Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

Ms. Toody Goo Shoes

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY: 7.28.2020 - IN RECOVERY



Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus


Remember I told you how good it felt to go into the city last week
for the first time since the pandemic hit?
(Read about that here).
Well, today I went in for a dentist appointment,
and it was quite a different experience.

My dentist's office is in Rockefeller Center.
I was looking forward to getting there a little early,
just to soak up the city's vibes.

I don't know what I was expecting, but I was shocked.
I haven't seen midtown like this since 9/11.

Funny, I've  always felt safe in midtown.
On guard and aware, but safe.
Today, at 10:00 in the morning, I actually felt vulnerable,
walking almost completely alone
on sidewalks that are usually teeming with people.


Sixth Avenue was a ghost town.

New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus


Fifth Avenue was desolate.

New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus


Rockefeller Center was deserted.

New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus


Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus

There were a handful of people sitting in some Adirondack chairs.
Imagine that - almost everyone in Rockefeller Center had a seat!

Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus

Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus



I think I may have seen a couple dozen people in Rockefeller Center.
I can't tell you how sad this made me.
I don't know what it's like in the rest of the country,
but New York is still in recovery.


I will never get exasperated at the crowds of people
getting in the way of my pictures again.

At least Prometheus was there.........

Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus

Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus


And he was wearing a mask.

Rockefeller Center in New York City is deserted due to the pandemic | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #Coronavirus






















Thursday, July 16, 2020

YESTERDAY IN NEW YORK CITY: FIRST TIME BACK!



Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in New York City  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Yup, that's right.
Yesterday.
New York City.
I was there.

The last time I was in the city was December.
That's the longest I've been away in 40 years!

Today was my first time back since the pandemic rolled into town.
I would like to say that I went to have some fun,
but truth be told, it was for a doctor's appointment that I'd postponed.

I was in and out of the city in one hour,
but I did have a few minutes to walk around before my appointment.
It didn't take long to notice two things:

1. The streets were empty.
2. Almost everyone was wearing a mask.
 
Yet, there were signs of life.
People were walking, jogging, biking, shopping, eating.

It felt so good to be back, even for just a short and sweet visit.......
and even if things are not yet back to normal.



Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


New York City | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes



Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Almost everyone in New York City is wearing a mask! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


New York City  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I had time to walk over to the reservoir at Central Park.
You know me......
Any chance I get to stare at some water, I take it.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir in New York City  | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


In my quick trip to the city, it was clear to see that
New Yorkers are working hard to keep coronavirus from making a comeback.
So, PLEASE, rest of the country.......
Learn from New York (and New Jersey and Connecticut).......

Wear your masks.
Keep socially distant.

There is scientific evidence that if everyone wore a mask in public,
the U.S. could get COVID-19 under control in 4-8 weeks.
That sounds a heck of a lot better to me than never.

We are all in this together, so let's fight it together.

Mask up, America!







Sunday, July 12, 2020

PIERMONT PIER - A QUARANTINE DISCOVERY




The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


I'm curious.......
Where are you on the spectrum of social distancing?

Over the July 4th weekend, I was looking at pictures on Facebook of many people I know
who were on vacation, or gathering with friends and family.
I had to wonder if we were among the last to adhere to social distancing.

Personally, I'm still keeping my distance.
 I'm not on the far end of the spectrum of those who haven't ventured out at all, 
but I'm not anywhere close to the middle, either.  

I do go food shopping periodically.
I even went into Target and Home Goods for a short time last week. 
I felt absolutely giddy walking around Home Goods,
although possibly, it was the lack of oxygen under my mask.
Masking up was a small price to pay for much needed retail therapy, and I didn't stay long.
The temptation to go frequently, or visit other shops
(oh, the lure of the mall!) is strong,
but I continue to stay on a pretty short quarantine leash.
I'm not ready to put myself or those around me in a position of risk.  

Admittedly, however, on July 4th,
I couldn't help but think of Independence Days past, without a sense of sadness.
Quarantine life was definitely getting me down

I needed do something to cheer myself up.

"Want to go for a ride?"
Mr. Goo Shoes said it first, but I was on my way to ask him the very same thing.

He suggested something completely different than I expected.......
lunch at one of our favorite little roadside joints.
We hadn't yet taken advantage of the "outside dining" re-openings.
I agreed, both excitedly and reluctantly,
but the desire to do something NORMAL won out.

We agreed that if it looked too crowded when we got there, we wouldn't go.
Considering that it was July 4th, and a beautiful day,
I was pretty sure I'd be eating the granola bar I packed just in case.

Surprisingly, the restaurant was wonderfully empty.......
At 3:30pm, we were in between the lunch and dinner crowds.
We indulged in Connecticut-style lobster rolls
(made with melted butter instead of mayo).

Afterwards, we drove a few minutes north to the Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY,
which we'd never been to, even though it's only 15 minutes from home.
It felt so good to see someplace new!

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Because of the heat, we could only stay about a half hour.
Even still, I managed to take about 150 pictures.
Not to worry.......most were the victim of my "Delete" button.

The pier is on the Hudson River,
with perfect views of the new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge to the north.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


This new bridge replaced the aging Tappan Zee Bridge,
which connects Rockland and Westchester Counties in New York.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


This is a bridge we cross rather frequently....... well, at least we did in life as we used to know it.
We'd take it to see friends, to visit Junior Goo Shoes at college,
and to eat at some of our favorite restaurants.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It's hard to break old habits, so I will probably always call it the Tappan Zee.

