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My neighbors lilacs

My neighbors lilacs

When I want inspiration I go no further than the neighborhood I live in. Walking around and talking to people, looking at the shops and restaurants, visiting the farmers market on a Saturday morning all serve as a source of inspiration for me. Every morning I walk Percy and we are out for an hour and a half to two hours. It’s a long slow walk and has become a morning ritual. He decides which way to go and we never go the same way 2 days in a row. It’s hysterical.

This week is going to be very busy, I wanted to give you all a little something, sorry no recipes or cooking I simply have too much going on. Today and tomorrow I am prepping for a big community meeting which will take place tomorrow evening and then again on Thursday evening. On Saturday I was chosen by Air bnb to hold the banner at the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon,  and then on Sunday my friend and I are taking our dogs to Bark Fest. In between I am working at my real job, hosting air bnb guests that are staying with me and then there is the stuff that we all do daily, shopping, cleaning etc…

I love this house, it's so cozy and beautiful

I love this house, it’s so beautiful

Percy admires the beautiful flowers in the tree pit

Percy admires the beautiful flowers in the tree pit

It has been pretty crazy around here, lots going on in the neighborhood, we are fighting the DOT regarding sweeping and ridiculous changes they want to make to the beautiful streets in our neighborhood which will result in major traffic nighmares on my block. We organized a town hall meeting at a local church last Thursday to prepare for the community board meeting this Tuesday. We are getting letters, petitions, affidavits whatever we can but fighting city hall is hard especially with the current administration. We had about 200 people come to the meeting, it was standing room only. I spent the better part of Sunday working with my neighbors to put together notebooks with petitions, letters from the community and other information to hand out to our electeds and community board. Tomorrow, Tuesday is the big meeting and it should be rowdy and loud and contentious. This is going on all over the city and is a hotly contested issue, even Woody Allen has gotten involved.

I went to the farmers market this morning and inspiration fell flat, sort of. I really hoped to see stands full of vegetables, fruits, strawberries etc and there was almost nothing there. Some apples left over from the Fall, some vegetables, herbs and flowers in pots.

Flowers

Flowers

So I bought some basil since mine has died, some flowers and I found some nice looking cherry tomatoes, asparagus and cucumbers.

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I also bought some flowers, geraniums, pansies and others that I thought were pretty. On my way home I stopped at a dear friends house, she is a big time animal lover like me and she told me should bought Percy a gift. She had a little hat custom made on Etsy and I went to pick it up. What a great gift, thank you so much Morrissa.

Percy's hat

Percy’s hat

I was really hoping to be blown away with inspiring stands full of fruit and vegetables that I would use to make something wonderful for Fiesta Friday. Instead of cooking I planted the flowers and put the basil in the same pot as the basil that has a DNR, pretty sad looking.

sad basil

sad basil and some thyme

love flowers

love flowers

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  1. okiewinegirl2015 #

    Percy is totally smiling over his hat! Thanks for the cheering start to Monday. We have a crazy week, too, so as I run fullspeed ahead, I’ll pray for you as I pray for myself! Let’s go! Life is full & we’re livin’ it!

    May 16, 2016
    • He smiles, Percy actually smiles. It’s the funniest thing and loves to have his picture taken. Yes life is busy, full speed ahead. Have a great week Allison.

      May 16, 2016
  2. Sounds like everything is going great Suzanne! That’s what it’s all about. Enjoy.

    May 16, 2016
  3. Tee-hee!!! Percy looks like he’s blissfully happy in his hat!
    Suzanne, this post was a feast for the eyes with all the photos — who needs a recipe with all that? Plus it was fun to go farmer’s marketing with you. Wishing everyone the very best with city hall and the DOT… that’s awful. Mega hugs.

    May 16, 2016
    • LOL, isn’t he a hoot. Percy is a ham, will pose for photo’s and he actually smiles. It’s a riot. Thanks Teagan, it’s a David and Goliath thing feel like the short kid with the bully holding him at bay and he is swinging at the air. Corruption runs deep here. Very sad but we still fight.

      May 16, 2016
  4. lol – I do love Percy’s hat and his smile!!! Of course also like all the other photos, especially the lilac (miss mine from my UK garden) and that yellow house. Very pretty.

