Sunday, April 30, 2017

City Views, Country Dreams

Good evening from New York.

It is now May Day Eve.  This realization reminds me how I have become a very lazy blogger.  It also reminds me that it's been grand to have been spending much more time outdoors as my winter down-filled coat has been traded in for various layers of cotton, silk and wool.


At home, on the breakfast front, Quaker Oats Old Fashioned oatmeal, prepared with raisins, a dash of cinnamon and brown sugar and milk, has been replaced by the simpler goodness of Cheerios.  Winter and summer oats promise to be kind to my cholesterol levels.  When berry season appears at the farmers market, strawberries will replace the raisins. 


Over in Central Park, flowering trees have been flowering.


Daffodils have surpassed their peak blooming season.  Tulips are on display.


The blue sky days are blissful.  Even when clouds roll into town, we now know that snow won't be part of the package.


Romantic couples (memories...) and friends rent rowboats to travel the Lake in Central Park.


My Mom just celebrated her 99th birthday, and I hope that she won't mind my sharing with you all the watercolor anemone blooms I painted for her card. 


On the knitting front that is always lurking around my apartment, I have begun an experiment with a new technique, Entrelac, that creates a sort of basket weave effect.  I have been following the technical advice given by Entralac.  Once you get the gist of the basic maneuvers, there are countless variations possible.  Give it a go...not that complicated.


My recovery from that February fall is almost complete.  I have participated in some more political activities and continue to communicate with my elected governmental politicians.  On a bus ride yesterday, I noticed that "stand by" barricades are still up in front of Bergdorf Goodman, located diagonally across Fifth Avenue from Trump Tower.

The NYC taxpayers continue to fund this, as the First Lady and her son still dwell in TT.


Moving along, here is a view of the current garden space that is planted just above the subway station at 72nd Street and Broadway.


On an afternoon walk today through my neighborhood, I stopped to take this picture of a classic Upper West Side brownstone building that features a well-chosen planting for its parlor floor window boxes.

Thank you all so much for visiting and leaving your comments.  I continue to also appreciate the pleasures of Instagram and invite you all to also visit me at my page there.  I also promise to continue visiting you blogging pals.

49 comments:

  1. Central Park looks so beautiful on a gorgeous Spring day. We were lucky at the beginning of the week here in Toronto with beautiful blue skies and warmer temps - I took the opportunity to visit High Park (about 2/3 the size of Central Park) as the Cherry Blossoms were in bloom. Viewing them is an annual event here and I was very glad to be able to visit early in the morning on a weekday. It got so crazy last Sunday that the park had to be closed and then the big restaurant, The Grenadier Cafe had to be closed! It was so much nicer on the Monday when a friend and I could stroll under the trees and really enjoy them - although by the time we left a couple of hours later cars were circling looking for parking spots and we were glad to leave and not to have to deal with it.
    That new knitting technique looks amazing - but much more difficult than you are letting on.
    And what a beautiful card for your mother - she is very lucky.

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    1. Thank you Margie! I have heard of the Grenadier Cafe, and so from your description of the crowds surging to see the cherry blossoms have a good idea of the Surge.
      Truly, check out the first pages of the Entrelac book I've given a link to, and you will soon understand the technique.
      I truly appreciate your compliment on the card. xo

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  2. That Entrelac knitting technique looks very intersting! Glad you are almost good as new. I am enjoying your photos.

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    1. Wilma, I am 99.995% okay. Just being quite careful when and how I now place one foot in front of the other.
      Promise another blog post soon. Best wishes to you and yours in your amazing location. xo

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  3. Your spring sounds wonderful Frances. Love your card painting and the Entrelac sounds and looks fascinating. What will you make with it? A sweater or scarf? I just love the look of yours. I've had to back off from Trump. It/he makes me sick. Hope your summer days are as good as the spring.

