Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall is in the Air Pink Saturday

I'm the last one to rush the seasons, generally wanting to savor every last drop of spring, summer and fall. But the the days are growing shorter and there are times I can feel a nip in the air. For the first time in months I am thinking of wearing longs pants instead of the capri pants I've so enjoyed for the last few months. Before too long I will I even be putting my sandals away because my toes will be too cold to wear open-toes shoes.  

I don't wear flip-flops -- my feet and flip-flops are not a good combination on New York City sidewalks -- but if I did I might have bought these pink cuties.

I'm not sure when I've ever bought pink shoes -- maybe canvas ones in 1982 -- but the bows and the bright color caught my attention. 

 I may indulge my desire for pretty in pink feet with the sequin slippers on the right. I have some similar ones, minus the sequins, in beige, but I think I can use something more fun to get me through next winter. 

I know it's the end of bathing suit season, but the pink suit on the bottom left looked good for aqua aerobics for seniors. Alas, the ones that were left were far from my size.

I do think I need a new bright pink sweater. I've been wearing a lot of hot pink all summer and enjoying it a lot, but I've got very little pink for the fall. Turquoise was the new black for the summer, but pink may be my new black for this winter. 

I hope you're enjoying the weekend. I started the day with services and then a trip to my favorite local iced coffee spot. I've had a quiet afternoon and am looking forward to an evening at the theater, one of my favorite activities. 

Please stop by and join the fun at Pink Saturday, one of the most fun places you can visit without leaving home. As ever, thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

For the Bounty of the Earth Foodie Friday

It is a glorious Friday in New York City. It's warm, sunny, not a bit humid and just glorious. There is no other word to describe it. It's my first long summer weekend staying home and though I've got some nice things planned it's hard to shake the feeling that I should be at the beach. What fabulous beach weather...

I stopped by my local fruit and vegetable stand and was rewarded by the most glorious of summer bounty.

There was fabulous sweet corn from Long Island...

...Juicy, cold watermelon from Texas that looked so good.

One of my all-time favorites, concord grapes from Northern New York. These beauties have a short season, and I am thrilled when it comes around every year. 

I've never seen these grapes before and they looked great. But the price put me off. I may succumb on another day, but for now I'm sticking with the concord grapes. Has anyone tried these grapes?

There were also new apples from Pennsylvania, just a little to the south. The New York season should really get going in the next few weeks and I'm going to wait until mid-September for apples. For now I'm going to enjoy the last of the summer produce. Though I love apples, I've got time for them in the next few months, when the Concord Grapes are only memories. 

Thanks for all the good wishes on my medical tests. The test I had yesterday was not the one I thought I was having and I still need to schedule a cardiac stress test. The test I did have went well, but it gave me lots to think about, and those thoughts will be the subject of a post to come soon. 

As ever thanks for visiting. Wishes to all for a sweet, wonderful Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Kind to Your Joints, You're All They Have

I'm still surprised at ways in which I've mellowed as I've aged. Throughout the years I was never especially open to advice. I saw it as people telling me what to do, and I'm still not keen on sentences that begin, "This is what you should do." But I've learned that my friends and acquaintances often have very valuable things to tell me. I got great orthopedic advice in 1985 that led to the treatment of a painful disorder that had been a problem for years. I'm still appreciative.

I do wish that someone had told my much younger self that our joints wouldn't last forever and to take very good care of them. Very good! I pretty much took my joints for granted and thought that physical therapy could fix any misfortune that took place. This is even after breaking my elbow on a sleety patch of sidewalk in 1996. Putting Ms. Humpty back together again took two surgeries and months of physical therapy. A hot air balloon accident over Park City, Utah did damage to my ankle that still is with me. I chalk these accidents up to fate. But I should have been much kinder to my joints to alleviate some of the daily wear and tear.

I've just finished this round of therapy for my shoulder. To be more accurate my insurance company just finished this round of therapy. I will see if I can extend it, but for now I'm on a break. I'm better, but my left shoulder is not as flexible as my right shoulder. I have learned that a little stretching can go a long way to keeping my joints and muscles closer to where I'd like them to be, and I'm going to incorporate wall push ups into my schedule. I won't ever get back to the flexibility I had thirty years ago and took so for granted, but I'm aiming to keep what I have. I love my joints and they're counting on me. It's the least I can do for them.

Dog Day Afternoon

This picture has nothing to do with the topic, but I like to include a picture depicting life in New York City. This scene greeted me last week outside of my building and thought you would enjoy it.  

I'm trying to catch up on medical appointments and saw my throat doctor yesterday, which took a lot more of the day than I had anticipated. Tomorrow I am going for a cardiac stress test, and hopefully, all will go well. It's not a favorite test -- not many of them are -- but so necessary. 

Now it's time for the gym. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

Growing up in Connecticut school began the Wednesday after Labor Day. It ended the last week in June and school vacation included all of of July and August. I didn't realize that school could begin before Labor Day until I moved to Nashville in 1972. Not having children in school my clues to when school begins are governed by a range of things. There are advertisements for back to school sales, as well as lots of  pictures on my Facebook feed. The buses taking the neighborhood kids to camp have dwindled and soon the school buses will start to arrive on the corners each morning. But the biggest sign in my life will be the change in public transportation. I don't travel much at rush hour any more, but the subways will be much more crowded and in the hours after school it will be hard to get a seat on the bus.

