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Friends and family have been calling, emailing and texting since the birth of the baby.  Appointments  have to be made, times worked out as to who can visit when and calls to be made acknowledging the many beautiful floral arrangements that arrive daily.  Not to mention as room mother for Finley’s class, Chiara has to organize events and liaison information to the other mothers AND she needs her cell phone to do so.  This is not her house, there is no land line.  

Well you know what happened last night;  Finley wanting to do Facetime with Tia and having to pee too equals one iPhone in the toilet!  NOTE to parents:  The rice trick doesn’t work!  So I would guess, it wasn’t 5 minutes after she woke up this morning that the order was issued: “I must have a phone”.  Tom hopped online to see who sells the iPhone and is relatively nearby.  This took some time and then he left to go buy the phone reminding us all that really he is supposed to be working from home!  

Before all that transpired I drove the girls to their respective schools and even stopped at Starbucks.  Oh yes, I am already a seasoned Tahoe driver.  By the way, do any of you know just how big the Tahoe is? It is 16 feet long and 6 1/2 feet wide!  My Rav4 is 15 feet long and just under 6 feet wide.  If you don’t think another foot makes a difference when you are trying to back up 5000+ pounds, you should try getting out of the driveway without hitting the privacy wall on the opposite side of the road!

More friends today, more gifts, more flowers and again a wonderful caring neighbor friend sent over a huge pan of baked ziti. Frankie went to ballet, Finley negotiated herself out of tennis so she could make a rubber band bracelet.  We tried, we failed, we tried again and failed and in  while doing so discovered just how gently one must loop one band over another!!!!  The REALLY embarrassing part is that the instructional video is narrated and demonstrated by two 8 year olds!

There has been a LOT of talk about losing baby weight.  I mean after all, it has been 5 days since she gave birth.  All of her friends are big proponents of the belly band and if there was any hesitation on Ki’s part, Frankie gave her the convincing argument.  QUOTE OF THE DAY: Frankie: ” Why is your belly so big?  Do you have another baby in there”?  

Yup that clinched it!

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Sunday – But I asked for a late checkout till 1pm so I could be at the house and the last big push was on to get the girls rooms done.  Finley and Francesca were still at The Breakers (ordering up room service no doubt) with Martini (yes that is her name) , one of the hotel’s Nannies.  Moving is upsetting to everyone and Chiara wanted them to come to their new house and be able to see their rooms all set up.  I think I was still working on the kitchen trying to figure out what dishes to put in what cabinet.  I have this organization thing about kitchens and I’m trying to lay it out the way I probably learned in Home Economics class lol.  

This IS a Martha Stewart closet!

This IS a Martha Stewart closet!

Tom was setting up his office and playing music way too loud! So loud that we had to scream his name to turn it down a couple of times because we couldn’t communicate at all on the second floor.  At this point I decided to re-do the linen closet.  This is where OCD comes into play and usually someone benefits.  On Saturday Tom hired his assistant from work and her daughter to help us unpack boxes and put stuff away.  At one point in the afternoon I  saw both the mother and daughter sitting on the floor folding sheets and towels and putting them in the linen closet.  I looked at the closet on Sunday morning and knew that I wouldn’t be able to sleep IF I didn’t re-fold the towels and sheets and blankets.  Luckily for me (and for her), Chiara agreed that the closet didn’t look good. Tom came by and saw me pulling stuff out and refolding and remarked that the daughter had done the closet and then the mother said it was wrong and they re-did it. NOW I was doing it again-so many man hours, it’s a good thing this isn’t a Union job!  Martha, on the other hand would be perfectly pleased as the closet was now a work of art if I do say so myself!

And speaking of communication…Tom took me back to my hotel to get the cat and check out.  On the way he wondered out loud if Chiara had packed the champagne they had gotten as a gift at the Policeman’s Ball. I  texted her and the instant reply was “Shit no you better call The Breakers right away”.  Not having  both feet firmly planted in the 21st Century nor having the money to spend on one, I don’t have an iPhone but at least I had my Droid and internet access.  So I look up The Breakers on Google or rather I try to look it up. Have you ever tried to see your screen in the bright Florida sunshine?  I swear I scrolled all over what came up on mobile and THERE WAS NO CONTACT US link to be found.  OK so I called the reservation desk and spoke to someone who after I explained the situation, said she would connect me to the front desk. FIVE full minutes later I hung up the phone and spent another five squinting and twisting myself every which way in the seat to find a spot where I actually could see the screen.  I called another number also connected to a site proclaiming, of course, reservations.  After I went through my spiel that the Clarks had checked out but had forgotten a very expensive bottle of champagne in the room, I was informed I would need to call the actual hotel they were just for reservations and were off-site. Geez!

