if its wednesday, its ...

prince spaghetti day
 well
 it was
 when i was a kid
 not 
that my mom
 made
 prince spaghetti 
on 
wednesday
 or 
any day for that matter 

back in the day
there was a catchy commercial 
for prince spaghetti
 here's a link

here on my blog 
if its wednesday
 its usually
 water tower 
water tank 
day

 this week
 is
 no exception 

i snapped this on the way home last night
 i detoured from my regular route 
stopped at the pet food store 
then
 meandered up along west end
 i looked up 
there above collegiate's church 
was a water tower
 i know 
i have photographed before 
not for a long time 
not from this particular perspective 


weekend blather

this weekend
 it was 
almost spring like 
if 
you didnt mind
 wearing
 a coat and scarf 

the sun was strong
 the cold wind stronger

 early home 
friday

 massage facial lunch
some shopping
 with
 my oldest dearest friend
  saturday 

beautification and an hour spent with an apple genius
 sunday

 i am not going to bore you with the details
 mainly 
because
 the headache 
i got from the whole thing 
is finally fading
 i am optimistic
  the issue is resolved
 if its not 
well
 i am not ready to even think about it 

so 
lets all look at the pretty shadows
 i spied
 on
 the upper eastside 
on 
my way to the spa  


painted dogs

although
 toonman insisted
 these were hyenas
 he was wrong
 i told him
 you're wrong they are painted dogs
 he said
 they look like hyenas

 well maybe
 but
 no 
they are not

  they are
 painted dogs aka african wild dogs

 these are 2 of a litter of 6 
only a few months old 
they live with their parents
 in a large habitat 
with
 lots of room
 to
 run
 wrestle
 play
 and
 be seen
 at 
the cincinnati zoo 



if you'd like to know more about them here's a link

and then

there was 
the polar bear 
who found something
i think edible
 in the pool
 taking it with him
 as 
he walked through the waterfall 
much to my delight 


elephants

indulge me 
i love elephants
 i shot these in the order 
i am posting them
 because
 it amuses me 
i hope you enjoy them 
as 
much 
as 
i do








i'm back!

i am back
 the weather was perfect 
my friend mary and i
 packed a lot into 2 and 3/4 days

 we ate a lot of good food
 met up with some terrific people



 old friends seen
 new friends made
 lots of photos taken 

went to lebanon


 a small midwest town about 40 minutes from cincinnati
 had a fun lunch with some lovely ladies



 went to the cincinnati zoo 




 drove aimlessly
 around 
some of the interesting neighborhoods of cincinnati
 oogling
architecture 
murals
and 
flowering trees






 captured two glorious sunsets


all in all a wonderful time was had
but
i am glad to be home

not so wordless


i took this one morning 
as
 i walked to the subway 
the skies were not white 
but
 they were not blue 
either 

my back is a lot better 
when my lower back goes wonky 
i know what to do

 this mid-back stuff
 is not something 
i have a lot of experience with 
in fact
 the last time this happened
 was so long ago 
i barely recall 
what i did to make it go away 

i am leaving for cincinnati
 very early thursday morning
i'll be back on sunday

next week
i will regale you 
 with 
lots of photos 
and 
tales of adventure
 in 
the great state of ohio!

weekend antics

 i left the office around 3 friday
 it was a nice day
 a bit windy
 a bit less warm
 than
 a true spring day
 i think april is a fickle month
 trading 
warmish sunny days
 for 
cold windy rainy days
 with
 no thought 
to
 how mean that feels

my friend liisa
 is visiting from finland
 she and her significant other kimmo
 were at the eataly dinner 

i had gotten liisa a gift
 she always brings me something from finland
this trip was no different
 she brought me some luscious raspberry filled chocolates 
and
 a darling striped purse from marimekko


 way back in the day
 i was in love with marimekko
 i had several throw pillows covered in their iconic fabrics 
as well as
 a striped set of bed linen

 i got her
 a sparkly necklace 
which
 i 
forgot to bring to dinner
 forgot to bring it home on friday 
gah 
 i decided to go get it 
so 
i could give it to her sunday
 when we met for mani/pedis

liisa kimmo and i ended up meeting on saturday
 at the office 
i gave them a tour of the 43rd floor 
then we walked to brookfield place 
formerly known as the winter garden

where there's an exhibition
 of
artist heather nicol
 its a sound and sculptural installation
 of
 six large scale fabric forms
 that swirl gracefully overhead
 while sounds of voices in song
 can be heard 
tho not loudly 
not clearly
not really
because
 it competes
 with 
the din of voices 
from
 those
 eating
 sitting
 talking
taking photos
 below
 them



just one of the six sculptures

see the palm trees
they thrive 
under the dome 
of
 what will always be
 for me
 the winter garden


kimmo put aside his dislike of iphones
 he has a samsung
 to take this photo
 of
 liisa and me

sunday 
started off well
 then
 my middle back decided to spasm
not much fun that
so 
after the mani/pedi
really, did you think a spasming back would stop me from beautification?
i let liisa go meet kimmo for a picnic in central park

i went home 
 spending the rest of the day
 lying in bed 
with
 a heating pad and a book

this better get better fast
 i am off to cincinnati on thursday
for my yearly visit
 with my friends mary and jay
 and 
of course 
their sweet cat zozo

wimsey


earlier this week
 i was on my way to the subway
 headed to the office

i always
every day that is
i
 take a photo 
to use with my weather report app
 i share it on instagram
 its a thing i do