    May 16, 2016
    • Isn’t he so cute, I have only seen a few dogs that actually smile and Percy is one of them. Thank you so much. I miss my lilac tree as well, it did not do well in the backyard and I donated it to a community garden when now that I think of it I should have put it in front. I love lilacs!!

      May 16, 2016
  5. Beautiful flowers and i loved that house view.

    May 16, 2016
  6. Such a beautiful street, especially the blooming lilac . Good luck with your DOT meeting, it’s good your getting involved. Percy is such an happy dog. Mega hugs and good luck!

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks so much Gerlinde. I am nervous about the outcome of the whole thing but we shall see.

      May 16, 2016
  7. Percy looks so cute and happy in his hat! Your neighbour looks lovely and hope you win your fight to keep it that way.

    May 16, 2016
    • Thank you so much, we hope the city will see the plan for what it is, a bad idea.

      May 16, 2016
  8. Awww…Mr. “Percy” looks so handsome-what a Pug! Well…I admire your determination to rally against proposed changes to your neighborhood Suzanne. YOU can fight City Hall. The Streets, Avenues , Blvds. are just lovely this time of year! We all get so busy with life I rarely mention half of what I do because somehow I manage to get ‘er done!!! I do have help with major housekeeping, running the children around to and from school and music, gymnastics and a host of activities. Life is good and that is all that matters! Be well my dear friend. Cheryl xx

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Cheryl I know you are like a whirlwind, I honestly don’t know how you do it all. Thank you so much fingers crossed for the meeting tomorrow.

      May 16, 2016
  9. Beautiful Spring pics, Suzanne! Love Percy’s hat. 🙂

    May 16, 2016
  10. Mr Percy is an happy dog, and you are so happy too, among spring flowers, and all this beauty.
    I wish you a marvellous week, seeing plants growing, etc 🙂 amitiés de france

    May 16, 2016
  11. Thanks to you and the cutest little travel companion for sharing your inspiring walk. 😀 I love Percy’s hat!

    May 16, 2016
  12. It must be that time of year when we are all racing together. Liked the images of your neighborhood, that house is just darling! The pots look all prettied up and Percy is definitely in charge by the looks of it. Enjoy it all Suzanne.

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Loretta, yep Percy calls the shots when it comes to walking. He has definite idea’s of which way he wants to go every single day. LOL, he is really something.

      May 16, 2016
  13. Suzanne, I enjoyed your post and reading all about your ventures with Percy. Oh he looks so handsome in his cap !!! Your flowers are gorgeous 🙂 I hope your basil thrives, it is such a lovely herb to have. I know your week is busy, but have a good one. x

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Lynne, yes it’s a terribly busy week. The basil is not doing well but just saw flowers on my tomato plants, I was almost giddy. LOL. Thanks so much and have a great week.

      May 16, 2016
  14. I hope you will check out my blog with my pug, Iago’s picture. Very charming area…reminds me of Philadelphia. We just went to the nurseries today to pant outside the front and discovered one of the owners lives two blocks away and I pass his wife while walking the pug.

    May 16, 2016
    • I did and saw Lago, what a cutie pe. Thank you so much. I love seeing the flowers bloom, it’s such a beautiful time of year. Good luck with your planting and will look for more photos of Lago.

      May 16, 2016
  15. Percy is looking good in his new cap. Beautiful pictures of the flowers [love flowers].This time of year flowers is all that is available I have to wait until mid June for fresh produce to hit the market.Maybe a fantastic recipe next time 🙂

    May 16, 2016
    • Thank you Dyanna. Flowers we have produce nope, not yet. I don’t think we will see berries until June this year. Then it seems like summer is almost over. Egad. Thanks so much, Flowers make me happy!!

      May 16, 2016
  16. Such a lovely post, so much going on in your life and your lovely neighbourhood 🙂 have a great week xx

    May 16, 2016
  17. Truly beautiful neighborhood. I love that I can now see it in my mind. I really wish we were neighbors! Hugs!

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks so much Michelle, now you know whereof I speak having seen it for yourself. Thank you !!

      May 16, 2016
  18. I feel like I just strolled through your neighborhood with you, Suzanne. I’m sorry the farmers market fell flat- last fall’s apples this time of year always make me glum. Here’s hoping spring heads north soon. I got my first strawberries last week and imagine y’all are just a couple weeks behind. Kisses to sweet Percy and big hugs to you! xo

    May 16, 2016
    • I think by the first week of June we will see strawberries. Thanks Em, gave Percy a big hug and kiss from you.

