Thursday, December 14, 2017

No Matter How You Spell It...

Happy Hannukkah/Chanukah!

The not-so traditional sufganiyot -- doughnuts -- from my favorite Breads Bakery.
On Tuesday, December 12 -- the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar - Chanukah began. Chanukah means dedication and this festive holiday commemorates the victory of the Maccabees over Syria. The Temple in Jerusalem was rededicated and there was only enough oil to light the menorah for one day. Miraculously the oil burned for eight days.
There are two traditional foods for Chanukah and both involve oil. One is sufganiyot -- traditionally powdered jelly doughnuts -- but my favorite bakery put a modern spin on their holiday treats and the chocolate sufganiyot is filled with nutella. It was unexpected, but delicious.

The first night of Chanukah
On the first night of Chanukah one candle is lit and on each successive night an additional candle is added. On the last night all eight candles are lit. The candle in the center of the menorah, in a less conventional design, is called the "shammas" or helper candle. It is lit first and is used to light the other candles. On the left is the second traditional food, Latkes, potato pancakes. These were thin, crispy, delicious and worth every calorie.   
It's been a lovely time of celebration -- friends, food, prayer and the traditional songs of Chanukah.
So grateful for this festival that is a celebration of light. 
As ever, thanks for visiting and wishing you joy, light and miracles.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Yesterday was Snowman Sunday...

...And the snow collection had a great time singing and celebrating the season.

Today is Monkey Monday and Pep and friends, all dressed in their holiday best, claimed the new recliner for their holiday festivities. 
Tomorrow is Teddy Tuesday and (from left to right) Snowflake, Miss Fluffy and Paws
are dressed for fun and good times.
There's lots of holiday celebration for Pep and all of his friends. Though despite what I thought was careful planning this year, I am running way behind in getting errands done. I've got almost all of my planned cards to do and lots of wrapping. I'm still optimistic that I will get everything done, but I realized that Christmas is only two weeks away and Chanukah begins tomorrow.
Pep and all of his pals join me in wishes for fun and festivity and sweet dreams!
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a terrific Tuesday. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

My Vote for the Most Iconic Christmas Experience in New York City

The winner is: Rockefeller Center
I've got a list of must do experiences for December in New York City. I love the department store windows on Fifth Avenue, the decorations at Macy's and the Christmas tree and crèche at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I rarely miss a visit to Saint Patrick's Cathedral and a stroll along Madison Avenue to see the store windows. Holiday must-do entertainment is a visit to Radio City to see the Rockettes and the holiday show and the New York City Ballet perform the Nutcracker. To round off the list is a visit to one of the holiday markets -- Union Square is my favorite -- and a trip to Brooklyn to see the fabulously decorated houses in Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge. But at the very top of my list is a trip to Rockefeller Center to see the Christmas tree and the ice skating.
The view from dinner -- dazzling and magical 
I've visited Rockefeller Center every year since I moved to New York City in 1975. I enjoy it every year and thought it couldn't get better. But my visit this year was better. In fact, it was magical. Last Thursday I was searching for a restaurant for dinner on Friday. I had a tried and true where I often went with my work colleagues when we got together. But I wanted to see if there was somewhere we hadn't gone before. I came across the Rock Center Café in Rockefeller Center. Amazingly, on a Friday night before Christmas, there was availability for six people at six o'clock. I quickly looked at the menu and booked the reservation before the opportunity was lost.

I'm wary of "tourist" restaurants, not just in New York City, but anywhere I travel. Generally -- and I am generalizing -- the food is unremarkable and the space is crowded. The Rock Center Café had the magnificent view of the Rockefeller Center skating rink, the food was good and the service, from our waitperson to the people who greeted us, was terrific.     

After dinner we joined, what seemed like, thousands of people who had come to see this year's tree. 

I've seen this scene more times than I can count, but each year it grows more special and this year it became magical. I wouldn't have expected magic after all of these years, but that's the joy of magic. It finds you when you least expect it. It found me this year at Rockefeller Center and that's why it has my vote for the most iconic Christmas Experience in New York City.     
What's your magical Christmas moment, past or present? 

Thanks for joining me for this wonderful experience. Wishing you many moments of joy and magic.  

