Friday, December 2, 2016

Bergdorf Goodman Pink Saturday

Our Pink Saturday excursion for this week takes us back to Fifth Avenue. We are visiting Bergdorf Goodman to see their extraordinary windows. Each year this department store has my favorite windows and so far it looks like 2016 will be no exception. I have a few others to visit, but my heart is with Bergdorf's. It's not a store I often shop in. They have beautiful things, but a little pricy and high fashion for me. Happily, window shopping is free, and I am a first class window shopper.    

The windows don't need much commentary. This year has an animal theme and each color is beautifully coordinated. Make a cup of tea, settle in your chair and enjoy some of the most beautiful holiday window displays on Fifth Avenue. There are no crowds -- unlike real life in New York City -- and you can gaze as long as you like at your favorites. I'm partial to the silver Pegasus. What's your favorite window?

My spell of misplacing things seems to be on hiatus. The book I was looking for turned up and I made another card list. I bought another pair of scissors at the dollar store. When I went to put the new pair away I found the old pair neatly tucked into the pencil cup where it belongs. I'm not sure how I missed it, and now I have two pairs of scissors.

As ever, thanks for visiting and enjoy the holiday windows!


On Broadway

I walk along Broadway almost every day, and almost every day I pass the Courtyard of the Apthorp.
The Apthorp is a "historic condominium."  That's the Wikipedia description for the apartment complex completed in 1908, and named for a 300 acre farm that was in the area in the eighteenth century. During its long history Nora Ephron, Al Pacino and Cyndi Lauper have been among its distinguished residents. There's scaffolding all around the building and I don't generally pay the building very much attention. But I noticed the beautiful wreath in the picture below and then I gazed into the courtyard and saw one of the prettiest and least storied Christmas trees in New York. 

As I continued my walk I found what may be the cutest gingerbread houses in all of New York City waiting to be packed into a truck at the curb. They were on their way to a school fund-raiser auction. All of the details were lovely, but I was especially enchanted by the pretzel roof on the right. I've suffered an almost infinite number of cake decorating failures, so I am in awe of anyone who can make candy, gingerbread and pretzels into a perfect gingerbread house.

This last photograph is also about Broadway, but this photograph is about the theater life on Broadway. My wildly talented actress friend, Deborah Templin, has created a one-woman show about her family's history on a dairy farm in Minnesota. I had the good fortune of being asked to a preview of the show in a rehearsal building in the theater district, just off Broadway. What a treat! I was engaged from the moment I entered the building -- this is the sign in the elevator -- and throughout the show, Singing for the Cows. I was transported to rural Minnesota, about as far from Broadway as I could go, and enjoyed the journey immensely.

This is my review:

 SINGING FOR THE COWS captures American life. We meet five generations of an extended farm family from the first moment they arrive in America. We share their lives, stories, songs, recipes and the moments that tell about their life -- and America's life. It is moving, engaging and funny.
Theatre not to be missed

I hope you've enjoyed our walk down Broadway. I've been snapping pictures at just about every ten feet, so I promise there will be many more photographs to come.
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a wonderful December.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Greetings from the Empire State Building

Actually, the greetings are from me at the Empire State Building. But for some reason I'm all turned around and the title pretty well describes my state of mind. I'm not sure why I'm more turned around this week, but I've misplaced a book I need to do the post I wrote about on Saturday. I've misplaced my scissors and I've misplaced my card list. I decided instead of trying to sort myself out, I'm going to do another post from my walk down Fifth Avenue last Friday and hope everything magically turns up. I know they're here somewhere, and when somewhere is three rooms I'm optimistic everything will be found.

I can't remember the last time I was inside the Empire State Building, possibly the summer of 1965 when I came to New York for a week of sightseeing with my parents. By the time I moved to New York in 1975 the World Trade Center had been built and that's where I took friends who were visiting New York and wanted to see the tallest buildings in the world. I love the Art Deco look and the gold and glittery Christmas tree in the lobby.  

I also admire the beautiful decorations and the windows to Fifth Avenue. I definitely think it's time to explore other New York treasures that I haven't visited in decades. There will be some beauty waiting for me to rediscover.

For the first time in a long time we got a good soaking of rain today, and more is predicted tomorrow. Usually I'm not a fan of rainy weather, but we're in serious need of rain and I 'm grateful for the blessing of a good rainy day. I'm especially glad there was rain in the south and heartsick about the fires in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I spent a lot of time in Sevierville visiting friends when I lived in Tennessee and came to love the area dearly.

Now I'm off to search for my scissors and my book and my card list. If those are the worst of my mishaps I'm a lucky woman.

