Friday, 9 June 2017

On closer inspection....

Hi there.
Thanks for joining me here in this hotel room in New York.
Great view!


Let’s move in a little closer.....


No, closer....


That’s better.
Spent the whole day in that concrete jungle yesterday.
Loved it.
I LOVE NEW YORK.
And I must say, I met so many helpful, friendly people yesterday.
Everywhere I went, folks were so cordial.
Perhaps that’s because I smile and am friendly too.
It’s like a mirror effect really, isn’t it?
I bet if I growled at people, barked at them, 
and walked around with a face like a wet weekend, 
it would have been different. 


Walked?
Did I walk?!
I caught the train in from Astoria to Manhattan with Grace, 
but then she had to go to work.
So I spent the entire day wandering, shopping, walking, people watching, ambling, shopping, drinking coffee, walking more, shopping.

#LovelyMural. #Superboutique #Myfave

It was bwilliant !!!
I definitely got my 10,000 steps in for yesterday - and today!


There’s a supermarket chain over here called Trader Joe’s. 
Very cool.
But shit, the queues for the till!!!
And I wasn’t at the back by any means!!
The back was near the vegetables at the front!

They should call it the M25 at Trader Joe’s

 

Never complain again about the Ally Pally queues at Clarity again!

Then Gracie got off work and we had a lovely evening together, with Nick and Robert, Grace’s best friend over here.
They’ve know each other since they were nippers in California.


It’s 5 o’clock in the morning now. I am showered, dressed and ready to go to the hospital with Grace and Nick.
They are swinging by for me at 7, so I am a bit early...


Wish Grace luck.
Please send her all the positive energy you can muster.
Grace by name, Grace by nature.

Love & hugs,
Barb
xxxx

107 comments:

  1. Think of you all hope your wait is not to long and all goes wellGrace recovers quickly big hugs xxx

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  2. Prayers for GRACE!!! Hugs for Barbara! Only happy thoughts!

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  3. Lots of love and positive thoughts! Xxx

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  4. Thinking of you and GRACE. Blessings and love and everything good for GRACE. xxx

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  5. I hope all goes really well for Grace - every positive vibe I have on the way...... C xx

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  6. Love and thoughts to you both. Xx

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  7. Healing prayers, positive thoughts, lots of love & hugs xx

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  8. Positive thoughts for you all. I had a cyst removed in my throat on Tuesday and boy it hurts, but family helps (including spending time with my fur babies)...

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  9. Wishing Grace the very best of luck! Lots of hugs for you both. Try and keep that cheery face Barb. Xx

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  10. Hope all goes well. I always taught my kids a smile goes a long way. So keep smiling. Joan

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  11. Hope all goes well. I always taught my kids a smile goes a long way. So keep smiling. Joan

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  12. Thinking of you all today, all things crossed for Grace and a good outcome.

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  13. Healing thoughts and hugs to Grace. Hugs to you as well Barbara xx

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  14. Hugs to you and grace xxx

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  15. Wishing Grace the best of luck lots of positive vibes heading your way and not to forget a hug for you too Barbara xx

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  16. I have everything crossed for Grace. My thoughts are with you today especially Barbara.

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  17. Only the best wishes for your little girl - have everything crossed for her. Xxx

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  18. Lots of hugs and positive thoughts hope all goes well xx

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  19. It's my lovely nephew's birthday today; he's a kind, compassionate, funny, gentle, musical, arty, empathetic, honest, hard-working lovely man. A police officer in Essex, former bass player in a hard rock band, and wanna-be screen printer and artist in his spare time. Sending love to Iain and Grace today in equal measure, and hope it will be a good day for them both x

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  20. Sending so many positive vibes and love to Grace, Gilly xx

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  21. All crossed and positive thoughts for you both xx

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  22. Sending loads of good wishes to Grace. The waiting is sometimes the worst bit. Hoping it is a good day for you all. X x

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  23. Sending positive thoughts and bugs Hugs your way. Will be thinking about you both today. Hope all goes well Grace. Xxx

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  24. Let us know the results of what happens with Gracie, when you can. Warm wishes, prayers and hugs for you all

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  25. I really hope everything goes well and she has a speedy recovery x

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  26. Sending both you and Grace great big hugs,will be thinking of you both
    Lots of love and positive thoughts

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  28. All the positive thoughts and love in the world are coming to you, Grace and Nick for a Happy outcome. Hope you won't be waiting to long for good news.xxx

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  31. All the positive thoughts and love are being sent to you, Grace and Nick for a happy outcome today. Hope you won't be waiting too long for good news. Love and hugs Pam xxx

