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You know how I like dessert. It’s a double guest blog today.
Necessity! I purposefully left my cell phone home so I could be present in the moment during a special luncheon Wednesday afternoon.
Steve and I were invited next door for a delicious lunch to welcome our new neighbors to the neighborhood.
Dessert was this stunning and mouthwatering Lemon Tart from the French bakery on Butler Street in Lawrenceville La Gourmandine
The first photo by Madison who said “The simple things in life are the sweetest.”
and then when my slice of the delectable tart on the beautiful blue and white china plate was set in front of me, I definitely needed another photo. (Thank you Joaquin)
No way to adequately describe the simultaneous sweet and tart combination as it glides over your tongue. Perfection!
After dinner out, Steve and I drove the three grandkids to Morningside neighborhood to check out the Christmas decorations.
Thursday, I was going to meet a new baby and wanted to take a gift.
Called around and found wooden milestone blocks/cubes and in the colors of the nursery!
A helpful man answered the phone and said there was one set at their store- Contemporary Concepts.
When I got there I took a look around. Found a couple of Christmas gifts to purchase, too. A very eclectic mix of gifts from elegant tableware to crazy socks .
The colorfully printed Pittsburgh dish towels caught my eye for those who have moved away. Lots of interesting toys and potential baby shower gifts, too. They feature cool Pittsburgh neighborhood t-shirts Neighbor Teaze designed by Julia DiNardo- an elementary school classmate of my son Matthew.
(I won’t go into how the store moved 6 months ago to the Trader Joe’s building, pretty close to my house-that’s another story. Of course, I drove to the old location in Squirrel Hill first. The new location has free parking)
But I finally arrived and was thrilled to find the right present waiting. And in the colors of his nursery, too. Yes, I said it twice cause it was a Serendipitous find!
“Would you like it gift wrapped? “
Now the thought of complimentary gift wrap evokes nostalgia for customer service of yesteryear- and what a lovely touch.
Meet Abby. She did the beautiful gift wrapping.
I asked her if she’d mind being included in my People at Work series And she agreed.
Sunday afternoon. Previous years posted below.
Jen H at WordPress has created the weekly Photo Challenge: Local.
What feels familiar, home. The places you know by heart. Local diner, local playground, local neighborhood, local church,local streets-I live in the city by a park.
I notice I shoot a lot of local coffee, too.
Here’s my iPhone local gallery. Pittsburgh.
Under new ownership as of last Monday- Jeff Gallagher is the new owner of JUKE records– click to read Post-Gazette article.
There are hardback books, CDs and cassette tapes, too. Check it out for a walk down memory lane.
The Bocce Tournament is Saturday. We missed the celebrity bocce on Thursday night with Mayor Peduto and Franco Harris. Heard it was fun
Anthony and Adam Marino. Twins/brothers. I was able to show them photos from previous years. See links above.
Did you know?
Nana’s Place by Gibsons- Homemade Soul Food in Bloomfield.
Takeout. Call your order in and pick up. A nice place to sit and wait, pictured below.Cash only which is always good to know ahead of time. I’m going to return another day and photograph the women cooking and working for the People at Work series, THANK YOU.
“Oh, I get by with a little help from my friends….”live music across the street
Wood Fired Pizza below.
After the birthday party (grown up), the nextdoor neighbor kids were playing in the puddles.
There’d been a downpour.
Kids love puddles. They are like magnets to them.
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.
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.