up or down


my mom
 used to say
 she was sure
new york city would be wonderful
 once they finished it

downtown there's a lot of construction
a lot

and an airplane!


its amazing the things we see and the things we dont

i was so busy
 trying
 to get those budding trees
 to be part
 of
 my water tower photo
 i didnt see the airplane



eye-catching


another 
stopped me in my tracks
 image

not that
 i think
 it would have done the same for you 
necessarily

back to work monday morning

i think it got me seeing things differently 
or 
maybe just seeing things

i wont relate all of it 
but
 i had the weirdest dream
 sometime
 before 
i woke on monday morning

in it
 i knew
 i was dreaming

in it
 i thought 
i kept waking up
yet i was still dreaming

cue the twilight zone music

when i finally did wake up
i sat on the edge of the bed
i said out loud
i am awake
i am definitely awake


hugs given


this is willie
he belongs to my periodontist

thursday morning before my surgery
willie let me give him some serious hugs

yup, not my best

well its been some week
tuesday
 started off on the wrong foot
 or 
should i say wrong day

i thought it was wednesday
so 
i started the antibiotic 
my dentist asked me to begin
 the day before the dental surgery
 scheduled for thursday

still with me?

as i swallowed i remembered it was tuesday
duh

at the office i spilled coffee on a white silk blouse
i spent an hour or two chasing after a 'lost' check
of course it wasn't lost the recipient well ...best left unsaid 

shortly after lunch my tummy began aching

on the way to vote i felt not so great
when i got home i went to bed
it wasn't much later when i became really sick
i will spare you the details 
but
 i spent a lot of time in the loo
little time in bed
no sleep

wednesday
the real wednesday
i stayed home
i felt like a mac track had hit me
i slept almost the entire day

thursday morning
was the dental surgery
when i got home i was spacey and tired
i slept on/off
in between ice packs

last night the dentist called to check on me
he said tomorrow 'you will not look your best'

i am swollen but far from less than i imagined
hey
 the day is young
 and 
the swelling isn't expected
 to recede for 3-5 days

now that i have caught you up
i am going back to sleep

i am turning off the comments
i am thanking you in advance
 for all the well wishes i know you'd send







morning sky


yes, there the contrast could be better
but
i did play with it a bit
ended up disliking the fix

that sky
 that 
literally
 stopped me
 in my tracks 
 got me to cross the street for a better POV
on the way
 to the subway 
tuesday
morning

intrude


intrude
is an installation
by
australian artist 
amanda parer

in brookfield place
inside and out
7 bunny rabbits
through april 30


its purpose aside from being fun to see
is to draw attention to a more serious 
environmental issue
australia is apparently being overrun by rabbits

perhaps the irish could give them advice ... 

oops

i had a lovely weekend
even 
tho
i had little to no voice

some people
thought i should just not talk


i had a fabulous massage and facial
indulged in some wonderful coffee
i did some walking
i took some photos

families were out 


were the buds on the trees


what better way to start the day
than by
indulging 
and
pretending
 to be
 in paris on a true spring day in april?


so nice i got distracted and forgot to post!

on a bench


one day a week or so ago
during 
one of my lunchtime walks
i went
 down
 to
 the south street seaport
 around
 the tip of manhattan
 back to the office

 along the way
 i spotted
 this guy and his dog 
just sitting there 
on a bench 

he saw me pointing the phone
his pup was busy watching the traffic

as i got closer 
i said:
 he's so handsome
is he friendly

yes,
he replied

may i pet him?

sure,
he said

and
 i did

in the churchyard


the trees 
in 
the churchyard
actually 
the cemetery
surrounding
st paul's chapel
are budding

see it there?


i turned
 this 
very busy photo
 into
 a monochrome

because
 its 
so busy 
so cluttered
 i thought
 it might be easier 
to
 spot the water tower 

of course
 now 
you cant see
 where its signed

 oh well

spring?


