chayote and rat trap purchased for sheer amusement

 purchased at the grocery store for sheer amusement













many months of "time out ny" culled – recipes, places to go, diy, etc clipped for later .  cat incidental

many months of "time out ny" culled - recipes, places to go, diy, etc clipped for later

















  • why am i on petfinder? #
  • The past year’s video, photo and audio orgy has caught up with my hardware. Middle of the night damage control #
  • @danibighead & @challaz torment me with of fun, comfort, and entertainment. If only I didn’t HAVE to design this thing for my brother today #
  • – cat incidental #


  • researching hot springs in colorado. can’t wait to go to denver in 2.5 weeks! #
  • if i lived in colorado i’d start a blog about the hot springs. one at a time. the sites i’m finding are circa 1995 and not very useful. #
  • Waiting in line to start my gym membership…I feel so new year cliche #
  • @kroosh YMCA indeed…please be my partner in sweat crime #

the green stuff

I woke up this morning to a bunch of city workers making a lot of noise outside.  It was nearly noon and I was actually a bit thankful for the wake up call.  I looked out the window and found they were re-planting a tree where one had fallen last Summer.



They worked quickly…as deftly as the NYPD had with their chainsaws unblocking the road and piling the branches and stumps that sat on the side of the road awaiting pick up for several weeks. 


My neighborhood is an amazing place of parallels and contradictions.  It makes perfect sense that in the season of growing – a tree would die, and in the season of snow and ice – life would be restored.


As the weather warmed I grew frustrated by the pile of rotting wood.  The smell was impossible to ignore and intensified each day.  Some very scary insects made their way into my apartment.  My cat didn’t even want to hunt them; she took to meowing insistently until I committed paper towel murder.  I called 311, tried filing health, safety, and parking complaints when I was told a request for tree removal could take up to a month.  In the end I think it took about 3 weeks and gave me great insight into just what happens when a tree falls in Brooklyn and how many city agencies have a lot of work to do.  Thankfully no one was hurt and the only property damage involved a few parked cars.




And now, a little tree begins to take root under the sidewalk, another part of the world that lies underneath New York City.  While the great city of NY was here with their truck full of trees, another truck full of dirt, a number of men with shovels and wheel barrows added a few more trees alongside the street – in the spaces where others have fallen victim to storms or the Asian longhorned beetle.


I am full of love for the city, the borough, and the neighborhood for their pride and gratitude for tree-lining the streets.  I watched them work, interacting with the neighbors and exchanging smiles and chatter.  I thought of MillionTreesNYC and foresee some tree planting and Arbor Day festivities in the coming year for me…



  • my 2008 – #
  • @HopeClary Thanks! It’s been a great year and 2009 is looking awesome! Happy New Years! #
  • Oh Hai 2009 #
  • Champagne is yummy #
  • Thanks @charleshope @gracepiper and @kroosh & friends #
  • @giannii is a pretty awesome house guest. tidy, easy going, AND upgrades his iphone AND lets me keep his old one. #