Pesto Season Signals Summer

Last night a friend brought over some fragrant fresh basil from the garden.

I felt inspired.

The recipe I used called for

2 c fresh basil leaves 1/3 c pine nuts 1/2 c Romano or parmesan cheese 1/2 c olive oil 3 cloves of garlic. Another friend’s flowers from her garden.

Such generous friends.

It might be time for new red and white checkered table cloth. I hemmed this fabric in 1974 and the red has faded to almost pink.

Even if it rains, the front porch offers shelter and a wonderful place to watch the downpour.

Maura’s Guest Blog

Maura has wanted to be guest blogger for the longest time. Her brother Michael did the honors yesterday. Today, Friday, was her chance.

I handed her the Canon 6D and said “halfway down, then all the way.” Click Click Click. Here we are- We gathered on Laura’s front porch before pulling away from the curb. We almost forgot to snap a picture. Longtime friends mini-reunion in Columbus OH.

Charlie sure likes that garden owl.

I took this one of Maura holding Charlie. Cousins!

What’s Inside is Sweet

Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress challenges bloggers to post a photo of something (or someone) sweet.

Vincie brought the foil wrapped Betsy Ann chocolate balls (made in Pittsburgh) to the House Concert and Molly brought the Sarris Candies (from Canonsburg) for Valentine’s. Sweet!

I think the bright wrappers make it inviting to unwrap them.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/sweet/

Friends Shared Winter Carnaval Quebec- Guest Blog

Although I’m in Ohio, I got to experience a taste of the winter Carnaval Quebec in Quebec City today. What fun!

A group effort on the photography, thanks to Kristin and Rick.

Quebec City-today’s “temperature was a balmy 25 and yesterday a -2”

See their exhilarating toboggan ride video below.

Linda with Bonhomme -mascot of the Carnaval

“Bonhomme is the official representative of the Quebec Winter Carnival. Snow white, he proudly wears the red tuque and arrow sash of the heroes of our past. This living representation of the Québécois’ joie de vivre is represented by an Effigy modeled after him.”

Kristin (native Floridian ) framed by the intricate ice sculpture.

(Linda,I love your sockhead knit hat!)

Join my friends on a fast toboggan run!

You might remember the pie pin map at Grant Bar in Millvale when Kristin and Linda visited me.

https://rutheh.com/2016/05/11/a-pie-map-not-a-pie-chart/

Look in Opening Credits for “Friends” Apartment Building

Corner. Photo Challenge

Friends (TV show) Apartment Building

Bedford and Grove Streets corner. Greenwich Village. New York City.  You see tour groups checking it out, snapping photos.  So that’s exactly what we did when we were visiting my sister in NYC Thanksgiving 2015.

IMG_3480Anna and her mother Erika in front of Friends Apartment Building.

Thousands of Bats at Dusk- University of Florida

My hosts drove us to the University of Florida Bat Houses to wait for the bats to fly out at dusk.  WOW!  They were something to see. Hard to focus as it was getting dark and they were flitting and flying.

And then as we stood there, a strong aroma filled the air. P- ewwww!

We watched the murmuration of bats in the sky.  Thousands and thousands of bats.  Creating dark clouds of undulating patterns.  Off to eat insects until dawn.

img_0187People waiting to see the bats emerge at dusk.

img_0243The Bat Houses at the University of Florida

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img_0238Bats from the Bathouses at the University of Florida.

Joanne filmed the bats on my phone

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A nice lady took our photo in front of the Bat Houses.

We talked about expressions with BAT(not baseball) in them

Like a Bat out of Hell

Blind as a Bat

Gone Batty

Batsh*t Crazy

Don’t Bat an Eye

Bats in the Belfry

 from the Free Dictionary- “have bats in the belfry  (old-fashioned)

to be crazy Don’t tell anyone else I said that or they’ll think I’ve got bats in the belfry.”
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Delicious Dinner With Friends and a Crazy Surprise Ending

*Plan for the New Year 2017– contact friends you haven’t seen in awhile and make time to get together

I met two friends/former colleagues from Greenfield School Tuesday evening.

The first photo is my view as I waited for them to park after battling rush hour.

Forrest was our attentive and knowledgeable waiter who guided us in our selections.img_2867

Piccolo Forno in Lawrenceville

The appetizers and the BYOB bottle of dry red wine that Lara and Joz brought to share

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Cappuccino Gelato     Panna Cotta    and a wild brownie with Cayenne Pepper in it- zing!

 

img_2882Thanks Joz for taking our photo with the nice young man Jeffrey who brought out the Greenfield Shirt I’d left on my chair in the restaurant.

Turns out the he was our former student at Greenfield School in 1997
(cool that he could still recognize us)

I taught him art and Ms Evans was his third grade teacher.

Burning Basket – Homer, Alaska

Artist Mavis Muller Art Click for link to artist’s website ( see excerpt below )

Our friends drove us down to the beach on the Spit.

No ones spirit was dampened by the rain.

Earlier people had clipped notes and intentions to the woven basket. There were some fireworks that illuminated the sky, sh0t out from the basket.

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“2004 Mavis began the Burning Basket Project as an experience of interactive, impermanent art. Gathered from her background in creating baskets and woven with the desire to engage the public in a unique, living art form, Mavis has facilitated burning baskets in many communities. The large, intricate basket is given as a gft to the people, infused with decoration and spirit by willing participants, and finally burned, dramatically and upwardly releasing positive messages and heartfelt sentiments.”- From the artist’s website 

Two different short videos (with the same name) A jumpy little phone video I shot during the Burning Basket ceremony and after the basket their were individuals who lit hula hoops and twirled fire around

 

“Above the Fold” on Valentine’s Day

Long time friends and neighbors, the Skrinjars were featured in the newspaper today.

Our children went to school together years ago.

This morning they brought the copy of the newspaper to my house  so when I got home from shooting a lovely Valentine’s Day wedding, their story was on the front page of the LIVING section, above the fold!

Long Time Spouse Article

I took the accompanying photograph of them when they invited Steve and me to a Pirates Game last September.

Today on Valentine’s Day is an article by Rex Rutoski titledMarried to My Best Friend (Valentine’s pals: Longtime spouses weigh in on matters of the heart)    

Read more: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/7660207-74/says-married-friend#ixzz3Rmnomdg4

Congratulations to Dick and Barbara!  xxoo Ruth

dick skrinjar and barb skrinjar
You can read the Sweets to the Suite post about the Dessert Cart with the fancy desserts at the game.