Sunday, June 23, 2019


Something changed since I put a new sim-card in my camera. New Folder I think, but I can't figure out how to eject the file.
As for limited photo space recently alerted, google's given me the option to reduce the file size for all items, but warns "This can not be changed". Since I don't know what it means if chosen, I do nothing
I am still mystified by unfamiliar terminology and instructions. I fear making a move lest I cause a new wrinkle in this endeavor. I think my learning curve has shrunk to match my spinal compression; I'm now almost three inches shorter than all my Identification.
I've been shortening pants.
Shrinking might be the solution; shrink possessions, expectations and responsibilities. Less may not be more, but might be better.

Simply gorgeous in Manhattan.
I went to the Farm Market on 14th Street and acquired
Two  'Gulliver Blue' SCOPIA
...and One "Lemon Zest LANTANA
I'll add to the formerly-abandoned Street Pot

Friday, June 21, 2019


Since I did not escape hot steamy New York City yesterday, I was able to be present for Wednesday evening Meditation.
A Sangha member gifted me this book by one or our teachers.
(see link)
I gleaned two of this 1958 slim treasure from the give away pile. One for me and one for someone else.
(email if you want one)
On the walk home I rescued three useful discards.

The sun is playing with us today, coming and going,
appearing and disappearing.
Weather holds all the high cards and the low.
It does not discriminate.

The rains came and went, came and went and then a HUGE hullabaloo with sirens and honking horns about 9:30 p.m. When I looked out my front window, cars were lined up bumper to bumper and an ambulance was trying to get through. I went out to see what was happening. Second Avenue had been closed off for four blocks to let the City repave and all traffic backed up trying to use side streets. Crazy. I sat at the church a while and came back around 10 p.m. There are still some sirens, but the block has cleared and trucks moved on. Apparently Manhattan, soaked and overflowing, has lost it's rational mind tonight. Perhaps I have too. 
Heartache In the News
Iran and these (dis)United States,
Shaking bones, waving dangerous threats.
Oh, say can you see?

2 a.m.
 Air Conditioner Check-filter red light is lit.  Got up, turned the system off, washed the filter and replaced it, but the light remained on. It's too humid to turn it off entirely. What to do? It seems to be working, but I'm worried I'll damage it if I leave it on. Got to check with the hardware store today. They cleaned the unit June 2017.
Read the instructions. There's a trick to turning the check-filter light off once the filter has been cleaned. So, no problem.
Back to Sleep

all this longest day

5 p.m.
Stuyvesant Park

My beautiful, talented neighbor-Jenny Amanda Hurwitz
Played solo guitar on a set of her songs
This is her Hat
(My photo storage has reached a limit and I need to find out how to solve that without buying more storage. Luddite me doesn't even know where they are stored on the laptop. I took some nice full body and portrait shots but can't turn them to show. I need a tech-volunteer to come to my apartment and effect a fix. I'll work on it.
7:30 p.m.
We went on to Union Square where women guitarists were playing a set led by Ann Klein and my friend joined in. Then there was an astounding sunset, but none of the photographs are available, because unbeknown to me till I got home around 10, my sim-card was full.



"Whole Hearted"

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


A 24 hour full-blown Anxiety Attack
(at least I'm conscious enough to recognize it)
I'm packed and ready to Travel.
I Pray for Sleep
Hope I hear the Alarm
If I post this, I'm Gone for a week
Without Internet
However, though I'm posting,
I 'm not Gone.
Anxiety dissipated and was replaced by aching limbs
So,  I rescheduled for July.

I'm inside with the A/C on 77 Energy Saver to cut humidity, much more comfortable after a five hour nap, while outside the storms continue to arrive with severe flood warning for the rest of the night and into tomorrow and Thursday.

Sunday, June 16, 2019


 Oh, It's a long, long while
From May to December
And the days grow short
When you reach September

Friday evening at our Monthly meeting of elders
"Wisdom Sangha"

We discussed medical directives and received these:

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone.
For the sad old earth must borrow it's mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
Sing, and the hills will answer;
Sigh, it is lost on the air.
The echoes bound to a joyful sound,
But shrink from voicing care.

Rejoice, and men will seek you;
Grieve, and they turn and go.
They want full measure of all your pleasure,
But they do not need your woe.
Be glad, and your friends are many;
Be sad, and you lose them all.
There are none to decline your nectared wine,
But alone you must drink life's gall.
Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.
There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a long and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain.
Walking home, I stopped to shoot this abstract close up of the moon near Madison Square. Though it looks full, it won't be until the 17th. the colored globes are lit apartment windows in an adjacent building


A more glorious day may never be.
It's clear at 10:30 a.m. Saturday
and the temperature may reach eighty.

 11:30 p.m.
Planted the three yellow begonia and watered in with liquid seaweed boost. Not very visible.
I'll shoot again tomorrow.
Hope to add in blue forget-me-not next.



Thursday, June 13, 2019


On Sale
Begonias to add to the Street Pot Garden
maybe Saturday
6 to 8 p.m.
Night Incident
11 p.m.
Fifteen cops were clustered around a man with his very sweet big dog. I listened for a while because he was protesting loudly, though I couldn't catch the details...

Finally, they arrested him, took him into the precinct while a few of them held on to the dog. They regularly keep treats for neighbor dogs inside the garage and so they brought the dog there and gave him some treats, petting him liberally.

 The dog seemed calm and happy, but I wondered about the outcome for his owner and worried about the dog. I peeked out a few more times for the following hour until I had to give up for sleep. Back-tracking to a Morning Incident that woke me too early. They are deconstructing the interior first floor to the building next door (also owned by out landlord) they've been working on it for at least two years now and so it goes....


Cold Rain Morning

Because of major construction, yesterday my neighbor had mice and the exterminator put down poisons. Today, I had a mouse in my garbage which I leave up on the stove overnight till I take it down to the cans. Yikes, I can't have mice in this no-cat confined space. I swiftly tied the bag up and went down three flights to deposit in the cans, then informed the super who delivered a poison trap to me. I stored it, preferring the quick-kill kind. It's kinder, so I set my own trap and am focused on reconciling my compassionate self to current reality.

Afternoon Clearing

 Suddenly It's windy and bright.
I have the feeling that anything can happen...
 and does. I walked around the neighborhood in an attempt to loosen my right sided stiffness. Stopped  to rest at the church 
until the sun went down
Then, almost home, asked a kindly fellow to take this shot of my aching self wearing another of my Nemo and Julio gift hats 
Ice pack and more rest to come.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


(click to enlarge any shot

Morning Looking East

Back Window

Sun leaving the Alley

 Looking to the North

Outside errands to replenish homeopathic remedies, post letters and return this strange and wonderful audio book to the library

Cooked Supper

 11 p.m.

I prepared a water bottle with liquid seaweed boost, packed spade, gloves and portulaca ready for stage 2.

Just watching the street now and waiting for the right moment after the dog walkers go home, neighbors retire and precinct activity at shift change settles down...
(to be continued)

1:30 a.m.
Done for now. A modest start. If it all survives,
maybe more at the end of June.

Monday, June 10, 2019


Look who flew in from Australia to say

Farm Market on 14th Street
Catskill Marino Wool
The last words
Let there be a new Garden
to be continued...

4:30 p.m

Lincoln Center Arts and Craft Fair
Visited Nemo and Julio at





...Continued this rainy day with light mist falling
Heavier rain due later tonight.
Euonymous and Portulaca waiting on my window sill.


4 p.m.
First stage done

These six beauties will be planted tomorrow.


To be continued...