"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh


Playing Catch in Sinking Light


Baby to Thirteen! How fast time flies.

Happy thirteenth birthday dear granddaughter Anna Catherine.Here is your birthday blogpost.

You are a lovely young woman.  You are the one who made us grandparents.

You are kind, thoughtful, responsible, generous and loving.  (Just a few adjectives to describe your character)

What a happy day when you were born.

30190413046_fa01a356b7_oSunday night October 9 (can you see that the chocolate cupcakes form a one and a three?)


Here you are brand new with your grandmothers- Ruthie and Marlene.  You gave us the name Froo Froo. So now we are Froo Froo Ruthie and Froo From Marlene to all the grandkids!





screen-shot-2016-10-09-at-11-13-33-pmHappy Birthday to you!  Here you are with your family at the Mellow Mushroom tonight.


And without the corny balloon birthday hat. 10-6-2016

I remember your 10-10-10 birthday post when you were so skilled at the Hula Hoop! You can watch on youtube

Eleven Years in a blink

Last year it was a Dozen Years of Love


your FF Ruthie



Happy Birthday dear DIL

Got the four together this afternoon to wish you a very happy birthday. They were bike riding around the cul de sac but took a moment to pose. You are a good mom!  Xxoo  Love your MILimg_0233


Oh, they were so much younger then (me, too)

Photographed by Herr Spahn in 1985

Grafenwoehr, Germany

I smocked the frame (and Laura’s dress)


Mark  Matthew and Laura

Weekly Photo Challenge Nostalgia

Our Dad’s Shoes

-are at my sister’s in NYC and they’re on top of our grandmother’s mirror. Nostalgia post 2

Worn such a long time ago.


WordPress Photo Challenge


Roy Joseph Hendricks

Born in Farmersville, Illinois February 26,1912


(Different shoes in the photo)

Puzzle People

imageimageimageimageMy  father bought this puzzle in 1976. He’s the one who got Mark saying Sacramento at age 2, when you’d ask him “what’s the capital of California?”

This summer Mark took his family to see ten more state capitals/ capitols.

The handcrafted wood puzzle was missing New York and Lake Ontario. For years! Missing puzzle pieces is such a bummer. I’m not sure why I waited so long to see if I could get replacements.

Wk, I just received the hand cut replacement pieces and although the wood is a bit thinner these days and the color brighter, it is wonderful to have the puzzle complete again.

Besides New York is my birth state (yes, I grew up in the Garden State- New Joisey)

Thank you Puzzle People Michael and Pat Smith of Philo, California for completing the puzzle once again,  40 years later.


Eleven Years Old Today

Everyone loves Michael. 

Happy 11th birthday, August 21st.

(Top left-at your baptism by your namesake Fr. Michael Joseph Zeps, S.J.  Then your Godfather Joe, Dad, FF Marlene, Uncle Joey again, Aunt Lala-August bday club and your Mom holding you on the bottom)
He is one loveable young man. (Last year I might have said boy)

Concentrating on his yo-yo skills in Pittsburgh. Summer 2016

Language camp last week -photo by parents 

After your swim meet-June 26, 2015 with new cousin Charlie at the hospital

Teasing  old Grandma, making me think your head was stuck!

Michael if you want to see how quickly you are growing up, here are some blog posts documenting your growth! 

Seems as if you just turned 10- tenth birthday post 

Florida Rainbow appeared when you were born. 9 years old 

*Seems you were 8 not so long ago 8th birthday post

* Here’s your 7th birthday

Laura made you an Alvin and the Chipmunks cake when you were Five – Chipmunks Cake

Don’t know what happened to six but you were my first photo on the blog with Murphy the Airedale

And here you are with Henry the Airedale

Love you lots

Happy 11th Birthday to you Michael Joseph


FF Ruthie

P.S.  I need a photo of me with you, please.  Birthday mail on the way. 

City Puddles after the Downpour

After the birthday party (grown up), the nextdoor neighbor kids were playing in the puddles.

There’d been a downpour.

Kids love puddles. They are like magnets to them.

Fun Fun the weekly photo challenge


Soda Fountain and Chocolates

Yetter’s in Millvale, PASaturday morning.

 I wanted my grandchildren to see an old time soda fountain. It was too early for ice cream so we bought some things to-go, for later after the Children’s Museum-snacks,  bottles of water, chocolate coins and some sour patch kids from the candy selection. 

We will return for ice cream before they head home. 

Balls in the Air

Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.

When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times.  One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.

IMG_3265Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.

It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.


One more try