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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”

 


Zadar on the Adriatic Sea- Guest Blog

Today I had a nice surprise in my inbox from my son Matthew.

He sent beautiful photographs of Zadar, Croatia photographed by Maja.

Thank you Maja.  

Perfect for a guest blog today.  What a stunning blue sky!

Zadar Croatia

The Adriatic Sea.

 

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St. Donatus Church and the Roman Forum in Zadar

 

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Boats in the Harbor

 

 

 

 

Zadar Croatia

Looks like Spring is here!

 

 

Zadar Croatia

 

 

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Adriatic Sea

Waves on the sea wall catching the sunlight.

 

 

 

Adriatic Sea

 

 

 

 


Henry the Airedale Terrier is One Already

There are lots of ways to mark the passage of time.  You rip the calendar pages off and suddenly a whole year has passed!

When I was at school, I saw there was a missed call and a voicemail from my DIL Erika.

Later when I didn’t have students I listened on the phone’s speaker.

The message was a howling/animal crying and then my granddaughter Anna(10) saying, “Henry, stop it.  That’s enough. ”  Then some more doggy  crying and Anna saying, ” Aww Henry don’t feel bad.”

When Erika got on the phone when I called back, she said that Henry ran to the computer first thing this morning and was sad he wasn’t featured on the blog today, celebrating his first birthday.

So Anna took some photos and I PROMISED Hnery would be on the blog before the end of the day.  Forgetful Grandma!

The thoughtful breeder, Diana McKenna,  remembered and sent a card via email and E forwarded it to me.  Screen shot below.

Here is the photo of the family getting ready to take Henry back to Ohio from Michigan. Thanks Diana.

Aberdeen Card

 

Erika sent a photo of the birthday Airedale biscuits she baked for Henry’s first bday. I’ll have to get the recipe.

Airedale cookie cutter

One year old today.   Anna took these photographs and sent them through her Mother’s phone to me.

Henry the Airedale on a rainy deckApril Showers in Ohio. Henry on the Rainy Deck

Henry the Airedale TerrierPhotographed by Anna.

 

 

Henry the Airedale and his bone

Henry loves to hide bones. Big ones!

 

 

 

Henry the Airedale in the KitchenHelping cook supper?

Thanks Anna for the photos. Nice job.

You might remember the shot of the grandchildren with Henry at his first Christmas. He made the blog then. Or the time he knocked at the back door. He was on the blog that day too.

 


P.S. Another Guest Share

Shuey writes:

Out for a little walk along the boardwalk at Turkey Creek  . . . bright sunny day was perfect for “reflections.”

Thanks Shuey. It’s a great shot!

Shuey is the photographer of the Barred Owl Post that has been hit many times.

Here is the photograph he took of their reflections.

Turkey Creek

Turkey Creek


Central Park Snow Scene via Joe in NYC

Here’s today’s guest blog-

This afternoon I received this photo from blog follower Jack.  His son Joe took this  “Central Park- South East corner…there is a small pond that is iced over and covered with snow…it looks really peaceful”

I wrote to Joe (who also follows the blog and he was happy to contribute today’s post- Thanks Joe!)

He gave me permission to share his picture. And thanks Jack for sending Joe’s Central Park Snow Scene.

Central Park Snow Scene


Old Homestead and a Stone Chimney Via Marlene- Hardy, Virginia

It’s a Guest Blog today. This gallery could be a good writing prompt, too.  You know there’s a story.  Probably more than one story.

And you know when someone sends me photos and they say they saw something and it made them think of me and the blog, it’s a nice feeling. Marlene (Erika’s mother and Mark’s MIL) wrote from Hardy, Virgina with the accompanying photos she took on a walk with Donald.
Glad you had your cell phone along on your walk, Mar.

 

“We saw this fireplace chimney in the woods so we ventured up the hill.  There was a stone outline of where the old homestead was.  There were a bunch of mason jars all over so we figured kids with moonshine would sit around the fireplace and drink.   Way behind the chimney we saw another old house.  So we walked through the leaves to the other house.”

Chimney in the Virginia Woods

 

 

 

 

old Virginia Homestead

 

 

 

 

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“After checking out the side of the house I walked around to the front door and there I saw the front door was padlocked.  

It was so funny because the exterior wall was missing on the side.”

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Thanks Marlene for the gallery of the old Homestead in Virginia,

Ruth E

 


Santorini, Arles and Geneva Windows Via Omaha Nebraska

Windows.

When I posted for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Window Saturday night, within an hour’s time, I received an email from my good friend J in Omaha.

