Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fall is in the Air Pink Saturday

I'm the last one to rush the seasons, generally wanting to savor every last drop of spring, summer and fall. But the the days are growing shorter and there are times I can feel a nip in the air. For the first time in months I am thinking of wearing longs pants instead of the capri pants I've so enjoyed for the last few months. Before too long I will I even be putting my sandals away because my toes will be too cold to wear open-toes shoes.  

I don't wear flip-flops -- my feet and flip-flops are not a good combination on New York City sidewalks -- but if I did I might have bought these pink cuties.

I'm not sure when I've ever bought pink shoes -- maybe canvas ones in 1982 -- but the bows and the bright color caught my attention. 

 I may indulge my desire for pretty in pink feet with the sequin slippers on the right. I have some similar ones, minus the sequins, in beige, but I think I can use something more fun to get me through next winter. 

I know it's the end of bathing suit season, but the pink suit on the bottom left looked good for aqua aerobics for seniors. Alas, the ones that were left were far from my size.

I do think I need a new bright pink sweater. I've been wearing a lot of hot pink all summer and enjoying it a lot, but I've got very little pink for the fall. Turquoise was the new black for the summer, but pink may be my new black for this winter. 

I hope you're enjoying the weekend. I started the day with services and then a trip to my favorite local iced coffee spot. I've had a quiet afternoon and am looking forward to an evening at the theater, one of my favorite activities. 

Please stop by and join the fun at Pink Saturday, one of the most fun places you can visit without leaving home. As ever, thanks for visiting and enjoy the weekend. 



Friday, August 29, 2014

For the Bounty of the Earth Foodie Friday

It is a glorious Friday in New York City. It's warm, sunny, not a bit humid and just glorious. There is no other word to describe it. It's my first long summer weekend staying home and though I've got some nice things planned it's hard to shake the feeling that I should be at the beach. What fabulous beach weather...

I stopped by my local fruit and vegetable stand and was rewarded by the most glorious of summer bounty.

There was fabulous sweet corn from Long Island...

...Juicy, cold watermelon from Texas that looked so good.

One of my all-time favorites, concord grapes from Northern New York. These beauties have a short season, and I am thrilled when it comes around every year. 


I've never seen these grapes before and they looked great. But the price put me off. I may succumb on another day, but for now I'm sticking with the concord grapes. Has anyone tried these grapes?



There were also new apples from Pennsylvania, just a little to the south. The New York season should really get going in the next few weeks and I'm going to wait until mid-September for apples. For now I'm going to enjoy the last of the summer produce. Though I love apples, I've got time for them in the next few months, when the Concord Grapes are only memories. 

Thanks for all the good wishes on my medical tests. The test I had yesterday was not the one I thought I was having and I still need to schedule a cardiac stress test. The test I did have went well, but it gave me lots to think about, and those thoughts will be the subject of a post to come soon. 

As ever thanks for visiting. Wishes to all for a sweet, wonderful Labor Day weekend. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Kind to Your Joints, You're All They Have

I'm still surprised at ways in which I've mellowed as I've aged. Throughout the years I was never especially open to advice. I saw it as people telling me what to do, and I'm still not keen on sentences that begin, "This is what you should do." But I've learned that my friends and acquaintances often have very valuable things to tell me. I got great orthopedic advice in 1985 that led to the treatment of a painful disorder that had been a problem for years. I'm still appreciative.

I do wish that someone had told my much younger self that our joints wouldn't last forever and to take very good care of them. Very good! I pretty much took my joints for granted and thought that physical therapy could fix any misfortune that took place. This is even after breaking my elbow on a sleety patch of sidewalk in 1996. Putting Ms. Humpty back together again took two surgeries and months of physical therapy. A hot air balloon accident over Park City, Utah did damage to my ankle that still is with me. I chalk these accidents up to fate. But I should have been much kinder to my joints to alleviate some of the daily wear and tear.

I've just finished this round of therapy for my shoulder. To be more accurate my insurance company just finished this round of therapy. I will see if I can extend it, but for now I'm on a break. I'm better, but my left shoulder is not as flexible as my right shoulder. I have learned that a little stretching can go a long way to keeping my joints and muscles closer to where I'd like them to be, and I'm going to incorporate wall push ups into my schedule. I won't ever get back to the flexibility I had thirty years ago and took so for granted, but I'm aiming to keep what I have. I love my joints and they're counting on me. It's the least I can do for them.

