Saturday, December 31, 2005

Last Day of 2005

or a

Here we are at the end of the year and I am reminded of a quote by Abraham Lincoln in which he said "that no man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar."

The only reason I am thinking of this is because people often use this time of year to reflect back on the previous year and then to look forward to the coming year, possibly with the hope that the coming year will be better.

Consistently Adjust and Adapt

The necessity in building upon these conditions are to create paths of consistent and competent decision making, improving focus perceptually and establishing the ability to adjust and adapt.

Perception is the process of acquiring, interpreting, selecting, and organizing sensory information. Your mind state has to be in constant positioning to analyze situations that you will come into contact with, deciphering whether it's conditions are beneficial to your means.

Maintaining mindful progression equipped with positive thinking will determine the directions to which you follow.

There are only two sides to every coin, and there is no middle ground, so if your thoughts are not positive, then your direction can only be stagnate or negative.

POSITIVE THINKING helps promote and encourage positive VISIONS, positive ATTITUDES and positive ADVANCING. It expands your outlook and broadens your scope allowing you to become more open minded and receptive.

Positive Attitude - People who have a healthy and positive attitude generally tend to live better lives. They understand the power of perception and the strength of thoughts of mind. Through our thoughts we create the pathway to which we direct our actions.

Your person also has to create temperments to where you can accept and handle the magnitude of the circumstances your endeavors present, both progressive and/or hindering, maintaining a grounded humbleness which will provide a guarded approach to shield you from becoming overwhelmed.

Control Mind - Temperament
A temperament of control is what creates a control mind, allowing you a stance of poise and controlled reaction.

Control Your Emotions
You lose control over yourself when you do not control the emotions that your thoughts create. They then control you, driving you into directions you struggle to restrain. Controlling the emotion gives you the ability to utilize its energys placing it toward more significant circumstances energizing its action. Our feelings create energys of emotion that incite our motives and drive us toward reacting. We ultimately have the control over the reaction through the perception in which we receive the emotion. The temperances which we maintain are what we use to ignite our perception. By maintaining a controlled reaction through a poised and neutral temperament, we then gain control over the energys that are produced through the emotions that occur within us.

I hope these thoughts and suggestions find happy homes in the coming year as I myself continually strive to improve I hope that others share these sentiments and finally find themselves not simply walking from place to place but floating on their own powerful and creative egos.

Happy New Year

Saturday, December 17, 2005

odds and ends

well its pert near the end of the year And what a year it was
and what do we have to show for it? but now that we are
at the end of it

lets party

Monday, November 21, 2005

this is my cousin

One of them at least
...nothing but rouble...with a great big T.

Where did the days go?

I have been busy working and my boy has been busy with school but we havent been too busy to check out this blog is hilarious if you follow the New York restaurant schene...if you haven't read Bruni you should and if you haven't listened on wqxr you should, Jules captures his "opulence" to a T.

Lets see what else...well we have a ton of pinon (pine nuts, pignoli) and a fresh supply of chile, both red and green that we got from New Mexico.

We go upstate as often as we can and New York is cold and I guess not much is new.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005


looks like hes doin' whatever he can.....................

Sunday, September 18, 2005


The dude went with his mom to see his pop-pop and this is what they did, and on a side note - the little guy loves to eat shrimp and crabs - or as he said when he was little "frimps and frabs"......

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

A long long time ago

And I can still remember, the day the music died.

Offically, as they say, summer is Ovah! Summer ended for me on June 21'st..the day the days got shorter.
School starts tomorrow. Early days and early nights. Waiting on snow for winter fun.

A Horse With No Name Written by Dewey Bunnell, ©1971

On the first part of the journey I was looking at all the life There were plants and birds and rocks and things There was sand and hills and rings The first thing I met was a fly with a buzz And the sky with no clouds The heat was hot and the ground was dry But the air was full of sound I've been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain La, la ... After two days in the desert sun My skin began to turn red After three days in the desert fun I was looking at a river bed And the story it told of a river that flowed Made me sad to think it was dead You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain La, la ... After nine days I let the horse run free 'Cause the desert had turned to sea There were plants and birds and rocks and things there was sand and hills and rings The ocean is a desert with it's life underground And a perfect disguise above Under the cities lies a heart made of ground But the humans will give no love You see I've been through the desert on a horse with no name It felt good to be out of the rain In the desert you can remember your name 'Cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain La, la ...

Monday, August 29, 2005


This radar image of the storm looks a little unsettling. What a devilish face! Hurricane Katrina's 145-Mph Winds Rip Louisiana, Mississippi, Driving Floods Into New Orleans

Friday, August 26, 2005


Mermaid, Mermen, Sirens, a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a human being and the tail of a fish. Similar divine or semidivine beings appear in ancient mythologies (e.g., the Chaldean sea god Ea, or Oannes). In European folklore, mermaids (sometimes called sirens) and mermen were natural beings who, like fairies,had magical and prophetic powers. They loved music and often sang. Though very long-lived, they were mortal and had no souls.

Thursday, August 25, 2005


Such a delicate hand.

Carmel, New York

8 days of lakes and hiking and fresh air.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Another Friday

Just out of the blue we up and went to the big sand playground and got lucky when we saw Little Anthony And The Imperials Wednesday at Battery Park City and ate the best grilled vegetable sandwiches I have ever made. It was a great way to spend sunset, cool grass, warm sandwiches, manchego cheese and oldies. Lots of fun and seasickness when we left, those water taxis' "seem" so seductive.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005


The countdown continues.


