New York by night

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Tonight my husband and I are staying in the city because my aunt is visiting from France, I’m so happy she’s here, I’ve missed her. 

My mother and I went to pick her up at JFK, we came back to my mother’s and spent the afternoon talking. My husband’s chili made an appearance for dinner, which was perfect, because for one, there was no cooking and second, my aunt had never tasted chili, so it was a brand new experience and she found it to be excellent. 

Tomorrow my mother, my aunt and I are going to visit around the city, I’m looking forward to it.

Great news at the neurosurgeon

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We’re at the International House of Pancakes celebrating the fact that my meningioma in my frontal lobe is benign, not associated with my cancer and we just have to monitor it every six months. Hooray for us! Pancakes all around, though our son chose to have the banana and Nutella crepes with his sunny side eggs, bacon and hash browns. I had my pancakes with two eggs over easy, sausage and rye toast whereas my husband had a Denver omelette to compliment his pancakes. If there is only one thing to say about IHOP, they make a very dependably good breakfast, complete with non stop coffee, can’t go wrong with that formula.

My favorite chili chef 

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My husband’s chili is my favorite, I used to order chili way back when during my college days in the village downtown New York City, when my friends and I would go out to the latest restaurants, but I had no idea how excellent chili could be until my husband made me his batch, 26 years ago. His chili is a thing of beauty, the different textures, colors, flavors and its graduation in heat and spice, it is a symphony of taste, everything comes together without losing its distinctive voice.



I’m not giving away secrets, but it is safe to share that a lot of peppers, beef, pork, lamb, sausage, all kinds of beans, tomatoes, garlic and onions, herbs and the list of spices is quite extensive, and it all comes together like clockwork each and every time my husband while it up. It’s a beautiful thing.

Slobbering Stanley

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Boy does Stanley have a big head. When he wants a kiss, he isn’t shy about it, especially when papa is eating ice cream, Stanley loves his kisses sweet, lol. Stanley worships my husband, he loves us all, but he is especially attached to my husband which is what I wanted, my husband is the most dog crazy person I have ever met and having a special bond with Stanley makes him so very happy. When our son comes by, Stanley is over the moon, but when our son leaves Stanley doesn’t get sad because he has his papa right where he needs him.

I don’t get jealous at all, Stanley gives me the kind of attention I like, he sits quietly to my side and I pet him for as long as I like, when I’m done, Stanley knows to go lay down. Several times during the day, Stanley comes for his caresses, I give them and we’re both happy. Dogs are amazing, Stanley knows us, he understands our differences and responds appropriately, getting what he needs at that moment from the human most apt to give it. 

And yes, Stanley does slobber when he kisses, even when he hugs, he slobbers, towels are a necessity when loving a dog like Stanley.

Sully : a movie review

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Tom Hanks is such an amazing actor, Aaron Earkhart who played his co-pilot, did a great job as well. This movie was excellent, my husband and I were both captivated throughout its entirety. These two pilots were fundamentally good, solid, professionals who did the extraordinary in a horrific circumstance of unforeseeable and inescapable engine failure at low altitude amongst one of the busiest metropolitan areas on the planet.


What struck me immediately was the difference between my recollection of the Miracle on the Hudson and what was going on behind the scenes. Our news media were quick to proclaim a hero, yet I don’t remember the media reporting there being a serious investigation into Sully’s decision making process, mental and emotional state, or even the possibility of human error. I was so aware, while watching “Sully” anguish with his second guessing, his nightmares, his initial panic after the forced water landing at possible loss of life, his experience during those 208 seconds were so much graver and more intense than I had even possibly imagined it. The investigative board kept the pressure on with their reliance on computer simulations as an analytical tool to interpret Sully’s actions and his decisions. That is where I have to give it to the strength of Sully’s character, despite being tapped by twinges of doubt, he knew he had done everything he could, he had done his job informed by four decades of experience and was able to communicate it to the audience, this is why Tom Hanks is such an amazing actor, you could not tear yourself away from “Sully” and what he was going through, we agonized with him, worried for him even knowing how it all turned out at the end.

An excellent movie, my husband and I highly recommend seeing it.

Little Jack

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Today was another day spent at the hospital, getting an endoscopy to make sure that everything is still on the up and up, Doctor Birkman took biopsies, we’ll know next week if the site is still clean. An endoscopy is relatively easy and painless, it lasts only a half hour and you’re asleep for it, the anesthesia is light if you will, you wake up easily and without the grogginess and nausea the older anesthesia used to leave you with as an side effect.

Jack has been sitting next to me since I got home, he’s a very good care companion, he doesn’t demand attention, he just stays close just in case I need to touch him or pet him. He lovingly makes himself available, he is so cute, our little Jack.

Darling Lulu

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Obviously we’re back home, Lulu’s newest thing is to force herself on my husband to get her back scratched, she then morphs into a cat, she arches her back and twists her head around, kind of like an owl. She is so funny, especially with her crazy Pittbull smile. We adore our Lulu, don’t worry Stanley and Jack got their hugs and scratches, but they don’t show the same ecstasy that Lulu does, she is just a bundle of love, I have become a believer that rescue animals know and really appreciate the rescue. What is so wonderful about rescue dogs is that they give you as much or even more than you give them.

A nice day in Astoria


My mother’s hydrangea tree is still beautiful, the rest of her garden still looks perky despite the heat during the waning days of summer. As I was driving down on route 8, near the Connecticut border, I spied some orange and red leaves making their appearance and I silently screamed NO!!!!!!! It’s too early! Thank goodness there was no sign of changing leaf color down here in New York, I’m not ready. 

My mother and I went out to dinner at Two Lizards, a Mexican restaurant on Ditmars Blvd, it was pretty good, we liked two out of the three things ordered. We enjoyed having our guacamole made for us at table side, that was a hit, we also enjoyed the flour tortillas stuffed with wild mushroom, spinach and cheese, but we didn’t like the poached shrimp and scallop in Clamato juice, orange juice, cilantro and tomato. I think we were envisioning it to be similar to a ceviche, that was our mistake, it had nothing to do with ceviche, it was lacking in brightness and freshness, it tasted like tired shrimp and scallops swimming in a weird tomato juice. We were disappointed to say the least, however the first two appetizers were definite keepers, so we’ll go back.

Treatment day made better with Keanu

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After my treatment session was over, it makes for a longish day of waiting for a cocktail that isn’t the kind of cocktail anyone would really care to wait for, I needed some funny and I got that watching the movie Keanu. My husband wasn’t on board with the rental, but he was wrong, another instance of bad trailers, you would think that the trailer part of marketing would be a top priority. Anyway, it wasn’t stupid, lazy humor, it was fun, tongue in cheek humor surrounding the cutest little kitten ever. Keanu the kitten was so easy to fall in love with, no wonder everyone was fighting over him. I felt so much better while watching the crazy hijinks Key and Peele went through, I love these guys. Laughter is the best medicine.

Happy Labor Day!

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In direct opposition to the word labor, we are lounging this Labor Day, watching shows recorded on the DVR. Jack, Lulu and Stanley can lounge with the best of them, Jack especially loves to lounge on my legs. Lulu and Stanley prefer lounging together, either on the chaise lounge chair or outside in the garage. Lounging is good for the soul and so we should remember those union members who fought so hard and risked so much so that we have rules, regulations and designated days for lounging.