tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:/posts On Out & About 2018-12-11T11:26:22Z tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1352250 2018-12-10T23:43:35Z 2018-12-11T11:26:22Z Lyndhurst

Yesterday my friend Ann treated me to an outing in honor of my November birthday. We headed west to Tarrytown and Lyndhurst. Lyndhurst, named for the linden trees on the property, is an estate that sprang to life in the 1830s as the summer residence for William Paulding, the mayor of New York City. Here we are at Ann's home at the very start of our adventure.

About 25 years later Paulding sold his eight room home to George Merritt, who was responsible for changing the name to Lyndhurst. He also doubled the size of the house, extending it on both ends. Another twenty or so years later Lyndhurst was sold for the final time to Jay Gould, famous (or infamous) for being a railroad tycoon. The more interesting person to inhabit and run Lyndhurst was Gould's daughter, Helen, and then her sister, Anna. You can read a bit more about them and the home's history here

Our tour covered the main and second floors; if we want to see the below ground floor, which includes the kitchen, and the servant's quarters, we have to return when Lyndhurst reopens in the Spring for the Backstairs Tour. The house was decked out with 21st century holiday ornaments but everything else in the house is original to the house and the owners. Lyndhurst is remarkable for each successive owner opting to keep all the furniture and life of the house as they found it, making very few changes. As a result, it is possible to get a chronological view of the house and its occupants. Indeed, much of the owners' clothing and personal effects are in storage and are taken out periodically for various exhibits.

My favorite part of the holiday decorations were the many hats in what was Jay Gould's music room. Turns out the hats were each custom ordered and made for Anna.

The other fascinating bit were the windows in one of the Hudson River facing rooms. See if you can discern what makes the windows special. (Hint: Look in the lower middle portion of the window.)

After our house tour Ann took us a few miles north where we parked near the main street of Tarrytown and began the second part of our adventure, starting with a leisurely browse (and a purchase or two) at pretty funny vintage. Lunch was at the Sweetgrass Grill on Main Street where we shared a dessert of vegan chocolate mousse (oh my!), followed by eggnog and tea across the street at the Muddy Water Coffee & Cafe, followed by (no, not more food!) a walk along Main Street towards the Hudson and back again on the other side of the street.

And finally, a hearty Thank You to Ann! We have made for ourselves a tradition of taking one another out to celebrate each other's birthdays, and are determined to do this for the next 25 years!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1344314 2018-11-15T21:28:08Z 2018-11-15T21:28:08Z Diwali & Henna

Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights and was celebrated yesterday at the school where I teach. As part of our ongoing celebration of the cultures of our student body, numerous parents organized the festival and prepared a wonderful range of activities for the children to participate in, along with displays of clothing and bindis for anyone to apply to their "third eye", the space between the eyebrows. As a married woman I choose a red bindi. (The photo is a bit blurry as I have not figured out how to take a closeup with my iPhone.)

Just after lunch I sat down for a 10 minute Henna session and was astounded by the speed of the artist and the fact that she worked on the fly creating unique patterns for each of the faculty who had signed up between 11:00 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon. The application consists of a tube, similar to the type of tube used to decorate cakes, being used as the "brush" to apply the henna. The henna initially is raised on the skin and dries in place only to eventually fall off several hours later. The body part should not be touched for about thirty minutes to give the henna time to dry, and then should not be washed or wet till the next day so the dye has a chance to darken and deepen to its golden red-brown hue.

The first picture is of the henna after it was applied, when it is dark and raised. Gradually, through out the rest of the day and into the evening, bits and pieces of henna would flake off, as if I were shedding!

Below is the pattern a full day later. I was told that it could easily last for about a week, which I am hoping is the case as it will be fun to share with family a week from today on Thanksgiving!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1344298 2018-11-15T20:47:14Z 2018-11-15T20:59:06Z November 15, 2018

Perhaps you are familiar with The Beatles song "When I'm Sixty Four" but in case not, you can check out the lyrics. As a young teenager in 1967 the song made an impression on me because 64 was sooo far in the future…until today! And today the future is here, as I officially turn 64 a little after 11:30p.m. New York time! My husband turned 64 this past January, so for just shy of two months we are the same age, then it's his turn to leap frog. :-)

I LOVE celebrating my birthday, and today it was enhanced by S*N*O*W, which is falling as I type. Forecast to begin around 1:00 in the afternoon, I left school after my only class of the day and arrived home a tad before 1:00, feeling pleased to have missed having to drive in potential sleet or slippery, wet snow. Turns out the snow didn't begin falling in earnest till about 15 minutes ago, but my older son and his family, who live in Baltimore, had their school day cancelled due to the icy forecast, and they were out playing in the snow a little earlier in the afternoon. (First photo is looking out at the back from our kitchen window, second photo was taken about 30 minutes later looking across the street from our front door. The snow is accumulating!)

My plan, as in prior years, was to celebrate all week long by wearing favorite outfits crafted around dresses, but other than Monday the rest of the week has been burrrry cold and I opted for flannel lined jeans yesterday and today. However, there are other joys of the week…

We hung out the bird feeder just in the nick of time, a day before the first evening freeze, and "our" birds are back with all their pecking orders, colors, and wonderful company. We often turn our stools during breakfast to enjoy our meal with the birds.

And the simple pleasure of finally, after months without, replacing my old, worn bedroom slippers, which arrived yesterday, has my feet smiling, especially in the mornings.

However, I have saved the BEST for last! I arrived home to one surprise and one anticipated delight – flowers from our older son (unsigned card, but the sentiment leads me to believe…) and an Apple Pie from my baker-extrordinaire husband, who knows how much his Apple Pie is appreciated (and not just by me…our grandson often has asked for that for his birthday "cake" when he knows we are coming.)

Yea for Birthdays!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1341952 2018-11-09T12:15:02Z 2018-11-09T12:15:02Z Victoria Souvenir, Restyled

I have been waiting all Fall to wear this swirly second-hand skirt, perfectly colored for Autumn and bringing bounce to every step of the day! Wednesday dawned sunny and warm, and I would be presenting at an admissions open house event in the evening. My plan for this outfit came together a few days earlier, aiming for a bit of spiffiness coupled with a bit of spunk. I received compliments on the outfit and felt "like a rock star" all day, as Sheila would say!

Story behind the skirt is here. Story behind the boots is here. The multi-colored bolero-type sweater is from J.Jill years ago, necklace by my neighbor's daughter, also years ago. And if you are wondering who Sheila is, check out her blog here.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1341133 2018-11-07T10:29:28Z 2018-11-07T10:30:36Z Election Day 2018 (yesterday)

I was determined to help out and do something active on Election Day – either drive people to the polls or knock on doors and remind people to vote. In an email from the local representative of Moms Demand Action, a group advocating for common sense gun laws, it was noted that Pete Harckham, running for New York State Senate, received an F rating from the NRA (National Rifle Association) and his opponent received an A rating. I promptly checked out Pete's views on the issues of his voting area, which is across the county from where I live, and realized that if he were running in my area I would be voting for him, so I signed up to canvas for him on Election Day.

