Monday, November 24, 2014

SECOND DAY STILL AWESOME...WHO KNEW?

Friday's adventure was just as great as Tuesday's. I arrived at Time's Square.

First up, coffee at Starbucks. Have you tried the Chestnut Praline Latte? I love it.

From Time's Square, I walked down to Macy's. This is what you see at one of the entrances to Macy...I bet you know what that building is!

Inside the store and up the wooden escalators. I love the clack-clacking of the old escalators.

All the way up to Holiday Lane...



Next back to midtown. Do you recognize that corner building? Radio City Musical Hall!

One more block, turn the corner and yep, there it is...the Rock Center Christmas Tree in preparation.

I decided to have lunch at Cucine&Co on the lower level of the Rock building. From this level you can see the ice skaters.

Lunch was great...fried calamari and sauteed summer squash. Delicious, and surprisingly inexpensive.

So from there I went to meet with my rental agent on Central Park West, right across from Strawberry Fields and the memorial. I took out my trusty camera (actually, my phone), turned it on to take a picture only to find that it was totally out of battery power. It's an old phone and the battery drains fast...I'm getting a new one soon.

As a result, I could not take any more pictures. I did see three more apartments. They were tiny (they call it cozy!) but two of them did not have full kitchens. They had two burners, a small microwave and a one cubic foot frig. 

Sorry. I need at least an apartment size stove with oven, a sink and a frig – at least the size of the one in Duchess.

The third had a great kitchen but it's five windows...yes, count, 'em, five...were under a roof. It was bright and sunny outside and no natural light inside. Again, no.   And once again I walked almost seven miles - 6.96 miles to be accurate.

So, as this is Thanksgiving Week and my rental agent is spending the week with her family, I will not be looking at apartments until next week. I knew I wasn't going to get an apartment before Thanksgiving, but now I am wondering about Christmas.

On the weather front, it was so warm today that I opened up the trailer and put up the fence for the kitties to go out. It's going to be warm again tomorrow so they should have more time outside. On the negative side, the wind is wild. Duchess is rock and rollin'.

And, of course, snow enters the picture on Wednesday mid morning through Thursday. Attending the parade is questionable at this time...:(

So how are your Thanksgiving plans coming along?   If possible, I am going to the parade, then back here for Thanksgiving Dinner at the local bar again.   Last year they had a dinner (potluck of sorts) for all their patrons who were alone on Thanksgiving and for anyone else who wanted to attend.   

There's a new journal prompt posted.   

Thanks for dropping by...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AWESOME FIRST DAY!!!

Wow, yesterday was awesome.   Have you ever felt so good that you said to yourself 'I feel 10 years younger'?   Well, I said that at first, but then I realized that what was really happening was that I was totally energized.

Yep, walking the avenues and riding the subway in NYC was energizing for me.   I was walking around with a perpetual smile on my face just enjoying the constant noise of the streets and the crowds of folks.   Call me silly...and many of you probably are right now...but I love New York City.

Anyway, I was so into everything that I forgot to take lots of pictures.   Sorry about that.   I promise to do better on Friday when I go back in to look at several more apartments.   I did take pictures of Grand Central Station...

And the Grand Central Market...
The market was joy, it is one long aisle full of every type of food you can imagine.   And the spices! I can't wait to visit all the different ethnic shops and stock up on really good fresh spices.

I met my rental agent and we went to three apartments on the east side between 89th and 77th Streets. (I walked almost seven miles!)   The first was a definite no.   The second was a probably no.   And the third was a 'keep it on the list'.  

The first two were on the avenues and they were above commercial establishments.   The third was on a residential street.   If I remember right, avenues are mainly commercial and streets are mainly residential.

So on Friday, we are going to the west side of Central Park and looking at apartments as well as a couple more on the east side.   I had hoped to be in an apartment by Christmas, but it may take a bit longer to find something that feels right to me.

The good thing is that I can live in Duchess where I'm at for as long as needed.   And I have bathroom facilities as well as an electric hook-up.

The only problem occurred after I got home yesterday.   Walking almost seven miles on concrete, in new shoes, was a bit more than my muscles appreciated.   I'm used to walking on dirt roads or roads made with more forgiving material than concrete.   So I had an interesting evening of muscle spasms. Surprisingly, my feet did not hurt at all!!!

One thing that I wasn't expecting to see were all the thrift shops including Goodwill in the east side communities I visited. Made me rethink what I will be bringing down from Portland, ME which is where all my 'stuff' is stored.  

I just may bring my shelves, one bed, two chairs and about 60 boxes and maybe my bike.   The rest of the things I can pick up cheaply at a second hand store or off the street (yes, there were things on the curb for taking).   And I really do enjoy buying 'flea market' stuff anyway.

Well, that's what my first day was like.   I have to tell you that I was a bit concerned about being able to navigate on my own.   My kids said, 'Don't worry about it, mom.   It will all come back to you.' And they were right.   Took me about five minutes and I felt like I'd never left.   I guess it's kind of like bicycle riding.   Once you learn, you never forget.

Did you remember that Thanksgiving day is a week from tomorrow?   I didn't! I thought we had two more weeks.   Surprise!   Surprise!  

Thanks for visiting...
I'll post more after Friday's adventure...

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Adventure Begins

A very quick post today...actually, it's quite late at night...because I need my rest for tomorrow!   And what's tomorrow?   My new adventure begins in the Big Apple!   Tomorrow I meet with my rental agent to look at apartments in NYC.  

I can't believe my next big adventure is beginning.   There were times when I doubted that I would ever get this far.   But here I am...

I'll take some pictures to share with you.   Wish me luck.

There's a new weekly journal prompt posted.

Thanks for dropping by...
See you tomorrow...