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Nobody Walks

Abba Used Cars

ABBA II Used Cars in McKees Rocks Pennsylvania-  Nobody Walks? But where are the cars?  Seems a lot of people aren’t getting the ABBA connection either. So I am editing and leaving these questions for the viewer.  No one noticed the lot was empty although it was apparent to me when I took the shot and it made me laugh.

 

1/28/14 Tuesday Afternoon

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Windows Gallery 6

Last windows gallery for the week.  Thanks for stopping by and seeing these views.

9th street bridge through a parking lot window

 

Ninth Street Bridge from the Parking Lot

 

 

St. Luke  windows

 

St.Luke’s Windows New York City

 

smokestack window

Smokestack Pittsburgh   Squirrel Hill Pittsburgh PA

MOMA window

 

Museum of Modern Art New York City

 

 

Motor Building

 

Motor Square Garden Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

musical window

 

Greenwich Village Window with a Treble Clef

 

 

nyc windows

 

From the Rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art 

 

 

Muddy Boot in the Loaner Car

A muddy boot found in a loaner car at the Subaru Dealer  Murrysville PA

 

through a hotel window

 

From a Hotel Window                          (Before it was demolished ) Civic Arena and Old Train Station Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

 

warhol windows

 

Andy Warhol Museum from a Parking Lot and Close-Up of Windows

warhol window

 

 

 

kitchen windowReflection in a kitchen countertop   Columbus Ohio

 

 

 

power lines WindowPower Lines in Braddock Pennsylvania

 

 

suburban  windowThe Neighbor’s House in Ohio

 

 

hotel window

 

Marlene in a window

Marlene in a frozen window


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning

The example posted by Cheri Lucas Rowlands was a Northern California foggy dawn.

A sunrise – a perfect beginning.

A baby, just born.

The first page of the dictionary.

The first page of the new calendar.

Once you start, more come to mind.

Beginning= possibility?  A new start.

I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-

My Saturday morning.

Here’s the beginning -

Coffee and English Muffin

The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks

A New Page

A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……

a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-

A single match

Begin with a single match…………..

Middle CMiddle C- “Let’s start at the very beginning. A very good place to start….” “When you sing you begin with Do Re Mi”

Yarn BowlThe beginning of a ball of yarn in my new yarn bowl :-)


Uncle Matty Sings the Christmas Blues

Everyone is happy that Matthew is visiting from Zagreb.  He’s either playing the guitar or the piano, telling big brother-little brother stories to his nephews as they fall off to sleep or trying to beat Mark’s Father-in-Law Donald at 360XBox College Football. He helps wash the dishes and keeps us laughing and entertained.

Here are some Matthew moments for the blog followers in Croatia, wondering why he isn’t on the blog!

I hope to get a photo with him before he leaves.  We’ll see.  It feels good to have everyone together, even for a short time.

singing the blues

 

Singing the Christmas Blues –  Erika’s Mom Marlene on the floor by the tree

 

matty and the watches

 

Christmas morning.  He likes his new hat, fresh off the needles.

 

 

matty 1Playing with the new Turkey and Fox Puppets with niece Anna (10)

matty 2 (1)With sister Laura and her husband James  at dinner last Saturday night- Spinach Pie on the right

matty awkward photos

When we were working on the Awkward Photos

matty and his brother and sisterMatty with Mark and Laura Christmas Night right before Laura and James went home.

And Matthew wasn’t keen on being the main feature of the blog.  So here is one more photo of the grandchildren on Christmas Eve to share the post.

