Monday, November 30, 2009

Ruby Tuesday ~ holiday time is here

Here are Kid Two (left) and Kid One posing for their Aunt Brenda on Thanksgiving Day.
We give thanks every day that we have such great kids.

And below are two views of the formal dining room at the Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby, Ct., which is decked out for the Christmas season. I did a story about the beautiful home, which is decorated every year by local garden clubs. You can read it here.

To see many photos featuring the color red, visit Mary T at Work of the Poet.

Who's the turkey here?

I usually don't have any issues with turkey storage, but Saturday night after we had our belated Thanksgiving dinner I seem to have had problems. I couldn't fit the giant ceramic turkey platter in the refrigerator, so I found this mixing bowl.
And to think this bird weighed less than 11 pounds. I can't imagine dealing with one twice that size! How do people do it?

(Ralph didn't marry me for my domestic skills, as you can plainly see.)

Sunday, November 29, 2009


We just returned from taking our kids back to the University of Hartford. They have a busy three weeks of school work ahead with the end of the semester fast approaching.
Here we are in a rare family portrait. This was taken on Thanksgiving at Ralph's sister Michele's house, and I thought I would use it as a "weekend wrap up" photo. Haha

Thanks go to sister-in-law Brenda for making us sit for a photo!
I hope your weekend was as nice as ours was.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

It's that winsome Rigby again! I took this last year, but it still works for a Shadow Shot Sunday post, I'd say.
= ^.^ =

To see many shadowy pix, visit Tracy at Hey Harriet.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday

I like the wide-open space feeling I get with this photo. It's like we were driving down the highway in Kansas or Nebraska last week, instead of in little ol' Connecticut.

To see many sky photos, visit our hostess, Tisha, at CrAzY Working Mom.

Gobble, gobble

We missed out on the tantalizing smells of turkey roasting in the oven yesterday. Our blog friend, Empress Bee, wrote about those cooking smells here. I agree with her that they're awesome.

We spent Thanksgiving at Ralph's sister Michele's house and had a wonderful time. Lots of family stopped in and everyone seemed happy and healthy.

She gave us the decimated turkey frame, which I am boiling right now for future soup-making.

Tomorrow a good friend will bring over a complete turkey dinner and the six of us will enjoy another Thanksgiving at home. Double yay! Good thing we all like turkey. The cats may even get a few shards of it tomorrow. If' they're good.

I am going to work today; no Black Friday running around for me. Unless it's on the Internet.

Happy day after Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A day to count our blessings ...

Tuesday night I attended an interfaith Thanksgiving service at a Roman Catholic Church in our town to support our pastor, who was one of the clergy participating in it.
It was a wonderful service and I decided to write a story about it, since clergy members hope to make it a Thanksgiving tradition. I hadn't planned to do so, but it worked out.
This is my story published in today's New Haven Register:

"ANSONIA — Tuesday was a time for Valley residents to celebrate their blessings as local clergy took part in an Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving. Nearly 200 people attended the event at Church of the Assumption.
The participating clergy hailed from several faith traditions: Roman Catholic; Congregational; Episcopal; Jewish; and Buddhist.
The Rev. Robert F. Condron, pastor, Church of the Assumption, welcomed worshippers to the evening service. The Rev. Ed Stueckle, pastor, Second Congregational Church, Derby, read aloud President Obama’s Thanksgiving proclamation.
One of the participants, the Rev. Donna G. Ives, pastor, First Congregational Church in Derby, said a colleague commented before the service that “this is history in the making.” Ives said clergy members “were all amazed with the turnout.”
The Rev. Marcia Eveland, pastor of First Congregational Church in Ansonia, said clergy members plan to make the service an annual Thanksgiving tradition.
She credited the Rev. Amy Welin, pastor of Christ Episcopal Church in Ansonia, with much of the planning. “It all got going after she (Welin) spoke with Father George (Burnett from Church of the Assumption) this past Good Friday. Father George committed to hosting the Thanksgiving service at that time,” she said.
Eveland employed her puppet ministry as she called the children in the congregation down to the front of the sanctuary. She and “Booregard,” her longtime puppet “friend,” entertained them as she talked about religious pilgrims.
People brought offerings of non-perishable food donations for the Valley Food Bank.
Worshippers sang “We Gather Together,” “Come Ye Thankful People,” “God Bless America” and “Now Thank We All Our God.” Cantor Joshua Konigsberg of Congregation B’nai Jacob in Woodbridge sang several prayers in Hebrew.
In addition to Condron, Stueckle, Ives, Eveland, Welin, and Konigsberg, participants included Maj. Theresa Burkholder from The Salvation Army in Ansonia; the Venerable Thick Minh Duc from the Phuoc Long Buddhist Temple, Ansonia, and Jack Brady, deacon, Church of the Assumption.
Sponsors of the service were: Christ Episcopal Church, Ansonia; Church of the Assumption, Ansonia; Congregation B’nai Jacob, Woodbridge; First
Congregational Church, Ansonia; First Congregational Church, Derby; First United Methodist Church, Ansonia; Holy Rosary Church, Ansonia; Phuoc Long Buddhist Temple, Ansonia; St. Joseph Church, Ansonia; St. Mary’s Church, Derby; The Salvation Army, Ansonia; Second Congregational Church, Derby; Three Saints Russian Orthodox Church, Ansonia."

