Monthly Archives: January 2012

Nothing Smells Better Than New York City Street Food


As I took my weekly walk on the streets of lower Manhattan I thought for the umpteenth time that there is one good smell after another as you walk. Now I am proud to say that I don’t partake of all these goodies but I enjoy smelling them and the good memories that the smells bring. When I was a kid in New York some of my best times were weekend excursions with my Dad while he made sales calls to beauty salons and barber shops. He would always stop and get himself a hot dog at one of the street vendors. He would tell me that he would get me something to eat but not one of the “street dogs” because he wasn’t sure how clean the vendors were. Father logic? I guess but those hot dogs smelled heavenly. I couldn’t wait until I could buy one myself. Heck I have a New York stomach, I can eat on the street with the best of them and live to tell about it. Millions of people can’t be wrong can they? Anyway the best thing is that it brings back memories of my Dad who was the center of my young universe.

The sense of smell can be a wonderful thing!

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I Walked Fourteen Blocks in 16 Degree Weather


Sounds dramatic doesn’t it? Well it’s true and I did it today to get to Vogue Knitting Live at the New York Hilton. I cannot swear that I’d have taken that cold walk for many other reasons. It is amazing what we’ll do for something that we love. I was in heaven today yarn and people who love to use it. It doesn’t get any better than that. If you are not passionate about anything, keep looking. It is so worth it and a passionate pursuit may change your life.

Happy Sunday!

I Wear Mom Jeans and I’m Proud!


So since I’ve lost a few pounds I realized that I was wearing the dastardly MOM JEANS that the young people write about with such distaste. So off I went to the store to buy some new jeans. Well the first pair were those low-cut jeans and even when they fit they don’t. Can you say muffin top? The next pair was made of some stretch material and let’s just say that the mirror was not kind. The last pair had a natural waist, okay didn’t look bad but sitting down just wasn’t and option. As I was leaving I said to the young lady in the dressing room “well I’m never going to get a pair of jeans again” and proudly marched off in my bagging but oh so comfortable faded blue jeans. So go on young girls, do your pull up wiggle dance. Hold your breath, and pray for the time when you can go home and take those things off. I’ll keep my loose jeans and my circulation!

Thanks for Following Me!


I write two blogs for anyone who doesn’t know and at one point I was trying to do both every day. That’s tough. I decided to only write in this one when I have something that I feel I have to say. My knit/crochet blog gets a post every day. It is wonderful to be able to express one’s self and I really appreciate those of you who read my words.

I want to offer hope when you need it and a laugh when you can use one. What we have in common should outweigh our differences and sometime you just need to know that someone else shares the same things that you are going through.

So I want to thank those of you that follow me and I hope that we’ll be together for a long time.

Happy Monday!

The Holidays are over, don’t forget American companies


During the holidays according to Diane Sawyer’s reporting lots of American companies reported great sales. Thanks to everyone who found either a reason to support a company or actually searched out a product until they found an American company that made it.

Just a reminder, the holidays are over. We still need to support our companies. If you bought American tell us what you bought and the name of the company so that I can pass it on.

Happy New Year again.

Your First Responsibility This Year – Yourself


I went to a wake today. I have known this young woman since she was a child. She died Christmas day of complications of a life with diabetes. She was 41 years old. She was a wife and mother and one of the nicest people you ever want to meet. It was really sad. Her mother said to me please take your diabetes seriously and do every thing that you can to keep it in check.

Point well taken. None of us know if what we do will be enough. Enough to prevent, enough to reverse but one thing is for sure. Doing nothing will get us no where. I must be my priority to be of any use to anyone else. I wanted to mention this to all of you.

I know that many of us are going through financial ,  relationship, family, school, job traumas but you have to suck it up and make sure that you are first. No guilt. Take care of yourself. Need to visit the doctor, do it. Automatic withdrawal  for the gym and you don’t go, start now.  Need a time out take it. I scheduled my workouts for the next eight weeks. Can’t forget, it’s on the calendar. Hope some of you will join me.

I’m Going to Live like a Doozer in 2012


Fraggle Rock was one of my favorite kids shows ever. Can’t say that my son shared my love for the show but I never missed it. My favorite characters were the Doozers. These little guys spent all of their time mining, designing and building various structures. They use radish dust to create these structures which it turns out was the Fraggles favorite food.

So what’s my point? If you ever watched this show you know that in the middle of construction the Fraggles would just walk up and break a piece of Doozer construction off and eat it. The Doozers would stop for a moment and then just return to their task. Rebuilding what had been eaten. Wow! That’s the lesson. When somebody rains on your parade, just keep working. Take a breath and pick up where you left off. I won’t be daunted this year. I may have to restart a few times but so what. Good enough for the Doozers, good enough for me.