Friday, October 19, 2007

it's a beautiful day in this neighborhood

I always feel so sorry for women who don't like to walk, they miss so much - so many rare little glimpses of life...
from The Awakening (1899) p. 176 by Kate Chopin

ms t comes to hang with me on wednesdays and we are out and about catching those wonderful rare glimpses of life that are all around us. we start our day with a couple programs at the library for the under 5 set (and the adults who are fortunate enough to be with them!). the programs - 'toddler treats' and 'shake, rattle and roll' are a mix of stories and movement. I don't know who enjoys them more me or ms t!

as we were leaving the library we encountered one interesting library patron who just drove up!

our walk along madison avenue to avenue c wouldn't be complete if we didn't drop in for a visit and a flaky pastry from tommy's bakery. ms t is particularly fond of the cheese croissant. I don't know the secret of tommy's dough, but I can assure you these pastries are as good as any I had in paris!

an unassuming storefront, but don't let looks deceive you inside are delicacies and treats to behold.

waiting for the light to cross, I was captivated by reflections in the paint store's window.

for some reason my neighborhood has an abundance of therapeutic massage establishments, yoga studios, resale shops, and bars. ms t and I have been monitoring the progress on the jigsaw puzzle at ginger care for a few weeks - I don't think ginger is really into jigsaw puzzles, progress has been stalled.

there are quite a few store cats along our route. we encountered one friend engaged in a favorite activity - one of those day-long cat naps!

since halloween is just a couple weeks away, we drop in on the monster factory on the corner to see how business is. it's a pretty wild and crazy place and its conveniently located across the street from the goddess shop!

turning on to avenue c we stopped to chat with a couple guys building a new garage. a couple weeks ago part of a large chunk of a tree came crashing down on a neighbor's garage. whoops, guess it's time to build a new garage! ms t really liked the little motorized wheelbarrow.

It’s a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine? Could you be mine?
I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I’ve always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.
Fred McFeeley Rogers (1928-2003) minister, educator, songwriter, tv host

today's post is inspired by junk thief's frequent photographic forays through his beautywood.

pictures: a walk in my neighborhood october 17 2007


Seraphine said...

A flaky pastry and a massage would be a fun day for me. But you filled your day with so much color! You have ab amazing fabric of a life.

Len said...

There's a Tommy's Pizza on Chalkstone Avenue in Providence, RI, that has mozzarella sticks that are to die for. What is it about Tommy's?

jude said...

Mr Rogers....o memories....thanks for the walk.

Laney said...

I thank you too for the neighborhood walk.

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

That looks almost as much fun as my neighborhood. And I, of course, got initial inspiration from Reya of Gold Poppy who used to live in my neighborhood. What a web we do weave...

Polly Jean said...

what a great photo journey!!!

Dumdad said...

I enjoyed those little glimpses of life. Thanks.

kimy said...

thanks everyone I'm so happy you all could join me in the stroll around my beautywood.

and len, there's another 'tommy's' of note on the east side of cleveland which lives up to the reputation of tommy's being places for terrific food! that tommy's is a restaurant in the coventry neighborhood specializing in healthy natural food meals!

hrsj said...

wow, your photographs are so amazing; the way you capture the feeling of that moment. the compositions are so interesting. i'm so glad you visited me so i could find/visit you; i'm bookmarking your blog, hope it's ok :)

lettuce said...

this is a great post. How funny, the monster factory opposite the goddess shop.

and ms.t is a honey