My Favorite Things – The Park in the Spring

If you’re wondering when to visit New York, right now would be a good time!  In Central Park, trees are beginning to flower, the daffodils and forsythia are blooming and there is a gentle haze of color beginning to fill the horizon.

Today as I walked home from Columbus Circle, I saw:

The gentlest hints of white, green and yellow framed by dark tree branches…

spring tree in Central Park

A spectacular yellow magnolia…

yellow magnolia and tulips

Pink tulips amid Bleeding Heart plants and blue wild flowers…

tulips and wildflowers

Blazes of yellow forsythia…

Forsythia bushes in Central Park

The gleam of skyscrapers across the pond…

Looking towards the south end of Central Park

The first cherry blossoms…

cherry blossoms emerging

Tulips and daffodils near the Swedish Cottage…

wood fence and wildflowers

A city seemingly renewed…

Looking south in Central Park

Sweet miniature blossoms…

white flowers

 And verdant paths each step of the way!

Lamp post and flowering bushes


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Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny


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My Favorite Things – In Anticipation of Easter (A High Carb Post)

My mom, and my husband and I went to the West Side Market in Cleveland yesterday to purchase ingredients for our Easter dinner.  The market is one of my favorite places to visit whenever I’m in Northeast Ohio and I’ve written about it before on my blog here.  Yesterday’s shopping list was actually short – just 4 ingredients – but that didn’t stop us from walking every aisle and taking time out to enjoy a Frank’s Bratwurst sandwich.

And although we already gave each other Easter baskets (sometimes you just gotta start celebrating early), I’ve decided that I’m getting all of these goodies next year!

Cute Easter Bunny cakes

pastries and cakes

artisan loaves of bread

Frosted Easter eggs

Greek pastries2

Cherry strudel and other cakes

Challah bread

Greek pastries


Easter bunny cakes

Hippity hop…

(Or, should I say oink oink?)


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Friday’s Thought – The Colors of the Spirit

West Side Market fresh fruit

“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.”

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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Jo’s Journey (A Somewhat Irreverent Guide to Doing Anything Better) – 10 Steps to Cultivating Beauty

I’ve been talking a lot to my mom lately.  Last night the subject of our conversation turned to what makes someone beautiful.  And that got me thinking about my friends and why they are so beautiful to me.

My friends…

1. Make eye contact with me

2. Listen intently

3. Try to understand what I’m feeling and where I’m coming from

4. Are caring and loyal

5. Are honest about their own fears and insecurities

6. Share their successes and triumphs

7. Are generous

8. Have a sense of humor about themselves and about life

9.  Are curious about the world and aren’t afraid to try new things

10. Embrace their age with honesty and grace

I figure if I can strive to be even half of those things to my friends, I might just become more beautiful, too!

 funny hair roller fashionista

“Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.” 
(Kahlil Gibran)


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The Melancholy Polka – New Whimsical Illustration from Joana Miranda Studio

Josephine hasn’t been feeling exactly chipper of late…in fact, melancholy might be a better description of her mood.  But even Josephine knows that moods come and go.   And so she’s embracing this one and learning to dance with it, too.

Melancholy Polka for blog

(The greeting card version is now available in my shop at Etsy.)


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Friday’s Thought – On Moderation

photo of cappucino and croissants


“Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

(Julia Child)


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