Barcelona – great vacation despite political unrest

We got a great deal and bought plane tickets to Barcelona on a whim last March.  In preparation for the trip, we watched with baited breath as Catalonia voted to separate from Spain and waited for the fallout.  Should we go through with the trip?  Is it safe?    The answer is “Si”.   Currently … More Barcelona – great vacation despite political unrest

Shopping locally in October – a reflection

As some of you may know, last month I shopped the neighbourhood and stopped shopping online.  The primary goal was to support neighbourhood businesses, secondly to decrease the amount of packaging we receive, and a lesser goal: to see if the siren call of internet offerings could be ignored. Day 3:  I walked 20 blocks … More Shopping locally in October – a reflection

One step forward, two steps back (and a decision to shop the neighbourhood for one month).

Our quest to reduce garbage and packaging was going so well…the trash can became the recycling bin  and one week’s worth of garbage could fit in a small unlined bin under the sink.  We made produce bags and hankies from old t-shirts that were too far gone for donation, bought compostable toothbrushes and compost like … More One step forward, two steps back (and a decision to shop the neighbourhood for one month).

So long Amsterdam!

Back in NYC after a fun (and rainy) 2 week visit to Amsterdam.   My husband was lamenting the two pairs of shorts he packed and didn’t wear, and we all could have used another sweater. We mainly stayed at my sister’s place near Amsterdam Centraal.  We biked (and even found a bakfiets – a … More So long Amsterdam!

New York Botanical Gardens – Nights and CHIHULY

Nights and CHIHULY at the New York Botanical Gardens is an after-dark experience where you sit on the great lawn and enjoy live music (and beer/wine), then admire the illuminated glass works of Dale Chihuly at the Enid Haupt Conservatory and throughout the Gardens. Dale Chihuly was the first American to study glass blowing on … More New York Botanical Gardens – Nights and CHIHULY