cutie pie



i have
 no idea
 what this dog's name is
 or
 even
 if
 he is a he

 clearly adorable
 he/she was
 being carried
 on his person's shoulder
 through 
a street fair on broadway
 memorial day weekend

 i have to say
 i was happy to see him up there
 not 
just 
because it was easier to get a shot of that face
 but
 because
 street fairs are always so crowded
 people walking 
not looking down
 busy looking 
at one another
 at the kiosks
 tents 
of
 the vendors

 dogs and small kids in stroller
 can't 
have a very good view
 not to mention
getting stepped on 

the dogs
 not
the kids in strollers

yesterday
 i walked to and from the dentist
 i have a potential root canal issue
 its not an emergency
 but 
needs further looking at 
treatment

 i got a new endontist recco from my most excellent periodontist

the woman endontist i had used in the past 
for the many root canals 
 was
 not 
a
 nice person
 i disliked her
 but
 have to admit 
she was good at her job

 when my dear doctor v told me i needed another root canal
 i told him
 what i thought of my previous experiences 
he was not happy
 he recommended
 his and his family's endontist 
and 
promised me i would like him 

i trust doctor v

 my walks
 to and from his offices 
are on central park south 
across from the park
 were
filled with photo ops

 i will share here and over at through my eyes
 there aren't a lot 
but 
i had fun snapping as i walked
 it was a beautiful day on friday 

sunday
 i am having brunch with my friend missy
 at the top of the standard
 the hotel that straddles the highline 
its got some sensational views 
so
 i will be taking the big camera

 oh
 its
 apparently
 quite the place
 the confirmation email read
 'cocktail attire'
 required for brunch 

well 
la dee dah

cat talk

i was having an email exchange
 with
 about our cats
 and
 how they react to trips to the vet

 it got me thinking
 about
 how our jack reacts to his inhaler treatments
 currently
 they're 2x a day
 til the higher dose version
 which is on order
 arrives

he knows 
he is getting dose in the morning
 usually around the time he gets fed
 but 
as he leery as he is
 of coming too close
 getting picked up
 and
 dosed
 he can't stay out of the kitchen
 because
 he lives for food

his evening dose time varies
we try to catch him unawares

 whats funny
 to us
 is
 that 
after he gets dosed
 he steers clear of us
 for hours

when he does permit us to come near
 he acts
 as
 if
 he's going to get another treatment
which 
by the way
 takes as long
 as 
counting from 1 to 10

 he's also very protective of harry

harry who uses his voice very expressively

lately 
harry
 does
 his
 where is everyone
 cry
 a lot

 we are always in plain view

 when he does this act
 jack reacts 
he wants to protect harry
 from 
whatever
 whoever

 trust me
believe me
were jack 
in
 trouble or pain
 harry
 wouldn't lift a paw
 he's oblivious to jack's needs

 in fact 
when
 jack is being dosed
 harry is very interested in the inhaler
 its as if he's thinking 
what's he got that i don't

thats
 jack
 there 

he loves to lie on that mat
it was a gift from my friend blogger country girl kate
 who bought it for him 
from
 the other hilary over at crazy as a loom



 today
 even tho i am writing this on thursday
 begins 
my fridaycations

 this first one
 will not 
be spent 
doing wonderful things
 or
 even sleeping in 

i am going to the dentist 
a
preventative appointment
 lately
 every thing that happens to me
 ends up being big and expensive 

so 
before this weird thing i noticed
 turns into more than it is now
 i am getting it checked 

i would much rather pay now
 and 
learn its nothing
 than
 ignore it 
and
 well, you know … 

a potpourri of blather

i never go out to lunch
 i usually
 head down to the cafeteria
 grab something
 bring it back
 eat at my desk
 but
 the last two days 
i had visitors 

first
a blog friend who lives in australia
 we met a few years ago
 when she was living here in nyc
 with her daughter son-in-law and their new baby
 well now there's a newer baby 
he and his mother
 (my friend's daughter)
 were here for a conference 
she and i had lunch
 so nice to catch up

 then
 another blog friend in town for a conference
 managed to find time to meet me for lunch
we hadn't seen one another since last year 
when she was here for the same event 
another wonderful catch up 

