Penny the Golden Doodle ate Charlie’s Animal Cracker During the Family Photo

It was time for Grandma  (AKA Froo Froo Ruthie) to go home.

My car was packed and I’d left Mark and Erika’s house to head to James and Laura’s house.  About a twenty minute drive. Had to drop off the cast iron griddle gift left by the couch.

Drive back to Pittsburgh.

The one thing I didn’t really do on Christmas day was take any photos. It’s hard to be a participant AND a photographer simultaneously.

It can interfere with your living in the moment and enjoying those you are surrounded by. A camera can be a barrier, a distraction, an annoyance to others- sometimes I’m unobtrusive and candid and they ignore me…..but I said to James and Laura I was leaving and the one thing I didn’t get was a family photo of them at Christmas.  And I’d really like to get one of their family I’d gotten Mark and his family on Christmas eve in the usual spot after church.

Okay, get Penny a milkbone biscuit.  And Charles got an animal cracker/cookie.

Bribery. This group family photo will just take a sec, a little tasty bribe…..  OOPS

Penny’s nose was right at the level of Charlie’s animal cracker.GULP.  One big bite for Penny. And in the second photo you can see how  Charlie felt about losing his snack.img_1488

img_1489We’ll get that family photo another visit. Thanks for letting me try.

 

Pulled up next to me at the red light

Last week in Columbus, I sat in the passenger seat with Laura at the wheel. Good thing. Brought that trusty phone up to my eye and I can’t really add him to my People at Work series

but perhaps Animals at Work in the city?

Oh hello there!

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Officials Check for Two Hand Touch

IMG_3726Regional finals for Junior Olympics- Breast Stroke- checking for two hand touch. Hopefully no one gets DQed

Want to be a swim official?      Click Swimming Official Information here

 

IMG_3746Parting shot from afar, through the glass window of the Natatorium. Doesn’t look like 50 meter length from this angle. The pool was divided up into sections.

IMG_2683The McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion

Panorama Shot from earlier in the Day, Friday

Two events Saturday ,Three events Sunday.  GO ANNA!!!

Swimming with OSSC (Ohio State Swim Club)

 

 

 

Found this Sign in the Parking Lot

Thought it was a great idea.

Drivers today are so impatient.

It’s good to know that someone in front of you is learning how to drive.

A woman came out of the store and said.”Why is she taking a picture of my car?”

I told her I wanted to remember her good idea for when my grandchildren are learning to drive. I assured her I didn’t take her license plate number.

She said the sign on the car really works. We had a nice conversation about it.

student driver sign

A Florida Rainbow Appeared When Michael was Born

Tampa Florida is his birthplace.

You’ve seen him sport the orange and blue in the scarlet and gray Buckeye Country.

Michael Joseph is 9- August 21st.  

Last single digit birthday. An avid Lego® builder, likes to play chess and is a good swimmer in the pool. 

Happy Happy Birthday Michael.  

love, your Grandma

Mark holding Michael
Mark holding newborn Michael in Tampa Hospital with a rainbow in the background

With Mom Erika at Cousin Vicci and Ben’s Wedding  2014IMG_5724and dancing at the wedding

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Michael has been featured on the blog many times but today is his day. In fact this photo was my first post on the blog

Michael and murph

And just last weekend he did the WipeOut Obstacle Course at Ohio State TWICE!

Street Life 2

The Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life   part two  Found these in my old laptop. Different city streets-

 From the archives 

pittsburgh poetry

Waiting for the Bus East Liberty
Waiting for the Bus East Liberty
Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC
Taxis and Yellow Tables NYC
Pizza Men New York City
Pizza Men New York City
Someone's Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge
Someone’s Wedding on Roberto Clemente Bridge

Pirates Sidewalk bridge

Headed to Summer Pirates Game
Headed to Summer Pirates Game
Couch on Sidewalk NYC
Couch on Sidewalk NYC
Short North Beer Truck Columbus
Short North Beer Truck Columbus
New York City
New York City
Poetry in Bloomfield
Poetry in Bloomfield
Pirates Sidewalk
Pirates Sidewalk
Bus Stop Millvale
Bus Stop Millvale
High Street Columbus Ohio
High Street Columbus Ohio
Garbage Men on Josephine St
Garbage Men on Josephine St

Diving Board Silhouettes, a Lifeguard, and Clear the Pool for Lightning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touch Toes Silhouette

 

Swim and Dive Team Pool Party Celebration Tuesday July 16th  A hot, humid day so the water felt refreshing.

Diving Board at Dusk

 

 

Lifeguard on Duty

 

 

Lifeguard on Duty

 

 

 

Empty Pool

 

The whistles blew and everyone got out of the pool due to lightning.   Time to go home.

Dear Followers, Readers, Friends and Family,


Thanks for all the lovely comments and emails. I appreciate the good words and your cheering me on.

It was fun to share celebrating the four year mark of the blog.  

I think my headline/title confused some people as I meant I was just starting the fifth year of blogging as the four year anniversary occurred.

xxooxx

Ruth

 

 

 

 

Roast Beef Sundae – Guest Blog

Sunday afternoon at the car show in Columbus, Ohio-

my son Mark saw this sign, photographed it and sent it to me on the phone.

I’ve not seen a sign like this before, so maybe it is new to you, too!

Roast Beef Sundae Sign

Sisters and Hairdoing

Anna turned five just before her sister Maura was born. This fall they’ll be five and ten. Or should I say, ten and five?

The eldest and the youngest with two boys in between.

Sunday morning I looked down the driveway after Laura and James had just pulled out with Laura’s new car (they’d driven over to show us)

I saw Anna fixing Maura’s hair as they stood the end of the driveway. Very intent.

Maura doesn’t really enjoy getting her hair braided or brushed but her hair is long and they swim a lot so it’s necessary.  She’ll let Anna do it and Anna has a nice way about it- getting her to cooperate…

convincing Maura it’s a good thing to brush out the tangly knots!

Both girls pretty much ignored me and my camera, the concentration to get it right on the hair made them forget about me, so I took some shots and approached them slowly.   You can see when they became “camera aware”.

I like it when they ignore me.

Here’s the link to Francine Russo’s interesting article The Science of Siblings that my sister and I read last week.  Sibling relationships and their importance in your life.  Some note about only children as well.

These are taken Canon 50mm 1.2 L series lens so no zooming possibility. Have to move myself.  Good practice.

Sister Doing Hair

Hair still wet from washing it.  Anna in the

Concentration

Anna (in the pink) can get Maura (in the yellow) to do what she needs her to dao

Doing Hair

Sisters fixing her sisters hair

Sisters hug

They see me now

Sisters Smile

Big sister Little sister