May 20, 2018:

Hola!

Yesterday Prince Harry married American Meghan Markle and I couldn't get enough of the royal wedding. What a gorgeous dress, the bride was radiantly beautiful and the church at Windsor - oh my goodness, the flowers alone were soooo beautiful. There's nothing like a good love story to make one appreciate how precious we can be (and should be) to each other.

I'm glad the weather was perfect yesterday for the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex's wedding. I can't say the same for around here. Spring keeps teasing and then going away. This morning I woke up to a "balmy" 47 degrees F outside, rain, damp, and I turned the heat back on! It's May 20th, the heat. should. not. be. on. Period.

Last Thursday, however, was beautiful. I was able to get a goodly amount of yard and garden clean-up done over several days last week. I also took some photos of my flowering tree anchoring the north corner of my house and made the current collage. I think it's an ornamental cherry, and on the the other end of the house, I think that's called a purple sand cherry? I'll have to check that. The blossoms on the tree do not have a distinct fragrance, but the purple shrub that wants to be a tree (despite my hacking it back, back and back yearly - I'm losing, by the way) has myriad blossoms with a distinct fragrance. I can't decide if the scent is too beautiful to bear or too awful to smell, it certainly can be overpowering!

This coming week will be the third cut of the grass this season. We had rain late Friday night and then for several hours earlier this morning. This rain, on top of the rain we had over four days the prior weekend, and the grass is growing like nobody's business! I don't mind doing the grass, though, as long as it's not too hot, too cold, not raining, and not too windy. I'm not picky at all, am I...

I still have a lot of raking out of areas that suffered from snow mold over the winter, and have not yet really tackled cleaning out the north flower bed in the backyard. That will be a chore!

But Memorial Day weekend is coming. This coming Saturday I will be out with a friend (who has a nice large van - goody!) stocking up on potting soil, top soil to fill in never-ending low spots in the yard, grass seed, and lots of plants! For some reason, this spring seems busier than those in prior years. I can't figure out why that is...

Jan

Friday, August 30, 2013

A New York Beauty!

Hola Darlings!

I have to tell you, Manhattan is one of my favorite places in the world to visit.  Wish I could afford to live there, no lie.  I can't.  But I can dream.  And I can afford occasional visits because, remarkably enough, when it's on sale, the round-trip airfare between Milwaukee and LaGuardia is very reasonable.  The hotels, of course, are outrageous -- another story.

But I'm planning my third trip to Manhattan, I love it so.  This one will be without my Mr. Don. Sort of a test, I guess.  He died on October 12, 2012.  That happens to be the same day of another Hales Corners Chess Challenge coming up soon -- I think it is Challenge XVIII?  I cannot keep count.  What I can tell you for sure is that since Hales Corners Challenge VIII, I've been providing money for prizes for the chess femmes. 

Well, you all don't care much about chess, I'm sure, LOL!  But it's a large part of my life, and has been since 1999.  And before then, too.  Darlings, if you ever get the hankering to read a wonderful book about a couple of 1980's style (but truly timeless) female adventurers who get caught up in an international whirlwind that just happens to have chess as a main theme (and a formula for an elixir of immortality that just happens to be embedded in a chess board...), track down a copy of Katherine Neville's "The Eight." 

Back to New York. Our first visit was in May, 2005; our second visit was in September, 2009.   I often read The New York Times online.  Not everyday, but often enough.  I love particularly the articles about apartment and/or home hunting, and today, I saw this article:  Escape From Time Square!

Cracked me up, it did!   As a tourista, Times Square is great to visit, but she's absolutely right, I sure would not want to live there year round.  Oy!

Here's a photo - the only photo, actually from the article.  The perfect personification of Midtown Manhattan style!  Tres chic!  I love her combinations  of pattern, texture, and furniture styles and the black/white theme (tres chessboard and take-offs therefrom, such as the houndstooth.  Dogs, actually, have a venerable herstory in the game of chess -- but I won't go there at this blog, its dedicated to décor and fashion, and family trees, after all...)-- check out the photo:


I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to see young, confident and adventurous well-educated femmes moving to New York City (and, indeed, all around the world to major cities).  YOU GO FOR IT, GIRLFRIENDS! 

This young lady, in particular, certainly has her decorating stuff together!  Point on blue walls, point on tweed re-take of 1950's mid-century mod style sofa (but looks sink-in comfy with three seat cushions to go with that tight back), lovely patterned tone-on-tone pillows, the flat weave black and white striped rug -- well, what can I say?  And note also the mod-look but classically styled metal side tables, the MATCHY MATCHY LAMPS, and the odd avant guarde touch here and there -- no centered mirror or artwork above the sofa (such a refreshing touch, mes amis), a nod toward Midwest kichke in the animal horns on the table on the left.  This young woman has opted to use a slight variation on the theme of a symmetrical style for this part of her abode.  Can't go wrong, there.  Kudos!

What's not to love?  Seeing young women such as this one, gives me some small faint hope for the future of our planet.  Maybe it's not too late...

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