Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A new set of wheels


In the world of leasing vehicles, when the end of the term arrives, you have three choices. Turn the car in and walk away, buy the car in your possession or move along to something new. Car companies being the brilliant marketers that they are, make it ridiculously simple to surrender the car and lease a brand new one. The upside (for me) of this new addition is that our kids are not allowed to drive it, creating one less opportunity for mayhem of any degree among our offspring. I can't see any downside in telling an able bodied and often self-centered human that there is something they can't have. (Anyways, it's good practice for another reality check for the zealous young adults among us- to accept that they can't have everything they want- because mom and dad said "No.") I'd like to think that all the work, sacrifice and tedium of parenthood has a few perks. After all, you watch your kids become more savvy, more good looking, more entitled, as you, mom and dad, become older and well, more older. So, this navy blue sexy creature with its off white leather interior that is the latest arrival to our driveway will mostly serve as mom's set of wheels.  And that new car smell is something I will definitely savor for as long as it lasts.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Return of the Hastings Flea!



For anyone living on the east coast, to say it's been a long winter is a huge understatement. At some point, during one of those interminable stormy days, I started organizing piles of "collectibles", "furnishings" and"interesting stuff" that I will be selling this Sunday at the Hastings Flea in you guessed right, Hastings NY. We've been through our share of cabin fever this year and while I enjoy my family (mostly), I'm looking forward to all the folks who will be turning out as well after hunkering down indoors for the last three + months. Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Orchids (Key West style)


My friend Lisa M. and I made the pilgrimage to the NY Botanic's Orchid Show today and it was an extravaganza in tropical shades of color. Sometimes it's hard to figure out how to craft images that are remotely unique and interesting despite the exotic subject matter so I won't bore you more than necessary with my efforts.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My college bound mermaid meets some real ones



I thought the highlight of coming to Florida would be visiting Eckerd College where our middle child Sarah will enter as a freshman this fall. It certainly wasn't counting the billboards for attorneys (Wrongful Death? Call Today!) or should your house disappear in to the ground (#1 in Sinkhole Remedies!!). I knew Sarah was intent on seeing the mermaid performance at Weeki Wachi and we made the pilgrimage direct from the airport. This weekend has been everything I imagined including hot and sunny and I for one (and probably not my daughter) am looking forward to heading home.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Leaving town


Tomorrow my daughter Sarah and I head to Florida to visit the college she plans to attend this fall. It's been grey and chilly for weeks now and the prospect of sunshine, turquoise waters, and warm breezes fills me with excitement for the chance to get away. I haven't travelled nearly as much as I would like (taking five people anywhere is not a simple proposition) and I'm the weird kind of parent who didn't relish leaving her kids to head off solo. So an adventure- yes! Something new to see- yes! And the company of my almost all grown up child for three days should prove to be a bonding experience. I hope.