours in any one of the sections- travel, cookbooks, business, art, mystery, fiction, bestsellers, biography, magazines…..

My DIL’s friend, Christina, recommended it as I had some time in the city after dropping my granddaughter and her daughter off for Writing Camp at the Thurber House, but that is another whole post.

 Laura and I had lunch at the Brown Bag Deli and after I took her back to work, I followed her directions and found the Book Loft. The number 631 was the same number as my parents home so that was fun.

It is an Independent Bookstore  and here is their link- The Book Loft of German Village 

My big purchase of the day was 4 Advent Calendars from Germany which reminded me of growing up and when we lived in Germany, too. I got an iced coffee at Cup O Joe next door.  The building is pre Civil War and there is more info about it on their website. Left in time to drive back to pick up the girls from camp and they were so excited after taking a field trip to the Topiary Park Garden.

Summer vacation is in full swing!


Whether You Like Them or Not, They Sell More Than A Million Copies a Year!

So there’s no Franklin W. Dixon ( or Carolyn Keene for that matter, sorry Nancy Drew fans) But  Frank and Joe Hardy lived nice lives in the books.

All volumes written by various ghostwriters ( who were paid very little and received NO royalties). First published in 1927.  I’d  heard this but never paid much attention until I was at Book Club and saw them all lined up with the great  bright blue spines. (Thank you Lisa and Richard) Click to read more about the Hardy Boys and Mr. Edward Stratemeyer’s Syndicate.

My Bookshelf

You tell me my old books smell
like a Goodwill bin.
Old dust and stick your nose in,
breathe.

The weight of them
on the house’s foundation.
My hardwood floors sag.
You say I’m impaired
in technology.
Society will evolve without me?
All I need in my life
is an e-reader not musty books.

I like the feel of them in my hand.
Turn them over, slip off a dustjacket.
See the author peer back at me.
The opening of the first page.
Or a slender bookmark to hold my place.
I’m sad they’re closing the store.

My list of reasons to read
from a page (or your preferred screen)–

There’s escape,
entertainment,
information,
directions-
maps, cooking, and signs,
travel or how to put something together
take meds,
but for me
reason number one. Two and three.
There’s my mother’s voice
my dad’s, in certain volumes
reading to me-
the escape I mentioned before.
And enjoyment. Sheer enjoyment.
I’m sure you can think of more.

I read a bunch of these when I was in 4th or 5th grade.


Eljay’s Used Books is Moving from the South Side to Dormont

I asked why and the answer wasn’t surprising.       “Economics.”

After 14 years on Carson Street.  I bought a James Beard Cooking Lessons volume to read while I waited for a friend.  The fiction section was already boxed up and packed.  A lot of books to move.  A loss for the South Side scene for sure.

Dormont is fortunate. 3233 West Liberty Avenue will be their new digs.

I Love Bookstores

Losing two bookstores in the city.
Just this week.
Borders  with the new books-not open lomg
barely two years
and now Eljay’s Used Books on South Side,
Signs of the times.


My Bookshelf

What books would you put on your favorites bookshelf?

What books would you select for your bookshelf to be painted by artist Jane Mount? Her Ideal Bookshelf paintings (click link to see) featured in the New Yorker last August 11 inspired me to put twenty volumes together on one shelf and photograph them.   Anne of Green Gables was a Christmas 1925 gift to my mother from her mother and the Gene Stratton-Porter book was my mother’s.  C.S. Lewis’ Silver Chair is a stand-in for The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Most of these books belonged to my sister  Mary and got passed down to me. Longfellow was a gift to my brother David and me from Cousin Paul in 1961. In sixth grade I had to memorize, “Under a spreading chestnut tree the village smithy stands….. The Beatrix Potter in French was from my sister (who signed it Marie) and presented it to me on my half birthday one January fourth.  The Tiny Golden Book in The Naughty Little Guest by Dorothy Kunhardt. The Sunny Sulky Book opened two different directions with the good children and bad children stories.  I loved Fairy Eat-It-All who came in the night with a spoon for a little boy whose eyes were bigger than his  stomach, and he had to eat his way through a mound of food he had taken and not eaten.  So here are my books from growing up, all on one shelf.
My Bookshelf

You tell me my old books smell
like a Goodwill bin.
Old dust and stick your nose in,
breathe.

The weight of them
on the house’s foundation.
My hardwood floors sag.
You say I’m impaired
in technology.
Society will evolve without me?
All I need in my life
is an e-reader not musty books.

I like the feel of them in my hand.
Turn them over, slip off a dustjacket.
See the author peer back at me.
The opening of the first page.
Or a slender bookmark to hold my place.
I’m sad they’re closing the store.

My list of reasons to read
from a page (or your preferred screen)–

There’s escape,
entertainment,
information,
directions-
maps, cooking, and signs,
travel or how to put something together
take meds,
but for me
reason number one. Two and three.
There’s my mother’s voice
my dad’s, in certain volumes
reading to me-
the escape I mentioned before.
And enjoyment. Sheer enjoyment.
I’m sure you can think of more.

My Favorite Bookshelf Image

What books would you put on your favorites bookshelf?


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