Grateful for breathable air

In large cities you are immediately reminded that there are doors you will never enter unless you are wealthy or service the wealthy in some way or another. 

The above house (on Manhattan’s East Side) was for sale but guess what? No open house was scheduled. Rats. No peek into the Lifestyles of Rich and Famous for me. Here in honor of Norm Frampton’s ThursdayDoor event is another door I’ll never enter.

Below is a picture of a peculiar and apparently abandoned structure in another borough of NYC. Any guesses as to what it is?


Here’s a clue: It’s in the same park as the fountain below. 

Flushing Meadows, in the borough of Queens, is a world away from the east side of Manhattan. On the day we visited it was packed with families. On every field, soccer, baseball, cricket, and volleyball players either practiced or competed against each other as family members and friends watched.  Even in mid October, kayakers paddled around the small lakes taking selfies. They were mostly people from third world countries who will probably never be able to buy that house on the east side of Manhattan but they have their families and their community.  Today is Thanksgiving here in the United States. In California we are all thankful for the rain.  Our view has gone from smokey grey:

To cloudy grey. But the air has moved out of “hazardous” purple to a moderate orange.  It will be awhile before we are in the green of healthy air but we will never take fresh and healthy air for granted. Nor will I complain about the high cost of roof repairs.  At least I have a roof.


And of course I am thankful for you. Whether you come by once or every time I post, I am thankful for you.



40 thoughts on “Grateful for breathable air

  1. It’s too bad that we have to go through difficult moments to be reminded of how lucky we are, but it sure is good to stop and appreciate all that we have.
    I hope you enjoy your holiday Jan. Cheers 🙂

    1. Yes, clean air and water are things so many of us take for granted not realizing how lucky we are. I’m enjoying my holiday very much. Thank you! Hope you’re staying warm up there in my favorite city.

  2. That’s so nice. I am grateful for you too.
    Nice NYC doors! We don’t have many fancy doors in our city, we’re like #13 or #14 now, I think, and I bet there’s a relationship between city size and fancy doors.
    Glad your air is improved. Wish this wasn’t a thing I had to say. :/

  3. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Jan. You took many interesting photographs in NYC, and the doors are magnificent.
    Yesterday I saw aerial photographs of a Paradise neighborhood. It looked surreal, with the trees still standing and the houses gone. I hope these people are getting help and a temporary place to stay until they are ready to move on. I hope they had some Thanksgiving in their sad circumstances.
    Don’t we have a lot to be thankful for…
    Glad the air clears up. Love the kitty picture. xx

    1. Thank you Inese. Trees can survive forest fires. After the fire in the Oakland Hills, it was surreal to drive through a burnt out area and see green grass in front of destroyed structures.

  4. You’re right there, Jan. Boy, I can’t remember the last time I was so happy to see rain and not just for us, but for everyone in California. If I have any regret at all it’s that I’d wished it had come a little bit sooner for those folks who were in the burn areas. They’re all gonna need everyone’s help.

  5. I’m with you, Jan, on the exquisite gift of breathing fresh air. I hope your Thanksgiving weekend has been pleasant. And thanks so much for all your wise and funny words over this past year.

    1. Fresh air is definitely something we take for granted when we shouldn’t given the current state of the world. We had a low key Tday – crab and potato salad. Thanks for all the wonderful pictures and stories about wildlife!

  6. Clean air is one of those things we do take for granted until we don’t have it anymore. Loved your NYC pics. Was the door on the abandoned building from the World’s Fair? The statue looks vaguely familiar.

    1. Hi Laurie! Thanks for the comment. The statue is the symbol of the US Open Tennis match. From what I’ve heard, the abandoned building is the framework for a giant tent! And yes, it was from the World’s Fair.

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