weekend recappage

friday's
dentist appointment
took
 about an hour out of my fridaycation
 not bad at all 

then
 i wandered
 down 
park avenue
 capturing
 alice aycock's paper chase sculptures
  this one
 is called
 hoop-la


walked across 53 street 
to the river
 to 
sutton place park 

turns out 
sutton place park
is a series
 of 
little parks
 at the end of each street
 from 53rd to 59th
 in between 
there are all sorts of buildings
 large 
small
 private 
all
 have 
private gardens and/or little private streets
 sutton place
 is 
very
 chi chi

i peeked 
through
 a leaf covered fence
 to
 snap this photo
 of
 a private street


wouldn't
 you love
 to 
step out
of 
your 
city house/apartment 



into
 a tree sheltered pathway
a little garden
 with 
a little table and chairs
 to
 look out on the river


 as you sipped 
your morning tea/coffee
 or 
your evening glass of wine/cocktail? 

i would

in another life perhaps

saturday 
was errand day
laze around the apartment day

sunday
beautification
in preparation for monday back to work
i can't believe june is over

what did you do?




petit chiot pelucheux français


 i spotted
 this
 little fluffy french pup
(petit chiot pelucheux français)
 outside
 a boulangerie
(bakery)
 in paris 
couldnt resist getting its photo 

fridaycation

its friday
 its fridaycation
 also
 dentist visit friday

 second visit 
for
 the root canal

 i am hoping
 its the final one
 that
 i dont have to do again
 not
 that its bad

 its not pleasant
 its not unpleasant
 its a waste 
of
 a friday morning
 better spent
 being lazy
 sleeping in
 or 
getting ready
 to
 go do something
 that 
is
 pleasant

 i will be
 weather permitting 
wandering 
down
 park avenue
to
 capture 
more 
of 
the paper chase sculptures
 before
 they are gone 

maybe
 a wander 
to
 sutton place park
 to
 see
 the queensboro aka 59th street aka ed koch bridge 
the esplanade 
the shot
 woody allen made famous in his film 
manhattan

we'll see

meanwhile
apropos of nothing
there's this


thanks in advance

I am
 reposting
 this article
 for
 Best Friends, 
an organization
 I support and want to help 
Save Them All®.”

Best Friends Animal Society
Bastet the Love Bug
Wants to See Home!
Bastet, born with a partial left eye, was the friendliest stray cat ever. She leapt right into foster life, happy to be among people and her interesting new indoor world! Mt. Olive TNR Project in New Jersey, a Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network partner, sponsored eye surgery for Bastet, to prevent infection and help her get adopted. Having only one eye hasn't stopped Bastet's playful, happy spirit. Once the fur grows back in, she will be a gorgeous love bug, ready to fit right in to her new adoptive home!
Unfortunately, Bastet's good eye remained dilated after the surgery. It means she has a little trouble seeing things far off, like toys that roll too far away. An opthalmologist will try to fix this, but Bastet's foster mom says the sweet girl plays, eats, and snuggles just like before the operation. She's a normal kitty with a unique point of view!
Bastet is also FIV positive, but she is so docile and gentle that she lives safely with her foster mom's other FIV negative cats. Can you help Bastet find a home just right for her? She wants belly rubs and room to play. Pretty simple requirements for a great lifetime companion!
Please go to Mt. Olive TNR, to fill out an adoption form, if you or someone you know has a home for beautiful Bastet. You can also share her Petfinder link, but she's so much cuter in real life. This Budd Lake, New Jersey girl wants to see you up close and personal! She'll melt your heart. And win your love.
Together, we can Save Them All®.



Save Them All
To help the animals:
If you would like to know more about Best Friends Animal Society, please go to bestfriends.org.

a new perspective

because 
i spent a lot of time
 wednesday morning
 searching
 for my fitbit 
i was behind schedule

 when i got the subway 
the express was there
 i hurried
 carefully 
down the steps
 into
 the car closest to me

 it let me out 
several cars 
further down 
the 42nd street times square station platform

usually
 i am one of the first 
up the stairs 
yesterday
 morning
 i was at the back of the herd 

it allowed me
 a chance 
to snap a shot 
from
 a new perspective



oh yeah 
the fitbit
well 
i searched everywhere
before leaving for the office

toonman did as well

it really was odd
i always put it in the same place

when i got home
i sat on the bed thinking 
moved my hand
something 
was
 under the cover
between 
the top sheet
the cotton comforter

seriously
i had 
looked
 moved the sheet 
the cover
 the pillows

toonman did as well 
before
 making the bed

we decided 
the cats took
it
hid it there
 after 
the bed was made

no?