Dog Day Afternoon

This picture has nothing to do with the topic, but I like to include a picture depicting life in New York City. This scene greeted me last week outside of my building and thought you would enjoy it.  

I'm trying to catch up on medical appointments and saw my throat doctor yesterday, which took a lot more of the day than I had anticipated. Tomorrow I am going for a cardiac stress test, and hopefully, all will go well. It's not a favorite test -- not many of them are -- but so necessary. 

Now it's time for the gym. As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School

Growing up in Connecticut school began the Wednesday after Labor Day. It ended the last week in June and school vacation included all of of July and August. I didn't realize that school could begin before Labor Day until I moved to Nashville in 1972. Not having children in school my clues to when school begins are governed by a range of things. There are advertisements for back to school sales, as well as lots of  pictures on my Facebook feed. The buses taking the neighborhood kids to camp have dwindled and soon the school buses will start to arrive on the corners each morning. But the biggest sign in my life will be the change in public transportation. I don't travel much at rush hour any more, but the subways will be much more crowded and in the hours after school it will be hard to get a seat on the bus.

This is all very different from my school experience. I went to two different elementary schools. For the first two years I lived a block from the school. We moved the summer before second grade and after that I walked six blocks to and from school. If the weather was especially bad my mother would give me a ride to school, but generally we -- my next door neighbors and I -- walked to school, home for lunch and back and home again after school. Back to school was marked by new clothes, especially shoes and a new pencil box in the lower grades. I loved shopping for school supplies and enjoyed setting up my notebook, organizing my pens and pencils and later covering my books in brown paper grocery bags. I still enjoy browsing in a stationery store and have kept notebooks throughout my entire working career and still do, now in retirement.

What are your favorite memories of "back to school?"

I'm on the lookout for pictures of monkeys and will be posting them for what else, "Monkey Monday."


I am a tremendous fan of sock monkeys and I couldn't resist this guy all ready for back to school. I found him in the window of one of the local children's stores and enjoyed all of the fun backpacks and water bottles. What a great way to go back to school! 

Another glorious day in New York City, sunny and not too hot or humid. I started my day with physical therapy and I am pleased to report that I have "graduated" from one to two pound weights. My second goal of the day was to do a blog post before the day ran away from me, and I am happy to have accomplished this. I may try for the gym this afternoon or I may stay at home and work on the eternal decluttering project. 

Whatever you're doing today I hope it's fun and that you're doing well. As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Apple Foodie Friday

Not Quite the edible apple...

One of my retirement goals has been to buy a new computer. My almost seven year old computer freezes and starts very slowly. It's still functioning, but I think it's days are coming to an end. My printer has just about come to an end and I definitely need to replace it. In the last seven years the computer world has changed significantly and what was standard then is antiquated now. I am also seven years older and I would love a bigger monitor to work on. From a perspective of orderliness I'd like to be working in a wireless environment.

A year ago I would have done some research and then bought a new p.c., but that was before I got my iPad. I have come to really like using it and that opened my thoughts to getting a Mac. I used it on the cruise and liked it a lot, and it would be great to be able to easily use the photos I take with my iPad on my desktop. I've now visited two Apple stores and I'm just about ready to take the plunge. But before I do I'm turning to my blog buddies for advice. Is anyone using a Mac and if so, what are the pros and cons that you can share with me? I don't see any negatives, but there might be things I haven't thought of. Much appreciate your thoughts and input. 

I can't leave Foodie Friday without real food and I loved these crispy rice cereal treats at one of my favorite places, Treat House. The theme is summer treats and the crispy rice treats were cute, cute, cute. 

The store is next door to the library. Major temptation every time I go to the library. 

Today was a busy day, with errands and an appointment in the afternoon. I wore a skirt and a nice blouse and it struck me how infrequently I wear "business attire" now. Tomorrow is a quieter day, with services in the morning and time with friends in the afternoon. Sunday afternoon I am back to the gym. 

As always, thanks for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend and savor the last of August.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

In Perfect Time


I jumped at the opportunity to read "In Perfect Time" by Sarah Sundin. I especially enjoy fiction set in historic times and since the anniversary of D-Day in June, I've been particularly interested in novels that take place in the 1940's.  "In Perfect Time" didn't disappoint me.

