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Marlene’s Virginia Garden’s Yellow- Guest Blog

Guest blogger Marlene, (Mark’s MIL- Erika’s Mom) sent me these photographs of  flowers in her garden at the end of June.

 I searched for them to put on her birthday post yesterday (What We Share) but couldn’t find them.

 Then I remembered – she sent them via iPhone, not email. Spent a bit “loading earlier messages” but was able to find and save them.  

 Here is her garden and flowers around her house at the end of June. Near Roanoke Virgina.  

“All the flowers around my house that are yellow or have yellow in them.”

 Now I thought that was perfect for Cee’s Photography Challenge for YELLOW.  

Thanks Mar.  

 

Hope I got the labels all right!   Glad you had a nice birthday. xoxoxo 


Laurel Highlands Highlights Photographed by Anna

The super awesome guest blog I mentioned yesterday, Anna 10+ (almost 11)is the photographer.  It’s fun for me when the family contributes to the blog effort.  Thanks Anna! (Photographed with an iPad.)

Anna and Michael and their Mom and Dad went to the Laurel Highlands this weekend. They toured Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater checked out Steeler’s Training Camp at the end of the day and visited General Braddock’s Grave.

Saturday early evening they came to Pittsburgh to pick up the two younger ones, Jack and Maura, and left early Sunday morning.  We were 16 for dinner Saturday night with family and friends coming to see them.   Today the house is really quiet. :-(

But on Friday night they stayed at the Historic Summit Inn Resort in Farmington, PA.

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Michael said the doors had real keys!  Here he is with Mark and Erika.

 

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One of the “few remaining ‘porch hotels’ in America.”  Built in 1907, The Summit Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

 

 

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Before sunset

 

 

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red flower sun Anna

Love how she moved to take the photo of the sun behind the red flower

 

 

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I like the drain pipe line and puddle

 

And she must take after her grandmother, photographing what was on the table.

 

 

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Salt and Pepper Still Life

 

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone  stayed at the Summit Inn in 1917. Their names are signed on the Hotel Register. (Dad Mark has that photo)

 

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Leaving for Pittsburgh.  A shot from the van window showing motion.  I see the snack bag reflection.

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The Big Lebowski Inspired Hostess Gift

This is Julia.

She went to Marquette with my son Mark in the mid-nineties.

Coincidentally, Mark and Julia saw each other years later at an Ohio swim meet where their daughters were swimming.

Sunday evening Julia and Rick and their family came over to Mark and Erika’s home for hamburgers on the grill.

Each family has four kids so they were laughing about meeting Freshman year, whoever thought they’d be eating together with their four kids apiece.

 

Wine Charms Lebowski

 

Julia brought these Wine Charms that spelled out LEBOWSKI as she’d seen some of Mark’s photos of the 13th Annual Lebowski fest he had just attended with my first cousin Jim.

She makes all different kinds of charms and you can check out her Charms Kool Page


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Photographed by Mark

 

 

 

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Mark in Louisville at the  13th Annual Big Lebowski Festival

 

 

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Screen Shot 2014-07-28 at 11.07.23 PMCostume winners photographed by Mark

 

 

 

 

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Cousin Jim on the right and Liam O’Brien in Middle.   John is on the left/ photographed by Mark

 


The Photographer’s Eye – Guest Blog from Croatia

My son Matthew writes from Zagreb, Croatia………………

Vedrana and I spent the day touring her hometown of Rijeka, snapping shot after shot, trying to come up with something worthy of a guest post on mom’s blog.  

We raced up to the Fortress of Trsat to catch the “golden hour” and found these fabulous dragons, eager to pose for us.

I took ten pictures, trying to get just the right one and this was the best I could do.

Sunny Dragon                  Photographed by Matthew

Sunny Dragon            Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana took just one:

Dragon Silhouette Photo by Vedrana

Dragon Silhouette                   Photographed by Vedrana

When I saw the stunning photograph she had created I threw up my hands, recognizing that my novice attempts had been outclassed in every way.  