well then
 you come up with a reason
 it was 
not there
 and 
then it was

weekend blather

it was a lovely weekend 
as reported
 going into it
 i had no appointments of a medical nature
 yea me 
so
 friday
 i met a woman
 who i know through instagram
 its fun to meet people
 who share interests

 she was on her lunch hour
we walked into central park at fifth avenue 
wandered up
 to
 the mall
 headed to bethesda fountain 
talking
 taking photos
 as
we wandered

 the mall is a busy area
 on a lovely day 
there are

 artists


the bubble man


musicians 


saturday
 is errand day
 sure
 i could do errands on friday
 since i am home 
but 
i want my fridaycations
 to be
 all about me

 how does that differ from the rest of week
 i guess
 it doesn't 
but 
lets not dwell on that

there was construction at calhoun
 a private school on west end avenue


there was construction
 on broadway
 the hood is getting a new restaurant
 called brgr
 the menu looks good 
they even have veggie and turkey burgers 
yea me


we also went to riverside park 
as did half of the upper westside
the other half were in central park

aside from
 the art 
the runners
the bikers
there
were
picnickers


sunday
of course
 it was beautification day
 be lazy day 
cause
monday
 is
 back to work day

we went for a walk

in riverside park

when we see art


toonman uses a flip


 he gets close ups


he gets long shots


he get reactions from his subjects

mo

yup
 that's his name

 he belongs
to 
danny kean
 aka piano man danny kean


that's mo on top of the piano


that's danny on the keyboard




you can read about
mo
his predecessor boner aka bo
and danny's
raggin' piano boogie
 here 

 i stumbled onto them 
back in mid May
 when
 i went to the instagram get together
 in
 greenpoint brooklyn

fridaycation

no dentist appointment
 almost no cold left
 its not going to rain
 i might be meeting a friend to go photo hunting
 feels
like
 a real fridaycation to me 
yes!


feels like

summer is here
calendar says its still spring


 toonman put the air conditioners in

 that should tell you a lot
 since
 he really tries to put
 that off 
as long as possible

 got unbearable hot last night
floor fan came out
 so we didn't suffocate

 our friends 
who own the building
 have an air unit
 its one of those box things
 that 
sit on the ground for central air 
its literally
 outside
 our bedroom window

 last night 
it started up
 turned on
 at
 11:30 
it was so loud 
so intense
 our bed vibrated
 it woke us

 anyway 
now with our windows closed
 we won't notice it as much 
personally
 i think 
the unit is loose
 vibrations are due to that
 it seems 
thats
 just
 my 
opinion

 okay 

moving right along

 my cold seems finally to be abating
 i had been taking muscinex
 tuesday i went without

 less coughing
 less nose blowing
 all good things
 even 
better 
is 
 toonman didn't catch it 
oh yeah 

what else

 lets see

 i am about to kiss time warner goodbye
 yup
 making 
the move
 to 
directv

 unbelievably
 its an nth of the cost 
for the same stations 
plus 
they actually install for free 
there's no charge for the hardware

 a friend referred us
 so both 
of
 us
get
 $10 a month credit for a year

  win
 win
 win

thank goddess
 the subway cars are air conditioned 
because 
the platforms are not


stuff

i hope 
all
 the fathers
 had
 a lovely father's day
 i miss mine every day
 yesterday was no different

 i took the weekend off 
i beautified
 i brunched
 but 
the blog muse was missing

cold cough snot linger
 add to that
 the first installment of a 'complicated' root canal
 was friday

 i am not liking 
these intrusions
 to my fridaycations
 but
 since 
i take fridays off 
it seems wrong
 to use
 any other
 'work' time
 for 
medical stuff 

no pain
 no discomfort
 i was told
 not 
to eat 
anything
 sticky or hard
 on the side
 where
 the root canal is underway

 i am eating on the other side
avoiding
 sticky/hard 
anyway

  it was a beautiful weekend
 toonman
 got father's day cards 
from 
his daughters 
his cats
 forgot 

they also forgot mother's day
 so 
they're not making a statement 
or 
maybe they are

i got to my endodontist appointment
 on friday
 very early 

one never knows 
how long
 it will be
 til a bus comes along 
i gave myself over an hour
 it took maybe 20 min door to door 

 it gave me a chance 
to look at
 the 
park avenue paper chase
 an installation of sculptures
 by
 alice aycock
 here's a link 
but 
if you're a new yorker
 go
 look
 at them 
in person

 they're fabulous

this one
 is
 called
 cyclone twist 


thanks in advance


I am
 reposting
 this article
 for
 Best Friends, 
an organization
 I support and want to help 
Save Them All®.”



