Friday, August 31, 2012


 This is the sculpter left from the 9/11 is different than when it was at the twin towers. The people of NYC wanted to keep it as it is now.
 Ted is standing in front of a little fire station . It was a block from our hotel. Our guide told us that every firefighter from this station died in the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers. These plaques are in their memory.
This fire station was amoung the first responders. Sad day for NYC and for America. xo

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Times Square....

 This is the famous Times Square. Visual advertising over load. I never thought of people always being at Times Sq. This  triangle shaped  section of streets and intersecting streets, is crowded all the time. So it seemed whenever we went there. It was only 1/2 block from our hotel.
 Do you see the roxy sign? This was a deli. It had cheesecakes that looked as if they weight 5 pounds. big cheesecakes with all kinds of yummy toppings. No, I didn't have any.
This is a nice statue of George M. Cohan.  Perfect place for him to be. Near all the theaters.
I would not ever want to drive around this area. Our tour guide told us that more people are injured or killed in traffic than any other means. I think people were walking around as if they were in Disney world, not in streets with moving traffic.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Barber of Fifth Avenue...

 Here's the barber in the window. He was waving to us. No one is in the chair. I think it looks inviting. I have an uncle who's been a barber for over 40 years and drives a school bus too.
 This is the theater that was just across the street from our hotel in NYC. The Barrymore was showing the musical Chaplin. We stayed at the Edison Hotel. I checked the beds for bugs, and there was no bugs or bug poop. The news told people how to look for the little rust looking spots (poop) or blood spots on the matteress.I even checked the box springs and around the headboards....yes, I know it's gross but you can't be too careful.
Here's the job that amazes me. Window washers. I am sure they see some interesting sights. I am appreciating all the comments about my trip to NYC. Honestly if I had taken all my memory sticks I would have way more photos.:):)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Saint John the Divine....

 This is the Cathedral Chucrh of St. John the Divine. It's at 1047 Amsterdam avenue/112th st. NYC. It is hugh  and old. Such beautiful stone work, inside and out. Full of statues, and carvings.built in 1892. The year Ellis island opened. It is chartered as as a house of prayer for all people and unifying center of intellectual light and leadership. Many faiths worship together in services held 30 times a week. but there was no services going on when we toured the church.
 This beautiful rosette is the 4th largest in America. I do not know where the other three could be.
I am always amazed at the stone carvings of churches. Well old buildings in general. I know there are wonderfully talented people in the world, but I don't know any stone carvers. While we were at the NBC studios, we also walked to Saint Patrick's Cathedral. It was under some construction. Lots of scaffolds in NYC.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ellis Island....

 This is on Ellis island, where immigrants entered the U.S. till 1954. One lady in our group found her grandfather's name on the Wall of Honor. she knew the date he entered .
 This is the view of NYC , from Ellis island. I think the U.S. park's department takes care of everything . They are in the process of repairing things all the time. I am pretty sure it's lack of funds, that some of the buildings were closed off to the public.
 Over one hundred million Americans had ancestors who came through Ellis Island.
This is the view of Ellis island from my seat on the harbor cruise. It was lightly raining, so I took this photo from the inside. Honestly this is an interesting historical place, Ellis island. Go to visit if you ever get a chance.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Random Photos....

 This is the building where the Jerry Seinfield show's soup Nazi had his shop. Our guide says there was a man, that only sold soup. He wanted to sell as much soup as possible , so you needed to have your mind made up when it was your turn.
 Heading to Macy's. The Macy's that has the parades. There are trees and flower containers along the streets.
 Trump Tower. The man has and does spend money. It's a great building. Not sure if the globe goes with it.
This odd long stretched out statue is Mr. Eiffel. He is holding his little Eiffel tower. I only took this photo because he designed the statue of Liberty  too.There were a few of these little statue, in a row , of other men. But I didn't have time to take photos, as we were headed to the ferry boat. This is on Liberty Island, I never thought of there being trees here, since I had never seen this before.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Prayers and Liberty......

 Maybe we could say a prayer for the people in need, after yesterday chaos at the Empire State building.
 Here is the statue of Liberty as we cruised by in the evening rain, heading out of the harbor. Then as we went to Liberty island to view the statue the next morning. It's a beautiful sight. Ted and I talked with a gentleman in charge of bringing the materials and equipment to the island for all the repairs to the statue. He said the statue's work should be done by the end of this year. So needless to say, we didn't get to go in the statue to walk up the stairs. That was a let down, but I am still very happy to have been right there, walking all the way around the little island. Now I can say that I , the little girl raised on the corner of Mill and Cleveland streets,in Tipton, Indiana, finally got to see The Statue of Liberty . :):):)  oxox

Friday, August 24, 2012


Ted and I walked to the Letterman studio. It was closed on Thursday. We would have loved to had tickets for the show. Dave Letterman is a fellow Hoosier. It was a good walk from our hotel. Two ladies on our tour took one of those bike/rickshaws. The man could not speak very good English and said 3 dollars a block.....then charges them 46 dollars. It was not 12 blocks, no way. They walked back to the hotel. I am thinking they were take in..  The girl in our hotel gift shop said she rode in a cab all the way down town for 17 dollars. We were warned about such things. Live and learn, I guess.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Street Food....

