Thursday, October 30, 2014

Early Voting: Spooky or Sweet?

It's time to vote in Buttercupland. I've got Halloween on my mind and the vote this year is for your Halloween choices.

Do you like spooky Halloweens?


 
 
Or do you prefer all things sweet for Halloween?

I'm not a spooky girl, but my neighbors on the next block definitely went for the spooky look.
I'm voting for sweet, though it's hard to pick my favorite Halloween candy.


I'm a Reese's fan, but I'd be happy with a dozen other kinds or just a nice pumpkin muffin. When I looked carefully at this picture I took in Rhode Island a few weeks ago I was surprised to see all the varieties of candy corn. Today, by the way, is Candy Corn Day, so we can celebrate the candy that's just for this time of year. Pepe hopes there's banana candy corn. I haven't seen it, but I will be on the lookout.  

In just a few minutes I'm off for the airport for my trip to Savannah. I will keep in touch and you know there will be pictures.

As always thanks for visiting and take good care! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Rockefeller Center Wedding Wednesday

Welcome to autumn at Rockefeller Center
 
We know how beautiful Rockefeller Center is at Christmas, and you can be sure there will be at least one post with pictures. But autumn there is equally beautiful. I was in the neighborhood last Friday and made a detour to visit one of my favorite places in New York City. While I was there I saw a couple in bridal attire. I wasn't quick enough to take a picture as they approached me, but I did get one I could share for Wedding Wednesday. This is definitely one of the prettiest places for wedding pictures anywhere. 
 
 Bride, groom and photographer walking towards Fifth Avenue. Saks Fifth Avenue is directly in front.
 
It was a beautiful fall day and it was crowded at Rockefeller Center, almost as crowded as Christmas time. The skating rink was open and it was a great day to skate. It wasn't cold and there was no wind.
 
No need for hats, scarves and mittens.
 
 
This is a hint about a post to come in December.
 
I'm happy to report that I feel my more usual energetic self. Thanks for all the good wishes. We had a great workshop on prayer, with a focus on Psalm 51. I had high expectations about the group, and so far I am delighted with all that I took away from the evening. 
 
As ever thanks for visiting and take good care! 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday (to) Sunday...

It's just a week, but the days go by so fast. I've often thought about what I was doing the week past, especially after a vacation. The thought struck me yesterday. I was walking on city sidewalks to meet friends for a Gospel concert...

   We heard the wonderful Community Gospel Choir from Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. For many, many years Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was pastor of the church.
 
 
...But just the Sunday before I was at an herb farm in the Massachusetts countryside. Yes, there's countryside in Massachusetts. I was enjoying the scent of wood smoke and leaves crackling underfoot. On a map I was only 150 miles from Manhattan, but in spirit I was a million miles away.
 

This sign greeted us at the gift shop
 
 

I was taken with this autumn display. It was so simple, yet so beautiful.
 
 
I spent a long time trying for just the right goat picture. I think here the goat was most cooperative. 
 
And of course, the herbs. I loved walking outdoors and knowing that the herbs that were growing would one day be available for all things herbal at the store. 

 
I hope you've enjoyed our city Sunday and our country Sunday, only one week apart. Next Sunday I will be in Savannah for a very different Sunday experience. Two things that run through all of these days. I'm sure I will have a good time, and no worry, there will be pictures!
 
I spent some time with my friend, Jackie, on Saturday, who has just been diagnosed with colon cancer. Her attitude is great and she has a terrific medical team, but it is still a difficult diagnosis. She has asked for prayer and know she would appreciate the prayers of all of Buttercupland. Thanks for being part of Team Jackie.
 
Tomorrow I've got laundry and I hope to make a few Halloween cards. But I will also make a trip to the gym and I'm looking forward to the first session in my synagogue class on prayer. 
 
I hope you had a great Monday and will have a great week. As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pink Halloween Pink Saturday

Sometime last month I was out shopping and saw this collection of pumpkins...

...And knew I had found the perfect picture for Pink Halloween Pink Saturday. I'd never seen pink pumpkins before, but I think they were made for Pink Saturday. 
 
This month at Costco I found this collection of costumes with pink in the mix of colors. 
 
 
 
Last week I found these cuties to add to my Pink Halloween collection, too.
 
 
Pepe isn't wearing any pink, but he was too cute to leave out of a Halloween post. 
 
