Sunday, November 23, 2014

happy 11th birthday, RR!

age 6 - with Dorffie

age 11 - with Sabine
I could get all "where does time go?" but instead I'll just celebrate
Ryan Rosemary and all her animals, her parents and her sister Claire
who arrives back home next week. It's great FUN for me watching
RR grow and develop into such a delightful person. Happy b.day!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

what I miss...

random street walks

the Seine, the sky

the cafe society feel of Paris

Friday, November 21, 2014

a poem for Friday

ANY MORNING

Just lying on the couch and being happy.
Only humming a little, the quiet sound in the head.
Trouble is busy elsewhere at the moment, it has
so much to do in the world.

People who might judge are mostly asleep; they can't
monitor you all the time, and sometimes they forget.
When dawn flows over the hedge you can
get up and act busy.

Little corners like this, pieces of Heaven
left lying around, can be picked up and saved.
People won't even see that you have them,
they are so light and easy to hide.

Later in the day you can act like the others.
You can shake your head. You can frown.

William Stafford

Thursday, November 20, 2014

the Hotel de Ville


Let's return to Paris. Each of the 20 arrondissements (districts) has its own
city hall and this is the biggest and the best. I happened upon it just by
accident one day as I was wandering about. Now it probably has an ice-
skating rink for the holidays, but as I walked by the famous center of city
government (since 1357!) I just soaked in all the history and wondered
what the current demonstration was all about. Despite my excellent French,
I did not speak to anyone. The powerful mayor of Paris resides here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

meeting Sabine

She is adorable and the Blogmaid and I had a nice slow walk along
the ocean in Pathetica while Ms. Bean sniffed and peed. For a small
(mostly Chihuahua) girl dog she doesn't yap and loves to meet other
dogs, even though they are afraid of her. Yes, she is a winner and
I fell in forever love, as you can probably tell.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The House of Prime Rib


It had been more than 25 years since we had dinner here. Back then people
DRESSED, last night they were in jeans and the restaurant was packed.
Husbando treated Ginger and me to a luscious prime rib dinner and yes,
it was a little noisy, but the food was fabulous and so was the service.
And next time I won't overdress, or maybe I will - sometimes the occasion
calls for it. Oh, sorry I didn't photograph the huge baked potato nor the
yorkshire pudding used to mop up the au jus. Very special and not really
that expensive for all that delicious food. Poor vegetarians...

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sunday in the City

Salvador Dali by Arnold Newman

The Golden Star on Walter U Lum Place

...and right next door

Husbando and I thought the Arnold Newman exhibit at the Jewish Contemporary
Museum was quite fabulous. Some 200 black and white photos of famous actors,
artists, sculptors, writers, etc. - well worth seeing if you have the opportunity.
Mr. Newman was famous himself back in the 50's and 60's and many of his
photos were in Life and Look Magazines. Remember those publications?

Then I hiked up to Portsmouth Square to meet Dancing Jen. She treated me
to a delicious lunch at the Golden Star where the owner and all the waiters
treat her like royalty. I ventured downtown too and enjoyed myself, it isn't
crazy with holiday nonsense yet.