...some really thoughtful gifts were under my tree this year!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wind chill is causing very low temperatures. Turnpike and GSP ramps are impassable. 15" - 22" according to TV. Layer of ice under snow.
Airports closed. LIR closed. State of emergency declared. State Police advise everyone to stay home.
The view from the back door!
The sewing room window overlooking the park. Bear is, of course, unaffected and unimpressed.
Posted by JoAnn Tropiano at 7:59 AM
Monday, December 13, 2010
Last night Rob, Grace, Kathryn and I attended the Christmas Worship Celebration "Love Has Come" at the Hawthorne Gospel Church. Rob and I attended last year. This special program is awe-inspiring. The Jazz Ensemble pictured here warmed up the crowd with cool renditions of "The Christmas Song" and "Angels We Have Heard On High." Dave Dillon on Saxophone and Stacy Bautista's vocals put us in the mood to expect more. We were not disappointed.
Posted by JoAnn Tropiano at 7:10 PM
Friday, December 10, 2010
Our visit to see Santa on Sunday was great! We arrived at Macy's before it opened and were among the earliest people on line with Grace and Kyle. Both of the kids were excited. Santa was the best. After a snack, we took cabs over to Rockefeller Center to see the tree. The Center was bustling with shoppers, skaters and a motorcycle club. The club was collecting toys for donation to children in families struggling to make ends meet.
Jackie found the perfect place for lunch, Blue Smoke at 27th. and Lexington. Kyle was excited to compare it to Famous Dave's. He declared Blue Smoke the better tasting restaurant. The kids really had fun there. The restaurant brought each of them a raw cookie to decorate. While they ate, the cookie was baked and presented to them at the end of the meal to take home. The crowds, the cab rides, and the energy of the city impressed the kids. Kyle had a 10 minute nap on the way home and Grace was asleep for the entire ride.
Posted by JoAnn Tropiano at 7:02 AM