Brooklyn Flea – Check!

so i never did write about my afternoon at the Brooklyn Flea, did i?

I’m not one to create a bucket list, but if i had one, this would be on it… several times.  If you read “Big Lights…” you heard that i spent a lovely weekend in NYC a few months back with some of my dearest loved ones.  During our jam-packed fun-filled weekend, these people were sweet enough to spend a few hours with me, weaving through countless rows of humble, hand made treasures & forlorn, unwanted stuff, begging for someone to love them… give them new life, a hip home.  I have fantasized about spending time at the The Flea ever since i saw a TV story about the two guys who started it, and the people who pursue their creative, entrepreneurial dreams there.  I really couldn’t believe i was at The Brooklyn Fleeeeeeea!!!  I tried to document how happy i felt to be there.

Although i love my tiny home in the suburbs, i long to walk out my front door and find something unexpected around ever corner for miles and miles, in every direction.  Colorful people, interesting architecture, giant art…So much to enjoy and take photos of.  Maybe if the Brooklyn Flea was in my backyard, I would not see the magic that is there, behind rusted chain link fences… the weathered objects modestly posing for passers by, the humming voices of friends and strangers, the delicious smells and warm sunshine. My only wish about that day is that i had some cash to burn… maybe next time.  This time i was happy to stroll through with my point-n-shoot, and take in the invigorating energy that i was surrounded by.  This was a good day… made even better by the Ample Hills ice-cream.

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If I did have a bucket list, it would not be filled with sky diving adventures, extreme mountain climbing or triathlons.  This is just not me.

It would, however, be filled with the most colorful places, and the most creative friendly faces.  And i would find a way to include lots of cupcakes and ice-cream.

Have a good day… a really good day.

e.j.l. xo

What would be on your list?  Have you done anything on it yet?

http://www.brooklynflea.com/

http://www.inc.com/articles/201105/small-business-success-stories-brooklyn-flea.html

http://amplehills.com/

Big lights will inspire you

Nothing energizes me and exhausts me, so acutely and simultaneously, as a busy weekend in New York City…especially a gorgeous sunny October weekend.  I can barely walk afterwards, i always gain about five pounds, but I can’t stop thinking about it’s beauty for days and weeks afterwards.  Beautiful streets, beautiful people…my senses max out as i try to take in every building, every face, every color, every word in lights.  I’d add, every smell… but there a few of those I could do without.  Many are delicious and lovely of course!  I feel like i am being yanked in fifty directions by sticky peanuts, greasy hotdogs, giant cookies, and tiny cupcakes.  Did I mention the pizza and ice-cream?  Ample Hills, Brooklyn, Shout-Out!!!

I often long to live in the city, to be able to experience it’s rich brilliance day in and day out, to be able to walk outside for miles and miles.  But visiting is pretty great too.  I tend to take a LOT of photos while i am there.  Someday I’ll get my “real” camera, and a clue how to use it, but for now I must express myself with my husband’s point and shoot.   This past weekend in NYC was especially breathtaking.  Thanks for coming with me, Amanda! Thanks again for having us Mel, Sean and Teru!

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absolutely inspired, sore as f*ck, and always hungry,

e.j.l. xOO

p.s. i think the only thing i forgot to take a picture of was the Ample Hills ice-cream shop in Brooklyn… i was very distracted.

p.s.s.  Brooklyn Flea… I did not forget about you!  I will save a separate blog post just for you!  (-:

This way to the castle…

Here we are, in last days of the Connecticut summer… trying to soak up the last warm rays of sun before the dreaded frost arrives.  I first thought i would stay home today to do laundry, bills, etc…  But I could not let this day be spent on chores.  I mean, did you see it outside today?

If you live around here, you know these types of perfect, sunny, not too humid, not to cold days are pretty rare.  I just had to grab my camera and my husband, and go out for some exercise and vitamin D.  Maybe we can go find that castle…

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The day’s not over yet.  Please get out there today!

e.j.l. xo

Forty Four Septembers

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September's Harvest Moon

Forty Four Septembers

Forty four Septembers gone by,

and they are still walking side by side.

Through darkness and light, he’s held her so tight

Never doubting their love, him so brown, her so white.

They had a sweet daughter, (who yes, became me).

The two of them now, were forever all three.

They gave her the world, the stars and the trees.

They taught her to be a good human being.

They gave her the wings to make her own way.

For which she knows she could never repay.

Now she is grown with a love of her own.

Their family of three has certainly grown.

Since the nest has been empty,  they have made their way too.

With life’s ups and its downs, always making it through.

They still love to hold hands on cold starry nights.

Always appreciating the good in their life.

It has never been easy, each has been hard to please,

But at the end of the day, she is his squeeze.

Forty Four Septembers gone by.

Where ever they go, they will walk side by side.

                                e.j.l.

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Happy 44th Anniversary to my sweet mom and dad.  I love you and miss you.  Hope you are having a wonderful day together.  This blog’s for you!

e.j.l. xo

photo source: nasa.gov Astronomy Picture of the day 9/16/11

Secret Stone Garden – A Connecticut Treasure

i have always known i was an artsy city girl, yet I grew up in the suburbs, and I’ve somehow ended up in the suburbs.  While I wait for my exciting new life in Charlotte or Denver, I do not want to miss, or dismiss, the beauty, fun and excitement occurring right in my own back yard.

Just before the school year starts, we are home to the Wolcott Country Fair – just a quick walk and we can feed the cutest little goats and enjoy all the sticky fried greasy doughy treats we could ask for.  There is a freeky flock of grackles that lands in our yard once a year for about 5 or 10 minutes, and then swoosh.. they’re off.  In the lower yard there is a vernal pool (aka very special swampy wetland) that has been destination spot to hundreds of (probably very horny) orange spotted salamanders that come there on the first warm rainy night of the spring to perpetuate their species.  Once on a snowy morning before sunrise, I caught a mamma dear and her baby nibbling on the pine trees outside my studio.  The families of northern cardinals and woodpeckers that visit our garden can entertain me (and Stewie and Olive) for hours. I’ve seen rainbows from my porch, pink and purple sunsets through the trees. We share our home with bunnies, owls, butterflies, tiny frogs.  What could be more magical?

One day my husband brought me out on his atv for a bumpy, muddy ride into the woods behind our house.  We rode for about 15 minutes then we stopped, ignition off.  Shhh, so quiet, just the us, the woods,sunbeams… and stones.  Piles and stacks of stones.  Not in random, messy piles, but in lovely mystical gravity defying piles. Who put these here?  How old are they?  What do they mean?  Well, we’re still not entirely sure, and we may never know.  But for now, lets just look at them together, and enjoy this beautiful secret treasure in our own back yard.

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e.j.l. xo