After Thanksgiving

And also before.  I was at Susan’s house yesterday morning and we saw these deer right outside her window.

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This morning was foggy and quiet here.

By the time I went to Santa Cruz in mid morning it had cleared.

Marie and Susan and Annie and I met for lunch at one of Joe’s favorite restaurants.  Then we went back to Susan’s and shared photos and memories of Joe.  He was an exceptional man.  Not least because four women remember him with love and gratitude.

Off to California

I left for the airport at 7, which is a very relaxed hour for me.  Somehow I fell into the cracks of the Thanksgiving spractisholiday travel.  The airport in Albuquerque was practically deserted.

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Things did get busier in Phoenix but it was still a calm trip.  I arrived in San Jose just as the rain cleared and cruised over the mountains to my little cabin in Felton.

Where I was greeted by a flock of turkeys celebrating not being on anyone’s table.

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This is a sweet little place.

 

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Up the river

Last night we stayed in Rhinebeck and had dinner at a nice French bistro.  Today we wandered back with various stops.

First was views of the Hudson.

Then wildlife and trees.

Then a walk by the river.

And a fanciful carriage house at one estate and the Grecian splendor of another.

The trip ended with dahlias and jack-o’-lanterns lonely on a bench at Vassar.

Fall and art

Alice and Llyn took me on a trip up the Hudson River Valley.  It was raining yesterday when we drove up but still beautiful.

Our destination was the Clark Art Institute which is just over the line in Massachusetts.  It is based on a wonderful private collection and is in a lovely country location.

And it favors my pets, the Impressionists

Happy home

It’s such a treat to visit long time friends.  They have recently moved to a marvelous retirement community right on the banks of the Hudson.  It is next door to a state park where Alice and I went for a walk after breakfast.

We don’t know the name of that amazing fungus.  We saw a Monarch butterfly caterpillar.  And were greeted by all the residents we passed.  I’m so pleased for them to be able to live here.

Transition

Yesterday I moved to Alice and Llyn’s new place in Westchester county.  This meant spending the day in Grand Central station.  I was staying in a room in an apartment on the Upper East Side.

With a fine view from the 11th floor.  But she had to go to work at 10.  So I Ubered over to Grand Central.

Which is actually like being in a giant anthill.

So I just sat and watched and read and ate.  Then took the train up the Hudson.

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And then I had a chance to catch up with friends.  I am now awake before them but they set me up with a pot of coffee so I can start my day.

 

Ultimate rainy museum

Today it rained again so I spent the day at the Met.  There were lines at the cloakroom to drop off raincoats and umbrellas.  I was behind this cutie.

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It was luxurious to have the whole day to wander.  I saved the Monets for the finale.

When I came out the rain had stopped.

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And there was a good cafe on the way back to the apartment.

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Morning stroll

Since I had a free morning before I go to New York I went to Harvard.  I had thought it might bring back memories but I didn’t get to my old dorm.  It is a lovely place.

And I did remember Widener Library.

 

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Mostly the stacks in the basement.  But such a pretty day and not time to hunt them out.  And you probably have to be a student.

Around town

Marie had the morning to spend with me.  We walked from the Back Bay where my hotel was and her B&B.

Past churches and Copley square to the beautiful public garden.

She had to get her flight back to California.  I ate at a good Italian restaurant.

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And visited the intriguing Isabella Stewart Gardner museum which she built to house her personal collection of some great painting and lots of interesting things from her travels.  She loved Venice and honored it in the courtyard.