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    1. Donna, thanks for your visit and comment. I originally thought the Entrelac experiment would be a scarf, but I might end up felting it and turning it into some sort of hat. Jury is out.
      I continue to stay close enough to the Trump reporting (daily Spicer press conferences, e.g.) so that I remember that this is not normal.
      xo

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  4. So happy you have spring, clouds, and no snow !
    Your Birthday Card for your Mum is so wonderful.
    The basket weave knit is beautiful, you are so talented. I tried knitting and just couldn't move my fingers the right way. Plus the kitting teacher made fun of the way I was knitting and it was very strange.
    It was my first class. I would have liked to knit for fun but my arthritic hands just can't take it now. Which in a way is good because I have so many different art projects going on I don't think I could try another.
    Love your walks through the park with all the flowers.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Good to hear from you, dear Parsnip. Thank you for those kind words. (I do know what you mean about having a large collection of ongoing projects...Isn't it grand that neither of us will ever be bored!) xo

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  5. I never knew New York could be so beautiful in the spring!

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    1. Jennifer, spring is one of NYC's best seasons. When and at what pace it arrives is always a bit hit or miss, but it's beautiful! We are now in full sneezing mode. xo

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  6. I'm glad your recovery is almost complete, take care on there paths! Well done for keeping on the case ... today's politics should not settle to be the norm. It's as if we've all been shaken up and we're waiting for the dust to settle

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    1. Yes, Celia, I am being careful to watch where I am going, and also to truly pick my feet up when I walk.
      May I tell you again how much I enjoy seeing your posts! I do think that the shaking up is still underway. xo

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  7. How lovely to see spring blooming in your city And good to hear you have recovered from your fall. Beautiful card for your mom's birthday... What a grand old age.

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    1. Thanks, Gina. It's funny...I think my Mom is actually sort of surprised to be that old! xo

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  8. I adore your electic posts on the city..i cant wait to come back there in november

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    1. I appreciate your visits and comments, John. My hope is that my posts give a view of NYC that gets a bit more into what it's actually like to be living around here. xo

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  9. Dear Frances, I always enjoy coming along with you on your sojourns through Central Park. Those Rembrandt tulips are stunning.
    Happy 99th Birthday to your Mom. How very lucky you are to have your Mom still part of your life. May she enjoy many more years.

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    1. Oh Gina, many thanks to you! I'll pass your kind words on to my Mom, too. xo

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  10. It is such a lovely time when trees are in blossom. I imagine that a walk in Central Park has many attractive trees to admire. The tulips remind me of an old Master painting.

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    1. It's a true pleasure to watch the ways in which spring announces its arrival in the city. The folks who plan and attend to the gardens, lawns, trees, etc. in Central Park are true artists. There is just the right amount of the natural looks...like thousands of dandelions allowed to flourish. And then...the lavish displays of those amazing tulips! xo

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    2. Lovely photos as usual and such a pretty card for your Mum wish her happy birthday from me. Glad to read you are recovered from your fall and watching where you walk now. I loved Central Park when I visited a few years ago especially the man playing his guitar by John Lennon circle. Is the building the shop in the park, I remember we went there and my grand daughter brought a bed cover for her brother who was unable to cone with us. Happy memories.
      Enjoy the day,
      Hugs,
      Hazel

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    3. Thank you so much Hazel. Glad to bring back some happy memories. xo

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    4. Hazel, I will pass along your birthday wishes to my Mom. xo

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  11. Nice you change breakfast with spring season...for me only coffee and cake always!!great views fron spring corner in NY...happy birthday for your mum and congratulation for age!!Always I follow you in Instagram and thank you to you for folloow me!!happy week

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    1. Gabri, it's fun to chat with you both here and on Instagram. I thank you for the kind wishes for my Mom's 99th birthday.
      (Some mornings I actually fix a "real" breakfast with eggs and toast and jam...xo

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  12. Dear Francis,
    I think of you almost daily, wanting to come read your newest blog post with leisure, and then the day passes and your page has been open all day and I did not get around to drop in. Please accept my apologies for that!
    As always, I loved your forays into your fair city, after the weather disturbances, everything things to be growing and blooming just as expected.
    Belated birthday wishes to your mom, your card's exquisite.
    Warm greetings fom Vienna,
    Merisi

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    1. Thank you, dear Merisi! I have become a very lazy blogger, and truly appreciate folks like you who continue to visit and comment.
      I promise to pass along your birthday wishes to my Mom. Happy Spring to you and yours! xo

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  13. I shall pass that complicated knitting technique on to a keen knitter friend Frances - I really like the effect.

