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Who let the dogs out? January 29, 2023

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Nothing but fun and smiles at yesterday’s AKC Meet the Breeds at the Javitts Center. I have not been to a dog show in many moons and forgot how much fun they are. Not only are the dogs terrific but the handlers are quirky and delightful to chat with about each and every doggie. I have included just some of the many breeds in today’s montage and of course have included my little bundle of fun, Mr Pepe, at the end of this photo montage. Woof!

Outsider Art January 8, 2023

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 I attended art school (RISD) and appreciate the academic side of art but I am drawn to Folk Art for its singular vision, cultural heritage and diversity. NYC’s Folk Art Museum is one of my favorite spots. Their latest exhibit Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered is marvelous. I went when it first opened in September and returned over the holiday season. You can still catch this visionary art thru January 29. Did I mention the museum is free?

End of the Year Tushes January 1, 2023

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 Today’s montage completes 19 years of my sending out these Sunday photos. By my calculations that’s over 960 Sunday photo montages. Oh my! Thanks for coming along for the ride. Some of you have been with me for the entire 19 years. I am very thankful for that. Hoping to do my best to keep posting on Sundays. I leave you as always with no ‘ifs, just ends, butts and tushes.’ Wishing everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

Cheers to All! December 25, 2022

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Holiday time is always fun at my house. We celebrate most holidays (especially the ones that demand we wear a hat). My little gang of critters (past and present) are all good sports and since today is Christmas we would like to share some of these fun moments with you. Wishing you all a very merry and a happy. Cheers!

Joy not Oy December 18, 2022

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 Tonight is the first of eight nights of Hanukkah. It isn’t really an important holiday on the Jewish calendar but since it falls so close to Christmas it has become more about merchandise (and of course food). We celebrate just about everything here at Casa Lobo. Here are some fun photos from the past and present. A shout out to my very cooperative pets over the years – Madison, Benny, One-eyed Jack, Roberta, Audrey Pete and of course, Mr. Pepe. Let’s all add a ‘J’ to that Oy!

‘Tis the Season December 11, 2022

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 I go to this fun exhibit every year. The NYC Parks’ annual Wreath Interpretations exhibition returned to the Arsenal Gallery (the Arsenal is near the Central Park Zoo). This year’s collection of wreaths was created by artists, designers, and creative individuals of all ages who have used inventive and unexpected materials to re-envision the traditional holiday decoration. Wreaths included in this year’s exhibition use a wide range of unusual materials, including caution tape, traffic light reflectors, safety pins, bath sponges, rulers, Mardi Gras beads, and sugar meringue. They explore a wide range of themes, such as family history, volunteerism, endangered animals, and chemistry. Each wreath is accompanied by a short artist statement that tells gallery visitors about the meaning behind the wreath. The Arsenal Gallery is located on the third floor of NYC Parks’ Headquarters in Central Park, on Fifth Avenue at 64th Street. Gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., except holidays. Admission is free.

The Tree (no, not that one) December 4, 2022

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The Rockefeller Christmas tree steals all of the hype and publicity but my favorite holiday tree is at the Metropolitan Museum. The ornaments and figurines were donated in 1964 by private collector Loretta Hines Howard. The crèche is much older than that. It was made in the 18th century by Italian sculptor Giuseppe Sanmartino from Naples.The magnificently lit 20 foot blue spruce looms over the 18th century Neapolitan Nativity scene surrounded by an abundant array of lifelike figures with robed angels hovering above. You can see this beauty thru January 8 2023. New York City’s first public Christmas tree was actually located in Madison Square Park in 1912. The tree arrived in Madison Square Park on December 21,1912, measuring 60 feet tall. The tree was draped with 2,300 colored electric bulbs donated by the Edison Company. Emilie D. Lee Herreshoff. She proposed a way that would allow everyone, even those who couldn’t afford their own tree, to celebrate the holiday season and participate in the tree lighting.

96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade November 27, 2022

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The 96th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade went on without a hitch. The wind was calm, the temperature better than it has been in the past few years. We got there early (as usual) and found perfect seats in the top row of the bleachers. The top row has a back so body aches are kept at a minimum. The toughest part of waiting is the waiting. Over two long hours go by and the crowd will cheer at anything that goes by…flying pigeons, bomb sniffing dogs or whatever crosses our path. We also got to meet and chat with some of the lovely people waiting with us. Once Santa shows up (he is the last float) all the people scurry to get home. Hope your Thanksgiving was yummy.

The Great Five Boro NYC Bake-off November 20, 2022

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The Museum of the City of New York has begun a great tradition with the Five Boro Gingerbread Bake-off. Bakers from each of the five boroughs were tasked with creating a gingerbread display from their neighborhood home borough. I was very excited to see that not only was my neighborhood represented for Manhattan but my actual building was featured as well (directly across for the Flatiron building). Other than the overwhelming smell of gingerbread it was a fun experience. It is on display until January 8th.

Junk in the Trunk November 13, 2022

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On August 4, 2021, visionary Louis Vuitton would have turned 200 years old. To celebrate the man, his innovative spirit, and his ongoing legacy (try to avoid the Nazi collaboration part), the company invited 200 visionaries spanning the fields of art to science across the world to express their creativity.  In response these creative people have shared their dreams, fears, ideas and reflections. An amalgamation of the past, present and future. This is a fun, wild, colorful, quirky exhibit in the former Barney’s on Madison Avenue and 60th Street. It is free with a timed ticket and runs thru the end of December, 2022.