Attached to the email were photographs of interesting windows from her recent retirement European holiday.

I emailed back before midnight and invited her to guest blog. She sent a few more.

Since January first and the wordpress monkeys’ report telling me that I had 80,000 fewer viewers in 2013 than in 2012, I’ve been thinking about the purpose of my blog and reflecting on why this occurred.   The decrease in viewers was astounding to me.  It had been increasing, building, growing. And then it plummeted? Hmmmmm.

My blog followers numbers have increased.  Doesn’t make sense.  Thought maybe my posts mundane, not exotic enough, or the writing sparse or the writing boring or people just tired of seeing a pic of what I ate for dinner on a Tuesday when it was cold outside? People are rushed, stressed and don’t have time to look at the photographs? Not sure.

But hearing from my friend J in response to the gallery of windows photographs I posted, or receiving via email the Barred Owl from Shuey  (which was #4 in the lineup for most viewed post this past year even though it was from 2012) or knowing that my son Mark sent Mt. Vernon photos he took of the kids after he looked at my post of him standing in front of Washington’s home all those years ago- and that was at 3:30 AM he was looking and sending current photos. It felt good.

Responding to photographs.  It’s about dialogue, communication.  I am always talking to the high school students about the purposes of photography.  What makes a good photograph.

Maybe you wrote a comment after feeling something upon viewing an image.  Or emailed me a story of a memory a photograph triggered (thanks Jack)

After all, I want people to look at the photographs I take or I wouldn’t bother to upload them and share. Didn’t my friend V just say that about why people post on FB?

They want a response!

I’m seeking some connection to others. Making sense of my life. Honing my eye. Seeing what is right in front of me in my world.  Individual yet universal experience.

Most of the people I hear from via email don’t have their own blogs.

Cousin Paul sent a photo of his house in the moonlight, Rob sent a photo of a glass of wine on a table in an excellent composition and Bill sent the completed crossword.  Okay, now who am I forgetting?

Matthew sent the pics from the Museum of Broken Relationships from Zagreb and Laura the photo of the Longaberger Basket Offices shaped like a basket and my sister Mary, I can always count on her to see something interesting.  When I visit her in NYC she has lots of ideas about where to go and find things to photograph. Here’s one she sent of NYC signage.

The grandchildren have taken turns and want to be guest blogger as has my DIL Erika for Windsor the Rescue Horse- Anna with the pickup full of mannequin legs, Michael shooting into the sun at breakfast , Jack setting up the sock monkeys and telling them to smile, Maura with her drawing,

Friend from Florida Kristin with the Orchid Cactus brief bloom or the Alligators on Christmas Day.  Euthemia with her Christmas mice. 

I’ll l add more guest bloggers links in future posts but I’m grateful the blog has created a forum for exchange with one another!

Here are J’s wonderful windows she sent in response to the challenge. Thanks J.

Geneva WindowsGeneva Switzerland Windows

 

Window of Arles“From my window in Arles – J”

 

Cafe de NuitLe Cafe La Nuit

 

 

Santorini GreeceSantorini Greece Windows

 

 

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Laundry in MarseillesLaundry Day in Marseilles

 

Arles France Window

Arles, France – chandelier in window

 

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Arles, France

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Arles –  peeking through the window to the sewing room of La Poule Blanche.  The proprietor made everything she sold in her shop, and I bought an apron, of course.- J

 

Switzerland
  Chambesy, Switzerland
Thank you Guest Bloggers, thank you blog followers and thank you occasional visitors for stopping by today.
I appreciate all of your responses.  
xxoo
Ruth E

Look What Jack Finally Lost! via his Mom and Dad

Erika sent me these two pictures of Jack  this evening.  She said that Jack gave me permission to blog them!

His front tooth was hanging on by a thread for the longest time and Jack kept wiggling it all Christmas break.  You kept thinking it would come out but even when he’d twist it, it didn’t!

It gave you the shudders, right down your spine, watching him manipulate it. I thought I’d witness it coming out in person but didn’t happen.  Until tonight!  A milestone.

Sure gives a different smile!   Thanks Erika and Mark. He looks pretty excited about it’s coming out.

 

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jacks front smile

front tooth missingMark sent this one a bit later.  A little less ink on him!

Growing up at a rapid rate!


Right Now It’s Filled With Chex Mix but I Have Plans

Have you chosen a word for this year’s theme yet?   Mine is gratitude.

