five signs and a water tower!

march 22
 driving up
 the west side highway
 to go shoot 
the george washington bridge
my friend missy

 a pretty busy area

 i would think 
it would
 for drivers
 there's almost always a traffic jam
 on that road

 its likely entertaining


and that's the story

it was a nice day
i did nothing 

 of course
 there was beautifying
 food shopping at zabars

 didn't even
 to get
toonman to walk 

it was sunny
the breezes 
were more like winds
 cold winds 
at that

 i want it to be spring

 i picked a spring color
 for my nails 

the photo 
was taken
 my friend and amazing manicurist
 susan nam
 polished beauty bar

 i was about to leave
 i picked up my phone 
to check the time

 that case

 if you care to know
 the design
one of my photos 


 susan said
 i need to take a photo of that
 hold still
 i did 
 that's the story

this and that

i think 
i told you
 jack has asthma
 he is being really good about all the meds 
he has to take 

thankfully the 'squirt' of antibiotic is over
 just 5 more days of mild steroid pills
 the inhaler 
will continue to be an every day event
 for the rest of his life

 he runs
 as soon as he hears me
 open the box

so i took it into the bedroom
 we lure him in there
 by shaking
 the treat bag
 they call it temptations
 it should be called
 kitty crack 

i am hopeful 
 he'll not want to run
 i hope 
 toonman can do it without my help
 i dont intend to give up traveling
 its very early
 i know people
 who chased their cats for weeks
now the cat
 puts up with it
 i have hope

i bussed it to the eastside


 for my monthly massage

the trees are all in bloom off madison avenue

after my massage
 walked back
across through the park

 its so easy 
the sky was blue
 sun shining
plants blooming
 nice temps

 stopped at birdbath aka city bakery
 got a pressed veggie sandwich 
apple kale ginger beet juice 

 toonman and i took a long walk 
down through the park 
 riverside park south

 we turned around just past the sculptures
 one of the techs at the office did
 i posted them last summer 

the novelty of this sculpture
 has worn off
 last time we walked down there
 i couldn't get a shot 
for all the silly people posing in it


 this handsome guy
 a restaurant
we walked 
across the brooklyn bridge
 weekend or two ago

being an influenster

a while ago 
i joined a group

''influenster is a community of (these are their terms) trendsetters social media masterminds and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences

influensters meet on the influenster site to learn about new products from 'our' favorite brands as well as review the products they already use in their day-to-day lives''

there's something called
 a voxbox 
they send out monthly
 a product
 a coupon for a product
 to test and review

 i didn't get asked to test/review anything for quite a few months 

i was pleasantly surprised
 to be selected
 (along with quite a few others)
 to review
a new sliced cheese from sargento

 a box arrived
 the aforementioned voxbox
 it contained
 two coupons
for complimentary product(s)

a card explaining
 what to do
 how to do it
 instructions to reveal
 as i am now 
 the product was received in a complimentary fashion for testing purposes from influenster 

whose cheeses i have eaten and enjoyed in the past
now has a line
 ultra thin sliced cheeses
 45 calories or less a slice

 nicely packaged
 in a re-closeable plastic wrapper

paper between the slices
 makes it easy to separate

 i opted for the spicy pepper jack
 natural monterey jack blended with jalapeƱo and habanero peppers
great for wraps omelets melting over chips and more

 right up my specy spicy alley

 in the influenster vox 
 a eco-friendly lunch tote
 its got sargento's name on it 

it looks as if its made by built ny 
maybe its not 
 it looks like it is 

i dont know if this is going to influence you to try it but i think if you do you'll like it

that is all

is the moon full?

lets see … 
in no specific order

 jack has asthma
 two trips to the vet
 two days

 3 medications
 of which
 insanely expensive 
will last 90 days
my sister is giving me the name of pharmacy in canada 
 its an nth of the price

 there was the computer insanity
 adobe flash player worked
 until it didnt

 i downloaded a new version
 five times 

each time
 it installed

 each time
 i got
 the flash drive needs updating 
error message

 the wonderful techs worked on it
 the whole computer needed replacing

 first thing wednesday morning
 they brought me a new one
 my log in password wouldn't work
 my email password wouldn't work
 turned out
 the email password was my duh 
i was entering one that was outdated
 insisting it was right

the newer version of outlook
 decided to be obnoxious
 fixing the preferences 
did nothing

 after a few hours
 i considered
 either smashing the computer 
 slitting my wrists

 they gave me back the 'broken' one 
took the newer one back
 to see if they can work out its issues 

the ansonia 

took this with the iphone
edited it with snapseed

on the way into the office

looking at it soothes

what a day

seems like
feels like
 i never got away

5:30 vs 7:30 or 8

back at the office
i was asked
to be
 move coordinator
 its a good thing 
this way 
i won't be whining
 things are not being done
 my way

 the person who asked me
 if i wanted the task
 knew just how to
 me to agree

 no longer
 far away

 where are we moving?

