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Personal: Slowing Down and Catching Up

It was a long time coming: arthroscopic surgery to my right hand yesterday. My new friend is a left-handed scissors, which I happened upon in a stationery store. Marketed as a child’s scissors for either hand, it was a bargain and small so as not to be cumbersome. I’m left-handed yet my right hand is dominant.

EarthCam® images showed a gorgeous sunset Sunday night, a pretty end to a fun afternoon with mom, my brother and my niece. It was grandparents’ day at the nursing home, where mom is temporarily while I recuperate.

This blog has been inconsistent of late, I admit; changing the bridge’s incorrect signage and construction of the side path, state police barracks and visitors center/maintenance facility continue. Now I’ve time to catch up with writing and look forward to a road trip in the new car come November.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

New Car, New State License Plate and New Fee

Nine years with the same license plate means next year I’ll either get the state’s new design or choose a specialty plate. The new bridge was one of the design choices in last month’s statewide contest and was not chosen; then again, some people would have preferred this:

Still shiny with no peeling paint, my plates were transferred to the 2017 certified preowned car I bought last week. There has never been a time when the Thruway Authority hasn’t changed me, even when my E-ZPass® tag wasn’t mounted on the car’s windshield.

Because I was on a “car diet” for the past few weeks I didn’t drive further than the next dealership to check preowned cars. Running against time as my Honda’s engine was fading, I kept the daily mileage to a limit and drove about five or six models, some a few times, to be sure I liked or disliked them.

“The driver in me honors and respects the driver in you.” Courtesy recycledartco

I enjoyed a comfortable and safe ride with the 1998 Honda Civic LX sedan for 21 years and 162,000 miles. Now to break in the new car with a road trip!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

July 4th Reminiscing: Broadway Shows and 1776

Annual fireworks over NYC's East Village, sponsored by Macy's/Credit: David Shankbone

Annual fireworks over NYC’s East Village, sponsored by Macy’s/Credit: David Shankbone

Dad loved Broadway shows and took mom to the The Great White Way at least twice a month. When my little brother and I were old enough, they took us to see Annie, Pippin, Chicago, Cabaret, Camelot, Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Gemini, among others.

1 of 3 covers - May 1971/ Playbill Vault

1 of 3 covers – May 1971/ Playbill Vault

One show I found very entertaining, and remember to this day, was 1776, which opened on March 16, 1969. And my favorite song from that show, one that always makes me smile because of its catchy tune, is this:

If you plan being on the river, then be aware of the new boater safety rules.

Detailed information — including the Coast Guard’s weekly Local Notice to Mariners, excerpted and in its entirety — is also listed on the project website. A LNM primer is here.

Happy 4th of July. Stay safe and have fun!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

She Did It! Mom’s first Car Trip and into Nyack

It’s been more than two years since mom drove across the Hudson River. Her wonderful aide helped get her into my car where, cushioned by pillows, she took in the sights and the new bridge.

First impressions included: “The lanes are very wide,” “What is that?” (pointing to where the path is being built), “Why did they change the name?” (seeing the new signs), “He was a good governor (referencing the late Mario Cuomo).

We were disappointed to find the road leading to Memorial Park and the viewing area was closed. Several people suggested alternatives for next time as the village closes the road when the parking lot is full. That’s ridiculous.

This bars everyone whose vehicle has a handicapped parking sticker or tag and who isn’t ambulatory. We’ve been there years ago when the lot was crowded, and people were considerate; no one’s car blocked anyone.

I drove around Nyack and found a great view of the bridge for mom and her aide, then found a parking spot offering some shade and bought us ice cream. It was a day out for mom as until now she’d been transported by ambulette, and she didn’t stop smiling. My heart is happy, and I’m grateful to her aide for making it possible.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

Mom’s 1st Car Trip will be across the New Bridge

This is what the towers looked like the last time mom and I drove to Memorial Park in Nyack more than two years ago. While she hasn’t walked since her fall, she has had physical therapy and strengthened her arms and legs.

Her terrific aide and I are looking forward to helping her into my car, driving across the new bridge and sitting under the trees at the park. She can’t wait. You can do this, mom!

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2019

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