So, what are you doing New Year’s Eve??

This 1947 song by Frank Loesser remains a classic at 85 years young. Always played at parties on the Eve, it was first recorded by Margaret Whiting, then The Orioles, and even the vocals of Ella Fitzgerald have graced the tune. Take a listen to Ella’s version on utube. What a voice……..

So whether you are watching the ball drop at Times Square, or from your living room chair, at a party, the opera, a play, or alone, enjoy, make merry, and best wishes for a wonderful 2023.

The Good News of 2022

With only 2 days left in this challenging year these birds have returned to my back yard for their annual visit. Unsure where they come from or go to from here, however, it provides hope, something we all need. And while the world continues to be crazed there were a few bright spots in 2022.

  • The Pandemic appears to have become a back page story and quieted.
  • The US Labor Market is unionizing with 7000 Starbuck’s employees unionized in 2022.
  • Ethiopia signed a peace treaty.
  • Progressives were voted in in Columbia and Brazil.
  • US democracy held in the Mid-term elections.
  • Climate change progress was made at the COP27.
  • The Respect for Marriage Act was passed.
  • There was a White House wedding.
  • Jon Batiste won 5 Grammy Awards.
  • Barbara Streisand and James Brolin are married 25 years. Go, Babs…

And on a personal note – my daughter got engaged to an amazing young man and a new grand dog entered my life, Rocco.

So here’s to 2023, and continued positive change.

What Happens to Christmas Trees After Christmas?

Well, here’s the answer, and it’s an environmentally correct one. There are thousands of programs throughout the Country that compost Christmas trees. Check with your City or County to find the specifics.

Over 30 million trees are sold per year at Christmas according to the National Christmas Association, (yes, there is a group known as this), and for those sold, and those not, it is refreshing to know they have an afterlife, pardon the pun.

If you still wish to compost your tree at home, cut the branches into small pieces for quicker disintegration, and shred the bark into sawdust then add the vegetable, fruit, and other compost items on top. Of late have found on garden tours that more and more folk are using pine needles in lieu of bark chips. They are easier to haul, cheaper, nutritious for the garden, and do the same duty – rid those ghastly weeds.

And for those who have vast lands, and wish to get a federal credit, Auntie Google has an idea,

Do you have to file taxes on a Christmas Tree Farm?

  • If the trees are greater than six years when harversted, they are considered timber in the tax code. Follow the IRS code Section 631 because a Christmas tree farm is considered a business. Christmas tree farms do not qualify for the reforestation tax credit. Offer hayrides as an additional service to patrons.

Something even more fun, and easier than all described, annually buy a 12 inch potted tree with roots and watch it grow.

Kids love this, and decorate annually.

$18.99 Amazon

This is America

Have you read the story of the South Koreans who knocked on a Buffalo family’s door requesting a snow shovel, and ended up staying the weekend? If not, and lack time ditch this blog and read the story.

To summarize, the South Koreans received an invite from the Buffalo family and ended up staying at their home for the weekend sleeping in sleeping bags on their floor, (as there were 10 of them). In return the South Koreans cooked for the family, watched football, television, and generally camped out. This is America, we are a welcoming nation, and always seem to find a way to help others. What an amazing and uplifting story to reflect upon during this holiday season.

Am sure these folks have made life long friends and will remember this their entire lives.

December 27th: Fruitcake and Zoo Day

Wanted to stick with something uplifting and different during this post Christmas week. The news is dead, (and a downer), so decided to seek what was celebrated today. It is Fruitcake and Zoo Day, and since I’m not a fan of zoos investigated fruitcakes, and what better one than America’s own ..

The Claxton

Am sure all of us have received one of these World Famous delights as a Christmas gift. Made in Claxton, Georgia, the fruit cake capitol of the world, it has a fascinating history. The company began, when an Italian New York City immigrant and pastry chef, Savino Tos, in the early 1900’s, moved and fell in love with the South. Here he began his bakery and homemade ice cream shop in Claxton.

Beloved by the community he acquired a young man of 11 to assist him. Albert Parker eventually became his most valuable employee and bought the company in 1945, deciding to specialize in fruit cakes. Mr. Parker has left us but his family continues to operate the company going from horse and buggy sales to a world wide operation. Their web site is fascinating and encourage all to read it, It is an American success story.

And in the meantime enjoy this special day – and please have a piece of fruitcake. You won’t be sorry.

For those who still yearn to celebrate zoos, check out my 8/31/2022 blog.

Frigid Florida

How were your holidays? Mine were lovely and peaceful. While solo, each year I enjoy the solitude more and more. It is a delightful time of peace and reflection. Reading a book, taking a bubble bath, doing my nails, and shutting off the cell phone certainly recharges the batteries of the soul. Try it, you may like it!

And this year there were Northeast temps in Florida. While no snow fell, had the trial of covering the plants and donning the gloves. Florida almost felt Christmas-like.

Today I will check out the stores for sales of Christmas decorations to add to the collection for Christmas 2023.

Let’s hope the Dollar Tree has something left.. They have the best decorations, and yes, buy their stock. My tip for the year.

