Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Rain rain go away...

What a rainy day it is; there is storm again - not as strong as the nor'easter that hit most part of Long Island New Jersey, Connecticut,Massachusetts...two weeks ago but there are going to be a number of flooded areas this time too.
As for us, we were spared by the nor'easter, although our neighbor had his share




We live on a hill, so we see rivers of water flowing down and down means we will have to drive in the flooded - or partly flooded - streets, in the pot-holes that are from time to time being filled with concrete but never get to be a smooth ground.
Luckily enough Carlotta's pre-school has its spring-break this week, so I can avoid unnecessary driving.
So what are we doing with this kind of weather?
Apart from writing, I'd say baking.
But before that I wanted to post more flowers pictures, this helps feeding the delusion that springtime arrived...









All pictures were taken in different places (a Wonka bar of chocolate if you guess where!!)
Sure, I like flowers and maybe I should have some posters in the kitchen.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Some city

Last weekend we had a great time in the City.
We drove - Ralph drove, that is - to New York (why on hell aren't there fast trains in this Country? Can someone hear me???) anyway...we started the morning with a must: the Tim Burton exhibition at the MoMA - I am a proud member for this year and I need to use it, don't I? - and this was really weird. Guess it was intentional...
We expected Carlotta to be scared but she was fine (I was hiding the body-less head with my shoulder when we walked by, just in case). I am not so much into cartoons but I enjoyed most of the movies directed by Tim Burton - mostly because Johnny Depp is in the cast and because I like Batman...and as you might have noticed, I like Prince - that's a genius, writing an entire soundtrack based on dialogues from a movie, unbelievable!!!
Also, check out Candy Dulfer playing the saxophone. Ok, I'll stop it.

I do appreciate the ironic and grotesque attitude towards fear but bottom line is: I like what Tim Burton makes me think about.

After this exhibition we took a look at Monet's Water Lilies - not the nicest selection apart from this

Japanese foot bridge - not in our living room

We then spent the rest of the day walking south and through Chelsea and the Greenwich Village - the last reminding us a lot the atmosphere of Prenzlauer Berg - the "Caffé-Latte" area of Berlin.
There is my inner smile in action when I see people fancying drinks that my grandma has for breakfast, probably because my grandma also listens to the religious channel on the radio and falls asleep with the radio on...snoring quite loud...Still, she's an institution.
That's another story, though.

I had a cold coffee - the weather was sooo gorgeous!!! - and on we walked.

We were able to get into the Jensen-Lewis furniture store, where we fell in love with this table...and had the chance to change a diaper on this bed (as a mother I got immunization against shame).

To make the tour a bit smoother we took the train from the Village back to the parking lot (about 14th streets north).

Since supper time approached we were ready for another mission: drive back and stop in Flushing or Chinatown for pros.
Would you believe it?
I have been to several Chinatown before but Flushing, I am telling you, it's a place Chinese Government would want to claim as part of China. My pantry paradise. The dumpling field of happiness, the Sin City of the palate...

We really had a great time and a taste of springtime we forgot quite fast.
As for this weekend the sun shines, but pretty much like on clear sky winter days.

Monday, March 22, 2010

I just need your extra time and your...

Warning: if you don't like Prince or if you have a honey allergy, leave this page.
If the word TAFKAP is just reminding you a new hair-spray, go to this page instead.

Dear Roger,
I think it's time to say goodbye.
It's not that I don't love you anymore, but "times are changing" and you aren't getting any younger.(Me neither in fact)...
Besides, you are always surrounded by those girls, dancers, models, actresses...why in the world would you care if I didn't stick around?

What is with me?
Guess I found another person who makes me happier, who dedicates more time to me and who shows his back to me alone and not to a crowd of people. Sure, work is work but dear, I need a more exclusive commitment.
So, here it is: a younger, nicer, smaller (that's possible!) boy who can say "KISS" over and aver again...



There you go!

Monday, March 8, 2010

North and South Beaches

Finally good weather and finally outdoors...
On Saturday we decided to give Wildwood State Park another chance - last time it was really too windy to enjoy the walk.
This Park on the North Shore is easily accessible and just a fifteen minute drive from our home, which is very convenient (no complaints in the car is always very relaxing).
We were hoping to use the boat ramp like we did the first time and then walk along the shore, but this time it was closed to public (to the public who doesn't want to climb on the fence) so we took the shortest of the four trails - marked in red - and walked through the beech forest for 1,8 miles.


For the blue trail (2,9 miles), the orange trail (2,3 miles) and the yellow trail (3,8 miles) you need to organize food and drinks, unless you want to hear "Are we there yet?" more than hour long.

The red trail goes past one bluff from which you can enjoy this view:


I got myself "Hiking Long Island" by Lee McAllister, which is of course very stimulating - we definitely want to explore more of Long Island but we also know our limits (not too much of sun, cold, exhaustion, ticks and so on...or it would just make it hard on all the family).

Anyway, as the weather was going to be nice on Sunday too...we took a trip southbound and had a walk in West Hampton Beach.
We found a parking spot next to a wooden ramp that takes you to the beach and walked eastward. It wasn't just Carlotta collecting shells and stones, I could spend hours picking up whatever sparkles in the sun.
What did we find?Oysters, mussels, snails, clams....and some sand dollars. For some reason I believed these were just to be found on the Pacific Ocean but nope!

The highlight of the day is in the next picture!In doubt whether this was a log or a dead seal, we approached it with lot of excitement.


It was a seal, and it was alive (just lazy, maybe)!!



It only turned to look at us and decided we weren't a dangerous specie; then kept on sunbathing.




I'd get upset if Carlotta was walking looking behind and not forward, but in this case we were all looking at the seal behind us.

When the sun started to go down, we moved to West Hampton (in the hope of finding good ice-cream, what else?) but the Shock Ice Cream and Candy Café was closed...too bad.
Main Street was sleepy, guess it will come alive again after Easter.
Maybe after some of the houses will be rented...

This for example



Longing for some sweets

Thanks Ralph for this pictures - I am the mind you are the arm...and today is March 8th, so complaints are not allowed.

Monday, March 1, 2010

People with real problems...

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/02/25/2010-02-25_egads_its_an_ikea_kitchen_in_our_fancy_bldg.html#ixzz0gYE9mNQo

Because this happened not far from here, I just had to take my chance:
I also want to sue the former tenants for leaving us an ugly IKEA kitchen that we had to clean and put up again. Guess it doesn't work in Europe, right?