1 Another beautiful early morning at my farm and a view of the herbaceous peony garden
2 There was such amazing light on this misty morning.
3 This peony bed contains 11 double rows. Each double row is planted with 2 different varieties, with 22 plants in each row. That's a total of 484 plants in all!
4 The floppy-headed, highly fragrant peonies are held erect by a spider web of twine supported by metal stakes.
5 This bright pink flower would be so pretty in an arrangement.
6 Don't you think?
7 Each spring when the peonies are in bloom, I like to have a party to show off their splendor. In the past, it's been a cocktail garden reception. This year, I chose to do a sit-down formal dinner.
8 The occasion was to honor the fine professionals from the Martha Stewart Center for Living at the Mount Sinai Hospital.
9 Doctors at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai offered their advice for my new book, which is still in the works, called 'Living the Good Long Life.'
10 The Martha Stewart Center for Living (MSCL) serves to promote and facilitate access to health care resources for older adults and to enhance the public perception of aging. It's basically an outpatient clinic specializing in geriatric care and services.
11 Through the MSCL, patients and their caregivers have access to programs and resources appropriate for their needs and interests.
12 These may include medical care, healthy living activities, educational programs, caregiver support, and community referrals through the most up-to-date technologies and evidence-based information.
13 This new book, 'Living the Good Long Life', has an expected publication date of January 29, 2013.
14 What my 'Homekeeping Handbook' did for every aspect of keeping house, 'Living the Good Long Life' does for living the most healthy life after 40.
15 In this book, I impart my expertise in my signature topics - eating, exercise, intellect, home, and organizing. It's really the definitive handbook on staying well physically and mentally into and beyond middle age.
16 This book is important because over the next 20 years, the US population of baby boomers aged 65 and up will jump nearly 80 percent to 1 in every 5 Americans.
17 There's a tremendous need for clear and inspiring information, tools, and resources as more people and their families face the challenges and responsibility of getting older and caring for one who is aging.
18 Margaret Chan, her husband Dr. Albert Siu - head of Geriatrics for Mount Sinai, Stephanie Young - researched for the book, Ellen Morrissey -
VP, Editorial Director, and Heather Kirkland -
Administrative Manager, Special Projects
19 Dr. Audrey Chun - Director of the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mount Sinai, and Ellen Morrissey.
20 I really enjoyed spending the time at dinner with Dr. Siu, who always has such enlightening information to share.
21 Stephanie Young with Dr. Jeffrey Farber
22 Dr. Farber is a Chief Medical Officer at Mount Sinai.
23 Dr. Kevin Baumlin runs the emergency room at Mount Sinai. He recently opened their ground-breaking geriatrics department.
24 Pam Krauss is our publisher at Clarkson Potter.
25 Margaret Chan enjoying the first course
26 This is Gardner Semet, whose wife Daphne, runs the Center for Living.
27 For the first course, Chef Pierre Schaedelin prepared an Alaska King Salmon Gravlax with Dill and Lemon. There was also a Chilled Katonah Asparagus Velouté made with asparagus picked that morning in my garden. It was so fresh and delicious!
28 For the second course, Pierre made Osso Bucco Milanese served with Creamy Polenta, Baby Carrots, and Spinach, also from the garden.
29 The dessert, was fresh garden Sticky-Sweet Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake with Rhubarb Ice Cream.
30 Patrick Mahanger and John Lee - husband of Dr. Audrey Chun
31 Patrick and Kevin were celebrating their third wedding anniversary!
32 This is Jean Graham and Daphne Semet, who have worked with me on the Center for Living from its inception.