Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas Lights in New York City

Dear friends, I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season! As promised, I am back with a few festive photos. There is nothing like Christmas time in New York City. It is an ongoing display of lights and decorations no matter where you walk around. Here I was at Bryant Park where tourists and New Yorkers alike love to ice skate under the Christmas tree.

This is a street shot I took on Park Avenue. Just about every street is lined up with trees adorned with golden lights. I especially love to take pictures at night time so you can see the reflections and all the lights in the skyscrapers as well.

Here I was at Rockefeller Center where the famous and tallest Christmas tree is lit up in multi-colors surrounded by angels. It truly is a magical place this time of year. People from all over come visit.

This year right across from the tree at Rockefeller center they had an amazing light show. The colors kept changing to the tune of Christmas music, something really spectacular to see in person. 

Around the corner from Rockefeller Center, I decided to stop by St. Patrick's Cathedral. It's so peaceful to be inside this beautiful Church full of light and hope. I lit a candle for world peace, love and good health for family and friends. 

Here I was walking on Fifth Avenue and took a picture of the Empire State Building which is lit up in red and green at Christmas time. I'm not sure how city lights ended up forming stars but it was cool!

And lastly, given that the holiday season usually includes lots of sweets, I thought I would leave you with this huge gingerbread house I photographed at a New York restaurant. I simply love it! I hope you enjoyed a little tour of New York City and I wish you all Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a wonderful, healthy and prosperous New Year! Thanks for being here and your continued support. xo

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Beauty of Autumn

As promised in my last post, I'm back with a few colorful Autumn photos. Please feel free to share the image above with your family and friends as a Thanksgiving card. I took this picture at a local farm. I just love pumpkins and pumpkin pie of course! Can't wait for the festivities to begin.

At the same farm, I took a picture of all these gourds, so many of them, in amazing colors, shapes, and textures. These are fun as decorations around the house or as a centerpiece in a basket.

Here is a picture of the woods in my back yard on a day when the sky was blue and the foliage was at its peak. So many vibrant colors against that serene sky. Fall has been mild here in New York with beautiful sunny days most of the time. I hope Winter will be just as mild!

This is my back yard later in the Fall when all has turned golden and most leaves have fallen. It just shines, doesn't it. So peaceful. I'm thankful for such a beautiful view that changes with the seasons.

And here is one more picture of the fallen leaves in so many different colors and shapes. The trees are now bare, except for pines and evergreens--a reminder that soon Christmas will be here. I will see you again then with some holiday photos. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

What a Beautiful Summer

I hope everyone is having a great summer! Mine has been fantastic. In between working hard at my job, I managed to have some fun. I just wanted to share some pictures of the most memorable moments. Here is a beautiful lake where I went sailing with my husband and in-laws.

We did some more sightseeing by the water at the Hudson River.

Lots of dining at local restaurants al fresco. The Lamborghini is not mine!

The woods in our backyard have been a tranquil place to relax on the weekends.

We did quite a bit of entertaining outdoors on our deck.

OK, the giraffes are not in our backyard! No, I took this picture at the Bronx Zoo.

As always, we enjoyed the local farmer markets--here are some gorgeous sunflowers.

I have been trying to eat healthier foods and making salads every day--I love fresh tomatoes.

I have been doing container gardening in my favorite terracotta pots.

Beautiful blue skies in New York City where I commute to work. And lots more.

I've been busy writing poetry and prose and posting my black & white photography on my new blog, Magic of Words. I finally updated my profile picture here and on Google+. Recently, I returned to Facebook to stay in touch with family and friends overseas and on the West coast. I will continue to blog here but probably on a seasonal basis as this blog will always remain special to me.

Thanks for following along! xx

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Through the Fog

It's been raining most of the day and the fog is quite thick in the woods in my back yard. The fog looks kind of mystical, doesn't it, as it covers the sky with a white veil. So mysterious like an enchanted forest! And all this rain has made everything green and thriving.

The fog reminds me of those days when things seem unclear or uncertain.
Yet, it's also poetic and hopeful.

The fog will eventually lift and everything will fall into place as it should be.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Towards the Sun

I have an inspirational quote in my home office that reads:

"Turn your face to the sun and always believe that you will receive all that you need."

It seems that flowers know just how to do that. I have been watching this rhododendron in my back yard as it started out with many buds and, little by little, each one turned to the sun and bloomed.

Here it is as each bud was beginning to open up. To me, the quote also means having a positive attitude, opening up to possibilities, and trusting in the best outcome.

And this is how the bud started out. I find this transformation to be pretty amazing and so in tune with what the quote conveys. We may not always get what we want but somehow it all works out the way it's meant to be and we do get what we need indeed.
~ ~ ~
Wishing everyone
Happy Memorial Day
and beautiful beginning of Summer! xx

Saturday, May 14, 2016

After the Rain

after the rain
Spring colors burst into
a rainbow of vivid hues

the coolness of indigo-blue
the warmth of yellow-orange
blending harmoniously

bleeding hearts heal
with each raindrop, falling
in love again


We've  had quite a bit of rain this Spring so far but afterwards everything looks so refreshed and colorful. I took these pictures of pansies and bleeding hearts blooming in our yard and had fun creating digital art. The poem can be taken literally, but it's also a metaphor for healing. Enjoy and have a great week ahead! xx

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Flowering Trees

Happy May!

