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Dinner Out Coincides with Millvale Days Once Again

It was Thursday night.  Steve and I met our friend V at Grant Avenue Bar in Millvale for a casual dinner and saw the road was blocked off and a banner overhead announced MILLVALE DAYS 2015. We were there!

This exact experience has happened to me and Steve before, three years ago (see post). But there wasn’t any wrestling going on this evening.

After dinner we walked down Grant Avenue, listened to a couple of live bands, checked out the vintage cars and ate a piece of Yetter’s chocolate.  Unexpected fun.  Of course, I’d left my camera at home!

And there’s a to-go container of tapioca in the fridge downstairs. Looking forward to breakfast.





One More Plum Torte Post

JJBegonias post of Marian Burros Plum Torte has inspired many to bake one.

My friend Roberta made a couple and gave me one she baked but unfortunately Steve and I ate it without thinking about photographing it,

I made one for my friend Josie’s parents and then her sister Carol made one and Josie sent me a photo of it on the phone. Looks like they paired it with a cup of coffee.  Mmmm.

Carol's plum Torte


Then here is the one I made



Gallerie Chiz in Shadyside, Art Show Opening

susan and joan

Artists Susan Middleman and Joan Brindle. Classmates reunited at Susan’s Opening Reception Friday night.

Class of 1965-  they met as freshmen at Carnegie Tech

(now Carnegie Mellon University) Pittsburgh PA

Joan and I were art teachers in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and then Joan was my Art Supervisor. We became friends. That’s how I got invited to her friend Susan’s Art Opening Reception at Gallerie Chiz. The large oil paintings on paper are Susan’s art work.

I met the artist Susan Middleman through Joan.


IMG_2991Hosted by Gallerie Chiz owner/director Ellen Chisdes Neuberg who provided the space for connections. I knew she was the gallery owner as she came to introduce herself. I was inquiring if her plate held a sweet or a savory.

I thought it might be a chocolate or a meatball but it was a baby bella mushroom.

Ellen sported a cool purple outfit, unique art jewelry and turquoise glasses. Plus she wasn’t carrying a purse.  Ellen and one other person would have been selected “best dressed” if I were from the paper.

Glass and found objects artist Elizabeth Fortunato showed her work at the art opening reception this evening, too. The show is open through October 10th.







The title is Waiting for the Rain to Stop


The white embroidered dress is from Hey Betty! Vintage Clothing down the street (5890 Ellsworth Avenue)


IMG_2985Piano accompanied a jazzy singer which added to the life of the party


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. 

Niceville Florida Friend Sent the Blue Heron Photos – Guest Blog

Long time friend from Niceville,Florida, sent these beautiful photographs.  Also, blog readers he is looking to purchase a new camera with a longer lens and some stabilization but great for travel- not too bulky or heavy.  My cameras are all pretty weighty.  Suggestions?

You may remember Shuey or Niceville I love that town name) as the photographer of one of my most popular posts with the most hits- the Barred Owl.

Shuey wrote-

“This Blue Heron is seen frequently around our neighborhood in the ponds and yards.

 Now that it’s gotten warmer, the fish in the ponds are staying out in deeper water (cooler) than is suitable for even this birds long legs, so he patrols the grassy and wooded areas looking for frogs, small mammals, large insects and even other birds. 

Each evening, however, he’s usually seen back in the ponds standing a couple of yards from shore where the local coyote and fox won’t come after him.”

Shuey heron


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Thanks for the blue heron photos.

And as far as lightweight, long lens camera I am at a loss.

My full format DSLR cameras are all super heavy with the glass attached. Maybe a blog follower will have a camera suggestion for travel but not to bulky or heavy?


Old Fashioned Clothesline and Pins at the Baby Shower

What a cute idea.  Lara and Josie came up with it.  Lara was scouting around for clothesline at Target, no line but they had the pins.  Loew’s had the clothesline- but NO clothespins!

Look how the little onesies, tiny socks, toys and washcloths stretched out the length of the line!

Laura’s high school friend Celeste and mother Julie  hosted a lovely baby shower for Laura this afternoon.

Celeste Monkey


Hostess Celeste


Celeste and Laura

 Laura and Celeste


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.


Unexpected Cooking Class Wednesday Night

I received a text this afternoon, asking if I’d partner with a friend at cooking class tonight.

Something about March Madness and a sick friend –  they couldn’t attend. I was happy to fill in, third string.

Sure, I said.  I’ll go.  She picked me up around 5:45 and off we went.

My friend Barb took her own canvas bag of supplies including a bottle of dishwashing liquid-  heavy duty oven gloves.  She even brought a garbage bowl.

We were all set, slicing and dicing and preparing the recipes just as Executive Sous Chef Stephen V instructed us.

There were tables throughout the high school culinary class, each filled with two teams of two.

Here is our instructor for the class.  Chef Stephen also is an adjunct instructor at the Art Institute- Pittsburgh.

Chef Stephen

Chef Stephen Varela

Executive Sous Chef
Fox Chapel Golf Club

(I asked if it would be okay to take a few photographs and Chef Stephen consented. Thank you)

slicing pears

Barbara cut the pears for the salad.  She added some Hearts of Palm as well.

charred red pepper

Charred red pepper for the Pita Bread Individual Pizzas with Pesto or Hummus and a drizzle of Balsamic Glaze


The side salad

Mixed Spring Greens with diced pear, artichokes, and oven toasted croutons with a poppy seed dressing. I was able to bring some home in a contaner (yes, my friend was prepared with empty containers) for school lunch tomrrow.

Friends at Cooking Class

Thanks for a fun evening Barb -on the right.  Me in the Zagreb,Croatia apron.

And on the way out we peeked in next door to see the Crochet Class.  At first I thought it was knitting. Everyone was so nice.

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

Remembering Jennifer Sara, Born February 26, 1982- Passed February 28, 1986

We had some fun neighbors on Lowe Street in Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The Army Housing had eight units and they lived on the end and we were in the middle. I can’t remember a single movie we saw together but we sure laughed a lot. Years later when we lived in Germany the whole family came to visit us and we have a video of that occasion.

My friend Sally found out she was expecting her son Jonathan when Mark was just a baby in 1976.  Jonathan is headed back from his Army assignment in Korea and I know Sally is glad.

And somewhere in my house, I still have the cute birth announcement for their dear baby girl Jennifer, born February 26,1982.

Thirty three years ago.

This post is to honor and remember little red-haired Jennifer and all those who love her. xxooxx

porcelain angel


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