Best Friends Animal Society
Amazing Mike the Biker
Wants to Ride With You
Mike's heart-shaped nose pretty much tells the tale—he is all love. But only those who know him well can see this. Mike's early life as a stray made him so fearful that when he arrived at the Dessin Animal Shelter in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, he cowered and trembled trying to avoid all contact. You can see in Mike's video what an amazing boy he is now!

What a great bike companion! What a dear, happy guy, fetching in the river! All Mike needs is a little time to get to know you, and he lights up with love. Sadly, a local meth lab arrest will send many new dogs to the Dessin shelter soon, so space there is at a premium. Mike has waited long enough to find his own loving home. Can you help him make that connection? Please share his Petfinder profileand show your friends Mike's winning video.

You can reach Kathy via email atkadams3232@gmail.com or on her phone at(570) 689-4847; or contact the Dessin shelter atDessin@ptd.net or (570) 253-4037 to meet Mike. Truly, this sweet survivor is ready to follow his heart-shaped nose to full-time happiness.

Together, we can Save Them All®.



Save Them All
To help the animals:
If you would like to know more about Best Friends Animal Society, please go to bestfriends.org.
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panda


spotted
 this cutie
 on one of my recent walks with toonman

 this might have been the day 
we did
 a quick
 up and back
 along the promenade
 to
 the people's garden
 between
 rain falls 

we made it 
almost
all the way home
 before
 it 
poured

i have no idea
 what 
this pup's name is
 but
 she/he
 looks 
like
 a panda
 to 
me

just a cold

that's what he said
 its just a cold

 i waited almost an hour
 wait
 let me tell you
 how annoying
 it is
 to get to an appointment a little early
 sit in the waiting room
 for at least 15 minutes past the appointment time
 then
 sit in the exam room
 for almost a half hour
 before 
the doctor comes in 
without even a sorry

 add to that
 the 'nurse'
 who weighed me fully clothed
 reads the scale
 says
 take off 2 pounds for clothing

 what about my shoes? 

then
 asks me:

 are you unsteady on your feet 

do you feel lightheaded

 have you fallen in the past year

 ok
 so i lied about that
 since it seemed
 admitting
 i fell not once but 3 times this winter
 would
 surely have her
 sending me to assisted living
 or
one of those obama death panels 

am i able to do for myself

do what
i wanted to ask

it was a wonder my blood pressure was normal




begone damn cold

i have
had it 

its been over week
 this miserable cold
 isn't just lingering
 it feels as if its getting worse

 my nose hurts
 inside and out

 i cough
 i sound horrible

i get 
no comfort 
from the fact
that
 whatever
 this icky mess
 is
 i am not alone

 3 of my co-workers have it

 our office
 sounds
 more
 a doctor's waiting room
 with
 all the coughing
 wheezing
 nose blowing
 throat clearing

 jeez 

i decided
 i couldn't stand it one more day
 so i called my doctor
 i know
 mary
 i promised
 i would call on monday
but
 i am not one to run to the doctor for a cold

now
 i dont think
 its
 just a cold
 i am thinking 
its
a sinus infection
 for which
 there's meds
 vs
 a cold
 for which
 there's nothing you can do
 but 
drink liquids and rest

 anyway
 i am seeing my doctor
 today
 (thursday morning)

 meanwhile
 here's a shot
 my phone took
 on its own 
when
 i went to the dentist 
last friday


sunday in the city

i am feeling a little better
 tho i am still congested
 cough/blow nose repeat

i did beautify
 listen
 my hair 
was
 just
 gross
being in a sick bed sweaty yuck
 it feels good to look good

 i look like crap
 i put on lipstick 
it made me feel less crappy

 there was a street fair 
 from 72nd to 86th 
on 
the uptown side of broadway



 there was a cronut stand
 i considered it
 i could share it with toonman
 i was going to stop on the way home 
in the end 
i decided not to indulge 



advantages to being home sick

there are 
some advantages
to being home sick 

getting to sleep as long as you want 
or
 as long as 
your cough congested head/chest permit 
is
 high on my list

 i woke
 to
 a
 chirp chirp chirp 
that didn't sound familiar

 truthfully
 i know nothing about birds
 can't tell a sparrow from a house finch
 but
 i do know
 we have
 both 
jays and mourning doves
 frequenting 
our small cement backyard
 by our 
i mean the brownstone's
 not mine

 there are also pigeons 
they fly around a lot 
roosting on areas 
which have been 
supposedly
 made
 pigeon proof

 nothing
 deters 
those flying germ bags

 jays
 have a distinctive caw

 mourning doves
 sound very sad
sort of like a fog horn

 this 
chirp chirp chirp
was different

 once i was up i forgot about it 
til 
i saw
 the cats in the bedroom
 sitting
 low down
 looking up

 there on the neighbor's boathouse 
yes 
they built this thing that houses their boat 
i have no idea 
how
 they got the boat
 through their house
 and 
into the yard
 but ... 

