Friday, September 30, 2016


Treasures all.
None of them are very big- one is the pot that Damian and Cresten gave me for my 21st birthday. The next is the dream catcher pot I bought in Zion National Park last year and the third is the "dish" I bought in St Petersburg on the Baltic tour with Sharan and Anne-Marie.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Walking to the subway on 125th Street this student overtook me and was carrying his football gear.
Here's the rundown of what a football player needs...
Neck Collar/Neck Roll.
Jockstrap and Cup.
Mouth Guard.
Thigh, Hip and Knee Pads.
Shoulder Pads.

So he had a bit of gear to schlepp :).

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


 When a vehicle is booted, a device is attached to a wheel of the vehicle to prevent it from being moved. The vehicle can be booted for owing the city more than $350 in parking ticket or camera violations that are in judgment.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Watching the leaves change

 The view from our lounge room window encompasses a vista across Morningside Park.
Time to watch and see how the leaves change and the trees lose their leaves.


If it's Fall there must be apples! And there are crates and crates full of them.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The other side of the street

The sun shone on a glorious Sunday, warm and balmy and lovely. The light on the street gave the streetscape a lovely glow.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Signs of Fall

Outside the supermarket there are ever changing signs of the seasons. 
Massive numbers of pumpkin and lovely flowering pots.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Here we are

A coach in a school had a shocking day and let me know later that evening that she was okay and having a drink. So I sent her this photo of Maria and I (Maria works there too).

Thursday, September 22, 2016


A furin is a small Japanese wind chime, which is traditionally hung from the eaves of a house during the summer. It has the shape of a bell with the clapper in the center of the
chime. A strip of paper, called the tanzaku, hangs from the clapper. When the wind blows, the tanzaku causes the clapper to strike the sides of the chime, thus making the furin toll.
Japanese people enjoy that furin changes the wind into sound.
However this furin is actually not under the eaves but rather in the principal's office at one of the schools I go to. She is a bit of a Japanese style freak :).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Subway and kids art

 116th Street Station Glass mosaic mural. Artist Vincent Smith's mural features cultural figures from Harlem, including Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughn and Dinah Washington. It is Smith's intention to "capture the lyricism and spirit of the African Diaspora within the Harlem community."

On the same day I captured some kids pictures at one of my schools.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Sharan was in town for the UN meetings. She invited us to an event where Geoffrey Robertson, presented about a case brought by Lula to the United Nations Human Rights Commission over the sustained but baseless attacks against him. According to Robertson, “Lula is bringing his case at the UN because he cannot get justice in Brazil under its inquisitorial system. The same judge who is invading his privacy in this case can have him arrested at any moment and will then become his trial judge, deciding on his guilt or innocence without a jury.” The ITUC is supporting this case due to the systematic denial of Lula’s fundamental rights. Many in Brazil, including some of Lula’s most prominent opponents, have attacked the move by Dallagnol, saying that it could seriously damage the ongoing national “Car Wash” corruption investigations. One of the prosecutors, Roberson Pozzobon, provoked a storm of criticism when he told a media conference yesterday “We don’t have proof, but we are convinced”.

Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary, said: “Brazil’s justice system is now under the spotlight, as powerful corporate interests seek to use it to attack Lula, his Workers’ Party and the enormous positive legacy of over a decade of social and economic progress. We stand with Lula, and we are resolutely opposed to the misuse of judicial power to persecute him. The latest manoeuvres put democracy and rights at further risk and also provide a convenient smokescreen for the government led by Michel Temer, which having deposed President Dilma Rousseff in a political coup, is pressing ahead with privatisations, asset sales and plans to eviscerate the labour code. Irreparable damage is being done to Brazil’s future under the guise of a solution to Brazil’s current fiscal challenges.”

Monday, September 19, 2016

National Butterscotch Pudding DayThe

National Butterscotch Pudding Day gives us good reason to enjoy a tasty dessert. Okay, so Butterscotch may not be as popular as vanilla or chocolate. But, it sure is good. If you like butterscotch, just the thought of butterscotch pudding has already got your mouth watering in eager anticipation.