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Pink Saturday Goes Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Broadway and West 73rd Street, Manhattan
 I was walking along Broadway after study group this afternoon with my friend, Nora. It was twilight and I looked to the right and saw this tiny park brightly lit and glowing. I asked if we could stop for a minute so I could take a picture. She replied yes, and added "I expect I'll see this in your blog." I told her I hadn't thought of using it, but since she asked for it, I would. As I continued home, I thought, "Why not?" I've been focused on capturing the iconic Christmas scenes in New York and was overlooking the beauty close at hand. So, tonight we take a Pink Saturday in my New York neighborhood.    

When I got home tonight it had gone from twilight to evening and the snow covered the street divider on Broadway. It set off the white lights that decorate the trees and made for a very local winter wonderland.

I took this picture on Friday at West 86th Street and Broadway, just a few blocks from the photograph above. I've probably walked by this store a dozen times in the last few weeks, but didn't notice the goodies in the window. But as I waited for the traffic light to change the t-shirt in the center caught my eye, "I'm only a morning person on December 25th." It's definitely true for me. Is this the case for my friends in Buttercupland?

"But the prettiest sight you'll see is the holly that will be
On your own front door."

When I started to write this post this phrase from "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" kept going through my mind. So I close this post with a photograph of holly from the grocery a few blocks from my house. It's not quite my own front door, but it's in a corner of my heart and world.

Tomorrow we return to the iconic sights of New York City with perhaps the most iconic. Any guesses?

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a weekend filled with blessings at your own front door.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

It's Time for the Buttercupland Fair

When I started blogging in 2009 I quickly discovered that my newly found blog buddies were wildly talented. In addition to writers there were candle makers, jewelry makers and soap makers. There were artists and authors of books. If I took a poll I'm sure I'd find expertise far beyond this list.

I'm a big fan of local. My favorite coffee place has just a few spots and they're in Manhattan. My favorite apples come from orchards in New York state and I've found some of my favorite gifts come from my friends in Buttercupland. In order to showcase "local" shopping ideas I enjoy featuring the talented citizens that I've met in Blogland.

We're changing the Fair just a bit and dropping by what may be the cutest store on the Eastern seaboard, Pebbles and Lace in Strasburg, Pa. It's run by three generations of talented and charming women, including my dear blogger buddy,  Becky at Hospitality Lane. I've written about Becky's fabulous soy candles in the past -- a link is included in her blog page -- but since she, her mother and daughter opened Pebbles and Lace in 2017 I'm featuring her store this year. Alas, I haven't had a chance to visit, but I've followed the Facebook page from the first day of business. It's lucky for my pocketbook that I'm not closer, but I would love to be able to visit and to shop there. It's a wonderful mix of the whimsical and the practical and I adore just about everything in the store. 
 Could the Pebbles and Lace Christmas array be any cuter!
I'm also featuring one of my favorite books, A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts, which includes writing by my talented blog buddy, Terra of Terra Garden. This is a wonderful book to give to a friend or give to yourself. In a season when the world seems to be spinning too fast with too much to do, this book is a great guide to how to find calm and joy in this time of year.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit to the Buttercupland Fair. We'll be back again for more gifts to give and to keep by talented citizens of Buttercupland.

Today was chilly, but bright, and I zipped around doing errands. We may get a little snow tomorrow and I hope it's just enough to be pretty and festive, but not slippery.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!



Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

Yesterday I wrote that today's post would be about a mystery novel. But the term mystery novel doesn't do justice for Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan. When I was reading about this fast paced title I noticed the description of "legal, romantic suspense," and that sums up the book much better than the generic of mystery novel.

Deadly Proof features attorney Kate Sullivan who serves as the lead counsel in a major case involving corporate cover-up. Romance enters with Landon James, retired Army Ranger, who is hired for an investigation after the death of a whistle blower. The issues at stake are topical, thoughtful and could be taken from the front page of any newspaper. The plot and characters held my interest and I am pleased that Deadly Proof is the start of a new series. Eager to get to become better acquainted Kate and Landon in the future. Many thanks to Litfuse Agency for the opportunity to become familiar with Rachel Dylan's work.

Tomorrow we begin our first day of the Buttercup Fair, featuring fun gifts from two of my favorite bloggers. Please stop by for gift inspiration.

As ever, thanks for stopping by and have a terrific Thursday.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christy by Catherine Marshall

Sometime in the 1960's I watched the movie "A Man Called Peter." It was based on the story of Catherine and Peter Marshall, the beloved Scottish minister. It was both inspirational and a deeply touching love story. I wept buckets watching this beautiful couple and the sorrow of Dr. Marshall's early death. Years later I was working in the Cokesbury Book Store in Nashville. One of my responsibility's was books about religion, both text books and more popular books. One of our best selling authors was Catherine Marshall, who wrote very popular inspirational books. I was delighted to find Catherine Marshall again and read many of the thirty books she wrote. A number of them are still on my bookshelf, underlined and filled with notes.

