Got the four together this afternoon to wish you a very happy birthday. They were bike riding around the cul de sac but took a moment to pose. You are a good mom! Xxoo Love your MIL
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.
“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
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!
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)
Congratulations to Dick and Barbara! xxoo Ruth
A beautiful day for a beautiful wedding.
Here is the wedding party with the lion.
The Bridesmatrons are Cousin Katie, Sister Vicky, Friend Laura, Bride Celeste. Groom Shawn, Best Man Jason, Groomsman David, Groomsman Jason. Lion top right, name unknown.
Then the baby elephant ran out and nuzzled the mother elephant.
Another bench. This time at the zoo.
Just a smidgen, a sweet taste.
Celeste and Shawn first dance in reflection
Here is the link to the New York Times Style Slide Show.
There was a call to submit an unusual cake or cake-topper so I submitted one via Instagram from a wedding where I was a guest on Valentine’s Day 2010. It was exciting that it got chosen from the entries.
The Times called the bride, whose cake it was on, to get her permission to use it and hear the story of the cake topper.
It’s the second photo of the slide show with the story in the caption below but just in case…………..
The special story was told by Charlotte Rowell Sellier, granddaughter of Matthew and Catharine Walsh.
It was on top of her grandparents wedding cake on Valentine’s Day 1942
and then on Charlottes and Joel’s Valentine’s Day wedding cake in 2010.
You can read how the cake topper was used by the Walsh’s four daughters and then by all their granddaughters. A wonderful heirloom and family tradition. Lots of LOVE!
Charlotte’s Grandfather, Matthew Walsh, owned Jimmy Ryan’s Jazz Club in New York City.
This photo is a bit different from the one posted in the Times.
Here you can see the entire cake but the topper is hidden behind the hearts.
You might remember the post Wedding Flowers in the Snow, the year of the Giant Snowstorm .
(Our friend Joanne thought it would be interesting to see even more cake toppers and their stories so feel free to send them with a pic to me and I will post them in a gallery.)
Met Leah at Big Dog Coffee (former student teacher) this morning for coffee, oatmeal ( w almonds banana and cinnamon) and conversation.
Look at the latte art and appreciate the skill it took to create it. A cup full of beauty. Delicious.
“Capture something you treasure“, Krista Stevens at WordPress says this week for the challenge.
What better treasure than friends?
Last snowy Sunday my dear friend Joanne (green pepper jelly maker) emails and says,” Let’s SKYPE at 10:30.”
Okay. At 10:40 I call, “what happened?”
Oh ten thirty CENTRAL time! Got it.
So at 11:30 (my time) the SKYPE rings in on my computer and J says,
“I have a house guest- would you like to meet her?”
(and I am thinking, why would you want to SKYPE with me if you’re entertaining a house guest?)
SURPRISE! Look who enters the screen! It’s Aïda whom I’ve not seen in 27+ years. We lived in Granfenwoehr Germany in the early ’80s.
Aïda (from Florida) visiting her daughter and granddaughters at Ft. Leavenworth Kansas and drove up for the weekend to visit J.
Great memories of good times with dear friends. We were on for more than an hour. What a nice surprise! Fun.
Photographed by Aida’s daughter Suzanne.
here we are SKYPEing Joanne on the left, I’m in the middle with the hat! and Aïda on the right
You’ve Got a Friend
Going back to school has been an adjustment. The weather changed and is cool and damp. Donned a sweatshirt and even put the hood up (thanks Laura for leaving your Marquette hoodie in the drawer) Tonight my friend brought over a pot of Marcella Hazan’s Spaghetti Meat Sauce. Carrots and onions, some wine, cream, fresh tomatoes (I will have to ask for the specific recipe if anyone would like it) Steve brought some salad and a crusty loaf of Italian. J brought the cheese to grate over the pasta. The pasta was the thickest I had ever seen and just delicious. It went well with the thick meaty sauce. We had a nice meal together and good conversation, some laughs and though I was tired from teaching, the dinner was satisfying and appreciated. A real spirit lifter! Thanks J!