Thursday, May 05, 2016

 Pearl Jam in Concert
at
Madison Square Garden
Monday, May 2nd

 Cherry Blossom Festival
at the
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Saturday, April 30th


 Margaret and Debbie
 Duchess and Debbie



Tuesday, May 03, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #254
April 1st, watched my favorite TV show, Sleepy Hollow  J

April 2nd, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt and afterwards did errands / chores.

April 4th, I had appts with my foot doctor and physical therapist.  Afterwards, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

April 6th, did volunteer work [ie: computers] at the WCW office in Manhattan.

April 7th, I attended the lively and entertaining monthly TGTSNBN meetup.

April 8th, I watched the season 3 finale of Sleepy Hollow on TV.

April 9th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.  Afterwards I visited with my friend Anni and her family.

April 10th, I joined my friend Dennis in northern New Jersey for a fun “photo adventures” day.  We visited Hoboken, Branch Brook Park, Eagle Rock reservation, Patterson Great Falls and Skylands Manor.

April 12th, I attended the BFP “Let’s Get Happy over Peace” happy hour event at The Brazen Head pub in Brooklyn.  Good event and nice turnout of 15 to 20 people.

April 13th, I took ½ a vacation day from work to attend a NY Mets baseball game out at Citifields with friends.  It was a sunny, breezy day in the low 50s, and the NY Mets beat the Miami Marlins 2 to 1.  Hooray!

On April 16th, after my cleaning lady took care of my apt, I headed out to do chores, errands and a much needed manicure on a sunny spring day.

April 17th, I visited the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens on a perfect sunny spring day, as well as stroll through Park Slope.

April 20th, I had an appt at NYU Dentistry for consultation / X-rays for an upcoming root canal.  After work I had a physical therapy appt for my left foot / ankle.

April 21st, I attended the fascinating and informative part II of “The Forum on Energy Democracy” at The Commons in Brooklyn.  Which was hosted by the Climate Change committee of BFP.

April 22nd, after work I met up with my Canadian friend, Daniel, who was visiting for the weekend.  We went to the Star Wars costume exhibit at Discovery Center in Times Square.  Afterwards, we hung out at the Discovery Center until 9pm waiting for a friend to pick up Daniel and head back to NJ.

On afternoon of August 24th, I had several friends over for a fun time of viewing LOTRs “Return of the King” extended edition, assorted topics of conversation and noshing on delicious food from The Jungle Café.

April 25th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

April 27th, I had an appt with my physical therapist after work for treatment on my left ankle.

April 28th, I attended a special BFP board meeting about the “future” of our organization and which direction it should turn to.

April 30th, I attended the annual Cherry Blossom festival at the lovely Brooklyn Botanical Gardens with my friends Debbie and Margaret.  We got to see the wonderful Japanese drumming and a tea ceremony.  Place was crowded, as it was a lovely spring day.  Afterwards we went to Debbie’s apartment for a late lunch.  Back in Manhattan I had a much needed appt with Dr Tan my acupuncturist.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

 NY Mets vs Miami Marlins
Baseball with Friends at Citifield
April 13, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

 Views of lower Manhattan
from across the river in Hoboken, NJ
[Edited in Film Noir style]
 Sunday Afternoon - April 10th
Visiting a Friend in NJ

Friday, April 01, 2016

The 9th Annual NY Peace Film Festival
April 1st to 3rd
All Souls Unitarian Church
1157 Lexington Avenue - Manhattan
Tickets are $15 at the door

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Brooklyn for Peace - Happy Hour
"Hey, Can you get happy for Peace?"
Tuesday, April 12th, from 6-8pm
Brazen Head Pub
228 Atlantic Avenue - Brooklyn
Free Pizza!!

Attended the Brooklyn for Peace forum for
The Fight for Energy Democracy
Held at The Commons on March 29th

Thursday, March 31, 2016

 A Sampling of My Watercolors
From 10+ Years



PERSONAL NEWS #253
March 2nd, I had two health related appts today and both were regarding my long suffering left foot.

March 3rd, I attended the informative and productive monthly BFP board meeting.

March 4th, I participated in a watercolor painting workshop in my hood.

March 5th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

March 6th, I watched the wonderful season six finale of Downton Abbey.  Six wonderful years of amazing British drama, style, fashion, and yes, even some comedy.

March 7th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

March 8th, I participated in the productive monthly BFP Fundraising meeting via conference call.

March 9th, I had an appt with my internal medicine doctor after work and got a prescription for springtime allergies.

March 11th, I had an appt with my dentist at NYU Dentistry in the morning, and the final prep work was completed, plus battle plan drawn up.  The cost for this dental work will run me about $18,000 and take place over next 6 to 8 months.  From there I took a taxi to work and then after work I participated in the last watercolor painting workshop in my hood.  As to the latter, it was great fun, and enjoyed working with Holly.

March 12th, after Dana finished cleaning my apt, I headed out to do several errands and chores before my private yoga class with Fabrice.  After yoga, I headed over to “HeART by Hand”, and finished my watercolor painting under Holly’s instructions.

