Tuesday, November 22, 2011

sending love

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. ~W.T. Purkiser


I wanted to take a quick minute in between kitchen preparations to send you some love and wishes for a happy and yummy Turkey day! I hope your day is filled with good food, good company and pants that have a stretchable waistband.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

day 3 a heavy picture post

Oh my gosh today we spent hours walking around Central Park and it was gorgeous! We have been here a few days now but today is the first time I've seen any dirt, grass or tree's to speak of. The city is all cement, high rise buildings and is visited daily by 5 million people! The park is huge and had some much needed elbow room. The colors are amazing.

central park

central park

boat house lake

We ate lunch at the famous Boat House restaurant and


visited Strawberry Fields, John Lennon's memorial.


We were told the park is 6 1/2 miles around and we walked about all of it. At sunset we took a quick tour bus ride over to Time Square, seriously check out all the people and traffic...

time square

This picture encapsulates our trip so far, it really is something to expeirence the lights, noise and movement of this city.

time square

From here we walked to Rockefeller square and finished the night in Hell's Kitchen in an Italian Restaurant that was SO good, finally some good Italian food, yay.

radio city

Day 3 and we are having a blast! We have seen so much and still have much to see. I am thankful for great friends who are fun travel buddies and i know i mentioned this before but really good map readers too, haha. With there skills I am sure we will hit every tourist spot and see everything this city has to offer before we head back home.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

day 2

Today we jumped on a ferry boat and visited Liberty and Ellis Islands. Where again the views were amazing. This shot is off the back of the boat looking towards the city we just left.

NY view


It was really cold and windy out on the water, no worries though...
I was prepared and happily wore some of my hand knits that rarely see the light of day in So Cal.

Statue of Liberty

Liberty Island

The trees on the islands were so pretty and lucky us they were sharing their fall colors. They really were fun to photograph. The history was interesting too, especially at Ellis. We spent hours today walking around, amazed at the harsh history and determination for freedom the people who came through there.

We've been riding the rails around the city too and have yet to take cab. Thankfully people are nice and our buddies are good map readers. There is an entire busy and noisy underground city where you can always hear the buzz of the rail and get a breeze as the train enters the tunnels.

We finished the day with a wonderful dinner at a Spanish restaurant where we enjoyed Top pas, this was a first for me and they were Delicious!

Friday, November 11, 2011

What a view!

The music man and I are off and enjoying our Fall adventure in this incredible place of non stop movement. There is a constant buzzing of people, cars and machinery that seem to go 24/7. The lights are bright, the food is amazing and the views are incredible.

an amazing view

Day one we visited the Empire State Building and looked down on the Chrysler Building and the entire city.


What a view this was, incredible. Of course we visited the Italian Neighborhood and had a snack. With full bellies we went to Ground Zero


and visited St Paul's Church. What a beautiful building this is and such a comfort for those who live here.

Okay off to get some rest and ready ourselves for day two.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Hello November

I know I've said it before but i really love this time of year. The weather has cooled and has been down right cold for So Cal anyways. We have had a couple days of rain with a few more expected over the next week. The night temps have been in the mid 30's and are expected to continue for a while.


Our heater runs on propane in the new house which is 3X's more expensive then natural gas so we have been enjoying the fireplace instead. No complains here, there's something really special about this room of our home that brings out family time. Whether its playing a game, reading a book, knitting or watching something on the TV there is something wonderful about these shorter days and cold nights i am really loving right now.

Not Nola's, these are mine

I even cranked out a pair of warm woollies aka Nolas Slippers for my cold tootsies while watching football Sunday. This is a super simple and quick knit, you can check out the pattern here.

I'll be heading out soon on a Fall adventure and am looking forward to sharing some pics when i get back. Wishing you all a wonderful and cozy week ahead.