been reading a lot again
 i finished
 anna quindlen's still life with crumbs
it was
 so good
 really
 i will admit it was a little predicable 
but still really good

 i also read something
 i don't usually read
 non fiction 
an auto biography
 by
 larry mcmurtry called hollywood
 it covers his time in tinseltown
 involvement with the production
 of
  last picture show and lonesome dove
as well as
 some other books to movies and made for tv mini series
 he wrote or produced 

there's nothing to watch on tv
 all the shows 
we watched over the fall/winter
 have ended for the season

 mad men was the last to wrap
 there's only one or maybe two more
 game of thrones

 we do still have the second season
 of 
house of cards
 we're watching that slowly
 because 
its so good
 we at least i
 want it to last a bit longer 

so 
last night 
we watched a movie

gambit
 a remake of a good 1960s caper film
with michael caine and shirley maclaine 
the new version shares only the characters names
 it written by the coen brothers
  don't get excited 
not even
 colin firth and alan rickman 
could save this

 it was pretty bad
 the animated opening
 should have been the tip off

 rent the original if you want some entertainment 

okay thats it blather over




water tower over freeman's


last wednesday
 after 
a day of museum visits
 my friends mary and missy joined by missy's boyfriend chad (not todd) 
went to dinner 
at freeman's
a fabulous little gem of a restaurant on the lower eastside


 its not
 exactly
 on
a
 street

 its down
 an 
alley 
off
rivington street

you could walk right past it
 in fact
 even
 if you knew it 
was down the alley
 you might still not venture down it 
because 
its
 waaaay down
 at the end

as we walked down the alley
 mary pointed up
look 
she said

 it was getting late
 but 
i pulled out the iPhone and snapped

 i also took this



if you look closely
 you can see
 mary reflected in the window 
taking
 her own photo
 of
 the front of 

 this is a true example
 of 
dont judge a book
 (or restaurant)
 by its cover
 (exterior)
 unless
 you want to miss out 
on 
some 
really fine 
food and drink

its located at the end of freeman's alley
between the bowery and chrystie
off rivington

remembering .. a repeat post





my late uncle
Pvt. Nathan Singer,
Company "C" 102nd Med.Eng.Bm. Third Platoon
with
his brother my dad, their sister and their mother
(all now deceased, may they rest in peace)
October,1942
Valentine Avenue, Bronx

remembering him
and
 all those who served
all those who serve

rained in

saturday
 was
 a crappy weather day
 when it wasn't raining
 it was threatening to rain

 i had my monthly self indulgent treat
 a massage
 but
 this month
 i changed it up

 i opted
 for
 the acu detox massage
 after which i wanted to nap

 i didn't
 i walked home
 slowly
 feeling
 very relaxed

 the weather the rest of the afternoon
 was
 chilly
 damp
 threatening
 rain

the sun
 did come out
once
long enough to consider going to the park

 we considered too long 
and 
it was gone


these adorable little pansies stopped me in my tracks
they were too pretty not to photograph
they decorate 
the front
 of
 the greek orthodox archdiocese on east 79 street

toastiepup



she's got
 her own
 instagram page 
@toastiepup

she's a rescued morkie
you can see other pix
of
 her
here

 i met her
 at the greenpoint instagram meet 
pretty cute 
isn't she

lunchtime entertainment

i found the people
 almost 
more interesting 
then
 the art 

the crowds
 outside 
are
 also
 fascinating



as is the entertainment
this young man
 wowed
 the crowd
 with a incredible performance
of
 why do fools fall in love


sssh!