But first, Fred and I walked up to our polling place to vote at 7 in the morning, delighted by the heavy turnout. Then off I went to school for first and second period classes, my only classes of the day. After an early lunch I headed north to Sleepy Hollow, smiling because this district encompasses Phelps Memorial Hospital where our grandson was born in 2015.

I was not completely clear about where to report, first being asked to stop by one person's home to pick up materials and then being confirmed for working at Philipsburg Manor, so I went to the home first. It turns out that canvassing was no longer necessary but I was welcome to go to the polling location at the Manor and hold a placard. Eager to do something, I took the placard and headed off to the Manor, relieved at being told there was an awning to stand under because it was pouring rain.

I knew that legally no placard holding could take place within 100 feet of a polling place, and had been told the awning area was okay. However, the first voter to see me immediately questioned if I was allowed to be where I was. Not wanting to accidentally be too close to the polls, I followed her inside and asked the poll watcher, who kindly came back out in the rain and explained that the edge of the awning by the parking lot was off limits but just beyond the awning was okay. He suggested I stand under the awning and hold the placard just beyond it.

In order to take the picture I set up my camera under the awning, stepped out into the parking lot and turned to face the polling building, which was the museum shop for the Manor. Otherwise, I was standing under the awning facing out towards the lot.

My message to voters was "Thank you for coming out to vote on this rainy day." About 10 minutes later a man heading in to vote said, rather gruffly, he did not approve of what I was doing and I should not be there. This surprised me a little and I was eager to speak with him after he voted. I asked if he would please explain his sentiments, and we proceeded to have a brief conversation. He thought Pete was a very nice person and wanted to know if I was holding the sign of my own accord or had been asked to do so. I explained that a representative of Pete's campaign committee had asked me to hold the sign. He then went on to say that he didn't think people should do electioneering at a polling place, that voting was a very private process and voters should not be subjected to advertising at the polls, and then off he went. Standing in the rain isn't the best environment for a conversation!

His comments did get me thinking back to my experiences voting. I did not have a firm opinion on seeing people campaigning at the polls but do have a recollection of having a conversation about that years ago (and do not recall what my opinion was back then!)

Soon after another gentleman stopped by looking for Kykuit. I directed him into the polling building, which also houses the ticketing office for Kykuit, and on his way out he stopped to say that he completely admired what I was doing. That was a pleasant and interesting change from the previous two conversations! Turns out he is British, recently retired from 32 years as a Barrister in London, and had returned to New York to visit those locations he had missed years ago when he lived here for awhile. His adventure would take him to upstate as well as Vermont. We chatted a bit and he went on to explain British traditions around elections, saying that placards and such were part of their process.

Before heading home I took a photo of the No Electioneering Beyond This Point sign, something I had not initially seen because in the rain and wind the sign had wrapped around itself.

The last time I worked on Election Day was in 2008 when, along with three other friends, we drove to Pennsylvania and spent the day canvassing there to remind people to get out and vote. That day felt momentous. Fred and I have already decided that for Election Day 2020 we will sign up to work the polls in the morning, and then I will contact a local group to see about driving people to the polls. 

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1338820 2018-11-01T15:35:14Z 2018-11-02T21:01:41Z Last Day of October

Yesterday was the last day of October, Halloween, and a glorious day weather-wise! It began early in the morning with the first frost on the marsh, the chilled air causing me to drive to school with gloves on, and

concluded hours later with a glorious walk on the Boardwalk at Rye Town Beach and Playland, where the abundant sun was warm enough to forego hat and gloves.

Ahhh :-)

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1337000 2018-10-28T21:45:10Z 2018-10-28T21:45:10Z Baltimore Museum of Art

This weekend included Grandfriends' Day at our grandchildren's school, along with the Harvest Festival, which wound up being rescheduled for next weekend due to predicted strong winds and rain. One of the perks of Grandfriends' Day is after visiting classrooms and delighting in our grandchildren showing us around, we leave with them for early dismissal, visit their school book fair, go out for lunch and ice cream, and then make an adventure. 

Our adventure for this year was the Baltimore Museum of Art, a first visit for our granddaughter and me, and a second visit for my husband and our grandson, who had been here once before with his Dad. I was immediately smitten with this airy museum because the people who work and volunteer there are immensely friendly and relate well to children. On top of that, entry is free and the art work is displayed in spacious rooms with fun passageways between collections. Several of the collections have children's activity booklets designed to make the space accessible to youngsters. And the collections are varied yet small enough to absorb on a visit, though on this visit we only saw a small bit of the museum's collections. Most definitely this is a place I would like to return!

Here are photos from the hanging exhibit in the atrium of one of the entrances. More about the Museum can be found here.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1334679 2018-10-21T19:39:41Z 2018-10-21T19:39:41Z Second Wedding of the Month!

We spent a contented whirlwind in Philadelphia this weekend, visiting with Fred's brother and attending a family wedding. Saturday Steve trained in from West Chester to join us for lunch and a visit to the Barnes Museum. 

Years (perhaps 15ish) ago, Fred and I spent a weekend visiting the Barnes in Merion, Philadelphia when the collection was housed in its original space. Part of the magic of viewing the collection then was its location in the home of  Barnes, where he purposely hung works or displayed furniture pieces in very particular places and arrangements. You can read more about Albert Barnes here, and the Barnes Foundation here. Taken together, the articles provide a cohesive background on the collection, the aims of Barnes, and the fascinating multi-year story of how the collection came to be housed in its new home and new building in Philadelphia. Curiously, on the current Barnes Museum site I could not find any information about Barnes or the original history of the collection or its move. 

Most of the photos from our visit were taken by Steve using his spanking new iPhone with the phenomenal camera and screen resolution. The reflecting pool just outside the entrance was captured twice, once on our way in and then again on our way out. Because the camera is waterproof, the second time Steve submerged part of the phone in the reflecting pool! Me with the Matisse is a photo taken just to send to my Aunt, as several years ago she, Fred and I had a plan to visit the Barnes together in celebration of her birthday (till her bout with the flu kiboshed that adventure.) Still, it's never too late to experience the Museum second hand! And the photo of the women totally wowed me and I had to share it with friends. With seven current and former colleagues from school we named ourselves The Disrupters, and wouldn't you know it – this art work has eight women; perhaps the original Disrupters? ;-)

Of course, our requisite three-some selfie! On the upper part of the wall behind us is Matisse's "45-by-15-foot triptych" The Dance II, commissioned by Barnes in 1932.

The wedding we attended was for my cousin's daughter. The ceremony and reception were held in the ballroom of the National Museum of American Jewish History, with cocktails on the third floor Freedom Experience, which afforded us opportunity to walk through parts of the Museum's Core Exhibition. In addition to the collection, which I would like to spend more time perusing, the 2010 building is impressive and you can read more about its design here.

Out of respect for my relatives' privacy I am only sharing two photos from the evening. One is the reverse side of the program and explains the traditions observed during the ceremony. The other is the table display for each person's place card. At either end of the display are photos of the bride's (on the right) and groom's (on the left) parents on their wedding days. The four black and white photos are of the bride's and groom's grandparents on their wedding days. As you might imagine, family plays a large role in both families.