When we first moved into our new home last June, most trees had already leafed out into beautiful shades of deep green.

I was pleasantly surprised this Spring to discover that a few of our trees in the front and back yard had flowered with pretty white blooms.

I took these pictures yesterday on a partly cloudy day but the sky was a clear blue. I love the way the white blooms look amidst these vivid colors. I later learned these are dogwood trees.

In other news, I was busy in April writing 30 creative writing pieces in 30 days to celebrate National Poetry Month. If you're interested in more of my creative writing and black and white photography, you can find my original work at my new blog, Magic of Words.

Enjoy and have a wonderful week ahead! xx

Saturday, April 2, 2016

A Poetry Celebration

April is National Poetry Month. To celebrate, I will write a poem a day on my new blog, Magic of Words. I hope you will follow me there! To get us started, here is a little poem for you:

let it unfold
petal by petal
this love--divine

(inspired by a daisy!)

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend! xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New Beginnings

Dear friends, I hope everyone had a lovely Easter and happy beginning of Spring! My blog has a new look. I updated the template and color scheme and decided to go with a simple white background so it's easier to read. I can post larger photographs now, and I like the way everything is framed nicely within a box.

I also switched my Blogger profile to my Google+ profile and added my Google+ friends on the sidebar here along with my Blogger friends. You can still easily find me by clicking on my profile and going to my blog link, Blogging Away. Thank you to all of you loyal followers who have been visiting, reading, and commenting. I do appreciate the support!

Last, but not least, I wanted to let you know that I have started a new blog that features my creative writing only (with occasional black and white photography). It's called Magic of Words and I've been having fun creating it! I have added the link on the sidebar here to be easily found. It includes a wide range of my writing from poetry to prose. I hope those of you who enjoy my writing will check it out. Some of my loyal blogging friends have already visited and been most supportive. Thanks, friends!

I will continue to blog here but the focus will be on what this blog was originally about--blogging away! I will share more of my personal life journey and continue to include poetry and photography as the muse inspires. Here is a picture I took in New York City (actually last year) of tulips in bloom with the Empire State Building in the background. I re-edited it and thought it was worth showing again at this beautiful time of the year. Enjoy and thank you again for your support! xx

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Spring Ahead

Today, we Spring ahead as our clocks are set one hour forward. Days will seem longer now because it doesn't get dark until much later. But it takes a while to get used to the time change. Nature, on the other hand, seems to adjust to the change of seasons more easily. Sunlight shines softly on the first blooms sprouting out in the garden. My husband spotted crocuses in our back yard in the woods this weekend. It's amazing how these delicate flowers are budding amidst fallen leaves. He took these pictures with his phone and I edited them. This is my favorite--I love blue and pink colors together. 

Here is a white crocus with some hints of purple in it. This one seemed to burst through the leaves adding life and renewal to the brown decay from last Fall. Spring is a beautiful rebirth.

And doesn't this crocus look like a little angel with open wings? I do love this one! Oh, the miracles of Spring on its way. Enjoy! xx

Wednesday, March 2, 2016


Meet Maggie, a beautiful Golden Retriever that belongs to my in-laws but I pet-sit her often. She smiles all the time and is truly a sweet dog. Today we went for a long walk on a sunny day though it's still a bit chilly in early March. But she didn't mind as she loves being outdoors (and so do I). Walking the dog is also a great way to get some healthy exercise! 

Maggie loves to play fetch in the back yard. Here she is with her prized possession, her favorite toy that I toss around and she catches swiftly. She's a retriever for sure! She takes this game seriously, doesn't she? What an intense look! We had so much fun.

After playing hard, she loves to rest on the couch on her favorite flannel sheet which used to belong to my husband when he was a child. What a sweet life, don't you think?

Life is too busy sometimes that we forget what's important.

So this week I'm taking a few days off, and I'm spending some precious time with family and our sweet Maggie who reminds us that love is completely unconditional. xx

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Sweet Sentiments

My dear friends, Happy Valentine's Day. May there always be love in your life! I just wanted to share some festive photos with you. This afternoon, my husband and I went to a lovely Valentine's Day brunch hosted by my mom-in-law. She's a great gourmet cook and I had fun helping her decorate. I'm not a food photographer, but I couldn't resist taking pictures of some of my favorite goodies! I brought cute heart-shaped cookies from a local bakery and she made all the rest ...

a healthy yogurt parfait topped with granola ...

delicious crostini with cheese spread and strawberries ...

crepes oh so sweet  ...

a gorgeous vase of roses ...

and here is one for you! xx