GrandchildrenMaura   Anna   Jack and Michael


Weekly Photo Challenge: Community

Community.
Communities.
Swim Team Community
Swim Team Community- Columbus Ohio
Bocce Community
Bocce Community in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh
Baseball PNC
Baseball Community- PNC Park
Zion Apostolic Christmas Dinner
Zion Apostolic Community-  Christmas dinner Monroeville PA
Etna Softball
Softball Community in Etna PA
River City Brass Band
River City Brass Band  (Community) at Carnegie Music Hall- Pittsburgh PA
Knit the Bridge
Knit the Bridge Community- (and Crochet)  Warhol Bridge- Pittsburgh PA
Culinary Class Gingerbread Houses
High School Culinary Class Community Gingerbread Houses- Each kitchen created one together as a group effort
Football
Football Community- Steelers Fans- Pittsburgh PA
Candles at St Patricks
                                               St Patrick’s Church Community- Columbus Ohio
Art Community Panza Gallery
             Art Community  Panza Gallery Millvale PA
Guitar Community
Guitar Community. Bleecker Street New York City
Army Community Germany
  Army Community- Grafenwoehr Germany    I am the one holding the camera!   Thirty years ago.

Matty, Your Age is Your Lacrosse Number Today

Happy 33!  I found this drawing from your birthday post from three years ago and saw the Lacrosse number.  I am thinking of you and hoping someone is celebrating your birthday with you in Croatia.  Missing you.

Birthday box on the way. 6-10 business days they said. Hope it makes it.  I ‘m inserting Richie Havens singing “Wonder Child”.   We’ve enjoyed Richie a couple of times when we were together so thought it was a good birthday song.

Here is the colored pencil drawing I am making for you with  Little Green Doggie, Lego, Playmobil, St Nicholas made with a walnut and upside down apple from German Kindergarten. ( You can see the Lacrosse #)    Love you, Ma

Matthew collageIt was your idea to start blogging for birthdays and it’s a wonderful idea.  Love to you in Croatia

Richie Havens sings on Sesame Street

Information on Richie Havens and Sesame Street here


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Remembrance Day Honoring Carrick High Military Veterans

 

 

 

 

 

vETERANS dAYThe view from the top of the upright piano.

Friday at Pittsburgh Carrick High School, students read more than 65 names of Armed Forces alumni who served and died for their country.         WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq. Afghanistan.

Jeremiah played Taps from the back of the auditorium.  Our Spanish teacher played the piano while another teacher sang God Bless America. There were family members who told stories about their service member who passed.  It was a poignant ceremony.  The students did a wonderful job, reading not only their names but where the member had served, their decorations and where they died.

A couple of alums who were  Korean War Veterans spoke as well.    I photographed the event and was deeply touched.


Mona Lisa, Jesus, Everything Must Go – City Street Views

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mona Lisa Bowl

 

Lawrenceville Sidewalk

 

jesus

 

 

Point Breeze Corner

 

 

couch and trash

 

Braddock Ave Near Penn Ave

 

 

 

Everything must go

Just last year they had new Fall arrivals- see post

 

 

 

drummersDrummers on the corner of 40th Street

 

 

afghan cover

 

None of these are stellar shots, but the collection of random sampling – what I see when I drive around the different parts of the city, makes for an interesting hodge podge.

What do you see where you live that catches your eye today?

 


Strip District World Festival

I was going down to the Strip to work on an ongoing photography project I started.

Seemed like a good day to go as I was in town, no school on Sunday and the weather was perfect.

As soon as I neared the Strip, I saw an incredible amount of traffic backed up and some tent tops.  Parked immediately instead of trying to get closer and walked the rest of the way. Here’s what I saw

Strip District World Festival- A Community Event    

Tavern 19

Food-

I ate a  delicious Baklava from Taverna 19, a new place with Greek food and dancing at night. (Right across from Primanti’s)  I had already eaten lunch at home. Who knew?

Manuela

Manuela the Caricaturist

music

Dance to the Music

SteelDragon

Steel Dragon Kung Fu members dance the Lion Dance

Steel Dragon (2)

Steel Dragon (1)

This note from Chris at Steel Dragon   the dance is actually a LION DANCE

I would like to mention that actually we did a lion dance today. The MC confused the name of what we were doing. Our name (as you know) is Steel Dragon (or Gong Lung in Chinese). What we did was a lion dance. The actual name of the one we did  today is “Eight Immortals Carry the Mountain to Fill the Eastern Sea”, which is a story from a classic novel called the Eight Immortals Cross the Sea. 

