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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

Love, 

FF Ruthie

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

Bocce Men,Vinyl, Soul Food, Wood Fired Pizza and Books 

IMG_0171.JPGUnder new ownership as of last Monday-  Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.

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There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.

 

The Bocce Tournament is Saturday.  We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun

I was able to show some of the men their photos from two, three and four years ago.  Must have been out of town last year. One of my favorite city posts are the men playing bocce at night years ago

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anthonyadamAnthony and Adam Marino.  Twins/brothers.  I was able to show them photos from previous years.  See links above.

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Did you know?

Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.

Takeout.  Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time.  I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.

 

IMG_0195“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street

 

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Wood Fired Pizza below.

 

 

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And I bought a book for the grandkids at East End Book ExchangeEast End Book Exchange   They say they have rare books, too.

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What’s this Growing on the Sweetbay Magnolia Bark?


Ilex? John B? Gardeners? Arborists?

Killer Heels Show at the Frick Art Museum- Pittsburgh 

The other night my dear friends (and blog followers)Tookie and Jack, left two tickets for the Killer Heels Show in my mail basket.

Today my friend Vincie and I used them to see  the Killer Heels show right here in Pittsburgh.

We had the best time.

Here’s a gallery of Killer Heels and A link to the show Killer Heels Frick Art Museum and opening night party sounded pretty wild and fun. The show is there until September 4th. Post-Gazette story about opening party


You start by reading the history -men wore them first!

A woman studies the beginning of the exhibit. 
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Did you ever watch Sex and the City? 

Yes, that’s David Bowie wearing the shoes above!

Something for everyone……


Lady Gaga shoe, worn in her perfume ad.

Glass slipper-


Here is an old Post with Killer Heels tag after I saw the show in New York with my sister. 

In this second post, I mentioned the Brooklyn Museum First Night December 2014 But I didn’t photograph any of the Killer Heels show then- maybe photography was not allowed?

Today I asked the guard if I could use my phone camera without flash and he said yes

The visitor center had a display case of Mrs. Frick’s shoes


Then we headed home. 

Thanks Tookie and Jack.  We enjoyed ourselves tremendously. 


The Gift Shop


Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum”

 

City Snippets Puddle Study

Along Grant Street, downtown Pittsburgh, after being released from jury duty. You know how I like reflections. 

I walked a few blocks to the train station to meet Steve who was picking me up.

 There must have been a lot of rain while I was inside the courthouse all day. 






He Spotted a Fox on North Carolina Beach

My good friend and blog follower Bill is on the beat.  Again. This time in OIB NC.  (That’s Ocean Isle Beach in North Carolina.)

 This morning he sent me a photo. (He won the caption contest at the local paper recently- got in the newspaper Without dying or getting arrested post. 

Since I was on jury duty today all day,  it felt good to know I had a guest blogpost at the ready! Thanks Bill.  See his photograph below.

And the coincidence is I’d just watched the new version of The Little Prince and was reminded of my favorite quotation.

“Goodbye,” said the fox. “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” “What is essential is invisible to the eye,” the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.

2500 Pound Clock and a Pigeon


Kaufmann’s Clock downtown Pittsburgh at Fifth and Smithfield.  (Kaufmann’s department  Store now defunct as is the Macy’s )

Kaufmann’s Clock 

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

 

Habitat Show in Johnson City, Texas 

If you are in the vicinity of the Amanda Smith Gallery in Johnson City Texas be sure to check out the current exhibition, curated by Julie Blackmon.

(Click to see the Habitat exhibition)

My photograph Jane’s House on Atlantic Ave at Friendship was selected to be part of the show.


Jane McKee- a good friend, passed December 22, 2015. I think of her often. 

I’m glad this image was chosen as I feel it honors Jane’s memory. We liked to say we taught together in Hell. I remember great parties- the Winter Solstice with the Useless Gift Exchange, Chinese New Year and the 10,000 Year Old Eggs , our Unpretentious Wine Group gathering with a crazy glossary of terms  and a kitchen a sink that sucked down plastic garbage bags with unbelievable suction. 

(Jane McKee obituary)

Always a Great Day to Receive a Card

My colleague and friend gave me this card that’s she’s been saving for when she’d see me. 

She’s had it for me for a year, for my retirement last June. 

We gathered together for another colleague’s retirement Thursday evening. 

I love that she gave it to me tonight and I’m reading the message on the little change purse. 

Plus a nice gift card to spend at the bookstore. Wow! It’s a feel good message all around and never too late. Fun to receive.

Thanks Jen. 


Dear photographer Ken Graves.  

Great photo. Great card. 

Hope you don’t mind my posting it.  

And P.S. 

Love to Jen for always making me laugh at work 

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