This afternoon I drove home alone to Pittsburgh after a nice vacation in Ohio with my family. Two hundred miles can feel long and lonesome after all the activity with the family.    If you’ve been following along you saw that the girls and I went to Laura and James and had a nice New Year’s Day celebration with the rest of the family.

On my way home I spoke with my dear friend J in Omaha.  She told me about hostess gifts she passed out to her Fondue Party guests on New Year’s Eve. Here is what she gave them  ( a semi-guest blog, J?)

Picture a quart Mason Jar (thanks John Landis Mason 1832-1902) wrapped with a fancy bow.

Inside J put  a paper with instructions.

Starting January first. write good things down on little pieces of paper and put them into the jar.  Could be a goal accomplished, something good,  a happy moment,  a thought.  Then on Dec 31st, 2014, reread all the good things you wrote on all the little pieces of paper that you deposited throughout the year.

Right now this jar in my kitchen is filled with  homemade Chex Mix (thanks Laura)

But starting when it’s empty, we’re going to fill it with good notes.  Lots of them.  Kind of like Three Daily Delights by my number one commenter this year,  Stef.

Thanks for the good idea J.   It’s a wonderful way to start a new year.

Mason Jar

 

 

 

 

And a p.s. from J this morning   A photo of her gratitude jars all lined up plus the original instructions from her niece.

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The original instructions from J’s niece Jeninstructions for the jar


One Front Tooth For Christmas via Grandma Marlene

guest blog via Marlene

Jack needs two front teeth. One on the top and one on the bottom! The remaining top front tooth is dangling by a thread and turns 90 degrees on occasion as he works at it with his tongue. Ugh!
The other grandma, Froo Froo Marlene, took this shot with Henry the Airedale in his Santa hat.
Here is the history of the 1944 song

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Ohio Katydid and the Kids Via My Son Mark

A fun series to receive on the phone from my son Mark.

Looks like a depth of field exercise, too.

This is a “leaf bug” or katydid.  A relative of the grasshopper and also called a bush-cricket in some parts of the world.   Looks like such an interesting creature and is the perfection of camouflage.

Thanks Mark for sharing your Katydid and Kids study.  love you. Mom

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Can you see him/her?

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Can you see him/her? Probably snacking on the foliage.

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Michael Shoots into the Sun at Breakfast

 

 

 

Michael Photographing Red Sun

Michael’s Lego man stands in the red light from the sun and he photographs it with my phone.

I got my camera to catch him photographing the scene.

 

 

 

 

lego man

 

One thing that occurs in the family is the grandchildren try their hand at photography, too. One of Michael’s photos from the iPhone!

 

 

 


Museum of Broken Relationships, Zagreb, Croatia

At least a year ago, my friend Connie W. from Florida, sent a newspaper article from an Ocala paper about the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb Croatia.  Connie must have read it and thought of Matthew, my son who lives there.   I asked him one time about it and then another time and we didn’t talk about it or mention it for along while.  Then I said I hope he could take Flat Ruthie there as I thought it would be an interesting place to visit.  Then Flat Ruthie went missing. And besides Flat Ruthie  hasn’t really had any relationships to break up  that I’m aware of………….

Today in my email I received photographs of his visit to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  Here is what Matthew wrote:

 
My Blog-following friends- Sasha, Ana Maria and Tanja asked if I had taken Flat Ruthie to the Museum of Broken Relationships.  I hadn’t.  So we decided to go together and take some pics for the Blog.  Flat Ruthie was too busy exploring the remote reaches of my desk drawers, so she opted not to join us this time.  I bought a Bad Memories Eraser for Mom at the gift shop, but a few hours later ran into a friend who needed it more.  Her boyfriend has gone to NYC to play the drums.

 I wonder what she’ll donate to the museum: a pair of scuffed sticks or an abandoned ride cymbal?  Hopefully, she’ll update us when she decides –   Matthew

Welcome to Museum

It isn’t just the objects.  It is the stories behind the objects.

Boots

 

 

Biker Boots

the story behind the boots

 

Ana Sasha Tanja

Tanja, Sasha, Ana at the Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb

 

 

 

 

A wisp of hair

 

 

 

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Axe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wedding Box

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEdding Box

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Flyer

 

 

 

Keka Flyer

 

 

 

Chocolate

At the gift shop

 

 

Blog Followers

I am so happy you all encouraged MAtthew to go to the museum!!!

 

I am not sure to whom the credit should go to for the photo of  Matthew at the entrance.  Let me know and I can edit the post.

