Therapy Dogs Guest Blog

My friend Joanne sent this photo from Florida

”Here’s what I met when I was at the Council of Aging yesterday to drop off auction donations.  A little group of therapy dogs tired out from their weekly gig bringing joy to the residents …. their names are Juan Pablo, Ricco Suave, Penelope and Magnolia…..”   Photo and text by Joanne

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Pita Breadmaking at Pitaland Guest Blog

A couple of dear friends flew from Florida to Pittsburgh to see my art show and attend the closing reception. They’d gone online at home and arranged to go on a walking food tour of the Pittsburgh neighborhood, Brookline.

Yesterday, Shuey sent me the photos and captions. They really enjoyed the ‘Burgh Bits and Bites tour. There are tours in other neighborhoods,the Strip District, Bloomfield and Shadyside. In fact, two were already booked up and so they chose Brookline.

Shuey made it easy for me by numbering the photos and text.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #1

I’m sending individual pics to tell the story of how pita bread is made.  First the secret recipe dough is made fresh, formed into a biscuit of dough and comes out here where it makes a left turn and heads into a machine that flattens it out.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #2

After it’s flattened into a super thin pancake it makes a few turns and heads into the oven.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #3

In the oven for 22 seconds at 1200 degrees.  They are so thin entering the oven that I couldn’t even see them until about half way through they just materialize out of thin air in a second . . . like magic!  Out of the oven they continue their journey cooling off.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #4

The cooled pita breads drop off the conveyer onto a table where they are manually deflated and stacked then handed off to another worker who bags them up for shipment to stores in 14 states.

Pitaland in Brookline.  #5

This is Joe Cuchines, owner of Pitaland and two of his employees.  He came to America with 1 dollar in his pocket and . . . he’ll tell his story best.  

Pitaland History

Thank you Shuey for such a great guest blog. I’m going to have to take the tour.

Shuey was a guest blogger with his fabulous Barred Owl Photo in 2012 https://rutheh.com/2012/03/12/barred-owl-niceville-florida-guest-post/

Doesn’t look too safe

My granddaughter Anna texted, “Doesn’t look too safe” with these three photos she took on Friday.

Seriously unsafe.

You might remember Anna’s guest blog of pick up full of mannequin legs     and another of a driver brushing his teeth.

I can see her taking the photo in the side mirror reflection.

Thanks for being the guest blogger today.

 

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Queen of the Mississippi on the Ohio River

A guest blog today.

Look what passed my friend’s house yesterday!

The Queen of the Mississippi.  

Read the June 28 Article  by Megan Guza about The Queen of the Mississippi Returns to Pittsburgh. Click to read

Deb sent me these photos she took as the riverboat traveled down the Ohio River.

Her home is on Neville Island.

Something you don’t see everyday, that’s for sure.  Thanks for sending the photos, Debbie.

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Winter Tree at the Playground

My granddaughter Anna (13) texted me this photo from Ohio, just after I returned to Pittsburgh. I’d  a week’s visit with both families. It was warm enough to play at the playground today. img_3251

I thought it a good composition

 

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Then she sent me the second photo and I could see some warm lights through the trees.

You might remember Anna’s photo  of the pick-up truck full of mannequin legs on a snowy highway.  From 4 years ago        Click to see Anna’s photo from 2012

Flying in Hawaii with a Jet Pack-guest blog

Guest Blogger Ed Lipsman wrote today

“My flight launched from Oahu, Hawaii, North Shore location amid a calm beautiful sea, bountiful sunshine and low winds, and warm temps all of which helped with the launch.

My flight was fantastic as I always wanted to fly and being propelled into the air and over the ocean by water turbines was just a fantastic rush!”

img_2430img_2429img_2428Remember Ed Lipsman? Meet Flashes of Fire Author click for his author portrait and book link.