Mother Mary in the Snow – Before the Puppeteer Painted Her

A few years ago this Mary statue was a curbside alert through the neighborhood listserve so I walked up to Winterton St. to save her from the trash.

She was peeling paint and looking a bit worn.  Somehow it didn’t seem right to have her picked up by the garbage truck. So I put her in my side “garden” and called her Our Lady of the Weeds (due to my lack of gardening effort)

About the same time I hired a friend of a friend to come and do some master gardening, get rid of the weeds, plant something decent.  And the skilled gardener took the Mary statue home with her and she was gone a couple of months.  The gardener is an excellent puppeteer and brightened up the statue with new paint.  In fact, when she was returned it took awhile to get used to her brightness and revitalization.

Then my neighbor restored the bird bath bowl my father gave me when I bought the house.

One day I came home and the Mary statue was perched in the now repaired bird bath.

It’s been a team effort to get me spiffed up around here.

MAry in the Snow

 

Before

 

bvm painted in a bird bath

This Spring I’ll take a new photo with the plantings and green surrounding her.

Cashew, Cream, Walnut or Pistachio Baklava at Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery

We ended up at the Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery for two reasons. Michael’s winter coat had a broken zipper and we went to Alteration Station to get it repaired/ replaced and then Maura had to use a rest room.
Lucky us. I got some lentil soup to take home and then I ordered up the pastries after the owner had given everyone of us samples. Delicious! Also got a slice of the gluten free carrot cake for Mark-
Little Lebanon Bistro and Bakery
What a find. The menu is online if you click the link. Reasonably priced. Clean and fresh food.

Of course if you aren’t in the Polaris Area of Columbus Ohio it will be harder to sample the food.

The owner said if you bring the kids you can call ahead and they will prep their orders so there is less wait time.

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A quick iphone photo
I thought the pistachio baklava was about the best I have tasted! (Maybe I can order mail order)

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

 

 

 

 

old house

 

 

 

 

side of old house

 

 

 

old house interior

 

 

 

 

old house interior

 

“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

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Don’t worry.

I’m not going to post 6 galleries  of family this week.  I couldn’t stop myself with the windows.

You know I have thousands of images of my family.  Some of my favorite subjects to photograph.  I will restrain myself.

ancestors

Henry Otto Hendricks is in the middle at the bottom.  I believe the man in the top left is my father’s grandfather. Had better check  my notes.

Mark matthew and laura

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Matthew Laura and Mark, grown up

and twenty years ago at the Macy’s Day Parade New York Citymacy parade

Ruth and MArk

Me carrying Mark on my back in Philadelphia 1977

mark and erikaMark and Erika and the kids -Yes their hair is green for the pep rally before the big swim meet.

erika and mauraErika with Maura

matthew

Matthew in from Zagreb

doll houseI love when they come to visit Grandma

Laura when she was littleLala in Germany

james and laLaura and James at Christmas

and with Penny
james and penny

Getting Ready for a family photo Saturday night.  Henry is front and center and everyone else is blurred.

Henry and his family

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

Windows With Signage and/or Things in Them – Gallery 5

They said it was a Weekly Photo Challenge so I turned it into a Week-long Photo Challenge

Today I’m posting Windows with signage or things in them.

When I went to the external hard drives looking for the Infant of Prague in a window (thanks Jack) I saw quite a few windows photos  that could fit in several categories.  Categories with windows pictures reminded me of that old 25,000 Pyramid Game show hosted by Dick Clark.

-Windows with Things to Eat in Them

-Windows with Fashion

-Windows with a View Through Them

-or this time of year  could be Looking Through a Dirty Car Window

Tomorrow will be a new challenge so squeezing in one more gallery of windows.

for scenic view window

 

South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

squirrel window

North Side Window Taxidermy

 

 

 

 

 

Gold Sold Here

South Side of Pittsburgh

 

 

 

 

Doll Window

New York City

 

 

 

 

 

Carrick Hardware

Brownsville Road, Carrick  Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

 

no public restrooms

South Side

 

 

 

 

Fort Pitt Art Room WindowFt. Pitt Art Room Window (school now closed)

 

 

 

 

Betty Boop Window

Betty Boop Window on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

 

 

i hour cleaning

Roanoke Virginia Hat Cleaning Sign

 

 

 

 

Millvale Window

 

Millvale PA

 

 

 

shoe and boots window

 

Shadyside Shoe Store on Walnut Street Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

No Weapons Window

Ohio

 

 

 

Urban Madonna in Window

Philadelphia South Ninth Street Window

 

 

 

hardware window (1)

Hardware Store Arlington Avenue Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Bloomfield Window

Peace Sign Bloomfield Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

doll window (1)

Maura wants Aunt Linda’s Dolls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

People and Windows- Gallery 4

People and windows. 

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June 14, 2012 Visual Arts Room

 

MAura and Murphy in  window 2

Maura and Murphy at Aunt Linda’s

 

 

Concorde window

Pittsburgh Firefighter on South Side

Look what I came across tonight.  What a happy couple and now a happy family._1118280523728

Jane and Prem’ Wedding

 

diner  windowThrough a Diner Window- Queens NYC

 

 

fireman in windowPittsburgh Firefighter on the South Side

 

 

Breadworks delivery windowBreadworks Delivery and Barry’s Pub– South Side Pittsburgh

 

laura and James in windowMeeting Laura and James for breakfast at First Watch Worthington Ohio

 

Anna and Sock MOnkeyAnna finds her surprise sock monkey

 

 

Zamboni windowErika and Michael watch the Zamboni groom the ice   Columbus Ohio

 

 

shadyside windowShadyside Window by Ellsworth Avenue

 

watching traffic  windowWatching NYC traffic through a glass window

 

 

BLasfome windowMannequins AND real men on Carson Street South Side Pittsburgh

 

 

Charlotte wedding

Beautiful Valentine’s Day Bride

 

 

Sea Lion Viewing Window

Sea Lion Viewing Window  at the Zoo  Pittsburgh PA

 

 

 

Windows 3 – Connie, Esther’s Hobby, Olga, Poet’s House, Oakmont Bakery, View from a Bus

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge Theme: Windows

Making the theme last all week? I  photograph a lot of windows.

Here is another  gallery
Connie at ChumleysNew York City Chumley’s Historic Pub After the Fire

 

Esther's HobbyEsther’s Hobby Shop  Millvale PA

Olga Stained Glass

St. John’s Chrysostom Byzantine – Columbus, Ohio- St. Olga Window

 

 

 

Poet's HousePoet’s House New York City

 

Merry Christmas Window

Merry Christmas Window Pittsburgh PA

 

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane's Carousel

 

Brooklyn Bridge from Jane’s Carousel  Dumbo, Brooklyn NYC

 

 

conservatory Columbus

 

Franklin Conservatory Columbus Ohio

 

 

Flag and U of Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Cathedral of Learning on the Horizon from Arlington

 

 

Freedom tower

Freedom Tower from my sister’s apartment window

 

 

graduation party

 

Graduation Party Window

 

 

 

 

 

Rocking Horse WindowRocking Horse Penn Avenue Garfield Neighborhood Pittsburgh PA

 

Oakmont Bakery

Oakmont Bakery Oakmont PA

snacks in windowSnacks in the Window New York City

 

 

window dresserWindow Dresser New York City Fifth Avenue

 

 

Bus window

Bus Window on Field Trip

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

 

 

DSC00575Santorini Greece Window

 

 

Laundry in MarseillesLaundry Day in Marseilles

 

Arles France Window

Arles, France – chandelier in window

 

Arles France
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