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 
snapped the scene below

its even more magical on the ground

after dinner 
we headed uptown 
we tried to see the Macy's balloons 
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
thats not what its about
its about football

ToonMan enjoyed the day

I was lucky enough 
to catch up 
two from-out-of-town-in-NY-for-the-weekend friends 
who hadnt met before 
 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 
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.
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 
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
a crystal ball!

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

Its a tradition

Every year
on the eve 
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 
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 
lots of friendly police to keep the crowds under control 
what many forget 
dont even notice

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 
August afternoon 
when I took this photo 
I believe, 
I think, 
I am pretty sure 
I was standing 
Broadway at Spring Street 

monday monologue

It was a busy weekend 
some shopping 
of course 
I was not
as busy as
these trees 

they spent all weekend

golden ginkgo 

all over all the silver cars!

Sting's Fields of Gold

in case you hadnt heard, 
Janice C. Vogel
a Blister o'mine, 
who blogs 
has finished the book that has ruled her life 
for the last upteen months 
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

to place your orders, 

waiting patiently

Ready for his close up!

this sweet doxie 
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
Columbus/77th Street

flea market finds - mirror mirror

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

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

three on thursday - ginkgos

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

water tower wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

White noise 
from fans in Amtrak's waiting area 
punctuated by announcements 
for departures 
special instructions 
"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 
went in search of the loo 
followed by a coffee at Tim Horton 

Still no track posted
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
they're moving 
like a herd 
toward the escalator 

I follow 

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


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
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 
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

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

Cincinnati isnt the only city with fabulous murals

this is a mural dedicated to 

this one to 
Martin Luther King

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 
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 
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 
where we spent 
more time talking 
drinking lovely wine
nibbling stinky cheese 
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