Harlem's on the rise

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/28/2013, 3:19 p.m.

I would love to take my turtle out of his bowl and watch him scamper across the floor, or feel his little paw grasp my finger. As they were never a bother or someone you had to spend a lot of time cleaning up after, turtles were my favorite pets. There was a time when you could find someone selling them in a little container out on the sidewalk. I never could figure that out but there they were and I was always ready to buy one. I remember buying one for my father once. I named him ZaZu Pitts; my father named him Muscles. Eventually he went the way of all turtles, off to that big turtle heaven in the sky.

Until the Turtle Ball, I don't think I've thought about the turtle in years. I do remember a couple of years ago when Jerry Della Femina was all prepared to host his annual Fourth of July party on Main Beach in East Hampton, when the town council suspended all holiday activities because the turtles were mating. Della Femina, being Della Femina, decided to have his party anyway. After all, what's a $25,000 fine after spending $80,000 for the bash? Somehow the authorities got wind of it and, well, I don't know what happened from there, but I do know Femina didn't have the party.

OK, so the weather has been rough and you're bored to tears from having to stay inside. What to do, what to do? One of my favorite things to do at times like these is to change the entire apartment around. Totally re-arrange the living room. Move pieces that have been in one place since forever, clean out that dusty corner and switch pieces from one side of the room to the other.

It's also never too late or too early to clean out your closet. Just make sure you have a king-size shopping bag nearby to dump in clothes you haven't worn in years (they say if you haven't worn it in three years, you never will). Give them away to someone who will just love that shirt, dress or sweater that no longer fits or just isn't your style anymore. The next person will love it and it will make you feel better.

If you really want to make it fun, engage your mate in helping you move things around, especially those heavy pieces of furniture. Just because the couch is heavy doesn't mean it has to sit in one place forever; shake it up a little. Before you know it, time will have passed, you will love your new look, and if you clean as you go, that fresh aroma in the air is all you need to feel like a brand new you.

Until next week...kisses