For some reason I cannot comprehend I didn't read Catherine Marshall's best known book, Christy. It was a best seller when it was published fifty years ago and it later became a successful television show. In honor of the fiftieth anniversary of Christy my good friends at Litfuse Group gave me the opportunity to enjoy this beautifully told and highly engaging story.

Christy is based on Catherine Marshall's mother's experience of teaching in Appalachia in the early years of the last century. She taught the children of the fictional town of Cutter Gap, Tennessee. The impoverished Cutter Gap is very distant from Christy's comfortable life in Asheville and her faith is challenged throughout the difficulties of her experience there. There is romance, there is history and there is a well-plotted novel that will hold your interest.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to make up for what I missed fifty years ago. My great thanks to Litfuse for filling a gap in my reading and bringing Catherine Marshall and her spirit and writing back to my life. Christy would make a perfect gift for the person on your shopping list who enjoys fiction.

I'm back tomorrow with another book discussion. I hope you'll join me for a very different, but engaging modern mystery.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!


Saturday, December 2, 2017

Pink Saturday Goes to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Before the Elf is on the Shelf

For the last twenty five years I've wanted to see the balloons in the parade before and while they're being inflated. I live less than a mile away, but in the past work, cooking, cold and snow or simply inertia have kept me away. I decided that this year would be different. I had done my cooking, I don't work anymore and though cold, it was clear. I stopped by on Wednesday night and the balloons were "closed" for security concerns. But Thanksgiving morning I was up and out after 7:00 a.m. and finally I was able to see the balloons before the parade began. 

One of my reasons for making this balloon excursion was to take photographs to use in a blog post. I did a post with one picture on Thanksgiving Day and then the novelty of the Christmas decorations pushed Thanksgiving out of my mind. When I saw the poster below in a subway station this week, I realized I'd was time to do my Macy's Parade post and what better time than Pink Saturday!


The balloon lineup on West 77th Street, shown with their handlers. Each balloon has a group of "handlers," who are trained to keep the balloons from going astray.  


Besides the handlers, there are hundreds of clowns -- not a bit scary -- who walk alongside the balloons and add to the fun. The Half-Baked Holiday Clowns graciously posed for the camera. There were many cute costumes, but this group was my favorite.

It's another clear night in New York City. After this post is completed I'm off to visit one of my favorite holiday sights. I'll leave the destination for a surprise, but I definitely need pictures at night.

Thanks for all of the get well wishes. My cold is better and there's only a cough or two now and then. I think/hope I will be ready for the gym on Monday.

Please be sure to stop by and visit Pink Saturday. It's always a fun visit and this week one of my photographs is being featured. Thanks, Beverly!

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a great rest of the weekend.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Something for the Best-Dressed Beloved Animal Companion

I don't know about your mailbox -- though I have a good idea -- but I get a lot of catalogues. Most of them go immediately to the recycling bin, but on occasion a new one catches my attention. One of the things about having a cold is that I spend more time at home and I peruse the mail more carefully than usual.
The other day I started to flip through the catalogue for Uncommon Goods, a company in Brooklyn. There were a number of useful, well-priced and fun gifts, but the one that I found especially captivating was the unicorn pet sweater. I've seen a lot of cute sweaters for dogs, but this may be the cutest. Before anyone writes this off as impractical, please remember that New York dogs are out walking in the cold and the little ones are especially close to the cold, cold sidewalk. There are a few pups I know that are definitely putting this cold-weather outfit on their lists for Santa. Does anyone dress their pup for cold weather?

This is my second day of staying home and resting. I did get out to the walk-in clinic this morning and was pleased to hear that my lungs are clear and my ailment is a bad cold. I have cough syrup and I'm still drinking lots of ginger ale and, while I'm not 100% cured, it's amazing what two days of rest and care will do for a cold. I hope to be out and about tomorrow, but nothing too strenuous.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care. Colds are no fun!

