Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Little House on the Park

This little concession stand popped up in the park.

Morning temperature: 41 degrees

Steps: 8221

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Cake Disaster

Cakes and I do not get along that well in the kitchen. This was my latest disaster. I wish I could have gotten a shot of it when it was still puffed up and bubbling but the smoke pouring out of the oven was not helping.

The from scratch cake recipe even suggested use of a disposable pan. I still don't know how it all went so wrong. I had put the pan on the cookie sheet to give it more stability and that step prevented more of a mess of smoldering coals on the oven floor. When things had cooled down the mess was not as bad as I anticipated though I still had to clean the oven before I dared turn it on again.

So I cleaned and then turned on the oven. When no smoke poured out I made another cake and poured it into a metal cake pan. That cake baked up beautifully. Then I added some salted caramel frosting.

The above cake seemed to be cooked through on the one side so we had to eat a little of it...purely to minimize the waste of all the ingredients that went into it, of course!

Morning temperature: 39 degrees

Steps: 10,787

Trash Bags?

It looks like the Prairie Dogs are wearing trash bags for their costumes. Must be time for another fundraising Bake Sale!

Friday, March 27, 2015


Here's another work of art in Madison Square Park. It's going up over a walkway.

Morning temperature: 39 degrees

Steps: 8830

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Empire State Building

Just so you know...the Empire State Building is still here too...with a little sunset glow highlighting the tops of the buildings.

Morning temperature: 44 degrees

Steps: 8230

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Flatiron in the Park

It's been awhile since I've taken a Flatiron Building picture. When the leaves come back I won't be able to see much of the building from that vantage point.

Morning temperature: 35 degrees

Steps: 9113

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Gazing Globes

This is an art exhibit by Paula Hayes in Madison Square Park. The 18 globes are each different in the contents and colors. It's interesting to look at each one.

Morning temperature: 27 degrees

Steps: 9129

Monday, March 23, 2015

Gas Meter

This is the new gas meter that caused us to be without heat, hot water and gas appliances for 2 weeks. Thank goodness the heat is back since Spring is not really here.

Morning temperature: 24 degrees

Steps: 10,135

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

Frozen Pier

Hopefully this will be the last glimpse of ice in the Hudson. Spring starts tonight (even if we are getting snow today!)

Morning temperature: 34 degrees

Steps: 9126

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Still Foggy

More snow is coming tomorrow. This quiet scene doesn't make snow look so bad.

Morning temperature: 30 degrees

Steps: 10,442

Happy Birthday, ML!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Breakfast of Champions

During my weekend at a bed & breakfast Inn this apple crisp was breakfast on the first day. How can you go wrong with a breakfast like that?

Oh, of course, there were healthier options too!

Morning temperature: 35 degrees

Steps: 8353

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Foggy Folly

A little fog along with the folly and the trees makes a good photo. Then there's the snow.

Morning temperature: 48 degrees

Steps: 9220

Monday, March 16, 2015

Tiaras Et Cetera

My crazy weekend companions. Guess which one forgot to bring some headgear.

Morning temperature: 35 degrees

Steps: 7804

Friday, March 13, 2015

Home Sweet Inn

This is our fourth year at this bed & breakfast inn so it feels like home (only cleaner.) This is the back and side. Originally, I guess the long porch was considered the front because it faces the water where the boat traffic was. Now there are some other houses between the water and the inn but it's a great place any way you look at it!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Road Trip

Heading out on a little road trip today for a long weekend of crafting. Will be in Connecticut tonight!
Morning temperature: 43 degrees
Steps: 9414

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lost Pitbull

It seems like $10,000 is a little excessive for a family dog!

Morning temperature: 44 degrees

Steps: 8469

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Don (in the orange shirt and sunglasses) teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Last night was the opening reception for New Views, the faculty art exhibition. There was a wide range of art from the fashion you might expect to painting, sculpture, photography, video, etc. Don's presentation was a video of costumes he had designed and/or constructed.

As part of the fun he had a few people wear some of the costumes and mingle with the guests. It was quite a hit. Lots of people wanted to have their photos taken with the costumed people. The seated Zen woman was the faculty member who had created the exhibit they are all in. She was quite excited to have them be a part of her exhibit even briefly. You can see a phone camera at the lower left of the photo and the hand of another photographer on the right. How do you explain this kind of thing???

Morning temperature: 42 degrees

Steps: 12,837

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ice at Pebble Beach

Hopefully all of this will be clearing up now that we are having a heat wave in the '50's! PS: There's not really a beach in there!

Morning temperature: 41 degrees

Steps:  13,381

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Long Hallways

Had to walk down long halls today to move stuff from one storage unit to another because the storage place is renovating. Naturally the two spaces were a long way apart and even on different floors.

But luckily this long hallway came with lunch. (The drumette looked slightly less disgusting in person.)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Frozen Paddlewheel

Here are some boats all ice locked at the pier. Not so good for the tourist business!
Morning temperature: 12 degrees
Steps: 11,952

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Heavy Load

This is a mighty heavy load piled on a hand truck. I'm not sure if anyone could tilt it back and wheel it but I know I couldn't! I wonder what they want to do with those things. No one was around to ask when I spotted it.

Morning temperature: 36 degrees

Steps: 8055

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Abandoned Relics

These two chunks of something were salvaged from some previous usefulness. There is decorative carving on the sides. Maybe they were part of the decoration of one of the piers that they now reside on or maybe they were plundered from elsewhere. Treasures or trash?

Morning temperature: 36 degrees

Steps: 10,005

Tuesday, March 3, 2015


I saw the sign but could not find the door to the future. I remained in the present although now that is the past.

Morning temperature: 23 degrees

Steps: 9213

Monday, March 2, 2015


A colorful sight on a drab winter day!

Morning temperature: 29 degrees

Steps:  9479