      May 16, 2016
  19. Your post has reminded me of the Sesame Street song line ‘Who are the people in your neighbourhood?’ Felt like I was there, strolling around with you. Good luck with the meeting and what a handsome wee chappie Percy is in that cap.

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Lisa, yes I felt like I was giving a little tour of the area. LOL, Percy is dapper and handsome in his cap. Thank you again.

      May 16, 2016
  20. You live in such a beautiful neighborhood, Suzanne! I loved seeing all the pictures. Percy’s hat is so cute! You must get a lot of comments about it on your walks. Thanks for sharing what is going on in your life. Best wishes on good results from the meeting.

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks Shari, yes I love my neighborhood, it’s beautiful, my neighbors are great. It’s all good. Now if only we could keep the government from mucking things up.

      May 16, 2016
  21. Loved living “a day in the life of Suzanne!” You are so good to work with your neighbors and community to rally support for your cause. That takes a lot of time, planning, research and energy! Hopefully, the walks with Percy (how awesome is his smile!?! He is beaming in that hat) and visits to the farmers market provide good distraction. Your neighborhood is beautiful and worth fighting for… good luck!

    May 16, 2016
  22. What a lovely tour of your neighborhood Suzanne and that little house is so charming. All the best with City Hall 🙂

    May 16, 2016
    • Thanks so much Marisa. I love that little house, it’s always been one of my favorites. So quaint and charming.

      May 16, 2016
  23. Your neighborhood is lovely. I can see how it can fill you inspiration. Percy’s new hat is adorable. I hope you and your neighbors win the battle with DOT.

    May 16, 2016
    • Thank you so much Sharon. He looks just adorable in his little hat!! We hope we win also.

      May 18, 2016
  24. Your neighbourhood is beautiful Suzanne, it would be a pitty to see its charm altered by bad regulations. Hope you win this one. Percy is so adorable in the hat!

    May 16, 2016
    • It would be a terrible shame but the bigger picture is the health and safety hazards that this change will bring. Lets hope we can be successful. Thanks so much.

      May 18, 2016
  25. Reading through comments Suzanne–looks like Percy has become the star of your blog!! Hoping all goes well this week at those important meetings–it sounds like you have awesome support. Just hope the administration pays attention! And I absolutely love seeing your neighborhood!! so so beautiful! It would be so fun to have more walking down the street posts for all of us people stuck in little plain suburbs!! anyway, I loved your foodless post! I’m sure you’ll be back with something yummy before too long, if I know you! Good luck! xox

    May 17, 2016
    • Thanks Rhonda, I have been so so busy preparing for the meeting, which was last night. So many people came they have to have another meeting on Thursday but one thing I know is even though the sentiment against the proposal is high the corrupt administration does what it wants. It’s a dirty business politics.

      May 18, 2016
      • Well done Suzanne. Hoping and praying the city listens to the voice of reason– so glad there was so much turn out and support! Would you let us know how Thursday goes?… You are amazing.

        May 18, 2016
  26. Always great to see photos and read about what’s happening in your neighbourhood Suzanne… hope that the meetings go well and you get the results you’re after.

    May 17, 2016
    • Thanks so much Margot. I am going to do a short post about the meeting another day, we have another meeting Thursday with spillover from the last.

      May 18, 2016
  27. I had a similar experience at our farmer’s market although I did buy a wonderful basket of heirloom tomatoes. Enjoyed the photos of your neighborhood, it’s lovely.

    May 17, 2016
    • Yes it’s so disappointing and you know what would be helpful is to have someone report about what is at the market so you can decide whether it’s worth the trip. Thanks so much Karen.

      May 18, 2016
      • That is a great idea!

        May 18, 2016
  28. Good luck with the city hall meeting, and glad you at least found a few nice pieces at the farmer’s market. Basil is very important!

    May 17, 2016
    • Thanks Mary Frances, fighting city hall is tiresome and frustrating. I know that in your part of the city there is a huge push to scale down construction, I belong to New Yorkers for a Human Scale which is based out of Tribeca.
      The cukes and tomatoes were good but I had my heart set on berries. Maybe in a few weeks. Have a great day.

