Monday, December 31, 2012
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I went to services this morning and stayed for a luncheon. I enjoyed the salads, but more so enjoyed catching up with friends I haven't seen in awhile. I knew I'd missed a few weeks of services, but when a few friends said, "Long time, no seeing you," I realized it was more than a few weeks. It felt so good to be in the warmth of worship and our congregation.
I now remember why I so focused on decluttering last January. Things really start to pile up and the little piles I promised myself I would sort through may just turn into a landslide if I don't get busy on them. My goal for today is to sort Christmas cards and wrapping and discard things that I didn't use this year and probably won't use next year. It's a modest goal, but one that I hope will get me on a good path moving forward. I did a good job with clothes last year -- there is actually extra space in my closets -- but paper is still a problem and is definitely my challenge for 2013 decluttering.
Friday, December 28, 2012
I hadn't been to Macy's since I had surgery in June and was overwhelmed at the thought of braving the crowds. I had pretty much decided I wouldn't make it this year, but a stalled subway train tonight put me at the station near Macy's and I trooped over to see the decorations. The crowds were there and there was a little too much pushing for my taste, but happily I got my visit, some pictures to share, and survived the crowds. (Another) miracle on 34th Street.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Monday, December 24, 2012
One package of oreos, five cups of marshmallows and four tablespoons of butter and you have "Lumps of Coal." They're just like rice crispie treats, but made with oreos. Even not-so-good girls and boys get a treat with these lumps of coal in their stockings.
In the bustle of cooking, wrapping and last minute errands, wishes for moments of joy, peace and serenity, on Christmas Eve and every day of the year. Love to all, near and far!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Thanks so much friends at Hallmark SpiritClips for your thoughtfulness. I can't think of a nicer group of bloggers to share this with.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
In the years that have followed I have added other things to my list. People should be able to go to the movies and come home safely, to the mall and come home safely and to college classes and come home safely. They should be able to go to high school and worship and shop in a strip mall on a Saturday morning, and yes, come home. The one place that didn't cross my mind was kindergarten. Of course five year old children going to kindergarten should go off in the morning and come home with their coloring to their parents in the afternoon. Of course...
Yesterday I learned that nothing can be considered "of course." I realize I should have learned this over the years, but this last lesson seemed so basic. We live in a broken and tragic world, and in Jewish tradition it is our responsibility to heal the world. How will we do this? I know there are no easy answers, but I also know that it is my responsibility to work to find some answers.
Friday, December 14, 2012
No, this isn't one of the scheduled themes. I had some cute pictures for today, but this isn't a day for cute pictures. It's a day for prayer, for wiping away tears and for giving the children in your life extra hugs. It's a day to think about how we can help repair our sad and broken world.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I've been trying to take pictures this month to use to illustrate December, but I remembered this picture taken three years ago and it was my choice for today's theme of family. It is one of my all-time favorite photos.
I am here with my first cousin once removed, Alyssa. Her mother is my first cousin. Alyssa is now sixteen and a very grown up and mature sixteen year old. I received the card tonight that included a photo of Alyssa and her siblings and I am awed at how adult they all look.
I am so grateful for the blessing of family. Family to laugh with, celebrate with -- as we are doing here -- and to cry with at the sad times in our life. Wishing all the blessing of family, at this season and all through the year.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
This is the window of the Petrossian Cafe. I walk past this lovely sight following my dentist appointments, and it is a terrific temptation. Next door is a restaurant that specializes in serving caviar, also owned by the same company. They are both very pricey, but about once a year, when I am feeling very indulgent I stop at the cafe and treat myself to a croissant and a cafe au lait and feel that I'm in Paris. Just writing about this convinces me that I definitely need a visit soon. I'm making a note on my calendar for a moment of indulgence in January, 2013. That will pick me up from the post-Christmas droops!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This is a scene from my regular walk home at night from the subway. It's not a forest, but the next best thing in the middle of Manhattan. I get excited when I first see the trees being displayed right after Thanksgiving and sad when the tree sellers go home after Christmas. I especially like the pine-scented aroma and could happily linger in this urban forest for hours. It's my favorite bit of green in the city!
Monday, December 10, 2012
We visited one of my favorite town along the water, Warren, Rhode Island. The weather was the best imaginable for December, sixty and sunny, and I loved our tour of the waterfront.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Woo hoo! I'm about to be six for five for posting and loving it! The theme for today is "Today's Temperature", and although it turned chilly tonight the day was sunny and in the 50's. It was just my kind of December weather and not unlike last Saturday. Though this picture doesn't show it the weather was equally balmy and it was sunny before we pulled away from Manhattan. Manhattan is directly to the right and New Jersey is in the distance on the left and I am happily riding on the Staten Island Ferry.
I also took this picture on Saturday. It is the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, which is directly across from the Ferry Terminal. St. Elizabeth Seton was the first canonized American saint and the founder of the Catholic parochial school system in the United States. I am continually awed by the moments of history tucked into corners of New York City. Lower Manhattan is especially rich in historical treasures and I so enjoy the discoveries.
Thanks for sharing my discoveries and the pleasures of New York City. So glad to have your company!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
I like all yummies chocolate mint, so I'm hoping for inspiration for Capturing December photos for today. See you tonight and hope you have an inspired -- and yummy! -- day.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Sunday, December 2, 2012
I see a few new Citizens in Buttercupland. I'd so like it if you would say hello and tell us where you're from. That will help us get to know each other. So glad to have visitors and new friends. Please stop by often. It's a fun place to visit! On that note, wishes for fun places to visit and fun things to do.