Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

I want to go everywhere I haven't been, and back to everywhere I have been.

Friday, January 18, 2019

TRAVEL COLLAGE: AMUSING SIGNS AROUND THE WORLD






It's cold.
We're getting snow...... twice, within three days.
It could be a lot.
That's making me cranky. 

I started writing a blog post and wasn't happy with it. 
I scrapped it.
That's making me cranky.

I'm planning a huge fundraiser.
The caterer just went into bankruptcy.
We lost our $2500 deposit.
And......we don't have a caterer.
That's making me cranky.

Junior Goo Shoes has been home 
on winter break for five weeks.
He goes back to school tomorrow.
I'll miss him.
That's making me cranky.
 
I need something to make me smile........how about you?




Truth. 

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Bratislava, Slovakia




Clever Forecast.
 
I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts


 

Salty Dog, anyone?

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Key West, Florida



Footloose.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Colorado Springs, Colorado


Have a ball.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Boston, Massachusetts


 Angry birds.


I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Long Beach Island, New Jersey


 

This and that.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Grand Cayman Island


 Friendly's competition.


I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Fire Island, New York


 Peacon? That's nuts!


I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Cold Spring, New York
 


Red hot love.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Amalfi, Italy



Curb your dog's enthusiasm.  

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Amsterdam, Netherlands


A bargain.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Venice Beach, California


 No judgments.

I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Savannah, Georgia


Go to Hell. And like it.

I love a clever sign, don't you? The town of Hell, Grand Cayman. Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
The town of Hell, Grand Cayman Island


3-D Advertising.

Selfoss, Iceland: I love a clever sign, don't you? Amusing Travel Signs From Around The World | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Selfoss, Iceland



Signing out......


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

TRAVEL COLLAGE: GREENERY AROUND THE WORLD









Green.
 What does it make you think of?
In addition to the standard answers.......
grass, money, envy, acting in an environmentally correct manner..........
"green" will always conjure up memories of my college days.........
No, not of the ivy-covered buildings or green grass on the campus quad.
It's an odd recollection of the girl we called Green,
nicknamed as such, because she wore green clothing 
from head to toe.........Every. Single. Day. 
Her hair was green. 
Her backpack was green.
I don't know this for a fact, but rumor had it that
she only ate green foods. 
I wonder if she is still green.
Perhaps her patina has aged to a fine verdigris over the years.  

 Aside from this collegiate oddity which takes up 
valuable real estate in my fading memory bank,
 green evokes an assortment of imagery.

GREEN IS GOOD
when you've got lots of it in your wallet,
or you're living green and taking care of the planet.
A green thumb is a handy thing to have.........
and it's always nice when you're given the green light.

GREEN IS BAD
 when you're feeling green around the gills, 
or you're green with envy.
It's not good if you've got gangrene,
or your team is "Gang Green."
 The Greenhouse effect is bad, 
and so is being bitten by green flies.
And if someone serves you green eggs and ham, with green jello for dessert, 
well, that's grounds for unfriending, in my humble opinion. 

Unless, of course, those friends are
FAMOUS GREENS
like Al Green, Ann of Green Gables.
Cee Lo Green, Green Day, the Green Goddess
and perhaps the greenest of them all.......
 that Muppet who claims "It's Not Easy Bein' Green".

When you're in trouble, it's nice to have some 
SUPER-POWERED GREENS  
on your side, like the Green Hornet,
the Green Lantern, the Jolly Green Giant, or the Green Berets.

I could go on and on.......about TASTY GREENS,
such as fried green tomatoes, green smoothies,
Green Mountain coffee and green tea........
 MUSICAL GREENS like Green Eyed Lady, 
Green Tambourine, My Green-Eyed Girl,
and God Didn't Make Little Green Apples.
But, I think you get my (green) drift. 

What I really want to talk about are GREEN PLACES.........
No, not Green Acres, or a putting green, or The Green Mile..........
Not "My Valley" (How green was it?),
 or Greenport, Greener Pastures, Bowling Green, Green Bay, or Greenland.
 And.......not "The Other Side" (where the grass is always greener).

I'm talking about beautiful, peaceful green places around the world......
Green eye candy, if you will. 
When I'm feeling stressed, I mentally transport myself
 back to one of these serene spots, 
for a dose of Nature's Xanax.
It's addictive in the best possible way!

Keukenhof Gardens, outside of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands is a glorious place to spend a day | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Keukenhof Gardens, outside of Amsterdam, in The Netherlands



I'd love to make a stop at this Coconut hut in Maui, Hawaii!| Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Roadside coconut hut in Maui, Hawaii



Magnolia Plantation outside of Charleston, South Carolina is a must see! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Magnolia Plantation outside of Charleston, South Carolina



Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, in Vancouver, Canada is a peaceful oasis | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, Vancouver, Canada



The Royal Palms Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona is a great place to de-stress! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Royal Palms Hotel, Phoenix, Arizona



A tranquil spot in the Mala Strana section of Prague | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Mala Strana section of Prague, Czech Republic



Could there be a more inviting entrance than the Ralph Lauren Shop in East Hampton, NY? | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Ralph Lauren Shop in East Hampton, NY



Kiawah Island, South Carolinia is a nature-lover's sanctuary. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Kiawah Island, South Carolina



The Pond at Gapstow Bridge in NYC is an oasis in the middle of the city | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
Gapstow Bridge in Central Park, New York, NY



Which of these green oases speaks to you?






Thursday, January 3, 2019

DECEMBER PHOTO DIARY: GOODBYE, 2018!



Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Ups 
&
 Downs

That's how a year goes, isn't it?
We've certainly had our share of challenges this year,
but I prefer to focus on the happy moments.
After all, when life gives you lemons,
 it's the positive stuff in life that keep you going. 

I am grateful for all of the good things that happened in 2018......

Spending time with family
Broadway shows
Dinners with friends
Travel
Gal pals
Home improvements
Taking classes
Volunteering
Revamping my blog
Concerts
Ringing in the New Year with my closest peeps.


Yeah, regardless of enough downs to fill a football field,
it's been a pretty good year of ups. 

And now........
The final photo diary of the year.
Farewell, 2018!




A sea of ornaments at Rockefeller Center.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Santa Con pub crawlers in New York City.

Santa Con NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Santa Con NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Pre- theater moules frites and a croque monsieur.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Enjoyable, but not "head over heels." 

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Friday Night Lights on the Jersey side of the Hudson. 

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


May I offer you some Rosemary?

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Looking for the light at the end of the Lincoln Tunnel.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style.

Holidays in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Holidays in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Holidays in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


In the air, there's a feeling of Christmas.

Holidays in NYC | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Meanwhile, back in the suburbs........

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Even though Junior Goo Shoes came home from college well after Hanukkah was over, we lit the candles........

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Made some latkes........

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


And exchanged presents. 

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Bucket List ✅ - Andrea Bocelli at Madison Square Garden.

Andrea Bocellia at Madison Square Garden | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Bad moon rising.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


My kind of tools......made out of chocolate. Brings new meaning to "I'll have another screwdriver, please!"

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It wouldn't be a photo diary without The Cardinal.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


 Sadie and I doing our morning stretches.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Geese going in for an icy dip.

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The girl turned 10.



Cookie obsession: Levain Bakery, NYC.

The best cookies from Levain Bakery in NYC |  Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Drive-by photos in NYC from the passenger seat.

Bright lights, Big city - New York, NY| Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Bright lights, Big city - New York, NY| Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Photo Diary Dec 2018 | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Farewell, 2018! Looking forward to doing epic s*** in 2019!



Happy New Year to all!

Till next time.....