times they are a changing


its the last day of august 2016
mornings are less bright
summer is winding down
fall is approaching
(not fast enough, still too much humidity)


there are
 silhouetted 
water towers
 to share!

perception



dental surgery
 on
thursday

spent
 friday and saturday
looking
like a chipmunk

sunday
 swollen distortion lessened

i am
so
 looking
forward
 to
 monday
 and
 my old face

penultimate fridaycation

periodontal surgery 
again
yesterday (thursday)
so 
i am making no plans for
today

like annie 


and the boys



i plan on chilling

the dome garden


the corner of 84 street at amsterdam avenue
is home to the community garden
picutred here

one of 600 city oases here in nyc
supported by 
neighborhood groups
 and 
the green thumb division 
of
 the parks department

they really are little gems

this one called the dome garden
(named for the dome project)
 defied death back in 1994
when it was to be razed 
in order
 to build 35 public housing units
it continues to thrive 
to bring 
visual and spiritual joy 
to the area



weekend reflection


truthfully 
i took that last weekend

this weekend
other than
 dinner out with a friend for her birthday
 i was a sloth

we did watch
batman vs superman
a terrible movie
i loved it

i love
 cheesy action movies
cant wait to see
suicide squad

fridaycation 12


this 
bucolic scene
 was shot 
from
 a very busy central park south:

handsom cabs aka horse and carriage rides
bike hawkers
pedicab hawkers
tour bus hawkers
all trying to lure the tourists 

behind the wall there lies the greenery of central park
the oasis in the middle of manhattan
1.31 miles give or take

a perfect place to spend a fridaycation
'cept i am not
alas
i have errands to do
beautification
and
a birthday dinner for a friend



dont worry it ends well

monday morning
all the kits ate their breakfasts
annie of course finished last
jack camped out at the water bowl
harry on the scratching pad

when i got home
toonman told me 
harry 
had spent the whole day on the pad 
hadnt wanted treats 

now thats 
very unusual

he had no interest in dinner
no interest in anything

i debated
 should we wait til friday when i could take him
 or 
should toonman take him on tuesday

toonman  
could take him either in the morning or late afternoon 
so tuesday morning with dr mohr it was

around 9:45
 dr mohr called my office
she explained
 harry had
a very
 very
severe
 allergic reaction
lesions in his ears, above his eye, on his nose, between his toes

oh my gawd

whats causing it?
turns out
its
 my
 fault

he has a very sensitive tummy
 he's been eating only science diet d/d for a year 
however
recently 
we were 'gifted' with some very good high end cat food
he didnt actually have any
but
 he does clean jack's and annie's bowls
AND
i had been putting some of the gravy from their food on his
i didnt want him to feel left out

dr mohr said
 licking the bowls was enough to do it

how guilty do i feel

EXTREMELY

now all of them will be on harry's food







i see you


the satellite dishes on that building look an awful lot like eyes to me

art on the street


sculptor isa genzhen's oversized orchids
greet visitors
to
central park





i was once gifted with live orchids
much like these
they bloomed
they died

sigh

don't shop, adopt .. save a life



 
this is a portrait of
Betty
drawn by my very talented artist 
animal lover friend Diana Faria 
some of you know her blog
which she publishes
as
Lily Hydrangea

if you live in the long island wantagh area 
or 
just want to take a drive and save a life 
consider visiting Last Hope's Wantagh Adoption Center

Sometimes, for whatever reason, a special kitten
gets overlooked by adopters. 

Black kittens 
unfortunately have a harder time 
finding homes 
even though Betty does her best to get noticed! 

She is definitely
a "people person" 
who loves to be held
and
will purr until she falls asleep in your arms

Come and meet Betty
at

fridaycation 11


its august
in 
new york

the means
heat
humidity
thunderstorms

popcorn storms
they called them on the news last night
cause
they'll be
popping up

corny

my plans:
beautification
and 
brunches
with
friends both local and from out of town

lets hope 
i neither melt nor pop

its there



way in the distance

honestly

this was taken
 back in november 
when friends were in from out of town 
and 
we went
 to the whitney
 and
 then 
to the highline

perspective


no, its not you
its me

sometimes
i look at things 
differently


 in cincinnati 
a
 few weeks ago

the brooding sky
the telephone lines
the birds

just 
seemed 
to 
want 
to 
lean

we be walking


new york is a city made for walking
sure 
we have
 one of the best public transit systems 
in the world

sure
 we have
 taxi cabs

sure 
we have
 uber 
lyft
 via
 and
 zipper

but
i think 
walking
 is the best way to see the city


fridaycation 10


maybe 
a day in the museum
maybe not

depends on
whether it rains or whether it shines

a conversation

my husband
got a 'new' doctor
his 'old' nephrologist was 'booted' upstairs
when two hospitals merged not long ago

the 'old' doctor 
who'd been caring for him for a number of years
 told him that he'd like the 'new' doc
and
 not to worry he'd still be around if he was needed

this week he saw the 'new' doc
apparently 
things aren't running as smoothly as before the merger
his appointment was for 9
 he didnt see the doctor till 10:30
he got home around 11:30

he called me
he said:
this is a kid a kid he's a kid
but 
he seems nice
we talked about my meds
about my medical history
you know
 i didnt remember 
when i had my heart attack

you never had a heart attack
  did you tell him you had a heart attack
you had by-pass surgery 
(among other things)
 did he not read your file

what did i ...
no, i didnt tell him
yes, he read the file
 did you know it was 2011
 i thought it was 4 years ago

he wants to see me again in 2 months
i said 
no disrespect
 but
 your predecessor agreed 
i could come in every 6 months
if my bloodwork is okay

we compromised at 31/2 months
there were no appointments in december
i got an appointment for the end of november

what day
what time 

i dont remember 

call and ask

they'll call to confirm

i want to put it my calendar

they'll call

i will call

its good you're my surrogate



i think i have too much time invested in this man to kill him

(yes, he meant advocate)






hello august


i reposted
 a post 
wherein 
i celebrated our wedding
 with
 the addition of a newish photo

 i tried to eliminate the older comments 
silly blogger 
its either turn on comments or turn off comments 
you cant allow new comments without leaving the old
confused?
i dont doubt it

anyway 
thanks you 
to 
everyone
that
figured out 
they could add their
 good wishes 
congratulations
via facebook
where 
for some reason
 the photos in the post
 were 
missing

we celebrated
 by 
ordering in
 chinese food 
and 
watching
 the good the bad and the ugly
 (extended version)

it rained all weekend
toonman did laundry
vacuumed
washed the kitchen floor
switched out the heavier bedding 


for lighter 


 harry checked it out


jack likes it too