Sometimes, we get caught up in nostalgia, future fantasy, or both, and we don’t embrace the “now.” For this week’s challenge, take a moment to notice your present, and share a photo of it.
Taking a break from the cherry on top challenge although I was considering another shoot.
When the family visited we went to the Children’s Museum a couple of times. One of the favorite rooms is called The Garage. The kids tried to catch the balls that were held up by air blowing out of the table.
Laura held Charles as he reached for the ball.
It was easier for Maura to catch the balls.
One more try
Cousin Maura helped Charlie blow out his candle.
Cousins and friend Oliver help Charles Celebrate Grandma and Grandpa Weaver Aunt Brenda holds the mini UNO cards
A new litttle piggy to hold
How quickly their faces change.
The Weekly Photo Challenge is FACE, I have a lot to draw upon from my archives.
St. Patrick Church Columbus Ohio.
Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura. Michael’s hiding.
Maura on the way into church.
Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.
Godmother Laura With her family Pap and Grandma Marlene
Sisters-in-law Laura James and Charles Taken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.
A wonderful term. Took individuals of the grandkids about 7:30 PM. We were headed to Easter Vigil which started at 8:30 PM.
Took Anna and Michael again in the church parking lot as the light was even more lovely when we arrived.
Charles’ was taken on his front porch Thursday, ambient light but not exactly half.
Michael in Half- Light in front of St Patrick Church
Someone’s brake lights added the red highlights to Anna’s hair.
Jack’s photo was taken first. Still bright.
Maura at dusk in the front yard
Charles on the front porch
And the following poem comes to mind for the challenge- except a small fat grandmama I am not- I’m a BIG one! And instead of Banbury Cakes we brought out four dozen Hot Cross Buns from Rocco’s Pasticceria on Bleecker Street.
My mother used to read me this poem from The Bumper Book by Watty Piper
by Walter de la Mare
I know a little cupboard,
With a teeny tiny key,
And there’s a jar of Lollypops
For me, me, me.
It has a little shelf, my dear,
As dark, as dark can be,
And there’s a dish of Banbury Cakes
For me, me, me.
I have a small fat grandmamma,
With a very slippery knee,
And she’s Keeper of the Cupboard,
With the key, key, key.
And when I’m very good, my dear,
As good as good can be,
There’s Banbury Cakes, and Lollypops
For me, me, me.
The weekly photo challenge inspired by
“Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.”
— Oscar Wilde
Grandchildren Anna and Michael and Vincent Van Gogh at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at Thanksgiving time.
Now a photo a day for a week to capture the present. As it is, right in the moment. The Weekly Photo Challenge. NOW
New Jammies. A log on the fire.
Froo Froo Marlene has been crocheting for months. Hand work takes time
Her efforts paid off though cause the grandkids (who all swim for Ohio State Swim Club) were excited to receive their aquatic afghan sleeves. Marlene also created some photo books for each grandchild too, and I got a creative magnet and mug with all the grandchildren featured!
She made one for Baby Charlie, too. Here he is being swallowed up by his Jaws blanket!
PapPap picked out the wild and crazy SingTrix Karaoke Machine (as seen on Shark Tank, too) It provided a lot of entertainment and everyone wanted a turn. Pap Pap’s rendition of Elvis’ Love Me Tender is still at number one for the performances.
A very merry Christmas and I just read the Weekly Photo Challenge is NOW
If you are a crocheter and want the link to the patterns, I’ll get them from Grandma Marlene in the morning
Krista Stevens at WordPress challenged bloggers this week with this prompt “Have you ever felt like the world was being a bit too rowdy? Where things and people were pushing in, crowding out your quiet thoughts — the ones that need time and space to surface?” Yes, Krista, yes.
My number one Happy Place? cuddling a grandchild in my arms, getting them to smile or the growing up grandchildren sitting next to me on the couch, reading a book or playing a game. Laughing with grandchildren is the best.
And there’s the knitting I go to-another happy place- a form of meditation, the repetition- but this post shows my kitchen where I can ward off winter chills (or autumn chills) and feel all is right in the world. (Even if it’s not.)
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First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen
Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.
You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees. The shortest day of light. Winter officially here.
Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon. It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.
Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene
Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.
A faithful blog reader in Virgina, C, (and best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year. The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.
I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered. Finding the joy of winter. My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it. i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street. I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.
Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.
Whole Foods in Upper Arlington.
Farm Breakfast is five bucks.
Kids eat free on Wednesday with an adult eating. Good deal!
(Michael’s book is either the American Revolution or the Civil War.) Feeling connected to family in Ohio tonight.
Old Grandma got almost everyone to cooperate for a quick pic as they sat down.
Missing a few family members but because of retirement, I can be with family on a Wednesday night, right in the middle of the week!