Friday, December 12, 2014

It's Chritstmas Time in the City -- Gracie Mansion

Tonight I had the very good fortune to be at Gracie Mansion, the residence for the Mayor of New York City, for a reception. This is an annual event for people who worked in the administration of Mayor Edward I. Koch. I had the great privilege to be part of the administration for five years and I look forward to this reception each year to see friends and colleagues that I don't get to see on a regular basis any longer. There was lots of catching up, so much so, that I took very few pictures to share. But I did get pictures of the Gracie Mansion Christmas tree.

The decorations and lights were lovely...
 
 
...and I thought you would enjoy seeing the details of some of the ornaments.
 
 
 
 
I experienced a seasonal miracle today. During the great decluttering of 2014 -- another one is planned for January, 2015 -- I went through my shoes and give away several pairs that hadn't been worn in 2013. I couldn't find one shoe of my most comfortable black dress shoes. I've been making do, but I sorely missed this pair of shoes. I decided to go through the remaining shoes in my closet and find a pair I could wear for tonight's reception. Lo and behold! Tucked under my swim shoes was the missing shoe. This is not a miracle of grand magnitude, but for a woman with foot problems rediscovering a comfortable pair of shoes is nothing short of a miracle.   
 
 
I've got some Foodie Friday fun coming up tomorrow. I may be dreaming of the sweet coconut mini-cupcakes served at Gracie Mansion tonight or maybe it will be gingerbread or maybe peppermint bark. 
 
As always, thanks for visiting and take good care! 


9 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Comfortable shoes are hard to come by. Glad you found the missing one. The tree is lovely. Sounds like Gracie Mansion is a fascinating place.

Simply Linda said...

Beautiful...(although I do not like your current mayor, wink)---I also have a foot problem, broke it many years ago and have pins...anyways---I take 2 diff. sizes! I totally understand where your coming from. Blessings

Julie Corbisiero said...

Wow the Christmas tree at Gracie Mansion is so beautiful. How exciting to be there. I hate going through my closet organizing my shoes! LOL! Wishing you a wonderful weekend.
Julie

Theresa said...

Beautiful trees! I know you had a great time visiting with old friends! My Nieces just returned from your beautiful city and they had a great time! Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Anne Payne said...

What a nice gathering to attend, Carol! The tree sure is lovely. I'm glad you found your shoe. As one with foot problems, I sure know how important comfort is. :)

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

That tree and the ornaments are beautiful. I can appreciate your miracle of the shoe and I know how blessed it is to have comfortable shoes.

Susie said...

I love the doorways and columns Old buildings has such beauty. Comfy shoes are a blessing. xoxo,Susie

Mevely317 said...

So grand, that tree -- but the simple decorations ... like something made by school children .... touch my heart.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful!

And the shoe thing? Since my hip & knee surgeries this year, I am SO aware of the need for comfortable but ATTRACTIVE shoes. My situation is complicated because I refuse to pay the price of shoes in shoe stores - so confine my search to thrift stores.

I, too, could use a miracle!