Monday, November 27, 2017

The View from my Recliner

Actually, it's a view of my recliner.
One of the things I've wanted to do for awhile is create a cozy reading nook. As the years have gone by my former cozy reading space, my couch, is not quite as comfy. It's quite low -- something that didn't matter to me when I bought it several decades ago -- but makes getting up more difficult. I've been looking at recliners, the chair of those who are retired, but didn't see anything I especially liked. Most of them were too big for my living room. In the thousand Black Friday and pre-Black Friday emails this chair caught my eye. It was extremely well-priced and the item most criticized in reviews was that it was small. Finally, a chair just my size -- 5' 2" and not getting taller -- for my small space. It arrived last week and I love it. It's comfortable, cozy and I like the way it looks.
My scratchy throat turned into a full cough and I spent most of the day looking out from my recliner. One of the things I did was choose a winner for our Maker Media giveaway, Brianna Y. Brianna, wishing you and your family lots of happy music making.

First card of this holiday season.

My other observation from my recliner was my first holiday card of the season, from a favorite author, Marie Force. If you're a fan or romance novels and like them a little spicy, her books are for you. They are a tad spicier than I generally prefer, but they are fun and totally indulgent reading. Thanks, Marie and company for your happy greetings.

I had hoped to be out taking more photographs and enjoying New York City, but I've learned taking care of myself is the best thing I can do when I get a cold/cough. I hope to be back to running around New York later this week and stop by some of my favorite places decorated for the season.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Pink Saturday Visits the Blue Box Cafe

At the corner of West 57th Street and Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's

Those of us who are fans of Audrey Hepburn and Breakfast at Tiffany's greeted the news of the opening of the Blue Box Café with both jubilation and a sigh. Thank you, Tiffany's, it's about time. It is now possible for fans of Tiffany's signature pretty blue box to have lunch and dinner at the store and the restaurant looks as stylish and lovely as you might imagine.  

I was walking in the neighborhood yesterday and thought -- perhaps foolishly -- it might be possible to stop by for an elegant cup of coffee. Alas, this sign set me straight and realized, at least until after New Year's, it was reservations only. I think on a cold and snowy weekday morning in January it might be possible to have breakfast at Tiffany's on the spur of the moment. I do think of the Blue Box Café as a place for a treat -- perhaps a birthday celebration or a visit from a visiting blogger. 

The store was crowded, not surprising for Black Friday, but I did get a picture of one of the elegant windows on West Fifty Seventh Street. 


Though this picture isn't from Tiffany's I am posting it as a preview of coming attractions. It's from Tiffany's neighbor up Fifth Avenue, the very elegant Bergdorf Goodwin. I will be doing a post featuring the beautiful windows of Bergdorf's in the next week.

I hope you're having a fun Pink Saturday.  I'm taking it easy today. I've got the start of a sore throat and I'm drinking tea and trying to keep myself healthy. Thanksgiving was lovely. I enjoyed the balloons of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and a wonderful dinner in the afternoon. Feel very grateful and richly blessed.

I feel richly blessed, too, for everyone who visits Buttercupland. Thanks, all, for your friendship and have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

The balloons get ready for today's parade!

Whether your day is spent with Power Ranger or power turkey eating, I'm wishing all of Buttercupland a happy Thanksgiving Day. When I count my blessings, Buttercupland is high on my list.

Happy, happy wishes to you and your families!  

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Yes, I Know It's Tuesday

One thing I've found since retiring is that while I know what day it is, I don't always know the date. I had planned to do a Maker Monday giveaway and a feature for Monkey Monday and had a slight problem loading the pictures yesterday. So we're just moving right ahead and doing our Monday giveaway on Tuesday. I don't think anyone will mind.

Thanks to my friends at Maker Media I'm happy to host a giveaway of Make: Musical Instruments by Kathy Ceceri. The Maker Movement encourages innovation, creativity and learning. This fun book has hands-on projects for family time to make musical instruments. They include the Pizza Box Radio and the Thumb Piano. There are photographs and step-by-step instructions for each project. Kathy Ceceri is a home school parent and educator who has put together a number of hands-on activity books on topics as diverse as robotics and geography. These are great activities to encourage non-screen time for long winter afternoons. 
This is an easy peasy to enter giveaway. Just leave a comment -- favorite musical instrument -- and I will choose one person to receive the book. Please leave your comment by Sunday, November 26, 11:00 p.m. and be a Citizen of Buttercupland/Google+ friend/Bloglovin friend.