Clearly, the photographer’s eye does not run in the family.  

In one, last, desperate attempt to capture something beautiful, I took this one-

Vedrana Photographed by Matthew

Vedrana
Photographed by Matthew

And finally I was satisfied with the results.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Relic

Something called the Century Plant is going to qualify as a relic today.

My friend Kristin had been sending me photos of the Agave Americana (known as the Century Plant)   as it was growing in her family’s front yard on

St. George Island.    When I went down for vacation I got to see it first hand. I couldn’t believe how tall it had grown.

It is definitely at least twenty + feet tall!

It was preparing to be in full bloom- and then it will die.  I saw some other Century Plants on the island in different stages of their life cycle.

Kristin sent me these photos on the phone and said, “Wait until you come and see it in person.”  She wasn’t kidding. I took some photos of it too.

How it starts.  The mother plant sends out “pups”

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I used a flash at sunset and it makes the buds look interesting.

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A shot at night

Agave Americana Agave Americana with the American Flag

 

 

 

 

 

American Agave with moon

 

Someone else’s Century Plant fell over.

 

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St. George Island Sunset on the Bay Side by Guest Blogger Rob

This week I’m staying with friends at St. George Island Florida.  It’s very beautiful here.

I’m shooting family photos, watching the sunrise, enjoying the ocean. Having a nice vacation.

Some family members and I’ve had  good photography conversations and thanks to my friend’s BIL, Rob, I’ve learned about Floridian landscape photographers (Clyde Butcher) whom I’d not known before.

I’ve been told of a good location to shoot the sunrise and  shown the sea turtle nests marked by PVC pipe on the pristine beaches.

Rob lost some Hawaiian sunset photos on a hard drive, and I can relate to that experience, how it feels to lose precious files. He even had the green flash in one of his Hawaiian photographs and it can’t be retrieved.  Lost!

Tonight after a delicious spinach manicotti supper, Rob asked if it would be all right and could he try my Canon camera (he uses a Nikon) to shoot the sunset on the Bay Side. He knew a good spot to go. The time was just right.

I agreed. He wasn’t familiar with the camera’s settings but he does know the island .  I’d shot the sunrise this morning and was going to pass on the sunset  I’ve been reading tips on how to shoot at the beach with the water and sand, the sun. Tonight I was yawning and just tired out!

Here are the results of his experimenting with my Canon 50D with the 18-200 lens.  I told him, next trip we’ll try some filters and see how the sun looks.

Niece Erin, (maker of the manicotti) was the one who said Rob could be guest blogger.  I was able to catch him as they were pulling out of the drive.

Later my friend and I took the card and reader  down to the other end of the island for him to select the one he liked best.  Hard to choose. So I’ve decided to show the series os sunset photographs Rob took this Monday evening July 7, 2014.  Thanks for being guest blogger, Rob.

Which shot do you like the best?

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That is cloud, not vegetation on the sun.

 

 


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And this last one is one I liked a lot.

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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

 

 


Cookie Trays Await Saturday’s Wedding

Nice job Marlene!  (Mark’s MIL-and Erika’s mom) has been sending me the photos of the cookie baking and today all the sisters got together and “trayed” the cookies.  I had never  “tray” in a verb form until I lived in Pittsburgh.

Marlene is Godmother of the Bride.

If you’ve been following the blog this week, you’ve watched the progress and everyone pitching in to help.

Here is what they did today and took them to the hall. The hall where the wedding reception will be held tomorrow June 7th.

The Alphabet Stamp cookies are from that well known kitchenware store but I see alphabet letters are available in other locations online so no commercial plug.

We used them at Laura and James wedding and also for Jaclyn and Mike’s wedding.  It is fun to change the little letters to spell out their names.  (Well, not that much fun, they are tiny.) But so satisfying to have them as part of the cookie table display.

