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My Favorite Things – The Magical Light of Fall

This morning I was up early so I decided to take my camera along for a walk around the reservoir.  With the warmer-than-usual fall we’ve been having, the colors in Manhattan’s Central Park are just getting started.  But the light has already changed.  There is something softer and more diffuse now…which makes for some painterly photos.  Enjoy (although you may need your sunglasses to view some of these photos!)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir

leaves begining to turn colors along the reservoir

Two ducks on the reservoir

yellow leaves against the blue reservoir water

rust colored leaves against the blue water of the reservoir

San Remo tower reflection
sunlit weeds along the reservoir

sun beam through the fronds

colors of fall along the reservoir

fronds along the reservoir

sunlit spider web

sunlit fronds along the reservoir


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Friday’s Thought – On a Summer Afternoon

dried flowers in the summer

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

(Henry James)

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Friday’s Thought – Artfully Said

Upper West Side brownstone in the springtime


“Architecture is inhabited sculpture.”

(Constantin Brancusi)

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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.


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.


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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