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the season changes

the season changes

September 19, 2014 |  Category:   life seasonal

Glorious weather here in NY–the stuff that September dreams are made of. The last bits of summer linger with the plums and tomatoes still found at markets, but soon those will be gone too in favor of apples, gourds and pumpkins. The cycle of life, the cycle of seasons.   We’re wearing sweaters, light jackets and boots. I’ve given up on finding weather appropriate shoes for between seasons now that I no longer wear ballet flats. It’s either sandals or boots and nothing in between. The girls grew over the summer in ways you can’t notice if you are with them everyday. It was only when they slipped on pants and boots that were stored and put away for the… CONTINUE READING

and they’re done

and they’re done

May 12, 2014 |  Category:   life seasonal

Just as pretty on the ground as they are on branches. We walked around to each of our favorite cherry blossom trees in our neighborhood over the weekend to take in the last of the flowers. The kids love when they fall on the ground because it’s like a treasure hunt to find blossoms that are still intact.   We met one man on his stoop watching people walk by, stopping and taking photos next to a pair of cherry trees in front of his brownstone. The photo snapping is hard to resist.   “Do they not seem more beautiful this year? Or do we just forget how spectacular they are every Spring?” I asked. He told me that he’s… CONTINUE READING

NY in technicolor. Or, sometimes NY is like the movies

NY in technicolor. Or, sometimes NY is like the movies

May 7, 2014 |  Category:   life seasonal

It’s true that New York feels like a happier place these days. The color everywhere has a way of changing the collective mood of the city to such an extent that we wonder how we got through the monotony of winter all those months. But I no longer remember the cold; it’s funny how quickly you can forget.   We have a favorite cherry tree in our neighborhood that we love to stand under. With it’s canopy of blooms, it’s like being enveloped in cotton candy. Those luscious pink clusters don’t even seem real, and the cherry blossoms this year are just beyond. The city looks like a movie set, resembling all those scenes from movies set in NY that… CONTINUE READING

sakura matsuri + good things

sakura matsuri + good things

April 29, 2014 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

You wouldn’t be able to tell from these photos, but the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden this year was all festival and hardly any flowers, not like in years past when the sky looked like it was raining down petals from clouds of pink blooms. So the crowds flocked around the few trees that did have blossoms, whipping out cameras and posing next to any branch that had flowers. So many cameras and phones, so much posing. What a funny world we live in.   April’s almost over, but what a month. All good things, interesting things. Things that I didn’t expect, things that I didn’t know I even wanted, things that made me really think. And… CONTINUE READING

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

Harvest Fest and remembering the Meatpacking District

October 28, 2013 |  Category:   holidays life nyc outings remembering seasonal

  Did you have a good weekend-before-Halloween? One of our favorite harvest festivals in the city happen to be in the Meatpacking District and that’s where we spent our morning on Saturday. It’s held in the little plaza off of Gansevoort and the activities and even some of the food is free as local businesses in the neighborhood donate their time and goods. The kids are at an age, as Mia rather begrudgingly observed, where they are aging out of some of the holiday events in the city, but this harvest fest is still fun and age appropriate. I like it too because it’s small and very neighborhoodly and I guess I still get a kick out of the irony… CONTINUE READING

the worst of days, the best of days

the worst of days, the best of days

October 22, 2013 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

Fall isn’t quite the same without a drive up to the Hudson Valley – and specifically the town of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. At Washington Irving’s cottage we watched a shadow puppet rendition of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and took a walk around the grounds with a fantastically animated storyteller who retold Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker.” Basically, your perfect mid-October day in the way that only the Northeast can do. Why is Halloween SO fun? Fall is the best time of year, especially around here because the NE basically owns Fall as far as seasons go. The abundance of activities, harvest festivals, holiday paraphernalia and the anticipation of the actual holiday itself rivals Christmas at this point.… CONTINUE READING

