Friday, December 6, 2013

All Around the Neighborhood Random 5 Friday

It's Friday -- a soggy, drippy Friday -- and I'm feeling quite random. Although the actual Random 5 linkup is on hiatus, I really enjoy one of day almost complete stream of consciousness.

1) I was walking to the library today...just to write this thrills me. I was walking to the library in two matching sneakers, without any extra pain or discomfort. I get excited about the thought of walking, and even in the drippy, soggy rain I was smiling.

2) This is a shout out for inter-library loan. I've got a number of books on reserve and I picked up two of them today. One of them I put on my list -- via the library website --  last week and the other has been there for three months. They are both from a much bigger branch on Fifth Avenue. My branch is truly a branch library. It's been beautifully renovated, but it's holdings aren't enormous. But that doesn't matter. I've got the entire New York Public Library inventory just a few key clicks away.

3) The book I waited three months for is "Longbourn," by Jo Baker. It tells the story of the Bennets' servants in "Pride and Prejudice." I'm only six or seven short chapters into the book, but I am totally absorbed. We've all read "Pride and Prejudice," but this gives a very new and interesting perspective through the lives of the people who washed their clothes, cooked their meals and drove them to dances.  

4) I spent last night watching The Sound of Music." I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed the music and I liked the show a lot. Audra McDonald, who played Mother Superior, is one of my favorite theater performers and I could happily listen to her all day. No, it wasn't Julie Andrews or Mary Martin, but I am delighted that NBC chose to televise a classic work of real quality.

5) I can't let another day in December go by without a picture of New York in its holiday finery. I saw this tree in a neighborhood card shop window and fell in love, especially with the New York themed ornaments.

   It's Christmas time in the city...

Wishes for a cozy, snug and safe evening. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care of yourself. 

9 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

I am glad your foot is pretty much back to normal.

Lynn said...

Great 5 and lovely store window, I once saw them put up the Rockefeller Square tree, not the decorations just the erecting, this was something to witness.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I watched the Sound of Music too. That is one show that will never grow old. It had a little different twist from the one with Julie Andrews but still very good. So glad you are doing well and walking and enjoying it too!

Simply Linda said...

Great 5! We have a very small library here in upstate NY..new books are hard to come by..However, in fairness, they do everything in their power to get new books when I ask them, usually from other Southern Tier Libraries..smiles

Nellie said...

We also had a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching "The Sound of Music!" Great music!

I'm so glad you are able to walk now with no pain and matching sneakers! It has been a long road for you!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love visiting the library and request books quite often. I love seeing the tree in the window. I hope you'll share more photos of the city at Christmas time! Hugs!

Stephanie said...

YAY!!! I am so happy to hear your foot is not giving you pain - that is something to rejoice over :) Have a lovely evening. Hugs to you!

Theresa said...

Good for you, two shoes and no pain:) I also watched The Sound of Music! I loved it! NOT the same as the original but I enjoyed it SO much! Beautiful scenes around your city! Love seeing them thru your eyes! Have a blessed Sunday dear friend, HUGS!

Ms Sparrow said...

I'm finding once again how very much I enjoy your experiences as a New Yorker!