And here we are, in our cocktail hour finery. :-) (One without a flash and one with; couldn't decide which I liked better!) When we were packing for the trip, Fred quipped that his wedding shoes truly were his "wedding shoes", as they are the same pair he wore to our wedding 40 years ago! For the curious, details about my dress are here, when I wore it for my birthday last year.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1329875 2018-10-07T10:43:24Z 2018-10-21T18:43:44Z First Wedding of the Month!

Delightedly, we have been invited to two weddings this month, one of which was yesterday in Poughkeepsie, NY, and the second which will be later in the month in Philadelphia, PA. The Poughkeepsie bride we have known for at least 20 years. Indeed, when she was in 7th grade she was a student in a required class where I taught HyperCard (an old favorite!) We have known her parents even longer, as we all taught at the same school.

The invitation stated "Casual Dress" and the vast majority of women wore pants, and only one or two men wore jackets and ties. We smiled to think we were overdressed, because that is definitely not our usual M.O.! I was tickled to finally wear this orange Eileen Fisher dress (scroll to view), and even more tickled because way back in July my husband said it looked perfect at the length it is and encouraged me to wear it to this wedding.

The ceremony was held in the Shakespeare Garden at Vassar College. This was a celebration for family and friends on the east coast, as the couple was legally wed several weeks ago in California where they reside. The bridal party wore period clothingand the ceremony included dancing, wine, handfasting (a first for us so I just looked up its meaning), and a reading by a close friend of the bride's mother. [UPDATE 10/21/18 - Bride's Mom said it was okay to post a photo of the bride and groom.]

Afterwards the entire wedding party and guests reconvened at a dance hall not far from Vassar where we were treated to a wonderful array of food, music at volume that was so perfect we could actually have conversations with others (!), dancing, and dessert. The bride, groom and their wedding party arrived about thirty minutes after the guests, and we oooed and ahhed to their first dance which, of course, was choreographed by them. (They are both dancers, singers and overall performers.)

After the champagne toast the goblets were to be taken home as gifts, along with a lovely handmade card by the bride's father (an artist and art teacher).

We had a lovely time experiencing our first-ever Shakespearean themed wedding and a reconnecting with colleagues from school, some of whom we hadn't seen since leaving eight years ago.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1329140 2018-10-05T00:42:26Z 2018-10-05T00:42:26Z Fun!

It was a busy, full, fun week at school. Haven't been able to say that in a long, long while, and not just because there was a gloriously long summer between the end of the last school year and the start of this one. Last year was a tough school year. This year looks like it will be markedly improved. Yippee!!

Monday I dressed for warmth in the MakerSpace. Tuesday I dressed for joy. And sometime during the week Fred caused a smile when he emailed me an amazing photo of his most recent outdoor sculpture that greets me every morning and upon every return. Ahhh. :-)

The bold necklace and matching earrings (worn with the second outfit) are from Caroline (daughter-in-law's sister) and her current hometown of Quito, Ecuador. All pieces are hand made. The necklace can be made shorter or longer by an ingenious system of matching cord – hold one end and pull the other and the length changes.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1326117 2018-09-26T22:48:15Z 2018-09-26T22:48:15Z Earrings, earrings, everywhere

I wear pierced earrings every single day. In the summer it's usually the same pair but during the school year and whenever there is an "occasion" I wear one of my many pairs. For years the earrings lived in a velvet lined box (from an old jewelry box) in the top drawer of the dresser. This made it unwieldy to locate particular earrings because every time the drawer was opened and then closed, the earrings would resettle on top of one another. 

I've always thought it would be easier to choose which earrings to wear if they could be visible on a daily basis, and they would last longer by not getting tangled if they could hang from something. 

Thank you Fred! He heard my woes and designed, printed and assembled a solution that is perfect! 

View from the top…maybe this gives you a sense of the many limbs for hanging.

One of multiple possible "front" views…I can rearrange by color, size, material, sentiment (yes, I know the origin of every pair!) as suits my mood. My silver jewelry, including silver earrings, resides in a slim rectangular aired-out cigar box that I lined with material especially for protecting silver from tarnish.

Necklaces and bracelets plus gold jewelry reside in the velvet lined box, and necklaces from Ecuador reside in a lovely porcelain container that was my Mom's and a wooden box made by my brother-in-law.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1326113 2018-09-26T22:37:28Z 2018-09-26T22:37:28Z All Spring & Summer Dresses have been worn!

Yesterday I wore the final spring/summer dress to school, and can now smile and state that between opening faculty meetings and yesterday all of my spring/summer skirts and dresses have been worn. Yay! However, due to air conditioning (brrrr - very cold in the MakerSpace) and cool, rainy days, some of the dresses wind up being covered on top, giving the impression of being skirts. Yup, I DO have on a light weight down vest over a long sleeve cotton sweater, and that IS a scarf around my neck.

This first picture is yesterday's dress as I wore it during most of the day, and the second picture is what the dress actually looks like! And yes, your eyes do not deceive, I am wearing boots (!) and leggings. It rained and rained yesterday, causing massive flooding on roadways for the afternoon rush hour. I no longer have rain boots so these boot were the next best alternative. Plus they kept my feet warm as well as dry.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1325282 2018-09-24T23:55:53Z 2018-09-25T12:57:45Z This Dress

Sometime in the 1980s I purchased this dress at Head & Foot in Orleans, Massachusetts. My sister-in-law worked for several years at the store and I recall being impressed that she had corduroy jeans in five or six different colors. Browsing the store was always a treat because I never knew what I'd find, and whatever I found was different from what could be purchase at home in my New York suburb.

This dress continues to enjoy a long life! Today it went to school accompanied by a tee shirt underneath, leggings, a sweater and a lovely green/yellow infinity knit scarf (last photo at bottom of the page). You've likely realized it was a cool day and the air conditioning is still on in the MakerSpace at school.

I wear it every year though not very many times each year, so perhaps that is why it's life has been so long. Its versatility has popped up at our younger son's graduation this past June,

opening faculty meetings, August 2016,

and the marriage of our other son and daughter-in-law, July, 2013.

A change of shoes and jewelry, an addition of a scarf or belt, and voila, a comfortable outfit blossoms. The scarf was a gift from a colleague at the end of this past school year. Typical to form as a giving and generous person, she was not returning to school this year and gave gifts to her friends. The scarf is hand knit by a neighbor of my friend, and her company is Bloom Handmade Studio. As for the scarf, I love the color combinations and appreciate the warmth, like a cup of hot ginger-tumeric tea!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1324143 2018-09-21T19:35:50Z 2018-09-25T00:02:10Z Before the Rain, the Sunflower

Before the rain deluge, this was the vibrant sunflower growing in a pot on our deck. It was of great sentimental delight because the sunflower was planted by our grandchildren earlier in the summer. 

Bursting forth!

Several days in a row

View from the rear

The day before the rain

and after the rain…a wilting plant, a vibrant Morning Glory in the same pot, the smaller sibling sunflower semi-wilted from the storm and, finally, the fully drenched and windblown full sunflower determined to hang on!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1324086 2018-09-21T17:45:02Z 2018-09-21T17:45:02Z 2 out of 3

This past week was a three day week for me, with Wednesday being a holiday and today, Friday, my usual day off. I wore dresses two of the three days, opting for warmth yesterday when it was quite chilly and cloudy out, plus the MakerSpace I spend much time in is  highly air conditioned. This is what happens when the heating and cooling systems are tied into the climate control for the kitchen, which is directly under the MakerSpace. With wanting to wear all of my dresses at least once before some are relegated to the hall closet, I will continue to opt next week for leggings and – gasp – tights if need be!

