Have a Great Day, James

Here’s my son-in-law James creating a Bumblebee Transformer from cardboard, devising a special costume for Charlie this past Halloween. What a transformation! It was impressive.  He watched a YouTube video about creating Transformer costumes.  Then came up with the plan.

Dear James,

May your birthday today be the beginning of a happy and healthy new year. Lots of love, from your MIL Ruthie

p.s James bought the “Have a Great Day” pen and ink drawing by Addie Cheges and gave it me to several years ago.

Baking Sweet Potatoes in Cast Iron Skillet

Baking sweet potatoes in a cast iron skillet makes them extra delicious. These I cut in half as they were so big. A 400 degree oven. An hour or ’til fork inserted tells you otherwise.

The apples were added later. They were on my Wordless Wednesday this week and yes, that’s Irish butter in the center of each Granny Smith Half. No other seasoning.

Sideways- Not the Movie

Dear Blog Readers.  I hope you can help me today.  Computer/blog issues are frustrating as many of you know, but not something anyone really wants to spend time on.  WordPress Happiness Engineers are trying to assist me. The problem is they can’t see what YOU see on your computer or device.

It has come to my attention that some of my photos on the blog posts are showing up sideways, reducing the enjoyment of viewing the photographs for sure.  I’ve been blogging for 9 1/2 years and this issue has  occurred recently it seems.  Have any of you bloggers experienced this problem.

I take photos with a camera and or an iphone and blog from my computer or my phone.  Not sure if the method I use to upload photos is the problem.

I am going to post a few photos and if you would be so good as to let me know if you see them correctly.  Also what device are you viewing them on IF you see them sideways. Thank you.

Photo 1 is photographed vertically   

Jack at Thanksgiving in Virginia

Photo #2 is shot horizontally    

Maura in Virginia at Thanksgiving

Photo # 3 Shot Horizontally  


Michael in Virginia at Thanksgiving

#4  A vertical shot for sure

Maura Texted a Night Pic

Granddaughter Maura (just turned ten) texted me a night photo of a Christmas house. For the blog!

Last night, after Steve and I grabbed a bite, we drove through a neighborhood in search of a few more photos to add to Maura’s.

It’s dark so early now as we approach that shortest day of light.

Here’s the house in Columbus Ohio that Maura sent.

Thanks for the good idea, Maura. What a lot of colorful decorations!

Below are a few Pittsburgh houses, mostly taken from the car except for the snowy animals. I had to get out.

Hungarian Nut Roll

Hungarian Nut Roll. A Pittsburgh Christmas tradition.

Hungarian Nut Roll video -Pittsburgh

https://youtu.be/mMQsI98tmEY

Post from five years ago 2013

Today Jaclyn and her sister Shannon baked nut rolls together, carrying on family tradition.

Their mother, Theresa, passed last February. (2013) This post is to remember Theresa, those who knew and loved her and to send hugs to Jaclyn and Shannon as they are missing their mom, especially at Christmas time.

Theresa was one of the four sisters in this slideshow (baking the pizelles)  showing the three sisters making nutroll in Pittsburgh- Linda, Georgeann and Theresa,  while the fourth sister Marlene communicated via SKYPE in Virginia.

You might remember the previous post of the 15 greased nut roll pans  where the retro recipe card is photographed in case you want to make them.

Marlene and I share grandchildren and her daughter Erika is married to my son Mark.

 

One of my favorite photos from long ago, taken by unknown photographer. Theresa, their mother Marion, Bride Linda, Marlene and Georgeann

https://rutheh.com/2013/03/01/a-mother-grandmother-sister-aunt-and-friend-remembering-theresa/

Peace, Love, Knit- An Early Gift

An early Christmas gift, created by Marlene (my DIL’s mom-we share four grandchildren). This year she and her husband hosted Thanksgiving Weekend in Hardy, Virginia.

Know you’ve seen me on the blog more times this week than the rest of the entire year but I wanted to show you her thoughtful and creative gift. Marlene’s Cricut machine skills are amazing. She purchases and downloads an SVG file from the computer, cuts it out of different colored vinyls, centers it, then uses a special machine to press it on thoroughly. I love how she made the heart a sparkly red.

Marlene knows I enjoy knitting so this design* was perfect.

Thanks Marlene. I can’t wait to wear it.

Photographed by Erika

*About the design- It’s from an Etsy Shop specializing in SVG files- Sammo from Vicksburg, Michigan

Shopping Fun Photographed by Shannon

Erika’s cousin Shannon captured the store exploring we did. I missed National Sloth Day last month.

I captured the “found grocery list” in the cart.

What fun to find and read other people’s grocery lists

first time seeing Peatos