Sunday, January 14, 2018

One Hour

I have an outdoorsy friend (Zoe) who's promoting a good idea. She encourages everyone to go outdoors for one hour a day (or as frequently as possible). I like Zoe's suggestion -- being outdoors is healthy and fun. Modern life cloisters us indoors, often in simulated and mediated realities (e.g., television; Internet) which disconnect us from the natural world. Plus, almost everyone in developed societies suffers from Vitamin D deficiency which can be easily remedied by sunlight.

Benefits to our physical health and mental attitude from being outdoors are immediate and dramatic. Today it was a challenge to venture out in 17-degree chill but I was up to the task and walked around the neighborhood with enthusiasm.

Zoe doesn't say anything about wearing bright red sneakers when you go out; they are my idea. After a few moments in the cold, they matched my cheeks.  :-)

How often do you go outdoors?

Saturday, January 13, 2018

First Ride

In New York, the first ride of the year is always cold. I went out today to take advantage of melting snow since next week will bring more white stuff.

You might think winter weather is dangerous but cold and potholes are not as hazardous as bad motorists: while I was out, an inattentive SUV-driver drifted into my lane and nearly hit me due to her distracted driving. That's something I have to deal with all year-round.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Exotic Coffee Cups

A friend gave me a set of coffee cups bearing the marques of exotic sports cars and motorcycles -- including my own! (I drive a Fiat Abarth.) All of these companies were originally Italian and their badges are indisputable beautiful. What a sumptuous gift!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Sailor Ally

I'm naturally drawn to styles that are bright and youthful. So I leapt at this sailor top in a thrift-store ($5). I rounded it out with a striped skirt, girlish heels and gold stockings. And lots of bright makeup. Oh, and I'm wearing a mermaid-necklace given to me by a girlfriend!

What do you think?

By the way, I really enjoyed putting this together. Creating the outfit, wearing the clothes, taking pictures... it's all so gratifying. Sharing the joy with you magnifies it even more. Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

A Cold Saturday

Like most of the country, New York was bitterly cold today. To escape the freeze, I ventured into the warmth of a local art museum. I saw a compelling exhibition of Hyperrealism and other illusions. In the pictures below, nothing is what it appears to be.

This is not a person, but a resin sculpture of a woman

This is not a photo of Marilyn Monroe, but a painting.
Even the "tape" and "shadow" are paint.

This is not a security guard, but a resin sculpture of one

A sculpture of the female form

Salvador Dali

These are not chocolates, but a sculpture
mounted on the wall

Titled "Sky Shirt," you can see why

After a minute in the freezing cold,
I turned into a statue

My photo of snow outside the museum

Monday, January 1, 2018


Starting the year with a walk in Sunken Meadow State Park where the cold wind susurrated with winter sounds.