Embracing my inner Italian

Open my freezer and you'll likely only find ice. I haven't bought a loaf of bread or salad dressing in over six years. I go to the grocery store once or twice a week, buying only what I need for the next couple of days. I take daily naps. I believe wine is a food group. When I cook dinner at home, I eat my salad after my main course. A stick of butter lasts me for weeks yet I can go through olive oil by the vat. These thoughts come to my mind after reading a post on my friend Maureen Jenkins' … [Read more...]

Countdown marches on: Citi Field

I am not a baseball fan  but I am a fan of eating junk food at ballparks, which is why I wanted to check out the Mets' new Citi Field before I leave New York.  I had been to Shea Stadium one time during my four-year stay in New York. I took my pooch Lucy a few summers ago when the Mets had a "Dog Days" promotion, where fans could pay $5 per pet to bring their dog and the money went to an animal shelter. That was fun. Lucy and I ended up on the JumboTron during the 7th inning stretch. Her dog … [Read more...]

How much is that doggy in the window?

Maybe it's me being my usual grouchy self, but I am fed up with strangers coming up to me while I'm walking Lucy and asking me how much I paid for my dog. It is none of your business! I would never dream of asking a stranger how much they paid for anything. It's rude, or at least that's the way I was brought up. But in New York, rudeness knows no boundaries. I never got this question when I lived on the Upper East Side, where the residents are more refined. It's only in Harlem and when I lived … [Read more...]

Ghetto or practical?

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I was appalled when I looked out of my kitchen window yesterday and saw a makeshift refrigerator on the window sill of a neighbor's apartment a few yards away. Egg nog, poultry and who knows what else adorned the window sill in the 24 degree weather. I'm sorry but this is ghetto! But it's what I have come to expect living in Harlem, where I reluctantly moved last May. For all the hoopla over the gentrification of Harlem, it still has so very far to go. I speak as an outsider, not someone who … [Read more...]

Welcome to Kelly’s Korner

Welcome to my blog. I feel like I've finally stepped into the 21st century. For someone who has disdained the word "blog" for so long, it's still a little hard to believe that I now blog. Just like I shake my head every time I realize that Barack Obama really was elected President of the United States. But this isn't about politics. It's about me, my favorite subject, and Lucy, who well, can't get away from me. She'll have her own blog in time but for now it's just me. I'll keep you up to date … [Read more...]