 

Thanks Marlene for the photos for today’s post about the cookie baking this week in preparation for the big day….

I added the last one of the biscotti I baked after school yesterday.  Will bring it to the wedding tomorrow.  xxoo Ruthie

 

p.s.  My dear friend Donna commented on the cookie table blog, remembering the cookie tables she put together for her son John and his bride Angie’s wedding which was five years ago.    Click here to see her beautiful and delicious baking


Allen School Memories- 1956-57 Guest Blog

 

 

My school colleague, Robert Baltos shared his memories of Allen School

Once upon a time there was a grade school in the Allentown neighborhood of Pittsburgh. This is a picture of my third grade class in 1956.  Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president, there were 48 stars on the American flag and we were able to walk to school thanks to Dr. Jonas Salk.  It is odd that sometimes I can’t remember what I did a few days ago but my memories of this wonderful place are forever intact. This was one of those photographs that my mother saved for me.  I suppose that it is fitting that while I started writing this that I realized that today is her birthday. She has since passed on to her place in Heaven.  I have looked at this group photo many times and I am able to recall most of the names of my classmates.  We followed each other to junior and senior high school.  Since then, I have never seen or heard from the majority of these people again.  At the time this class picture was taken, air-raid drills were commonplace and we were convinced that World War III was at hand.  Little did we know that in the not-too-distant future that some of the Class of 1966 would end up in Southeast Asia for our “senior trip” or that a young senator from Massachusetts would become our next president and be murdered in public several years later.

The teachers at Allen School were special people, the likes of which we will never see again. The teacher at the center of picture is Miss Helen Laucik,  our physical education and health teacher.  Like all of the teachers there, she was full of energy, ideas and compassion.  She always reminded us to take care of our teeth and our feet, both of which she assured us that we would miss in our old age if we didn’t heed her warning.  Mrs. Demming was our history, writing and music teacher.  She predicted that there would be a currency called the “Euro”, warned us about the proliferation of socialism here and abroad and that much of what we consume would be someday be manufactured in places like China.   Miss Bash was our mathematics teacher. Contrary to what some of the “experts” with their phony PhDs believe today, rote memorization of the multiplication tables and proficiency in long division, fractions and other basic arithmetic was absolutely necessary and you weren’t leaving her class without those basic skills!

Allen School closed in 1961.  The students actually took their books and belongings from the desks, walked up the hill and placed them in their desks in the newly built Grandview School.  However, Grandview could never replace the physical building of Allen School. Today’s architects could not imagine or duplicate such a place.  On the other hand, bricks and mortar are just that.  Miss Laucik, Mr. Kelly and a few others made the move that day too and taught there for many years afterward.  Whey they left, they took the remaining spirit of Allen School with them.  Oh, I almost forgot!  Mrs. Bennett, thank you for being our librarian and teaching us how to use the Dewey Decimal System!  I have a copy of the first book that you helped me select from the 600 aisle.  “The Boy Electrician” by Alfred P. Morgan.

 

 (Mr. Baltos is the third one down on the left. He still has the  striped shirt!)

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

Monument is the weekly challenge.  Mr. Ben Huberman says it can be” broadly defined”

The family was on vacation in Michigan this week.

My son Mark photographed Anna sitting on the Montgomery City Bus, in the very seat in which Rosa Parks was arrested, Dec 1, 1955.

The Rosa Parks Bus is in The Henry Ford in Dearborn Michigan. The exhibit is titled With Liberty and Justice for All.

Anna on the Rosa Parks bus

(Anna sitting in the seat on the Rosa Parks Bus, photographed by her father, Mark )

There are Rosa Parks Statues in Grand Rapids Michigan,  Dallas Texas and The Capitol in Washington D.C.  

Rosa Parks is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit Michigan.  Here is the Wikipedia link to the “First Lady of Civil Rights”

 


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