This is all very different from my school experience. I went to two different elementary schools. For the first two years I lived a block from the school. We moved the summer before second grade and after that I walked six blocks to and from school. If the weather was especially bad my mother would give me a ride to school, but generally we -- my next door neighbors and I -- walked to school, home for lunch and back and home again after school. Back to school was marked by new clothes, especially shoes and a new pencil box in the lower grades. I loved shopping for school supplies and enjoyed setting up my notebook, organizing my pens and pencils and later covering my books in brown paper grocery bags. I still enjoy browsing in a stationery store and have kept notebooks throughout my entire working career and still do, now in retirement.

What are your favorite memories of "back to school?"

I'm on the lookout for pictures of monkeys and will be posting them for what else, "Monkey Monday."

I am a tremendous fan of sock monkeys and I couldn't resist this guy all ready for back to school. I found him in the window of one of the local children's stores and enjoyed all of the fun backpacks and water bottles. What a great way to go back to school! 

Another glorious day in New York City, sunny and not too hot or humid. I started my day with physical therapy and I am pleased to report that I have "graduated" from one to two pound weights. My second goal of the day was to do a blog post before the day ran away from me, and I am happy to have accomplished this. I may try for the gym this afternoon or I may stay at home and work on the eternal decluttering project. 

Whatever you're doing today I hope it's fun and that you're doing well. As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Apple Foodie Friday

Not Quite the edible apple...

One of my retirement goals has been to buy a new computer. My almost seven year old computer freezes and starts very slowly. It's still functioning, but I think it's days are coming to an end. My printer has just about come to an end and I definitely need to replace it. In the last seven years the computer world has changed significantly and what was standard then is antiquated now. I am also seven years older and I would love a bigger monitor to work on. From a perspective of orderliness I'd like to be working in a wireless environment.

A year ago I would have done some research and then bought a new p.c., but that was before I got my iPad. I have come to really like using it and that opened my thoughts to getting a Mac. I used it on the cruise and liked it a lot, and it would be great to be able to easily use the photos I take with my iPad on my desktop. I've now visited two Apple stores and I'm just about ready to take the plunge. But before I do I'm turning to my blog buddies for advice. Is anyone using a Mac and if so, what are the pros and cons that you can share with me? I don't see any negatives, but there might be things I haven't thought of. Much appreciate your thoughts and input. 

I can't leave Foodie Friday without real food and I loved these crispy rice cereal treats at one of my favorite places, Treat House. The theme is summer treats and the crispy rice treats were cute, cute, cute. 

The store is next door to the library. Major temptation every time I go to the library. 

Today was a busy day, with errands and an appointment in the afternoon. I wore a skirt and a nice blouse and it struck me how infrequently I wear "business attire" now. Tomorrow is a quieter day, with services in the morning and time with friends in the afternoon. Sunday afternoon I am back to the gym. 

As always, thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend and savor the last of August.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In Perfect Time

I jumped at the opportunity to read "In Perfect Time" by Sarah Sundin. I especially enjoy fiction set in historic times and since the anniversary of D-Day in June, I've been particularly interested in novels that take place in the 1940's.  "In Perfect Time" didn't disappoint me.

Set primarily in Europe during World War II the novel follows Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson and those she serves with. Kay is an especially engaging character. She has flaws, but her enormous strengths of character see her through the difficult times. There is romance and history and a strong faith component. The plot takes many twists, and I especially liked the main characters deepening in faith and friendship as the years moved forward.

This is the third volume in the "Wings of Glory" series, and I plan to read the other two as well. I would very much like a sequel to this book. I'd like to know what life was like for Kay and friends when they returned to America. Sarah Sundin, we want more of Kay, Mellie and Georgie!

 Kay is just about the same age as my mother was during the war. My mother worked for the Navy in Connecticut and I always enjoyed her stories a lot. Though their stories are very different "In Perfect Time," evoked memories of my mother and her friends. She kept up friendships that started during her years working for the Navy throughout her life.

Many thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group  for this reading opportunity.

July was the travel and birthday fun month and August has been a time to catch up on goals. I started physical therapy and am moving along with my exercise program. I've also scheduled a few long delayed medical appointments and will make the next few appointments by the end of the month. I've still got the ongoing decluttering to do, but a bag of clothes is sorted and ready to be given away. I hope to add to it and bring it over on Thursday. Next group of goals: a new computer, more blogging and more reading.

As always, thanks for visiting and hope you're having a terrific Tuesday. Take good care.

Please note: I was given a copy of "In Perfect Time" to review, but the opinions are all mine.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Pink Saturday

Last Sunday I decided to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I thought that on a sunny Sunday in August the world would be at the beach, but I think at least half of the world was at the museum. I'm not sure I've ever seen it more crowded. Hint for visitors to New York City: skip Sunday afternoons. It's tough to see much, especially the more popular exhibitions.

Happily I found a relatively quiet corner of the museum, a wonderful exhibit of sixteenth century Japanese Art. There were paintings, ceramics, lacquer pieces and this beautiful kimono. I chose to photograph it for the pink tones, but I am enthralled with the design.

I found a pink treasure trove in the gift shop, one of my favorite places to browse in New York City.

 Perfectly pink travel accessories

 The gift for your favorite fashion fans

If anyone is looking for playing cards, I don't think you will find any prettier. 

It was hard to resist all of the pretty in pink goodies at the gift shop. But I'm happy to report that I did. Of course, I may return one weekday morning to take a second look or two. Please stop by at Pink Saturday for more pretty in pink fun. 

We've got glorious weather in New York. Sunny days and cool nights -- my all-time favorite! It's been a nice weekend, with services, trips to the gym and birthday fun tonight. I hope your weekend was fun, too.  

As always, thanks for visiting and have a sweet Sunday night.