On the phone again to the original reservation clerk, I tell her that she left me on hold so I hung up.  She explained she was trying to get someone at the front desk. Rachel (her name) said the room had been cleaned and no one reported finding anything.  I told her someone had to have seen the bottle there.  She then mentions things  left behind like a bottle could be considered trash by the cleaning staff.  I’m hot, tired and sitting in a car in the sunshine while my son-in-law buys some lunch so I very loudly say to Rachel, “NO ONE would see this bottle and throw it out!  If they don’t have it someone does”.  Ok, ok, she is going to get a hold of the front desk.  Tom returns and since this is his thingI give him my phone, put on speaker and tell him what she has said so far. Apparently, the Clarks did not actually check out but since check out is 12 noon and the hotel has the card number, they WERE checked out. And we are being told that there was an open bottle of champagne but that was trashed”.  Well, this one was not opened and it cost $1000!  Visibly or rather audibly  Rachel is struggling to make some sense of something that is not her problem because she is just a reservation clerk but trying hard to help.  She comes back on the line and says, “Good News, they have the bottle and they are holding it at the security desk for you”. Ah great all is well……..

Fast forward to about 4pm and I tell Tom he better go get the girls because it will be dark soon and they have yet to see their new house and they have to eat and bathe because Finley starts school tomorrow at 8am!  Off he goes BUT he stops at Lowes first and I have no idea where it was or how far it was BUT both Clarks use their GPS to find their way to the Post Office, Starbucks or Sears Roebuck!  THEN he went to the hotel and called me to say that now he was being told that they did not have the bottle.  Ridiculous! Fortunately I remembered who we had spoken to-Rachel who of course by now was nowhere to be found.  It is 6:45pm and the girls are still at the hotel as is Tom but not the champagne. “COME HOME”! he is loudly directed by his wife.  For God’s sake those kids have to eat.  

EAT? There’s no food in the house, Chiara didn’t go to the grocery store because she wanted to be home when the girls arrived and take their pictures.  Delivery Dudes again!  Needless to say it was pitch black when they arrived, best laid plans blah blah blah,

Did I mention that we have been cleaning the house every day since Saturday?  Well the very expensive Dyson vacuum cleaner wasn’t working (didn’t she know that before she had it packed?), the Swifter box was rapidly depleting as I discarded one black cloth after another and then one black wet Swifter pad after another. Tom returned not with the champagne but with a new Dyson but by that time we were too exhausted to open the box!  We were all Blackfoot Indians and everyone knew they had to wash their feet before getting into bed or collapsing on the bed, whichever came first! 

Sweet dreams Finley, BIG day tomorrow at your new school.  What kind of nursery school starts at 8am and ends at 2:20pm?  The private kind, the uniform kind.  

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Until an hour ago,  I had never heard the term, Lifehacker.  How strange is that?  Well I’m sort of banking on the fact that many of you have not heard the word either.

A lifehacker is a secret way to make your life easier, or better and without great expense.  After I read these, I thought it was a bit like reading Hints from Heloise, (you remember her don’t you?)  Then I went on the website lifehacker.com and was astounded by the breadth and depth of the subjects and topics that are dealt with and they are chock full of great ideas.  However, to clarify the source here;  I took these from mental_floss.com and I understand that that web post copied them from Wildammo.com.  So now that I’ve documented all the sources, I hope you enjoy reading these good tips, these lifehackers.

  1. Take scratches off your CDs and DVDs with a ripe banana. Rub the banana on the CD/DVD surface, then use the underside of the peel to rub the banana in deeper, wipe clean with soft cloth and spritz off any smudges.
  2. Store bed linen sets  in one of pillowcases and you won’t have to search for any missing pieces.
  3. Rubbing a walnut over the scratches in your furniture will disguise the dings and scrapes.
  4. Use magnetic strips attached to the back of a medicine chest to hold bobby pins, tweezers, nail clippers etc.
  5. Use an upside down muffin tin and bake cookie dough over the top and you will have baked cookie bowls for ice cream.
  6. Take those ubiquitous little plastic bread loaf tags and attach them to the myriad cords under your desk.  Mark the tag with the name of the device.
  7. You can hull strawberries using a plastic straw, sounds simple enough.
  8. Pump up the volume of your iPod or iPhone by placing in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the sound.
  9. Put a tension rod in your cleaning cabinet and you can gain valuable space by hanging spray bottles from it.
  10. Find tiny lost items by putting a stocking over the vacuum cleaner’s hose and you will trap your lost item.

