|A boat ride is perfect on a hot day|
Out of the blue my big sister, Mary, called and said she was coming to visit. Really??? I said, with a note of skepticism. Who could blame me, after all her last visit was over twelve years ago. I’ll be there this week, she added. Right on, email me your time of arrival and I’ll pick you up at the airport, I said cheerfully. Oh my, I was so excited, but then again I didn’t want to get my hopes up!
The day before she was scheduled to arrive I still wouldn't let myself believe she would be coming. That night she called and said “I’ll be there at 6 pm tomorrow”. Whoa!!! She was actually going to visit us!!! I had to get my butt in gear and clean my house, even though my housecleaner had just cleaned. I quickly realized that I would be cleaning all night. Therefore I called my back-up-cleaner (see why here) who, lucky for me, was available the next day. I also, had to call my handyman to do a few things around the house, touch ups and stuff. I changed the light bulbs and wash all the towels so they were all soft and fresh. There was a flurry of things to be done before picking her up at the airport. I took the day off from work, and although I wasn't planning to take my holidays, yet, I decided to take time off for her visit.
Then she called to say she missed her first flight. What??? I spoke to her that morning hours before her flight and she was packed and almost out the door. What happened, I asked? Apparently, she decided at the last minute to grab a muffin and didn’t hear the final call. They called three times but she didn’t hear and the plane left without her after they removed her bag. And, all I could think of was, YES! That muffin may have cost her $150 in change fees. But, missing her plane gave me a few more hours to prepare for her visit. Everything was perfect when she arrived, I think.
My son, Andrew had an appointment in Montreal. He suggests we go to New York from Montreal. It is only a short drive, he says, and we all know Andrew loves NYC. What the heck I thought, this would be a wonderful experience since my sister had never been there. And besides the pool still was not completed. Hubby went on line and made reservations for us at the New York Helmsley Hotel. It is closer than where we stayed before which is across the Brooklyn Bridge at the Marriott Hotel. I suggest hubby fly down to meet us Friday night after work (some of us can’t just take time off!) He agreed. Now to find a place for our dog, Bohdi, on a long weekend, which we did! He was excited to stay at Tails andTrails Country Pet Resort.
We decided to take our time driving and stopped over night at Lake George, a picturesque lakeside resort. We stayed at a lovely hotel, The Fort William Henry Hotel. There is much history in lake George and we enjoyed a lovely evening there. The next day in the parking lot we met a guy who is a ghost guide who said that there are several ghost in and around the hotel. Thankfully, we were leaving, yikes.
|Mary, first night in NYC @Osteria Laguna!|
I really got to appreciate the in car GPS, which made driving in NYC a snap. We arrived in time for dinner, which we had at Osteria Laguna Restaurant directly across the street from our hotel. You know what it's like when you first arrive at a place you're excited about, everything taste amazing. Osteria didn't disappoint. My insalata caprese was simply delicious!
|New York from Empire State Building!|
|Porgy and Bess|
It was difficult, but we even managed to get some tickets on Broadway to the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, which was playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Andrew wanted to see Harvey, but we couldn't get reasonable tickets. With only a limited time, it was too bad we missed it because andrew is a fan of Jim Parson from The Big Bang Theory.
But what is summer about, if not to be spontaneous, huh? It's a good thing Andrew didn't pinch my sister every time she said, pinch me, Andrew! Otherwise, she would have been black and blue. lol. All in all, this impromptu trip is one to be treasured.