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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 


Throwback Rhubarb Cake Recipe Success

Guest blogger Kristin used this old recipe from my mother’s recipe box.  

I posted about my old Throwback Recipe Blog which I abandoned but 62 El Salvadorians found recently. No one else seems to be able to access it. I was able to screenshot the post of the Rhubarb Cake Recipe. I don’t even know who Beth Boettner is/was. 

Rhubarb.  You either love it or not. 


I suggested butter for shortening and Kristin doubled the rhubarb to 3 cups  She texted her photos to me.
Here’s the cake! Looks moist. 


Here is her husband Rick enjoying the cake. 


Verdict? Delicious!


Love the candid.  Thanks Kristin (and Rick) 

Would vanilla ice cream or a bit of cream complement the taste?  Hmmmmmm
Here’s the old blog address. Throwback Recipes Blog   Let me know if you can get to it 


Patriotic Sock Yarn and Red, White and Blue Party Items

My friend Joanne sent me red, white and blue birthday party napkins, cupcake papers, glow bracelets, tiny fairie lights, and some fun hand-dyed sock yarn– labeled You’re a Grand Old Flag. Self striping.   You know how I’ve been into sock knitting this year. 

My being born (is that proper English?)on the Fourth of July inspires her selections. You might remember the cupcake tree she sent one year?  That post has the 1-2-3-4 Cake Recipe .

How about those Red white and blue chocolate covered Sunflower seeds? Where do you find this stuff? 

I’m back in Ohio and the kids are coming over to celebrate Monday. We will put the items to good use.

Thanks J. It’s going to be a happy birthday party. Can’t wait to knit the socks. And wear them! 




A Charm Bracelet Started in the Sixties

Now I’m in my sixties! 

Do you have one of these in a drawer or a jewelry box somewhere? I hardly wear jewelry nowadays.  These were popular when I was in 7, 8th grade- freshman in high school. (1966-67).  Charm bracelet definition and history

Maybe  you’re sporting one of those trendy cable types with the bead charms? Each one a carefully chosen gift by someone who knows you or a gift to self, to commemorate an interest, travel or person in your life. 

Funny, I have a guitar and a grand piano on mine but am not skilled at either. I taught myself on a Sears guitar the summer of 1964 and could strum Michael, Row the Boat Ashore but a charm to signify guitar playing is funny. And I took piano lessons, unsuccessfully.

I’ve seen gold charm bracelets in antique stores for a lot of money. You wonder about the owner and the significance of the charms collected. And a full charm bracelets can make way too much annoying noise, jingling in the theatre. 

Wednesday afternoon, I was out with a couple of friends and admired one’s bracelet with holiday charms, a charm a month bracelet. I told her about mine. She asked me if it still fit! Hmmmm, how much bigger is my wrist now? It has enough links so  yes it still does fit but I didn’t know until I got home, dug it out and tried it on. Ha!

The one charm is a typewriter with a tiny carriage that moves back and forth. Fancied myself a writer? 

I think I remember which friend gifted me the Forget-Me-Not.  There’s an enameled disk from a 1965 field trip to the UN. 

When I came home and found my old charm bracelet and went to photograph it, I mistakenly pulled out a crystal dish I thought would look good under it. The dish towel was a better solution. No reflection.

It’s silver and unpolished. I remember you could have the charms sodered on so they wouldn’t come off. If I were to add a charm for my interests today it would have to be a skein of yarn and knitting needles and places visited would fill it up and then some. Charms for my life now could be so different.

Photographing jewelry is tricky, I forgot.

One aspect I wasn’t really aware of or considering is this- “The wearing of charms may have begun as a form of amulet or talisman to ward off evil spirits or bad luck.[1]”.          

 Of course…….lucky charms! Duh!

Feel free to send a photo of your charm bracelet or a write about a specific charm. Initial pins were the rage in the late sixties, too. 


The dish towel for a backdrop 


…compared to my first thought of using a the crystal dish as a backdrop to photograph the bracelet 


The shadows from the dish looked better than the jewelry.

Plastic charm necklace from the 80’s blogpost you might remember.


Making Kettle Korn at Fleatique

People at Work series. Sunday morning at Fleatique-Tarentum PA, 

A former colleague, Jen, called yesterday evening to see if I wanted to go to Fleatique and I’d never been.  Jen’s  been going since her daughter was in a stroller and she’s now headed to High School in the fall.

Meet Dustin Hall. Two Korny Kettle Korn. 