Incidentally, Dragons have many more people than lions (7-100 people vs 2 in a lion) and when you see the head, you can tell their different. If you want, you can check out the video we just posted which has clips from lion and dragons dances on it (plus I just edited so I love when people look at it :-) ) The link is on our website under videos. (see  link)

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Steel Dragon (3)

Look behind you!

music (5)

Alex and Ben were the Lion with Steeler Colors

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music (8)

music (9)

music (1)

sunseri

Two Pound Pepperoni Roll and Mr. Sunseri

BLack and Gold

Schorin’s has everything

Price Bennett

Mr. Bennett Price

world Festival Strip


Bagpiper on Penn Avenue, Saturday Night

Unexpected bagpipe music emanating from Penn Avenue near the Car Park, on our way to the Fireworks Night at PNC Park-

Steve pulled over to the curb.  I got out of the car.  Placed a bill in her case on the walk and asked if it would be all right to take a photo.  She nodded.

A student at Carnegie Mellon University, piping for the Tartans, practicing, playing cool music for downtown Pittsburgh

AND imprinted on her card-

Bagpiping for Western Pennsylvania, (and doing a great job of it, too)

and at the bottom-  Weddings, Funerals, Military Functions, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Social Events, Group and Individual Instruction.  Solo and Band Prizes -US Canada and Scotland   I believe it!

….. Her name is Liz Cherry and she is skilled in the way of the pipes!

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue

Bagpiper on Penn Avenue (1)

I crossed Penn Avenue and took this view, to capture the surroundings.


Play Me, I’m Yours – Omaha Nebraska – Guest Post

Omaha Piano

Guest Poster JB Writes from Omaha

This morning I took my usual walk through Memorial Park and the Rose Garden and came upon this piano sitting all by itself at the top of the Memorial Park, overlooking Dodge Street.

 

Omaha Piano

 

 A jogger happened to come by, sat down and played a number of tunes so I asked if it would be OK to photograph him. He said his goal was to find each painted piano throughout the city and play them.  

 

back of piano

On the back of the piano is a bag filled with leaf-shaped paper cut outs – and a request that you write one phrase or line from a favorite song and then pin it on the piano back.  These will be collected and the artist will compose a piece utilizing them.  

To read more about Play Me I’m Yours Project click here to read the article at Omaha.Com

Thanks J for the great post today.


Little Italy Days Bloomfield Neighborhood, Pittsburgh PA

Saturday afternoon I went to Little Italy Days in Bloomfield with my friend V and this evening I went over with Steve.

The street was blocked off and it was quite festive.  Can’t put up the aromas of the various food items.

 Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots


Maria Merante with a tray of Lemon Knots at Merante’s on Liberty Avenue

 

 

Little Italy days (2)

 

 

 

 

Watching Bocce

Watching Bocce

 

 

West Side Story Performance

West Side Story Performance

 

 

 

 

 

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

Violinist Through the East End Book Store window

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days

 

 

 

 

 

Bocce

Bocce

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (13)At the rectory- Formerly St Joseph’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cannolis and Snow Cones

Cannolis and Snow Cones

 

Little Italy Days (15)

 

Live entertainment at Center Stage

 

 

Balloon Man

Balloon Man

 

 

 

 

 

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

Steel City Shaved Ice Truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (11)

Simon and Garfunkel Cover

 

 

 

 

Little Italy days (3)

 

 

 

 

Little Italy Days (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ's Butcher Block
Grass Fed Beef and Free Range Chicken without Antibiotics Right on Liberty Avenue at DJ’s Butcher Block.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ohio State Fair – Columbus Ohio

Today’s post is primarily people.  A few animals. Or people and animals.  The food highlights will be a separate post.  Stay tuned for a Deep Fried Buckeye.  No, I didn’t eat it but someone let me photograph theirs.

