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Be Easy Sandy…

Time to hunker down for Sandy!  We are one block from the East River in NYC.  Last year Irene decided to puff a little in our direction, so we didn’t think too much of Sandy as she surfaced a couple days ago, until this morning…

When I went out for my morning stroll and coffee, things looked a little different this time around.  I tried to walk near the promenade to take a peak at the river and we were stopped in our tracks by a gust of wind!  I’m sure taking a stroll on the promenade was not the smartest idea!  I could barely hold onto Maddie.  The gust seemed to last for ever, especially since I was panicking!  Why did I bring my one year old out in an approaching hurricane!!  Stupid.  We quickly turned around and beelined for home!  I think Sandy is slowing settling in on little ol’ NYC.

I am sure we don’t have anything to worry about.  We are in a zone not required to evacuate, but close enough to the river to see and feel her effects.  As the wind starts to pick up, I think about how I wish we had one last chance to visit Central Park during the peak Fall foliage.  Will my favorite time in the park get robbed by Sandy?  Will we still get to see the leaves at their peak color change?  Will we get to enjoy one last stroll before the leaves are gone?  Will we get pictures with Maddie frolicking in CP’s fallen leaves the first year she’s walking? Sandy, please be easy, please be gentle on NYC’s treasured spot.  As I look outside our window, it’s not looking good.  The wind looks stronger than I have ever seen it…

Thank goodness a couple days ago I went with a friend to Central Park and got to see the foliage start to peak, but I am sure this upcoming weekend would have been the prime time for a visit.  At least we have these first year walking Fall foliage memories in Central Park…

Love the large mums planted around the park…

some leaves have started to fall…

having fun with park performers…

nothing I enjoy more in the park than listening to a saxophonist perform…feels like you’re in a movie…

having fun playing along Poets Walk with her buddy Leland…

 Hope to see your plants and foliage again this Fall CP!  And hope you haven’t been blown to pieces!!  Be easy Sandy…

Are you getting ready for Sandy?

Father’s Day is Sunday!

Each year in June, I always ask myself that not so easy question, ‘What am I going to do for Father’s Day?’  How can I truly let my father know how much he is loved?  Is there something out there, big enough?

Let me tell you a little about my dad…

He is a true family man.  A man who would give the shirt off his back for his loved ones, a man who asks for very little,  a man who has worked to the bone to provide for his family, a man who would come home from a long tough day at work and would have no expectations, because the love from his family was enough.  Gifts were never expected for any occasion, but he was always very grateful when he received one.  In an emergency, such as a stubbed toe or scratched finger, he always took it very serious and never dismissed a ridiculous story to how it happened.  My father saw the weekends as sacred family time and not a day went by without an I love you.  He has always been simple in his wants, yet there is nothing simple, at all, about my dad.  Through the challenges of parenthood, his love has never stopped and never wavered.

So how will I honor such a great man on Father’s Day this year, you ask … with a fruit basket.  No need to reread it, you’re eyes are not playing tricks on you, it is true, a fruit basket.  I have asked him for 35 years what he would like for Father’s Day and he always has the same reply, ‘Nothing, just time and love from my family’.  Since I am now 3,000 miles away, I will have to rely on Plan B.  I happen to know my father loves food and loves to eat.  So this year, a fruit basket will have to say, I love you.  Keeping it healthy, since I want to make sure we have many more years with such a great father.  Just hope he knows, he is loved much more than a fruit basket.

This weekend we will be taking a family trip to the Central Park Zoo, so Maddie can honor her father.  Dean, who may not have 35 daddy years under his belt yet, has definitely shown Madison what a great father he is and will be.  This weekend, no gifts will be handed, no top-notch event will be thrown, just a day with the family celebrating a father and daughter’s love.  Something I have learned from my father.

What plans do you have for Father’s Day?  Would love to hear!  Have a great weekend!!

Until next ride,

Amy

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