urbanimal


we were in a cab stopped at the 86th & b'way intersection toonman says look

looking up


its an interesting little grouping
the church turret 
the water tower
that chimney
the 'steps' of that building

all as seen from the bus stop on 79th/broadway

take a break ...


spotted resting on the church steps
a usually very busy corner
for the moment
looks
deserted

 if you look hard you'll see it wasnt

joy on broadway


sculpter joy brown's 
fabulous whimsical creations
 will be bringing smiles this spring/summer
Broadway Malls hosting them from 72 St to 168 St

i shared one of her smaller pieces 





hiding ...


see it there?
that building is going up on the corner of 80th and broadway
just what the 'hood needs another tall building
not

from the cab window


friday 

began early
ended late

4+ cab rides
a doctor visit
a vet visit
and
large glass of wine

saturday 

was my monthly spa day
it rained
constantly rained

sunday

i did
the errands
the laundry

monday 

back to real work
looks like a vacation

stelllllllla


stella is my friend melissa bff
dont you love her little skeezix curl?\

she's a fierce defender of everyone she feels belongs to her
such a smart girl

what you're too young to know who skeezix is?
gasoline alley cartoon strip 
google it

skyline


another
(apparently i forgot to post this last night)
view of the manhattan skyline from new jersey

gotta love the amazing architecture
especially that oddly wonderful 'sail' shaped building
its durst organization's  via 57 west

the view from new jersey


this past weekend 
my friend melissa and i 
went to ikea

 its hard to go there 
just
 for whatever it is you need
 cause
 there
 is 
so much 
you suddenly think 
you need

i went to find replacement dishes
ended up 
with 
the dishes
 a mug 
and 
two whisks 
(and i think there was something else but i forget)

i also got to see her new apartment
when we drove back toward manhattan
we stopped at one of the overlook points
that's what we saw

i edited it a teensy bit 

magic hour


this was the view
8:20PM last week
 from 
toonman's hospital room window
looking down on
amsterdam avenue at 113th street

in addition
 to 
mount sinai st luke's hospital
 the area known as
morningside heights
is
 also home to 
columbia university
 barnard college
 and 
cathedral of st john the divine

posie post





imported from new jersey



direct to the columbus avenue farmers market



lilacs are blooming



i bought 
begonias and fushia

we get 
very little 
direct sunlight
i know 
begonias will thrive
but
fushia is new for me 
so fingers crossed!

now
 i am thinking 
should have taken this photo 
from outside 
oh well

Tonka, you will be missed ...



my friend james
had to say goodbye
 to
 his best friend tonka

he will be sorely missed by many

thank you

thank you
 to
 everyone who left a get well comment
 it is much appreciated

 i promise to reply to each of your emails
 as soon as 
toonman is home

til then
here's a shot 
i took
 on the ride home
 from 
hospital
 tuesday evening

wordy post ahead



recently toonman hasnt been well
he gave me permission to 'discuss'
(not his word)
 his whatsgoin' on

decided to do it tonite because
i spent the last 4-5 hours in emergency

 i should start at the beginning

toonman has chronic kidney disease
has had for 12 yrs or so
only over the last 6 months
he's had concerning symptoms

at the end of february
 he was terribly anemic he spent 4 days in hospital
 dialysis was seriously discussed
 his #s were stable so
in preparation he had a fistula created
a natural made from your own blood vessels 'port' for dialysis 

but
it takes least 8 weeks for a fistula  be 'usable'
we knew
 he'd have to start dialysis sooner

yup

3 weeks ago
this wednesday morning
he had a catheter implanted below his clavicle
2 hours later
he began dialysis
he goes
3 times a week 3+hrs a 'seating'

he felt so much better

 monday
he went to dialysis on his own
(i had been going with him) 
he even took the bus

 when he got home
we
caught up on our days
had some dinner
then
 he began coughing
 as the evening went on it got worse
 of course 
i told him to take something to have tea or something
 of course 
he ignored me

he sat up all night coughing
 when i left for the office
he'd fallen asleep sitting up in bed

around 2pm
 he called me
he sounded horrible
 i called the doctor
who said
get him into the hospital 
so i did

