your share

This tote board is on 44th Street just west of Sixth Avenue
this photo was taken at 11:56 AM on
Wednesday, January 21, 2009,
so you do the math to determine
how much more your family share of the
National Debt
is now.

my sky

Looking East on 79th Street
January 26, 2009 7:04 AM

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question for the week from holly
you sit down at starbucks (or indeed your cafe of choice). bob's son, buddy jesus, sits down next to you with an iced chai. he says "hi (insert your name here), how are you? i like what you're wearing. oh did you catch that red sox game?"

you have a lovely chat, and OBVIOUSLY cover such topics as "why is there suffering in the world?" and "yes but am *i* getting into heaven?" and "who really framed roger rabbit?"

with that out of the way,
what one other question do you ask him?

amazingly, steve, the guy who really runs the universe, walks in after you finish your drinks. he comes up to you and says "look, (insert your name here), i need to irradicate one little annoyance forever. i can't decide between ingrown toenails and the colour puce. what do you think?"

which one do you choose, or do you choose something else? note : he can not irradicate human suffering. just small stuff, like dandruff.

thursday in the hood

1984 sculpture bronze
by Colombian artisit Fernando Botero
900 Park Avenue
West 79th Street
January 19, 2009

the paint saga

When I read Bubblewench's post over at The Blogs of Life, I had to stop and make sure I left a really good comment because she and her husband Scott had painted, she posted photos and I love how it looks.

AND it reminded me of my paint saga.

Go get that coffee or tea or wine, maybe a small snack ... settle in, its a LONG story....

Our apartment was last painted when we moved in, which was approx 25 yrs ago, maybe longer, I often find I suppress stuff that makes me itch (another long story for another cold day).

It might have been about 15-20 yrs ago when one day apropos of nothing specific, or maybe I turned on the lights or opened the shutters, appalled at how bad the place looked and I said:

We need to paint

He said yeah.

A year or so later I said 'when are you planning on painting?'

He said 'Its a pain in the ass to move all this stuff'

Time passed.

One August right before I went to visit my parents in Florida he promised he would paint while I was away.

Feeling optimistic I got boxes, packed up all the books on the shelves along with all the tschkas and went to Florida for a week.

Not once in any of our daily calls over the next seven days did he mention painting and in the spirit of stupidity, er, naivety/wifely good will, I didn't ask.

When I got home I was not really surprised to see the apartment had not been painted.

I bit my tongue, unpacked all the books, the tschkas and didnt bring it up again...

Until 5 yrs ago give or take.

Around this same time of year, Lisa told us that after graduation (Summa Cum Laude, U of T Dallas, hey, I may only be her stepmother but I can still kvell and brag!), at the beginning of June, she was coming to visit.

He said he was going to paint before she got here.

Days passed.

Weeks passed.

Months passed.

NO PAINTING was done.

The week before she arrived, he said 'well I guess I won't be painting, the smell won't be gone by the time she gets here'.

I was going to say something, but I realized I didn't care. I was over it. Really.

Oddly he did mention it to her while she was here and she did hear him say he was going to paint after she went home.

You know he didnt or I wouldnt be writing this, would I? I knew you were smart.

Well, this past holiday season he said I had been so patient about the painting that he was going to do it ... as soon as it warms up.

Did I say anything?


Did I react at all?


See, I am not stupid either.

I know once it gets warm, he'll say let's wait til its cooler so he can leave the windows open to air the place out.

Uh huh.

toonsday husbandisms

monochrome monday

These were in Mental P Mama's trash before she started the Sonoma Diet
They are actually bottles at the Moet Chandon Winery in Napa
just a few sips from Sonoma

for more monochromes visit Aileni's Monochrome Maniacs

how i spent the afternoon

I spent this (Saturday) afternoon with two truly fun-tab-ulous women ... Tsannie of The Tombstone Chronicles and MPM she of Mental Pause Chronicles

They trained in from Connecticut, wandered up Fifth Avenue and met me at Bergdorf's at 58th/Fifth. We started talking immediately and, being the multi-taskers we are, we shopped AND talked.