From My window


We have gone to the pool almost every single day for the past 5 weeks and my boy can now swim! He can dive to the bottom to get a nickel and he can almost start to do the crawl stroke. He floats on his back calmly and mostly doggy paddles. We have been to the beach only once but as far as the swimming there went it was great, he has really come a long way. We were swimming in a lake just two days ago. I am so proud and happy. We will be in Carmel, NY for a few days at a lake house and this should be great, we already found wild raspberries on Sunday at Harriman so we know they are out there, maybe we will get lucky and find some nice mushrooms as well.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

Tasty Summer Drink

That first batch of ginger beer came out real nice. I borrowed this photo from the site that I got the recipes from, if you click the title above it will take you there and you can learn how to make some yourself. It is crisp and bubbly with a nice strong ginger and lime flavor, the alcohol content was low, less than 1%, so kids could drink it and it was homemade. This type of beverage is not intended to be an alcohol libation. I have since made more and as of today I am making my most "gingery" one of them all, I hope this has a lot of bite. I am also making a "mead" type beverage that will sit for a couple of months to ferment, this one should pack a punch.

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Ginger Beer

These are two bottles of "brew" I am currently making. The one on the right is not creating as much pressure as the one on the left so I am going to stop its fermentation process and refrigerate it so I can test what it is doing. It should be sweet and gingery with no alcohol. The one on the left I am going to try and shelf it for a couple of months so that its alcohol content can increase....we will see.




Monday, July 11, 2005

Heat Index

It is supposed to be hotter than blazes today, and I believe it. My modem went out from Friday morning until Sunday and when I went to the cable place to replace it on Saturday I wasn't the only one. But I dont know if that fixed it or not since it still took another day for it to engage, my guess - not the modem. One of my planter boxes, the one in the front window, was blown off by the strong winds on Friday and I lost all of my lovely bean stalks. Not much to say right now I will check in later.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Another angle of the "pointy thing"

This is one of the pointy things I found along the banks of the East River in Manhattan, I also found the same thing on the beach in Coney Island. What is it????


I forgot to snap some shots of the fireworks, I can see fireworks from both the front and the back windows in my apartment...oh well.

Some squash blossoms and some green beans that grew in my window boxes.

My side window with the squash plants

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

7 Hours Later

What I was trying to remember was staring me in the face all day. Earlier I had written that I was trying to remember some social commentary I was allegedly going to make. Well maybe it is and maybe it isnt but this is it. I have been carefully attending my window boxes so that I can create some flora. I make compost all winter and I tend these little window boxes like they were 40 acres each, carelully turning over the soil and allowing the mulch to ferment eager for the time that I can plant. I dont need to plant though because I eat a lot of vegetative products that contain seeds, and these seeds land in the compost. After what seems to be perfect germination these seeds grow into plants like I have my own personal little nusery and this variety is as vast as beans to corn to squash to tomatoes and back and then the morning glory that I saved from my real garden on 6th street. Anyway my windows are filled with these wonderful plants and that is what brings me to my little commentary. I look up in NYC all the time, I look up and see window after window after window and my windows in my apartment are no different- in fact, from the street, you can hardly even see my plants since each window is a little tile, a little rectangle or whatever shape it is just darkly posing against its buildings side - cold, impersonal and quiet. But from the inside, my windows are my world. I see the tiniest of blossoms on the bean plants (stalks if you desire) and I see the little toys I have placed in the dirt in the boxes to accentuate the landscape. These windows paint the rosy glow that I see every day -from my windows I am given peace. Each persons window should paint themselves that same rosy glow.


I was lazy yesterday and did not post anything original of my own, instead I posted blog links to blogs I found interestng. Today I will make a feeble attempt to be original. Summer is now here for NY school kids and the pools are open. NYC can be nice if you accept the fact that it is NYC. There was something on my mind last night and now I cannot remember what it is so I figure if I type enough it will come to me. Well la ti da it is not coming to me and it is bothering me because I was going to make some social commentary. I will let it rest for now and perhaps as the day goes I will remember.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Secret Place

she said...
"you don't know"
then when we got
to the secret place
she didn't know
we were there
as she said
"this is the place I always come to"
so...we walked
talked and looked
things were

words to live by

forgiveness is the scent left by the flower
on the foot that has crushed it.
trust is the scar left by the knife
on the heart that entrusted.
faith is the lasting act of accepting the unknown
over that that is known.
and to be trespassed against and to still erect no fences
is the ultimate home.
CG 3[2002]


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Friday, June 17, 2005

The News

It is amazing to me the things I read in the news, like sexual predators will now be denied viagra, what the hell? I am in awe over the extreme stupidity of our nation and its leaders.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Coney Island

Went to Coney Island on Saturday and the area that I like to go to, just down from the baseball stadium, used to be great. There were less people and no lifeguards. Now there are no lifeguards but the area is roped off since there are no lifeguards and you can not swim there...there are lifeguard chairs but no guards sitting in them. This is going to suck.

Friday, June 10, 2005


New York is miserable. The heat the humidity, the silly fashionistas. It rained this morning and I thought for sure that it would break this heat wave but it did not, it is still muggy as ever. I read a funny blog yesterday by a girl in California, she was describing some first date she never went on and the whole thing gave me a giggle. You know I complain about New York a lot but I am still here, if I hate it so much I should leave, that would be the advice I would give anyone yet not the advice I follow myself. It is futile. I went on a drive with Matt yesterday in a brand new Volvo, it was nice, this car has power. We got lost in White Plains and then found ourselves crossing the Whitestone bridge ending up on the "other" side of Rikers Island. All in all it was a nice two hours. Well I should be doing some things around the house but I am not.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

10 days in New Mexico

We made some delicious fresh goat cheese. We got up with the sun every day. We had a wonderful time.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

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Eating Grain

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I took a nursing pre assesment test so that I could enroll in an LPN program and I did not pass the math portion so now I am incredibly bummed out.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005


These were taken on one of the many snow days we had this winter but I only just had them developed a week ago.

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