Good afternoon from New York.
Although we are now halfway through January, I still hear myself wishing folks Happy New Year. I wish to hold on to that freshness that the first days of a year promise.
We have had some very, very cold days, some light snowfall, some rain, some sleet. And also some rather pleasant sunny days, like today, when it can be good to be outdoors.
I have been clearing out some excess clutter. Some of these items have been taken to a neighborhood thrift store. Some have been discarded. There is plenty more de-cluttering to do. I assure you none of those pictured cups and saucers have left the apartment.
Another January project required the skill of the apartment building staff. Washers and handles on my kitchen and bathroom sinks have been changed. A pesky little chore, but it has made a difference to daily life.
I have made a substantial lentil soup, and have set aside half of it in the fridge's freezer compartment. It's comforting to know it's there. This kind of cooking for immediate and future consumption is another of my 2015 intentions.
On the very chilly days, it's been tempting to stay indoors. On days when I have been scheduled to go downtown to work, the subway cars have been warm, but the subway station platforms have been quite cold. An eight-minute wait for a train can seem quite a long time when you can see your breath in the chilly air.
On warmer days, it's been more fun to venture out, whether to do neighborhood errands, visit the farmers market, meet friends for cake and coffee, attend a birthday tea, or just take a walk.
Yesterday, I met a friend over at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to take a look at a beautiful exhibit Kimono: A Modern History. I wish that all of you who are interested in textiles or embroidery or dying techniques could see this exhibit. The show closes soon, and so I was very fortunate to be able to have a leisurely look. I regret not taking photographs within the gallery rooms.
However, while still in the Met, I did take these photographs, through a window in the Japanese galleries, that overlooks the spacious Temple of Dendur gallery in the Egyptian Wing, with its very large slanting windows overlooking Central Park.
The sun was definitely on its westward way towards setting as I took these photographs. It is fascinating to me how many areas of the Met can have a certain uncrowded tranquility. However, sometimes (when the Met is closed to the public) this particular gallery is used for major parties, with lots of people, food, drinks, music.
Less tranquility has been found outside my living room window during the above-freezing, non-precipitation days of January, as the team of drillers and masons continue to finish up their multi-month project on the building's exterior walls.
We residents of the building have been assured that the project is very, very near completion. To aid that crossing of the finish line, work will be done tomorrow morning (Saturday) and on the following Saturday morning, in addition to the usual Monday through Friday work. Saturday work is to commence at 9 a.m., rather than the weekday 8 a.m.
I thought that I would take this opportunity to take a couple of photographs, through my venetian blinds, to show you all the precarious hanging platform from which these men have been working. Perhaps you can just see the ropes and electrical cables.
The final photographs are of some of the knitting projects I am working on. The multi-colored zigzag scarf is being knitted in a variety of red, rose, pink, lavender, burgundy shades of fingering wool. I intend to add it to my Foakley Arts etsy.com shop in time for Valentine's Day gifting.
This other project is not my own design, but rather that of the fabulously talented Kate Davies, and is called A Hap for Harriet. I am knitting it in a soft merino lace weight yarn, and it it taking a long time to complete. I began knitting this wrap when on my November UK holiday.
Its progress was slowed down by a variety of Christmas projects.
I have now worked on several "hap" designs by other talented knitters, and next plan to figure out my own design. I was given some beautiful yarn from Yorkshire as a Christmas gift from my cousin and want to use it for this next special knitting exploration, another of my New Year's intentions.
Somehow using the word intention, rather than resolution has been a kinder, gentler way for me to press forward.
Thank you all for your visits and comments. It's grand to find new folks have become followers of my posts. Welcome to one and all.