Set primarily in Europe during World War II the novel follows Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson and those she serves with. Kay is an especially engaging character. She has flaws, but her enormous strengths of character see her through the difficult times. There is romance and history and a strong faith component. The plot takes many twists, and I especially liked the main characters deepening in faith and friendship as the years moved forward.

This is the third volume in the "Wings of Glory" series, and I plan to read the other two as well. I would very much like a sequel to this book. I'd like to know what life was like for Kay and friends when they returned to America. Sarah Sundin, we want more of Kay, Mellie and Georgie!

 Kay is just about the same age as my mother was during the war. My mother worked for the Navy in Connecticut and I always enjoyed her stories a lot. Though their stories are very different "In Perfect Time," evoked memories of my mother and her friends. She kept up friendships that started during her years working for the Navy throughout her life.

Many thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group  for this reading opportunity.

July was the travel and birthday fun month and August has been a time to catch up on goals. I started physical therapy and am moving along with my exercise program. I've also scheduled a few long delayed medical appointments and will make the next few appointments by the end of the month. I've still got the ongoing decluttering to do, but a bag of clothes is sorted and ready to be given away. I hope to add to it and bring it over on Thursday. Next group of goals: a new computer, more blogging and more reading.

As always, thanks for visiting and hope you're having a terrific Tuesday. Take good care.

Please note: I was given a copy of "In Perfect Time" to review, but the opinions are all mine.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Pink Saturday

Last Sunday I decided to visit The Metropolitan Museum of Art. I thought that on a sunny Sunday in August the world would be at the beach, but I think at least half of the world was at the museum. I'm not sure I've ever seen it more crowded. Hint for visitors to New York City: skip Sunday afternoons. It's tough to see much, especially the more popular exhibitions.


Happily I found a relatively quiet corner of the museum, a wonderful exhibit of sixteenth century Japanese Art. There were paintings, ceramics, lacquer pieces and this beautiful kimono. I chose to photograph it for the pink tones, but I am enthralled with the design.

I found a pink treasure trove in the gift shop, one of my favorite places to browse in New York City.

 Perfectly pink travel accessories

 The gift for your favorite fashion fans

If anyone is looking for playing cards, I don't think you will find any prettier. 

It was hard to resist all of the pretty in pink goodies at the gift shop. But I'm happy to report that I did. Of course, I may return one weekday morning to take a second look or two. Please stop by at Pink Saturday for more pretty in pink fun. 

We've got glorious weather in New York. Sunny days and cool nights -- my all-time favorite! It's been a nice weekend, with services, trips to the gym and birthday fun tonight. I hope your weekend was fun, too.  

As always, thanks for visiting and have a sweet Sunday night. 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stardust and Golden

This is the post I meant to write two or three hours ago. I got home from the gym and thought I'd take a quick look at Facebook before I sat down to do my Pink Saturday post. I saw a link about the forty-fifth anniversary of Woodstock and thought I'd just spend a few minutes listening to Crosby, Stills and Nash singing "Woodstock." This might take fifteen minutes, maybe twenty. One song turned into another and another and I needed to hear several versions of "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" and now it's almost midnight. If you'll let me be very sentimental, I'll do my Pink Saturday post tomorrow, and tonight I'll spend a little while remembering the nineteen year old girl I was in the summer of Woodstock.

In the summer of 1969 I had finished my freshman year of college and was waitressing to earn money for sophomore year. At this point in the summer I had three more weeks of work and if I had taken off a weekend I would have been fired. I was the summer help, and if I left they wouldn't welcome me back. Amazingly enough those three weeks of work would pay for half a semester's tuition. I was practical and knew that I had a good summer job and the rock festival in upstate New York wasn't possible for me. But it didn't mean I didn't want to go. I achingly did.

My college friend Lucy had been there and I loved hearing her stories of the weekend when we were back at school. My friends and I listened to the "Woodstock" album at least a million times, and I'm sure I memorized every word.

Forty-five years have slipped by and I think its been decades since I have thought of that weekend in August I longed to be part of. My thoughts are so similar to those I had about my childhood in my last post. The memories that are the most vivid are the good ones.  It's not the disappointment that rises to the top of my memory, but the times spent with my college friends singing along with the music and laughing.

