Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Return of Stagedoor Buttercup

Linda Lavin has been one of my favorite actors since I first saw her in "Alice," which first debuted in 1976. I've had the good fortune to also see her in a number of plays, including her most recent Broadway show, Our Mother's Brief Affair. In this four person play, she is the dazzling center, and I very much enjoyed this look at family, history and memory.

I've had the good fortune during my recent theater adventures to meet a number of my favorite actors after the show. I -- and usually many others -- stand by the stage door after the show for the opportunity for a photograph of the actors, an autographed program and if, unusually fortunate, a photograph with the actors. On Tuesday night I was the only person waiting at the stage door. I'm sure it wasn't for lack of interest, but the theater was small and the night was cold and windy. I was dressed for a night in Siberia -- my fleece hat is in my tote bag -- so fifteen minutes on West 47th Street was not a problem.

 I took pictures of the street while I waited. I was just a little west of the bright lights of Broadway.

Well worth the wait!
Linda Lavin couldn't have been nicer. We chatted for a minute, I got my signed program and one of my favorite pictures of all time. I realize it's a rare day or evening when I will have this good fortune, but it's the experience that brings me back to the stage door every time. Thanks, Linda Lavin, you've made this theater goer very happy. 
Still cold and windy in New York City. We're expecting what may be record setting cold over the weekend. I'm going to cozy up with a cup (or cups) of coffee and my endless to-read list. What are your weekend plans?
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Year of the Monkey

In the Chinese calendar today begins the Year of the Monkey.  People born in the year of the monkey are curious and inventive and they prefer "the buzz of city life." Certainly sounds like our friend, Pepe, though I'm not sure if this describes monkeys, too. Around here, with all of Pepe's hijinks, every year is the year of the monkey.

The post previously announced, about my visit to Plymouth Church, has been postponed. Yes, I succumbed to Superbowl fever, and spent the evening glued to the television. I hope to do the post later in the week. Congratulations to the Broncos and to my Bronco fan friends.

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great week!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Brooklyn Pink Saturday

Not too long ago Pink Saturday became Anything Goes Pink Saturday. I try to stick with finding pink items to photograph, but when the only pink things I can find in New York City are Valentine decorations -- which I'm saving for next week --  I appreciate the flexibility. Since anything goes, we're going to Brooklyn for this week's fun.

From the Brooklyn Promenade looking out to the Statue of Liberty, out in the harbor. 

When many people think of New York City, they think of Times Square and Central Park, which are in Manhattan. But there are five boroughs that comprise the City of New York, and just over the Brooklyn Bridge is the Borough of Coney Island, infinite neighborhoods and languages and some of the most beautiful streets in America.

I began my Brooklyn day with brunch at French Louie in Downtown Brooklyn. The food was delicious and I especially liked the view of the backyard and brownstones. One small mound of snow remained from the blizzard.

I walked through the neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Brooklyn Heights. Many of the buildings were built in the Nineteenth Century and despite being almost directly across the Brooklyn Bridge from the Financial District, these are some of the quietest residential blocks anywhere.

The house is the Robert White House, one of the oldest homes in Brooklyn, built in 1825. The Brooklyn Bridge wasn't built until 1883. 

 The last part of the walk was through Brooklyn Heights and down the Promenade. The Promenade runs along the water and above the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and I think, gives the best view of Manhattan and the harbor. The day was warm, the view was beautiful and the sun was shining on Brooklyn.

 The view of Manhattan from Brooklyn
The Freedom Tower is on the far left, the Brooklyn Bridge (built in 1883 is in the center towards the right of the picture, and the Empire State Building is on the right in the far distance. 

I hope you've enjoyed our visit to Brooklyn. I made one stop in Brooklyn Heights that I think deserves its own post and I will be back tomorrow for a visit to Plymouth Church.

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a terrific Superbowl Sunday.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Help! I'm Adrift in a Sea of Cellphones

Despite the photograph, this post isn't an ad for Verizon or Samsung...
It's a cry for help. I stopped in the Verizon store this afternoon, as I've stopped in at any number of carriers and stores trying to decide on my next cell phone. My LG phone is okay, but it holds a charge for fifteen minutes and I know the battery is coming to the end. It doesn't have a replaceable battery -- I so long for those days! -- and I don't want to be in Peru in two weeks without a working cell phone.  I've looked at phones for the last two months and I'm adrift in a sea of indecision. 
Do I stick with an android version, which has served me well, or do I go with an iPhone? Has anyone switched from an android to an iPhone and if so, how has it worked for you. I'm leaning to an iPhone so I can use it in tandem with my iPad, but I'm so accustomed to an android model. I keep going back and forth, but I need to do this soon. I'd like at least a week to get used to my new phone before I go to Peru. All advice will be appreciated. 
 It's practically balmy in New York City. The weather feels like April and I'm enjoying walking outside. I'm going to hear one of my favorite authors tonight -- blog post coming on Coffee Light... --
and I'm decluttering a lot, too. Fifteen years worth of greeting cards are on their way to being recycled. There's no need to buy more filing room if I just purge things I don't need/want.
As ever, thanks for visiting. Take good care and have a terrific Thursday!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Valentine's Day Is Just Around the Corner

