Monday, March 11, 2013

Forward March!

It's a little bit funny how much bloggers like talking about the weather, especially this blogger, but the weather impacts our mood, our plans, and oftentimes how we view the day that is in front of us.  So let's discuss the weather, and some other stuff too, but let's start with the weather, shall we?

Last week was crazy.  The all knowing weathermen (ha!) told us we could expect to wake up to snow on Thursday morning, but nada.  Nothing. Nil.  Friday was a whole 'nother story.  We got literally a foot of snow.  It came down all ding dong day.  Our road wasn't plowed, but I ventured out to get my hair cut anyway.  I don't need to explain, do I?  I thought not.

Anyway, foot of snow Friday.
50 degrees and not a cloud in the sky on Saturday.
I'll take it!

We wanted to be out walking in all that glorious sunshine, but going to one of our favorite local trails would have meant trudging through deep snow, so we headed into the city instead.  I live in a beautiful little corner of New Jersey, where there are woods and lakes and bear, and I love all of that because I'm part country mouse.  I'm also a very large part city mouse, and New York City on a sunny Saturday makes my heart leap.

We decided to take the pup with us, and walk around Central Park for a few hours. Central Park is my dog's happy place. Her favorite thing in the world is stalking birds and squirrels, and Central Park is full of both.

They had snow over there too but not as much, and while the ground was still pretty muddy the sidewalks were clear.

We were not the only ones who decided a day in the park would be nice.  People were out in droves, biking, running, skateboarding, walking their dogs, pushing strollers, and of course simultaneously talking on their phones.  Yes, while skateboarding and running.

They were also sharing picnics on a big giant rock-

Blowing bubbles of the ginormous variety-

Painting themselves silver in an effort to entertain and make some money-

Napping while waiting on a train, bus, plane, friend?

This lady lugged her harp to Central Park-

I didn't even bring my purse.
We had important stuff to do too though... soak up the sunshine on a sunny park bench.

Technically hubs and I were soaking up the sunshine, and she kept her eye on a squirrel in the tree just behind us. This little guy drove her to distraction, taunting her mercilessly by darting in and out of that hole in the tree trunk-

She finally gave up.
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right?

Whenever we're out with our pup we meet a lot of people, because she is the sweetest, most beautiful dog in the universe. Strangers always approach us and ask a) what breed is she?, and b) is she friendly because I see her teeth? 

Yes she is super friendly, she's just in need of some doggy orthodontia, which we would never because a) I can't imagine what braces on a dog would cost, and b) her smile is part of her charm.

A family stopped to chat and told us they'd owned a Gordon for fourteen years. They agreed this breed has a wonderful disposition, and were all feeling a little nostalgic for theirs after seeing ours. They were from California and their daughter was accepting a marriage proposal as we spoke.  She had no idea her family was in town, and they were on their way to the Boat House to surprise her.  

What a gorgeous day to propose marriage. I mean just look at that sky!  I feel certain I'd love an apartment overlooking Central Park.

That one up top looks nice.

Lunch was a hotdog from a vendor cart and then more miles of walking, after which we went home for naps on the couch.

Sunshine, the city, and a snooze...the trifecta of a perfect weekend.  
Nice recovery March.  


  1. A drop of sunshine does everyone the power of good. Great pictures, so lovely to see Central Park other than on the telly!

  2. Ahhh the perfect weekend for sure! It looks like we had the exact same weather on Saturday!

  3. It's amazing the people that you meet, huh? Oh, to be that close to NYC to be able to just go in for a few hours! You can keep your snow & cold weather, though! :)

  4. What a wonderful place to spend a March day. There is certainly always lots to see in Central Park. I love the pictures of you cute pup. Having a cute dog along is always a great way to meet people.

  5. it does sound like a perfect weekend--and i love to eat hot-dogs outside!!---pretty cool about the family surprising the bride to be----we had snow this past week too and was not called for--not too much though and we had warm lovely weather yesterday :)

  6. Fabulous! I can almost smell it from your descriptions! And it was great fun to tag along on your outing. Thanks!

  7. I would so love to go there some day! Thanks for sharing your pictures. Your dog really is beautiful. I especially love the one where she is all layed out enjoying the sun.

    We had snow on Thursday, but only about 5-6 inches (which was more then plenty) and beautiful sunshine on Saturday and Sunday. Rain today, but still not too cold.

  8. NYC looks like spring! I love it! We are in the middle of mud season!

  9. Now that sounds like so much fun. I am a little jealous of your day in Central Park. It's on my bucket list for sure! I also got tears in my eyes reading about the proposal and their daughter not knowing they were in town. What a fun surprise.

  10. I SO want to visit Central Park. It sounds wonderful.

  11. Not a cloud in the sky???? I forget what that looks like. But it looks like you had a fabulous Saturday. Good for you.

  12. We got that same foot of snow here - ugh. I am so over it! The great thing is with the warm weather, the snow was melted by sunday! Hooray! What a great day to go into the city on Saturday! It was so beautiful out! Just a few more weeks and we'll have warm weather and boating here at lake hopatcong! Hooray!

  13. I find it quite interesting that you are able to enjoy the best of both worlds--the country and the big city life! We had a nice weekend, too--got some very exciting news :)

  14. Oh yes, I believe that if I were going to live in NYC, I'd want that apartment overlooking Central Park. ;-) One of these days I'll visit NYC and Central Park. ;-)

  15. We still have waaay too much snow.