First dress is the "famous floral" (read about it here) and second dress seems to be my "drizzly day go-to" (read about a prior wear in such weather here). I still love the floral but am not so sure about the second dress. The dress is starting to feel uncomfortable in the shoulders, which has me contemplating seeing if the top can be cut off with a change in zipper and wearing it as a skirt. Most likely the cost for having that done professionally probably is not worth it in terms of how often the skirt might be worn. Decisions, decisions.

Jewelry consists of three different earrings, all from Ecuador. In the second outfit I intentionally chose two different earrings. The smaller one is part of a new pair that has a matching necklace; the larger one part of a treasured pair, half of which was lost about two years ago. Confession to laziness…no individual photo of the jewelry…

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1321907 2018-09-15T12:24:26Z 2018-09-15T12:24:26Z Triple Play Friday

Not just a delightful day but a triple times delightful day beginning with leading my regular Friday morning yoga practice at our local clubhouse (scroll down the page to see the space where we practice yoga). 

Hmm, just realized it was a quadruple play as yoga was followed by a walk with Fred, something we usually try to do early in the morning when weather permits. From yoga I headed to Moss Cafe in Riverdale to meet friends for lunch. I think the picture says it all!

The day wound down with Fred and I attending The First Annual Westchester International Baroque Festival at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, in walking distance from our home. This was the same Church where we saw a stunning performance of The Messiah this past December.

Our jaws dropped when our mouths weren't wide with smiles at not only hearing and listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but equally enchanting seeing the performers, particularly Olivier Brault playing solo violin and Mélisande Corriveau playing soprano recorder. Olivier Brault and his violin are a mesmerizing music-making marvel, each an extension of the other. I was astounded and absorbed and thoroughly delighted. The video will give you a slight sense of Brault's music making; but to see, in person, him play and move and connect with his fellow players was truly a special treat. And to think that it happened in our small Village of Mamaroneck!

From the Festival program:

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1321100 2018-09-12T20:40:31Z 2018-09-14T00:37:45Z One Day Work Week & New 'Do'

What, a one day work week! Yup, a one day work week. The school I teach at takes two days for Rosh Hashana, the start of the Jewish New Year, and so school was closed Monday and Tuesday. Fred and I had a lovely five day weekend together, beginning with my usual day off on Friday (led a yoga practice and then we drove to Baltimore), the weekend spent in Baltimore with our family (celebrating our granddaughter's 6th birthday), and Monday and Tuesday spent doing a variety of odds and ends around home (including my getting a stylish new hair do!)

School reopened today and for everyone else it is a three day week. Tomorrow, though, I have taken a personal day in order to attend an 8:30-2:00 orientation at the Westchester Correctional Facility, which is required in advance of my co-leading yoga practices on Fridays or Saturdays once or twice a month, beginning at the end of September. (You can read about that here on my yoga blog.)

Back to today! I was determined to wear another dress, despite the MakerSpace being blasted with air conditioning. Next week if I want to continue with dresses it will require adding leggings to the mix!

This dress was purchased at The Gap just prior to the start of school. It is a color I don't usually wear, mainly because I don't have anything in this color. ;-) It's not visible in the photo but my feet are wearing light gray ankle socks and the souvenir Adidas sneakers from Victoria, B.C. Fred took a look and said "You're wearing the '50s" and he was spot on – I 'm all set to go jitterbugging. Earrings are the 3D designed and printed set by Fred. And, as almost always, the photo is by Fred, who is truly a good sport at playing along.

As for the new hair do…at the end of August I asked our older son to please trim the back, as it was getting long and the middle part  was beginning to resemble a rat's tail. He trimmed about three, maybe four inches, and I was content…for awhile. This coming October we will be attending two weddings, I have a birthday coming in November, and a friend who also has curly hair has been encouraging me to use the same stylist who cuts her hair. So off I went yesterday to a specialist in cutting curly hair.

I like the style very much and am finally mature enough (sophisticated, nah! but willing to try!) to enjoy and perhaps carry off the "big" curl look, which usually happens on humid days, of which today is one. The length has remained the same in the back but gently slopes to shorter in the front so that my face has some framing. In addition, the back has gentle layers to provide more curling opportunity. The trick will be to see what happens after my first styling attempt. :-)

And PS, between Fred and a neighbor yesterday, and two colleagues today I received compliments, which truly is nice because I figured that, as typical for me in the past, people do not usually notice curly haircuts because unless something major is done it often looks the same – curly!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1319125 2018-09-06T21:09:58Z 2018-09-06T21:09:58Z 1st week of school

Monday was Labor Day and Fridays continue to be my day off, making this a three day work week; truly, a civilized way to transition from the relaxed pace of summer to the quicker pulse of school! This first week back with children and colleagues was equal parts energizing, stimulating and tiring. 

Am determined to wear a dress daily until every summer and early fall dress has been worn once because, seriously, what's the point in having them if I'm not wearing them! 

These three days, Tuesday thru Thursday, were heat alert days. Thankfully, the room I am in is air conditioned, but of course the irony is it eventually gets so cold that my arms want covering and I eat lunch outside for a break of warmth.

Tuesday's outfit was a blue patterned, loose fitting, super comfy dress purchased at The Gap several years ago. Coupled with comfortable sneakers, I was poised for the inevitable spate of organizing and culling that comes with the start of a new school year.

Wednesday I upped the ante with my new-to-me skirt purchased in June on our trip to Victoria, B.C. Off with the sneakers and on with Land's End green suede strap sandals. Wearing different shoes each day is imperative to maintain the comfort of my feet and back!

Today's outfit comes from my outing to Eileen Fisher Renew in July. All about the outfit and the excursion here. What makes this dress, which could also be worn as a tunic over tights (just wait till late fall!) interesting are the pleats. The second picture also highlights the necklace, a favorite because of color, design, and – most of all – because it was made by Sarah, who grew up next-door to us and is now a mom living on Martha's Vineyard with her family. Super comfortable sandals are Merrell's and I am on the look out for a replacement pair as these will eventually wear out (they are easily seven years old.)

Just as I'm determined to wear all my dresses, likewise with my jewelry. The challenge to myself is to try and wear all of my earrings at least once and ideally not to begin repeating earrings till each one has its day. Tuesday's blue dress was accompanied by blue beaded matching earrings and bracelet, both gifts from Caroline (daughter-in-law's sister) who purchased them on a trip to Mexico. The orange 3D yoga pendant added a pop of color and always makes me smile because my husband designed and printed it.

The orange geometric-patterned earrings, also from Caroline (this time from Ecuador, where she lives) and gold-silver bracelet (from The Turnover Shop in Hampden, MD) added to the "dressiness" of Wednesday's skirt. The week was capped off with the wearing of the necklace described above and my oldie and favored inlaid silver earrings, gifted by Ginny H to me years and years and years ago.