Next: Reflection.. Consider 2022 and all accomplishments while contemplating your 2023 goals as well. Check out this Nucific site. Besides the goal info they have great vitamins, supplements and health info. 

A Must Do.

Have been considering a career shift from the blog, to neurofeedback, dog grooming or perhaps both? For those who are unsure what neurofeedback is, check out this site for specifics, It certainly assists with many mental health issues.

And as to the dog, that could be an adjunct for assisting with these issues as well, and for me a fun add-on part time career to the more involved one. Love dogs!

Rocco received Pomeranian salt and pepper shakers for Christmas from his Minnesota grandma. Too cute. And update on his swallowing my vitamins/supplements. He is alive and kicking after stealing and swallowing tumeric from my suitcase. Only had 2 days of orange stools. Too funny and colorful, too!

So, enjoy your day, and have some left overs. Always love that turkey.

Happy Christmas to all!

Some Christmas lights for your enjoyment..

At the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens there is an interesting display which runs through January 1st.

Then on to Kuhn’s Flowers in Jacksonville. What a lovely Christmas window display!

Next.. Girvin Road in Jacksonville, but after waiting 45 minutes in bumper to bumper traffic decided enough is enough. Some pics from the beginning of the road.

Driving back from Jacksonville all was decorated along the journey. Nice, but will end with my favorite.

Once a New Yorker, always a New Yorker. Happy Holidays.

The Whitney Museum

Attended the Whitney Museum for the Edward Hopper exhibit. Edward and his wife, Josephine Nivison, also a painter, and Edward’s muse, were native New Yorkers.

Edward’s wife, Jo. Sad this exhibit held no paintings done by Jo. It was stated that Edward painted exteriors, and Jo painted interiors. Perfect blend for marriage – opposites…

The couple married in their 40’s and lived in the Washington Square area of New York. They were avid theater buffs, and Edward often painted scenes of the theater. He worked in charcoal and oils. There was a fascinating documentary playing in the exhibit as well as and ongoing stream of an interview with the couple. The interview played with this Hudson River view as backdrop.

Perhaps Edward’s most famous work. There is a Hopper Museum in Nyack, New York, Edward’s birthplace, and where he lived his early years. If visiting Upstate check it out.

Other Hopper paintings..

Found this the most interesting piece of the exhibit. Hopper’s notebook. Priceless.

The Edward Hopper Exhibit is through March 5, 2023. A must see.

The Whitney Museum – History and Beyond

The Whitney was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1930, (b. 1875- d.1942). Gertrude was the daughter of Cornelius II and Alice Vanderbilt. She summered at the Breaker’s in Newport, Rhode Island and was a talented sculptress. She longed for a life of purpose other than that of a wealthy heiress. Besides her own creative abilities she was also a patron to others in the arts.

Portraits of Gertrude

The Whitney has 5 floors of painting and sculpture with outdoor sculpture gardens on two floors.

Some favorites from their collection..

On to the Museum of Broadway

Upon departing from Little Island walked through the Meat Packing area of Manhattan and up 40 blocks to the Museum of Broadway. In the Meat Packing District there are many trendy shops and restaurants. Stella McCartney, Beatle Paul’s daughter, has her shop here.

The journey in pictures..

A Christmas decoration under construction – and completed..

The shops, and yes they sell real Christmas trees in NYC, and the Museum of Illusions which had a long line of teens awaiting entry.

School of the Visual Arts

While walking came across this college exhibit and explored it further. As a former prison administrator was fascinated by these proposed concepts and hopeful they come to fruition. Too many are incarcerated unfairly, this ruins lives, families, and generations.

The sad facts,

The journey continues – Macy’s Christmas windows

Then lunch at Margon’s before the Museum Visit

What an amazing Cuban sandwich – and love that Mexican beer. If you can’t read the sign, it is 136 West 46th St. – just off Times Square. Forgot to take a picture of the restaurant so had to return after hours. Great service – Tasty food – Authentic.

Museum of Broadway

After the long walk finally arrived at 145 W. 45th St., The Museum of Broadway. This newly ordained Museum is a nice tribute to all those wonderful Broadway plays and actors. Attended the first Tuesday of the month when pricing is more reasonable as it currently is about $50 per adult ticket, also entry is strictly timed, and tickets must be purchased in advance. However, as of this writing pricing has changed for students and seniors to $29. and $32, respectively on certain days. Check out their website for particulars

It is the typical museum with a movie to start you off, followed by a play timeline, then many long winded explanations of various plays. Since I was not in the mood to read found all these narratives offensive as I did the overzealous young Broadway junkies who worked at the Museum and followed you throughout the visit.

However, what I did enjoy was the costumes.

Lion King, Hello Dolly, Godspell

Annie, Cabaret, Pirates of the Caribbean


Broadway certainly has an impact on NYC economy as was stated in these two billboards.

Another interesting Museum piece was the backstage operations. Some photos..

There was also a nice tribute to Broadway Cares, an organization which does much to support AIDS victims, and many other folks in need.

All in all this was a perfect visit for a rainy day, but need to plan ahead for the rain.

Let’s end this visit with some folks celebrating New Year’s in the subway. What fun!