Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
“Moon River” lingers as we continue down the path, cross 65th Street and head for The Mall.
The Mall is Mom’s favorite spot in The Park. Not one of her favorites. Her absolute favorite. You’d think she was walking under the canopy of American Elms with George Clooney at her side – but no – it’s just me. I’m not crazy about the pea gravel promenade – but you can’t argue with the serenity of the place. Four rows of Olmsted & Vaux’s favorite American Elms. The wide avenue is lined with benches facing one another. At times I meet a new friend along the way. I keep checking for Clooney but no such luck (I’m trying Mom).
Before you know it the sounds of the saxophone fade and are replaced with something else. Something wonderful. Something they call the Blues.
We make our way past the Naumberg Bandshell, and there by the old world carved benches not one – but four musicians. Playing the Blues.
You may have noticed I did a quick puddle-dive on my way past the bandshell. Sometimes I just can't help myself. We could stay in this one spot for hours, but it’s time to move on.
The Blues drift away, and up ahead I see him. (No, not Clooney) We walk down the steps to the Bethesda Terrace. There through the archway with the Bethesda Fountain in the background, my 2nd very own saxophone player. And he’s playing classic Billy Joel. This is a perfect New York day.
It’s time to start heading home. As difficult as it is to leave The Park – I know I’ll be back…for another adventure.
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Friday, July 24, 2009
She loves the NY flea markets. Last June she went on a shopping trip with designer EDDIE ROSS to the Hell's Kitchen Flea Market. The lamp, painted tray, and even the black metal box she uses on the desk all came from there....at a steal!!!.....but today.....in came the LEOPARD!
I like it. The ottoman came with us from the Arlington House. It just needed to be updated. The fabric came from Calico Corners. Mom made a side trip to her favorite CC in Arlington the last time she was in DC. Tara was very helpful, but when she suggested the leopard - Mom wasn't sure. Due's Mom referred us to a NY upholsterer who did a great job. It works! It fun, its fresh, without being over the top. And best of all - I think it might hide some of the dog hair I happen to leave around!
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
We headed to the far end of the seating area to relax with our friends Deborah, and Due. The perfect way to unwind after a busy day. (Or so that what Mom says).
After about an hour it was time to go. Well, Mom said it was time to go. I strongly disagreed and decided to mount a peaceful protest of my own.
Mom won. No surprise there. But I think she felt a little guilty. We stopped in the pet store on the way home and picked up a box of biscuits. YES!!!
Monday, July 20, 2009
The weekend’s over and its time for Mom to head back to work…but all is not lost. I found the perfect answer to the Monday Morning Blues….Monday Night Burgers.
Mom and I headed back to one of our favorite spots, the Daj Hammarskjold Plaza on 47th Street. The same place where we go to the Greenmarket on Wednesday mornings, is home to the perfect outdoor café in the evenings. We met up with Aunt Dana to soak up the beautiful (dry) weather with the perfect breeze coming off the river.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Last night we had one of those true summer thunderstorms – and this morning – puddles everywhere.
Now mind you Mom still tries to steer me clear of them – but I made a quick dive – and once I’m wet – I win. And if you’re going to get wet – get really wet. Soaked to the bone – dripping in goodness WET.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
The answer is our very own greenmarket at the Daj Hammarskjold Plaza (47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Our market operates every Wednesday from 8am – 6pm. Mom and I meet Due and Deborah at the corner, skip the dog run to head to the market. Just look at these apples - this is NEW YORK after all!
Mom thinks tomatoes - ripe, juicy, blood red tomatoes - is just what summer tastes like! I bet she gets some fresh mozzarella and a loaf of french bread...maybe a bunch of basil to go with these!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Another beautiful day in New York.
Due stayed with us last night so it was off the to Park first thing this morning.
It rained last night which meant that the grass was nice and wet this morning. Now I admit, I’m usually the one who comes out looking like a drowned rat – not this time.
Mom may have some explaining to do. Of course it was two against one this morning so we pretty much had the upper hand.
We spent most of the morning in the Park – even met up with a photographer from Texas who took some great shots of us (more on that in a later post). When we finally left the Park we were in for a great surprise…BASTILLE DAY IN NEW YORK on E. 60th Street from 5th Avenue all the way to Lexington.
Mom might have to go back this afternoon without us.
Friday, July 10, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I’ll let you in on a secret, there are some who think of New York as this immense city of over 8,000,000 (that’s 8 million !!! ) people. Those of us who call it home, know that it is really just a collection of intimate neighborhoods. Each like it’s own small town with a flavor, feel, even a favorite pizza place or two of its own. For over 50 of these neighborhoods, they also have their own DOG PARK. This is mine...
A doubled-gated DOG RUN just for me and my friends. Lots of shade and benches for our people to sit and visit while we run around and play. Due and I try to meet up most mornings to get in a quick romp before breakfast. Sometimes he sleeps in, or has other plans so I just hang out by the benches – there’s always someone willing to pet me!
I’d stay here all day but it’s time for me to have breakfast – and to send Mom off to the office.Check back tomorrow - I want to introduce you to my buddies from the dog run...
Saturday, July 4, 2009
I thought I'd check out the plaque so I could better understand what we were looking at.
There's always something new to discover. Always something to learn.
For more information on this beautiful structure check out this link below