You’ll find him at Festivals, Fund Raisers, Arts and Craft Shows, Car Shows, Bazaars and Charity Events.  He gets the kettles from a place in Ohio and he told me they are not old as I thought.  It’s hot work.  His son and daughter help him at his booth.IMG_0564

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IMG_4934Thanks Dustin for allowing me to photograph the making of the kettle korn today.


Wedding China Curves

Anyone who knows me, knows I like dishes.  Different patterns for different occasions. I used to want twelve different patterns, a place setting of each, for a mix and match dinner party.

These  two photos were taken the weekend of April 8, 2016, Anna and Aric’s Austin, Texas wedding.

(You might remember Champ the ring bearer)

This week’s photo challenge from Cheri Lucas Rowlands is CURVE

My friend Joanne,  mother of the bride, was showing me the fine China she brought to the wedding.  Wrapped up carefully and boxed in the back of her car. She had moved it from Omaha to Florida.

Here is the story of the plates-  The pink and gold Lenox fine China plates were from Carolin, a dear friend and neighbor where they used to live in Omaha.  She has since passed but years ago,  Carolin was moving, she gave Joanne the plates to save for her daughter, Anna. Anna had worked for her in high school.

“Antoinette Pink pattern #M356/262, introduced in 1937 and discontinued in 1974”

 

The smaller plate is made by Rosenthal  but we don’t have the name of the pattern.  Joanne bought those at an estate sale in Nebraska.

When I got married (42 years ago) people still selected a China pattern, service for twelve, I already had my grandmother’s silver flatware but I think people were selecting silver patterns, too. Nowadays it is mostly stainless steel flatware.

 

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curved fine china plate

Just this week, my sister sent me an article Oh, for keepsakes! What to do with Grandma’s China by Carolyn Hax of the Washington Post about how children of today’s world don’t care to inherit Grandmother’s dishes.

My own daughter houses my grandmother’s delicate Haviland china.  I doubt she’s used them.  I love to set a table with pretty china and yes, we know that the gold can’t go into a microwave. In fact,  fine china can’t go into a microwave either but there’s something lovely about a pretty plate set on a tablecloth that makes the meal a celebration. I even like washing and handling china, thinking of the good time everyone had at a special dinner.  Clearly I am old fashioned. Clearly old.

Joanne served an ice cream dessert in a China tea cup to a young visitor. The little girl was delighted.  Joanne’s mother said I never would have thought to use it for anything except a cup of tea. Joanne said a first course of soup in a cup and saucer with a side of cheesestraws is lovely, too.

 


Remembering Mary Therese

Tulips for Mary

No matter if decades pass since you’ve seen one another.

You shared something special and exciting a long time ago.

When you remember, they’re younger and laughing and you’re younger and laughing, too.  Life was good.

All those years I didn’t mail Christmas cards.

Wish I’d kept in better touch.  You hear the sad news.

These tulips are for Mary Therese who passed May 12th.

There’s a celebration of her life at Our Lady of the Pines in Black Forest, Colorado Friday morning, but I’m in Pittsburgh.

I want to tell her beloved husband, Joe, I’m sorry, I remember and I will keep them both in my heart.

Hers is a life to celebrate!

Mary Therese Bonnet

March 10, 1953 – May 12, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 


Homegrown Chives Garnish Pierogies Supper

While the men loaded up the chairs, Suzanne gave me a tour of her garden and shared some chives. She said you can eat the blossom! 
After we pulled away from our friends’ house,(where we’d gone to borrow folding chairs) Steve and I needed something to eat. 

We drove down the hill to the Bryant Street Market, and found homemade Pierogies in a ziploc bag in their freezer.

I sautéed plenty of sliced Vidalia onions in butter, too.  

Added the snipped fresh chives garnish which complemented the potato and cheese filled pierogies. 


A Pie Map, Not a Pie Chart

This is an honest to goodness pie map !

My two friends flew in to visit me in Pittsburgh.  Earlier today we visited the Frick Mansion, Clayton. 

Discussing dinner options, Steve suggested Grant  Bar and Lounge in Millvale.

This map shows where all the pie eating people hail from and because Kristin ordered a coconut cream pie to go, she and Linda got a pushpin to stick on the Grant Bar and Lounge Pie Lovers map- their cities are Gainesville and Boston. (We got a tapioca to go, too) and there are some pickled beets in the take away container.

Kristin and Linda are nurse midwives I met in Fort Knox, Kentucky in 1975 and Linda on right delivered my son Mark, 40 years ago this month!


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