The nineteen year old Carol could not have imagined the 64 year old woman I became and the world of 2014. But I wouldn't have become the person I am without those New England college years. Thanks, my friends, for so many sweet memories. We were stardust. We were golden, and we still are, forty five years later. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Joys of Summer Nights...Some-Mores and Fireflies

I know my childhood wasn't perfect, but when I look back I don't often think of the sad or difficult times. Maybe it's simply a function of time, but more likely it's maturity. Our lives weren't fancy or especially privileged, but I had many more good times than not, and as I write this I get a little misty remembering summer nights on Cornwall Street, the street where I grew up. If I was lucky we would be cooking out, which was one of my all-time favorite activities. Our grill was very simple and we used charcoal. If there were gas grills they were too fancy for us. The menu was usually hot dogs and hamburgers and dessert was watermelon and some-mores. After I worked at making the perfectly browned marshmallow -- I was obsessed with getting the marshmallow evenly brown all around -- I often collected fireflies. Then and now, a perfect evening.

 
Thanks, Mary and Mazola

I was reminded of summer nights fifty years ago thanks to my blog buddy, Mary at "One Perfect Bite" and the folks who make Mazola corn oil. The Mazola folks are the gracious sponsors of a wonderful "Summer Grill" giveaway, which Mary hosted on her blog. My winnings arrived yesterday and I was delighted to see the great new barbecue tools, apron -- underneath the tools -- and a large bottle of Mazola. Mazola was a mainstay in my mother's kitchen. I don't do any grilling at home -- tiny apartment with no backyard -- but a lot when I'm visiting my Breezy Point friends. We do simple menus, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken kabobs and my favorite, corn cooked on the grill.

  Sweet, local corn -- perfect for grilling!

What are your summer grill favorites? Are there other some-mores fans in Buttercupland? 

If you enjoy food blogs, I think you would really enjoy a visit to "One Perfect Bite." Today's recipe is a wonderful cold soup from Spain that is calling out to me.  

Today was a beautiful summer day in New York City. I enjoyed the sky -- blue, blue, blue -- the company of a friend and the quiet of my apartment. Sweet summer day!

As always, thanks for visiting. Wishing you many sweet summer days.   

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Road to Hell is Paved with Bags of Mini Candy Bars...

...Not Literally, of course. 

I stopped at the grocery tonight to pick up a few things for the week. I was hungry and feeling a lot less than my most perky Buttercup self, which is the worst time to grocery shop. I've been eating so healthily since my return from BlogHer and I've made every effort to stick to a list when I grocery shop, which saves both money and calories. My list did include a single sized serving of one of my favorite flavors of ice cream, mint chocolate chip. 

Alas, no cups of mint chocolate chip, and I was able to walk away from the other alluring treats. But as I rounded the aisle I just about walked into the very early Halloween candy display. I love candy, and it doesn't have to be anything fancy. I am content with a Hershey bar or a KitKat. The mini-bars are the most treacherous for me. They are small and look so innocent, but the first one is just a tease and before I know it I've had three or four, and there is a pile of little candy wrappers all around. It took every ounce of determination to wheel my cart past this tower of temptation. But I am pleased to say I wheeled right to the fruit section and placed a container of watermelon in my cart.  

This was my first victory over candy for the 2014 Halloween season. I know it's going to be a tough fight, but mini-candy bars, you're not going to beat Buttercup this year. You've had your seasons, but this one belongs to me.  

As always, thanks for stopping by. So enjoy my visitors and wish you all a wonderful Wednesday. 

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Hold Your Horses Pink Saturday

I love autumn. Excluding winter -- as we all know, I am no fan of cold and snow -- I love the three other seasons equally. But autumn holds special charms. I love the cool evenings. I love apples and fresh cider, pumpkins and red and yellow leaves. But I am in no hurry to see them. I want to savor every day of the summer and not rush into the next season ahead of its time.

 I was excited to see this season's apples at the Farmer's Market, and the temptation to buy one was enormous. But I thought to myself, "Buttercup, hold your horses. Live in the moment of summer."  