As ever, thanks for visiting and take very good care.


Saturday, November 26, 2016

Saks Fifth Avenue Pink Saturday

There's nothing like jumbo bright candy to catch my eye at the doorway of Saks Fifth Avenue  

I've got a long list of places I'd like to visit in the next month and I started yesterday with a walk down Fifth Avenue. I walked from 59th Street to 30th Street and got to see almost all of the sights along the Avenue that I hoped to see. I do want to return to Saks Fifth Avenue for a few more pictures -- the lines to see the windows were a little overwhelming -- and I will stop by Rockefeller Center after the tree lighting to get the full effect of the decorations. But yesterday was a spectacular day to start my expeditions. It was sunny and warm (for November) and it seemed everyone who lived in New York and everyone who was visiting had the same idea that I had.

I decided to begin this year's holiday pictures with these windows at Saks -- because I couldn't think of a more perfect picture than the one above for Pink Saturday. These are the "fashion" windows, but they are pretty enough for holiday decorations.
This one featured red with candy d├ęcor, too. I love to look at the clothes, but even in my most fashionable days I don't think this would have been my look. Now my idea of dressing up is a tunic dress over my "good" leggings, and I go most places in my sneakers.
Visions of sugar plums and lollipops for the well-dressed New Yorker. 

This beautiful scene is part of the holiday display. The reflection in the background is Rockefeller Center.
Today was another perfect day for enjoying New York. I took a subway trip to Queens and made a few fun discoveries and had some very good coffee. I'm going to be doing a series of posts in the next month about visiting New York City at Christmas time and my journey today will be featured early next week.
Please stop by tomorrow for a visit to the New York Public Library, some book chat and a giveaway. 
As ever, thanks for visiting and wishes for a great rest of Thanksgiving weekend. Enjoy! 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Today and every day,
Thankful for family, friends, faith and our country 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

'Twas the Day Before Thanksgiving...

And all through the town, pies were lined up, so tomorrow there won't be a frown.

I'm not expecting we'll be eating pineapple pie tomorrow, but the pie stacks -- yes, there are pumpkin, apple and pecan, too -- caught my eye.

This picture seemed to sum up Thanksgiving -- minus the turkey and pie. I've got two bags of fresh cranberries in the refrigerator and will soon begin to make cranberry relish. It's made with two kinds of ginger, fresh and candied, pears and a little orange juice and it's requested every year for the last decade. It takes a lot of chopping, but it's so worth it.

I'm going to be back every day over Thanksgiving weekend and we'll be doing a quick giveaway on Friday. I hope to post the first of the annual Christmas in New York photographs on either Saturday or Sunday. Stay tuned, we're going to have fun in Buttercupland.

I'm off to cranberries. Whether you're in cranberries, pie or in the midst of turkey time, my best wishes for a great day before Thanksgiving.

As ever, thanks for visiting. I'm thankful for everyone in Buttercupland! 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

It's Thanksgiving in Buttercupland

I realize Thanksgiving came and went in Canada last month and the rest of the United States won't be celebrating Thanksgiving until next week, but thanks to my friends at Dunkin' Donuts it is officially Thanksgiving in Buttercupland.
The Dunkin' Donuts Turkey Feast Sandwich...turkey, stuffing, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce on a ciabotta roll. The presentation wasn't elegant, but it made the perfect quick lunch.

I generally write about companies that are local to New York City, but I also try to keep up with national trends. As a New Englander I grew up with Dunkin' Donuts. There is a branch just a block from where I live, as well as many throughout New York City. They've added some specialty coffees to the menu -- yes, macchiatos that are really good -- and tasty sandwiches that make good lunch treats.

I love Thanksgiving and can -- and do! -- happily eat turkey and cranberries any time of the year. I bought cranberries today to make my cranberry ginger relish for Thanksgiving dinner. I was a little skeptical when I was asked to sample the Turkey Feast Sandwich for Buttercupland. But I found it a very nice taste of Thanksgiving when I'm too busy/on the run/savoring the flavors of Thanksgiving. Thanks, Dunkin' Donuts friends for a delicious lunch and a great start to Thanksgiving. 
I save doughnuts for a treat, but it's hard to resist the display at my local branch of Dunkin'. The Candy Cane Crunch Doughnut is calling out to me.

Today we're still in autumn in New York. Actually it feels like early autumn today. Tomorrow is supposed to turn cooler and I will take out my gloves for real. I plan to be out in the next few weeks with scarf and gloves taking pictures of New York decorated in holiday splendor.  

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a lovely Saturday!

Please note: I was given the Turkey Feast Sandwich by Dunkin' Donuts for my review. The opinions are all mine.