Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Celebration!

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving! I wanted to share with you a little fun trip Mr. Precious and I just had! We both have birthdays in November and decided to take a little trip to New York City (The City) to celebrate!
 Here we are at the Times Square Hilton where we stayed. We took the train to The City - a little over two hours and what a beautiful ride it is. The rail follows the Hudson River and you pass West Point Military Institute, we love it. So I hope you'll go along with me.
 The afternoon we arrived, Mr. Precious had set it up for us to see the production of Holiday Inn. It was wonderful but not exactly like the olden movie with Bing Crosby. Any way, I loved it.
 Have you hear of Studio 54? During the 70s it had a reputation as a far out night club, not a good one, but there were lots of great shows filmed there: What's My Line?, The $64,000 Question, Video Village, Password, To Tell the Truth, Beat the Clock, The Jack Benny Show, I've Got a Secret, Ted Mack and the Original Amateur Hour and my favorite, Captain Kangaroo. Also the soap opera Love of Life. I took a few snaps inside before we went inside to see the show.

We were on the 37th floor and had a nice view.
You know The Macy's Thanksgiving Parade happens in The City and it was just a couple of blocks from our hotel. But the crowds of folks were amazing - they said over 3 and a half million! I still can't walk a long ways yet since I broke my knee so Mr. Precious went for a run on purpose to see some of the parade. I stayed in my room and this is what I saw! Down below was were they were taking the huge balloons and deflating them! Above Charlie Brown was getting the wind knocked out of him. :)
Continuing to deflate the balloons and then they were put inside the big moving trucks. Anybody can 'watch' the parade but who gets to see the balloons deflated? Me! :)
On Thanksgiving Day, Mr. Precious had made reservations for our lunch at Aureole's. Very lovely. We had our choice and opted out of eating turkey and had a New York Strip instead! Oh, my Lord! It literally melted in my tiny mouth! But I had to have some pumpkin pie for dessert! Now cooking, no dishes, no leftovers.
Next door to our hotel is Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. We have seen the wonderful Madame Tussauds in London and thought we would try this one. Um...just before I get started, there's no comparison in the NYC museum and the one in London...just saying! :)
Now my little 3 year old grandson is obsessed with Ghostbusters! He has not seen the movie, nor should he, he's too young and it's too scary. But at his Halloween school parade they played the song "Ghostbusters". He loved the song and has seen the music video and all he talks about is Ghostbusters and the Staypuff Marshmellow Man! So I snapped these for him.
A few snaps of the wax works! Looks like The Rock is thinking - take your paws off me!
Then we had to go over to Macy's! At night the front of the store has a beautiful light show on it. The windows were amazing but there were so many folks looking that they were in the way of me taking snaps.
Then to Rockefeller Plaza to see the ice skating rink and the Christmas tree although it wasn't lit up yet! We only spent a couple of nights but what a nice time we had. Then...
We hopped back on the train at Penn Station and headed on up to go home. We love to get a little private room and then we have our dinner in the dining car. We just love riding the train.
I also wanted to share with you that I've been stitching again. I bought a cross stitch kit at the Daughter's of the American Revolution Headquarters in Washington DC about a month ago and now I can't stop! You know me. This was a little kit with all of the floss and a needle using 18 count Aida cloth. You know how I love my Roosters!
Pretty cute,  huh?
Then after I finished the Rooster, I couldn't stop! I bought a book of patterns for Seasonal Cottages and stitched up the Fall one. This took quite a while to do but I am loving it.
I changed it up a bit. The pumpkins were Jack 'o Lanterns and I just made them pumpkins.
I'll only be able to display this one for a few more days. I'm working on the Christmas house and will show it to you when I'm through!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle belling
And everyone telling you be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year
It's the hap-happiest season of all
With those holiday greetings and gay happy meetings
When friends come to call
It's the hap-happiest season of all
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be parties for hosting
Marshmallows for toasting
And caroling out in the snow
There'll be scary ghost stories
And tales of the glories of
Christmases long, long ago
It's the most wonderful time of the year
There'll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When love ones are near
It's the most wonderful time
Yes the most wonderful time
Oh the most wonderful time
Of the year
~ sung by Andy Williams


35 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a great trip to New York City. Nice to have a special get away time together. Birthday Wishes to both of you. Love your cross stitch projects. So nice to have some you can leave out year round and then special ones for the Holidays. Look forward to seeing your Christmas House.

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    1. Thanks for popping in to see me, Sandra!

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  2. I really enjoyed this post, Shelia!! We visited NYC the week after Thanksgiving in 2005. Us, our son, my mother and father-in-law and Hal's uncle. We had a great time!! It's such a treat to visit around the holidays, don't you think? Your meal looks delicious, and I love your cross-stitch pictures!

    Have a great week!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  3. You had a wonderful trip seeing all the sights of NYC. Imagine getting to see the balloons deflated! I just loved going to New York with you.

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  4. I have always wanted to go to NYC during the holidays. We were there a couple of years ago in June and really enjoyed it. IT looks like you had a great time.

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  5. Sounds like the most perfect kind of trip. What a fun birthday getaway.

