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Roberta watching the snow fall on Madison Park 2-23-2014Roberta watching the snow fall on Madison Square Park, NYC – watercolor on 10″ x 12″1/2″ 140# Arches coldpress

I am petrified that I am starting to have short-term memory loss.  Or the beginnings of dementia.  I can’t remember anything anymore.  Ask me what I did yesterday.  Who knows.   What’s that person’s name?  Not a clue.  It’s frustrating. Words are on the tip of my tongue and then I forget them or what I was going to say.

I just read in AARP magazine about a test for dementia. (Why do they continue to send me this magazine?  I’ve already told them I am too young for it.) AARP magazine could NOT be more depressing. It’s dedicated to stories on how to watch out for scams on older people.  How to make sure that you have enough money after retirement so you’re not eating cat food.  Tests to see how long you’ll live.  And, of course, tests for dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Which brings me to my point. (Yes, not only did I have one but I remembered what it was since the first paragraph of this post!) Two friends and I went to see a Broadway musical (which we all hated). Since it was Valentine’s day week, I got them small little heart-shaped boxes of Russell Stover chocolates.  As we were seated I reached down and handed them the boxes saying “Happy Thanksgiving!”  They stared at me.  Then we all laughed.  But still.

In this month’s AARP magazine there was a test for Alzheimer’s involving peanut butter. If you could smell peanut butter with your right nostril but not your left (or vice versa I don’t remember), you may have early stages of the disease.  I can tell you for sure my dog does not have it.  You can open a jar of peanut butter 3 blocks away and she’ll smell it.

On another note, which has nothing to do with peanut butter or tests for dementia, I will give you the best review of the musical we all hated by my friend Josh who saw it a week after we did.  He said, and I quote:

“The first act was awful.

The second act was better because I was at Starbucks.”

The above painting was done using a reference photo from my friend Judy who recently rescued and adopted two kittens, Audrey and Roberta.  They have their own Facebook page. They are adorable. And, they are now part of a big happy family which also includes Madison the cat and Benny the dog.   Hope you like the painting  Judalaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

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View from the 11th floor WIP 1-29-12View from the 11th floor probably still a WIP  1-29-13

I did a little more work on this painting.  The question is now, is it over worked.  I don’t know.  What I do know is it’s time to move on to something else and maybe revisit this at a later time.

View from the 11th floor WIP 1-22-12

View from the 11th Floor -WIP 1-22-13  Watercolor on 140# Arches coldpress.

This is not the view from my apartment.  I wish.   It’s from my friend’s apartment and is very special to me.   After 9/11 I made my way uptown and stayed with Judy.  Still reeling and in shock I slept at her place that night knowing that the Husband would be working for many, many days to come. The next morning when I woke up, I checked the window and yes, the Empire State Building was still there.  I knew the twin towers were gone, so I was happy to see this part of the skyline remained.   I still always check when I visit Judy.  Just in case.

Judy has some beautiful plants on her windowsill and they grow tall with all the sun she gets.  (I, on the other hand, live in a cave by comparison.) I thought the juxtaposition of the foliage against a backdrop of the city buildings made for an interesting picture.   I plan on making the leaves and stems brighter and stronger in comparison to the skyline.  I’m pretty much finished with the skyline with the exception of adding some suggestions of windows in the buildings. We’ll see.  Below this window is Madison Square Park and then across the park are the buildings looking north.

It’s frosty cold in NYC today.  More like freezing cold.  I’m pretty sure if you’re in the US you’re cold too.  Are you sick?  Everyone here is.  So is the husband.  I woke up this morning with a tickle in my throat and a song in my heart.  OK, the song part isn’t true.  More like a runny nose.  Stay warm friends.

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