A bolt of lightning knocked out the internet so blogging from my phone
Rhubarb says Spring to me.
When the three kids were younger, we’d pile in the car and drive 7 hours to New York City to visit my sister. I’d park in the lot by the pier on the Hudson and we’d make our way up the five floor walk-up to her apartment. Everyone would be asleep on the floor camping out and in the early morning, Aunt Mary would walk to Zito’s Bakery on Bleecker Street, come home with warm loaves. She’d have the butter out and a jar of her homemade strawberry rhubarb preserves. She’d slice the bread on a wooden board. That’s what the kids woke up to – warm bread and butter and strawberry rhubarb preserves-
Berenice Abbott took this photo of Zito’s in 1937.
Today I went to the Farmer’s market on the South Side and bought two bunches of rhubarb and fresh picked strawberries. I was trying to remember the method and chopped the stalks in one inch pieces, put them into a large enamel kettle and sprinkled with sugar to sit.
The loaf from the Farmers Market on the bread board, a gift from my sister.
Before Matthew was born and he’s 33!
Kids grown up and gone but tonight as I taste the strawberry rhubarb preserves, I remember.
P.S. And to answer your question Mary, on the card-
I did get that assistantship and that’s how I was able to get hired at Pittsburgh Public Schools in 1989!
P.P.S. Zito’s is gone now.
Perusing the archives in a different computer. I know this STREET LIFE challenge could go on and on and on……Will stop now. I really liked it, though. Guess you can tell.
It’s fun to scan the files for forgotten photos you might not post otherwise.
The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life part two Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-
From the archives
You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.
Some favorite reflections. The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.
Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium
Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo
From the subway on the way to Coney Island
Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield
Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh
Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.
Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses
Jack’s reflection in a puddle.
Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo
left without needed protection or care
left by the owner
no longer held or thought of : given up
Not to be confused with lost.
WordPress’ Cheri Lucas Rowlands posted the challenge with a great example of the interior of an abandoned building. It’s apparent that I stick with exteriors.
Old School House near Okanogan Washington
shot from the road
Boarded up in Wilkinsburg PA
near Okanogan Washington – mailboxes still in place on the right
Old bathtub at Conneaut
New York City Chair and Hanger
What’s on your cookbook shelf? These days, many people are cooking from recipes on the internet instead of cookbooks.
Did you ever discard or pass on a cookbook and then later regret your having gotten rid of it?
Diets, tastes and trends change over time. I have a wooden box of my grandmother’s recipes but I’m not making them.
I always enjoy reading a cookbook in bed, planning meals or dishes to try. Thinking about entertaining. What I usually end up doing is making the same things over and over again for the most part, not using a recipe.
Comfort foods as of late, with the ongoing winter temps I feel motivated to cook hearty meals- and eat them!
Here’s my sister’s cookbook shelf in NYC. You might remember seeing her kitchen. I love the Coldweather Cooking book and have a copy myself. I love to bake the Brown Mountain Cake out of the Farm Journal Country Cookbook. The Fannie Farmer makes me think of my mother’s Boston Cooking School Cookbook, tied with a ribbon.
I open old cookbooks, find a handwritten note or a yellowed recipe between the pages, see my mother’s hand- memories of my childhood or my children’s childhood, recipes past, present and the ones I’ve clipped for the future (always heavy on the desserts!)
I’ll share my cookbook shelf another post. Hope you will share your cookbook shelf photo.
It was hard to get it all in one shot, it’s a tight space!
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.
Juxtaposition. I read the definition twice.
Michelle W. at the Daily Post says Unexpected Pairings.
Looked through the archives and found these for the gallery. It did mention “abstract” and I think mine are more “concrete”
Pittsburgh Marathon -Walk and Sit
wood branch in chain link fence
One orange amidst the others Smith Mountain Lake Virginia
Old boat and pirates, new boats and boaters
New York City Garbage
St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Scaffolding
Lego world- real world Rockefeller Center New York City
Splint and leg
Anna and the sock monkey
People and windows.
June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room
Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s
Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side
Jane and Prem’ Wedding
Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride
Sea Lion Viewing Window at the Zoo Pittsburgh PA
Making the theme last all week? I photograph a lot of windows.