March 13th, I had a much needed manicure appt followed by a late lunch at The Jungle Café.

March 16th, I had to take a “sick day” from work, as I had important documents being delivered by UPS and needed to sign for them.  Also had an appt with my physical therapist for continued treatment of my left foot/ankle.

March 19th, started off with my private yoga class with Fabrice, before heading down to Charlotte’s place for the 3rd annual BFP A&C committee retreat.  Six were in attendance for the retreat and we got much accomplished.

March 20th, I was joined at my humble apt by friends [ie: Wendy, Margaret and Debbie] to watch “Pride & Prejudice” on DVDs, and nosh on great food from The Jungle Café.

March 21st, I took half a vacation day, as I had a dental procedure done at NYU Dentistry, and then headed over to the office for remainder of the day.

March 22nd, I visited my friend Larry after work, and as we noshed on a lite dinner he did my 2015 taxes.

March 23rd, I participated in the annual Tolkien Reading Day event at the Jefferson Market Library with other members from NYC Friends of Tolkien.

March 25th to 27th, I visited the parents for the Easter holiday weekend, plus got to see my brother and sister-in-law.  Had a bit of an incident on Saturday afternoon with the cops and burning leaves and twigs in the parent’s front yard. I didn't know there is a burning ban in New York State and I am thankful I wasn't given a $1,500 ticket. It had me very nervous throughout it all. I am a city gal just helping out the parents and know nothing of these rules. I do now!

On March 27th, in the evening, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.  Afterwards I watch the second season opening episode of “Grantchester” on PBS.

March 29th, I attended a BFP forum held at The Commons called “The Fight for Energy Democracy”.  Very informative and the two guest speakers [ie: Sean Sweeney and Kim Fraczek] spoke with passion and insight.  To get involved; go to http://saneenergyproject.org/ or http://www.senrg.org/donate/

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Watercolor Class
Friday, March 4th

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

 Dad's Coloring Book Creations

PERSONAL NEWS #252
February 1st, I had my second physical therapy session after work for my ankle situation.  Afterwards, I headed home quickly, and got there in time for my private yoga class with Fabrice.

February 4th, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup and it was held at the main public library near Brooklyn’s Grand Army Plaza.  Topic was discussion on the second half of book #7 … Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.  It was a fun, interesting discussion regarding the book and aspects of the films.

On evening of February 5th, we fans of the TV series, Sleepy Hollow, get episode one of part two from season three.

February 6th, I had my private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt and later on a much needed manicure.

February 7th, I spent a delightful afternoon hanging out with my friend Sam in Times Square, Brooklyn Heights and then my hood.  We were having fun with photo adventures and catching up on news.

February 9th, I attended the monthly BFP Fundraising committee meeting and call.

February 10th, I had my third physical therapy session after work for my ankle situation.

February 12th, I took a watercolor painting class after work near my apt.  Then raced home to watch an episode of “Sleepy Hollow”.

On February 13th, after Dana [my cleaning lady] took care of my apt, I had my usual private yoga class with Fabrice at the apt.  Then did some errands before staying in the rest of the weekend, as it was sooooo cold and windy out.

February 15th, I attended the productive monthly BFP Arts and Culture committee meeting and call.

February 17th, I had my fourth physical therapy session after work for my ankle situation.

February 18th, I attended an interesting and informative monthly “Friends of Tolkien” meetup.

February 19th, I took half a vacation day for my NYC Dentistry appt and afterwards headed into the office.

February 20th, after my private yoga class with Fabrice, I headed into Manhattan to attend a friend’s birthday celebration at The Hourglass Tavern on West 46th Street in the afternoon.  Had a great time!

February 21st, I had an appt with my acupuncturist in Chinatown for much needed treatment.

February 22nd, I had a much needed manicure after work.

February 24th, I had an appt after work with NYC Dentistry for mold making of teeth.

Feb 26th to 28th, visit with my parents in upstate NY … errands, breakfast out with friends, hair salon appt and chores.

February 29th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

 Attending Friends
Birthday Parties in February

Taking Some Watercolor Classes
[I haven't painted in 3 years]

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

 B&W Views
of
Brooklyn Heights
Sunday, Feb 7th




Thursday, February 04, 2016

Message from Bernie 2016
Goldman Sachs Thinks We are “Dangerous”
 The CEO of Goldman Sachs, Lloyd Blankfein, said yesterday our campaign represents a dangerous moment, "not just for Wall Street, but for anyone who is a little bit out of line."

I have to say, I find it a little beyond comprehension that Lloyd Blankfein would lecture our campaign about "dangerous moments" after Wall Street received huge bailouts from the working families of this country, when their greed and recklessness caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs, livelihoods, and homes just a few years ago. His arrogance has no end.

Now Wall Street is pouring money into other campaigns. But I am here to tell you that we don’t want their money and we don’t want their super PACs. We are going to do it differently. We are going to win.

Here’s the truth: Wall Street is terrified because we are running a campaign that does not support their agenda. They never expected us to battle to a virtual draw in Iowa, and they are starting to get a bit nervous about New Hampshire too.