MPM found these, no, she did not buy them .. if you read her blog, you know she has shoe issues .... these are open toe boots with jagunda high heels .. very practical ..

I managed to turn a store credit into a DVF silk blouse AND two Vince 'undershirts'

Since we had a lunch reservation at Fred's in Barney's off we went ... still talking ... got to Barney's and fell in love with this window
Of course we ate ... and had wine .. and toasted life, blogging and eachother. While we were yakking I asked MPM where in TN she'd grown up.

Oh, she said, a small town called Franklin.

Get out, I said, I have been to Franklin, TN!

Shut up, she cried

My friend Marilynn T. lives outside of Franklin, I said dialing Mar. When she answered I said you must talk to this woman .. and handed the phone to MPM

From MPM's side of the conversation I gathered they had people (BOYS) in their past in common!

After saying bye to Mar .. we chatted more and ate and drank.

Annie is such a sweetheart .. she has the bluest eyes .. we both had calamari (MPM, insanely - insane as opposed to an allergy - does not eat calamari) shared chicken soup AND asparagus which she tells me grows wild in MO, where she hails from.

After settling the check we took pix ...
MPM, moi, Tsannie
And we have promised to do this once a month ... once the temps become more friendly (people it was FREEZING .. WINDY and we still met up .. are we not Bloggers! We are!) I am going to train it up to Cocktail Corner.

I didnt want to go home ... I miss you both...

edited to say my bad: the link to MPM's blog now takes you there ...

mimosa award

I am tickled to receive this wonderful award .. from the wonderfully talented Mary aka The Teach over at Work of the Poet ..and as you can see, I am once again in amazing company .. go check out Mary's blog as well as those with whom I am sharing this special award.

So I decided to create a MIMOSA AWARD and give it to some very wonderful people who epitomize hope and reassurance every day in their blogs. According to Pantone "The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance. Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation." The following bloggers are all these things!

I give this award today to

Terry of Canadian Blogger

Jamie of Duward Discussion

Daryl of On the m104

Sandy of Writing in Faith

Mo of It's A Blog Eat Blog World

Dianne of Forks Off the Moment


tooned by redelstein aka Husband

being held hostage!

For some reason while reading blogs I "Follow" on my Dashboard, Blogger has decided that I am a Spam Bot and refuses to let me see/read on own or anyone else's blog .. I backed into posting and hope this gets resolved ... soon.

So if you wondered where I was ... I am being given a 'time out' by Blogger .. hisssss boooo

NOTE: I managed to resolve this stupidity ... how? I logged out of Blogger; shut down the computer, re-booted, deleted Google related cookies and then instead of using Firefox launched IE ... now it seems to have accepted the fact that I am NOT a spam bot.

my sky

Monday, January 12, 2009 7:10 AM

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special edition husbandism

thursday in the hood

Times Square Fence
(taken December 8. 2008)

installed in 1995 is a 164-foot-long artwork by
James Garvey, a blacksmith, and his crew at Koenig Iron Works
It has 35 bright red/orange faces, forged from coiled steel,
mounted on posts of varying heights.
The fence extends in diminished form
to the archipelago of two smaller islands
between 45th and 44th Streets.

a new blog award is created

The other day Mojo, he of Why? What Have You Heard?, created a new blog award.

Its called Diamonds in the Rockpile: Class of 2008

Go on over and read the post, check the amazing bloggers he cites as 'best of the class' .. I am incredibly honored to have been included... but never mind that, go on over and meet the other blogs that Mojo has singled out.

almost Wordless Wednesday bonus photo

Note: I did NOT take this, a friend's son, Nick Hamilton, did on Monday outside the White House

NOTE: Seems a lot of you dont 'get' it ..let me explain... A few weeks ago then President Bush was somewhere .. Islamic .. and having a press conference .. one of the Islamic reporters threw his shoe at Bush who ducked and missed being hit ... its a sign of extreme disrespect in Islamic countries to show the sole of a shoe let alone throw a shoe at someone. Its nice to think 'out of sight, out of mind', but people, this was a BIG deal ...

wordless wednesday

i tickled trixie's fancy


I won. That badge is my prize!