 i played hookey
 yup
 took a day off 
literally 
in the middle of the week

 the occasion
 the excuse
my friend mary came to town
 it was her birthday

 last year 
we were in paris
 we had tea at the royal monceau raffles hotel
a sunset  - rain free - visit to the top of the arc de triomphe 
and 
 dinner at a small thai restaurant in the marais

 how could we top that
 well
 we started
 with
 breakfast
 at 
sarabeth's



a bus crosstown to the metropolitan museum of art
 there's an exhibit of
 charles james gowns
 works of art 
every
one 
you must go
 because 
not only are they amazing to see
 there's a high tech aspect
 i can't explain
 other than to say
 a video camera scans the gowns
 and
 on a screen
 there is a sort of read out that looks like an architect's drawing
 showing how the dress is constructed
 i dont do it justice
 its fascinating



mr james was also witty and wise 

we went 
to 
the roof garden
 which was not too shabby
 tho
 the skies were overcast 
and
 i had only my iPhone to shoot with


downstairs to the temple of dendur


 after a cup of coffee and a nibble
 we headed downtown
 9-11 memorial museum 
opened that very day
 to the public
 i will only tell you
 its an incredible moving experience 


my friend missy joined us
off to dinner we went
over to the bowery
 to a place that is hard to find
 'cause
 its literally down an alley
 its called
 freeman's

 fabulous food and drink 


mary said
 it was a perfect day 
and 
that's all anyone can ask for

greenpoint water tower


i took this
 in 
greenpoint in brooklyn
 this past saturday

 its very old and unusual
 as new york city water towers go

 on it
 someone has painted 
save the palistine 

i have no idea what that means

 anyone? 
bueller?

what a social butterfly

last weekend
 i was mostly a sloth 
this weekend
 it was non stop
 really

 first thing saturday morning
 i was riding the bus crosstown to my massage
 except
 it turns out
 the appointment
 was
 for 
this coming saturday
ooops

 i decided
 to make use of the nice morning
 walked back across town
through the park
 stopping along the way
 to take pictures
 wishing
 i had the big camera 


 this musician
 was playing lovely violin music
 under
 the Greywacke Arch in Central Park


that's the side
 of
 the metropolitan museum of art's temple of dendur

it was such a lovely day 

my friend missy
 wanted me to join her 
and
 some intagramers
 in
 greenpoint brooklyn's
wnyc transmitter park
for 
an afternoon of photo hunting

 i wasn't going to go
 i was going to go
 back and forth
 i went 

finally
 she said she'd be driving
 i said ok

 i know i am such a princess

one thing that fascinates me
 about these 'meets'
 is 
how everyone takes the same photos




people pose so others can take their photo




i dont get that

i really dont

why
 would
 i want 
the same shot 
you took 


 mostly
 i took shots away from where everyone else was



the sky says hi


 or
 i took shots of people taking shots 


 of course
 i got the obligatory city silhouette



sunday
i met my god daughter for coffee and a mani/pedi


its such fun to catch up with her

after beautification™



i met my friend blondie
we went to a new place for brunch/lunch
 on 
amsterdam called tessa
quite good 

it was a busy weekend that zoomed by

what did you do?

piper

we met
 piper
 at city vet
 about 3 weeks ago

 we were there with jack
 to get a lesson
 on
 how to use the aerokat inhaler
(edited because autocorrect insisted it was aerobat it is AEROKAT)

 it was a busy time
 we waited
 45 minutes for a 5 minute instruction
 while we waited
 we got to see
 lots of dogs come and go
 of 
all of them 
piper
 was 
the least stressed out
 she also had an upset tummy

 i won't bother to tell you how we knew 




jack
 continues
 to hate
 his inhaler treatment
 nevertheless
 he hasn't had an asthma attack 
since they started

feline asthma aka chronic bronchitis
 is actually caused by allergies

 allergy to what
 no one knows

 anyway
 we have tried various ways
to
get jack
 to partake of his daily
 (currently twice daily)
 for the rest of his life treatment 

 one way 
involves
 chasing him til he ends up in the bedroom
 where there's no where to go

 another
utilizes 
catching him literally asleep or just waking


 we tried to fool/lure him by offering him treats
 he only bought into that once

 recently
 toonman scooped him up right before giving him dinner
 i tried it the following morning
 it worked
 but 
it was clear he was on to us

 the next morning
 when 
i was in the bathroom
 he came in
 as he always does
i
 scooped him up 
ta da
success

 its going to be an interesting adventure 
in
 creative administration of meds
 a challenge
 we are hoping 
comes to a happy end
 soon 
with 
jack giving up/in and being 
as dr mohr called him
 a cool dude

