Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadows, vine ripened


Shadow Shot Sunday 2 occurs as our potted garden fruit is ripening nicely. However, about three weeks ago as the vegetables began their growth, Patti  captured shadows were falling over the potted treasures and seemed perfect for this post. The tomatoes today are red, fresh and tasty. 

The spicy jalapeƱo, actually green, has not been harvested yet - time to purchase a lime to create a homemade salsa. Anyone bringing the chips?

Monday, August 26, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Bounce House

Ruby Tuesday Too is back as I return to yesterday and to the Greater Valley Salvation Army Back-to-School Fun Fest. As Patti and I are on the local Advisory Board, we were there for the festivities that Patti has written of for her Newspaper Blog (with more pics too :) For my ruby, I chose the bounce house above the wall behind the parking lot. It was well utilized by many a laughing child... 

Whimsical Windows - Gazebo on Green

Toby's Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back, and I offer this week an autumnal view of a classic gazebo on the center green of small city Derby CT. Actually, the gazebo was built in the 1990s but does have the style and charm of a century ago. It offers a contrast to the building behind it built in the 1970s: angular, plain windows and generally non-descript. Oddly enough, the multi-family house in the background likely was built over 100 years ago. The many eras in style or actuality are well represented here...

Saturday, August 24, 2013

SOOC - Dog Day

Security of all types was present at the event...
SOOC is back. With my phone at the ready last Monday, I attended the ceremonial opening of the new West Haven (CT) train station. With the governor and dignitaries present, the police presence was great: MTA (railroad), CT and West Haven police departments were there. Along with many canine police officers, mostly Yellow Labs. They rested on this warm humid day - but ready to spring into action if needed. And happily, it was not :)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Mesa mystery

Three well-dressed gentlemen in front of a mesa in the Grand Canyon State, (1937?)
License plate mystery solved?
 Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and my namesake grandfather - it's not necessarily new for me as I have been chronicling the distant family past for awhile now (as Patti knows :). Yet my father's sole sibling, Aunt Terry has been following these photo memes and sent me another box of old photos a couple of weeks ago full of photos I haven't yet seen...
Always interesting is not knowing the background of the shot at all - so I merely guess. 

The three gentlemen, Grandpa in the middle, are obviously on the way to someplace special since they are wearing nicely tailored suits - in the desert? Maybe this is on U.S. 60 west from New Mexico?

More interesting are the two license plats on the car. his usual Ohio 'RV' plate and another - his radio license? The second photo, taken in 1977 or 1978, may explain that - the 1937 Ohio tag and...the 1937 radio license? I cannot say - however, along with the shadows, I do like a mystery...

Monday, August 19, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Garden Delights

Ruby Tuesday Too is a meme allows us to focus on ruby delights. And in August (up north), nothing compares to home grown tomatoes in our potted garden. Like these - they sit on the counter as they have fallen on the ground and the red ones are 95% ripe. They will wind up in a tomato, mozzarella and basil salad this weekend. The views are with and without a flash and either way the ruby glow attracts us to the sweet summer fruit!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Oregon Avenue back then

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors - we look for portals of interest. Those who follow my blogs know that I often refer to the past for inspiration as I have scanned maybe 1,000 or more old B&W prints since I inherited the JB Scotch box of photos when he passed away in 1981. And last week, my Aunt Terry shipped a box of old pictures to me for scanning and archiving, and these two jumped at me. Taken in 1947 (according to the license plate), it is in front of my grandparent's house at 1645 Oregon avenue in Steubenville, Ohio. My aunt is a well-dressed girl and her brother, my dad, dressed in a very stylish suit. The house is as I recall as a kid, and it remembered it up to 1981. It sits in a neighborhood that I assume, or at least hope, is still lined by these neat row houses are just as I remembered...

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Learner's Permit

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 and reminiscing - these pair up well.

Today, son Cameron is taking the test for his driving lesson at at the DMV in Bridgeport (these days, the driver's license seems to occur at a later age than for me who just couldn't wait for mine at age 16 a few decades ago :).

Yet here, he looks as if he were ready to drive as he handles a set of keys at age 8...actually, on my keychain is a magnet that operated the magnetic door opener and wheelchair lift switches that were hidden behind the taillight lens. 

He looks rather self-assured and confident standing amid the shadows back then. Good luck Cam with those humorless  DMV road testing personnel in mom's Hyundai...

Edit: Patti called at 10:46 EST (GMT-4:00) indicated that he passed :) Although the humorless DMV tester said that Patti needs new tires on the Hyundai :(

Monday, August 5, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Ruby Pink

Ruby Tuesday Too allows us to continue our quest of finding a lot or a little red in any setting. 

Here it is the soft pinkish color combined with the red sneakers to meet the theme with a hint of cute for emphasis :)

The year is 1996, the month July, daughter Allegra and two cousins at a family function. Cute may be an understatement here, but the now grown trio might prefer that term to adorable these days. The quest for rubies knows no limitations...

Whimsical Windows - Feline guard

Toby's fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is back, and a late family feline, Rigby, does like most cats - they project an aura of bravery...when safely behind two layer of glass that is. We humor them as this confidence is so often shaken when they her a knock on the door. So the windows here feature a cat that offers a disarming combination of strength, bravura and cute...

Saturday, August 3, 2013

SOOC - Greetings

Straight out of the Camera - SOOC - is back and I revert to a print from 1992 and then nineteen-month old son Cameron. At a family event at the home of my sister, he decided to introduce himself to her cat Tiger, a very stand-offish being as I recall. Here the cat seems very accepting of the small person so perhaps I had guessed wrong about Tiger...or the cat liked small people better than big ones. The feline would not say, alas...

Friday, August 2, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Fund-raising shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns, as do I. Last Saturday was an event that Patti and I attended: the CT (bike) Challenge. Over 1000 bicyclists participated by riding courses from 10-180 miles (16-290 km) to raise funds for their cancer survivorship programs. And they have been very helpful to Patti as she is in a weekly exercise program for breast cancer survivors. It was a beautiful day for all who rode, the BBQ for all (our post) was plentiful and most importantly, the feelings of affirmation for cancer survivors and their supporters. 

And of course under the blue sky and sun were shadows. Nobody could ask for more! See Patti's NH Register blog post and...I was able to compile Patti's photos in the following slideshow - of a very affirmative day :)