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  6. What a fabulous trip! I've been wanting to ride the train somewhere, NYC would be perfect. Thanks for sharing the delightful pictures with us, glad you had so much fun.
    Mary

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  7. What a great trip --- you planned well for a few days get-away. Thanks for sharing. You made it fun for me, too. Sally

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  8. The most beautiful city in the world, NYC, THE BIG APPLE ! My home town.
    Congrats on your birthdays and what a fabulous trip you both are having!
    Blessings.
    FABBY

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  9. Congratulations!!! Looks like you had an amazing time; so happy for you!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  10. Happy Birthdays! How fun for the two of you gallavanting around the city, taking in all sites:). I like your different prospective with the big character balloons, I wonder how they did that. I love your seasonal stitchery and of course, good old Andy, love him singing this song and well, Moon Rivertoo.
    Kathleen in Az

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    1. Thank you, sweet Kathleen! Are getting on with your Christmasing?

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  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful trip! My hubby and I love traveling by train as well....a few years ago we took the Empire Builder to Seattle, rented a car and drove to the Grand Canyon, then to Southern California and home on the California Zephyr - a total of five weeks. We have so many great memories from that trip!

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    1. That sounds like a wonderful trip, Susan! Thanks for popping in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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  12. What a great trip you guys had!!! Good for you, enjoy yourselves!!

    Love the city at holiday time.....and taking the train, that's the best way to travel.....

    Love your stitching, you've inspired me........

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  13. Your trip looks amazing! Happy Birthday to both of you. ♥

    Love your stitching too. I'm amazed at how quickly you are turning them out. Used to take me months to do one. :)

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  14. What a wonderful trip! I've only been to NYC once and it was amazing. I'd love to go again. I'm ready to start decorating for Christmas now.

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  15. Thank you for sharing! I love seeing Charlie Brown deflated! And your TGV dinner -- how wonderful to have someone else cook and clean up. The best part -- no turkey! We have often talked about going to NYC for the holidays, and you are fortunate to be positioned where you can take the train in and out.

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  16. What a totally fabulous birthday/Thanksgiving celebration! I'd love to see Holiday Inn -- and I didn't realize all those shows had been recorded at Studio 54. Before the theatre, I just thought it was a nightclub. Your dinner -- oh, my! Aureole! And all those holiday sights! Sounds too wonderful to me!

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  17. Hi Shelia, your trip to celebrate your birthdays and Thanksgiving was amazing. I loved all your photos and the info you share. I love the wax museum. I have visited the one in California and I know how amazing they are. Your Thanksgiving dinner looks divine and the train car, how fun. You two are a beautiful couple. How fun to be in the city for Christmas and all the festive lights and events going on.
    Love your stitchwork too. The little fall cottage and rooster are beautiful pieces. I love to stitch too especially this time of year when we are inside more in the evening.
    Have fun decorating. Looking forward to seeing your home for the holidays.
    Blessings to you. xo

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  18. How fun to be so close to NYC! Even though you can't walk very far yet, you seemed to have a grand adventure!
    (I'm back to being able to comment now - I have no idea how or why, but glad not to be stalking you any longer!)

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  19. What a wonderful trip. I'm so happy for you. I love NY.

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  20. What a wonderful trip Sheila...a combined birthday and Thanksgiving. you really know how to party. yes, I remember Studio 54...it did have a reputation. Lots of fun things to take in. Thank you for sharing your special journey. The cross stitching is fabulous!

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  21. You two have the most fun! So glad you like to go places. Wish I could pry my hubby out of the recliner. (lol) It would take heavy equipment to do that!

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  22. Oh Sheila it looks great. I love it all. I went there after Christmas in high-school with my mom. It was magical. I've never gotten to see the parade but would love to.

    We walked in at the plaza on the wedding day of Donald and Marla. It was so cool. We snuck in the room they were having the reception.

    I think Radio City Music Hall was my favorite.

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  23. What a fabulous trip. I was fascinated by the photos of the parade balloons being deflated and the train's dining car. Oh, how I wish we had trains like that in Idaho! Thanks for taking us along!

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  24. What a fantastic trip you both had. It must have been amazing to be in NY over Thanksgiving. Love your cross stitches too. Glad you had a lovely time.

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  25. Oh, how wonderful, and happy birthday to you both. I love NYC and hope to return one of these years.

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  26. What a nice way to celebrate, I didn't know he had a birthday the same month. Glad you had a safe trip there and back.

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  27. WOW Sheila! Looks like you both had a wonderful time in New York. Good for you both. So glad you got to do something so fun. Your sweet rooster is adorable. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  28. Happy Birthday to you both! Glad you had a great time!

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  29. Thanks for taking us along. I enjoyed all your pictures. I have a cross stitch that I started 3 years ago. You reminded me I need to finish it.

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  30. What a nice trip Sheila! So excited to see you are stitching!Love both of the pieces!

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  31. I've been away for a few days for a much-needed break so I'm catching up. Loved going along on your trip. What a fantastic gift from your hubby. I'd love to spend time in NYC but it will have to be on my bucket list for awhile longer. Thanks for sharing your fun with us.
    ~Adrienne~

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  32. What a lovely trip. All the pictures are great.

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