Monday, December 28, 2009

My New York ~ Gracious Home

Gracious Home
67th and Broadway

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

My New York ~

More & More Antiques
77th Street and Amsterdam Avenue

Friday, December 11, 2009

My New York ~

Broadway & 79th Street

Friday, December 4, 2009

A message from Dame Edna

"Dearest Michael my Possum ~
I do hope you are having a wonderful Holiday season in that frozen city.
I am sunning my crevices Down Under at the moment.
I just wanted you to know I am using your Fabulous Glass Glitter on just about everything ! sparkles as much as you !
Cheers, Edna"

Thursday, November 5, 2009

On Film ~ Grey Gardens 2009

Grey Gardens
Director: Michael Sucsy

Jessica Lang
Drew Barrymore

Excellent Peformfances from Both Jessica & Drew
Way to go Drew, Wow ! That was good !!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tortoise Hall ~ Gravel Patio

* This is what 16 Tons of Gravel Looks Like


* Stone will cover the Gravel at a later time.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

White October

Tortoise Orchard looking North East

Crabapple Tree

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mother Shipton 1488

The Prophecies of Mother Shipton are well documented.
She predicted her own death ~ She was burned as a Witch in 1561

See all about Mother Shipton by clicking the title ~ be sure to investigate the links ... If you dare

Monday, September 21, 2009

Film Classics ~ Queen Bee

Queen Bee 1955
Joan Crawford
Director: Ranald MacDougall

Be sure to watch for the following:

* Joan's Phone Cord Bondage scene

* When Joan is called a Bitch on Wheels
Quote " What ever you are, you're on Wheels"

* Joan's "Bee Dress w/ train"

* Joan's Jewelry & Eyelashes

* Steam in "Bathtub Scene"

* Quote from Joan "You KNOW I will"

* Waking up Scene with gloves in bed

Collecting ~ Tinsel Paintings

Popular in the Victorian period Tinsel painting mimicks the earlier ancient oriental and Egyptian art of painting a decor on gilded or enameled glass.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mary Travers

I was sorry to hear about the passing of Mary Travers
Peter, Paul & Mary

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"My New York" ~

Great Italianate House In the town of Andes New York

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"My NY." ~ La Delice Pastry Shop

Neighborhood: Kips Bay
372 3rd Ave
(between 26th St & 27th St)


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

"Solomon Grundy"

This English Nursery rhyme has varied very little since it was first collected by James Orchard Halliwell and published in 1842

Solomon Grundy,
Born on a Monday,
Christened on Tuesday,
Married on Wednesday,
Took ill on Thursday,
Grew worse on Friday,
Died on Saturday,
Buried on Sunday.
This is the end
Of Solomon Grundy.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

"The Family Jewels" ~ Record Fish

The one in back is my nephew Kenny

Lance my Great newhew (The one with sun glasses)

Family friend Mike, Kenny & Lance

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Minky Mae Louise Taylor

"Miss Taylor" (if you're Nasty!)

Manhattan Socialite
Renowned Star of "Cleopatra ~ Puss of the Nile"
Acclaimed recording artist known for her hit single "Shortnin' Bread"

My Pa. ~ View looking South from Tortoise Hall

Rainy Day

Monday, July 27, 2009

Summer Time ~ Tortoise Orchard / Rabbit Haie

La Haie or Haie (Hey) is a Norman term dating from the 12th Century referring to a hedged enclosure. The Area from the left of the Picture to the center is heavy with brambles and growth and the home to rabbit families.
A small maze of footpaths enable access through Rabbit Haie.
To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee.
~Emily Dickinson

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability. ~Sam Keen

Summer has set in with its usual severity. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language. ~Henry James

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Chase Bank Credit Card Department

"Welcome to Chase Bank Credit Card Department...We look forward to Eating You !!!"

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Poultry ~ "A World of Pasta"

Chapter Head for the Poulty section from the book
"A World of Pasta"
By Maria Lucisa Scott and Jack Denton Scott
McGraw Hill Publishing
Illustations by Michael Hostovich

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

There's a GIANT in my House !

If You (Click the Title) You can read all about The Childe of Hale on Hale Village Online as well as about my Ancestors the Ireland Blackburnes of Hale Hall.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

How to Grow the "Megga-Brow"

Coleslaw is the Key:
I must brag...that I'm famous among a small group of regulars for my coleslaw. The basic ingredients are shaved cabbage, green peppers, finely chopped pimiento, and pineapple. Over this goes a dressing of mayonnaise, a liberal amount of both dry mustard and prepared mustard, the juice of six lemons, olive oil, cider vinegar, hot peppers, and a magic mixture of spices and herbs that I buy from a restaurant in Hollywood, the Cock 'n Bull.

Love always, Joan
. . . you are under my power

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Books of note ~ "The Anglo Files"

Sarah Lyall
Book Design by Judith Stagnitto Abbate / Abbate Design

A Book Chock-full of the many Charms of the British People told in a brash, tattletale like manner that us Americans are so good at.

Like I said before ...

* Remember, "America" voted for Bush Twice ...I rest my case

Tuesday, May 5, 2009


"Life is Short, art is long"

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My Pa. ~ Duck Harbor Antiques

Collecting ~ Antique Furniture

Victorian mahogany veneer Table
The Top is three feet in diameter
Duck Harbor Antiques,Pa.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Movie Classic ~ "Imitation of Life" (1959)

Director: Douglas Sirk

Lana Turner
John Gavin
Sandra Dee
Juanita Moore

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Post Cards to Heaven ~ Verlin

To: Verlin Miller ~ Eternal Friend

Dear Verlin ~
I happened across these drawings you did in one of my old Inventory Books.
Boy, we sure had a lot of fun !
I miss You !!!
Love, m

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Collecting ~ Jewelry as Art

Double Flower Pin
"Made in Mexico"
2-1/8" wide x 1-1/8" tall
Silver, unmarked
Circa 1940's

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My New York ~ 120,000 Calories

At least twice a month for the past five years I have had occasion to walk by a small snack shop in midtown Manhattan. My attention is always drawn to the Cherry Cheese Cake featured on the third shelf of the desert counter. I have not as yet stopped to partake of this tempting treat. Estimating that one slice contains at least 1000 calories I figure I have saved at least 120,000 calories.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Happy Birthday Tuna ~

Tuna has lived with me for the past several years now.
He has feline immune deficiency (Kitty Aids).
When I found him he was stumbling around, not seeing very well due to an eye infection that caused his eyes to bulge and loss of site in one eye.
He must be isolated from the other cats as he is contagious.
Initially the vet wanted to euphamize him ... I quickly went to another vet.
He is now in very good condition, happy, sweet as a clam and could live a healthy life for a number of years.
That's Newbie behind the pillow.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mrs. Seymour Adams Ireland Blackburne

Drawing of my Grandmother
by Michael Hostovich

Tuesday, February 3, 2009