Three decades of knowing one another, these two neighbors lived in the next block. One still does. We reunited today to share stories of past times remembered.
During the Pandemic, I’ve been fortunate to receive photos from family and friends who live in different locations. They contribute to the blog and add interest. This is a collaborative effort by neighbors in Massachusetts.
I received a photo of an owl sitting on a snow covered wall from my longtime friend Linda Dempster.
Later Linda sent me another photo of the owl who’d flown up in a tree. She’d received it from her neighbor. I asked her to ask the neighbor if they’d consent to the owl in the tree photo being posted on the blog. So thank you Linda and neighbor Anne Laibe Bertalino for the interesting owl photos and being the guest bloggers today.
In 2012 my most popular post was from guest blogger Shuey in Florida with his barred owl photo.
You can avoid it by seeing this eye catching sign. South Dallas Avenue Thoughtful Neighbors Warn of BIG Pothole. You could ruin a tire. Pittsburgh is noted for its potholes. You can’t always see them until you’re on top of one. Or your tire is dipping into it, jarring your ride, ruining your alignment!
Thanks to P and J we now have a “new” table for the front porch. Thank you for the upgrade from our little plastic circle.
Steve took this photo on my phone of our Spaghetti Arugula and tricolor corn supper.
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!
outside the Squirrel Hill Carnegie Library
Thanks to my neighbor for giving me the arugula.
Steve brought home the olives and fresh pasta. A recipe from the excellent chef Anna Flevola formerly of La Cucina Flegrea. Garlic, olive oil, a bit of red onion, pine nuts, walnuts, raisins, red pepper flakes and a ladle of pasta water -topped with the rocket/arugula and freshly grated Parmesan.
Ready to serve
This should be photo four but having WP posting issue w photos tonight
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.
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
Our neighbor got his weekly delivery of Community Supported Agriculture of Southwestern Pennsylvania and since his wife’s away so tonight he brought up all of this bounty from local farms.
I’ve been photographing lots of ingredients lately so this one keeps with the theme.
Roasted beets on the list of things to do
and I see myself trying the method of microwaving the spaghetti squash the way I’ve seen Erika do it in her kitchen.
Splits open so easily.
Not sure about that enormous zucchini. The peppers are just beautiful as are those yellow tomatoes. Mmmmm. Inspirational.
And the guest photograph by Roberta, who made Garlic Mashed Potatoes with the leftover roasted garlic.
(organic garlic grown by my brother David in Okanogan WA)