A Happy Valentine from 2007, Found While Cleaning

This photo and note were sent to me in 2007 by my dear friend Dorothy Holley.

I found it today (Valentine’s Eve?) while cleaning a desk I rarely use. It was a lovely find as Dorothy passed in June 2010.

I included her note on the back, telling how she took it through a window and a screen.

Now and then I see one in my yard, too. Cardinals look stunning against the evergreen by my porch, especially in the snow. Dorothy loved the birds and waited to capture this picture.

She was a good encourager to me.

Placed her Valentine’s photo on red paper to take a shot with my phone to share with you.

If you’ve followed the blog, you’ve “met” Dorothy before.The Quart Jar Poet film is for sale as a fundraiser for Madwomen in the Attic, Carlow University.

https://rutheh.com/2010/06/08/dorothy-h-holley-poet-friend/

https://rutheh.com/2016/11/09/meet-the-man-who-made-copies-of-the-film-quart-jar-poet/

And here’s a poem by Liane Ellison Norman about Dorothy’s iris.

https://rutheh.com/2010/07/22/i-dug-up-the-iris-by-guest-poet-liane-ellison-norman/

Be My Valentine Gallery 

But first- Who is working quality control at the candy heart message factory?

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and Be My Valentine Gallery – Hearts around the house

Red Cupid photos courtesy of my friend Joanne (wood cut creations by Sue John’s husband)

  Candy from my sister. Sweet!
  Tray of raspeberry jam hearts at Colangelo’s bakery in the strip

  And the one I brought home with me to devour!
 

 

 

“Above the Fold” on Valentine’s Day

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!

Long Time Spouse Article

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)    

Read more: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/morelifestyles/7660207-74/says-married-friend#ixzz3Rmnomdg4

Congratulations to Dick and Barbara!  xxoo Ruth

dick skrinjar and barb skrinjar
You can read the Sweets to the Suite post about the Dessert Cart with the fancy desserts at the game.

Back to Real Time and Green Pepper Jelly

Thanks for looking at the four days of 2010 Snowmaggedon photos this week.  I imagine most people are weary of watching and talking about any weather ad nauseum but depending where you live, it’s been tough to ignore.

(Okay, Rob, Shuey  and Kristin don’t mind sending the Florida temps to me)

Right now I’m curled up with a laptop and a shawl, enjoying the flannel sheets, unwinding from the week, deciding whether or not to go down to the basement to take the clothes out of the dryer while they are still warm and unwrinkled or wait until morning and give them a quick whirl.

This is what I found on my computer keyboard on my school desk this morning.  Yes, I considered tidying up for the shot, taking off the knitting, removing the battery charger, pushing the papers to the side but this is what it actually looked like, unretouched.   The custodian who cleans my room left me a lovely heart of chocolates.  An early morning surprise.

Valentine Heart on a Keyboardnot artfully arranged or set up.  AS IS.   A jumble but authentic.

(See the Knitting Blog for student progress in knitting since last post)

Thursday night the girls and boys basketball teams won their respective games in the playoffs and advanced to the next round. I photographed both games and this is what it looked like when I left school around nine. Getting more proficient at the action shots.  The players sure move fast.

 

After the basketball gameOn my way to the parking lot, I looked back and saw this scene outside of the school.

 

 

 

Manager's Special DonutsThe Manager’s Special today, heart shaped donuts.  The students appreciated them even if they are probably on a list of food one should never eat!

And then the bonus of the day- homemade Green Pepper Jelly shipped via the USPS  from Omaha, Nebraska. Thanks J.  Steve and I had some fancy appetizers before dinner.  Steve had bought a container of organic cream cheese so I opened it and put them on some gift crackers Steve brought home.

Green Pepper Jelly Appetizers

This dish was given to me by my loving neighbors Ann and MJ who have both passed.

So that’s my Friday.  Thanks for making and sending the jar of Pepper Jelly, J!  Delicious.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Layers

Layers.  Layers of cake.  Seemed an easy theme to respond to – and I’m sure the layers of cake will be posted by many other bloggers.

The only problem with this week’s challenge is knowing when to stop adding photos of layers.

And then there’s the question of whether or not to have the photos “peopled” or “unpeopled”.

jello

This took FIVE hours to make.  Seriously.   It has lived in my freezer for a time.  Not a cake but created in a bundt pan with many layers of jello, some layers mixed with yogurt to get the different tint.  When I taught visual arts I always had to remind the students the  how to make a tint by adding white.           No worries,this item it was not ingested.

jacklyn and mikeJaclyn and Mike and cousin Maura looking on as they cut into their layers

Charlotte and joel

Charlotte and Joel’s Valentine wedding cake with vintage cake topper from her grandparents who were married on Valentine’s Day, too.

Charlotte and joel (1)Whisking the Valentine’s Cake to the kitchen to cut and serve.

zach and stephanie cake 3Stephanie and Zachary’s downtown reception at the Rivers Club.

layersThe layer cake I baked for a photo shoot for a specific anniversary event  at PERSAD- Steve took it to the office and everyone enjoyed it. There were two pounds of butter in it between the cake and the frosting.

garland cake edit

Alexis and Jarrett’s first slice is missing in the one layer!

vicky wedding cake

Vicky and Justin’s September cake.   I posted this for the weekly challenge of purple, too.

bobbi jo and tim

Bobbi Jo and Tim’s Destiny Hill Farm wedding and their layered cake!

Prudence and JordanJordan’s father using the fireman’s axe to help cut the Burnt Almond Torte layers at Prudence and Jordan’s wedding.

Laura and James

Laura and James’ cake November 12, 2011. Layers baked and decorated by Cake Dot.  A pair of Etsy lovebirds on top.

Sweet challenge this week.  Piece of cake.