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Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

Spring – the flowers, the rain, the transitions

May 11, 2017 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

I’ve been really enjoying this spring season after what felt like a winter spent in hibernation. It’s just way too easy when you’re working from home to fall into the trap of never leaving your house. The number of consecutive days I’ve spent doing that is just way too embarrassing a number to admit to anyone, let alone myself, but making an effort to get out of the apartment has been well worth it these days when you’re rewarded with all the flowers of spring. For a few weeks, New York City is swathed in fluffs of pink. Then, all the tiny buds on trees begin their life cycle and dot the branches with green haze like a pointillist painting… CONTINUE READING

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

Lavender fields on the North Shore, LI

July 13, 2016 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Have you ever stood in the middle of a lavender field? It’s an experience that feeds all the senses. The blooming season is quite short though, and we’ve missed it the last couple of years, but I made sure to mark the season on my calendar because I’ve been wanting to go back for years. The lavender farm closest to us is located on the North Shore of Long Island. If you’re driving from the city, it’s a couple of hours drive, but you can make a nice day trip of it and visit farm stands, wineries and all the charming towns that line the North Fork. It’s one of our favorite places to go in the New York area.… CONTINUE READING

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

Late Spring, in all its seasonal glory

June 1, 2016 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmers markets around the city are bursting with seasonal produce and flowers lately and we’ve been picking up fiddleheads, ramps, lilacs and any other goodies that catch our eye. Even though my office was near Union Square and I’d walk through the market every Monday to and from work, the market on Saturdays is much bigger with a lot more farmers. Our favorite recent purchase were these camomile flowers. We made a few desserts with the edible flowers that I’ll post at a later date, but if you follow us on Instagram or Snapchat, then you’ve seen some of our recent little food projects. I think the biggest surprise was the long line for peonies at one of the… CONTINUE READING

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

What winter? The flowers are still in bloom.

December 13, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

It’s astonishing how warm it’s been all Fall. Shorts and sandals in December? Yup, I’ve seen it all this past weekend where it’s been in the mid 60s for days now. I don’t think we’ve dipped below 50 in the last 2 months. You know something’s not quite right when people start complaining about how warm it is for mid-December and start wishing for snow and colder weather (did they forget the snow-tastrophe that was last winter??). My kids called this weather “dumb”. I don’t know if I’m at that point yet, but it is disconcerting. Just a little bit. Still, anything that makes the busy holiday season go a little more smoothly is welcome in my book. This weather… CONTINUE READING

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

time marches onward. but first, the colors of fall.

November 23, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

I really don’t understand how Thanksgiving is in just a few days. Does every Fall go by this fast? And since the Christmas season basically starts after Halloween, we’re already in full holiday mode with our business. The corporate gifts get fulfilled first. Then orders for the holidays start coming in steadily until they reach a mad rush towards the middle of December when our shipping deadline hits. We’ve done this 8 times before! We know what to expect by now. It doesn’t mean that we can coast since every holiday season is different, but there’s comfort in knowing that we’ve made it through each time. But let’s just back up a little to Fall (p.s. if you aren’t sign… CONTINUE READING

Doing all the Fall things

Doing all the Fall things

October 30, 2015 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

We went apple picking a few weeks back, but now that I’m not blogging daily, things may get a bit non-linear around here. You don’t mind, though do you? Life is such a weird, weird trip lately, that these totally routine, totally predictable seasonal markers of time are what grounds me now. Because I don’t know about you, but sometimes life gets a little too surreal and it’s hard to know what I should be holding on to anymore. So we hold on to apples, and apple picking, and apple pie and apple donuts. Because that’s what’s familiar. We have had the warmest Fall this year. Aside from the cold spell that weekend we went up to the Berkshires, it’s… CONTINUE READING

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

seize the weekend. Magic in the Berkshires.

October 24, 2015 |  Category:   favorite posts life seasonal travels

Sometimes it takes a little effort to find magic. In a totally spontaneous moment, we decided to drive up to Massachusetts last weekend without a real agenda. We just wanted to get in the car to see where it would take us. We were lucky to find a last minute room at an inn – using credit card points no less – so we didn’t think twice about booking the trip. The Northeast had a brief weekend cold blast (by contrast, it was in the 70s much of this week), so we piled winter coats, hats and gloves in the trunk. As we continued to drive North, the change in the trees became more vibrant and I felt this need… CONTINUE READING

Wave Hill in Spring

Wave Hill in Spring

May 20, 2015 |  Category:   life nyc outings seasonal

I’ve been pretty quiet, I know. But sometimes you need to be quiet, you know? Just to balance out the “loudness” of life and all that comes with being alive. But I wanted to share these photos of our recent visit to Wave Hill in the Bronx. I suspected Spring would be a nice time to come, but I didn’t expect such a spectacular display of flowers. Seriously, this magnolia tree; it was magnificent. I had never seen blossoms like these before. It looks like a Saucer Magnolia which is everywhere in the city, but these blooms were fuller and luscious with a deeper, vibrant shade of pink, plus the blossoms were still very much peak when most of the… CONTINUE READING

Spring in full glory

Spring in full glory

May 1, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

I like to think that those of us on the East Coast who weathered through a particularly tough winter are being rewarded now with a Spring so glorious that we’ve already forgotten how tightly winter had us in its grips. It has finally let us go – and there are flowers everywhere. Even on a day where it’s a little breezy and we’re still wrapping scarves around our necks, the wind is starting to blow the first white blossoms off the branches and the petals dance in the air like confetti until they litter the sidewalks with a sprinkle of white. We take our time walking home from school because we want to take everything in.   When I walked… CONTINUE READING

The Tulips in Skagit Valley

The Tulips in Skagit Valley

April 10, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal Seattle & the NW travels

Seattle in April, instead of August. When we arrived, it was all budding trees and cherry blossoms, fields of tulips and other Spring flowers. The NW always blooms a bit earlier than NY, but because of an unusually warm Winter, everything came up early this year. Lucky us. We got to see the Tulip Festival an hour North of Seattle in Skagit Valley, something we wouldn’t normally see since our yearly trips to the NW usually come in August. We’ve seen photos of the tulips fields from local Washington friends who visit yearly, but there’s nothing like seeing it for yourself. Driving in the car, approaching the farms, you can see the variegated strips of color from the distance. The… CONTINUE READING

there was some snow

there was some snow

January 13, 2015 |  Category:   life seasonal

Snow never fails to excite people at first snowfall. It’s like we forget what a punishment last year felt like when we got pounded by storm after storm and piles of dirty old snow on the ground was normal. But I guess winter isn’t really winter without the snow, or as my kid puts it, snow makes winter more fun.   There was at least an inch of snow on the ground by the time I walked the kids to school Friday morning. Usually I turn around, head right home and either get ready for the office commute or make a pot of coffee on the days that I’m home. That day, in a sudden impulse, I continued on to… CONTINUE READING

4 months gone

4 months gone

October 11, 2014 |  Category:   favorite posts life seasonal

The obligatory seasonal apple picking post. Comes around every year like a marker of time. Today was the first day where I wished I wore a heavier jacket and a bigger scarf as I was walking around; it was legitimately chilly. But Fall in New York has been glorious the last few weeks like it always is every year – and the leaves haven’t even turned yet. Summer will always be enshrouded now in the memory of loss. The slowed down pace of longer days, the heaviness of the heat, the rhythmic buzz of the cicadas, and the feeling of suspended time will always remind me of a period of mourning. The change in seasons and hitting up all the… CONTINUE READING

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