I accompanied two moms and seven children!  We had a wonderful afternoon.   Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

Keep Cool Fans

 

Fans from the egg farmers- outside the Taste of Oho Pavillion-  four of them are my grandchildren.  Three are their friends.

 

 

 

I'm in a Fowl Mood

Thanks for letting me photograph your shirt in the Taste of Ohio Pavillion

Thanks Guys Top banana

 

 

No, not going to guess my weight or age today!

 

 

Union General

 

Union General  from the Civil War Encampment checks out the cowgirl boots

 

 

 

Boy and Cow

 

Being taken back to the livestock/ stall area after showing

 

 

 

 

 

Abe Lincoln

 

Abe Lincoln chats with fairgoers

 

 

 

Cowgirl Boots

 

Cowgirl Boots galore

 

 

 

AIrbrush T shirt Art

 

Airbrush artist

 

 

 

No Firearms

 

Posting a No Firearms sign on the Dairy Pavillion

 

 

 

Pirates on Stilts

 

 

Jack and Drew talk to the Pirate about missing treasure

 

 

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At the Cardinal gate.

Bent Traffic Cone

Bent traffic cone and Ohio State Trooper giving directions

 

Jack  Milked a cow

 

Jack milked a cow. Why he put the sticker on his mouth is beyond me.We did not put it there!

 

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

Watching the pig races

 

 

weaving a scarf

 

Weaving a scarf

 

 

 

Ohio Fair Band

 

Rousing band music

 

 

 

checking the bags of wool

Checking the bags of wool

 

 

 

Walking her horse

 

The horse barn

 

 

sleeping with the livestock

 

Sleeping near the livestock

 

 

napping at the fairCatching a quick nap behind the concession stands

 

 

 

milking the cow

Waiting in line to milk the cow

 

 

horse stall

 

Looking down the walkway lined with horse stalls

 

 

Ohio State Fair

Exhausted. This woman takes a nap on the grass.

 

Perfect summer day.  Last year our visit to the fair was cut short by a severe thunderstorm.  If you are new to the blog you can check it out here

 


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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Waiting for a Ride to Commencement

 

 

 

Saturday at 12:30 PM, Pittsburgh Carrick High School’s Class of 2013 will graduate.

Friday morning, the Timpani were waiting for a truck to take them to Petersen Events Center at University of Pittsburgh.  Ready for their part in  Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance as the seniors walk in the processional.

The bowl of the drum seemed to glow on this overcast day. And yes, there’s a snare drum peeking from behind.

Timpani


Peter Celebrates the Big Five O (+)

Stuffed grape leaves, and fancy cheeses.  Goat cheese and fig jam on bruschetta.   Green grapes.  Some bubbly to toast.   M and D brought the most drinkable wine.  A secret in the carafe, a blind test.  Carlo Rossi. No kidding. Beat out the pricey Portuguese wine.  What do we know?

Dates and nuts in a chocolate South African pudding recipe, topped with whiskey whipped cream, created by his wife Janice.  Happy Birthday to Peter.  Live music at a party makes the evening rhyme. Marc on harmonica and Peter and Doug on guitar.  Kim sang a number with the lyrics on her cell phone.

A fun surprise party.  Well done, J.

 

 


Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture

Culture.  We are part of so many different cultures.  I went and read the definition of the word.  More like definitions!

Tried to get a direction.

Friday night was the Gallery Crawl in Pittsburgh. I’m adding two from NYC Spring Break trip that seem to fit into my take on the challenge.

Music, Painting, Sculpture , Art and my wonderful teacher Germaine Watkins from Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild with two of his photographs on display Friday night.

I ‘d gone downtown with my friend Steve to check out and take pictures of the students’ artwork at the All City Show.  

