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


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

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. 

Happy Birthday Lala

You were one not so long ago.

Now you’re mom to a one year old!

Happy Happy Birthday to you Laura. 

You make life nice. 


Your Mom

P.S. Refer to last year’s birthday post to see how time flies. 

(It’s something old people say to younger people and then suddenly you experience it.)

Faces Change in a Blink

How quickly their faces change.










The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE,  I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.




Maura’s First Holy Communion Day

St. Patrick Church  Columbus Ohio.IMG_0809

Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura.  Michael’s hiding.

MauraMaura on the way into church.

IMG_0006Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.



Godmother Laura          With her family    Pap and Grandma Marlene

Sisters-in-law                                   Laura James and Charles IMG_0048.JPGTaken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.

Ice Skating Saturday Night

Jack was invited to an  birthday party at the ice skating rink. He was so excited.   Mark took him.

We came an hour later for “free skate” but I didn’t don skates.

A good photo op for Grandma, who happened to have the real camera, not just the iPhone.

Lots of reflections, not enough light or too much light.

Made adjustments.

On the way home I got to photograph a brightly lit house display as I was in the passenger seat.

ice skating family




xmas house ohio

My Year 2015 in Photos

Thank you for visiting the blog and clicking the ‘like’  button and/or leaving some good words.  I appreciate your taking the time to look at the photographs.  If you’ve been with me this year, you’ve already seen these images but after reading the Annual Review of my Blogging Year from WordPress, I wanted to capture 2015 myself.  What I notice is I like weather, people, family and night photography.

I wish you a new year filled with good health and happiness.
A few of my favorites from 2015- I skipped over most of the food photos.  Will take new ones in 2016!

Pittsburgh in FogPittsburgh in fog

The weddings


jack and mauraGrandkids visit “Cloud Arbor is made up of 64 steel poles reaching 32 feet into the sky, embedded with nozzles that spray a fine mist of water, creating the effect of a spherical cloud suspended in the air.”         (artist Ned Kahn)


Some of the family photos-

People at work and play




Just as we finished the world puzzle –

Uh- oh.  Henry knows I’m not pleased.   The anagrams are under him as well. 

That’s what happens when you take a lunch break. 

Fortunately the world didn’t suffer too much from the weight of an Airedale


Birds or leaves?

My daughter Laura took this image, next to Columbus Architectural Salvage, Columbus, Ohio.

The title of the post, is the question she texted me.