Central New York - Pretty, sparkly things and some curious dining

After leaving Vermont we made our way to New York’s southern Finger Lakes region so the folks could visit a famous restaurant in Ithaca called Moosewood and also visit the Corning Museum of Glass.

The concept of Moosewood is beyond us. No beef? No pork? No Shicken? Nothing but vegetables and an occasional bit of fish? Waitstaff asking “Would you like to keep that vegan?” What the heck? But the folks ranted and raved over their lunch of zucchini-leek soup, seafood cakes, and blackberry-apple crumble (not vegan - they did get the whipped cream). Maybe it was the Pomaritas they had for their beverage… Or the edible flower decorating the crumble - I’ll bet that was almost as tasty as the grass I like to eat… Note to self - sample the perennials back home.

Their visit to the Corning Museum of Glass was the next day. The Museum had many exhibits of fine glass work collections and also walked through the history of glass through the centuries. It showed the amazing contributions in the art of glass making and decoration by the Egyptians, Romans, Venetians, French, English to name just a few. Mom was stunned how much it had changed since she last visited 25 years ago.

After several hours of touring (and some welcome sitting in the cafe), Mom got to take classes in flamework - making glass beads and pendants. She got an hour’s private lesson in a studio and the bead and pendant piece she made should be in the mail when we get home.

Oddly this huge and varied “ode to glass” did not have a section dedicated to the contributions of Dogs to glass decoration and embellishment, an oversight we are sure. Granted to the uninformed eye it might just look like dog nose on the window, the sliding glass door, the windshield, etc., but it is in fact a form of frosted glass art. If you look closely at our art one can see past its snotty beauty and see its actually an elegant form of communication through the use of glyphs. They say things like “hey, we are in here and the door is closed” or “hey, we are in here and the window is closed”. Think it’s easy? Well then take your wet nose and go to the nearest window and show us what you have, Buttercup!

We use these artistic forms of glass communication when we are unable to get outside and leave a Twitter on a bush to say things like “hey, I’m here peeing on this bush” or, well actually that’s all those ever say. Now if it was a full blog entry, usually done on the lawn, it says things like “ahhhhhh, boy did I ever have to go, ahhhhhh, I did not think they would ever get home, ahhhhh my eyes were floating, ahhhhh” … or in the case of Ree it would say “I’m here pretending to pee to fool the folks but I’m only tweeting since I blogged inside earlier”.

Paws out,