monday monologue - still stuffed

Its was a lovely long weekend 
that began with leaving the office early on Wednesday 

dinner that evening was with friends
at Robert
in the Museum of Art & Design
(the restaurant photos taken with my iPhone)


 the view is as good as the food


we all pulled out our phones 
and 
snapped the scene below


its even more magical on the ground


after dinner 
we headed uptown 
we tried to see the Macy's balloons 
but 
it was truly insanely crowded so we said good night 

Thanksgiving didnt happen the way I hoped
the restaurant, in fact, two restaurants, I hoped to order in from
were closed
one was closing early!

we called around a bit 
ending up with burgers and limp lukewarm fries
but
thats not what its about
its about football

ToonMan enjoyed the day

Friday 
I was lucky enough 
to catch up 
with 
two from-out-of-town-in-NY-for-the-weekend friends 
who hadnt met before 
so
 we went to lunch

Saturday was an all beautification™ day
starting off with a blissful massage at exhale

Rose had a vet appointment, she'll be fine


we played with Jack and the presentation pointer 
if you say where's the light? 
he looks at the last place he saw it 
no matter how much time has passed





last weekend I got to the Flea Market 
and 
picked up the new pillows
Jack approves, he loves that chair
which brings this post back to the beginning
the friends
I met for dinner on Wednesday
are the friends
who when they downsized their home
gave us that fabulous chair & ottoman

thank you again for a great evening, Lauren.
SIL we'll do Island Burgers.
It was a fun lunch
Maureen, Mary
I'll see you both soon.
and
now that the weekend is over
'life' gets back to normal
my husband can have his cave back

Hey honey, Nancy's coming over next Saturday






waiting patiently

this week 


no one was waiting 


it was more about hi howyadoin' 
lets see where you've been
in a very doggy way

flea market finds - week 2

This week's Flea Market table has
a plethora 
of 
Buddha bellies to rub, 
a crucifix with a very Eastern air to it 
some fish
a few roosters
a ram
a horse
praying hands
a rabbit or two
and 
a crystal ball!

I keep thinking 
how long it must take
 to box those up 
to tote them to market 
and
 then box 'em back 
to tote home again 
and 
it exhausted me!

Its a tradition



Every year
on the eve 
of 
Thanksgiving 
the Upper Westside 
closes down several streets in the West 70/80s 
to allow 
Macy's employees 
to inflate the huge balloons 
that are part of their annual Parade.  

And over the years 
its become tradition 
for people to crowd the streets 
and 
avenues 
in an attempt 
to witness this up close 
there are children and adults who feel like children themselves as they watch the balloons inflate 
there is also news coverage 
and 
lots of friendly police to keep the crowds under control 
but 
what many forget 
dont even notice


are
the smaller balloons 
that line the streets 
peeking over the gates 
from inside
Margaret Mead Green


leaning out 
as far as 
they can


So excited 
waving happily


bouncing in place
 waiting to see 


the stars of the show!!


Wishing you all a wonderful family filled Thanksgiving!


*all these photos were taken last year and 'treated' with Topaz Labs Adjust 5 Spicify effect

water tower wednesday - soho

It was a 
hot 
hazy 
August afternoon 
when I took this photo 
I believe, 
I think, 
I am pretty sure 
I was standing 
on 
Broadway at Spring Street 

monday monologue

It was a busy weekend 
errands, 
work, 
some shopping 
and 
of course 
beautification™
but
I was not
as busy as
these trees 

they spent all weekend


dropping 
those 
golden ginkgo 
leaves


all over all the silver cars!

Cue 
Sting's Fields of Gold



And 
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aka
Janice C. Vogel
a Blister o'mine, 
who blogs 
has finished the book that has ruled her life 
for the last upteen months 
and 
kept her from 
Blogfesting this summer 

the book
Then & Now
Mathews County 
goes on sale December 5th, 
just a hop skip and short jump calendar-wise

it would make a great holiday gift


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waiting patiently


Ready for his close up!


this sweet doxie 
was 
waiting 
on a comfy camp chair 
with a warm rug to snuggle down on 
alongside his person's vendor space 
at the weekly Green Flea Market
on 
Columbus/77th Street

flea market finds - mirror mirror

welcome 
to a new theme for 
Friday  
I'm not sure 
how long 
it will last 
but 
for now it's 
Flea Market Finds
Friday