anyway
 i spy the cats spying
 so 
i bend down
 look up 

there
 on top of the boat house
 is 
a bird
 i think is a female cardinal

i decide to get a photo 

of course
 by the time
 i got back 
with
 the long lens
 she was gone

 i left the camera there
 so
 next time
 i would be prepared

 it took 2 days of waiting
 but 
i finally got a photo

 now
 i warn you
 i shot through a screen
 into
 heavy shade
 so
 its not 
one
 of 
or
or
or
beautiful bird shots


in that photo
you can't see her tuft
or 
her coloring

so i googled
got this



its what she looks like

i think she's got a nest nearby
maybe i will get a better shot maybe not



nameless cutie

i met this pup several weeks ago
 at the instagram meet in greenpoint

 i know
 i learned his name 
but 
i have since forgotten it 
my bad

 nevertheless
 he is a handsome lad 
i believe he's a hunter
 i know 
he's not a beagle
 but 
again
 i dont remember
 exactly
 what his breed is

 i am sure 
someone 
who reads this will know 


meanwhile 
i am feeling somewhat better 

better enough
 to be joining my sister
 for a belated
her birthday was actually wednesday
 birthday brunch
fitting
we brunch on the day i feature dogs
because
 she's the one 
who sends me those
 help needed 
posts

a true animal lover

a terrific sister

google google google

many many years ago
 i had a picasa account
 it linked to the blog 
made editing easy peasy

along came picnik
 i embraced picnik 
stored my photos there
 it too linked easily with my blog 

google swallowed picnik
 changed it
 made it less appealing 
but
 somewhere along the way 
google
 told me
 to store photos on picasa i would need to pay or lose them

 panicked i would lose all my photos access
 i agreed
 i am not sure when 
 i learned 
to hate google
 but i did
 i do

 as a search engine its wonderful
i refuse to even try its microsoft competitor 
my hate for microsoft
 is even greater than for google

 i stick with google for my blogs
 only because
 i am too lazy
to learn
to build/maintain 
my own website

wednesday
a pink banner
 appeared
 across the top of my gmail


it encouraged me 
to click and update my payment info for my google storage 
i clicked
 it took me to a page
 where i had to agree or decline the new rules
 since 
i didn't want
 to continue 
google storage
 i declined

 click here
 it said
 to quit google storage 

click i did
 took me to another page 
where i was told to click
 that
 took me back to the beginning
 GAH

 so
 i initiated a google call
 you fill out a form
give them your # 
they call you 
from 
whothefuckknowswhere

 i spoke to 'matt' 
my email address had to be told/read/spelled to him
 four times
 before he 'got' it
 then 
he said 
he'd cancel my google storage
a confirmation would be emailed

today (thursday)
i got an email
 from google
 telling me 
they tried to call 
but couldn't reach me
 so please
 tell them what i wanted

 finally
 i spoke for 15 minutes to 'mark'
 who i verbally abused 
because
 i am not a nice person and i was fed up

'mark' was only able to end my google wallet
 what? 
 i dont use google wallet 
i dont want google wallet

 he apologized
 but
 that was all he could do

 after questioning my clarity of thought
 because why would i want to end this relationship
 i told him
 i was old enough to be his mother
 that his questioning my decision was insulting 
finally 
he cut my ties with something i never had
 then
 told me 
i had to hold on 
while he transferred me
 to 
someone
 who
 could end
 my google storage

 wtf? 
was that not why i called?
 he apologized
he was only able to help with wallet issues
 aaaaaaaaargh
 i agreed
 in a very testy way
 to be put on hold
 while he transferred me
 to
 a storage ender

 another 4 minutes elapsed
 he returned to say 
no need to transfer me
 he had successfully ended my google storage

 he began again to tell me all i would miss out on 
i hung up

 the pink notice
 continues 
to hang above my gmail 

 now
 if i click 
it takes me to a page 
chiding me 
on
 attempting to access
 something i am not permitted access to!

oh google
i think i might be hating you more than i do microsoft

this rant brought to you by my being home sick with the world's worst cold