Sandy. Everyone in NYC will always remember that name, and not fondly. Me and my wife were among the lucky. We live in at the tip of the island and on top of a hill so we were not touched by the destruction that those in Lower Manhattan faced and continue to face. We were lucky and our prayers continue to go out those in need.
Here are a few images from up around the parks where I live.
These are images from the morning ceremony at the Church of the Good Shepherd honoring and remembering 22 people from the neighborhood who perished 11 years ago today in the attacks on the Twin Towers. They are remembered daily with a memorial garden along the side of the church. Also steel beams from the towers form a cross near the entrance of the memorial garden.
Last month I wrote about the Number 1 lady in my life, this month s about lady #2- Queenie our cat. I will admit, I never in a million years thought I would own a cat. I was a dog man! I loved coming home and having Jesse, my greyhound, meet me at the door with a wagging tail!! Yes, I know part of that wagging tail was his way of saying “I have to go!” but I’d like to think most of the wagging was for me -:) Jesse was my family! We did everything. Everything I knew cats couldn’t do. I thought cats were standoffish, selfish, and showed no love or emotion.Until I met Ms. Queenie. Below are Queenie and Debra.
How did we get Queenie or Kat as she was known when she came to us? Debra was out of town doing a show, and a friend called and asked if she could take her. Seems the owner was 84 and had fallen and broken her arm. Her nephew, who had her, was allergic, so Debra called and asked me if we should take her and foster her until her owner got better and I said OK. I didn’t know the first thing about cats, other then they scratched and made you do their bidding!
Me and Lady Q were alone together for two months, since the wife was out of town working.
(Quick aside, as I write this Queenie is sitting by my chair and being the good dog owner I was, I tell her to jump up in my lap, I even patted the chair to show her the spot! What I’d get? A “your kidding, right? stare)
Being diligent and thoughtful foster parents, we decided to take Queenie to the vet to make sure our little kitten was of sound mind and body. Turns out our little kitty is a 10 year-old old cat!!! That was a shocker!! We were fooled by her lithe six pound body. Does this look like the face of a senior kitty!!
To make a long story short, at six months, the nephew asked if we could just keep her. Our first thought was about the Aunt and if she was OK with it. The last thing we wanted was to take, what may have been a joy in her life, away from her. Seems her arm didn’t heal properly, and she would not have been able to take care of Queenie.
Is life with a cat any different then a dog? Yes, in one major way. Whenever we are out we do not have to rush home! If you’ve owned a dog, and don’t have a dog walker, then you know what I’m talking about. That kitty litter box is a Godsend! How do they know to go there anyway???
Another head scratcher is the need to lay on any and everything!! Like my computer cover hanging on the back of our loveseat.
The remotes and cell phones, which she also tends to kick off!
And the biggest headscratcher of all-PAPER!!!
She slept in this paper-bag for at least a month, if not longer and she has a nice kitty bed, which of course she has never laid a paw in! :) Why do people buy their pets all that useless stuff, when the things they end of playing with the most are the ones that cost nothing.
Another thing I found out? Cats sleep hard! Hard enough that you can put anything you want on them :)
Do animals play favorites?? I think so. I’m pretty sure Queenie never looks at the door longingly waiting for me to come home like she does with Debra.
Overall, the cat experience has been great, now we have to work in a canine. Queenie, you listening?
I didn’t think so.
Next month, images from my NYC parks and parade walkabout.
When I first started this blog, my goal was for a weekly entry, never happened, so what I’m hoping to do is a monthly entry of photos that I have taken and talk about them a little and why I took them. This first monthly entry was easy in a way. The Dells put it best in this song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-n_U65x7Aw
My wife Debra has been my rock, my sounding board, my editor, my butt-kicker, my inspiration to reach my goals and shoot the subjects that interest me. Lately, she has been my muse. Whether at home, the train, or just out in NYC, she will look a certain way that inspires me to photograph her.
The above photo was taken during the fall as we were heading out. The light is from a window to the left, which I loved, and the look Debra has with her head wrap, gave it a European feel to me.
Being New Yorkers, we are always on the train, and to pass the time I experiment with some of my camera apps from my phone. I love using the different films and lens on the apps that I have.
One of the challenges of the train is trying to get some unique or different. I think I succeeded below.
The next two images have an old-school, movie star portrait feel to them. What I enjoy and find invigorating, is that my wife is a chameleon. She has many looks.
Like most husbands, I get a feeling of helplessness and maybe a little dread, when I see that my wife isn’t her usual upbeat self. Its gut-wrenching to me when she’s under the weather or laid up after surgery, like in this photo. There aren’t very many women who would let you photograph them at their most vulnerable, but while she was in the hospital, Debra let me photograph her while she was in less then perfect condition. (Yes, she knows this is on the blog! She had final editorial say for this posting :) The monkey was a get-well gift from her best friends son.
What I love about my wife is her fun-loving , outgoing, and expressive personality!
That will do it for this month. September will be the life and times of Queenie the Cat!! Stay tuned :)
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Steven G. Smith
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