• Travel

    Weekending in NYC.

    Back on Monday, I promised y’all two weekending posts … and before another weekend arrives, it seems like a good time to share our long weekend in New York (also wow! – it’s hard to believe I was getting ready to leave two weeks ago tonight). Marc and I flew up to NYC early Friday morning and came home the following Tuesday evening, so we had 4-1/2 days in the city. This was my third trip there to see Sara … and Marc’s first. I think this was also Marc’s first non-business visit there since … college? and also our first trip there together since the summer of 1982. Needless…

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    Ending on a High Note.

    I had an easy trip home yesterday. Marc and Holly were glad to see me and it felt good to walk in “my park” with Lauren this morning. Today I have errands to run and laundry to do, but first, I wanted to share one last New York post with y’all. ┬áThe timing of my trip was centered around one event, that took place Tuesday evening. The Fab Five were wonderful – smart, funny, thoughtful and entertaining (honestly, all the things I’d expect from watching them in two seasons of Queer Eye). It was a great way to end a very fun week in New York. as was this clear…

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    Brooklyn Field Trip.

    In all my visits to New York, I rarely leave Manhattan (at least not on purpose … there was a quick little trip to Queens last Thursday, but that was only because I got on the wrong train – oops!). But yesterday, I took the F train to Brooklyn … to visit Brooklyn General. I’ve been to Brooklyn before (walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and visited the Botanic Garden on my earliest visits to the city – two highly recommended field trips … except when it’s hot and humid like it’s been this week) but this was my fabric shopping trip. I enjoyed a pleasant walk through the Carroll Gardens…

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    A Walk in the Park.

    My long-time favorite morning walk in New York City is the path around the reservoir in Central Park. The city views are just amazing and from the Upper East Side park entrances, it’s easy to get there (in other words, I can wander without getting too lost). But when I snagged the screenshot of yesterday’s walk to share on Instagram, I noticed a new-to-me Conservatory Garden way off in the upper right. This morning I walked right past the reservoir and headed north for another 20 blocks. It was completely worth it! The southern garden features a memorial to Frances Hodgson Burnett (author of The Secret Garden) and a beautiful…

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    New York City Weekending.

    All weekends are good, but one spent in New York, with Sara, three days of beautiful blue skies, long walks in Central Park, a Broadway show, great meals, a few cocktails and a couple bottles of wine … well, see what you think!                     In between all that, Sara and I spent a good bit of time making the new mere-et-filles feel more like home. I love the images she created and the new theme, layout and colors are making me smile … especially now that it’s done! I hope you enjoy this new space, too. Thank you for visiting!

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    A Quick Hello.

    Hello from New York! I’m writing this from Sara’s living room, looking out on another beautiful blue-sky day in New York City. Truly, the weather has cooperated nicely for being out and about. Yesterday, Diane came up for the day. We met at Penn Station, walked to Greenwich Village for lunch (at Cafe Clover – highly recommend!) and then to Purl Soho. We both found what we wanted. Diane stuck to her plan (she bought yarn for Terrace Wrap, Sayer and those adorable pom-pom socks). I bought a little bit more than I’d planned. Yes, there is going to be more sewing in my future! I never thought I’d visit…

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    Three on Thursday | Shopping Plans.

    I’ll be in New York next Thursday and while Sara works, I have plans to meet up with Diane for lunch and shopping at Purl Soho. Purl is one of my favorite yarn shops, but they sell fabric too. I’ve never spent much time in that part of the shop, but this trip, I will! Thinking that Sara’s blanket is going to leave a nice big opening in my suitcase, I’m planning to buy yarn and fabric. These are the three projects I have in mind: 1. Uniform Tunic, View A, in watercolor linen. 2. Lotta Jansdotter’s Kiomi Dress (from Everyday Style) in a Liberty print. 3. Terrace Wrap in Cattail…

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    Hello from New York!

    Well hi there, it’s been a while! leaving Madison, Sept 16 If you follow me on Instagram, you know we arrived safely last Monday and have since made Sara’s apartment into a home. last Monday evening  Friday afternoon We’ve also had time to explore – a play on Thursday, local restaurants, the 9/11 memorial and Central Park. dinner out after the play, Thursday evening 9/11 Memorial, Saturday morning view of the Upper West Side from Central Park, Thursday morning Her neighborhood on the Upper East Side is great – lots to do, family friendly (the mama part of me feels like she’s safe) and easy access to the rest of…

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    Poetry Friday | Lady Liberty.

    I’m taking a cue from Kym today and sharing a poem. In all my visits to New York, I’ve never actually been to the Statue of Liberty. Flying in last Wednesday, I caught a glimpse. And then on Friday, there’s a spot on the High Line that frames a nice view of her, but it’s easy to miss (trust me – she’s out there!) Also a big Thank You to Poetry in Motion, which I’ve only seen in New York (maybe because that’s really the only city where I spend much time on public transportation?!)

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    Weekending City Style.

    …begins of course, on Friday. We set out in the morning under clear, chilly blue skies and headed down to Chelsea. First stop was Cookshop for an early lunch. We started with burrata and it was the best we’d had. That toast was spread with roasted garlic and the cheese was nestled into a wild nettle pesto. After lunch we headed to the High Line. This was our first visit and wow! what a great space. also WOW! it was windy and cold.  We got off at Chelsea Market and made a bee line to Ninth Street Espresso. We wandered around the market for a while to warm up. What…