Pep joined a brunch party on Sunday. He wore his winter fleece -- holiday attire coming up -- and showed a definite preference for apple pie pancakes. They looked fabulous, but in the interest of wearing the clothes I already own I went with a more sensible choice of eggs.
We begin holiday pictures tomorrow. I've got my first photographs ready to post and I'm hoping you will enjoy them. 
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care! 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pink Saturday Tours the Golden Circle

We're going back to bright and beautiful Iceland. Actually it was bright for only one day, but it was beautiful every day. Fortunately our one sunny day coincided with the reservation for the Golden Circle Tour. The Golden Circle is not a circle, it's not a formal itinerary and the only gold is in the beauty of the natural scenery. It is a tour that includes the three most popular sights in Iceland. I took the same tour in the summer of 2014. It was warmer, but overcast and rainy and I was thrilled to see  the same sights, but in sunshine.

The first stop was Thingvellir, the site of the Althingi, the 930 AD first Icelandic Parliament. The buildings don't remain, but the signage was extremely informative and gave a great sense of this early representative governing body. The physical site, shown above, is magnificent. Besides the historical importance, it's an area of great geological significance, here the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America meet. After taking the photograph above I turned to the right and this was the vista that greeted me.


The next stop was at Geysir hot springs. If you're a fortunate visitor the geyser -- Strokkur, a successor to the Great Geysir -- looks like Old Faithful. I was not quite so fortunate, but I still was still very happy to experience this moment. There were several false starts -- not quite as explosive as this one -- but not quite the scene I hoped for.

The third part of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall. As I look at each photograph the same words come to me to describe the sights -- awesome, magnificent, extraordinary. Gullfoss is extraordinary and perhaps more so, because of its unspoiled setting. There are no billboards, concession stands or parking lots to detract from its natural beauty.

My visit to the Golden Circle was all that I had hoped for. Besides the beautiful setting I was fortunate to have chosen a small local tour company for our trip, Go to Joy Iceland. Our guide was thoughtful and extremely knowledgeable and it was a treat to ride in a comfortable mini-bus with five other people.

 For the next forty-two days Buttercupland enters a festive state of mind. There will be a giveaway (or two) and the first one is tomorrow. There will be a few book reviews and the rest of my posts will be celebration time in New York City. I walked through Rockefeller Center today and the tree is in place waiting for its lights. There will be lots of pictures, lots of fun and I hope you will visit often.

This week's post joins our friends at Pink Saturday. Please stop by and share in the blogging fun.

As ever, thanks for visiting. Take care and wishes for a great week. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Caring Kind Walk

My new buddy, Patches, dressed for the doggy costume contest and looking sharp.
For the second year in a row I've been part of a team -- the Wednesday Walkers -- for the Caring Kind Manhattan walk. Caring Kind is a fabulous organization that supports those who are caregivers for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. We were a small team this year, but we raised over $700. for this very worthwhile cause.    

The beginning of the walk at Riverside Park, along the Hudson River
I became involved in the work of Caring Kind after agreeing to do a walk with my friend, Helen. This was over two years ago and I was barely walking two miles a day. I had had surgery for a spinal cord tumor two years before and my walking was still limited. The idea of the New York City Marathon or even a ten mile walk wasn't feasible. I needed a short walk -- Caring Kind is two miles on a mostly flat surface -- for a cause I believed in. I entered "walks 2016 Manhattan" into a search engine and I found my answer. My walking has improved significantly in the last two years, but I am happy to keep walking for this organization.  

The Wednesday Walkers at the end of our walk. 

There were several well-known personalities and here is Mary Ann with retired hockey star and present day television hockey analyst, Ron Duguay. He couldn't have been nicer and meeting him was an added fun note to the day.
We walked a month ago, but I've got several posts from past events that I will be publishing -- including more photographs from Iceland -- in the next week. Once Thanksgiving comes around I will be featuring holiday décor in New York City. I will also be doing several giveaways and once again showcasing the talent of friends with Buttercup's Fair. Please stop by often, we're going to have a lot of fun.   
As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Pink Saturday Visits the Blue Lagoon

The beautiful Blue Lagoon

This Saturday Pink Saturday goes to Iceland for a visit to the Blue Lagoon.  Yes, the Blue Lagoon is as beautiful and relaxing as these pictures depict. Actually, on reflection, it is more beautiful and even more relaxing as the pictures show. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa formed in 1976 after the Svartsengi power plant was built. People began to bathe in the waters and realized the very positive effect on their skin. People with psoriasis were especially helped after bathing in the waters. The Blue Lagoon opened to the public in 1987 and has continued to expand. A hotel on the site is now under construction.