 the world trade center
 43rd floor 

we'll be facing south
 brooklyn bridge

i might even be able to see
water tower
my new office

road trip recap

i arrived in cincinnati on thursday
the most perfect 
spring temperatures 
 blue skies
 blooming trees


 my friend mary
 always plans things for us to do

 we lunched at 
seasons 52 
she had dessert

 i didn't 

we visited our friend alice baltermann
alice is an extraordinary artist
she's in her mid 90s
 her health hasn't been the best
 it was wonderful to spend time with her

we drove around a bit 
stopping in at a favorite shop
where i got someone a gift
picked up some thai take away 
had dinner 
talked about what we'd do on friday

friday was just as lovely as thursday

we went to check out a shop 
it had very unique clothing
all of which
were absurdly over-priced
 to the parking area
an old building
a dead car truck graveyard

we also went to a real graveyard
something we both like

attempted to go to an art exhibit
 the gallery was 

i spotted 
 one of the wonderful painted pigs

was really busy
we picked up our friend phil
drove to 
columbus, indiana
wandered a lovely little city
with some amazing architecture

i am going to share those photos over at
through my eyes

lunched outdoors under an umbrella
had ice cream at a unique old ice cream parlor

we got home in time to clean up 
head out to meet more friends
for dinner
in downtown cincy

it was a really fun and photo filled weekend

i hope you had a good weekend 
what did you do?


her name

 her person was with her 
waiting outside a coffee shop
 last sunday

 when i was heading to be beautified
 i stopped to pet her
 we got into a conversation
 her husband
 came out 
he was not as pleasant
he was very loud and outspoken
 in a negative way

 i got a few photos
went on my way

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skitzo spring

it was amazing 
we had 
four seasons
 in the span
 a week

 wednesday morning
 there was 
 the cars 
the flowers

 outside of manhattan

i am escaping
 i am off to visit my friend in cincinnati

an interesting
 weather fact

the weather we get here in nyc
was in cincy the day before
i am going where the sun is shining
where the temps are already on the way to spring 

i will be back on sunday
 when nyc is expected to be more tolerable
see you then!

iconic view and a water tower

walking across the brooklyn bridge 
you get to a point
 you look over to your left
 to see
 (down under the manhattan bridge overpass)

 through the buildings
 you can see 
the manhattan bridge

 far less famous
 in many ways
 more attractive

 many take
its considered

 if you look to the right 
you can see
 a water tower
also iconic
(big wink)

 ta da!


excuse me
 not having the energy
 a real post
 i walked 7 miles today, sunday, i am exhausted

 not sure
 if my 
feet or legs
 are more achy

  i walked across the brooklyn bridge
 it was a great walk
 a lovely day
 the sunshine
 fresh air
 have wiped me out

 i leave you
 this image
 the cats sleeping on toonman's desk

It’s one of those days for takin' a walk outside

we took
 a long walk 
 riverside park

 neither of us 'cared'
 which direction 
which path
 so we just started walking 
we got to the point
 just past the community gardens

we either
 turn to head back
 walk the next leg uptown 

we opted
 to go
 a whole new direction

 we headed
 a sloping path past a hillside of daffs

through the underpass 

along the river

down to 72nd street

 the basketball courts

it was the kind of day
everyone was out


he was waiting
 on thursday morning

 when i knelt down
 to take his photo
 i said hi there
his tail started wagging 

what a cutie

 his person was inside getting coffee
 i guess

 i know
animals inside restaurants or any store that sells food
 thats the law here in nyc 
so i get to see a lot of pups waiting outside 
if not for that
 i wouldn't have a saturday feature

tech #4

 there have been
 4 techs
 come by
the original installation
 back in early march

 as i have said
 every one


the latest tech came on wednesday
 he said
 the signal is strong
 its not the dvr box
 its not the remote
 (one call to t-w got me a person who was insistent the problem was the remote ... it wasn't) 

he decided
 the connection thingies
 those metal male/female
at the ends 
the cables/wires
 were old
 lets replace them

didnt fix the problem

 next up
 will be someone
 a new
 the roof top
 where the 'feed' comes into the building
 our apartment

 since toonman is always home
 no specific appointment has been made 

when the tech who does that task is in the 'hood 
he'll call and come by


 we watch a picture that does all sorts

 watching jeopardy
 the heads and bodies of the contestants
 remained solid
 their middles
 went off 
to the left or was it to the right

 no matter

  i want to go on record here
 as i have to toonman
 the problem 
 the new hr dvr box which had no picture-in-picture capability
one that had

 i believe
 the hd dvrs with p-in-p
 are not the newest
 not compatible
 with the high def signal

 you know 
that rule
 that saying
  'once you have eliminated the impossible,
 whatever remains,
 no matter how improbable, 
must be the truth'

 just sayin'

i believe 
we are at that point

 we can call it 
'daryl's law'

egg hunt!

