Friday, November 22, 2019

Fifty Six Years Ago

Ask not what your country can do for you...

Fifty six years ago today I know exactly what I was doing. I was in Miss Naylor's Home Ec class when I heard the news that President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. I can pretty much trace every step for the rest of November 22, 1963 fifty-six years later. I don't always remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but that overcast Friday is etched in my mind. 

As I was getting ready to write this post I thought about how I could make this "fresh." I thought for awhile and then I stopped trying. The day President Kennedy was shot is frozen in amber. My memories are those of my thirteen year old self. This day doesn't lend itself to new reflection. I am once again back in Home Ec, I am talking to Timmy Sullivan in the school yard -- now of blessed memory -- and watching television with my parents in the den and crying. Every year for 56 years I have mourned our handsome and inspiring 35th President. I have learned in those fifty-six years that time will go by, but the mourning is never ending. 

"And so, my fellow Americans:
Ask not what your country can do for you,
Ask what you will do for your country.

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address,
January 20, 1961

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

You Don't Know What You've Got...

It doesn't look fancy, but it's very special to me.

There have been times in the last few years when I've thought about giving up blogging, but no more. Sadly it took the demise of my beloved computer to make me fully realize how much I liked my "on-line magazine" and the community of friends I've made as a blogger. Blogging via my phone was an okay stopgap to let you know that I was still in this world, but it doesn't take the place of a computer and and keyboard.  

I'm sure I've got some things to learn, but with one issue, I'm happily typing away. Most of today will be spent logging into favorite sites and entering passwords, but I couldn't let the day go by without a quick hello and giving many thanks for all of your comments.  

On a different note, not having a computer helped me move along with decluttering. I committed to a bag of shredding every day and have met my target. I'm both shocked and amazed at all the paper that I've managed to accumulate and pleased with the amount I've recycled in less than a week. I'm also happy to report that I've started my cards for this holiday season. 

The last few days have been winter coat days, but happily we're back to autumn again and 48 degrees. I've got a not-yet overdue library book to return and the need for a walk while it's still light out calling my name. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Unexpected Hiatus

I returned home from a long weekend to find a computer that blinked goodbye. It had been slowing down, but now it just blinked at me. Hence, my blogging absence.
I’m doing this post on my phone as a quick update.
My new computer has arrived and in an effort to save my sanity and my blood pressure, it’s scheduled to be set up on Tuesday. To say I’m eager is an understatement.

The photo is one of the few that I could load from my phone and it’s from a coffee visit a few years ago. Still looking yummy a few years later. 

As ever, thanks for visiting and be back soon!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Let's Have Another Cup of Coffee

This morning included Maine Whoopie Pie coffee

I've been somewhat remiss in my coffee postings. But this morning was a genuine fall morning. The  morning temperature was 39 degrees, a big change from a high of 70 on Halloween. During my trip to Maine I'd bought a bag of coffee produced by one of my favorite coffee roasters, Katahdin Coffee Co. I've never tried one of their flavored coffees and I was intrigued by Maine Whoopie Pie. Despite the name it's not sweet, but has a very nice chocolate accent. It was definitely a good choice.
Katahdin Coffee Co. is named for Mount Katahdin. the highest mountain in Maine. It's not the Rockies -- our peaks in the East are smaller -- but it's still 5,200 feet. It's the Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail and 200+ miles north of Portland. I'm still editing my Maine pictures. Yes, I'm slow and really need to get going before I start snapping away at all the lights and decorations in Manhattan coming up. But this photograph of Portland harbor is one of my favorites and I hope you enjoy it, too. 
   The view of Portland harbor from the cruise dock

Before we leave the topic of coffee for this month, I'm also displaying my coffee brewing method of choice, the Melitta pour-over coffee system. I've tried other methods, including a Keurig during my working days, and I returned to my Melitta cone and filters. I don't always grind my coffee daily -- or even weekly -- but for just one person or two this gives me a great cup of coffee. What's your favorite way to make coffee?

We had a gorgeous autumn day for New York City Marathon Sunday and I've got a few pictures to share in a post tomorrow. My schedule for tomorrow is laundry, water aerobics, walking and a blog post. Sounds great to me! What are your plans?

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great week! California friends, stay safe! 

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Spooky Time Is Here...

In our lobby...

...and down the block!

I didn't see as many buildings decorated for Halloween this year, but my neighbors on the next block didn't disappoint. The welcome for trick or treaters was ghouls and ghosts and bright red lights. It was spooky, even in daylight. I didn't go out tonight to get the full effect, but I bet it was even scarier. 

Apparitions, spectres and a giant spider in a tree!

At the foot of the spider tree!

My goal for tomorrow is to resist the half priced candy when I stop in the drugstore to pick up a prescription. I'm 90% optimistic that I can do it. I know we're heading into the sweet treat time of year and I want to be able to wear the same clothes in January as I can today. So far, I've had one mini Mr. Goodbar, and I'm claiming that as a success for Halloween indulging. 

It's a quick trot to Thanksgiving and then in a blink it's Chanukah -- beginning December 22 -- and Christmas. As is traditional in Buttercupland, Christmas posts will begin after Thanksgiving. There will be lots of pictures of  lights and decorations, not to worry! They just won't be posted before Thanksgiving. November posts include book reviews, an update on my eye health, autumn in Maine and a giveaway, plus a few surprises.   

It's bye bye to October and welcome to November and a big thanks as ever, for visiting. Take care and see you in November. 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Good News on the Homefront

Trick or treat!

I returned home from Maine, the site of my autumn adventure, on Sunday to find my building's lobby decorated for Halloween, which was definitely a treat. The other treat warmed not only my heart, but made my apartment cozy. We're  making headway on our gas line issues. While I was in Maine the gas service for the building's boiler was restored and it returned to normal operations. That was a wonderful welcome home present.

I'm still cooking with my array of home appliances, but there's been progress in the restoration of gas service for cooking. I may be overly optimistic, but I believe that I may be baking by Christmas. Of course, paperwork moves slowly, but I'm going to hope that the aroma of baking cookies will be my treat for January, 2020.

 My autumn adventure was my college class mini-reunion in Portland, Maine. Thanks to classmates that live in the area, we were treated to a fabulous weekend. I'm going to do a separate post, but wanted to share one of my favorite pictures of the Damariscotta River, about an hour north of Portland. One of our activities was a boat ride on the river and the opportunity to learn about oyster farming there. It was fascinating and the scenery was spectacular. It was a crisp and sunny New England morning and I loved settling in with a cozy throw and a cup of great coffee and enjoying the views.

     Blue skies smiling at me!

Back to my regularly scheduled programming in Manhattan. Lots of walking, Yoga and water aerobics. We've got a new teacher, so alas no aqua kickboxing this week. I do want to see if I can locate classes at another Y in Manhattan, but I'm giving myself a week or two just to get back into my regular routine. I love going away, but when I get back I need a week to become reaccustomed to my usual life. Do you need time to get back on track or do you hit the ground running after being away?

As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and have a great Sunday! 

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Autumn Adventure

It's been a busy week with out of town company and lots of gadding about New York City. I leave in just a little while for an autumn adventure. I hope there will be lots of bright colored leaves and you know there will be pictures!

Have a terrific Thursday and a great weekend!