The temperature of the lagoon is approximately 100 degrees and the day I was there the air temperature was approximately 35 degrees. There were a few chilly moments getting into the lagoon, but they were quickly forgotten. This is the swim/walk up bar. I had a banana skyr -- Icelandic yogurt -- smoothie, but there are stronger spirits available, too. Besides the refreshment bar there was also a silica facial bar, which left my skin feeling very smooth. 

Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice and it is an area of great volcanic activity. Eighty per cent of Iceland's energy is geothermal made by heat inside the earth's crust. It is clean and sustainable.

I had a wonderful lunch in the Lava Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon. I had fresh Icelandic mussels and a glass of sparkling wine. It was a perfect pre-relaxation for the perfect relaxation to come.

This was my view from the restaurant. It was winter coat weather outside and bathing suits for my time spent in the Blue Lagoon.
I'm back from Iceland and slowly adjusting to life in New York. I've been surprised at the jet lag I've experienced. I fall asleep early and wake up at 4:00 a.m. I'm hoping that the worst of the jet lag is done and I'll be on a New York sleep schedule very soon. A little lost sleep is a small price to pay for a great visit to Iceland. The scenery was spectacular -- a word I don't use often -- and I will be posting several more times with some photographs from my visit. 
As ever, thanks for visiting. Thanks and remembrance to all those who served and who serve our county today. Very grateful for the sacrifices you all make for our freedom.  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Put Down the Mini-Snickers, Now

Halloween Bagged Chocolates says it all.
Your response is that it's not a mini-Snickers. Okay, so it's a KitKat or Almond Joy or M&Ms. We see you indulging in a candy orgy. One mini-Snickers becomes half a dozen and then you add three of the little bags of M&Ms and then you're looking for the back up bag of candy corn and then you're in a sugar daze. But it's Halloween and this is Halloween candy.
Actually, it's Halloween bagged candy. Next week it will be Christmas bagged candy and the M&Ms will be tinted red and green. But it's the same candy, and you can buy it 365 days a year. Somehow when it's Halloween candy it justifies the sugar overload and added poundage. Wrong! A KitKat is a KitKat is a KitKat. Putting a pumpkin on the wrapper doesn't make it a pumpkin KitKat.
When I hear the words "Halloween candy" my memories go to the kitchen in the house in which I grew up. My mother is melting Kraft caramels -- are they made now? -- and we're dipping apples. I think about trick or treating and bringing home a big bag of candy. It was a treat for my elementary school self who never imagined I would be able to eat bags of candy whenever I might want to when I grew up. I can eat all the Halloween candy in every drugstore in New York and I can't bring back the days of Kraft caramels and trick or treating.
So put down the mini-Snickers and leave the candy corn in the bag. Savor the memories and enjoy the little ones in their adorable costumes. You will save thousands of calories and stop the inevitable seasonal slide to a larger size that begins with the first piece of Halloween candy. Your waistline will thank you. 
I was thinking of skipping this post because of today's  tragedy in Lower Manhattan. But as former Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said, we are New York Resilient. We are heartbroken and we mourn for those who were killed, but we're tough and even in the most tragic of times no one takes away our ability to enjoy life. No one.
Hold your loved ones close and take good care of yourselves and thanks for visiting Buttercupland.

Monkey Monday Halloween

Pep Le Monkee and Opus in their Halloween finery 
Pep loves Halloween. He likes his bunny ears at Easter and can't wait to put on his Santa suit at Christmas, but Halloween may be his favorite celebration. This year he's wearing his Halloween sweater for a casual trick or treating look. Opus is decked out in the Great Pumpkin costume and he's hoping he finds some herring tidbits in his treat collection. I doubt if anyone is giving out herring bits this year, or any year, and I've got a jar of herring as a Halloween surprise for my favorite penguin.  

It seems that every year there are more and more outdoor decorations for Halloween. These two buildings are less than a block from where I live and in the Halloween spirit. I've never seen this building decorated in past years, but they've a great job this year.


This building is decorated every year. There is also a recording with spooky noises. I wasn't scared. But if you're coming down the street and not suspecting an eerie sound and sight show it may give you a fright, which is of course, the idea of Halloween.

I don't have any Halloween decorations except for Pep and Opus in their costumes. Do you decorate for Halloween, and if so, indoors and/or outdoors? 

I'll be back tomorrow with my tip on saving thousands of calories on Halloween, and yes, candy is involved.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take good care!