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Colorful “swords” 

At my friend’s home, supper Saturday night.  Cut from her garden. 

These summer flowers remind me of my Grandmother.

The beets and cucumbers in their respective dishes  were colorful, too. 

A Food Pusher

I’d never seen one before today.

A unique baby gift arrived in today’s mail from my dear friend J.

Food Pusher 2The flowers from last Saturday’s wedding with the blue blossoms, still look lovely.

Who Needs Sun When You’ve Got Love, Love, Love?

Congratulations Nicki and Jeff. What a fun wedding. Thanks for allowing me to blog a first peek at some of the photos.   Love the umbrella shots

Wishing you every happiness, always.  Ruth 

Jeff and Nikki









Staying dry inside the shelter of the Carousel Gazebo- Alameda Park, Butler PA






Not raining yet.





Nicki’s bridal portrait

The cookie table spread was a gift from friend Ellen and they were delicious. A lot of baking.





The Final Fire Drill and Floral Bouquets

Something smoking in in the culinary room.  You know how easily the smoke alarms  go off when you burn toast at home.

You always know it isn’t just a drill when you hear the trucks come. All was checked out and fine.

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And two girls were waiting for me at my classroom door yesterday morning, bouquet in hand.

bouquetWhat a surprise!  Thank you girls.  That was so sweet.




and at the Double Wide Grill after school, a colleague brought the two retirees, another lovely bouquet

A good day.

Friday the last day with students, Two classes take finals.  Then it is clerical days next week, gradebook entries and RETIREMENT begins.


Thank you Cynthia. The flowers are lovely.




The weekly photo challenge is fresh

fresh strawberries

smoothie carrot ginger

Laura sipping a NorthStar Shooting Star- Organic Carrot, Lemon and Ginger

Fresh PastaEataly Fresh Pasta

fresh mango

Fresh Mango NYC


Remember Delores’ Fresh Cinnamon Rolls (and Key Lime Pie?) Apalachicola FL

oatmeal and latte

Fresh Oatmeall and Banana and a Latte at Big Dog Coffee

helen's salad

Helen’s Fresh Salad St. George Island July 2014

fresh ingredients


fresh flowers

Fresh Flowers NYC

produce boxes

Produce Boxes  NYC

Phipps Conservatory Sports Orange and My Friend Captured It

Another guest post with the orange theme.

My friend and former colleague,Toni, emailed me photos from her Sunday visit to Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens,  ORANGE.

Seeing the orange made her think of the theme this week.

I asked if she’d agree to be guest blogger and here are her orange photos.

Thanks Toni.  Your photos are a bright spot.



Chihuly garden glass

orange boots

Tulips in the Sun

Last week I borrowed Erika’s pink tulips in Ohio and put the vase outside in the snow to photograph the contrast.

Perhaps you saw that post.

My sister is the one who said, “Buy Spring flowers like the Germans did when you lived in Germany” and I took her advice.

This morning I went to the market to get some fresh produce and a bunch of tulips was 4.99 which I thought was well worth it. They’re from Virginia.

What a different feeling a bouquet of Spring tulips can bring to your spirit.

“We lost an hour of winter”, Mary told me when we set the clocks forward.

This afternoon the sun came in through the dining room window but it didn’t hit the table so I put the vase on the floor to catch the light.

Hope for Imminent Spring could be another title.


p.s. My sister wrote an early email after she saw the Tulips in the Sun post to ask me   “did you remember to put the 3 pennies in the water?  It make the tulips last longer. Hint from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.”

Tulips in the sun

and Happy Monday Birthday to my dear friend V. xxoo

Winter Light Garden and Flower Show at Phipps Conservatory

Sparkling and colorful, glowing and shimmering.  Beautiful display with candlelight throughout the show.

Thanks for the cool suggestion to head to the Phipps Conservatory after dinner, V.  The Winter Lights Garden was magical on this cold and clear winter night, with the moon peeking through.  A great train display too, but not many pics of it.  We had fun.  xxoo


Weekly Photo Challenge: Yellow

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Yellow.”

Yes, they said they threw us a curveball with the challenge for yellow right in the midst of silver and red and green holiday colors.  No lemons available in the house.

giant duck on River

Allegheny River Pittsburghcaution tape

New York City

yellow dress at EasterNew York City

yellow pastryyellow cabs 2

Central Park Taxi Cabs


Pasta at Eatalyyellow carouselJane’s Carousel Brooklyn

brooklyn botanic garden rose


yellow flowers

Thanksgiving Night




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