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Category Archives: Weather
Couldn’t resist a little subway ride to Brooklyn to take in a perfect spring day. You must get to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden asap to see the ornamental flowering cherries. It may not be Japan or Washington D.C., but it seems pretty spectacular to me! Click here to get a day-by-day status of each and every tree!
Still in the budding stage, the Cherry Esplanade will be dripping in pink in a couple of days! Hurry! If you can’t make it, check back…I’ll be returning to both Central Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden early next week to see the results of a few warm days here in the city!
oops..for those of you that receive my automatic feed…pardon me…for disturbing…
Have NO frickin clue why a bunch of old postings arrived in your in-box!
So…to make up for that…how about a little dose of spring to brighten your day!
Which takes me to the topic… Spread of New Growth…stay tuned.
Today was to be a travel day…from the farm to my NYC…but mother nature had other plans…like a morning walk in the woods with a blanket of white everywhere! Totally worth the delay. I love walking the path down the driveway…on my way to listen to the silence of the woods.
Upon arrival…taking the time to look up to catch the sway of the trees…
…and a touch of blue appearing out of nowhere…
…and stopping to listen to the occasional cardinal singing with so much purpose…
There’s not enough money in the world that will pay for this kind of therapy!
So let’s try this again…
!!Heading home tomorrow to my city, NYC!!
The Winter Solstice definitely stirred my curiosity about full moons and since, I’ve learned that each month the full moon has a special meaning. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. So what I’ve learned is that January’s full moon is called the wolf moon. Why? Well, since January is usually the coldest month of the year, wolves and other predators will come in closer to towns and neighborhoods to find food providing more of an opportunity to be seen by us humans during this month. Second, wolves have been known to be very family oriented, just like us. They depend on each other and will help each other survive.
So the thoughts are… the wolf moon symbolizes the importance of family. I’ve read that it’s an excellent time to work on our relationships, partnerships, and matters of the heart….a time for us all to be thankful for the love that we share with both our biological family and those we have chosen to call family. Even though there’s rain here in the desert, not allowing a view of the full moon, it doesn’t keep me from thinking of the importance of the wolf moon and being so thankful for a wonderful loving family and friends that are a part of my life. Thank you to each and every ONE of you!
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter here in NYC!
A few weeks ago, right after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, my desire to give back resulted in a delivery of a meal for the Meals on Wheels program here in NYC. Remember Ms. O? Well that just didn’t quite do it for me. I wanted to do more, knowing how fortunate that I am. So when an email arrived in my in-box asking for volunteers to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways in Queens, I immediately signed up.
The Clinton Foundation provided transportation to 1,000 volunteers to help with the recovery efforts and in some small way…to make a difference. Upon arriving in the Rockaways, three other volunteers and myself were assigned to a group of seven from the U.S. Army National Guard. Our job was to take a listing of specific addresses and canvass the neighborhood to evaluate the needs of those residents. An encounter form was completed asking such questions as…Do you have electricity, heat…How many people live here…Do you need any medical attention…Do you need essentials such as blankets, water, food… That information would be compiled and specific help and/or supplies would be dispatched to the appropriate home.
So let me start with the group from the National Guard. They were awesome. Serious about their work, yet so caring and so much fun. What a feeling to walk with them and have people blow their horns, come out of their homes or stop them in the street to recognize their efforts and to say thank you for all they’ve done. Their presence was noticed and so appreciated by the community. It was an honor to be side by side with them the entire day.
So many homes were still heavily decorated in Halloween which to me gave the environment an even more somber feel. But, so many families were flying their American flags proudly as if to say in their loudest voice, we will overcome this! And some “said” it directly from their front entryway…
Having had my own personal experience with the flood of 1985 in Roanoke, Virginia I somewhat knew what to expect. But until you see the devastation up close and personal you really can’t imagine and especially since it’s three weeks later. To remove the sheer numbers of vehicles that were totally submerged in sea water has to be a monumental task in itself. Cars still remained on the streets, in driveways and parking lots…many with the windows down as if the owners had no time to react.
The people we spoke to were so spirited, so appreciative and so ready to move forward with their lives. My hope is that with a smile and a few words of encouragement we were able to make a small difference in their lives that day. Thanks to all the efforts of everyone who continue to help those areas in need.
Death and Destruction in New York City
As my travels continue and take me to the real Holland where I’ll share about my time with new fabulous friends and their beautiful country…there are a couple of updates…
Regardless of where you are in the world, you’ve heard about the horrific destruction and devastation Hurricane Sandy has brought to the Northeast of the United States.
This morning I ventured out to assess the damage and found my neighborhood to have fared extremely well in comparison to Lower Manhattan, the remaining boroughs of New York City, New Jersey and other Eastern States. The parks in the Upper West Side of Manhattan where I live were the hardest hit due to high winds.
Central Park and Riverside Park (my front and backyard) will require major cleanup and replanting to bring it back to the beauty that all New York residents enjoy and love, as well as tourists from all over the world. But, that’s small in comparison to what others have encountered and will continue to experience as weeks and months go by. My heart goes out to all those who have been impacted by the wind and water damage.
But this week my heart is heavy for a very different reason. We can rebuild from the hurricane. We can replant trees, reopen businesses, clean up the mess over a period of time, but nothing will bring back the two little children brutally murdered (allegedly) by their nanny a few days ago.
This unimaginable horror occurred on the same street where I live and passing the growing memorial at the entry of their apartment building is beyond heart wrenching. People continue to pay their respects with flowers, candles, cards, stuffed animals, Halloween candy, and little pumpkins. A loss I can’t even shake, so imagine what these parents are experiencing. The death of someone close is always a devastating experience, but don’t you know the deaths of these two children have turned that family’s world completely upside down while trying to have some normalcy (if there is such a thing) for their one remaining child.
As I’ve walked my neighborhood these past couple of days, I’ve sensed families holding their children’s hand just a little tighter as they’ve been reminded that anything is possible.
Leaving Central Park on Sunday I noticed the parents photographing their two little ones in the autumn leaves. Both children had an uncanny resemblance to the two children murdered. Smiling, laughing and probably knowing the costumes their children will wear for Halloween, where the family will gather for Thanksgiving and perhaps ideas for gifts for the upcoming holidays. But the family with the horrific loss? Just putting one foot in front of the other each day will be an undertaking. My heart aches for them.
It’s been a grueling few days…with lots to tell…but I’ve never seen anything so inspirational as seeing this on the way from Virginia to NYC on Interstate 81 resulting from the power outages from the deadly storms in Virginia… More to come from this week on the farm…without power…with 100 degree temperatures!