 

 

 

 

Heinz Hall


April Showers, Richie Havens and Here Comes the Sun

Rain on Car Window

It was MIXED BAG (vinyl) in my dorm room in the early seventies.  Over and over.  Richie Havens sang Dylan better than Bob.

Here’s an email in response to the one I wrote in December.

Subject: A Message of Gratitude

Last Christmas Matthew was back from Croatia and we were sitting in Mark and Erika’s living room in Ohio, remembering the first Richie Havens concert I forced him to go to as a teenager.  We saw him together  years later in New York City at the Knitting Factory, too. Matthew and Aunt Mary braved a Connecticut snowstorm to see him together and sat right under him.

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Hi Ruth

Thank you so much for taking the time to send along such kind thoughts. I will make sure Richie sees your email.

Best wishes for 2013!

Leslie
Stormy Forest Productions, NYC

—–Original Message—–
From: ruthehendricks
To: stormyforestprod
Sent: Sat, Dec 29, 2012 3:50 pm
Subject: Message of Gratitude

This is a message for Mr. Havens as I sit with  my 32 yo son tonight (home from 
Croatia where he lives) listening together to RH on youtube.

When Matthew was 14 I forced him to go listen to a Richie Havens concert in 
Pittsburgh Pa at the Carnegie Music Hall.

Oh he was mad cause who wants to go anywhere with their mother at that point of 
their life?
We waited in the corridor afterwards and met Mr. Havens and my son said he emanated 
positive energy right out of himself into him. 

  Matthew saw him in concert at least six times after that and he said tonight 
that Richie Havens was able to communicate to his soul.  We saw him together at 
the Knitting Factory years later.

So powerful and I wanted to express gratitude for his musical gifts and these 
wonderful  loving memories we share of listening to Mr Havens music and energy.
Xxoo
Ruth Hendricks
 
Richie Havens RIP.  Matthew and I spoke on SKYPE last night when we heard of your passing and we will always remember you and your music which touched our souls, deeply.
for Richie Havens Streaming Audio click here

Pizza Chef Again in E.Rossi & Co. Windows- Grand and Mulberry Streets

Religious statues     Taken the week before Easter, on Spring Break vacation in New York City.  Found the second window picture with the nativity scenes tonight and the pizza man reappearing which I’d missed the first time.

The little girls’ mom is pointing out the Mary riding on the donkey with a hand on her expectant figure.       Nativity and Pizza Guy        


Bob and Whiskers – 1955 – Guest Blog Post

This guest post is in response to Murphy the Airedale’s passing. We are grateful to so many friends and followers for their lovely email and text messages and comments on the blogpost, too.  Many of you have experienced pet loss and understand how painful it is.

On Wednesday morning, my neighbor Bob (from across the hall at school) brought me a copy of this wonderful photograph with 1955 written in the margin.   It touched me so.   Later in the afternoon I asked if I could please share it on the blog.  

Here is what Bob wrote for the blog when I asked if  it would be okay to post………..

This picture of my dog Whiskers and me was taken in 1955 with an second-hand camera that had light leak. My oldest sister took this photo. He was a mixed terrier.  On July 4th, 1957 my pal was attacked by a very large German Shepherd and he passed away 2 days later. I was 6 in this picture. My buddy was 5.

After 58 years, I have never forgotten what a great family member he was and I still miss him.  This is on the Southside of Pittsburgh.

My face and hands and my pup were as dirty as the air we breathed back then.

There was a song on the radio that came out just about the time of my dog’s passing.  It was ” I’m saving my money to buy you a rainbow“.  Whenever I hear or think of that song, it takes me back to those wonderful days with my dog Whiskers, when “life was in black and white”.

Whiskers and Bob 1955

Thanks for your kind sympathy Bob.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness to me and also my family as we grieve the loss of dear Murphy.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Neighborhood

Phoneography special. The weekly photo challenge I have been talking about it for days.  Unable to do it for a variety of reasons. Out of town.  Too dark.  Many people shoot with their phones.  All day, everyday.  Don’t think much of it, the photos sit and take up space. They have them in the phone and that’s about it.

