Wednesday 25 January 2012

Living in Brooklyn

This story starts way back in 1987 when it seemed like a good idea to take my daughters on a business trip to New York City.

Katie is 11 and this is her first flight ~ 

One glimpse of that amazing city and she is hooked!

She went into Saks Fifth Avenue and sweet talked a sales girl into selling her a Swatch watch for $5, purely so she could walk along the street carrying a bag that said Saks Fifth Avenue.  She even asked for a big bag!

I'm not sure why she has a NY T- shirt slapped on her chest.  Katie always did strange things like that!

From that day on, she swore she would live in NYC someday.  And....when her husband had to leave Toronto to work on a film in Brooklyn, I knew it was only a matter of time before she picked up Baby and hopped a flight to join him.

I clung to her and wailed, "Don't leave me!".  Kidding! That was my inside voice.  My outside voice said, "How wonderful! Great adventure!".  She's there for at least six months so that was pretty sporting of me, don't you think?

So, here is Baby on her first flight ~

I figure that I might as well accept this and we can all join in on the experience through the miracle of the world wide web.  If you already live in New York, you can tune out or read this as a tale of some poutine eating, touque wearing, hockey crazed Canuks in the big city!  The rest of us want to see the sights!

Katie has never been shy and has no problem with doing the tackiest, touristy thing if the mood strikes her.

I submit this next photo as proof ~

And this photo taken in FAO Schwartz as proof that nothing has changed ~

Her film making hubby never misses a chance to check out locations from films.  This shot of Adam Sandler in Big Daddy is taken in Luigi's famous pizza place in Brooklyn ~

And here's Baby ~

It really is good pizza! ~

Mommy made the pilgrimage to the place she first made her vow and stands in the same spot ~

Baby doesn't look all that impressed.  Perhaps she's vowing to live on a ranch in Alberta.
Back home on the subway with Daddy ~

A little playing in the snow with the kids on the street ~

While singer/songwriter Mommy writes this song and posts it on youtube ~

I can't wait to see where we go next!  Let me know if there is any spot in NYC you want to see and we'll send Baby to check it out!

I'm sharing this with

ps ~ So many of you have asked where you can hear more of Katie's music that I'm adding this link to Youtube.  It will bring you right to more of her tunes.  Thanks for all your support of a struggling artist!


  1. I went to NYC back in 1999, by way of a 22 hour car ride with hubs and our sons (6&8). We had the best time, but way too rushed! Would love to go back someday! Looking forward to reading about all the great adventures!

  2. How wonderful and such beautiful reflections. :)

  3. Lovely! Katie has a beautiful voice. What an adventure ahead for all.

  4. I wish I could live in New York too! I can see why your daughter wants to live there. It is one of the most amazing cities I have ever been to in my life!

    Thanks for linking this post to my pinning & singing party. I don't quite know why the link you created didn't work but I think you did well embedding that wonderful video of Katie and adding a link to my site-thank you so much!

    Best wishes to you and your sweet family!

  5. What a lovely post. And what a beautiful voice! I am quite a New York fan myself. Will you go and visit?

  6. Your daughter is lovely! What a fantastic voice. You are making my miss my hometown, especially Luigi's ! There is a DELICIOUS pizza parlor on the Upper West Side near Columbia University, the slices are no joke HUGE. I will get you the info to pass to your daughter, she will love it. Also, if you need any insider New Yorker info, I am your gal :)

  7. I've always wanted to visit New York! Your series here on your blog is going to make me NEED to go now! Great posting Maureen! xo

  8. I would buy that song and artist on cd anytime, very talented. You know I love the fact that she is fulling a dream she had so young. At 50 I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up, or live.

  9. Lynn @ January 2012 at 12:57

    Katie and Baby are so much alike! Can't wait to hear more Tales from Brooklyn. I am so happy she has this chance to fulfill some of her dreams. Miss you Katie.

  10. Thanks so much for the kind words about my music everyone. Fulfilling two dreams at once (recording my album/playing live and living in NYC) sure makes me feel joyful. Now, off to find that Statue of Liberty to let Baby put her head in it this time! More music to come on my youtube page soon...
    Youtube: K8D100

  11. Love the music!! And ever so understanding of the screaming voice inside you and the calm encouraging "go and live your adventure exterior". The joys of being a mother and grandmother!!

  12. Wow, with Jileen pointing Baby toward the best places in Brooklyn, we should all have fun! As a mom, it's always wonderful to hear compliments about your kids and I thank you all for taking the time to listen to Katie!
    Special thanks to Natasha in Oz for her linky all the way in Australia! (One place I would consider living).

  13. what a fun story. I hope she has only the best of experience in the Big Apple!

  14. Hey Maureen -- thanks for stopping by. And thank you for following. It means a lot. Back at ya.

  15. Love NYC - it's only a quick train or car ride from me! Of course, my girls love the touristy parts of the city too. Watch it or Baby may come back with a New York accent! Your daughter is so talented too!

  16. Baby is bound to pick up the accent anyway. Her paternal grandma is from New York State! We are trying to counteract that by saying 'eh' a lot.

  17. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Your daughter is on a wonderful adventure! So talented too, wonderful voice.

  18. Very sweet! And what an adventure! Wish I could go! ♥

  19. A ranch in Alberta! I could go for that, but only in the summer. My husband was born in Edmonton, and for years, we went back every summer. I'm too old and thin-skinned to spend a winter there, though! Great "J" post!!

  20. Very nice Katie! You must be a proud mom.

    I grew up in a suburb of NYC, but my mom hated going into the city, so we didn't go often. I finally got to the Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island when I was in my 50's and we went home for a visit. It was strange because we went to Florida every year and to my dad's company conventions in California, West Virginia, Canada, etc. My husband and I would go into the city on visits back home, but my parents are gone now so we don't get back like we used to anymore. I hope your daughter has a very good time!

  21. Judie, my dad is from the Hat so I know a little about Alberta. My sister lived in Edmonton for a couple of years. NO WAY could I deal with that cold!

  22. Betty, isn't it odd that we don't go to see the things near us? I live one hour from Niagara Falls and rode on the Maid Of The Mist for the first time this year! Anything else in NY you would like to see and I can send Baby to?

  23. Thanks for dropping by and the lovely compliment.

  24. oh more than anywhere, i want to go to New York ... it just looks like home to me ...

  25. What a talented daughter! This post is so sweet and has the beauty of seeing a dream from the past fulfilled. Wonderful.

  26. Hello.
    WoW! What a lovely post for this week!
    Fantastic photos & Katie is very talented.
    Thanks for sharing.

    The Jewels In You

  27. Oh my gosh. I would totally buy Katie's music. This is my favorite genre. What a lovely true voice she has! Does she have downloads available for purchase? Or a CD?

    Let me know! I'm impressed!

    Thanks for sharing this jewel of a post. I'm sorry they're so far's hard on a mother's heart for sure!

    Still listening to her song. Really gorgeous.