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  32. Huge hugs for you both and positive thoughts winging their way for Grace xxx

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  33. I'm praying. Peace in all your hearts and a total positive outcome. (((Hugs)))

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  34. Sorry Barbara having fun here tried to delete the extra comments but it keeps putting more in. Never mind even more positivity for you all. Xx

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  35. Wishing Grace and you all the best. Xx

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  36. Sorry Barbara having fun here tried to delete the extra comments but it keeps putting more in. Never mind even more positivity for you all. Xx

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  37. Sending very positive thoughts Grace xxx

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  38. Wishing you all a world of good health, happiness and calm serenity from the south of Italy.

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  39. Keeping everything crossed for Grace at this end xx

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  40. Hi Barbara, glad you managed to have a positive day yesterday. You and Grace have never left my thoughts, and won't. Send all my positive energy Grace's way today. Everything crossed for the bestest outcome. Love and huge cuddles for you and Grace. Hang in there. Love you xxxxxxxxxx

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  41. Got everything crossed for you Grace. Sending love to you all. Xxx

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  42. All good wishes Gracie xx and take care of yourself Barbara. xx

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  43. Everything is crossed and all goes well xx

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  44. Hi Barbara, Everything crossed today. Makes piercing and snipping difficult but, hey ho, Grace is more important. Love and hugs xx

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  45. Sending positive thoughts to Grace, you're in my thoughts x

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  46. Best wishes to Grace and I´m sure everything goes out well!!!!!!!!!!!

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  47. Love and hugs and nothing but well wishes sent to your Grace and you 💖

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  48. Mustering as much positive energy that I can and sending it all to Grace. It's good that Nick has you there, Barbara: the waiting can be awful on your own. Love and best wishes to you all Mxx

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  49. I wish Grace all the luck in the world. We've just found out that our daughter has been in hospital in Canberra, near death with an asthma attack. Stall waiting to hear how she is. Look after yourself too! Xx

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  50. Fingers crossed and big hugs that all is ok. X

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  51. Sending hugs and positive thoughts to you, Grace and all your family. If love can get you through anything, then all will be well. X

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  52. Being one of your biggest fans I would have loved to have run into you in our beautiful NYC but your a very busy lady and concerned for Grace who I know will do well with all the love and support around her and the healing energy coming her way . We did 10,000 steps yesterday , went to Cooper Hewitt museum then to Times Square and the palace theater to see Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard -- the audience went crazy with applause for her , oh what an actress ! . Oh well , we are here for a few more days ,I Love NYC also and Trader Joe's is my main place in Virginia , no long lines butlove the food . I read your blog daily but don't comment much anymore seems to be a small group here that know each other and that's ok . Neverthe less I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you and your family via blogland . My clarity stash is huge of stamps only . Have a wonderful visit and hugs and kisses for Grace who I know only through a mothers loving description . Much love and prayers Jan

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    1. Hi Janice,
      Please don't feel that you shouldn't comment. I guess I might be one of the ones you mention about knowing each other. Believe me, I've only met 2 or 3 of the people on here and that was at the Open Days. Feel free to join in the conversations, that's what we all did! Hugs, Alison xx

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    2. Thanks so much Alison for your lovely comment jan

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  53. Wishing you all the best for Grace
    and you Barbara.
    Wishing Grace the best and she will be on the mend very soon.
    Lynn xx

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  54. Luck, love and positivity always! Wxx

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  55. Hi Barbara
    NY sounds amazing I send all my love and my prayers for Grace and a few for you as I know how worried you will be. Thank you for taking a bit of time to keep us informed love &hugs xx

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  56. You have been in my thoughts and prayers xx

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  57. All the very best to you and especially to Grace xxx

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  58. Thinking of you all and healing prayers sent . Xxxxxxx love the insights to your day. Bet youve had loads of inspiration xxxxxxxxxxhuggles

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  59. Positive energy and love winging its way to you and Grace. xx

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  60. We are all with you both today & always xx

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  61. Wishing everything good for Grace today. Glad you had a lovely day yesterday Barbara and lots more great family times to come! x

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  62. Wishing all the best, hugs and positive vibes.

