Indian Summer ~~ Warm Weather Love


 

 

My Favorite Season is Summer. I can wear my skirts and dresses. I prefer light clothing and I can still show some skin within reason naturally. My hair grows faster in the summer and my skin is soft, smooth and supple. I’m enjoying this Indian Summer. Temps in the 60s & 70s. I feel great and I can still get outside and enjoy the weather on my days off. Last Saturday I was able to take a long walk through a local historic cemetery. (See the photos on my Photography Blog Roaming Urban Gypsy)

Spring, Summer and Autumn still provide the chance to enjoy nature especially flowers, trees, and greenery. New York City’s Parks and Botanic Gardens are an Oasis of green in the concrete jungle.

Summer and Autumn weather in New York is glorious. I love seeing people getting outside and enjoying everything New York has to offer.  This weather offers great opportunities to have fun and get in some exercise.

Winter is my nemesis. I’m allergic to wool. All my skin allergies act up in the winter. My skin actually peels off. Yes I can pull pieces of skin off my arms and legs. The itching is severe. The pain is awful. It feels like thousands of small needles are constantly sticking me 24/7.  Cold weather Torture.

Before I can leave the house I must slather on all type of oils, Shea Butter and lotions. Unless I apply Coconut Oil, Jojoba and Shea butter to my hair it will break off. Usually I cut my hair in the winter because otherwise it will in some cases either fall out or break off. Then their is my arthritis. Cold weather has caused my joints to lock up to the point where I can barely get out of bed and in worse case scenarios I miss work. And locked joints are extremely painful. Not a good experience.

Snow. Ice. Blizzards. Snowstorms. Neighbors, business & churches who refuse to shovel the snow or put down de-icer. Over the years several of my co-workers have fallen on the ice, been in horrible car accidents which force them to be out of work for months, broken bones to the point that one woman can no longer lift her arms above her head. So many have sustained injuries from falling on ice and snow that will never properly heal.

Below are photos from previous winters. Sometimes the snowstorms get so bad that the Mayor and Governor shut down all transportation.

 

 

Because of the nature of my job I along with everyone in Security and Custodial are expected to come to work no matter what type weather or natural disaster. Earlier this year I got docked one day because I could not get out of my house. My landlord did not shovel and my room-mate and I were trapped inside the house. You know I had to work overtime to make up that missing money.

So I don’t see why people get excited about winter or cold weather in general. Why would you want to fall on a patch of black ice and break your arms? Strange.

If I could drive I would retire to a warmer climate.  However once I do retire the good thing is that I will no longer have to navigate through snowstorms, ice storms and freezing temps.  Once I am able to retire I will just stay inside my house and hibernate.

No cold weather!

 

Let Indian Summer and Warm Weather continue!!

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – August 14, 2017


 

 

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

Share Your World – August 14, 2017

 

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When you leave a room, do you turn the lights off behind you or keep the lights on throughout your house most of the time?

Usually I turn the lights off unless I’m going back into that room.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable way to spend $500? 

#1 ~ My brother Stephen

#2 ~ Me. I rarely have any extra money to spend on myself even for my basic needs much less the much touted Self-Care that everyone blogs about.  I’m working class so what little money I make usually goes towards bills.

Complete this sentence: My favorite thing to do on my cell phone is…

Read my email and write blog posts. WordPress has an App for Android cell phones.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

My vacation. Going to the beach at Coney Island and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I Welcome any opportunity to get out into Nature.  I just really really wish I could spend more time in Nature. Just being outdoors helps me a lot but I gotta work and earn those coins so until next year 2018 farewell to the Great Outdoors!

 

 

Share Your World – January 23, 2017


 

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

Share Your World – January 23, 2017

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fruit-vs-fruit-juiceDo you prefer juice or fruit?

