westside community garden


the annual tulip festival is on


West 89-90th St between Amsterdam and Columbus

saturday in the park ...

along with thousands of my close personal friends

on cherry hill


under 
and 


on 
bow bridge


maybe rename it
selfie bridge?

busy harbor


ferries
small craft
tourist tours
freighters

its a very busy harbor
but
if you expected anything else
you dont know
nyc

advertising space


after jack's vet visit on monday 
as we waited for the m5
toonman pointed out 
that billboard was available
and 
did i notice there were water towers

yes i did

yes i added the words

baskin' in the sun


that turtle was sunning himself 
this past sunday
it was sunny
but
oh my
there was an icy wind blowin'
he seemed oblivious

uptown

my friend amy said
lets meet uptown for bunch
 its been at least 2 weeks 
since you've been

she was right

two weeks since toonman was in hospital
time flies

so we met at community
a very noisy place
lucky for us it was 2:30ish
crowd was thinning
and
we got a table in the back 'balcony'

brunch with amy is always fun
we both love to order lots and share

afterwards
we wandered down broadway
stopped into
h mart
a korean market
lots of things one doesnt need but still wants


and
topped it off 
with
 a water tower 
moment

spring clean up


the snow
 from 
last week's (4th) nor'easter
was
still lingering along the curbs
but
our neighbors are sprucing up 
for
spring


pastel palaces


sunday 
was
 an odd duck 
of 
weather day

around
 4:45
 the skies lightened
turning
 the townhouses/brownstones 
on 81st
into
pastel palaces

banksy is back!


sunday
i took this on
corner of 14th and 6th avenue

monday 
its  longer there

apparently
 the owners of the building
 dont appreciate rogue art





on corner 
of 
houston street and the bowery
70-foot-long mural
 protests
 the incarceration 
of
 turkish-kurdish artist 
zehra dogan

and now ... this





st luke's hospital
is
a short walk 
from
 some amazing photo op sites
like
the cathedral of st john the divine




Man plans, God laughs

when last i posted
i was about to fly off to the UK
i was worried about toonman 

well

i was right to worry
and
i never made it to the UK

yup

man plans, god laughs
its one of my favorite sayings
never more so than these last 14 days


so to reassure you he's okay
there he is this past sunday

one 
day
home
from
hospital

yup

the short-ish version is 
after flights were cancelled thursday/friday 
we thought maybe
we'd fly out on saturday evening
but 
on saturday afternoon
toonman's 'cold' turned rather nasty
into 
hospital he went

he did NOT have the flu
if he had 
they'd have given him 
some meds and sent him home



nope
he had a respiratory virus
when combined with his asthma 
caused him to be unable to breathe

on sunday
he was off 
the hannibal lechter mask
onto
a cannula


contagious
he was stuck in isolation
visitors were gowned/masked
(i think he should have been masked as he was the germ-y one)


he progressed slowly
lots of tests
lots of nebulizing


one night when i got home from hospital
i decided to make blueberry biscuits
i planned on eating one


i ate them all


lots of other things happened that week
including a nor'easter


he was no longer contagious
he was moved into a room with a view


after a full week in hospital
he was released this past saturday

slowly every day he's improving
and
now
i
need
a
vacation





going going ...

but not gone

 i was supposed to be 
right now
 in 
the uk 
at
 stonehenge 

but
 i am not

apparently
' the beast from the east'
a snow storm with icy temps
has
 turned 
the uk into a winter wonderland
my vacation into a staycation
at least for now

we were supposed to fly out on thursday evening

the storm there
the impending storm here
got everyone's knickers in a twist

flights were canceled
people disappointed

however
there's always more ways to get where you want to go
my fabulous travel bff mary is working on alternative escape plans

i am a strong believer that things happen for a reason
well
 toonman has a horrific chest cold 
before the airlines/airports freaked out
i was a bit uneasy about leaving him
with this departure delay
 i can be sure he's on the mend before i head off



weekend wandering

it was a nasty weekend weather-wise
but
friends from 
out of town
out of the country
out of state 
converged
we met at the guggenheim
hard to believe this born/raised new yorker
had
never
been
to
the
guggenheim
before

no
seriously







after we walked round and round
we went to the
neue galleries



for lunch
at the elegant
old world feeling
café sabarsky



our mutual friend
and
 the person
 responsible
 for the rest of us
knowing one another
elizabeth wix
joined us



from the left
elizabeth, diana, jo and liisa