Friends keep asking me if this will be my last year teaching, as 65 beckons in November, 2019. Several have reminded me to enjoy my "last first day" of opening faculty meetings and first day of school. Truly, it is difficult to say with certainty what I will do next school year or beyond BUT on my drive to school this morning a picture presented itself that made me smile with the comfort of it. Make this year a super year, as if it is my last, and then try to negotiate a contract for the 2019-2020 school year that is for the first half of the school year and concludes at the end of December, 2019. I ran it by Fred this afternoon and he thought it was a perfect picture! And in case you are wondering what I as an active, not-happy-sitting-around, preferring some structure to my day person would do with the newfound time, think: practice and lead more yoga, and go exploring with Fred. :-)

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1316781 2018-08-31T00:44:20Z 2018-08-31T00:47:46Z Return to School with Faculty Meetings

This week marked the return to school starting with faculty meetings. For the sheer fun of being able to write this blog post, my very patient husband obliged me by taking outfit pictures each morning. This week saw a heat wave of temperatures in the mid to upper 90s coupled with heat alerts and air quality alerts, so my goal was to dress comfortably while taking into consideration that there would be some spaces blasting cold air. (This is the post from last year's first day of meetings.)

The first day of meetings always takes place on The Hill where the middle and upper school campus is located. Walking to campus I came across Mickey & Minnie looking ready to jitter bug. They obviously were not bothered by the heat!

On Wednesday Helena and I returned to the scene of where we shared many a lunch table and conversations during her first year at school. Although the day was piping hot, we were comfortable in the shade and preferred the outdoors to the hustle and bustle of the dining room inside.

Unlike Sheila, I have no set approach to highlighting jewelry. This photo contains the week's choices in one picture. The green and the pink earrings were hand made in Ecuador, both having come from Caroline (my daughter-in-law's sister.) The white earrings were designed and 3D printed by Fred and then I placed a pair of purple earrings inside, the earrings having once been his Mom's. And the sparkly purple earrings were purchased at the Hampden Street Fair in Baltimore.

The bracelets always make me feel like super woman with full support, the support being my Mom on one wrist and my Dad on the other. The silver cuff was made by my Dad for his Mom sometime in the 1930s when he went to camp. If you look closely you might just make out her initials of ASR burnished into the silver. The silver bracelet with turquoise in the center and leaf cut out was a gift from my Mom, probably from a trip my parents took to Arizona.

Since Fridays continue to be my day off, I am ready to relax on a long weekend since Labor Day is Monday. Hoping to swim everyday, if need be in-between the rain, take a yoga class, walks, and perhaps a kayak or two pending tides and weather. 

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1314251 2018-08-22T16:58:07Z 2018-08-22T17:18:10Z Chocolate chip oatmeal raisin vegan cookies

Seriously, what else to do during the last week of summer vacation, with a diagnosis of strep throat just this morning, and beautiful sunny swimming weather forecast tomorrow through the weekend – bake vegan chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies, of course! And cut the recipe in more-or-less half because neither Fred nor I needs or even really wants 36 cookies.

Cutting the recipe non-scientifically and only semi-mathematically yielded 11 cookies, just enough to fulfill both the "need" and the "want" (absolutely two different verbs!) 

Oops, no idea they would spread out this much! Looks more like a vegan chocolate chip oatmeal raisin flatbread than 11 cookies. The true test, though, and the more important one is how do they taste?

Along came yet one more afternoon rain burst. Fred was comfortably ensconced under the deck awning, reading a book, when the rain fell. Exhilarating to experience the rain up close as an observer and have it as the soundscape to a read. Ha, even captured Fred having just captured the artsy sky.

As for the look of the cookies…how does mushy-mania strike you?

And the taste…not much is needed to get a chocolate chip oatmeal raisin hit, but to my taste buds they are too sweet and not firm enough. I may have overdone it with the quantity of chips plus not enough flour and too much oil… ;-) Still, with a glass of almond milk all strep sorrows are easily drowned in a sea of sweetness. :-)

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1313421 2018-08-20T00:25:40Z 2018-08-20T00:30:30Z Week's end in DE

From the time we left Annapolis to the time we arrived at Jon's and Pat's in Lewes, Delaware, the driving portion took us three hours, a bit longer than anticipated but not totally unexpected due to the solid 30 minute wait to cross over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge as we left Annapolis. Hungrily, we took a minor detour for lunch at Snappy's Grille, about 35 minutes from Lewes. Let's just say that large portions are a way of life at Snappy's. Fred and I split a club sandwich, and at half size the sandwich was closer to the full size that I consider standard. Fred chose Snappy's Grille because we were hungry but also because he was curious to find out if Jon was familiar with it, as Jon is most definitely a connoisseur of interesting and local eateries. (Turns out he hadn't heard of it beforehand.) 

As we were paying our bill the waitress who served us began to wax poetic about the crab dishes, at which point the owner/chef went into the kitchen and returned to show us a bucket of freshly chopped crab that was harvested from local waters. He was quite proud of the fact that it was real crab and insisted I take a close look. I'm not a fan of crab dishes but that didn't stop me from letting him know I understood what a big deal it was to have local fresh crab with which to prepare dishes. 

The day being sunny and hot, we appreciated the blast of air conditioning that greeted us upon arriving at our destination. As the day wound down we piled into one car and met our niece and her family at Cape Henlopen State Park where we spent a delightful time frolicking in the water (all but two of us), nibbling on snacks, and just plain enjoying ourselves.

Afterwards, Jon wanted to take us to a semi-local find (about a 20 minute drive) of which he had recently become a fan. It was 8:00 at night by the time we had dinner, way too late for our taste. Suffice it to say Fred and I both thought one visit to this restaurant was more than sufficient. I'll leave it at that!

The next day we had all agreed to meet Lisa and family at 7:00 a.m. for a family cycle to Rehoboth and breakfast at Egg. Fred and Jon provided car backup while four adults cycled, one with a child in a children's bicycle seat and one with a child on a bicycle that was the third wheel of the adults cycle. This was my first experience riding a "beach bike" and while I quite liked the stability of the thicker tires (my bike at home is a 30-year old Peugeot racing bike) and being able to sit upright rather than slightly hunched over, I was not a fan of the wide handle bars, which apparently are designed to make the bike easier to control on sand. 

We had a scenic, level (as Jon says, all of Delaware is level!), and uneventful 7.5 mile ride, definitely earning our delicious breakfast. First photo is en route, second one is arriving at the restaurant.

After breakfast one child went home via car, leaving the rest of us to cycle home via a slightly more scenic and longer route thru the state park we had visited the day before. Crossing the road in front of the restaurant took a bit longer for half of us and by the time we arrived on the other side of the busy road my sister-in-law had already begun her cycle home. By the time we caught up to her, she had taken a spill off her bicycle. Although when we arrived she was standing up with her bike, it was readily apparent that she had sustained a fall. And the final outcome? A broken right elbow and a possible fracture of her left arm, along with numerous bruises along her right side. 

Once we arrived back at the house Fred and I determined that we wanted to make space for our family to focus on what they needed to and not have to think twice about guests. After checking with Steve, and once the afternoon thunderstorms seemed to pass, we returned for one more night's visit with him, one more walk in Oakbourne Park, and one of the easiest drives back to New York that we've experienced in a year of multiple drives along this route.

