Monday, November 24, 2014

A Surprise Tea

My 60th birthday was in August, but a dear friend with a hectic schedule surprised me a couple of weeks ago with tea at Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel in NYC!  First time visit to a very iconic NYC oasis.

It was great seeing the Freedom Tower coming out of the tunnel, especially since it was Veterans' Day.

The menu!

Delicious selection of sandwiches, including mini bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese.  We could not finish all of it so they boxed it up for us.

I felt so special.  Thanks, Dawn!  You are a dear friend, in good times and bad.  

Beautiful red floral display in the lobby.

Another reminder of how lucky we are to live in the land of the free, because of the brave.

Hoping to be back posting on a regular basis!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Not So Secret Garden

While enjoying a facial one day during the winter months, the aesthetician asked me if I had ever walked through Deep Cut Gardens in Holmdel, NJ.  I had not, but put it on my list of places to visit in the spring.  I finally made it there this past weekend.

Sorry for sideways photo.  This book was left on a bench I was sitting at and having lunch.  I was tempted to take it but didn't.

I said a little prayer for Mary.  There were many benches placed throughout and many of them had placques on them.  The park was donated by the Genovese family (they had a chain of drug stores) to the people of Monmouth County in NJ.

I must say the place was so beautiful and peaceful, people were walkng around and everyone would smile, nod and say hello.  Very, very zen!

I loved this tree and the way the sunlight filtered through it.  I took so many photos I could never get them all in one post.  I was actually lugging around my iPad, as it is the only way I can upload photos using the Blogger app.  App is really useless.  

Took a rest here.

Interesting path....saved me a bunch of steps and led to the parking lot!

I am already looking forward to going back in the fall!


Monday, May 19, 2014

The Scent of Spring

Spring is going well here so far.  Heavy rains twice caused a leak from my roof where it ends up seeping into my living room ceiling!  That only postpones my buying a lap top, unfortunately.

But the good news is, after about four years of no blossoms, only leaves, my three lilac bushes - Lenni, Lili, and Lila - are blooming again!

I am overjoyed.  It is one of my favorite plants.  It smells so good, wish I had a scratch-and-sniff feature.

I will cut some and make a bouquet or two.  I am happy that they survived the polar vortex this winter.  I think the reason they bloomed again is that I have left them "au natural" - no clipping for several seasons.  My landscaper used to mow them down!

I had to seriously trim back my fig tree.  Francesca, as I named her, has not been producing any edible fruit but had gotten so out of proportion.  It is a little sad to see her in this state.   Maybe she will come back eventually, and bear some fruit.

Hope your garden is making you happy!


Thursday, April 17, 2014

Happy Easter to my peeps!

Happy Passover to those who celebrate!

Hope to be springing back with my blog soon!


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