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    1. Thank you, Weaver! The Intralac technique is a bit like a magician's trick. When it is explained well, it suddenly seems so simple. xo

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  14. Lovely springtime pictures here Frances! Your little painting is so beautiful...congratulations to your mother on her special birthday! The knitting looks very complicated and clever to me........such a lovely effect! Happy May.
    Helen xox

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    1. I appreciate your kind words very much, Helen. Knowing your creativity, I'm sure you'd find Entrelac a breeze! xo

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  15. I'm looking forward to berry and peach season too. Good cereal toppings! But my breakfast isn't as healthy as yours, since I really like the Honey Nut variety of Cheerios. It must be so wonderful to walk around NYC under blue sky unencumbered by winter clothes. I have now shed my hiking boots with the cleats attached for much more comfortable walking shoes. Glad to have snow-free trails!
    And that little painting! Lucky mom.

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    1. Carol, isn't it fun to finally pack away some of the winter gear? Our winter was a bit odd, and I actually only wore my snow boots once.
      Thank you for the comment on the painted card, too. xo

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  16. I love your painting, you are a lady of many talents. I can't imagine where one would start with that knitting! I shall admire it from afar. Happy birthday to your mum, goodness, she is nearly a century old, just think if all the changes over those years, no Instagram to divert her! Glad you are making a good recovery, enjoy the great outdoors. X

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    1. Thank you so much, Val, for your kind compliments and kind wishes.
      I'll pass along your Birthday greetings to my Mom. Yes...she has definitely experienced many changes throughout her years!
      Since it's finally gotten to seem more springlike around here, it's a great pleasure to be outdoors. Sweater weather! xo

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  17. I´m also a lazy blogger :) The time and days flies...but it´s always so nice finding a new post from you and read about your lovely citylife Frances!
    Have a great weekend, take care...
    Titti

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    1. Good to hear from you, Titti. I guess we should be very happy to have such full days! Right now we are having several very rainy days and I am hoping that all the pollen from the trees will be washed away...my eyes are very scratchy!
      Happy weekend to you, too. xo

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  18. How delightful to catch up with your NY in the spring and to know that you are firing on all cylinders again. Gorgeous anemones for your mother and such clever knitting. I have just finished knitting a jacket in garter stitch which was enough of a challenge especially when sewing together. I had to undo it twice! I just hope that when the small recipient gets back she won't have grown out of it!

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    1. So good to hear from you, Lucille. Thank you so much for the kind words.
      I actually think that knitting in garter stitch really requires a knitter to be quite precise for the results to be pleasing. And the yarn choice gets to be pretty important, too. I bet that the jacket you've finished is perfect!
      xo

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  19. Nothing better than Cheerios in the morning, I've never outgrown them. That Knitting style is just fabulous, you are a painter in wool. Instagram is challenging me, I still have not figured out how to use it from my laptop and haven't the initiative to watch tutorials. I do think facebook and instagram are ousting blogging a bit, so I am always happy that some of us are still hanging on in the blog zone.

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    1. Wonderful news ...you are also a Cheerios fan! I didn't sign on to Instagram until after I'd purchased a smartphone. I guess when I investigated how to use it via the laptop it just seemed too "un-instant." I do, however, like to view IG posts via the laptop...seeing the photos in a larger format is pleasant.
      I will still blog. xo

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  20. You are making good use of your time, as always. I love the new knitting and the watercolor!

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    1. Vicki...I am searching for more hours in every day! Thank you for the compliments! Currently, hay fever is giving my eyes a lot of bother...it looks beautiful outdoors, but the breezes... xo

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  21. The political activities on both sides of the Atlantic continue to fill me with alarm and disbelief so it's wonderful to have those blue skies and blossom to remind us of the joys of nature. I remain in awe of your knitting skills! Happy belated birthday to your mother - that's a good age! xx

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    1. Thanks so much for this comment, Chris. After last evening's breaking news about the firing, things have gotten even more weird. Yes, it's a good time to be reminded of nature's beauty...and knitting helps, too. I'll let my Mom know of your wishes. xo

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  22. I'm late! Your pictures of Central Park are like being out in the countryside; I would certainly take to the rowing boats if I was there.

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    1. Cro, thanks for visiting. Without the many benefits of Central Park, NYC would be an unpleasant island. It's a beautiful asset!

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  24. I love your painting, you are a lady of many talents.


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