Go visit Trixie's to see the photo I captioned in an ever so winningly clever way ...

my sky

Monday, December 8, 2008 7:00 A.M.

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The following interviews are up to be read:

Leendaluu at Wits End

Sarah at Brit Gal' in the USA

Mary aka The Teach over at Work of the Poet

Bubblewench of The Blogs of Life

Flea of Flea's World

holly of hollysnevereverland

Saz of Fat Frumpy & Fifty

Mental P Mama at The Mental Pause Chronicles

Peach at Silence is Broken

Jan of The Prytz Family

Kate of Chronicles of a Country Girl

thursday in the hood

Pulitzer Fountain
Abundance by Karl Bitter

The section of Grand Army Plaza in front of the Plaza Hotel
where this statue/fountain stand
was funded by the will of the newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer.
The statue in the fountain is actually Pomona, Roman goddess of orchards,
and was posed for by Doris Doscher,
also famous for posing for the Standing Liberty Quarter.

waiting, impatiently

outside of Zabar's on Broadway/80th St.
Monday, December 29, 2008 11:13 AM

second half of things i have done

Apparently the list of "things I have done" is longer than what I c/p from Akelamalu's blog ... and the real name is 100 things

44. Visited Africa

45. Walked on a beach by moonlight

46. Been transported in an ambulance

47. Had my portrait painted

48. Gone deep sea fishing

49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person

50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling

52. Kissed in the rain

53. Played in the mud

54. Gone to a drive-in

55. Been in a movie - actually two

56. Visited the Great Wall of China

57. Started a business

58. Taken a martial arts class

59. Visited Russia

60. Served at a soup kitchen

61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies

62. Gone whale watching

63. Got flowers for no reason

64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma

65. Gone sky diving

66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp

67. Bounced a check

68. Flown in a helicopter

69. Saved a favorite childhood toy

70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial

71. Eaten caviar

72. Pieced a quilt

73. Stood in Times Square - I work here

74. Toured the Everglades

75. Been fired from a job

76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London

77. Broken a bone

78. Been on a speeding motorcycle does a Moped count?

79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person

80. Published a book

81. Visited the Vatican

82. Bought a brand new car

83. Walked in Jerusalem

84. Had my picture in the newspaper

85. Read the entire Bible

86. Visited the White House

87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating

88. Had chickenpox THREE Times

89. Saved someone’s life

90. Sat on a jury

91. Met someone famous

92. Joined a book club

93. Lost a loved one

94. Had a baby

95. Seen the Alamo in person

96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake

97. Been involved in a law suit

98. Owned a cell phone

99. Been stung by a bee

100. Read a book in one day

interviewees... listen up

Everyone, who said they wanted to be interviewed, has been sent questions to answer; when you are ready to post your interview, please email me so I can post a link here to your interview so others can read them too .. thanks!

willow interviews me

The charming Willow of Willow Manor was interviewed by Steph at Incurable Insomniac . Then Willow offered to interview anyone who left 'interview' in their comment.

Being shy and retiring, I did.

In fact that may have been my comment.

She sent me the following questions to answer ..

1. If you called me on the phone, could I immediately recognize your New York accent? I do not have a NewYawk accent. I am not from Brooklyn, Queens or Longuyland. I grew up in da Bronx but have lived more of my life in Manhattan. So, no you would not recognize my 'accent' but you'd know it was me by caller ID or just my fashionable attitude.

2. Your photos are wonderful. Thank you. How did you get your start in photography and what kind of camera do you use? I started taking photos was because I couldn't paint what I saw the way I saw it. I wanted my paintings to be perfect replicas of what I was seeing but I was not talented enough. At some point I realized I was able to do that with a camera and so I do. I use an Olympus Stylus 720SW .. which BTW I thought I lost last night .. I am happy to report I found it in my desk at the office although I have no idea how it got there (it likely fell out of my bag into the drawer).

3. It's intriguing that you are a vegetarian, and yet don't cook much. I don't cook at all if I can help it. I did cook, a lot, when we were first married. I cooked, I baked, I was such a wife. Do you eat a lot of takeout? I do. I often bring home something from the office cafeteria or stop to pick up something on the way home from the office. I am lucky that we live between Zabars and Fairway. What is your favorite? Zabar's tuna salad on their amazing seeded rye bread.