It's hard to hold my horses when it comes to the changing seasons. I feel the world is pulling me forward everywhere I turn. On a simple shopping trip I am fast forwarded to winter clothes. 

As much as I like the pink down jacket, I couldn't try it on over my summer outfit.

It was Halloween -- way too soon for me -- at Michael's. Happily I didn't see any Thanksgiving or Christmas decorations, but I know by next week, they'll be waiting for me. 

I want to keep enjoying the long evenings and warm days, flowers, sandals, t-shirts and iced coffee as long as I can. Before very long I'll be in long sleeves and sweaters and savoring apples. But until then, here's to summer and all of its glory.



As always, thanks for visiting and wishes for a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Smokey


I'm a fan of bears. Whether it's Pooh or Teddy, I couldn't pick my favorite. But today's honor belongs to our dear friend, Smokey. Smokey turns seventy today and he's still going strong. Smokey's existence began in the last years of World War II. There was real concern that forest fires would be started and the fire fighters were away in combat. In 1950 there was a real Smokey, a bear cub who survived a forest fire in New Mexico. His new home became the National Zoo in Washington and he became beloved as Smokey.

Seventy years later we still love Smokey and he's become my model for getting older. Smokey has adapted with the years and he's kept right up. He has over 300,000 Facebook fans and 24,000 twitter followers. His tagline has changed from "Only you can prevent forest fires," to "Only you can prevent Wildfires," and he has enlarged his focus to urban and suburban areas. Smokey is still as ruggedly handsome as he was when we first met, almost sixty years ago. Love you, Smokey, and here's to another seventy years!

We had another glorious summer day in New York. Enjoyed my study group this afternoon -- we're slowly working through the Book of Amos -- and made a trip to the gym. I'm really trying to get into a good routine -- exercise, blogging and decluttering -- and am mostly successful. I've got a massive to-do list next to the computer and I intend to tackle several things tomorrow. I don't want to see the same items come Labor Day.

As ever thanks for visiting and wishes for a sweet summer Sunday.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Farmer Appreciation Week Foodie Friday and Four Winners

Thank you, farmers and farm families. 

My walk from the subway to my gym takes me past both Lincoln Center and a local farmer's market. The market is set up across from Lincoln Center several times a week and the produce is amazing. Even though I live in the center of the densest urban area in the country there are fabulous farm fresh fruits and vegetables just a mile from my house. I know this doesn't happen by magic, but rather by the hard work of the farmers of New York and New Jersey. This summer I've made every effort to buy local produce and the effort has been so worthwhile. My favorite fruit has been the actually ripe peaches that have been the glory of the summer. They are every bit as good as the peaches I remember from childhood, sweet and so juicy. 



 I was delighted to find the first apples of the season. I did hold off buying them, and instead chose a selection of sweet plums and donut peaches. Plums and peaches have a shorter season and I've got the entire fall to enjoy apples. 

I'm a day late, but happy to announce the four winners of the Sonic coupons. They are TracyAnne, Kelly and Carol Sue. I will email the winners in the next day. I so appreciate everyone who stopped by and shared their favorite flavors, and as always wish I had more coupons to give away. Happy there will be sweet times all over the country. Thank you, Sonic and my buddy, Madison. 

We've had great weather and I have been outside enjoying the lack of humidity and moderate summer temperatures. I've had two ten thousand step days in a row and it is a treat to be out and walking.   

As always thanks for visiting, take good care and have a great weekend. 


Please note: The coupons have been provided by Sonic, but the opinions are all mine. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Two Words I Never Thought I Would Put Together in a Blog Post Title...

...Or even use in everyday conversation, Sports Bra.

On Sunday I bought my first sports bra and today was the first day I wore it. The entire idea of exercise clothing is somewhat alien to me, especially the garments shown above. In those long ago days when I did any sports, either I was wearing a gym suit or I just wore regular underthings. I'm not even sure when sports bras were invented. Whenever it was I missed it. 

Sometime shortly after the chair yoga debacle, I decided that the yoga group I had joined was too advanced for me and I tabled a more formal exercise program until later in the year. Later this spring I picked up a brochure at the library about a research program studying exercise and seniors. It looked doable for someone with a few infirmities and I passed the screening. My launch date was this week.  

