Thursday, May 5, 2016

#tbt circa 2009 When I had 3 Kids Living at Home..

Now I only have the hairy one in between the two others pictured here. The one in the loafers is no longer a kid anymore and he's graduating from college next month! Sadly, our silver furred feline Sylvia is no longer with us - but our memories of her will always be, God rest her soul. She became a mother on our property. I heard her kittens mewing by our basement window as I gardened not 5 feet away. It was such a mysterious sound and when I got closer I discovered 4 newly born kittens. I felt such fear for them and their mother - who was nowhere to be seen. I kept my distance from the newborns sensing their mother knew exactly what was happening. I instinctively knew if I could do nothing else the mother needed to be fed if her kittens were to survive. I had to leave my property for food and by the time I returned, she had moved the kittens. I left a large plate of food outside and watched from the window as she ate very quickly. Every night after, she scaled the large backyard fence at 6pm to eat her supper. This was the day we bonded as mothers. She trusted and respected me and I her. I miss you every time I think of you sweet Sylvia. 
Wherever you are, happy Mother's Day.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Don't They Look Fake?

Thank you Broadway Garden & Nursery for making the world more beautiful by sharing the flower power you planted here.
I remember sarcastically thinking last week as I took this photo that I wasn't sure the sky could get any bluer. Our rain has been wonderful for the garden but I do miss this color blue - not to mention what the sun does as it shines its light through Tulip petals.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Priscilla Sniffs the Forget Me Nots

It is with great intensity Priscilla inspects all that is living in our backyard. I shot this photo back in 2010 when she was just 5 years old. This Summer she will be 11. Where oh where does the time go?
Behind her you can see the established Peonies getting ready to bloom. The poor things took a real hit when we replaced the dilapidated white fence - you might notice it is leaning in such a way only a rotted fence can. Prior to the fence exchange I transplanted the Peonies but they never returned to their original grandeur. Last year I planted some new ones and I am anxiously awaiting their arrival. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Let's Spend the Week Celebrating Mother's Day

I love Vincent van Gogh's work and in my mind Madame Roulin & Her Baby is exquisite. Can you imagine how someone who lived in the year of 1888 may have felt seeing art representing a mother and her child so boldly - both in color and texture like what you see here? If you are a fan of Vincents, you can see this piece along some of his other work at The Metroplitan Museum of Art.
For me a perfect day trip to Manhattan includes a stop at The MET for a hefty dose of inspiration as well as recreation. Long Islanders are so lucky we live so close to this treasure of a gem.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

We're Lucky it only Rained Today

I was at Home Depot early this morning and couldn't help noticing the compost pile over by the exit at the Airport Plaza. It's hard to see in between the raindrops but heavy machinery was busy moving the compost around causing what looked like steam rising up into the air like smoke. It looked so earthy and natural compared to all of the surrounding concrete and pavement.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Dandelion & its Parachute Balls

Yes it's a little cool outside this weekend but the flowers don't seem to mind too much - and at least it hasn't rained like the weathermen said it would! If you like Dandelions, check out this one here and this one with its Parachute Balls here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Strike A Pose

Here is Priscilla waiting semi-patiently to go outside for a walk. In fact, she's not being patient in the least bit. I was just lucky to catch this split second of a moment in between her barking at me to hurry the hell up. I actually faked her out to take this picture. I noticed her posing by the door while I was tying my sneakers. I went to pick up my camera when she immediately snapped at me barking so completely frustrated as if she was saying"... you have got to be kidding me human!" I quickly put the camera down. As soon as she assumed her position, I grabbed my camera - and the shot. I know, I love this picture because I love her and now I get to remember this moment every time I look at this.
Yes I am very lucky how I get to amuse myself while taking care of Priscilla, I can't imagine what life would be like without her.