Museum of Broken Relationships

Photo credit to Sasha, Tanja or Ana Maria- Thank you

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What We Found When We Went to Brush Our Teeth

Photographed by Anna (9+)  with the iPhone.  When I am staying with the family ( since I am out of school for the summer), I get help documenting-

“for the blog”.

You might remember Anna found the pick up truck full of mannequin legs last winter and captured the scene with her mom’s iPhone.

 

Sink full of airplane

Jack’s (6) plane- landed in a sink full of water earlier in the day.

 

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I like that she changed up her angle on the second shot and found the unfortunate figure beneath the plane at the bottom of the sink

 

 

 


1949 Chevrolet Ambulance and Our Brother’s Birthday

My sister Mary sent me these photos she took on her phone in NYC.

She texted the year- 1949. a very good year!

A Chevrolet Ambulance.  Looked up definition for the word Chevrolet and found Louis Chevrolet “a Swiss Born American Race Car Driver of French Descent”

I’ve been saving the photos to post for our brother David’s birthday today, also Flag Day.  (You might remember how bad I am at sending out a card in time.)

Happy Birthday David.  Thinking of you and hoping you have a wonderful day.

Love from your sisters,

Ruth and Mary

Chevy 1949

 

 

 

 

Side View 1949 Chevy

 

 

 

 

 

1949 Chevy rear view

 

 


Memorial Day 2013

My son Mark photographed the Marine Corps War Memorial when the family visited Arlington Cemetery a few weeks ago.  (The memorial is in Arlington VA, not in the actual cemetery)

When he showed me this photo today, I asked if he’d guest blog it for Memorial Day and he agreed.  Mark was in the USMC for six years.

We went for a walk this morning and there’s a little white clapboard church about 1/2 mile up the road.  Behind it was a small graveyard.

The third photo I took early Sunday in a rural cemetery by a headstone that had a flag in front of it.

This is the reflection (taken with a 70-200 Canon Lens L Series)

I read a moving article in the Roanoke Times (by Dan Casey) about the last of four brothers who served in WWII who tells the story of the other three who have gone on before.

This post is to remember all the men and women from every branch of the Armed Forces on Memorial Day 2013.

Photographed by Guest Blogger Mark, ( I loved the sun shining through the flag)

Marine Memorial at Arlington

Memorial to USMC

Flag reflection Gravestone

The VFW were outside the local Kroger

VFW Poppy

To read the poem  In Flanders Fields written by Lt Col. John McCrae, MD, hailing from Canadian Army  WWI  click here and see the original copy handwritten in a page of notepaper.


Hail Storm in Zagreb Croatia- Guest Post

In my email this morning-

Dear Mom,

 A hail storm broke out in Zagreb today and my friend Maja captured it with her iPhone from her 9th floor office.  She was a little bit reluctant to be blogged, but she had this to say about the picture :   “It looked so great and it made me so happy that I wanted to share it.”

And it reminded me of the sentence from the film “American Beauty” – “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.”

I think that quote is a great motto for us to live by.  You and your blog do a great job reminding us all of the beauty that surrounds us every moment of every day, so I knew what to do with Maja’s picture right away!

 Love you,

Matty

Thank you Maja for sharing your beautiful photograph of the hailstorm from the ninth floor window and thanks Matty, too.  

Hail Storm Zagreb Croatia


This Little Piggy- Wait, It’s THIRTEEN Piggies- Guest Blog by Marlene and Donald

Down on the farm in Virginia.  Mar said it was dark in the barn. Thanks for a fun guest blog. We don’t see this in the city!

Lots of new life appearing at your neighbor’s farm.

Springtime action in corrals and pens and barn.

See proud future Dad.      His “wife” is sitting on 17 eggs.        (Not sure if Turkeys mate for life like other species you hear about. hmmmm)

Future Thanksgiving Dinner?

Future Dad Turkey

 

Future Dad Turkey

 

Future Mom sitting on 17 eggs!

 

 

 

 

Turkey sitting on 17 eggs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watcha Looking At?

 

Waiting for baby horses- another blog, another day

 

 

 

 

a litter of piglets eating lunch

 Click on Video below -A little dark in the barn.  That is if you want to see 13 new piglets scramble at feeding time.


The Whole Family is Getting in on this Guest Blog Thing

The number of Jelly Beans in the Jar is 528 so Gloria came in as the winner tonight as she guessed 500 and didn’t go over the total amount.  

Thanks everyone for looking and guessing. 

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This is a team effort.  Blogging through a four year olds eyes. Could that be a stylus at the foot of the mat on the left?photo-19

I’m on the left and Maura asleep on my iPad  on the right.  You can see the computer hinged lid. Maybe an iPad, too.