Again, not Pink Halloween, but these pretty autumn bouquets brightened up the sidewalk in front of my neighborhood fruit market.
 
 
I know I wrote in my last post that I would be back with thoughts on tomato soup, but I am still putting them together. I hope to post about it next week. 
 
It was a beautiful autumn Saturday. Our cold and rainy weather has taken a break and today was all sunshine. Tomorrow looks pretty, too, and I'm looking forward to going to a concert with friends. I hope you are all enjoying autumn sunshine, too.
 
As always, thanks for visiting and take good care!  


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Afternoon in Vienna

When I first wrote about Vienna it was still far, far away in my dreams. But I'm happy to report I had the next best thing to being in Vienna at the celebration for the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse. The Great Hall at Grand Central Station was set up as a Viennese Coffee House. Despite the fact that tens of thousands of people rush through Grand Central every day it was a relaxing and delightful place to have a cup of coffee.


This was the scene on the opposite wall -- Vienna, then and now. 

I was especially taken by the coffee. I drink a lot of coffee and some of the time it's pretty average. This coffee was not average. It was memorable. The company, Julius Meinl, is Viennese and was founded in 1862. It is the stuff that great afternoons of coffee drinking are made of.  I was delighted to find that I could order it, and equally pleased to find a place in New York to drink it. The latter is a lovely museum and deserves a post on its own. 

 So glad I was able to celebrate Ringstrasse150. Happy birthday to one of the world's most beautiful streets. 

Thank you all for the get well wishes. I'm feeling much better and hope to be out and about -- taking it easy -- tomorrow. I slept a lot of yesterday, but had more energy and appetite today. The weather has been wet and dreary for the last few days, which made it a lot easier to stay indoors. 

Please stop by tomorrow for Foodie Friday and some thoughts on tomato soup. 

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

It's the Real Thing

Whether it's just the view from my cousins' front yard...
 
Or this view of the water in town...
 
Or this view...
 
 
Rhode Island and the beautiful towns of Barrington and Warren didn't disappoint me in my search for autumn beauty. New York City hasn't had much in the way of foliage, but the entire train trip to Rhode Island -- through Westchester County and then along the coast of Connecticut and Rhode Island was beautiful.  It reminded me of the autumns growing up in Connecticut and going to school in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. 
 
On Monday morning I made a list of things I needed to do this week and at the top of the list was "get a flu shot." I get one every year and besides a little soreness I've never had a problem. But this time I decided I would get a shot for pneumonia at the same time. I think the second shot was too much and -- thanks to my study of Dr. Google -- I think I have a mild case of the flu. I'm achy, have the chills and I am so tired. I hope it passes very quickly. It's my first case and now I understand the concerns about getting the flu. I don't have much of an appetite, but I do have a craving for tomato soup, just what I would have eaten when I was a little girl and was sick.
 
Tomorrow I'll be back with pictures of my "trip to Vienna" via Grand Central Station.
 
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.

Monday, October 20, 2014

It Is My Sad Duty...

to report the demise of my dear friend, Courtesy. He died after a long and debilitating illness.


This was the scene at the time of Courtesy's demise.
 
Courtesy passed away at approximately 5:50 P.M. Eastern daylight time, somewhere just outside of Providence, R.I. He breathed his last when a tall young man, standing next to a much shorter, much older woman, watched her struggle getting her luggage into the overhead compartment on an Amtrak train. The young man appeared peeved that the woman wanted one of the few available seats in the car and he was forced to stand so that she could get into her seat. The young man -- old enough to know better -- sat in the aisle seat hoping that he would have two seats and had draped his computer equipment and endless extension cords on the "spare" seat. 
 
The pain of the incident struck at Courtesy's heart and he breathed his last. I was there with him and I was grateful that I could be there for him, though his condition was beyond any resuscitation. Our beloved Courtesy was gone.
 
He is survived by his father, The Social Contract and his mother, The Golden Rule. He also leaves a sister, Kindness and a brother, Thoughtfulness. His half-brother, Chivalry, passed away a number of years ago. Courtesy is mourned by millions.
 
Courtesy, you were quiet and most self-effacing, but you made the world a better place. We will miss you every day.  
 
In tribute to Courtesy, regular programming is suspended. The world is a sadder place.