collaboration



my friend janice
aka
cbw
who blogs
here
 took this photo


when i saw it 
i thought it looked like a painting



 so
 i edited it 
now
 it really looks like a painting

look up look down


the walk to the subway at 72 street is filled with photo ops
the light in the morning is gorgeous
i looked up 

then i looked down




thank you
to
Hilary
at
The Smitten Image

water tower wednesday


according
 to
 the iPhoto log
 this was taken in september 2012
 i have no idea where it is 
or
 if i posted this in the past 

remind me
 to tell you
 about the new espresso machine at the office
oh okay
 i'll tell you now

we've had nespresso machines for a long time
 they are quite good
 i am not sure how the topic of a real espresso machine arose 
but 
when i was asked to investigate them
 i discovered 
there were basically two kinds
automated or not 

the price differences were huge 

i reported this along with my recommendation
 we not buy one 

well
 i was over ruled

 a machine was purchased

 its basically manual
 which means
 you do everything
 from grind the beans to steam them
 if you want milk 
there's an additional steamer part

it arrived on monday
a co-worker spent hours 
assembling it 
after telling me
 it would be easy to set up 

right

she also made lots of signs
 instructions
 so
 the men in the office
 would be able
 to make themselves espresso

the one instruction
 that needed to be written
 BIG 
was
 the clean up after yourself instruction 

however
 that 
was at the very bottom of the list
 she posted

i spent most of tuesday
gloating
over how long it took to set up 
how many times she had to call for further instructions

it felt good

i am also going to be saying
i told you so
 it breaks down



blather

it was a busy weekend

 saturday
 i got to sleep in again
 yay me
 then some errands
followed by
 a visit to the vet
 jack's lungs are improving 
but not 100% yet
 the lovely dr mohr feels they could be 100%

 he still hates his inhaler treatment
 not even kitty crack 
will get him to cooperate
without some chasing

 of course
 he was a
 'cool dude' 
for dr m
 her words

 for us 
not so much

 we managed to get 
to the vet
 and
home
 between downpours

 sunday 
was even more lovely
 another sleep in
 some beautification™
 followed by brunch
 outdoors at citrus on amsterdam
 with
 my darling larry and his partner clint
 visiting from the big d 

i got a hair cut but this past thursday
 the blow dry of it on sunday
 revealed
 some odd lengths
 that blended in far better
 when tim did the blow dry after the cut 
but
 you know
 the good thing about hair

 it grows 


this is called
 a flipgram 
a puddlegram

mother's day confessions






so 
mother's day
a special day
but
 shouldn't we show love to our mothers every day

 sometimes
 it feels 
a bit like
 what toonman calls a card company holiday 

my mother passed away in 2001
 only a few months after my dad

 she was very much a woman whose life revolved around her family 
they lived in florida
 after their health began declining 
they stopped coming north twice a year 
we started going south at least once a year
 in fact 
we had purchased tickets to fly down there on march 9 2001
 we ended up flying down on march 2 

she passed on march 6
 in hospice
 my sister and i were holding her hands
 telling her
 it was okay to go 

i was not an easy child
 hard to believe
 i know

 i started walking when i was not even a year old
 i didn't want any one to hold my hand

 i always wanted to be out doing things 
she 
i am sure
 wished i wouldn't

i spent a lot of time lying to her
 she spent a lot of time being nosy
 nevertheless 
we loved each other

 she had so much patience
 i had none

 she wasn't a martyr
 but
 at times
 her selflessness drove me mad 
of course
 it didn't stop me
 from
asking her
 to sew on
 missing or loose buttons
 turn a hem
 once she asked me
 what i was going to do
 since i hadn't ever learned to sew 
(i can sew i just dont do it well)
 what would i do
 when she was gone 

very cavalierly
 i replied
 without hesitation
 go to a tailor 

after dad died 
we hired two lovely women to take care of her 
val was with her weekdays/nights 
priscilla was her weekend caregiver 
after mom passed
 val told me 
that 
every morning at 10
 when the phone would ring
 mom say
 here comes the lecture

 i didn't know if i should be hurt or laugh
 i thought 
my daily calls
 were
 my way of encouraging her
 to get up
 get out 
try to walk a bit 