Mirror Mirror
on the 'wall'
who is the fairest one of all?

three on thursday - ginkgos

I know 
there 
are more 
then 
3 trees 
but 
cut me some slack 
they are lovely old trees 
and 
the leaves 
look like gold 
in the late day 
sun

water tower wednesday


Broadway at 73rd Street 
with 
little done 
other than 
adding my signature

However
over on 
I've posted
 the same shot 
with a little of 
Topaz Labs antique effect 
just for giggles

monday monologue - philadelphia


I headed to Philadelphia Saturday
to visit my friend and blogger
Reena!

I hadnt been to Philly in more years than I can remember
it was my first trip via Amtrak


Got lost 
of course 
but 
two nice cops 
TWICE 
gave me directions 
were they following me?  

Go on, do the loo thing, get coffee or tea
yup
its another
verbose post!


White noise 
from fans in Amtrak's waiting area 
punctuated by announcements 
for departures 
and
special instructions 
for
"those traveling to Canada today" 
drown out the strains of 
Roger Miller's
 King of the Road

Red Caps wear red baseball caps 
There's no loo inside waiting area, Amtrak is clearly a male domain

I couldnt get ticket kiosk scanner to work 
"you're holding it too close" 
advised the French accented Asian teen

SO embarrassed 

Sat a bit 
but 
eventually 
went in search of the loo 
followed by a coffee at Tim Horton 


Still no track posted
  
Finally 
I notice sign 
"Tracks posted 10-15 minutes prior to departure"

Check watch 
20 minutes still need to pass

Five more minutes

Seasoned Amtrak'ers arrive now, 
main area 
definitely filling up
then 
suddenly 
they're moving 
like a herd 
toward the escalator 


I follow 


Nice 
WiFi on board 
Too bad I didn't schlep the iPad
the hour trip 
could have been spent watching 
another episode of 
Breaking Bad

Note to self 
next time bring a pen
Had to sign ticket, no pen 
Lucky for me my laptop toting seatmate had a pen

At least I had valid ID   

Maybe a nap is in order

 Nope 

Too much to see
recorded with my iPhone through the train window
Traveling on the track next to PATH train 


First stop  
Newark 8:15

sign on the bridge read
Newark Makes
The World Takes



There's even an outlet to charge phones/laptops. Nice

Metro Park Islet NJ.  8:25


Even spotted two water towers!


Next stop Philly!

up the escalator


and there's the Angel
(these next photos were taken with the BIG camera)



Reena arrived 2 minutes after I did
we hugged
then
both of us took photos of the Angel
before heading off on our adventure
driving down Market Street


we had to do a lot of turning 
and 
tracking back 
to find parking 

in the process 
I got to see a lot and take some fun shots 
out the car window

we drove by
Chinatown


on the way to


Reading Terminal Market


we visited
Isgro Pastry Shop
their window is decorated for Thanksgiving
because it comes first!

highly recommended it
Reena got pastries, I got biscotti 
(they travel)


Next on the agenda


Fairmont Water Works and Boathouse Row

we drove down the 
where the flags of every country are displayed


Murals
Cincinnati isnt the only city with fabulous murals

this is a mural dedicated to 


this one to 
Martin Luther King



and 
while this isnt a mural 
it caught my eye as we drove by


next up 
some driving/walking through some older neighborhoods


my lovely hostess



my favorite photo op
Philly's famous South Street 
with
mosaics like I've never seen before




the mosaics are not confined to one building
they are on other buildings/businesses



they adorn walls


down a narrow street


along the walls


around the doors



I just loved it

Next stop
lunch at Tango
followed by
a visit to Reena's home 
a chance to meet The Professor 
and 
Kramer the kat


after a lots of talking iPad, photos and such 


The Professor drove us back to town via a very lovely scenic route

 we stopped at a wine bar called 
Tria 
where we spent 
more time talking 
drinking lovely wine
nibbling stinky cheese 
before 
depositing me back at the 30th Street Station 


A fabulous day
thank you
Reena and The Professor, 
I had a great time and cant wait to do it again!


* none of the photos are signed, i was lazy