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  63. Sending warm wishes and positive vibes to both you and Grace, will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  64. Beautiful thoughts to a beautiful Grace. Thought of you today - just picked some sweet peas - they are with you in thought if not in reality.
    Lots of love
    Anne (Reading)

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  65. Thinking of you mum is in hospital again. 😥
    Got to try keep positive

    X

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  66. Thinking of you Grace, Nick and Barbara. Sending love and good vibes to you. Xx

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  67. I have been in the garden today,, and looking at my rose called grace, and thinking of her and saying a prayer. . Xxxxxxxx

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  68. Forgot to say I love trader joes as well. They sell lots of special things that I always request when my family come to visit. Have you taken a big case? Xxxxxx

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  69. I love New York too, would go there at the drop of a hat.
    Sending positive thoughts your way, hope all goes well for Grace. xx

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  70. Glad you managed to keep busy yesterday Barbara. Sending all the positive thoughts I can your way. Keep smiling.
    Love Gayle xxx

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  71. Hi Barbara
    That's some queue you were standing in Barbara, were you pacing on the spot? Looks like you had a good day though. Your view is amazing. You are so right about smiling at people, it doesn't cost anything and you could make someone's day. There's an elderly gent who lives near us who when he sees me says there's that lovely smile, it always cheers me up, that makes my day too. I've got everything crossed for Grace today, I hope all goes well. Sending you all lots of hugs.
    Love Diane xxx

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  72. Just want to tune in here , in case you are reading the messages... Grace has has the op, and it's ok. Nothing sinister, not malignant. Thank God. She is sleeping now. Thank you so much for all your love and positive energy xxxx And breathe .....

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    1. Oh fantastic news, brilliant, best news I've had for ages. Thanks for telling us Barb. Now relax and chill please. Love you xxxxxx

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    2. I knew it...
      Happy weekend in N.Y.
      ROlf xxx

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    3. So happy to hear it's over and all clear! Sleep is nature's way of healing so it'll do her good and doubtless you'll have a better sleep tonight than in the past couple of weeks. Hugs to you both xxx

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    4. Great News Barbara from one Mum to another I really do how you feel
      and wee Grace big Hugs my lovely...xx

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    5. Been thinking of you all throughout the day and checking here on and off. So glad that the news was good.

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    6. Hi Barb,
      That is the best news I have heard all day! I am so pleased that everything is ok and know that it must be a massive relief for you, Dave, Mark,Steve, Nick, your Mum and dad and most importantly for Grace herself. The sleep will do her good. - the human body certainly is a miracle. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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    7. That's such wonderful news, and she has her mum there to help over the next few days xx

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  73. The very best of wishes are sent for grace today. Xx

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  74. i hope it has gone well, hugs xx

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  75. Hi Barb,
    Seems you've had a busy day - all those steps - well done you. Never been to New York or America for that matter. It always looks such a fascinating city. As I've already mentioned above, I'm so pleased that everything has turned out well - it must've been all that positive energy flowing across the Atlantic! Love and hugs, Alison xxx

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  76. Great news, been thinking about you both today, hugs xx

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  77. I am so glad it all went well today. Love and hugs to you both xxxx

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  78. I'm so pleased to hear the good news, what a relief. Love and hugs to you both xx

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  79. Everything will be fine for grace and for all the other People in the clarityteam. sometimes buses come all together on one day, but they usually depart one after the other. best wishes and take care, gisela

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  80. I am sure she is so glad you were able to be there with her. Of course, it may be nothing, or even if it needs an operation it might still be nothing. I had one on my neck like that a few years ago. All clear, but I spent a week in hospital in a cancer ward with some truly ill ladies who I wondered if they would last the week I was there, and I felt rather like a fraud. Best of luck to Grace, my thoughts are with you both.

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  81. Hello Barb, love the pictures, so glad that you were with Grace, and very pleased to hear that it went well. Hugs to you both, and to everyone else that needs one. Bx

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  82. Sending love and hugs to you all god bless
    June horrocks xxxxx

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  83. Oh, what a relief! now you can really enjoy the rest of your time in NY with Grace. Have a lovely weekend.

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  84. Such great news, now relax xx

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  85. BRILLIANT NEWS, MUST HAVE BEEN ALL THOSE PRAYERS AND POSITIVE THOUGHTS. NOW WE SEND HEALING THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO GET OUT OF HOSPITAL QUICKLY. SORRY FOR THE CAPS BUT I HAVE SIGHT PROBS. HUGS BARBARA XX

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  86. Hi Barbara, just opened up your blog page , and what I found was so much good news.
    Glad everything went well, and Grace is ok , lots of hugs to you both.
    Enjoy your time together and both rest , Grace can now sit back and start her Groovi pictures !!!! When she is up to it a good tutor by her side.
    Lynn xx

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  87. So please for you all, a negative result is wonderful. xx

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x