The magnolia that i know will be magnificent in Spring

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Long distance crafting

Such a lovely opportunity to sit in my own space and continue to do some crafting work with Louise in North Carolina and Chrystelle in New Jersey....lovely lovely lovely :)

Friday, September 16, 2016

Our first trip to Costco

 It was a bit of a feeding/ shopping frenzy. We caught the 116  bus and we stocked up. Then we caught a grocery filled cab home.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

National Creme de Menthe Day

In recognition for the bright green liqueur containing water, sugar, grain alcohol, and heavy doses of mint. It's used in cocktails, and in many dessert recipes that feature mint chocolate, for example.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

National Coloring Day

Not to be confused with National Coloring Book Day, which is observed in August, National Coloring Day is a special day for young and old alike. Coloring can be done just about anywhere and is affordable, too. Today is about adding a splash of color to your life, with or without coloring books. And if you are feeling extra adventurous, you can even color outside the lines, too!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Trying to catch up on posting my photos from each day. I haven't missed a photo taking day but have fallen way behind in posting so here I  go... talking to myself :)

One should always have matching phone cover and nail polish :)

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall light

Love the light, love the shadows on the street near our apartment.
119th looking towards Manhattan Ave.

Saturday, September 10, 2016


 A night out with friends at Ginny's....

Escape from the hustle of the city outside and find yourself downstairs in Red Rooster’s best kept secret, Ginny’s Supper Club. Our classic Harlem speakeasy vibe lends itself perfectly to creating memorable days and nights of celebration featuring the legendary music of Harlem and Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s world renowned cuisine.

A bit of a delay in seating us but a restorative champagne did the trick and despite some bad sound mixing we managed to enjoy ourselves.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


On the way to work it occurs to me that the weather is changing and with it the light in the morning- I started looking for evidence and saw lights on in many spots along the way including the light still on at The Cecil.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Print of those rare moments on the train where there were not only three people reading...they were reading printed text...and they were sitting together!

Monday, September 5, 2016


 ...when you realize you've nearly let the day go by without taking a photo...
I spent time experimenting with backgrounds and then used a pic from a sales catalogue photocopied down in intensity. I still need to get text onto the page.
I was inspired by Mr Brainwash street artist whose work I saw in the gallery on Sunday.

Mr Brainwash is many things: a street artist, a filmmaker, and a real estate investor. He's been rumored to be Banksy, or alternatively, an invention of the famously anonymous street artist, after starring in the 2008 film, Exit from the Gift Shop.
Despite, or because of, these rumors, Mr. Brainwash continues his work as a street artist, taking on projects in cities around the world. New York seems to be a special place for the French expat, who currently lives in Los Angeles, but just bought a space under the High Line. He recently teamed up with Hoerle-Guggenheim Gallery to unleash his creativity on the interior of the newly launched New York Edition Hotel. The only problem? He has a mere three hours to get the job done, and isn't sure yet what to do, exactly. We sat down with Mr. Brainwash to discuss the project, his celebrity fascination, and of course, Banksy.
The clock is ticking. How are you going to finish this project in time?
I have learned something after doing it so many times: I always pull it off. That's what my answer is in my head. Whatever I do, I just do it. I don't think, I have two hours, three hours, ten hours, two days, whatever—I always work and make it happen. I just don't give up.
 Just not quite the same....yet :)

Sunday, September 4, 2016


 Aurora alums are behind this “bellissimo” NoLita trattoria, a “sublime” option for “authentic” Neapolitan pizzas and “homemade pastas” served in a rustic-industrial setting; when the front room gets too “tight”, regulars head for the “greenhouse”-like back room.

We sat at a corner window table and I had Smoked Trout Toast -crushed avocado, shaved radish, cauliflower,
soft boiled egg on whole wheat toast- yummo!
Then walked along the streets of Soho and spotted this :).

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Arlene brought donuts to the crafting night. 

A “pioneer” when it comes to “decadent”, “drool-worthy donuts”, this Lower East Side factory and its roomier offshoots supply “sublime” examples, “fried, baked, glazed and stuffed” in 35 seasonally rotating “marvelous”, “wild flavors” like chestnut, tres leches, blackout and PB&J;, all made with “fresh, natural ingredients”; it's “kinda pricey” and you should “be prepared for long lines”, but “you'll forget about” all that “from bite one.

She brought chocolate, vanilla, creme brulee and raspberry.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Autumn on its way

 Hard to believe that summer is over and the signs of autumn are beginning to appear. I thins case it is a browning and deadening of leaves as opposed to yellowing and orange-ing.
Then of course there are the blossoms of late summer.