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My Favorite Things – When the Stars Align

Outdoor concerts are NOT my thing.  I don’t really like attending them and I don’t particularly like performing them either.  But every once in a while the stars align – or, maybe more correctly, the weather cooperates – and I can’t think of a better way to spend the day.  Cap it off with an evening off for “date night” with my husband and I’m in heaven.

At 2 p.m. today in the pit at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center this was the task at hand.

In the NYCB pit

(And speaking of “hands”, my Bridge bid at intermission threw my partner for a curve!)

Bridge Hand

With the show concluded, my husband and I headed to Chianti for a romantic dinner à deux…

Dinner at Chianti

And then on to the local frozen yogurt hot spot for his and hers sundaes.

frozen yogurt at night

What could be more perfect?  Maybe only this…

lanterns and the moon

 

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My Favorite Things – A Sewing Machine That Works!

My 2nd-hand Necchi sewing machine died recently.

(R.I.P.)

Which left me with material and a zipper for a pair of concert pants and no way to make the pants.

Even worse, I made this nice pair of pencil pants in May…

pencil pants

And was extremely proud of the fact that I modified the waist so that the look was less Mom-style pants and more “hip” (in both senses of the word.)  But my modifications resulted in a problem – waist gap.  And even though Kate Middleton has made showing off her (lack of) underwear a somewhat “in” thing, I’m not comfortable going that route.

Peek-a-boo…

pants with waistband gap

Fixing the waist band means taking it off, re-cutting and re-sewing, so I splurged and bought a NEW sewing machine.  It’s a Pfaff Smarter model and I was assured that this basic version will do pretty much all I need.

(Besides, it goes with my decor…)

Pfaff sewing machine

Learning to make your own clothes…what could be smarter than that?

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It’s Out of The Bag…

Joana in the bag framed

Yes, I’m officially a year older today!

Which doesn’t mean I’ve gained any more wisdom…

Channeling Carmen Miranda

Or maturity.

Joana is very excited

(But then again life wouldn’t be as much fun, would it?)

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Friday’s Thought – Taking Flight

Angels at Rockefeller Center

“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing one another.”

(Luciano de Crescenzo)

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Friday’s Thought – In This Moment

yellow leaf

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
(Buddha)

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Friday’s Thought – The Power of Love

golden globe

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”
(Jimi Hendrix)

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My Favorite Things – The Loves and Locks of the Brooklyn Bridge

Somewhere high above the East River, messages of love have gotten locked down.  Just when did it start?

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According to this news report, love-struck lovers following a trend initiated in Italy began “locking down their love” (and throwing the key into the river) on the Brooklyn Bridge back in 2010.

Locks are periodically cut off…as are, undoubtedly, some of the relationships!

message3

Some locks are sentimentally engraved…

locks

While others impart a more Goth vibe.

locks2

The visitors come from near and far.

message1

Some wax poetic…

message4

While others are more pragmatic.

message2

(In the absence of love, food.)

Want to express your love?  There’s still room…

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Friday’s Thought – On Architecture

Upper West Side Doorway

“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
(Winston Churchill)

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Friday’s Thought – Urban Wisdom

scary girl graffiti

“Gray hair is God’s graffiti.”

(Bill Cosby)

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Friday’s Thought – Beyond the Senses

open rose

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched — they must be felt with the heart.”

(Helen Keller)

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