And the good news is that as of this writing, a week and a day later, the surgery on Pat's elbow was successful, healing is happening, and she is poised to leave on Tuesday for a planned trip with Lisa and family to Iceland. Yippee and Whew!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1313001 2018-08-18T11:19:13Z 2018-08-18T11:23:05Z Middle of the week in MD

Our first stop after leaving Steve's in West Chester, PA, was Kennett Square, about half an hour SW from his home. We wanted to do a quick explore of the town as it was a place suggested by Fred's brother, Jon. Since we would eventually visit Jon we thought it would be fun to tell him we stopped there, but it turns out we completely forgot to mention it! However, we did purchase some jam for the friends we would visit in Annapolis, and it turns out that one of them had a connection with Kennett Square from many, many years back!

From there we continued along our way to Baltimore to deliver a trunk full of items to our son's home. A week and a half later he and his family would be heading home to their house after ten weeks visiting with us and this drop off would make sure that everything returned to their home while still leaving room for four people in their car! Of course, we HAD to stop at The Charmery and get our favorite flavor ice cream, Maryland Mud. Oh yes, and I HAD to stop in at Ma Petite Shoe (where these beauties - scroll to see them - were purchased about a year ago) to see what was on sale. Wound up with a super soft leather pair of plum Mary Jane heels made by Earth Origins, same company that made my sandals, purchased locally where I live, and burgundy boots, purchased online.

From Hampden it was south to Annapolis, the capital of Baltimore. The last time we were there we likely had two children with us, easily 20 or so years ago. Our only recollection was of the Naval Academy, so we were looking forward to exploring with the eyes of newbies. Our first evening we dined at Reynolds Tavern in the historic old city. Following dinner we strolled to the harbor, walked through the grounds of the Naval Academy, and passed the capital building and governor's mansion on the way back to our car.

Our plan for Thursday was to explore neighborhoods in and around Annapolis and then head to visit friends formerly from our neighborhood in New York. I got a kick out of the traffic calming sign, meant to forewarn drivers of some obstacle in the road designed to slow the flow of traffic. As for the various neighborhoods we visited, none struck us as livable according to what we have come to love about our home in New York – being able to walk into town, having a local library, homes close enough to meet neighbors and feel like a connected neighborhood, water access for kayaking, and a local outdoor pool. We know those features work for us so we use them to gauge the livability of neighborhoods we explore, and we've been exploring up and down the northeast coast for upwards of ten or more years.

We were joining our friends at their home for lunch and intended to visit with them for about three hours. After chatting, lunch, a walk to the water, followed by relaxing in Adirondack chairs at water's edge and talking some more, it turned out to be a full six hour visit filled with catching up, politics, and neighborhood discussions.

Our home away from home was the comfortable Meadow Gardens Bed & Breakfast, and the breakfasts truly were scrumptious. An added perk was Hazel, a smallish Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, one of several small dogs we delightfully encountered during our week's road trip.

Friday morning, before heading to Delaware, we decided to explore one more area just south of Annapolis. And that's when we discovered Annapolis Cove and Bay Ridge, which Fred nicknamed "Shore Acres South." Nearby is Quiet Waters Park (which we didn't visit) and the Anne Arundel County Public Library (which we did visit.) We didn't measure distance so not sure these places were walkable, but a nice bicycle would certainly suffice in place of walking, and a shopping center with a Giant (food store in Maryland that sells the same store brand as Stop & Shop in our area) across from the Library. By our criteria, this is a livable, walkable neighborhood.

To drive to Delaware, our next visit, we had to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, described as a dual-span bridge because it is really two bridges, one for heading in either direction. There was so much traffic to Delaware that one lane of the Maryland-heading bridge was designated for Delaware-heading traffic, and that's the lane we wound up in. This is a BIG bridge. And we were inching forward in 30 minutes of traffic before actually crossing the bridge. The picture was taken from Annapolis Cove as we drove along the Bay road.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1312437 2018-08-16T18:01:17Z 2018-08-16T18:01:17Z A week away, beginning in PA

During the week of August 5-12 our daughter-in-law's sister, her husband and their two children (ages 7 and 4) came to visit from their home in Quito, Ecuador. To make room for their reunion (it had been a year and a half since they all last saw one another) Fred and I took a week long road trip to visit family, beginning with his younger brother Steve in West Chester, PA.

Steve has a lovely garden in the front of his home, though sometimes the "long legged rats" (as he calls the deer) chomp their way into the vegetation. He is also a wooden puzzle collector.

We did a mini-shop in Pete's, the local farm stand and had a chuckle over their silly sign.

That wasn't the only fun sign we saw, with this one being in the restaurant where we had lunch one afternoon after Steve drove us around western Chester County, an area Fred was keen to see. Besides driving thru some familiar places we also saw the many roads that Steve used to cycle during his avid cycling days.

And of course, we spent plenty of time at the Quarry just minutes from his home. The first full view is from the perspective of Steve and Fred (nope, not a weird colored sky, just my finger!), and the second view is at the entrance looking to the far side, where they are lounging.

We also took numerous walks in Oakbourne Park, just down the block from Steve's house. It's a great place to walk, jog, exercise dogs, play on the playground, make use of the playing fields or admire the raised community gardens tended by individual gardeners. There is an old stone house, the Oakbourne Mansion, that was once a residence and now houses offices and rental spaces, as well as the old water tower that used to service the house. As for the tree, I liked the leaf shape of this Japanese Maple.

This was proving to be a relaxing week! And one evening we had dinner at the Baan Thai Sabaidee Restaurant about 10 minutes drive from Steve's. The pants were my new acquisition from The Gap just a day before we left on this trip; I was looking for wide-legged pants that would keep me warm in air conditioning yet also allow for air flow on these hot, hot days. My inspiration for wide-legged pants comes from reading Sheila's blog and seeing how she has embraced the look. Couldn't resist aligning my colors with the colors of the restaurant's doors.

Fred's next older brother, Jon (who we would visit at the end of the week) is a big fan of Thai food and often bemoans the fact that his newly adopted town of Lewes, DE does not have a decent Thai restaurant. So, we had no recourse but to text him pictures of our meal!

Wednesday was our final morning with Steve and it was marked by the masked marvels, who by request unmasked themselves. Fred hung his latest outdoor sculpture, completely protected against the elements by a coating of polyurethane, and I couldn't resist a picture of the debonair "Black Bart", Steve's BMW that doesn't see nearly enough road time but does make a good hat rack for my hat (actually it's Fred's but I have commandeered it. :-))

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1306699 2018-07-27T23:14:26Z 2018-08-17T21:31:41Z Mamma Mia!

Loved the first Mamma Mia! so much that I purchased the DVD ten years ago and have watched it multiple times since. It's a great pick-me-up in winter or whenever a dose of positive energy is needed!

Watching Meryl Streep do the wide angle jump on the bed accompanied by Christine Baranski and Julie Waters is priceless, especially  as they belt out Dancing Queen along with a huge cast of others all dance-cascading down the hill to the water's edge.