took 
this last week
it felt more like autumn than spring
maybe
i feel like autumn
'cause i have a rotten cold

no, i guess there are no good colds

deja vu

 over the last few years
every
cold 
i have come down with 
started
with a sore throat

saturday evening
 i had a headache

i thought
 it was likely due
 to the midweek dentist appointment 
when my periodontist got a first hand view
 of 
the 'teeth' under the now temp bridge

he
 tugged
 hard
getting the temp off
while
i am tough
 it wasn't fun
the result 
a headache off/on

during the night i woke with a sore throat

deja vu all over again

sunday morning
i debated the wisdom of going out 
surely
 i thought 
a visit to polished a quick stop at zabars 
wouldn't be so bad

then
 i thought 
you know 
maybe
 for once 
be smart 
stay in rest




staying in won

even in the rain


i love dogs
i do

every so often
tell my husband
we should get a dog

after easter weekend
after spending the afternoon
with
our friend's two fabulous dogs
we both admitted a dog would be great

but

as 
he put it
we have one cat too many

truth is
its not
 just
 the cats

its
tiny
apartment

its
having to walk them
can 
be a good thing

and 
not
 so
 good thing

i mean
i would have to get up at 4
to 
walk the dog
so 
i could feed the cats by 5
in order
to 
get to the office by 7

i shudder even thinking about it

then
 there's weather

dogs 
may not like
the freezing cold
of winter
the heat/humidity 
 of summer
yet
 they
 need
 to go out

even in the rain

Robert Frost's "Two Tramps in Mud Time"





 "The sun was warm but the wind was chill.
                                          You know how it is with an April day
                                          When the sun is out and the wind is still,
                                          You're one month on in the middle of May.
                                          But if you so much as dare to speak,
                                          A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
                                          A wind comes off a frozen peak,
                                          And you're two months back in the middle of March."



spotlight


walking up 
to the subway
i saw this guy

i cant be 100% sure
but
i think he stole a newspaper
from
the front steps
of one of the buildings


what a weekend

friday 
was 
such a lovely day
after
 the rain left
 that is

the forecast
 for
 the weekend
 wasn't great

add to wintery temps 
the beginning
 of 
the remodeling of my mouth

too many years ago for me to recall
 how long its been
i had a permanent bridge installed 
over
 around
 and 
through
 my upper teeth

over these many years
 i should have charged my food a toll 
then
 the cost of 
repair 
replacement
 remodel
would have  
less stress on my bank account

i might have actually gone a few more years
 before major renovation was needed
but things happened

anyway

saturday 
was
 the first step
 toward
 what likely
 will be
 months
 if not at years
 of 
dental visits


the rain 
supposed
to happen
 late in the day
started
 before 
i even stepped out of the house

 a mere drizzle uptown
was
a major downpour
midtown

umbrellas were popping up
even under the
calder


the only one happy about the rain
the umbrella vendor
his chant of
five dollars five dollars five dollars
carried him across 57th street


several hours later
mouth mostly numb
i
headed uptown

the rain
gone
leaving
wet streets
blooming trees


beautification happened
seriously 
did you think 
2+ hours in a dentist chair 
would stop me beautfying


sunday 
was 
a lovely 
sunny day
the wind 
however
icy and strong
 enough
 to 
blow people away


hold on tight and walk fast


thanks in advance


I am reposting this article for
Best Friends Animal Society
an organization
my sister and i support and want to help


Best Friends Animal Society
A special puppy with special needs

This lovely bundle of puppy is Parker! He romps, he runs, and he's had lifesaving help from Love on a Leash Dog Rescue in Maryland. Parker was born with dysphagia, a difficulty swallowing. Any food or drink by mouth can be very dangerous for him. So his veterinarian inserted a feeding tube and voila! Parker eats blended soft foods and thinks the world is grand!

Parker specializes in being upbeat. Love on a Leash says he is great with other dogs and adores all the people that he meets, and he’s looking for either a person or a rescue group who could love him, special needs and all. Parker may require a peg feeding tube for the rest of his life. Like any puppy, he’s exuberant and loves to explore with his teeth so he does need monitoring to keep him safe from any tasty morsels that might be on the ground.

Eastern Seaboard, please open your hearts so that our Best Friends No More Homeless Pets Network partner can find this boy the love he needs. Feel free to call Love on a Leash at 800-296-8455 if you want to meet Parker or have any leads. You can also email them at loveonaleashdogrescue@yahoo.com.

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Photo
Photo

rosalie






rosalie
aka
rosalita
is
a rescue

she is 65 pounds of muscle
pet her, she feels like velvet
she's sweet
she's loving
she's incredibly well behaved
she thinks she's a lap dog

she's a pit bull

a breed that has a bad rep
not
 because they are bad dogs
no
those that act badly
 do so
 because the people 
who 
 trained them to be mean/aggressive
or 
mistreated them
or both

bad people


make a fist


one of my favorite parks
is
penny park
aka 
nelson rockefeller park
its not far from my office
it was a nice day for a walk 
its got a nice view of the river 
and
its inhabited
 by
little people
 the sculptor
 tom otherness created

no foolin'