she used them
 to tell me
 about all the things that were wrong with her 
why she couldn't do what i asked

 i am one of those people
 who
 just
 cannot 
understand 
any point of view
 other than my own

it was hard not to lecture
 certainly
 i never thought of it as a lecture

 now as i write this
 oh so many years later
 i see it was
 but
 it was done
 out of love
 (and frustration)

i didn't cry that day in hospice when she stopped breathing
 i didn't cry at her funeral

 months later
 in a moment
 when 
i felt this incredible sadness wash over me
 i cried

 i miss her more than i thought i would

 my independence
 is due to her not in spite of her 

what a surprise


i looked high and low for a photo of us together
she didn't like having photos taken
i liked being behind the camera
i knew there was one of us all together
it took me hours to find this
a not so great photo
 that i scanned eons ago
but there we are
mom me and my sister

blossom


dug deep
 into
 the iPhoto dog files 
for
 this puppy
took this shot 
of 
blossom
back in '11
down 
in riverside park 

puddle me this

hard to believe its may those april showers are lingering but for a photo nut like me that can be a good thing see for yourself



oh yeah
marshalls 
opened on broadway

those shoppers were there at
6:55 am
they didn't officially open til 8
they're blurry
 cause 
i was trying to make tracks
 between
the rain drops
on the way to the subway


a whole lot of blather

every time 
i think about something
 for instance
 a missing green leather shoulder bag 
or
 the receipt for my 35mm lens
 i am at the office or on the subway

 of course 
i forget
about it
 being unable to act on it

 this past weekend 
being pretty much a sloth
 having gone out 
only
 to do what needed to be done
 i first searched through 4 years of receipts
 i never 
throw
 anything away
 to find the receipt for my 35mm lens 

voila!

alas
 the extended warranty had expired
 so
 i will be calling B&H
 to find out
 how much it will cost 
to get the lens cleaned/polished 
if indeed
 the annoying spot 
i keep seeing on my photos
 is
 on
 the lens
not on the camera's mirror 

anyway
 in the process 
i also went through a lot of other papers
 still hoping
 that the stock certificates
 i don't have
 will 
magically appear 

i decided
 all 
the paperwork
 relating to toonman's hospitalizations in 2010/2011
 could be tossed 
along
 with
 the medical paperwork 
relating
 to our late cats 
gus and rosie 

that was saturday

 sunday
 i organized the top shelf in my closet
 looking
 for
 the aforementioned green shoulder bag
 it was not there

 i think
 i gave it to someone as a gift 
tho for the life of me
 i can't recall who 
i hope they're enjoying it

i also unearthed
weight watcher's original diet
i am going to start it
hope to lose that annoying 10 lbs
that's crept up and wont go way

that is all


thanks in advance



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Yanni's stray cat


























A stray female cat, about a year old, thin build, perhaps of the 'American Shorthair' breed (?) with green eyes, and light brown/white coat. She is friendly, comfortable in the company of people and charmingly inquisitive. She is a well behaved cat that is looking for attention and affection. For more information about this delightful cat call Yanni at 347 837 9775.

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Adorable puppy












Adorable, sweet, 9 week old black Golden Retriever/Lab mix puppy for adoption!!
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Breeder wants to euthanize - Help us find a home!
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Suzi the Shih tzu
















This is Susy, she is 4yo, shih tzu rescued from a neglectful owner. She was not walked, she had foot infections, her nails had never been cut. She pees and poops on pads/newspapers. Her owner was a 17 yo girl who loved her but whose mother refused to let the dog go out and over fed her. She weighs 20lbs and vet says she should be at 13lbs.  I already have her walking out on to street and peeing in dirt.
I took her to vet, she is up to date on vaccines etc, blood work done, spayed.
At first she growled and nipped at me, but within 2-3 days she has bonded with me. She has a feisty personality, she loves to play with toys, she gets along great with my big lab and my cats. She is fearful of people but is coming around really fast. She will be a great companion for someone.  The photo of her is on my couch after about 4 days. Huge improvement from first day.
For more info call Alex at 718-623-0883.

Thank you in advance.