Earlier this week my friend Ann and I gathered to see Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. What's not to like! As with the first film, I'm a fan of the music, the dancing, the always-uplifting-ending (to both movies), and filled with ticklish awe this time round watching Cher gracefully glide and powerfully sing!

It would be a luscious delight to dance and sing with tens upon tens of others, all synchronized to the choreography and accompanied by music outdoors in some breathtakingly gorgeous location! Since that is not happening anytime soon, I'll have a vicarious thrill from the movies. :-)

[Update August 17, 2018  - So Ann and I, along with her husband Ave, returned to the theatre to see Crazy Rich Asians (which we all liked) and Ave took this picture of us, because, after all, why not!]

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1304202 2018-07-18T17:20:17Z 2018-07-18T17:20:18Z Untermeyer Gardens Conservatory

Over the years awareness of Untermeyer Gardens Conservatory has floated in and out of my consciousness, making its way to the "things to see before one day leaving Westchester" list and remaining there till this morning, when my older son, his children and I made the 30 minute ride cross county. The Conservatory is well worth a visit, regardless of where in Westchester (or New York City) you are coming from! Our visit was enhanced, no doubt, by this being one of the first relatively cool, clean-air, humidity-free days in awhile!

Untermeyer is filled with gardens and walking paths, places to picnic, views of the Hudson River, and places of sun, shade and water. Thanks to the City of Yonkers, admission is free and if you drive and arrive early (it opens at 7:00 in the morning) you will likely be able to park in one of the 30 or so free spaces next to the community center within the grounds.

You can read about the history of the Gardens here and here, and scope out the many gardens here. We walked through most of the gardens, heading first to the Walled Garden, then walking down the Vista steps to the Overlook before making our way to the Lion & Unicorn Gate, then along the Carriage Trail, and up a wooded path to the Temple of Love.

The Vista is a long sequence of stairs, gently sloped down to an Overlook of the Hudson River. On our way down we encountered a jogger making his way gracefully and gradually up the steps! (Years and years and years ago my parents traveled to Italy and stayed at the Villa D'Este in Italy, the model for the steps of the Vista.)

The views of the Hudson from along the Carriage Trail were impressive, and I finally chose this one from the several taken. Those are the Palisades of New Jersey on the opposite side.

We spent a bit of time at the Temple of Love as there is much to capitivate the imagination and senses. On the west side of the Temple is the waterfall. (Digression to mention am wearing my souvenir sneakers from our trip out West. They proved to be marvelously comfortable and light weight.)

Taking the climb to the top of the Temple brings you to the temple dome, and I had the urge to lie down and take a picture looking directly up at the underside of the dome.

On the way down from the dome we encountered this striking rock formation, whittled, no doubt, by years of water cascading down.

With one last look back at the Temple of Love…

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1304057 2018-07-17T23:16:45Z 2018-07-17T23:23:00Z A Very British Tea

This afternoon I attended a surprise (de)parting party for a friend who is relocating continents. The invitation will give you a sense of the festivities.

The table was set for the quintessential English tea with all the requisite savories and sweets, a number of which had not yet been placed on the table when these photos were taken.

And because the invitation said "Mad Hatter" I had no recourse but to wear this lovely pink hat that was my Mom's, and for which I have long been wondering if I would ever have an occasion to don! Tickled to have this hat in a photo to include in the Style Crone's July Hat Attack.

Thanks to Jamie for the pictures on our front steps, and for admonishing me to "don't just stand there, move!" Apparently I do not mind hamming it up for the camera. ;-) (For a history of the magnificent floral dress check out this post.)

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1303071 2018-07-14T12:53:00Z 2018-10-07T10:52:55Z Renew

RENEW. Multiple possible meanings and interpretations. Friends (picture posted with their permission) and I renewed our friendship last Saturday, catching up since we last saw each other several weeks ago. Eileen Fisher Renew welcomes the return of items no longer being worn and donates them or turns them into reusable clothing, an ecologically sound and interesting business approach, about which you can read more here. What else to do but renew at Renew!  [UPDATE Read more about Renew and similar efforts by other companies in the September 3, 2018 Washington Post article Eileen Fisher wants those clothes back when you're done.]

I was determined to look nice for the outing, switching out of my typical shorts and tee shirt for a nicer looking Land's End Art T-shirt, a Gap polka-dot sweater (I love this sweater because of the polka-dots and the background being a neutral gray, which means I can pair it with patterns or solids, a fun styling approach I learned from Sheila), and new-to-me *hand-me-down incredibly comfortable and soft pants by Ann Taylor Signature. (*A colleague at school gave to another colleague two bags of clothing that she and her daughter were no longer wearing. That colleague kept what she liked and then passed the rest on to me and another colleague.)

The website showed the store opening at 10:00 a.m. though the hours on the storefront stated 11:00 a.m. Off we went around the corner to enjoy a mid-morning snack at red barn bakery, a small gem down the hill from Renew and up the hill from the Irvington Metro North train station. Besides the entry area viewed in the photo below, there is a comfortable seating area up a few steps in the direction from which this photo was taken. We each indulged in a different delight (mine was hot cocoa) and whiled away almost an hour talking about life and family.

With our appetites renewed, we spent about two hours browsing and trying on clothing, and I wound up purchasing three sweaters (one for my daughter-in-law) and two dresses. The green sweater appears to be never worn but with a small snag on the outer side of one sleeve. The label states it is made of Italian yarn. Judging by the state of the other label, the linen rust sweater looks to be gently worn.

Both dresses are mostly rayon with a little lycra. The black dress replaces a longer one I had years ago that was a go-to and perfect for travel. This one is above the knee and can double as a tunic. What makes it interesting is the pleating on the front. 

The orange dress was chosen by my friend (on the right in the photo); she insisted it would be perfect for me. While I liked the color, upper shading effect and back peephole, I was dubious about the length but once it was tried on I loved the look and figured it could be cut down and hemmed to tunic length. The fun twist to that idea was my husband loved it on me, as is! I have a smashing pair of shoes to wear with this dress. Both dresses will wind up back on the blog when they are styled and worn. (First wearing of the black dress here (scroll to view), first wearing of the orange one here.)

There was a particular reason we chose to spend our shopping outing at Renew, as it kept our wallets not exactly renewed but definitely not depleted! Samples were $5 and everything else was $10. This isn't always the pricing; periodically the store offers special pricing events and this was one of them. (This is where it pays to be on their email list, which is how our friend found out about the event.) In addition, there were gently used items as well as never-worn items. Dressing rooms are communal and I enjoyed meeting other women and hearing their stories.

One lovely woman was bemoaning the fact that it is very difficult and frustrating to find stylish, colorful clothing in her size. Another woman was telling us that she stopped wearing a bra years ago and we all agreed with her none-too-positive assessment of the bra industry. I was intrigued that she doesn't wear a bra to work; as a teacher I cannot imagine going braless, though I have spent the bulk of this summer doing just that (and it is SOOOOOO comfortable, especially on hot days!)