Just around the corner in Brooklyn...
Though there were a few days when I was stuck in the snow, January has flown by. In a blink and a nod it will be Valentine's Day and for the sixth year I am participating in a card-making event for the Childrens' Hospital of Kansas City. Our dear blog buddy, Melinda of Country Dreams  is organizing bloggers to make and donate cards for the children who will be in the hospital during Valentine's Day. I'm not especially crafty, but I so enjoy getting out all of my hearts and rhinestones to put together cards that will brighten the day for children who are hospitalized. Just click the link and you will find all of the details, and if you haven't met Melinda yet, you're in for a treat. She's a honey!
Thanks all, who left sweet comments on my blogaversary post. Books will be going in the mail to: Susan,  Anne at Stuff and Nonsense, and my blogger buddy at Starting Over, Accepting Change. I will be in touch with all of you to get addresses. This wouldn't be a blog without the wonderful Citizens of Buttercupland. Again, many thanks and a big hug!

I had a wonderful long walk through three neighborhoods in Brooklyn today and took lots of pictures, including the one above of a candy store window. I'll be doing a longer post later in the week with some of my favorite pictures. It's going to be difficult to pick, there was beautiful light and so many interesting spots. I may have to do two posts. or maybe even three.

As ever, thanks for visiting. Now it's time to finish my lovely Sunday with Downton Abbey and my new favorite, Mercy Street. Wishes to all for a great week. 

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dragon Fruit Pink Saturday

I am continually grateful that even in the midst of winter, just a week after a blizzard, it is still easy to find fruit and vegetables. I take for granted the food pictured above, but not that many decades ago frozen orange juice was a treat and not all that long before that scurvy was still an issue.

Yet, there are still some fruits and vegetables well out of the norm. I'm relatively adventurous, so when I found dragon fruit at one of the local stores I had to try it.

The store's presentation was less than fabulous, but I've learned to look carefully in the little nooks. There are real treasures often hidden away. 
I did a little research when I got my dragon fruit home. I needed to learn how to eat it and what its benefits were. Dragon fruit, also known as pitaya, is a member of the cactus family and is grown in Southeast Asia, Central and South America and Israel. I don't remember ever encountering it in any of my travels in those parts of the world. The benefits seem myriad. It's high in Vitamin C, low in calories and filled with antioxidants.
I followed the directions, cut the dragon fruit open and the next step was peeling off the bright red skin. The first few bites were only okay, but as I got accustomed to the taste I really enjoyed it. It's a little pricy for an everyday snack, or even an almost everyday snack, but I am hoping that I will find dragon fruit in Peru. I'm happy to share this pretty in pink fruit as part of Pink Saturday.
There's still six hours to leave a comment on this post for my blogaversary giveaway. I'll be announcing the winners in tomorrow's post.
I hope everyone is having a cozy Saturday. I've been straightening up my apartment, as well as making a trip to the library for some research and reading for Coffee Light, which I really liked. I'd forgotten how many terrific mysteries and mystery writers I've enjoyed over the years.

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!    

Friday, January 29, 2016

Mermaid Moon

When I vacationed in Maine last summer one of my thoughts was that the Maine coast would be the perfect setting for a mystery novel. Not that I experienced any of the twists and turns that Mallory Davis, the central character in Colleen Coble's Mermaid Moon experiences, but that there was so much that would make for great detail in a mystery. Colleen Coble took all of the atmosphere and land and sea scape of Maine for Mermaid Moon.

Mermaid Moon has all of the plot needed for a fast paced mystery, characters that held my interest and romance. The novel begins with the death of Mallory's father and we follow her path back to Mermaid Point, where she grew up. I especially enjoyed the parts of the story that deal with Mallory's family and issues in her past.

Mermaid Moon is the second novel in the Sunset Cove Series. I haven't read the first book, The Inn at Ocean's Edge, but I'm putting it on my to-read list. I very much enjoyed the setting and characters, so I'm very pleased Mermaid Moon is part of a series.

Thank you all for your kind comments about "Coffee Light and Mysteries Noir." I've fixed the link here and it's now a quick hop over to "Coffee Light." I've also started a Facebook page for "Coffee Light," where I plan to post items of interest about mystery fiction and authors, including giveaways.

Amazingly, the second largest blizzard in New York history is rapidly disappearing and there's so little snow I am even back in sneakers. My boots are cleaned and back in the closet. I hope everyone else is digging out, too.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take care.