St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window
Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA
Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC
Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio
University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington
Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window
Graduation Party Window
Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA
Bus Window on Field Trip
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,
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.
Arles, France – chandelier in window
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
Oh my- there were too many to choose from for Window. My post today is WINDOW with an S- plural.
Four Grandchildren in Four Windows at The Wilds in Cumberland Ohio
New York City. New School for Social Research
Columbus Ohio on walk from Community Market
Coney Island stop on Subway
Halloween Costumes New York City
Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island Ferry
New York City Lead Paned Window
Chinatown Ducks in window
Windows with Christmas Lights reflected in a car hood
View of the Pittsburgh Marathon from a neighbor’s window
Too too many window pictures and this is with culling.
I photograph them a lot.
thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands for this fun challenge. You were right about a lot of possibilities.
“One is the loneliest number ….”
One unicyclist Pittsburgh Marathon last May
One handstand by Anna my granddaughter in Hardy Virginia
One reader in Bryant Park NYC
One friend at her window
One seal watcher in Central Park
One tulip by St. Patrick’s Cathedral NYC
One nun in NYC
Laura is ONE August 7, 1984 Grafenwoehr Germany
I saw Three Dog Night in the early seventies. No kidding.
Sign in New York City when I visited my sister last summer. I posted it before. Found it again tonight, Thanksgiving Eve.
Seems simple, doesn’t it?
from last summer when I visited my sister
Apparent horizon or visible horizon. The line where the earth meets sky.
We’ve got plenty of buildings and trees that block the clean line around here.
First up – Coney Island Horizon
Another clean line separating earth and sky in Cumberland Ohio at The Wilds
Charleston West Virginia Horizon
New York City Horizon
And a vertical taken in traffic at the red light Pittsburgh PA
Okay, that’s a pretty good sampling of horizons.
Starting to get too many choices to put up. I’m stopping now and going to bed. I thought about going into an external hard drive and finding British Columbia or Okanogan WA but it’s late.
Photographed last June when I visited my sister.
Mango Vendors on the sidewalks of New York City.
And here is a link to an article Fruit of her labor is to put kids through college by Roslyn Kramer
New York City street shot from when I visited my sister last June.
I was photographing people engaged with their technology- they weren’t paying any attention to me or my camera I think this woman was trying to get into the shade a bit to see her phone screen, reduce the glare.
Thoughts on style…………decorating, home, fashion, hair, writing-
What’s in style these days?
Have you ever been out of style?
Did you ever cramp anyone’s style?
Do you know anyone whose style is stuck in another decade? or maybe their style is making a comeback?
Who decides what’s in style or out of style?
What is your style?
Sounds like a cinch, doesn’t it? From lines to patterns? Organic might have been a better route. Nature.
After reading about this week’s challenge and viewing some fellow bloggers posts, here’s my gallery.
It was suggested to go with the “tiled mosaic gallery” so I thought I’d try it.
Inside of an inch.
I’m here on the inside , getting the inside scoop.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you , pales in comparison to what lies inside of you,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mostly I’m on the outside looking in. Beside myself, editing out for INSIDE.
Maybe I should title it, a glass between us.
Costume Store NYC
NYC W 10th Street Cleaning the Sewers Truck
Idlewild Park, You can see outside from Inside the One Room Schoolhouse
Inside the glass booth
Inside the bakery case
Construction on Carson, before the football game
Inside the press box
Farewells at the graduation party
The Balloon Man
Stilts are documented from the 6th century BC in Greece. Who knew?
I’ve never walked on stilts, have you?
I’ve seen them in a gym class somewhere along with a pogo stick or two. And a clown in a circus when I was small.
There were a bunch of people on stilts in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (1979) in Savannah, Georgia as we just watched the stilts walkers in a Super 8 home movie (now on a DVD) Wonder who sews those tall tall pants to cover those wooden poles.
Watching the home movie, reminded me of this stilts walker in NYC. Last Friday morning.
This was shot in the early morning on the way to the parking garage to pick up the car and drive out to Ohio.
Looked like he was walking on rooftops to me.
I had to look twice. Of course, it’s an ad on a building. Not sure what they are selling.
Canon 50mm 1.2 lens L series set at ISO 100 f/5 125