    Banana to the rescue.

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So much to talk about…wasn’t there?  We heard the news, read the newspapers, gathered round the water cooler, telephoned our friends, banged out texts, updated our status on FaceBook.

These are some of the “things” New Yorkers talked about in 2011.  Excerpted from article The 75 Things New Yorkers Talked About in 2011.

There was lots and lots of buzz around town this year;  Baseball, America’s pastime brought fans to their TV’s and knees September 28th as the Yankees lost their chance to be in the World Series.

“Till death do us part” was the new montra of the Gay community when New York legalized Gay marriages.  And then of course there was KK who apparently did not take it too seriously.

For weeks, an obscure park in downtown Manhattan became a tourist mecca and home to the 99%’ers.  Not to mention the Arab Spring when dictators toppled like so many weeble wobbles.

It was as always a memorable year, some awe-inspiring, some laughable.

  • The GOP debates, best reality show not on Bravo
  • Serena Williams had a meltdown at the US Open
  • Kate Middleton‘s wedding gown
  • Meryl Streep, nailing the accent perfectly (once again) in Iron Lady
  • A hearty farewell to Bin Laden, Quadaffi and Kim Jong-il
  • Anthony Weiner resigns after Tweeted naked photos of him surface
  • The 10th anniversary of 9/11
  • Andy Rooney signs off for the last time
  • The up-to-12 hour waits to see a naked Marina Abramovic at MOMA
  • Planking
  • The Netflix debacle
  • Keith Oberman leaves MSNBC, joins Current TV and is never heard from again
  • Chas Bono on DWTS – a transgender star is born
  • Oprah takes a year and three finale shows to say goodbye
  • The 2 day waits to buy iPad2
  • Elizabeth Taylor passes.  Her gowns and jewelry bring $156M much going to AIDS research
  • The heat wave in July, the hurricane in August, blizzard in October-Mother Nature is angry
  • Splits: Arnold and Maria, Ashton and Demi, Scarlett and Ryan
  • The best moment of the debates – “Oops”
  • Al Sharpton gets a TV show on MSNBC
  • Steve Jobs dies and people learn about his death on their iPhones.

    The red "GOP" logo used by the party...

    New Reality TV Show

  • Regis Philbin calls it quits after 28 years
  • The Alexander McQueen show at the Met, almost as popular at King Tut
  • Cathie Black’s shocking short stint as New York schools chancellor

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It’s Sunday and FAB FOTO FRIDAY didn’t take place on time (again!) BUT YET I DO have some fantastic photos to share with everyone.  Murray, Pbenjay’s Blog’s resident photographer went to Central Park and visited The Conservatory Gardens which are located in the northern end of the park between East 104th St to 106th St.  The grand entrance to this part of Manhattan’s verdant jewel is framed by a gate which was part of the former Vanderbilt mansion that stood on present site of Bergdorf Goodman, the width of which stretched from East 57th to 58th St.  The gates, then as now, guarded the entrance to a beautiful garden.  Step into The Conservatory Gardens with me and through the magical macro lens of Murray’s camera, we’ll see Mother Nature up close and personal.

hornet, bumble bee, pink rose, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Honey Bee perched on a rose petal

butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Garden

Madame Butterfly

bumble bee, bee, Central Park, Conservatory  Garden

Bee Cosying Up to a Yellow Flower

green fly, leaf, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Monochromatic Mother Nature

yellow-jackete wasp, flower stem

Yellow-Jacketed Wasp Scaling A Stem

snow pearl butterfly, Central Park, Conservatory Gardens

Snow Pearl Butterfly

lady bug, Central Park,

Lady Bug on a Leaf

Bumble bee, purple flower, rapid bee wings

Bzzz bzzz bzzz

Central Park,  hornet, bee

Hornet Wating to be Seated for Dinner

All photos courtesy of Murray Head

Aren’t these just amazing pictures?  It was hard to pick just a few to show you, so I hope to be publish more in a future blog.  I tried to think of which one I liked the best and couldn’t begin to decide.  Even if I had to pick only from this bunch, I’m not sure, but I might say the Bzz Bzzz bzzz really did it for me with the wings caught in motion to the point where for a moment you think you are watching a video!! And then this last photo was just magnificent;  I had about 4 tag lines for it and couldn’t decide what sounded better.  Soooo I’m offering everyone a chance to send in a new caption for the bee inside the purple flower.  Please send as a comment to this post or send me an email.  I’ll publish the entries next week.

