Storm King Art Center

On Friday, after Thanksgiving, we went on a road trip to the Storm King Art Center. It is an hour’s drive from the city. Jeff drove, Celia navigated, and Steve and I enjoyed looking out the windows :-).

The 500-acre grounds are perfectly designed to house large-scale modern sculpture. We spent hours walking the site and enjoying a perfect day.

The trees and grasses are perfect accents to the sculpture. And sometimes people are the perfect accent!

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The mirrored picket fence was unassuming from a distance but great fun up close, and low.

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My favorite was Andy Goldsworthy’s Wall, behind us, below.

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This trip was Celia’s idea. She has some really great ideas!

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We flew home yesterday. And even though it is always good to be home, we both miss the kids. Luckily, we have been invited to return next Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving – Macy’s Parade

Happy Thanksgiving!

It was crisp and clear this morning — a beautiful day for a parade! Lots of people out and about.

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On the way back, at Lincoln Center…

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Truth be told, I am not a parade lover. But the Macy’s parade, on Thanksgiving, with the kids, is an exception. I do love this experience.

 

2 days walking NYC…

Central Park…

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Views from the High Line…

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The globe at Columbus Circle, seen from below coming up the stairs from the subway…

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A mosaic wall near Chelsea Market…

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Our view from the Hilton Garden Inn…

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When I got back to the hotel and started putting my stuff on the bed, I realized that I am very monochromatic this trip. Good thing I have a bright green jacket :-).

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Cranberry sauce that can’t be beat…

It’s fast and easy and delicious!

  1. Wash 1 bag of cranberries.
  2. Put them in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup sugar. (Use 3/4 cup sugar if you like tart cranberry sauce.)
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then peel back a little to let steam escape.
  4. Microwave on regular 4 minutes. Stir. The bowl will be hot so use pot holders.
  5. Microwave another 4 minutes.
  6. Stir in 1/4 cup brandy OR Grand Marnier OR whatever sounds good to you.
  7. Cool. Eat, or chill in the refrigerator. Then eat.

Thanksgiving in NYC, 2016

Steve and I are visiting Celia and Jeff for Thanksgiving again this year. It could easily become a tradition. We take a laid back approach to viewing the Macy’s parade. We only watch parts of it, from a distance because we all like the balloons the best.

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Macy's Parade 2016

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Watching the Macy’s Parade 2016

I couldn’t resist the shot when I noticed myself perfectly positioned in someone else’s camera as they were preparing to take a selfie

Celia put her camera on the tripod for our Thanksgiving family photo.

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Celia, Jeff, Becky and Steve

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Steve and Becky – tree hugging at Lincoln Center

I must not be paying attention when I look in the mirror because I keep expecting to see my younger self in pictures. Everybody else looks great so I’m just going to assume that I do too. And so do you so smile for those pictures.

 

Thanksgiving in NYC…

I am thankful for Thanksgiving, this one in particular. We got to visit Jeff and Celia in their city—New York City! Here are a few of the things we saw and did, not necessarily in chronological order…

Steve held my tea as I took photos pretty often. He is such a good traveling companion :-).

We went to see the balloons tied down the night before the Macy’s Parade. The weather was crisp, but nice and my oh my did the people come out for this event. Celia said it was the most crowded they had ever seen. It was really packed but there you go. It was a fun experience!

The balloons look a lot bigger up in the air.

We went to both the MOMA and to the Whitney museums. I enjoy the art. I enjoy watching people look at the art. I might actually like the people watching more than the art watching.

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I also enjoy the people who guard the art. They watch people looking at art all day long.

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There are great outside spaces at the Whitney where you can look out at the city…

We walked the High Line where there were still a few flowers blooming. I thought that was amazing for this time of year.

Jeff cooked a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. Celia took me to see the Rockettes! Steve and Jeff went to the northern end of Manhattan to see ‘nature’. We shopped and walked and visited Central Park. This is me, taking pictures of the leaves falling that didn’t turn out.

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Here we all are, in a picture Celia took using her tripod and self-timer…

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I hope each and every one of you had as nice a holiday was we did. Right now we are in the airport, waiting to fly home. While we are sad to leave the kids, we are still smiling from the time spent with them.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade…

We walked a few blocks from Jeff and Celia’s apartment to 64th Street and Central Park West. We got there an hour before the parade started and there were already lots of people there. None of us are committed enough to parades to have gotten there in time to be in the front row.

Anything below head level was hidden from us, but luckily most of the good stuff is tall or floating. The Macy’s stars were first…

Followed by a turkey float…

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My favorite was Adventure Time…

Jeff is in the kitchen cooking. Celia and I have been decorating their Christmas tree, and Steve is having a nap. What a great Thanksgiving!