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New Year’s Eve with ‘Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin’ in Palm Beach

Patricia Yarberry Allen, M.D. is a Gynecologist, Director of the New York Menopause Center, Clinical Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Assistant Attending Obstetrician and Gynecologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She is a board certified fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Allen is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Board and the Women’s Health Director of The Weill Cornell Community Clinic (WCCC). Dr. Allen was the recipient of the 2014 American Medical Women’s Association Presidential Award.

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The Husband and I flew out of LaGuardia Airport last night on JetBlue to Palm Beach.  There were major storms to the west and the pilots had to find new routes to the east of the scheduled route to make the flight safer. It was still turbulent off and on but manageable.

Twenty five years ago, I bought a house in this area for almost nothing. We used to come for the holidays with the children just after Christmas every year until they became adults and needed the freedom to enjoy time off for travel, visits with friends or just staying at home with young children. Last year we updated the little house to make it perfect for two. It now has only one bedroom, a library and a study instead of other bedrooms, a great kitchen and breakfast room, and a wonderful screened-in porch with a fabulous view of the back yard. We have the perfect little house filled with memories from other homes and times. 

The Husband and I love coming here every year after the month of too much. We  enjoy the peace and freedom from no longer having to entertain others for a long week. The weather is always perfect.  The area where the house is located has been nicely maintained. The palm trees at the entrance are decorated with hundreds of tiny white lights. Our stress levels diminish as soon as we begin the two mile drive from the main road to our house.

The only sounds we hear come from bird songs, crickets and the movement of the wind through the palm trees.  The absence of noise is such a gift to us since our beloved New York City is filled with constant noise and bustle.

In the farthest corner of the back yard, there is an architecturally useless structure — a folly that was designed to be an orchid house. Follies first gained popularity during the 18th and early 19th centuries when landscape design was influenced by Romanticism.

Our folly is small and triangular in shape.  Inside the folly, there is a full length mirror on the back wall, which provides the distinct foreground, middle ground and background that was the function of this element of landscape design. The other walls and the “roof” are open with wooden beams where the orchids are hung.  The mirrored reflection of all the orchids hanging languorously from the beams was especially magical when we arrived for our visit early in the evening last night. Gardenia bushes are in bloom and the fragrance is indescribable. There are ferns around the small pool and lush tropical flowers grow up the wall of the house.

We look forward to a quiet New Year celebration at home. For us this is a night for reflection but also a night for fun. We love spending New Year’s Eve with our BFF, Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin who will be in New York with another zany performance that will be televised on CNN. We will celebrate the end of the 2015 while watching the ball drop in Time’s Square and count down with hundreds of thousands visible on the television screen 3,2,1. . . Happy New Year!!! 

Then a glass of champagne, a kiss with a wish for the New Year and a toast to hope.  And three more days of rest.

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