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Need is greater than ever this year

I've written several stories recently about non-profit organizations working to make a difference in the lives of many less fortunate families for Thanksgiving.
Organizers of food drives and distributions all say the same thing: the need is greater than ever this year.
It may be too late to brighten a family's Thanksgiving, but I suggest that you consider giving a bit more than you normally would give to a local food pantry or toy drive this Christmas.
It will help those who have fallen on hard times, and it will make you feel good in the process.

(Getting down off my soap box now.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ruby Tuesday

I wasn't looking for Ruby Tuesday last Friday but "Ruby" found me, as you can see above.
We pulled into the parking lot at Advanced Wheels where our future min-van will be modified for Ralph. I was surprised this tree had so many red leaves left on it on Nov. 20. And the breeze was just enough to unfurl Old Glory.
Ruby found me again today when I was stopped at a light, as you can see below.

It took me a minute to figure out what this sign meant.
I was on assignment and luckily had the camera on the seat next to me. The red Staples store sign is in the background. And there is that red pickup parked there.
To see many more Ruby posts, visit Mary T, our hostess, at Work of the Poet.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Our birthday boy

... almost.

Ralph and I both had a day off Friday so we visited our children at the University of Hartford.
It was a brief visit because they both were in the middle of doing stuff. They have busy schedules, that's for sure.
We sat in the van and they stood outside the passenger window to chat.
On Monday Cameron turns 19, but we won't get to see him until late Tuesday.
The next big decision is what kind of cake to have for him on Wednesday. :-D
That's Allegra in the background; she didn't want her picture taken, and I tried to comply. I hope she doesn't mind that she is partly in the photo.
And that's yours truly in the side-view mirror, capturing Cam.

After we saw thems we went to Advanced Wheels of Technology in East Granby, Ct. to put a deposit on a mini-van that will be modified with a ramp, etc. for Ralph. Yippee!!
It will be so nice to have a smaller vehicle. His full-size Ford Club Wagon has more than 150,000 miles on it. It's big, and the lift is so, what's the word? cumbersome, I suppose you could call it. having a fold-down ramp is so much more convenient.
And did someone say cup holders? The mini-van has too many of them to count! haha

On the way home we stopped for an early dinner. All in all, it was a perfect date day for us.

Shadow Shot Sunday - Rigbert of the Opera

I originally posted this photo in October 2008, long before I knew about Shadow Shot Sunday. I think it qualifies, don't you?
This is what I wrote at the time:

Rigby was looking out the front door at me ("Are you coming back in the house, Mommy?") when I took this picture. To me he looks like he is wearing a 'Phantom of the Opera' mask. Maybe that's just me.

To see many more photos with shadows, visit Tracy at Hey Harriet.

Happy Saturday/Sunday to all!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I wish I could say I painted this

This cheery watercolor depicts a sun-dappled scene along the beach at Bradley Point in West Haven, Ct. on Long Island Sound.
My talented friend Cindy Gilbane painted this picture.
Please visit her at Art by Gilbane to check out her artwork. She is into painting nature, from detailed close-ups of flowers and insects to beach scenes and landscapes. Her work is lovely!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sepia scenes ~ which way ?

