Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Birthday Antipasto

Ruby Tuesday Too reappears not long after Pati's birthday where she and I had dinner at Moto Bene Italian American Kitchen in our domicile of Ansonia Connecticut. We had their antipasto salad appetizer, nicely served on a cutting board for easier sharing. Although there are plenty of non-rubies present (olives, parmesan, mozzarella), kinda reds (soppressata salami) and finally the ruby goodness of tomatoes and roasted peppers. Everything woke up out taste buds and added our favorite Tuesday color. Happy New Year to all!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Tinsel

The holidays have been busy, but happily I am back for this week's fun Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, hosted by Toby. In this view, the era is the mid-1950s, the place being my grandparent's home on Oregon Avenue Steubenville Ohio, the person my Aunt Terry. The windows here seem peripheral to the giant holiday tree.

However, in an FB exchange last week with Terry, the picture window has a prominent history as she advised:

"Grandpa did like big trees - and he loved displaying those trees in the picture window. I remember when I was little we had small living room windows. When it was decided to replace them, Grandpa insisted that the windows be simple plate glass so that everyone would be able to see his Christmas trees in full view. When the city busses drove down Oregon Ave. they slowed down so that passengers could gawk at the tree -- and everyone rode the bus in those days"

Further, the tree was a part of the lore in Steubenville it seems:

"And, yes, one year the tree was featured on page 1 of the [Steubenville] Herald-Star. The paper had been asking for several years to feature the tree but they wanted Grandpa to decorate it a week before Christmas. He would have none of that when I was small. But one year he gave in. It might have been this tree that was featured"

So the giant tinsel tree makes the window whimsical indeed!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - More Happy Birthday

Shadow Shot Sunday 2 returns this week the day before the birthday of my two favorite ladies, Patti and Allegra. That the daughter and mom celebrate their birth on the same day is amazing, the firstborn had a due date of December 22 but chose to wait a week for Patti's birthday. As I see it :)

The photos may have been posted before. However, I like them, especially the mom and newborn just from the hospital on 1 January 1989, and the Paris school trip. Happy Birthday ladies, and a happy two years for SSS2!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - First Christmases...

24 December 1989, E.Windsor, CT
25 December 1990, Derby CT
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 arrives this week near Christmas Day. Naturally in life, parents like to chronicle their children in the holiday for the first time. And given my look back at the past, shadows small and large on Christmases past seem are the theme. Our daughter was eleven months old on her first, however our son was only a month old. Yet the lights and such provided a wonder to both. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all participants in this meme's shadowy world!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Not mere ornaments...

Parents, it seems, dote over their babies on many ways. Like Christmas ornaments that celebrate the little ones intro to the spirit of the holiday...see Wordless Wednesday

Monday, December 16, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Christmas cheer

Somewhere in Prospect Park South, Brooklyn, New York City. Captured by Patti
Ruby Tuesday Too brings us along in our discovery of the alluring color red. Sometimes bold, sometimes subtle is is a hue that catches our attention. On Sunday, we helped our son move to Brooklyn NY to be closer to his new job. While hunting for the way to the I-278 Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to get to our Connecticut home, Patti captured this holiday house, nicely adorned for the season, and so a fine entry for this week's RT. I like the subtle boldness of this ruby!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Freedom

Patti's fabulous capture of the Freedom Tower in Manhattan, from the BQE in Brooklyn.
Toby is the host of the fun meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors - and I hope you have been able to dig out from your monstrous snowfall :)

Today, our son cameron who has landed a great job in New York City has moved to his new apartment today and three vehicles filled with belongings make the trek to his place for his move. 

In our van, I was the driver and the lovely Patti chronicled our trip in pictures. Along the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (I-278), there are some great views across the East River toward Manhattan - and she captured this fantastic view of the almost completed Freedom Tower. From that worst of days in 2001, the new tower shows us that despite the evil that surrounds can never impact us if we have both resilience and hope. It seems to have a glow as it rises toward the heavens...

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday - Ornamental

Holiday cheer hanging from the ceiling at the SBC Restaurant in Milford
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 is back, as am I.

Missed this fun meme last week as I attended a 'Holiday" Party (I prefer the non-PC Christmas Party :) last Saturday at a restaurant. 

As always, shadowy shots are not necessarily sought, yet they find me every tome. Subtle shadows emanate from these large ornaments as the hang from the sloped ceiling, the colors of the holiday mix with the artistic lighting and pixelated colors. 

The look of the season indeed!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Ruby Tuesday Too - Eatery bathed in red...

Bold ruby neon sign atop Angellino's Restaurant, Vernon, CT...captured by Patti
On Friday evening, we attended a 60th surprise birthday party for my brother-in-law, who was really surprised! Fun and excellent food for all, from the recipient to the 30 guests.

As this is for Ruby Tuesday Too the search for red takes us to the venue - Angelno's Restaurant in Vernon CT, and it is perfect. Patti saw and captured the huge ruby neon sign on the roof which is both bold (its ruby intensity) and subtle (the soft ruby glow on the roof shingles). Thus, it fits the mood for this week's meme :)

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Old diner requests relevance

Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors is a fun meme where we look for interesting portals. Here is an old diner in Milford CT that was nearby a holiday event we attended yesterday. Milford has been gentrified with may nice, pricy restaurants - except for this old diner. Living a few towns away, I haven't paid much attention to what restoration efforts are in store for what I guess to be built in the late 1940s, so the B&W and Sepia were to add age the building. Not so much ambience but omelets, burgers and the always fresh and hot coffee. The drawback at this location is that the one-way on New Haven Ave goes eastbound so drivers do not see the classic facade except in their rearview mirrors, so is easily missed. Hope for funding...

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Whimsical Windows - Past industrial passed

Toby hosts the fun architectural meme Whimsical Windows/Delirious Doors, and we keep our eyes open. Today is a prosaic view of our old and small industrial town of Ansonia Connecticut. 

This is the intersection of Olsen Drive at the Maple Street Bridge that carries traffic over the Naugatuck River to downtown. We see the backside of the Farrell Machinery plant in the foreground, looking as if it were built in the very early 1900s, the modern building in the middle of the frame the company headquarters from the early 1970s. The old industry is a much smaller part of life - the gray autumnal day seems appropriate here...