 that morning
 i spotted someone i knew
 sort of 

thats wimsey
 he's a getting on in years hound
  i met last summer in riverside park
 i photographed him then
 and
 if i wasnt so lazy
 i would go find that photo
 share it or link to it 
but 
i am lazy

i am also
 really
 not 
a fan
 of
 change
 visual change
any change
 in
 how 
things 
apps 
and
 such 
that i use

 if i ever consider participating in a beta test again
 shoot me 
or 
at the very least
 slap 
 me

frustration
 has
 abounded
 all the weeks months of this beta thing
 i think we're near the end of it

 the word beta 
is no longer on the photo icon
 in the icloud

 there was an upgrade
 to the operating system on friday 
the emojis are now sorted differently
 i hate it 

the syncing
 of
 iPad
 iPhone
 with/to
 iTunes
  required
 one to plug
 the 
iwhatever  into the iMac
 launch
 iTunes 
change a setting

 i did this
 but
 the fucking iPhone still insists on it being done

 i
 have
 done
 it

 gawd 

i hate things like this
 really
they make me want to scream curse and throw things

 patience is not part of my make up
 but 
you knew that

eataly

yup new to me this huge store with 3 or 4 restaurants i joined friends for dinner out i may not need to eat again for several days ...


hard cider


a menu geared more toward meat eaters 


really good sour dough bread
 is 
served in a paper wrapper 
with
 evoo to dip it in


 battered mushrooms



mussels in beer broth

four
 amazingly
 similar looking 
but
 very different tasting desserts
 panna cotta 
tirata
 some amazingly yummy chocolate layer cake
 profitteroles

 we all got a spoon 

some of us double dipped

apres le deluge

after the rain
 the downpour
 i walked across 23rd street
 headed for the subway 

of course
 i looked up 


stuff and nonsense





took friday off 
of course
 that made me think
 saturday was sunday

 usually
 that sort of kerfuffle 
happens at the end of may
 when my fridaycations begin

this year 
passover and easter happen simultaneously
 with 
good friday and the first night of passover
 on the same day/evening

 we dont really celebrate passover 
tho



 i always buy a small box of matzoh 
occasionally
 i indulge with a log of sweet gefilte fish


 some strong red horseradish
 i like both 
tho 
not more than once a year

  speaking of food
 notice the graceful segue
 i came across a website called






they take veggies like 
sweet potato beets zucchini carrots rutabaga turnip 
run them through a pasta maker
 so they become long noodles 
but 
there's no gluten involved

 so far
 i have had the zucchini not bad but not as good as the sweet potato
 i still have the beet to try 
they have a 14 day from purchase freshness guarantee
 by the way
 no one paid me
 or 
gave me free samples
 to say nice things about 

found them 
on my own
 bought them
 decided they were yummy enough
 to tell you about
 tho 
i am sure there are those among you 
who could make these noodles yourself
 not me 

i thought about taking a photo
 last night
 after i finished the easy prep they need 
but
 no
 i ate the whole mess
 without stopping
 for a photograph 

anyway
 yum

the apple photo beta program
 i have been participating in
 must be coming close to roll out 
because 
there were two upgrades this past week 
causing me to have duplicate photos 
not a function of the upgrade 
so much
 as it being due
 to
 my impatience
 and 
emailing myself photos
 that didnt automatically 
populate 
photo app on my iMac 
with 
photos taken on my iphone 
and
 vice verse 
if i ever do another beta test
 i will remember
 patience is necessary 

another
 interesting to me 
outcome of the near completion of the beta
is that my weather app
 now adjusts
 the date on the weather 
to match the meta date on the photo

 being me
 i found a way round it
 i know none of this is stuff you care about 
so
 i won't explain it here 
if you care to know email me

what else 

errands on friday
 after the dermatologist appointment
 which was illuminating
 i learned
we dont just lose fat in our faces
 we also lose bone 

 those no longer full cheeks
 are gone
 because of both
not just one

 that is
 if you ever had a full face 
i didnt
 tho 
my cheek bones are less prominent 

i walked a lot on friday
 almost a much as i do 
when i am at the office
 thats almost 3 miles a day 
with no effort exerted at all 

saturday
i walked even more
 having to do a few more errands 
i didnt do 
 because 
it was raining friday

saturday
 was dry
oh my good golly
 it was cold
 there was a wind 
that was strong enough
 to make you feel
you could be knocked over 
at some intersections
 like
 west end avenue
 a wind tunnel
 even on slightly windy days
 icy cold to boot
 brrr

 sunday
 marked the first day of easter




 sunny wind free with temps
 teasing
 of
 real spring
but
 not quite making it all the way

lets hope this week we finally make it to spring for real



little guy in the striped sweater


he's pulling because i was crouching down to get his photo 
his person was unaware

clearly he wanted his photo taken!

friday friday

i took today off 
a few things
 i wanted to do

 i rarely take time off
  i have a ton
 of
 vacation and personal days
 accrued
 tho no one ever keeps count

i made sure
 everything was neatly compartmentalized
 so my absence wouldn't be much noticed 
plus
 its good friday and the first night of passover 
lots of people will not be in 
those who are in
 will be leaving early

 it was a not very busy week
yet
 there were still things
 which
weren't 
as they should be

 i was convinced 
there was a full moon
 but 
no there wasn't 
nevertheless
 the loonies were out in force 

not even worth talking about

 i am so glad
 the week is done
 even tho its not a pretty day 
i am going to get out and do 

do what

 oh things



i took this photo a week or so ago
 i love the way rain makes
 the street 
so shiny 
i love the way rain make the lights
so shimmery
 dont you?