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                                                            THURSDAY’S TOP TEN

With a birthday approaching, an onslaught of nostalgia is taking over;  now more than ever, memories of childhood toys, songs from my own angst-ridden high school years and thoughts  and memories of things I grew up with.  Household items I saw my mother use and my own childhood experiences that I know my kids never saw or had and now that they are grown up and having kids of their own, these things are lost to yet another  generation and some gone forever, some will be found in antique shops.

  1. Rotary Phones:  telephones with dials, with phone numbers that began with letters like DI for Diamond or WA for Waldorf and sometimes with a party line. Can you imagine picking up the phone to make a call and hearing other people already talking and it isn’t your sister on an extension (there were none) in another room.  It’s a whole other household and each “party” had their own special ring.  It was rude to keep picking up the phone to see if they were still talking and it was definitely rude to listen in on a conversation.  Life is so much easier now, all you have to do is be near some idiot on their cell phone and you can catch the entire conversation.
  2. Transistor RadiosI remember the birthday that my father gave me my own transistor radio; it was green and in a leather carrying case.  Loved it! Of course I couldn’t download 400 of my favorite songs and it didn’t cost anywhere near as much money.
  3. Darning Egg: I watched my grandmothers darn and I’m not sure if I ever saw my mother darn a sock but one thing I’m sure about is my kids never saw me darn a sock and although I had a darning egg (don’t remember how I acquired one or why), I doubt they ever saw it.  Why darn socks?  The world was not so disposable then and my grandmothers had lived through the depression and they knew the value of saving a pair of socks for a couple of more months.       
  4. Hot Water Bottle: I think most of them were made of dark red rubber with a stopper and like a few other “vintage” cures it was used for a lot of ailments.  A stomach ache, a headache, cramps…you name it, Mom would give you a hot water bottle and tuck you into bed.  Sometimes, your grandmother might even knit, crochet or sew a cover for the bottle and then it didn’t have to get wrapped in a towel.
  5. Wringer Washers:  These were on their way out when I was growing up in the 50’s but there was one in our basement for a long time.  Wow, imagine doing a load of clothes and diapers in this tank like washer and then instead of the machine spinning out the water, you fed the clothing between two roller and cranked it and squeezed the water out. Wash day probably was a half day’s work then.
  6. Milkman: Life had its conveniences even then and having the milk delivered to your doorstep was one of them.  Every back doorstep had a milk box on it.  You would write down your order for the next delivery if you wanted something extra like heavy cream or buttermilk.  Real glass bottles with round paper caps;  AND in the winter when the temperature really dropped the cream literally rose to the top and pushed up and out of the bottle like a frozen milk pop.  Sometimes I got to lick that frozen creamy popsicle.
  7. Tooth PowderStrange but true and not exactly popular by the time I was old enough to understand what it was.  Now I collect some of the old tins when I find them; but then, well who wanted to use yukky powder on their teeth when the latest thing was “STRIPE” toothpaste. So cool!
  8. Pressure Cooker: These were scary things.  Never knew what Mom was cooking in it but it whistled, steam escaped and above all, we all heard stories about the pressure cooker lid blowing off.  From what I understand, a pressure cooker was not for the inexperienced cook, but it cooked food quickly.
  9. Electric Frying Pan: I received one as a wedding present in 1968 and used it for many years.  I don’t know if they still sell them but I might look into getting one because they were great!   Large with high sides and a temperature dial and a lid with a movable vent and best of all you could cook on a counter or tabletop which is a grand idea when all four burners are in use.  I wonder why I stopped using it, I wonder where it went – maybe with the “ex”?
  10. Telephone Dialer:  Going back to the Rotary Phone – ladies didn’t want to break a nail or chip their polish so they used a “dialer”.  Often given away as an advertising premium, these dandy little helpers enabled you to quickly dial a number and leave manicure intact.  Dialers were around a long time;  there are antique dialers, Tiffany dialers as well as the plastic give-aways and lots of secretaries had a combination pen or mechanical pencil with a silver ball at the end to be used as a dialer. Interesting!
vintage pressure cooker,

Vintage Pressure Cooker

red rubber hot water bottle

Classic Hot Water Bottle

Kolynos tooth powder

Kolynos Tooth Powder

old fashioned wringer washer, vintage washing machine

Wash Day

1960's transistor radio with leather case

Transistor Radio


A Black Wooden Darning Egg

electric frying pan

Electric Frying Pan

rotary telephone, red phone, desk set phone

Red Rotary Telephone

milk delivery, home milk delivery, milk box

Milkman Delivery to Your Door

plastic dialer, advertising premium

Hertz Advertising Premium

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