      May 18, 2016
  29. Hi Suzanne, just got back from camping. Sorry the farmer’s market was somewhat of a bust. But you know what?? You have that adorable Percy. I wish you the best with the meeting, that does not sound like fun at all. xoxoxo

    May 18, 2016
    • It was no fun thanks Kathryn. have to do it all over on Thursday. Contentious, screaming, nasty and the prep work we did putting together over 20 binders to send to politicians and communtiy board with petitions (over 1400 signatures) letters, exhibits. We worked tirelessly and hope that we may be successful but it’s hard to know.

      May 18, 2016
  30. Heather #

    Ohhh Perc! You are adorable. And, in your swish new hat you will sort the neighbourhood in no time.

    May 18, 2016
  31. Suzanne, I feel admire that you get on really well with your neighbourhoods. Same as my area, the street that we’re living, our neighbours​ live there almost 30 years already. Also, Percy is so cute. Wish your weekend will be fun! 🙂

    May 18, 2016
    • Thanks Mochi, yes our neighborhood has history. My next door neighbor has lived in her house over 50 years. Have a wonderful weekend and hope you are doing well.

      May 18, 2016
  32. I love Percy in that hat! It sound like you both have wonderful walks, and how great to have a farmer’s market with such lovely flowers and produce so close. Have a great rest of your week Suzanne 😀

    May 18, 2016
  33. Percy looks adorable and I love seeing around your neighborhood! That house is so pretty Suzanne! A wonderful post!

    May 18, 2016
  34. Sandhya #

    Suzanne,
    Somehow, I am not getting your posts on my reader. It has been very busy at my house too but I kept thinking that I am missing reading your wonderful posts. So here I am and so glad I came! I enjoy morning walks through neighborhoods especially in the spring season when everything is blooming and the houses are always my favorite. Thoroughly enjoyed your pictures of the flowers and that gorgeous house!
    Percy looks adorable in that hat!

    May 20, 2016
    • Thank you, it happens to me all the time. Somehow I think wordpress just knocks me off of some blog lists. Weird right. Thank you so much.

      May 20, 2016
  35. You have such a beautiful neighborhood to walk in! Thanks for sharing your photos–I love Percy’s hat! 🙂

    May 20, 2016
  36. It feels like I’m walking around the neighborhood, I’m still so surprised we haven’t run into each other yet! One day… I hope!

    May 21, 2016
    • I often see someone that resembles you and I wonder if it is you, maybe one day we will actually see each other. Hope so would love to meet!!

      May 23, 2016
  37. What a beautiful walk you must have had and good luck on the basil! We just planted our little garden (at my folks) with herbs, 10 tomato plants (there are sooo many kinds now!) and a habanero. We have a little more space and may put something else in. Percy’s hat is the greatest!! Love it!!

    Molli

    May 23, 2016
    • My basil is not doing good at all, not sure why I have problems with it every year. 4 plants are dead I have two new ones that don’t seem to be growing at all. UGH… Thanks so much Mollie.

      May 23, 2016
      • Try a new pot or sterilize the pot it was in and new soil = if in a garden, put it in a different area. Here’s link for you! I can’t live without basil, although that might be a bit of an overdramitization! http://www.growthis.com/common-problems-when-growing-basil/

        May 23, 2016
      • Maybe I will transplant to a clean pot with new soil. I have them in a HUGE pot I was hoping for lots and lots of basil. Thanks for the link I will read it.

        May 23, 2016
  38. Lovely photos.. spring does make everything so lively! Looks like Percy is enjoying wearing his cap sooo much! 🙂

    May 23, 2016
    • Thank you so much, well I’ll put it this way, he tolerated wearing the hat. He was much happier when I took it off but he is such a ham he loves having his photo taken. I always tell him what a handsome boy he is.

      May 23, 2016
  39. Percy loved his cool green hat a lot, I see. Your neighborhood is looking great & lovely. I hope that that big traffic won’t pass alongside your door. xxx I also get inspired by beautiful things, like markets, people, places,…nature,…

    May 30, 2016
    • Thank you, Percy is such a ham, when I put something on him and tell him how handsome he looks he will sit still and pose with a big smile.

      May 30, 2016
  40. And pleople,..like you! 🙂

    May 30, 2016

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