After visiting the Y last week -- a post for another day -- I decided I needed to get a sportier exercise wardrobe, and that among other things, a sports bra was necessary. What an experience! I chose three to try on and promptly got myself completely tangled in the first one I tried on. It had a complicated razor-back and it was definitely for someone with a lot more flexibility. Shades of the chair yoga disaster, but this episode, thankfully, took place in the privacy of a dressing room. The second one I tried on was much too small -- they were all the same size -- but like Goldilocks, the third one was just right. 

After the last few years of surgery, more surgery and lots of physical therapy, being healthier and more fit is one of my biggest goals. For the next six months -- the duration of the study -- I'll be a regular visitor to the Y. I'm hoping that my regular visits will lead to a healthier, fitter and trimmer Buttercup who actually enjoys exercise. I'll keep you posted.

As always, thanks for visiting and take good care. Here's to the sweet days of summer. 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Tech Museum Pink Saturday

It seems as though my trip to San Jose and BlogHer14 was a dream, but last week at this time  -- time difference notwithstanding -- I was eating lunch at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. I'd seen information about it during my research for the trip and decided it would be the perfect way to spend time while I was visiting the center of the Silicon Valley.

  I enjoyed the museum a lot, especially the biotech exhibit, which gave me the opportunity to actually do a hands-on lab project. 

I love museum gift shops and this one didn't disappoint. Besides many interesting science and technology gifts there were pink science-themed stuffed animals. It was tough leaving them there, but I took lots of pictures. They were adorable and perfect for Pink Saturday sharing. 

 Lost my heart to this pink cutie and her sweet blue friend. 

These space princesses caught my eye and my heart!

But I'm especially enamored with monkeys and I was very tempted to bring this pink space explorer home with me. I fought the temptation while I was in San Jose, but there's always on-line shopping. 

I enjoyed my tourist day in San Jose a lot. Besides visiting the museum, I did a little shopping, saw a movie and indulged in great ice cream at Cream. I chose butter pecan, but it wasn't an easy choice. 

Today is a quiet day. I'm catching up on things in the house and planning an outing to Michael's in a little while. I've been out to the fruit market and picked up wonderful Long Island blueberries and New Jersey peaches. Loving the fresh local summer fruit.

I hope everyone else is enjoying this beautiful Sunday -- sunny and not too humid in New York -- too. As always thanks for visiting and take good care. 

Friday, August 1, 2014

#oneaDayThanks

One of the things blogging has taught me is the value of Twitter. I started a Twitter account over five years ago and for four of those years rarely used it. But last summer at BlogHer13 a number of the sponsors asked for tweets in order to enter contests. I was definitely green, but I began to catch on. In the fall I did an assignment for Collective Bias. One part of the project was to tweet about the product for fifteen days. I wasn't especially adept, but I had a wonderful project manager who gave me a lot of assistance. After those fifteen days I was off and running.

Last week I had a concern about my flight to San Jose and turned to Twitter for an answer, something that wouldn't occurred to me a year earlier. The Jet Blue folks got right back to me with a response and we exchanged a number of messages. One of my messages commended the agent who had been very helpful to me. On my return trip I used Twitter to commend the gate agent and when I got home I wrote about the crew on the plane to New York. It was quick and easy -- never more than 140 characters -- and I was able to do something grateful right away. So often my good intentions to send an email of thanks simply don't get done. But tweeting a quick thanks was different.

The world is a sad place these days on so many fronts. Besides the big international issues, there are the myriad issues that touch friends and family. I'd love to fix all of it, but that's beyond my limited ability. But I realized I can say thank you, and say it publicly. I liked the idea so well that I'm going to tweet a thank you every day for the next year, using the hashtag #oneaDayThanks. I can say thank you for a kind act, a brave deed, friendship or good customer service and let the world know that I am appreciative. I did two tweets today and expect that I will find many reasons to say thank you in the next year. I hope to use #oneaDayThanks often. Please come and join me. Gratitude is only a tweet away.

On a Foodie Friday note, I'm grateful for wonderful local produce. I've been loving peaches from New Jersey sold at the local fruit store. I also liked these beautiful cucumbers also from New Jersey.

Yes, the price is real. That's what happens when you live on an island and everything is shipped in. 

As always, thanks so much for visiting. It would be a lonely blog without all of my Buttercup buddies. Take care and have a great weekend.