(corrected by Maura, what is really happening in the picture she drew)

Here’s a photo I received from my DIL on Thursday.   My youngest granddaughter Maura (4) drew a picture.  There is another version where we have ears, and I mean EARS!!!   Maybe I’l lost that one, too.

When I visit in Ohio, I sleep on a  mat in Maura’s room. She gets her Hello Kitty Sleeping bag and camps out, too.

So she drew herself sleeping  on the right, while old Grandma(me) is next to her on the left,  BLOGGING on the computer!  She always says, “you can do the blog in my room.”

It is cool that everyone wants to contribute to the effort.  Thanks supportive Family!!

love,

Ma/Grandma Ruthie


Retro Soup Cans Flew Off Pittsburgh Shelves- In Minnesota They’re Marked Clearance!

I received the nicest email from Stef in Minnesota.  I follow her Smile, Kiddo and Three Daily Delight blogs and if you need inspiration for making a list of things to accomplish in the new year be sure to click on the Smile Kiddo Link.  

Here is the note and photo I received from Stef today-

While getting groceries this morning, I saw a big display of Andy Warhol tomato soup cans on clearance – and I thought I remembered you blogging about them this past summer, saying that they were scarce in your area.  So I thought you might find it interesting that we had a surplus of them here.

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A Pick-Up Truck Bed Filled with Legs on a Snowy Highway

Guest blogger again today.  The blog has been a family effort as of late.  I’ve been out here for ten days and going back home New Year’s Day.

Today”s guest blogger is none other than my nine year old granddaughter Anna who shot this scene with her mom’s cell phone from a moving car.

She saw this pick-up truck on the way to swim practice.  What I love is that she saw it, got her mom’s camera on the phone going and captured the shot and THEN she texted it to me saying “I just blogged for you”.  People write to me and tell me they see something and think, ahh Ruth would photograph this.  People have called or emailed suggestions of things to consider photographing for the blog. If I had seen this truck filled with a pile of fake legs in the back

And then there are these moments of serendipity.

I asked her where she thought the truck was going

Her reply   “Probably a dummy store.”    

Anna has shown me photos before to be on the blog but I said We’ll know when it is right!   Today it is perfect.

 

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Mark Tests My New Remote Cable Release in the Snow

Here I am in snowy Ohio and I didn’t pack boots to come out here for Christmas vacation. Must have been lulled by all that Spring like weather we were having in December.

Mark is the guest blogger cause when he got home at ten Saturday night he  showed me a photo he had taken with his phone of the Christmas lights in the snow.  I asked him to go back out for me and take one for the blog.

So he took out my camera(Canon 5D with a 50mm lens)  and the new remote cable release that just got delivered via UPS and it was set at  ISO 400     f.1.4.    1/60 shutter.  I thought the result was excellent . First time using a cable remote and now he knows how to reduce camera shake.  Tripod in the back of the freezing car and no way we’re setting up unless the snow stops falling.

Thanks Mark. Maybe tomorrow night I will borrow Erika’s boots and trudge around in the snow.

Christmas Lights in Snow

 

 

 

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Christmas Mice to Admire and Eat

Guest Blog from Euthemia where my sister is spending the Christmas holidays.

Her friend Joanne brought these to Christmas dinner . Euthemia emailed me the photo of them and then I wrote back to ask if it would be okay to post.  Directions below.  Thanks Euthemia and Joanne. photo-5

 

 

Here are the instructions for making the chocolate cherry mice from Joanne Maier of Glenmont, New York.  
They were a great hit at the holiday table.  

 
24 Maraschino cherries with stems
Waxed paper
1/2 cup chocolate chips
24 Hershey’s Kisses, unwrapped
48 almond slices (match pairs by size)
Icing – 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon of water
Black food coloring
Red food coloring
Drain cherries, pat dry. Cherries, unwrapped kisses and paired ears need to be lined up ahead of time on a cookie sheet covered in waxed paper.  Microwave chocolate chips 15 seconds at a time until melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.    Hold the cherry by stem, dip and swirl til covered in chocolate, put on the side so tail sticks out and on the front, push on a Kiss to make the head.  Where the Kiss meets the cherry, put in the two ears, and keep doing it until you finish.  Make icing, take a small amount and add black food coloring, another small amount for red food coloring, and the rest will stay white.  Put icing into 3 different baggies and cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag.  Make the eyes white with a black dot in the middle, and use the pink for a nose.

Metropolitan Museum Angel Tree

From my sister Mary via her cell Sunday afternoon

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