When I got finished experimenting with sepia and antique and color fade editing applications I ended up with this. I had to stop, I was driving myself cuckoo.

This is the original:

It's fun to experiment! I find myself leaning so far into the screen that I get a crick in my neck. Does that happen to you?

To see more sepia-fied photos, visit Mary T at Sepia Scenes.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Ruby Tuesday~ through the passenger window

Why, it's Bowl-a-Rama!
Ralph and I love the retro look of this place along the Berlin Turnpike in Connecticut. Reminds us of our childhoods, I suppose.

See many more photos featuring red by visiting Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

This is Konover Center on the campus of the University of Hartford.
I thought I'd try black and white, since shadows are black, aren't they?

Below is the original:

To see many more shadowy photos, visit our hostess, Tracy, at Hey Harriet.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday

I took this from the passenger seat Saturday as we were passing through Waterbury, Ct. on our way to see our daughter.

I thought it would work for Tisha's fun meme.
The cloud formation looks like a ghost to me. What do you see?

Enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mommy bought us food!

Yep, a few more feline fotos ...
These two guys always jump on the table to see what I schlep home from the store. How happy they were when this trip included goodies for them. Not treats, but sustenance. Yes, they do get some all-natural wet food too. Turkey, chicken with vegetables, beef... I think they may eat better than we do sometimes.
"I'm starved, aren't you, Rigby?" Linus might be saying to his brother.

They never did manage to get the bag open, in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

They deserve our respect, today and every day

I found this online and thought I'd post it. I'm not a poet, but I appreciate the talent of those who pen poems.

"They Did Their Share"

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.

Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;

In the jungle or the desert,
On land or on the sea,
They did whatever was assigned
To produce a victory.

Some came back; some didn’t.
They defended us everywhere.
Some saw combat; some rode a desk;
All of them did their share.

No matter what the duty,
For low pay and little glory,
These soldiers gave up normal lives,
For duties mundane and gory.

Let every veteran be honored;
Don’t let politics get in the way.
Without them, freedom would have died;
What they did, we can’t repay.

We owe so much to them,
Who kept us safe from terror,
So when we see a uniform,
Let’s say "thank you" to every wearer.

- By Joanna Fuchs

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sepia scenes ~ featuring Rigby

When in doubt, photograph your pet.

= ^. .^ =

I admit I do post a lot of photos of Rigby, but what can I say, he's photogenic!

To see more sepia photos, visit Mary T at Sepia Scenes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ruby Tuesday * reflection

It's moi playing with the camera as Ralph drove us home from Hartford Saturday.

The sun was bright that afternoon!

To enjoy many more photos featuring a little or a lot of red, visit our hostess, Mary T, The Teach, at Work of the Poet.

Does he lean right, or left?

I was happy to capture our Rigby reading the news Sunday morning. In these photos he's undecided on the way he looks at current events.

Looking at his expression below it appears he is trying to decide what he really thinks about politics.

Kinda like me.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Sunday morning with Rigby

I'm not sure if Rigby is in favor of the House Democrats' health-care plan or not.
Are you as sick of those people in Washington as I am?
Woops, that's getting political, and I try to stay away from that here.
I'm preparing a Sunday School lesson. It's about Moses and the Pharaoh this week.
Fortunately I have my daughter here to help me. I hope the little children (ages 4-7) are well behaved. Someday if they are not paying attention and disrespecting the teacher (me) I'm going to send them back out into church to sit with their parents. bwahahaha

Have a great Sunday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday

We picked up our daughter this afternoon at the University of Hartford and I spied this great shadow on the side of the Hartt School of Music. I took a quick shot through the windshield.
Below are November shadows playing on the on-campus apartment building where Allegra lives.

To see many more shadowy photos, visit Tracy, at Hey Harriet.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Looking at the Sky

I snapped this as I was leaving for work on Election Night Tuesday. Full moon was the night before, so this is pretty close to full.
I lightened the photo a bit so the cloud formations would be more visible.

To see many more photos of the sky, visit our hostess, Tisha, at CrAzY Working Mom.

Happy weekend to all ~