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Playing Cards at the Party- Blog Post #2222

Blog post number 2,222.  “Do something with twos”, my daughter suggested. Hmmmm.

“A pair of shoes?”  She nixed that. Boring.

I looked up things that come in twos and there’s a list of pairs for ESL students.  Can be confusing. A pair of glasses is a single item.  Don’t have any dice handy. But

Made me think of playing cards but all I have is an UNO game photo from October 4th.  You can see my hand, too.

Maura and Laura play UNO

A Dozen Years of Love

Lucky us!   Happy Twelfth Birthday Anna Catherine!

One October morning before dawn, you made me and Marlene happy grandmothers.

Loved by your family and friends, your loving heart and kind spirit come out in your eyes.

21768696150_c310a73680_kAnna holds her cousin Charlie- Sunday Oct 4th.


Twelve years flew by!   Love you lots, Anna.  Happy Birthday.   FF Ruthie

Hula Hooper Anna video from five years ago. 





Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

Boundaries.  Some people have none.

The creator of the challenge Ben Huberman says,”This week, let’s explore the creative potential of limits, borders, and dividers of all types.”

Here are a few visible from the archives


swim lanes 2

Keeping in her lane at the swim meet.


turtle soup sign

Finding the turtle soup sign. Taken by Anna.  I was driving.

Ninth Street Bridge

Ninth Street Bridge. Allegheny River. The night before the Pickle Festival.




hospital nurseryAfter the swim meet. Anna and Michael ooking through the nursery glass window, watching their first first cousin, Charlie.


swim lanes 3 Maura (r) dives off the block into her lane.

forbes field wall

Forbes Field Wall where Pittsburgh Pirate Bill Mazeroski hit his famous homerun to win the 1960 World Series.



Henry Love

Anna snuggles with Henry the Airedale (2)

Olaf and the Unicorn

Maura’s unicorn horn was from the Clintonville Music and Art Festival.

Waking up to the Sound of Hogs

Maura (6),  Jack (8)and I spent an hour in Half Price Books on Lane Ave while we waited to meet the family for breakfast for dinner at Whole Foods after swim practice.

We bought a couple of books and Maura said she needed an alarm clock to get up in time for her daily 8 am dive practice.  Sounded reasonable to me.

The one she chose makes the sound of hogs-

No buzzer. No bells, no sonar beep- PIGS!!

Here is the first day of waking up to hogs. That is one crazy alarm clock!

Turns out it would be my new Grandson’s birth date but we didn’t know that fact in the morning.  Video

Cecilia, of thekitchensgarden do they sound authentic ?

Anna Squeezed a Lot of Lemons

I made the simple syrup. Anna squeezed and strained the seeds of all these lemons. 
Tastes like summer. It was delicious. 


On the Way: Weekly Photo Challenge

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “On the Way.”

Anna tells Charles hello

Backlit Bubbles by Anna

Thank you for the lovely bubbles in late day light, dear Granddaughter Anna.

You are a great guest blogger.  I love how you see your world and capture it!

(remember the mannequin legs in the pickup truck?)


your Grandma,  FF Ruthie

backlit bubbles

Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.



After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession


And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.


A woman in front was a blur, too.


Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.


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