I didn’t love the weather in February; I didn’t love the fact that the pandemic wasn’t getting better. I did love my local library and celebrated Love Your Library Month by donating to the Brazoria County Library, and supporting the Alvin Library League by buying used books for my Little Free Library several times. I LOVE books and everything bookish.

Last February I heard about the old and famous Strand Bookstore in NYC, and with that as my impetus, I got busy planning a girlfriend’s weekend in that city I love.

Three girlfriends, ranging from 50 to 82 in age, and I planned a trip to NYC, which included a Broadway play, a bus tour of the city (none of us are “good walkers”), and a trip to the site of 9/11. Each of us had “special agendas” to carry out while we were there. I intended to visit The Strand Bookstore; meet my favorite author, Fiona Davis for lunch in an authentic NY Cafe; and have coffee at an authentic NY Coffee Shop with Jay Cudney, my blogger friend and full time author on Sunday morning before the Broadway matinee.

We were scheduled to leave Houston on Southwest Airlines on March 19, 2020. AND THEN THE COVID VIRUS PANDEMIC HAD OTHER PLANS FOR US. We cancelled the trip on March 14 because we were afraid we’d be placed in a two week quarantine when we arrived back in Houston on the 23rd , and because we didn’t want to bring the virus back with us. This was after much discussion and a lot of prayer. Talk about a God thing! Had we gone to NYC, we would have been quarantined there, and who knows when we would have made it home?

It was a disappointment, but also a relief to cancel the trip. Fast forward to March, 2021. I am going to NYC–VIRTUALLY through my blog, PWR. Each day in March, there will be some kind of NYC-related post. I am looking forward to taking virtual tours and reporting on them, reviewing books set in The Big Apple, and doing other New Yorkish things during the month. If you know of something I can do without leaving the Texas Gulf Coast, nestled between Houston and Galveston, use the reply/comments box to let me know, please.

I am soooooo looking forward to my trip. Come along with me and enjoy New York.

Souvenir mugs: from left a mug bought for a dollar at Goodwill when I didn’t get to go; and on the right, a souvenir mug given as a gift by fellow blogger, Deb Nance of Readerbuzz, who lives in my hometown.


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

4 thoughts on “THE LAST DAY OF FEBRUARY, A month of love”

  1. I won’t be any help at all Rae, I have never been to NYC. It is on my bucket list though. Maybe we can meet up there if you ever make the actual trip.


    1. Warning: it’s just a girlfriend’s WEEKEND, but when I return Sunday, the 7th, I will continue my explorations of things pertaining to NYC for perhaps the rest of March. We will see.


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