Polish Pottery Holds Warm Blueberry Muffins

My friend J in Florida sent the blue star studded Polish pottery dish for my Fourth of July birthday.

My friend J in Pittsburgh baked blueberry muffins Sunday morning and brought them to my front porch to go with scrambled eggs.

My friend V will wonder what happened to my plan to post a whole week of bridges.

IMG_9890

 

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?

Do you think it’s time to clean off the front porch?  Past the time for a good Spring cleaning? This is just one swipe off the circular plastic tabletop!

Looking forward to spending time on the front porch- reading, knitting, sipping tea or lemonade,  serving guests supper, remembering happy occasions celebrated on the front porch. One of my favorite parts of my home.  Have to run and clean up the rest of it, spiderwebs and dried leaves. IMG_6716IMG_6718IMG_6719

Below-See snippets from older  blog posts tagged “front porch”

LLKIMG_6720

So, what’s photo worthy today, anyway?

You see lots of bugs on the gas pump- they look like fireflies but with a red chevron..need to identify them later……img_0886

You see the trees reflected in the iPad surface as you sit on the front porch.img_0906

img_0953

You go get in the car and see a puddle with leaves. Puddle reflections are a favorite thing to capture.

img_0944

You see the shopping cart corral reflected in a parking lot.

 

The maple has finally turned yellow in about four days time. The leaves in the garage gutter need to be cleaned out.img_0957

You drive by the neighbors, put the car in reverse and put a blinker on, consider getting out of the car but don’t –

shoot the flaming ivy from the driver’s seat. Later you are filled with regret that you’ve gotten so lazy.

 

img_0959

You see a throne-like chair at the mall

for Santa Claus -you think it can’t be

it’s November 3rd.

img_0958

 

 

 

Each Color Has a Number

Embroidery Floss. 

You can see the faded  old labels and the new labels with the bar codes. 

I’m smocking again. Each color has a Number

There are 454 solid colors in this brand. 

Thought I’d organize them in the little plastic box with bobbins, labeling each number in the corresponding color 

Not exactly sure why-


An old musical box pillow I made when Laura was small. You know the tune it plays. 

Front Porch Still-Life at Dusk

Reblogged From March 2010 -if you’ve followed since the start, you remember this photograph 
Old seltzer bottles, a birdcage, the texture of the wicker, some stained glass at dusk.
J’s front porch with the sun sinking behind. Condensation inside the old glass, the metal tops. Artists usually arrange inanimate objects to create a still-life to paint or draw. This was already there, waiting.

But then it is an artist’s house.
Still Life, a grouping of inanimate objects arranged in a pleasing composition
  
Setting sun through old turquoise and plain glass seltzer bottles

Your Happiest Birthday Yet

For my daughter Laura, on her birthday. Your happiest birthday yet.

Born in Eschenbach, Germany

Here we are on Argonne Avenue in Grafenwoehr and in my Pittsburgh driveway almost 32 years later.

img_0384_19710268854_o Happy mother with happy baby makes a very happy birthday!

 

Aunt Mary meets Charles

 

James holding Charles, Laura and Aunt Mary as she meets him for the first time.

  • *driveway photo courtesy of my neighbor Joaquin

Preparing Socks for Monkeys and the Front Porch Swing

The girls and I went to Aunt Lala’s today.  Uncle James was at work.

Aunt Lala did the girls hair.

Then we hung out with Penny the Golden Doodle on the front porch and the girls loved the porch swing.

Anna and Penny traded bandanas and headbands.  We had a relaxing summer afternoon.

Trying to not think about my return to school on Tuesday.

 

Aunt Lala's front porch
Aunt Lala’s front porch

 

porch swing and dog

 

 

 

Penny wearing Anna's headband
Penny wearing Anna’s headband

 

 

 

Socks ready to make into monkeys
Socks ready to make into monkeys

I used Laura’s sewing machine to stitch up the legs, arms and tails and now the two monkeys for Anna and her friend are ready to turn, stuff and stitch by hand.   The socks were on Clearance for 93 cents at Target last year.  I bought way too many thinking I would make a ton of monkeys.

Margaret a Giant Schnauzer Rescue and Rae & Nick Left a Wedding Bouquet

Monday morning started out foggy but as the day wore on it burned off.

And darn if I don’t have another Ailanthus tree to cut down and try and get the roots out. These supposed trees called Tree of Heaven are definitely invasive.  Ugh.

Monday morning fog from the front porch

foggy morning

 

 

When I got to the Mellon Park fountain for a photo shoot, I saw a wedding bouquet and an abandoned fan with the names

Rae and Nick    8-2-14

 

Wedding Bouquet Rae and Nick

 

 

And then right in the middle of the shoot, I met Margaret a 7 month old Giant Schnauzer named Margaret and I gave her owner a postcard with the blog address and said to email me and I’d send the pic.  What a distinctive looking dog.

 

Maragaret the Rescue Schnauzer

Margaret has a lot of creative energy.  You can just tell. She is still a pup but about 70 pounds!!!

Well, Giant Schnauzer.  A lucky dog to be a rescue.

 

Another view of the abandoned bouquet at the fountain.

IMG_9996