First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen

Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.

You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees.  The shortest day of light.  Winter officially here.

Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon.  It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.

Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene

Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.

A faithful  blog reader in Virgina, C, (and  best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was  J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year.  The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.

I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered.  Finding the joy of winter.  My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it.  i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street.  I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.

Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.

"...and she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China......"

15 thoughts on “First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen

  1. Who would have thought you’d be photographing a rainbow on the solstice? Well, better that than 2 foot snow drifts! Love the “Suzanne” reference. Been ages since I thought of that song. I just bought it on iTunes and am listening to it now. 🙂

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  2. “I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered.  Finding the joy of winter.” I *loved* reading the description of all of the items in the shot. What may look like “just” a kitchen scene is so much more – it’s not a meal eaten alone, but instead a gathering of friends and family in your heart. So beautiful.

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  3. Great photo Ruth. Every time I see a photo from inside your house I want to visit you! I saw Judy Collins in Akron this year. She is still as amazing as ever. And FUNNY! She’s coming back to Akron next April (?). You should try to check her out. She’s worth it! Happy Holidays!

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