But gourds…gourds are so weird

But gourds…gourds are so weird

October 16, 2013 |  Category:   life seasonal

What is it about vegetables and gourds that compel grown adults to make bathroom jokes whenever they spot odd or elongated specimens? And I find myself rolling my eyes at the girls whenever they start giggling every time they say or hear the word “butt” or “bottom” (Despicable Me didn’t help in this regard). I wonder when they’ll outgrow the bathroom jokes, but apparently, judging from remarks I overheard standing near the gourd bin freaking out at how weird some of these look, a lot of people never really grow out of it.   “I like bottoms. They are funny and chubby.” Giggle giggle.… CONTINUE READING

can’t say no to pumpkins

can’t say no to pumpkins

October 14, 2013 |  Category:   life seasonal

Feel like such the absent parent these last few weeks aside from walking the kids to and from school, but it’s October! And there are fun Fall things happening everywhere! So I made the time to go pumpkin picking on Sunday because that’s what parents do, and I was happy to be outside for a change. It seems like everyone else in America decided to go pumpkin picking this weekend too. The sun, when it wasn’t hiding behind clouds, was glorious and the contrast between the bright orange pumpkins and the green grass was almost too much to take in. I sat in the sun as the girls waited in line to jump inside a big blowup bouncy pumpkin (I… CONTINUE READING

apple tailgate parties are apparently a thing

apple tailgate parties are apparently a thing

September 25, 2013 |  Category:   life outings seasonal

There’s no better way to usher in Fall than apple picking (though admittedly, late summer weather has been hanging around). It had been about 2 years since we last went and we definitely missed it (we missed strawberry and peach picking this year too. We’ve been such slackers). This year we tried Masker Orchards up in Warwick, NY and I can’t recall ever visiting an orchard this big that had so many rows of trees and was this prolific with fruit. There were apples everywhere – growing in clusters like grapes on branches, collected on the ground near the base of trees, and piled in every tree hollow. So many apples that they didn’t care if you plucked and ate… CONTINUE READING

Fall!

Fall!

September 20, 2013 |  Category:   seasonal the biz

Ahhhh Fall. The season of everything pumpkin, crispy mornings and the best time for Farmers Markets. Never mind that September is the transitional season of confusing footwear, (although I think I’ve conceded to the fact that I might be putting away my sandals for good at this point. Oh, high heeled clog sandals…how I never wore you this summer, ah well) I’m all for tying on scarves and leaving the house with a jacket on. The nights are legitimately cold though as soon as the sun goes down, but it makes sleeping all the more delicious when you can cozy up to a comforter.   Now that Fall is officially here and we’ve settled back into familiar routines, we’re looking… CONTINUE READING

cherry blossom weekend

cherry blossom weekend

April 29, 2013 |  Category:   life nyc outings seasonal

Cherry blossoms are now at its peak here in the city, and like thousands of other New Yorkers we flocked to the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens to revel underneath fluffy pink and white blossoms. It was sandal weather too, and the girls and I walked a million miles over the weekend. Along our walks, they like to collect clusters of blossoms that have fallen off trees and bring them home to place in shallow bowls of water.   The blossoms will probably be gone in another week or two. After that, summer isn’t far behind. 2 more months of school left in the year. Time doesn’t stop for anyone, does it?… CONTINUE READING

around the markets and back to Fall routines

around the markets and back to Fall routines

September 24, 2012 |  Category:   life nyc seasonal

The farmer’s markets are getting good around here. These were taken at Union Square, NYC’s biggest farmer’s market, over the last few weeks. I remember coming back home from our trip to the NW and visiting the farmer’s market the next day thinking, you know, our farmer’s markets are pretty damn good too.   It finally feels like Fall. We wear jackets in the morning when we walk to school, the humidity from summer seems like a thing of the past, and the best season in NYC is finally upon us. As much as I loved sleeping in and having leisurely mornings when the girls weren’t at school or camp, reestablishing this school time routine has been good too. I’ll… CONTINUE READING

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