Here's Ted Bear wanting some smelly old meats on a pita. ewweee. I thought this cart with the fruit looked more pleasing. The vender with the meat finally waited on Ted after watching his mouth water for a few minutes. LOL There were sidewalk places to sit and eat. There's plenty of these corner venders to sell food items. I never got to sit in any of the sidewalk places or eat anything I had dreamed of while in NYC. We did have a nice sandwich in Grand Central's the eating on the run thing I did not care for. I want to eat like the French....slowly, with wine and pasteries.:):)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Battery Park.....

 This statue is in Battery park, it represents the huddled masses, I think...not so sure.This is were I saw the most street people or signs of them. You catch the Ferry to Liberty and Ellis Islands here.
 This fountain is in the park also. Lots of kids were playing in it. One little blonde boy actually stripped naked to play in it. The other kids stopped and look at him for a moment , then went about playing again.Too funny.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Wednesday , Was At The Empire State Building....

This is not good photography, it's photos on the run. It rained as we were getting ready to go in the building. You can see forever on the observatory. But it was raining and things became foggy. Now I will tell you going to the observatory gives new meaning to-- packed like sardines. There is not a lot of room up there and people can be rude. Maybe not intentionally, but they should look, then let others get a chance. But I did get a photo of the Chrysler building. Then Ted took a photo of me and I do not know how to turn then . :(:( Oh did I tell you , no one speaks English in NYC?  No one lives there either, it;s all tourists. LOL, just kidding. I love my time there and would love to go back. Maybe in spring or autumn. Oh by the way, once you get to the observatory, it's another 17 dollars to go to the very tip top.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Back Home Again...

The top photo is in the NBC studios, took a tour there on Saturday. The the evening cruise in the harbor was on Wednesday. Rained a  little then. I'll be posting some NYC photos all this week. I have to work today, doing laundry. I will tell you, I checked every bed we were sleeping in for bed bugs(eweee) There were none in our rooms. I have such a fear of them that it's hard for me to travel.  Even when we return home, I leave our bags in the garage and bring in a load of laundry to do at one time, till it's all done. Even the clean clothes that were not worn. Going thru mail, have to get those things done also. I am glad to be home, I truly enjoyed my trip and all our traveling friends. xo

Monday, August 13, 2012

Going On Vacation....

And boy do I need it. I want to soar with this hawk for at least an hour.:):) I absolutely love flying, but this is going to be a travel club bus trip. I like those kinds of trips too...oh heck,I'll just admit it, I love to travel. As long as I don't have to drive interstates anymore, I don't care how I get there.
  This is Ted and I  , about 5 years ago. We cruised out and back into the harbor at New York City. It was a cruise into Nova Scotia out of N.Y.C.  This trip will be touring all the spots of N.Y.  I will get to go to the top of the Empire State building. I have longed to do this since I was a child.:):)
  When I return from vacation, I am going to have a give away for all you wonderful blog friends. xoxo

Sunday, August 12, 2012


 There must have been a poker run somewhere near . I took a walk yesterday with my sisters to our park. On our way  many , many motorcycles came through . It was loud, let me tell you. Usually they do what is called a poker run to raise funds for someone in need. I know there was one last year for my daughter, when she was having chemo. It is a wonderful thing that these people do . xo

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Today Was So Nice .....

 This is the sky this morning on our way into town. What a wonderful day it is.The temperature's so pleasant.
 This is the sign at the entrance of the market in town. We set up very early this morning. It seems strange to be in town before the businesses are open. I walked around and took lots of photos. Here's a pic of my Teddy Bear. He seems to be enjoying being at the market. Love to meet and talk with new people and old friends. When we return from our vacation, we will be busy making new things for the market. xo

Friday, August 10, 2012

The Rain Is Helping....

The jasmine has had new growth . The hummingbirds love it. The clematis started blooming again . I can only hope the rain comes at closer intervals. As for that ivy, we have to keep it cut back , often. Early this year, the flowers were looking good, but the summer heat has taken it's toll on ours.  I still hope that we can enjoy some of  the late bloomers. :):)

Thursday, August 9, 2012

To Market....

 This is a re-cycled item. Ted is taking it to market on Saturday.  It's the feet cut from our s-i-l's armoire. I said they looked like candle Ted cut and routered some bases of oak and added them to the feet.
Here's the tic-tac-toe and jump games , he also made. Kids like these.  Enjoy this day, we had rain this morning. xo

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Container Gardening....

I wish I could say these are mine, but they aren't. While in town I got some pictures of the containers at Hortons. You know where the french flea market took place. They have many more containers and each one is  gorgeous. I don't know how they do, the containers are over flowing. Hope everyone has a great day.  I will be walking in the park with my sister this morning. xo