the jury is out on what is causing
high fever
strong coughing
  frightening shortness of breath

they agree its an infection
 is it pneumonia
 unlikely

 more blood for more tests
maybe an answer tomorrow

thats the long of it
if you didnt read it all
 thats okay
 i needed to tell it
now
 i can relax with a cup of tea a joint and my cats

more tulips


i wondered last week 
if 
the city got a discount on tulip bulbs

they're everywhere 
brightening the city

these are in the window box 
of 
a building on my street

i think
 the tenant works in the floral industry
there are always 
gorgeous flowers 
or
exquisite foliage
planted

those are multi petal'd
they're
either
of the
parrot or french
variety

i googled both and cant decide

waffling


a few weekends ago
toonman wondered if we could have waffles or pancakes

i reminded him there was no pancake mix

we dont do from scratch

also
we had no waffle iron

maybe 
it was the next day 
maybe
 it was later the same day
i bought 
a waffle maker on amazon

next time i went to the market
i bought waffle mix
i bought maple syrup

sunday morning
(yesterday)
we finally opened the box
read the instructions
made our very first waffles



here we've assembled the necessary ingredients
the photo is out of focus i think i need to stand stiller


one cup of batter - check

set the waffle maker
on 
medium


green light!
we're
ready
 to
 waffle
(in a national speedway voice)



the very first waffle
not enough batter
and
under cooked

we determined
next time 
set it on high
and
make enough batter



tasted good 
despite 
being very sad looking


syrup made it taste even better
notice there's no butter
i am a purist
no
i forgot





the other afternoon





i was walking 
behind 
that 
dog walker and his pack 
of 
smaller pooches
when 
he stopped
 at 
my neighbor's place

i smiled

she has 
a big black wolfish looking dog

yup



softly ...


yup 
it wasnt in focus

nevertheless
 i really like this composition

in the garden


earth day 
was this past friday

a day that was incredibly 
overcast
 dreary 
rainy

i was uptown
decided
 a walk was in order

a friend told me about 
the community garden
in 
the middle of the block
between
 90-91 streets
between
 amsterdam and columbus


hundreds 
maybe 
thousands
 of 
tulip bulbs planted

blooming now

so many varieties
so many colors



too bad
 the rain 
knocked 
a lot of petals off

i wasnt the only one taking photos



the drive home


i took this
 out the window 
of
 the taxi
 we took home wednesday

there was all this green 

once
naked tree limbs 
now 
small green buds

riverside park is looking very spring-like

wowza


i see lots of sunset photos on instagram
personally 
i am 
way too lazy 
to go out 
to 
get
 a sunset shot

i get home 
i get into my pjs
i do not go out

but
over the last few months 
toonman hasnt been feeling great

i have been doing 
a lot of stuff 
he always did

truth be told
i had no idea 
he did so much
or 
more
 to the point
that
 i was so spoiled
did so little

anyway
monday night 
i schlepped
 the trash cans to the curb
looked around 
the sunset was incredible
went back in
got the phone
went back out 
got that shot

now i 'get' why people go sunset shooting



squint, you'll see it


the iphone pro camera app in hdr setting is very sensitive

i really thought 
was 
standing
perfectly
still

the blurs in this shot belie that
oh well

nevertheless
nestled 
between 
the branches of that blossoming tree 
and the top of the WTC 
is 
a
water tower!


perfectly purple


this past weekend
 i spent saturday 
on/in 
'me' day
massage
facial
wash/blow dry
mani/pedi

a lovely time
just me myself and i
indulging

i get off the crosstown bus on 79th
 just past fifth avenue
the walk along east 79th
 is lined with grand old mansions
some filled with art galleries
but 
this one 
with 

massive display of flowers
is the greek embassy

interesting to me
is the fact that
the greek people are having financial issues

these floral displays
seem wrong

poetry in motion


For oft, when on my couch I lie 
In vacant or in pensive mood, 
They flash upon that inward eye 
Which is the bliss of solitude; 
And then my heart with pleasure fills, 
And dances with the daffodils. 
.. Wordsworth