4. What is your greatest regret? Ah .. well .. there are a few ... but I think the biggest is - this is a hard question, Willow - okay. I am sorry that I wasnt there when my dad died.

5. What is your motto? Umm ... be prepared

Here's the directions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. (I get to pick the
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview
someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask
them five questions.

my sky

condominiums. more like condo maximums in this joint
O'Neill Building - Sixth Avenue in the Twenties

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things i have done

Saw this over at Akelamaku's blog Everything and Nothing.

My 'dids' are in bold

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars – No, but I’ve made love under the stars
3. Played in a band
4. Visited Hawaii - Only via Cloudia's blog.
5. Watched a meteor shower
6. Given more than you can afford to charity – No, but I do donate
7. Been to Disneyland (Disney World) – Yes. And it was crowded
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis
10. Sang a solo -
11. Bungee jumped

12. Visited ParisYes and I want to go back
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art from scratch

15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty- I waited while Husband and his daughters did.
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in FranceYes. And it was smaller than I expected.
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitch hiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill
24. Built a snow fort

25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping
27. Run a Marathon - BWAHAAAAA
28. Ridden in a gondola in VeniceYes and it was surreal as I had just gotten to Venice and barely unpacked …
that's a not fully awake me with my friends D, her husband B and D's brother J

29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise – well if the Staten Island Ferry counts
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person - edited to add: I was there before I was born .. but the view was blocked
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language

37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied (in general)
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo’s David
41. Sung karaoke – only in a group, never solo, I can clear a room if I sing
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant

edited to say: Apologies, the link to Everything and Nothing wasnt working because Blogger was being a bugger. All better now.

edited again to say I discovered I didnt paste the whole list .. come back tomorrow for the rest

thursday in the hood

hoping to draw attention of potential theatre goers,
Shrek, The Musical
put advertising banners on the risers of the subway steps
in the Times Square station

for rob and sarah .. and you too, yeah, you

It started with Sarah over at BritGal, then Rob over at Inukshuk Adventure got into the act and he asked to see what everyone drinks their tea in ... well, I dont drink tea unless I am dying or in need of comfort. Hence this Ginmormous coffee cup which my friend Carter (of Beacon, NY) gave me for Christmas. Its a Not A Paper Cup and I love it .. apologies for its messy look but of the two pix I took this one was focused albeit schmutzy (thank you gmj) looking .. hey, its just some dribbled cawfee .. what? You never dribble? Yeah right.

So .. show us your tea or coffee cups, come on you know you wanna.

toonsday husbandisms

old news

Over the last few weeks, maybe 2 months, the morning newspaper has been delivered later and later.

Was a time when it was there when I went out at a few minutes after 6 and I could give the front page a scan before going to work .. not so lately.

This week its not arrived before 8 a.m.

So yesterday morning I waited to hear the THUNK of the papers hitting the floor of the vestible that is practically outside my apartment door. When I did, I went out to say something.

The deliveryman was already across the street tossing and walking up the block ... braving the cold I opened the front door:

Excuse me, I said loudly but in a questioning tone

I no write the labels, he shouts back

No, its not about labels; you need to deliver the paper earlier.

Hey you know I got 300 deliveries, lady, you no like, you cancel.

Okay, then, I'll call the Times and tell them.

Hey, hey, lady, hey, I no say nothing, I no say NOTHING.

I closed the door, it was fa-reezing, come back inside and call the NY Times; the nice representative, Sharla, apologizes for the late delivery promising she will tell the Dispatcher.

Do I think the paper will get here earlier?

Well, no, not at first.

After all it took me weeks of calling every morning to get the delivery people to stop leaving the newspapers on the sidewalk. "Open the front door to the building, its not locked", I said calling over and over til finally they 'got it' ...

Pavlov had the right idea.

I wonder where I can connect the current ... ummm

waiting, impatiently

Oy, such a life. I need to go home and rest. Don't I look exhausted?

my sky

Central Park looking West toward 72nd Street

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