Tuesday, December 9, 2014

DAMON CAME TO VISIT

I was really surprised that they named the Nor'Easter.   But I think this storm has the potential to affect lots and lots of folks.   Here, we had a ton of rain all day.   I went to do my laundry and got soaked just going from the car to the laundry.

And water is collecting all over.   I walked through what I thought was a shallow puddle only to have it go over my shoes!!!

I don't think that we will be getting much if any snow here, but some parts of the northeastern corridor are going to get socked but good.

So, no apartment hunting in the city today, only online.   But I have found a few places and have contacted the agents to see about checking them out in person.

I have been making some ornaments.   This is the latest...

Cute.   Only took two colors of yarn and a half inch cut from a toilet paper roll!   Google 'yarn and toilet paper roll winter hat ornament' and you will find lots of pictures and directions.   It's really adorable.

Can you believe that Christmas is only 15 days away?   I have to get busy and make a few more ornaments to send out.   Don't think I will be in an apartment before but who knows.   I'm just enjoying each and every day.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

FRIDAY'S ADVENTURE! WHEW!

Why the 'whew!'?   Well, I walked just around 10 miles that day!   It was cold, misty and windy for most of the day.   I did have fun...well, until it was time to look at apartments.

First let me tell you about the rest of the day.   I headed to MOMA to see if I could get into the Matisse exhibit.   The lines were so long that I knew I would not have time to walk through the exhibit and then to get back to 102nd street on the west side to see the first apartment.

I did go to the museum store.   Wrong move.   I bought some holiday presents.   The only reason I didn't purchase several books was because I knew I would be carrying them all day long.   What a wonderful place.

So next I went to visit Patience and Fortitude, the two lions guarding the front of the main NYC library.   I did take a couple pictures of the tree in the main room...


(My phone is really getting bad...can't wait until the new one gets here!)  Next I walked to Rock Center and saw the tree with lights...(again, picture not too great)...

From there I saw five apartments on the east side.  None of them were the one place I wanted to see on the west side.  And four of them weren't anything I would live in.

The last one was a great studio apartment but it was on a main thoroughfare and I really wanted to live on a residential street that had main thoroughfares on either side.  Am I being too particular?   No, I decided I want to live in a place that I want to live in and not settle...does that make sense?

And I didn't even get to see the one apartment I wanted to...things didn't quite add up for me at this point.  So this week I am looking on my own for apartments instead of relying solely on my agent.   Several of my friends said that they wound up using several agents to find a place.   (You only pay the agent who shows the apartment that you choose.)   Have no fear, I will get an apartment, eventually.   Wish me luck...

This weekend I took down my fall decorations and put up my holiday ones...





Chip and Dale have been very lazy...
And since it's been too cold for them to go outside I can understand why they are so bored.

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

YESTERDAY'S ADVENTURE

Yes, I did make it in yesterday but after spending the day walking in cold, rainy weather and getting home rather late, I didn't manage to post a blog.   And, of course, my phone died half way through the day...even though I carried two charged external batteries with me!

I stopped again at the Apple Store and have now ordered a new phone.   And, although many folks think I'm crazy, I ordered the 6Plus.   Remember, I watch a lot of tv on my 4S iPhone, so this will be an improvement.

And, I think I will use it more for reading.   I stopped using the 4S because I liked my old iPad better except that it is too big (first generation) and heavy to carry around.   So, I have a Kindle (the basic model) which I carry with me.   If I get the 6Plus, I can eliminate that and just use my iPhone.

Grand Central is all decked out for the holidays...

I guess it's hard to see but there are twelve foot wreaths and lots of lights all over.   By the way, do you know about the whispering corner in GCS?

There are four corners like the above one, many, many feet apart.   If you stand in one corner and the person you are talking to stands diagonally across in that corner, you can hear each other perfectly well when you just whisper!   And, yes, I tried it with one of my children just to see if it actually worked.   Quite frankly, I was totally surprised that it did...but it does.

So my route took me up both the east and west sides of Central Park.   I left Grand Central Station on the six and went up to 96th street.   I meandered down the area to 86th street.   There were a few places I didn't want to live in like the large apartment buildings but other than that, it was fine.  

Then I went back to Grand Central Station (via subway again), took the shuttle to Times Square and then, after some coffee at Times Square...

I took the 1 up to 102nd street, this time on the west side, and meandered down several blocks.   Again, a nice area.   A bit tamer than the east side, but okay.

I saw several garden centers with trees on the sidewalks...


And the trees were beautiful!

So, after all that walking (not quite seven miles but just shy of six), I went to Rock Center to see how the tree was doing.   The city is also decked out...


Radio City Music Hall had a tree but not their usual animated Wooden Soldiers which I love to watch as they all fall down.

Turned the corner at Rock Center and the tree had lights, but not turned on...

The place was set up for the telecast of the tree lighting...

This is what it looks like from the other side...


And here's a close-up of an angel...

And, of course, St. Pat's across the street...

The windows at Saks of Fifth Avenue were decorated for the season.   I would love to share some pictures, but by this time, my phone was dead.

I did a bit of Christmas Shopping on my way (walking) to Grand Central Station.   Thank goodness for the Hemsley Building walk-through.   It was raining quite hard and I was able to get out of the downpour for a block at least.

And if anyone is still asking...YES, I still love the city and all the people and can't wait to get there...

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