A difficult choice. Juice is more convenient because you can carry a bottle of juice with you and it is not messy to eat whereas with fresh fruit you’re peeling the fruit and creating a mess. On the other hand obviously fresh fruit is better because sugar is added to most juices unless you do home juicing of fresh fruit but that too is time consuming. So I’d say juice on the job ~~ fresh fruit at home.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

Big Town. The Big Apple. Yes I Love it. When I was younger and my Maternal Grandmother and Aunts were alive I used to visit them in Dayton, Ohio. Talk about boring. No I could never live in a rural or suburban community where there is nothing to do and you must drive everywhere. Despite my complaints about the New York City MTA for Non-Drivers like me our Transit system makes New York an excellent place to live.

If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

All the Colors of the Rainbow because for me childhood was pretty much carefree. Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Orange… anything bright. It is only when I got to adulthood that things became murky grays and muddiness.

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

SLEEP!!!!!

Spending time with my brother Stephen who is an Awesome Autism Guy!! Hooray!!

Time with my cat Sylvester.

Writing.

Photography in good weather.

Listening to music.

Watching videos/films/movies on Netflix and YouTube.

Going to any of New York City’s Botanic Gardens when the weather is good.

Hanging out in Central Park.

Spending time exploring the streets, places and faces of Harlem my Dad’s birthplace and where he grew up. Also one of the greatest and best Black History spots!!

Attending Cultural Events in New York.

Going to the beach even though I have not done this in years. With my work schedule virtually no time.

Visiting Museums other than the one that I work for!

Reading even though I’ve had to cut back because of problems with my eyesight.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

 

Passed an exam and obtained a license required for my job.

As for the upcoming week perhaps I can go back to getting my B 12 shots. I had to stop because of meetings with my brother Stephen’s Group Home/Residence and his training center, then last Friday I had to take that professional exam. Since not receiving my B 12 shots I’ve noticed I’ve been more tired.  Self-care is so difficult because with my long hours at work and caring for Stephen my needs fall to the bottom of the list. Of course as you all know I Love my brother Stephen more than anything so I’m willing to sacrifice my time for his. He is more important. I always wonder about these folks who talk about Self-Care. They must not work, be retired, or are self-employed or just filthy rich!!

 

Picture courtesy of Cee Neuner!! ❤  

 

 

 

 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 45


 

Share Your World – 2016 Week 45

 

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less.(NOTE:  does not  have to be a sentence.)

Life is short. Have fun.

Where do you like to vacation?

I usually take Staycations. However New York City has a lot to offer. With my Museum ID Card plus my IDNYC card I can get into most cultural institutions, sporting events and botanic gardens for FREE!!  Plus there are always some type of festivals or celebrations one can get into for little or No cost!!

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/index.page

http://www1.nyc.gov/site/idnyc/benefits/benefits.page

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots?

Dark Chocolate!! I Must have Dark Chocolate!!

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… 

Tell me a good joke or a funny story.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

Grateful for the fun Stephen and I had at his Halloween party last Monday, October 31st. Yesterday’s Nature Walk Through the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Hoping that next Sunday, I will be able to visit and attend the festivities at the Queens Botanical Garden.

http://www.queensbotanical.org/

 

 

 

 

Easy Like Sunday Morning @ BBG


Easy Like Sunday Morning @ BBG

Fall/Autumn Foliage Nature Walk

Here I am once more and again sounding like a combination of Fran Drescher and Gilbert Gottfried so Ladies and Gents Dearest Followers and Subscribers Please don’t mind my voice as I take you on a Sunday Morning Walk through parts of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden one of my Happy Places. For me the Brooklyn Botanic Garden with its magnificent flowers, trees, foliage and landscapes is one of God’s Natural Cathedrals and Green Spaces located in bustling New York City.

I am still very much an amateur with the videoing so Please excuse any mistakes I have made as well travel on this journey together.  They may not be in the proper order but I’m sure that you will get the understanding.

Hope you enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

https://lensandpensbysally.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-and-longwood-gardens-photomontages/

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and Longwood Gardens Photomontages)

Lens and Pens by Sally

 

Curious strange weird tree trunk stumps with flowers and fungi growing out of them at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

 

 

 

Lionel Richie-Easy Like Sunday Morning [Live]

 

 

The Commodores Easy