The wonderful gift of friendship

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I have been so lucky, all of my friends everywhere have given me so much love and support, I credit them with my continued good spirits and can do attitude. Today I was happily surprised with these beautiful flowers, adorable teddy bear and chocolates from a childhood friend who lived next door to me, Annie. She was older than I and I remember looking up to her as a positive role model. She was always so nice to my little sister and I, always had time to talk to us despite being a part of the older crowd. I wasn’t expecting these flowers and when I read the card, I felt buoyed by friendship and connection. The ties and connections cemented in youth and continue to adulthood are tremendous gifts and I cherish them. Keeping my spirits up is so much easier when I see and feel the support and love from my dear, dear friends.

Treatment number two

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I chose to post a picture of my oregano in bloom because oregano is a plant of nutritional and medicinal value and that’s a big part of my focus right now. Today went well at treatment, the I.V went in without a hitch, my blood work came back all set of chemo and my anti-nausea meds worked like a charm. The only painful part, when all was said and done, was peeling the tape off my arm, it hurts when they do the slow pull,  they don’t want to compromise the injection site, but if that’s my only complaint of the day then I am a lucky one indeed lol.

My first blueberries 

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My first and only blueberries of the season! They were an unexpected surprise, my friend told me that blueberry bushes normally take at least 3 years before they produce fruit, it’s only been two years so surprise, surprise, lol. Out of the six I planted, I only have four left, I have to make sure that I protect them before the cold sets in, Jack and Stanley have been digging holes around the bushes, I have to fill in those holes for good somehow. They can really make me nuts, those two with their shenanigans, can’t they mess around with the plants I don’t care about? Argh!

Florence Foster Jenkins : a movie review

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What a touching, funny and wonderful movie. Meryl Streep, surprise surprise, gave an Oscar worthy performance, she made Florence so much more, as people are so much more than just the sum of their parts. Her portrayal as Florence made Hugh Grant’s portrayal of her second husband make so much more sense. I, like Hugh Grant’s character, wanted Florence to succeed and thus be buoyed by her adoration of music. Simon Helberg as her accompanying pianist gave an equally touching performance, full of hesitancy but also of loyalty, there were no phone-in performances here, not by anyone.

This movie captured my attention and my heart with its compassionate storytelling, vivid scenery and period costumes. I felt transported back to the 1940’s, a bygone era. I’m so glad Florence Foster Jenkins wasn’t a fictional character, I know she lived a life of pain and adversity, being wealthy didn’t shield her from either, money doesn’t buy everything, but she still found love, friendship and passion in the form of her beloved music. She found joy in her life and we could take comfort in that.

Lazy August flowers

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Coneflowers and upright phlox are the quintessential August flowers. I love their vibrant colors, their height and especially the way they self-propagate throughout the garden. They are also drought resistant, they haven’t exhibited any signs of distress since the drought started, they are a solid choice for any gardener, beginner or expert.


I love the coneflower’s structure, it is a bee and butterfly magnet with its wide center full of pollen, I would call them the insect world’s drive through, the bees and butterflies come and go without a care, knowing that the coneflower stands tall full of what they need and love more than anything. It’s a beautiful thing to watch, especially all of the different butterflies that come through my garden.

Madison Square Park, Flatiron District


Today was a glorious day outside, my mother and I took the subway into the city for lunch. We ate at Vesso’s on Lexington and 31st Street, they have a spectacular thin crust pizza and afterwards we walked down to Union Square passing through the lovely Madison Square Park.


One of my favorite buildings in New York is the Flatiron Building, one of the oldest skyscrapers of New York. I love its unique architecture, it is a timeless structure, a testament to the architect’s artistic vision.



It was such a pleasure to walk around a little part of the city, there was a refreshing breeze, the humidity was gone and the air felt nice and light. We went to Whole Foods to get some ingredients for the green curry chicken and zucchini dish we are going to make tonight. We’ve made this dish before, we really liked it the first time, I hope we do it justice this second time around lol.

Astoria Park


My mother and I walked to Astoria Park hoping that being next to the water, the East River, would give us a breeze, making the humidity and heat more manageable. It worked out exactly as we had hoped, we sat on a bench near the water, enjoying the breeze and watching the speed boats, fishing boats and huge barges pass by, some slowly and others speeding away down the river.

Astoria Park is full of memories for me, my mother was reminiscing about the times she would stroller me to the park before I could walk, forty eight years ago. Myself, I spent years and years playing and hanging out at Astoria Park with my friends. It has changed a little bit over the decades, the playground is still new looking, they gave a facelift to Astoria Park’s pool and they transformed the two way street to a one way street for vehicles and a nice wide path for bicycles.

It’s always nice to visit childhood places and still recognize its essence and specialness.


Back in the saddle

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Today was day one of my new treatment, it wasn’t too bad, Tara my nurse tried very hard to get the I.V going but after two tries, she called in reinforcements and the third time was the charm. After that I settled down with my iPhone and waited for the ninety minutes to trickle away.

I feel pretty good, a little tired, but heck I’m always tired. We came down to visit with my mother, I might feel a little worse for wear tomorrow, but I don’t think I will. I may sing a different tune next week, but for now, so far so good.

Tons of fun at Tanglewood

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Last night was so much fun, we found our friends no problem, we had a nice spot on the grand lawn, we enjoyed our picnic dinner, and we had a baby to play with, the older kids were playing with other kids, so we were focused on the belle of the evening. Mom and dad were there too, lol, babies smell so delicious!

The concert itself was wonderful, listening to the Boston Pops under the light of the moon was a lovely experience. We did have a hiccup during the concert, halfway during the first act, we started getting a lightening show off in the not too far distance, right at intermission we were instructed to leave the lawn area and find refuge at the wine and bar area. As soon as we were underneath the safety of the bar area, the sky opened up, complete with thunder and lightening. It was a spectacular show. Forty minutes later, the show was back on and John Williams did not disappoint.


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