Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
When I posted about doughnut puffs -- the yummiest breakfast ever -- I had a request for the recipe. I have five copies of the recipe folder that Land of Lakes had at BlogHer13 and some coupons, too. Just let me know if you would like one. I will be happy to send them to the first five bloggers who leave a comment. I know my internist wouldn't agree, but there's something wonderful about baking with butter.
Besides BlogHer I had two other treats while I was in Chicago. My friend, K, and I spent Sunday at the Art Institute, one of my favorite museums anywhere. We saw a great show on Impressionism and fashion, with Impressionist paintings from many museums. I also stopped at a show of Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum. It was a small show, but each piece was fascinating.
I got to meet my sweet, sweet blogger buddy, Deanna, who blogs at "Snippets from Springdale." If you don't visit her blog, you are missing a treat. Deanna was as lovely and fun as I had expected and I definitely have a friend in Chicago.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
It is the most beautiful summer day in Chicago, the kind of day that reminds me why I love to sit outside by a river.
The hotel welcomed BlogHer with mini-cupcakes.
I'm posting this from my phone. It's a first from this phone, and if it works the first of a number of quick posts over the weekend.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
I saw Canada, England and France and enjoyed my visit very much. Definitely need a return visit. There is so much more to see.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Monday, July 15, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Amazingly -- to me -- this is my 1,000th post. I am delighted to be able to write this. When I first began blogging in the winter of 2009 I couldn't see beyond the first few posts, but I liked blogging and I just kept writing. As importantly people kept reading.
This is a thank you to those who kept reading. Without my blog friends I never would have kept writing, and my life would be far lonelier. Thanks for the comments, the smiles, the laughter, the shared tears. Thanks for friendship, fun and visits, in Buttercupland, New York and throughout the country.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
I went here to get my orientation for...
Friday, July 12, 2013
2) For what may be the millionth time in my life -- yes, the second time I am wildly over-stating in the same post -- I waited too long in a season to get clothes/shoes I needed. First I had the bathing suit episode and now all that are left in the shoe stores are white sandals or sandals with very high heels. Neither of which are what I am looking for. Today, I should be buying a pair of fall shoes to wear with pants, but it just seems too early.
3) Single serving cups of ice cream are the greatest impediments to gluttony (and calories) I know. I get my taste of ice cream and don't run the risk of remembering there is ice cream in the freezer at midnight.
4) Five days until I leave for Orlando. This is the reason for my frantic sandal shopping today.
5) Thirteen days until I leave for Chicago and BlogHer. I am really looking forward to meeting Deanna, who blogs at Snippets from Springdale. She is an extraordinary photographer and her blog is so much fun to visit.
For someone without full-time employment it's been a busy week and I'm looking forward to the weekend. Tomorrow is an easy day, but Sunday I'm spending the day in Philadelphia. Monday, I'm back to my 9:05 a.m. exercise class, but that's a post for another day.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Happily, I'm able to post almost every day and this is #997. This giveaway in the "Countdown to 1,000 Posts" celebration is a great favorite of mine. If you're a fan of John James Audubon, you will want to be part of this. If you're not a fan of Audubon, but enjoy birds and nature, you will want to be part of this. I can't think of anyone who wouldn't enjoy these beautiful cards and I am happy to mail them anywhere in the world.
Today's giveaway are four cards done by Genevieve Jones, who worked fifty years after Audubon. She was inspired by seeing Audubon's "Birds of America" at the Centennial World's Fair in Philadelphia in 1876. She completed five drawings and suddenly died of typhoid fever. Her family completed her work and the drawings are extraordinary. The images are wrapped in a copy of the original flyer that was produced to sell subscriptions. The cards would be a beautiful wall decoration, whether framed separately or grouped in one frame.
This giveaway runs until midnight on Monday, July 15 and I will announce the winner on Tuesday, July 16. Please be a friend on Google +, Google Friend or Bloglovin and leave a comment. It looks like "Pink Saturday" will be #1,000. I may post #1,000 on Saturday, but we'll have fun all month.
Today was an errand day and tomorrow I'm back to my project in the library. I'm going to a retirement party in the evening in Westchester and if I'm really hopping I'm going to try an exercise class in the morning. It's called "Sit and Be Fit," and I'm hoping that it's just the right level of exercise.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
I'm happy to announce the winner of the DVD for a "A Turtle's Tale 2." It's Leslie S. and her family does crafts or watches movies on rainy Florida days. Again, many thanks to our friends at Gaiam Vivendi, who will be sending Leslie her copy of this DVD. Many thanks, too, to all of you who stopped by to visit, left comments or became citizens of Buttercupland. Keeping in the spirit of the Countdown to 1,000 posts I'm doing another giveaway tomorrow. Please come and visit.
Busy, busy day today and I spent almost all day out and about. That hasn't been my pattern for the last month, but I'm feeling rested and there are so many things I want to do. I may even have to start setting my alarm again in the mornings.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Sunday, July 7, 2013
My optician is at Grand Central Station -- I've been getting my glasses there for at least ten years -- and I made the trek over there last week to pick up my broken glasses. I found these cute folks on the shuttle train that connects Times Square and Grand Central Station. The cars were decorated for the movie, Turbo, which opens at the end of this week. I don't know much about the movie, but the subway advertising is fun and very pink.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Once again, it's Random 5 Friday, thanks to my friend, Nancy, who so graciously hosts this fun get-together.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
This is post #991 and I'm beginning a celebration month of giveaways. Thanks to our friends at Gaiam Vivendi I'm delighted to offer a giveaway for "A Turtle's Tale 2: Sammy's Escape from Paradise." I had the good fortune to have a giveaway -- again thanks to Gaiam Vivendi -- for "A Turtle's Tale," and am so glad to share another adventure of this lovable turtle. Sammy's tales are sweet, thoughtful and perfect viewing for rainy day or hot-hot-hot summer days. The DVD will be available on Tuesday, July 9th and I will announce our winner on the same day. This giveaway is limited to the US, but there will be others this month open to all. Please be a friend of Buttercup -- Bloglovin, Google+ or Google Friend and leave a comment about a favorite rainy day summer activity.
I was overwhelmed by the comments to my last post. Thanks and thanks! I had the MRI this morning and it went as well as a contrast -- I received dye so that there would be a clearer picture -- MRI could go. I'm not sure when I will get the results, though I am expecting it will be after the Fourth. I am optimistic and am so grateful for the many prayers and hugs.
The bathing suit, alas, was not a success. I definitely need to lose at least ten pounds to wear it. But that's a post for another day. My old suit will have to do for awhile. I do like to swim a lot and I'm looking forward to some pool time while I'm in Florida.
Monday, July 1, 2013
The second activity I have done in the most haphazard fashion and have put it off for a year. It's not nearly as critical, but in a different way, more dreaded. Yes, it's bathing suit shopping. The thought of wrestling elastic tubes on my chubby body is more than I can contemplate, and so I didn't. The one suit I've been wearing is snagged and faded and I need a new suit for my trip to Florida and for the aqua aerobics classes I hope to take later in the summer. Three weeks ago I saw a great collection of bathing suits -- and lots of "Miracle Suits," at greatly reduced prices. Did I try them on? No, I was completely like Scarlett O'Hara and figured I'd be back at the store soon enough. I was back today, carrying two tote bags and a wet umbrella. The great collection I'd seen was now very picked over. I did find two suits -- not too skimpy and without a skirt -- but the line to the dressing room was half a block long.