And, I will always think of Junior GS' imitation of his high school teacher.......
"Such beautiful truss work!"
when he took them on a field trip to the former Tappan Zee Bridge.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Looking towards south are views of lower Westchester County, NY.
Just past that is The Bronx, and New York City, which are obstructed due to a bend in the river.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


If I swam straight across the Hudson, I'd be at my bestie's house.
Believe me, it was so hot, there was a brief delusional moment when I considered it.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Being near the water always helps my mood.
I wonder if there is such a thing as "water therapy?"
I don't mean swimming in it, or drinking it.......I mean just looking at it.
Do you feel that way, too?

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


It definitely had the desired effect on Saturday.
I left the house feeling sad and irritable,
but returned feeling a little calmer and happier.

The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


The Piermont Pier, in Piermont, NY, is an easy day trip from New York City. | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes


Piermont, NY is a charming town on the banks of the Hudson River,
which we have frequented over the years for its restaurants.
Now, we have another reason to go.......the Piermont Pier.
I can't wait to see the views from the pier in the fall.
Socially distant picnic, anyone?













 

Friday, June 19, 2020

BIRDS OF FLAMINGO GARDENS: SCENES FROM FLORIDA - PART 3





 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos



What do you do when your son comes to spend his spring break week in Florida, 
and it rains the first five days of his vacation?
You toss out a whole bunch of suggestions of things to do, 
hoping that one will pique his interest.

And let me add right here, coming up with activities 
for a 20-year-old to do with mom and dad is not easy.

Most times, the answer was, 
"No, thanks, I'm just going to watch Netflix."

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


Suggestion #437 was a family excursion to Flamingo Gardens 
on an on-and-off rainy afternoon.
I did not expect this one to fly, so to speak,
but this bird-brained idea that I'd hatched was a winner.

 "Yeah, okay."

I'm sure that part of his agreement to tag along 
had to do with taking some cool pictures for Snapchat.  
Frankly, my own desire wasn't much different........
I couldn't wait to turn my camera lens onto those exotic fine-feathered beauties. 

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


My Minutecast weather app said "no precipitation for the next 120 minutes."
We took advantage of the open "weather" window,
jumped in the car, and headed down I-95.

As soon as we arrived, the skies opened up with a soaking downpour. 
So much for Minutecast, which is, well, usually pretty accurate to the minute. 

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


We had to kill time in the gift shop until the rain let up. 
As one would expect, everything was flamingo-themed. 
However, my wallet would be staying in my purse, because,
when we bought our place in Florida, 
I had one unbreakable decor rule:

It would be a flamingo-free zone.

No flamingo salt and pepper shakers....... 
No flamingo bath towels.......
No flamingo dishes, picture frames, or figurines........
And, absolutely no plastic flamingos on the terrace. 
Only pictures of flamingos that I took myself would be allowed in our apartment.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos



But, being trapped in a flamingo-themed gift shop 
can break even the toughest flamingo-resistor.
I cracked under the pressure, and bought a spoon rest, and a pencil. 
I can live with that.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


The rain let up and we followed the map to the flamingo pond.

Considering that the name of the park is Flamingo Gardens, 
one might expect that flamingos would be roaming around everywhere.
Not so.
The flamingo area is a fairly small section of the 60-acre park.
It's kind of a flamingos-gone-wild situation.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


Flamingo Gardens is actually a not-for-profit botanical gardens and wildlife sanctuary, 
hosting a wide variety of endangered plant and bird species. 
Aside from birds, there are otters, alligators, bobcats and more.
All of the wildlife residents are permanently injured, non-releasable animals.
Here, they are given a home where they have a safe refuge.
It's like assisted living for wildlife.  

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


The flamingos did steal the show, though.  
The long-legged birds of pink and orange plumes 
offered this blogger quite a satisfactory photographic opportunity. 
Their graceful poses and contortions were a source of endless entertainment.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


Had I been alone, I could have taken pictures for hours,
which in turn would have eaten up all of the storage space on my laptop.
 Lucky for you, I was prodded along by Mr. and Junior Goo Shoes,
to move on and see the Aviary and Bird of Prey Center.  

We saw........

White Ibis.......

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #whiteibis


Pelicans.......

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #pelican


Spoonbills....... 

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #spoonbill


Muscovy Ducks.......

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #muscovyduck



Egyptian Geese.......

Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #egyptiangoose
 

Owls...... 

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #owl


Hawks........

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #hawk


and glorious Bald Eagles.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #baldeagle


There were some that I couldn't identify.  
Is this a juvenile Wood Stork?

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


And could this be a white pelican?
Please help me identify them if you can. 

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos


Peacocks did roam the grounds freely.
They were definitely the runners-up for Most Popular Bird, 
second only to the namesakes of the park.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #peacock


 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #peacock


Just as we were leaving the park, one decided to show off, and
give us our money's worth.

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #peacock


And just in case you were wondering what the back of a peacock looks like.......

 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos #peacock


The end.  

PS - Junior Goo Shoes did, in fact, enjoy Flamingo Gardens! 
We all did!





 Flamingo Gardens in Florida has a lot more than just flamingos! | Ms. Toody Goo Shoes #flamingos




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