This is just a snippet.

Tonight Steve drove us over to Shadyside for 1/2 price burger night at Shady Grove.   I’ve added some shots around town I already had in the phone. This is not an attractive time of year to showcase where I live.  If you want to see Pittsburgh at it’s best you can check out Francine in Retirement  of Frizz in Germany.  I take photos of Pittsburgh frequently.  This is a collection of the everyday.  The Historical Marker is where musician Billy Eckstine lived in my neighborhood.

The snowy park is the neighborhood I live in Highland Park.  There are 80 neighborhoods in our city.  The edges of neighborhoods are where I drive through everyday to school and across the bridge, over the Monongahela.  I’ve thrown in a few you’ve seen before just to round out the gallery.

Last Wednesday’s view of the Highland Park Entrance.  The second one is what my driveway looked like!  It’s all gone now.

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Music and Chocolate Cake in Zagreb, Croatia

So I got home from my weekend in Ohio, Sunday night with no chance to photograph the neighborhood for the weekly photo challenge as it was dark outside.  Changing the clocks didn’t help me with enough light by the time I pulled in the driveway

-but in my inbox I found a message  from my son Matthew who lives in Zagreb, Croatia (9 years already!)

The  subject of his email:  Guest blog :-)                  The dilemma of what to post?                    SOLVED!

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Dear Ma, 
Yesterday I spent the evening with the Kaplowitz family.  My dear friend Joe Kaplowitz is pretty much the only American I know over here and he invited me over for an American-style chocolate cake.  Not only is he a brilliant jazz musician but he is quite an accomplished baker to boot!  His beautiful wife Lela is a marvelous singer and they recently came out with a big-band album of original compositions called With Every Breath that you can hear (and buy!) here
 
After enjoying a generously-sized hunk of cake chased by a glass of milk, Joe, Lela, their daughter Lucija and I played a cut-throat game of Name That Tune. Lucija is also a budding musician, so as you might imagine the competition was pretty stiff.  Then we headed to the parlor for a concert.  Joe and Lucija, who plays the violin, teamed up for a set of traditional Croatian melodies played over some soulful blues piano.  
Perhaps I was witnessing the concept for the next album being born.
Joe’s cake was so tasty that I plan to go back over tomorrow for another sliver.  
In keeping with the spirit of the blog, will get the recipe tomorrow and send it to you!
 
Love, Matthew
p.s. Here is the recipe, just in from Zagreb this morning    

 
only got 3 stars but i thought it was fabulous!

Kaplowitz Family

 
 

Lala Loved the Ukelele!

Laura really, really wanted a ukelele.  She thought her husband was getting one for her.   He gave her birthstone earrings instead!

She and James came to Mark and Erika’s today  after having been at James’ family Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. We had a festive time opening presents and watching the kids play with their new toys.  Preparing a nice dinner, too.

So this was one of the fun moments of Christmas for me.  She wasn’t expecting her mom to get her a ukelele.  But I did!

Thanks Pittsburgh Guitars on Carson Street, SouthSide!

The man who sold it to me suggested I put her face on the box on top of the model’s and I added James’ face from a photo I cut up of the two of them.

He told me he was selling at least a ukelele or two every day.  This one came with a gig bag and a tuner.

It was just a good time as I sat on the floor, grabbed the camera and caught her excitement.  Laura learned a couple of chords and Matthew accompanied her on the guitar.  Seeing her so excited felt wonderful.

(and yes that is Cardinal Donald Wuerl, born in Pittsburgh,  in the right hand corner of the television and the photograph)

Laura got her Ukelele


Angels

2009- from the archivesThese angels are on a shelf in one of the built in china closets in the dining room.

2009- from the archives
These angels are on a shelf in one of the built in china closets in the dining room.


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