 is sponsoring
 the big egg hunt nyc
 there are over 260 egg sculptures
 across nyc's 5 boroughs
 i 'collected' 12 on the upper west side
 this past week
 one was the magnolia bakery
 another was in the american folk art museum
 the other 10 were in the time-warner center
 in fact
 there are 2 more there
i didn't get photos of 
 gotta go back i guess 

here's a link the website

from the top left: The Egg of Light, Glitch in Reality, Mama, Papa and Eggless, Nest Egg, Brooklyn Symphony EGGestra, I am the Eggman, Middlebook Egg, Fradki Egg, Origami Egg, The Unbreakable Happiness, Furstenberg Egg, and A  New Worldview

artsy fartsy wednesday

this week you get the photo before the whine

i hit this image
 a little snapseed
 it was a wonderful app
 from nikon
 google bought it 

if you use anything google has acquired
 you know what i mean

 google and time-warner 
 cannabalize itself
 do the world a favor
 the problem with our television reception 
for which we pay monthly a ridiculous amount of money

we have met
 3 really nice techs 
who all seem to know their jobs
 each time
 they are
its fixed

 i think the issue 
 the picture in picture capable dvr box


when we got the new hd dvr box
 it did not include

the subsequent hd dvr boxes
that option
 filled out screen with pixilation

 tech #4
 will be coming over
 to see
 if he can fix things

 i am not holding my breath

 when i told you
 i was interviewed/photographed

  its now on instagram
you can click
 if you'd like to see it

that is all

sunday stuff

i know
 you're reading this on monday
 i wrote it on sunday
 was meant to be
 of the moment
  it doesn't seem to work that way

 i got my mani/pedi
 essie's lollipop 
 like a good choice
 a sunshine filled day
 the wind was less harsh
 if you walked in the sun
 if felt good
 the shade felt

 i got my hair done
 its a lot fuller this week
 it needs a shaping
 i need to get that done 

toonman and i took a walk in the park we left the apartment around 3 not a good time for the big camera too many shadows i took along the iPhone it took some interesting photos on its one this one made me laugh i think i was brushing the hair out of my eyes

i took some photos of this adorable dog not a single one of the several i know i took showed up on the camera roll but i did get a lot of random shots i did not intentionally take

 this one 
i did 

oh and time-warner?
its on-going

windy day

was a lovely day
 no more rain
 blue skies
 fluffy clouds
 nice warm temps
 strong wind
 a breeze
 nothing gentle
strong wind

 i wish i had taken a video of these daffs
 trying to stand
 the harsh winds 

can you see
 they're leaning 

i slept in
 i love sleeping
 i was having an odd dream
 i remember snatches of it 
i was in los angeles i was at my friend f's place 
 it wasn't her place 
not the real place she lives
 i was with my grandmother at one point
 my father's mother
 i remember
 it made me feel emotional
 i know thats odd
 i recall that feeling clearly
 i also remember wanting to find my friend mary's phone number
 i didn't have my phone 
so i didn't have my contact app
 i am not sure why i needed to contact mary 

i am not sure what of any of the dream

 i woke
 looked at the clock
 it was 9ish
 i closed my eyes 
thought about the dream a bit
 i got up 

eventually i went out
 did some errands
 came back
 told toonman
 i wasn't going to suggest taking a walk it was too windy
 i was going to call time-warner
 oh yeah
 the newest hd dvr box 
barely a week old
 was acting wonky
 the picture 
both live and recorded programs

 i spoke to a nice guy
 at the customer resolution center
didn't call
 the main number
 i am t
hrough with them 
happy to say 
roy was very helpful
 he told me
 the earliest appointment was april 9 
 he would try and get it moved up
 he called back an hour later to say someone would be by between 4 and 6 pm

 so toonman and i watched the finale of this season's walking dead 
once they take the 'old' box
 all of the recorded programs disappear 
walking dead is not showing again this 'season' 
we checked

 it was a very intense hour 
if you've seen it
 i am sure you know our 'heroes' are in a bad place
now we have to wait
 months to find out what happens next
in the meantime 
game of thrones 
 its new season on sunday   

what else
 i am reading a terrific book
the last dead girl
 its the sort of prequel
 bad things happen and very bad men
 the author
 harry dolan 
 a good involving story 

i am sure there's more
i dont know what

   oh yeah
they're on the way
 so i will fill you in on that tomorrow

more interesting weekend
 then i

sitting on a park bench

sitting on a park bench
 taking in the sun

i took this 
 february 23

 it was one of those warmer weekends
 of course
 it got cold again
 it even snowed again
 that woman had her two little pups out 
taking in 
the sun
 the warm 

 this weekend
 its going to be really really nice 
of course
 it rained all day
 so ... 

 i'll let you know how today was tomorrow