The next primary is less than one week away, and we have a slight lead in the polls despite opposition from the economic and political establishment in the state. But if we stand together, I know that we have a good chance to win next week.

#FeeltheBern

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

 February Photo Challenge
1st Week - Pencils



Tuesday, February 02, 2016

The Daily Smoothie Report … Brought to you by Calcium and how to obtain it in a Vegan diet.   The key to healthy bones is more than calcium. However, it is a vital player in your growth and development, meaning it is essential that we all receive enough. While a balanced vegan diet will easily make sure you receive your recommended daily allowance (700mg for adults, 800-100mg for adolescents) it is also important to consider how much of the calcium you eat is being actively absorbed by your body.

Some foods, such as spinach, contain a high amount of calcium but are bound to a substance called 'oxalate' which hinders calcium absorption. This is why replacing spinach with low-oxalate vegetables such as rocket, cabbage and kale are key to a calcium-rich diet.  Interestingly, calcium in cow's milk is not as easily absorbed, meaning that vegetables such as kale are much better sources of calcium than animal milks or 'dairy'.

Salt and caffeine have been shown to inhibit calcium uptake, so moderate your intake. Eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will increase calcium absorption, while adequate protein intake (roughly 1g of protein per kg of your healthy body weight) will also help.

Vegan-friendly sources of Calcium are spring greens, cabbage, watercress, kale, broccoli, parsley, almonds, chickpeas, tahini, drinking water, flax seeds, figs, collards, okra, tofu, white beans, raisins, butternut squash, prunes, dates, kiwis, mulberries and kumquats.

Today’s smoothie blast was created with water, ginger, turmeric, broccoli, blueberries, seedless red grapes and flax seeds.  Tasty!

Monday, February 01, 2016

PERSONAL NEWS #251
January 1st, I invited my good friend Gail over to my place for “afternoon tea”, chatting and exchanging gifties.  We had a delightful 2 hours and she brought her doggie Sage.

January 2nd, I headed into Manhattan to utilize the holiday gift cards I received from partners at work.  I purchased the following DVDs … The Losers, Hero, A Walk in the Woods, Kingsman the Secret Service, Sunshine and Snowpiercer.  Also checked out PC Richards and purchased a new antenna for my flat screen telly.

January 3rd, I joined my friend Margaret in seeing the new Star Wars movie called “The Force Awakens”.  We both really enjoyed it a lot.  That evening I watched episode one from season six of Downton Abbey.  That was also excellent.

On January 5th, I took ½ a vacation day, as I had a morning appt with NYU Dentistry about doing extensive dental work.  Afterwards I headed to B&N to pick up the “Complete DVD Guide to Granada Television Series – Sherlock Holmes”.  I’ve wanted this for quite some time.  After work I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 7th, I attended the monthly TGTSNBN meetup on the upper Westside of Manhattan.  Topic of discussion was on the 7th Harry Potter book.

On January 9th, after Dana cleaned my apt, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice, and then in the evening I attended the annual Brooklyn for Peace holiday party.  The party was great fun and held at a board members charming brownstone home.  Good food and diverse conversations.

On January 10th, I joined some friends and acquaintances to see the wonderful Star Wars costume exhibit at the Discovery Times Square in Manhattan.  It was great fun and afterwards we went out for lunch to a Mexican place on 42nd Street.

January 11th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 12th, I attended the monthly BFP fundraising committee meeting at Ken’s home and it was quite productive.

January 16th, I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

On January 18th, in the afternoon, I had a foot doctor appt.  Hadn’t been back to my foot doctor in over 2 years and needed a thorough checkup.  I’ve been having some issues with my left ankle and I start physical therapy for it week of the 25th.  That evening I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 19th, I attended the monthly BFP A&C committee meeting at Charlotte’s home and it was a productive meeting on our upcoming event.

January 23rd, we here in NYC got hit with the first blizzard of the season, and about 26 to 28 inches of snow fell on the metropolis.  Also, Fabrice came over at 12:30pm to provide a private yoga class at my apt while it snowed outside.

January 25th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my first physical therapy session regarding my left ankle.  Good session and afterwards I had a private yoga class with Fabrice at my apt.

January 26th, I had to leave work a wee bit early for my appt with NYU Dentistry.

January 29th, BFP A&C committee event at the WORD bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, to host the author, Vincent Intondi.

January 31st, I attended the “NYC Friends of Tolkien” event at Stone Creek lounge to view the “Bof5A” extended edition DVD and a belated toast to The Professor.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Adele – Hello

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya
But I ain't done much healing

Hello, can you hear me
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There's such a difference between us
And a million miles

Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened

It's no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time

So hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Hello from the other side
I must have called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home


Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter it clearly doesn't tear you apart anymore

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

 Post Snowcropolis
Northern Brooklyn
Sunday, January 24th



Monday, January 18, 2016

 Visuals Around My Hood
B&W Mode
Sunday - January 17th


First Snowfall in NYC
Sunday - January 17th

Friday, January 15, 2016

 Attended the annual holiday
party with Brooklyn for Peace
members on January 9th



 At the Star Wars exhibit
at the Discovery Times Square
on Jan 10th with Friends