Afterwards the friend in the left in the photo, who is quite knowledgable about the area, was eager for us to see the revitalized Irvington waterfront. She led us on a park stroll where, on such a glorious weathered-day as we had, the view of the new Tappan Zee Bridge (renamed the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge after a much loved NY Governor and father of our current Governor) was super! You can see video of the bridge removal process and read about the new bridge here.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1302539 2018-07-12T23:30:18Z 2018-07-13T18:23:39Z The Flavour of Shopping Well

While in Victoria we were treated to a shopping experience at Flavour Upstairs, one of the second-hand clothing shops frequented by Sheila. (More about our wonderful time with Sheila here.) I had asked if she might be able to include a shopping stop along the way, as there is no better second-hand shopping experience than to visit second-hand stores with a pro!

I found this swirly, lined Club Monaco pleated skirt with a wide waist band for (to the best of my recollection) $12 Canadien (about $9 U.S.) The lining has some wear and tear but nothing to prevent a comfortable wearing of the skirt. It is exactly the style I had hoped to find, and in a color that I quite like wearing – a perfect souvenir of our visit with Sheila and our time in Victoria.

While I don't have any particular reason to wear the skirt at the moment, it being smack dab in the middle of the summer when I tend to spend most of my time in shorts and tee shirts, I could not resist attempting a style just for the fun of it this afternoon. The process caused me to return to the front hall closet and retrieve my last few summer tops, mostly saved for the warm fall and the return to school. I found the perfect patterned top and added a pair of green sandals. A little gold jewelry is all that would be needed to dress this up for an outing, along with a gold bag of my Mom's, and a sweater or shawl, but I'll save those accents for another post.

Behind me, in the second photo, is a mass of tomatoes planted by Fred, who also kindly took the pictures!

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1302496 2018-07-12T17:19:54Z 2018-08-13T11:11:54Z And so the adventure winds down

Almost three weeks ago we began the last part of our Pacific Northwest adventure. Starting in Vancouver, BC, we drove south towards Seattle, WA. Our initial plan was to spend the day in Seattle, then drive our son back to his home in Olympia before returning north to SeaTac for our overnight flight home. However, our son remarked that it would be a lot of sitting for us and therefore insisted he see if a friend could meet him at the airport. (Thank you to the wonderful roommate who did just that!)

Realizing that we had all been to Seattle, we opted for another adventure to explore areas we had never been. Our Canadien trip began with the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, and concluded with our drive south towards Whidbey Island, complete with an hour's plus wait (!) to drive through customs at the border. None of us had been to the San Juan Islands and our drive south would quench our curiosity. 

No pictures to share, though we did stop for lunch at the Bastion Brewing Company in Anacortes, WA. The meal was okay but the highlight was dining in the taproom where the beer is brewed.

Eventually, after a short ferry ride from Clinton to Mukilteo, we found ourselves back at SeaTac. The return of our Enterprise car rental went as efficiently and speedily as the initial rental process, and we settled in for a final set of fun photos, some of which are below. Yup, we look quite jubilant. Yup, we look well fed. Yup, we look tired. We were all of those plus a bit sad to be parting.

[Addendum August 13, 2018: While on vacation this week to visit family, Fred retold a story that should be included about our meal at SeaTac.]

After our son was picked up by his kind and most helpful roommate, we took the shuttle to the airport and found a restaurant where we could sit down to have a light meal before our flight. Already seated at the table next to us was a young woman with an appealing looking meal in front of her. I turned to her to inquire what she was eating, she told me the name of the dish, we probably wished each other a nice trip, and that was the extent of our conversation. 

I ordered the same dish, a little while later the woman finished her meal and left, and about 20 minutes later Fred and I were ready for our check. The waitress told us that our meal had been paid for by the young woman sitting next to us! We were agog. I inquired about the tip, and the waitress said that, too, had been taken care of. She further explained that the woman had called her over earlier, when paying her own check, and asked that the waitress not say a word to us until the woman had long since left the restaurant; she wanted to pay for our meal. The waitress thought that the woman was paying forward a kindness that she had received. We were appreciative, looked around and realized we would never find the woman to thank her in person, and concluded that the best thanks was for us to eventually pay it forward as well. 

Truly a special trip with our son, capped off by the kindness and generosity of a stranger, followed by a JetBlue flight where the pilot tells us to prepare for some turbulence as we neared New York and then flies us in with skillful calm. Ahhh…

And so this adventure has wound down, but there will be more adventures to come! Our son doesn't know it yet (but he will when he reads this!), we are already contemplating renting a house on Vancouver Island…

Meanwhile, the map Fred first drafted many months ago in the dark of winter when we were starting to dream about this trip, and the cover of Fred's journal, which he drew at the start.

tag:onoutabout.posthaven.com,2013:Post/1301336 2018-07-11T19:30:50Z 2018-07-11T19:30:51Z Vancouver

The big red pin marks the start of our day; the red arrows show our multiple destinations…

Our son had numerous places in Vancouver that he wanted to share with us, as this was his second visit to the city. Heading out in the morning for one conservatory we wound up first at VanDusen Botanical Garden where the welcoming message on the entry doors echoed the Museum of Anthropology message of "Everything depends on everything else." that we viewed the day before.

Our destination was the Bloedel Conservatory, located amid the colorful gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, the "city of Vancouver's highest point." We walked one of the many paths leading uphill to the Conservatory, a domed paradise of flowers, fauna and colorful birds, some the likes of which we had never seen before.

On our way to the next location we stopped at Granville Island, a place Fred had discovered while doing research about Vancouver. This is a vibrant area of activity, blending outdoor entertainment with stores of indigenous arts, the Granville Public Market where vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables, desserts, and locally made products such as hats, soaps and jewelry. We lunched in the Market, then sat ourselves outdoors to enjoy a folk singer before wandering through the many shops.

For a taste of what was to come at our final location we drove around Stanley Park and then headed to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park for an astonishing bit of walking! First it was the suspension bridge, a 450 foot long bridge that moves and grooves with the people who walk across it, sometimes swaying sideways and sometimes seeming still. I do not remember much of the scenery below us but the scenery around us was striking and we would soon find ourselves up in the magnificent trees!

Traversing the suspension bridge brings its own satisfaction which is enhanced by what comes next: walking the Treetops. Ahh, to be up high among the trees, the air pure, the knees just a tad wobbly! We had no recourse but to cap off our walk with a snack before returning over the suspension bridge to begin our third and final walk.

The Cliffwalk is a marvel of engineering "stretching its way 700 feet along Capilano Canyon." It's also billed as "not for the faint of heart." Both descriptions are one-hundred percent accurate! The photo below barely does it any justice so I highly recommend you view the site's pictures to get some sense of the walk's majesty. Thankfully our son and Fred were both able to enjoy the view in all directions; I was more focused on looking straight ahead (most of the time)!

Our day's outing was capped off by a return to Stanley Park and dinner at The Teahouse in Stanley Park where we savored a salmon dinner as fine as the one we enjoyed at Anthony's Hearthfire Grill in Olympia, WA on the second evening of our Pacific Northwest adventure. Arriving a bit early we took advantage of the waterside paths to stroll the shore and enjoy the scenery. Equally striking, for different reasons, were the oil tankers waiting in the harbor and the open access to a beach, ample and wide cycling and walking paths, and proximity to the coast. The flowers were our table's centerpiece and a fitting statement to a most colorful, exhilarating, enjoyable day!