Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the last day of 2009


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my family and I are on a "staycation" this week. this means we get to do all of the things we always dream of doing during a regular work week. yesterday that meant visiting our favorite long island apple store in the middle of the afternoon. it was very crowded, but fun nonetheless.
I hope you spend the last moments of 2009 doing something you enjoy. happy new year everyone!

x is for exhilarating


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I hope you will forgive the fact that exhilarating doesn't begin with an X...but I just found that out now & I have no other idea for the letter X! so, given the 4 degree "real feel" temperatures we've been having, I thought I would post more photos from my exhilaratingly cold day trip I took to cold spring harbor on monday. this was the view of lloyd harbor road as I stood looking from the village green in cold spring harbor. nice digs, eh?

today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is X. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

winter hike at uplands farm


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if you look closely you can see some people hiking in this winter landscape, one of my favorite places to spend outside on this island. it's been a long few days of socializing and over indulgence so I thought it might be a good place to spend a couple of hours hiking and it was most definitely. it's always nice to hang out in the woods and get some fresh air. albeit a cold hike, at least it was sunny.

this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, December 28, 2009

avatar in 3d


this shot was taken through my 3d glasses


this shot is from one of the trailers that were shown before the featured film. I wish I had a scene to show you from the movie avatar but to say I was captivated by this movie from the very beginning is an understatement. and though this photo was taken just moments before, as soon as avatar started, the last thing I thought about was taking a picture. actually I thought about it for a few seconds, but I just didn't want to miss anything! if you can see the movie in 3d, definitely do it. the 3d glasses that were provided are way better than the cheap cardboard ones I've used before and were quite comfortable to wear as well. the technology was seamless and the viewing experience itself was much like what I would imagine it to be if I were part of a hologram. I felt like the images were all around me. plus, the movie was amazing science fiction so it was fun to sit in a large audience and experience similar reactions to the 3d effects with a large group of people. it reminded me of going to the movies as a child when you first learn what it is like to watch a movie alongside hundreds of strangers. it's especially fun when the movie is an adventure like this one. I enjoyed it so much I am thinking of going to see it again soon.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

village green in shadows and snow


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I waited all week to use this photo for shadow shot sunday. this was taken the night after the big blizzard we had last weekend. Ian and I went for a walk to mail some letters. everything was so quiet. it was beautiful.

this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

bethpage state park


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it rained most of saturday washing all the snow away. sunday's forecast is lots of sunshine and temperatures around 46 degrees. I'll miss the pretty snow but I won't miss freezing. if you click on this photo you can see all the tracks in the snow where children were using the hills to go sleigh riding.

Friday, December 25, 2009

christmas morning aftermath


please click on photo to see priscilla's snuggie up close



have you ever seen those snuggies advertised on TV for people? well, now they sell them for dogs! my son ian gave one to our dog priscilla christmas morning. if you look carefully you can see her wearing it as she tears up the wrapping paper. the pictures on the snuggie box show a poodle sitting on the couch in her snuggie holding a remote in her paw. I'd love to know how many dogs received a snuggie for christmas this year. merry christmas!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

and visions of sugar plums danced in their heads...





my son ian took this when we were out christmas tree shopping during the blizzard. I don't usually do two posts in one day, but that last one on ice melt just seemed too dreary for christmas eve!

black ice and ice melt






since the blizzard we have been enjoying lots of sunshine despite the unbearably icy winds. the good news is all of the snow is melting off the streets making it easier to travel. the bad news is once the sun goes down, all that liquid snow turns to black ice. so please be careful when hurrying about today but most importantly, have a very merry christmas. and if you don't celebrate christmas, I hope you have the day off!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

w is for what else?...why winter wonderland of course!





coming home from christmas tree shopping we passed by this house. perfect giant snowflakes fit for a blizzard. can you see the electric snowflakes on the evergreen too?
today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is W. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

holidays at the family grill


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it certainly seems like this place has got it covered as far as their holiday decorations go. we stopped here while out looking for our tree during the "blizzard of 2009". believe it or not, we weren't the only ones dining out last saturday night!

this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, December 21, 2009

what I did during the blizzard...




when I mentioned to the guy that I couldn't believe we were buying our tree during a blizzard, he said, "you're not the only one, there were twenty people ahead of you". getting the tree back to our house was easy. all the smart people stayed home so the roads were empty and the snow had just started to kick in. trying to get the tree to stand upright was a different story. we wound up having to cut off about twenty dollars worth of its branches just to wedge it into its tree stand. after that experience I can see why people get fake trees.

on a side note, last week the food reporter erica marcus, from newsday's "feed me" blog on exploreLI.com contacted me to find out if she could use a photo of bigelow's I had posted here on LIDP. if you'd like to check out erica's review, go here. this is a great resource for anyone looking for a place to eat on long island.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

homemade decorations


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I love it when the light shines so brightly, illuminating the inside of our home making everything look perfect-even these tired homemade decorations that have seen better days!
it always amazes me how the sun can do that. meanwhile, we are experiencing quite the blizzard here. I hope you are staying warm!


this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

reflections on a snow globe


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searching for some holiday reflections, I found some in this snow globe. can you see them?
for more weekend reflections, please visit james of newtown area photo here.

Friday, December 18, 2009

sunset over sunrise mall


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as I was exiting the mall, noticing this sky made my day. isn't it glorious? it's freezing out here on long island. how is the weather by you?

today is skywatch friday, if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please go here, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, louise and sylvia.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

glee club and mr. grinch


please click on photo to see mr. grinch up close


if you click on this photo you can see mr. grinch nudging the chaminade high school's glee club as they sing his favorite song, "your a mean one, mr. grinch." I think the grinch actually enjoyed it, these guys can really sing. tonight, garden city high school is having their holiday concert at 7:30. I hope I can make it. I know they have some very good talent there, plus it's free!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

vintage santa and company


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I'm guessing this photo was taken around 1961 right here on long island. my two brothers and santa claus...way before I was born! (he-he-he)

today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is V. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

a christmas story...

A-Christmas-Story-in-the-Suburbs




  






















click on this photo to look inside the window and you will see the essential props that were used in the classic movie, "A Christmas Story". most obvious is the sexy lamp, remember it was the "major award" mr. parker won? upon closer inspection you can also see, not only ralphie's bunny suit, but the red rider bb gun that ralphie wished for that one memorable christmas. I love this display in farmingdale. this is the same house that does a scary job decorating for halloween too.


this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, December 14, 2009

can you see the christmas trees?


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I saw signs at my local fairway that said their christmas trees were $29.99. that is quite a bargain for these parts. I wonder if there are any left? we always put our tree up a week before christmas. this year I wish we put it up earlier. meanwhile I still have lots of shopping to do. how about you, are you enjoying your holiday festivities?

Sunday, December 13, 2009

shiny christmas wreath


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I love bright shiny christmas decorations. the love of them probably goes back to my childhood since my mom was very into decorating for the holidays, still is actually. she would hang up colorful glittery garlands all around our living room and always had tinsel on the tree. I waited for the evening when she would only turn on the christmas lights, illuminating the room with color and sparkle. this is one of my happiest childhood memories.

this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots. happy sunday!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

we have a winner! and some reflections too...


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congratulations bobbie! you have won the giveaway! my son pulled your name out of a hat
filled with twenty contestants-I know, we are so modern! for those of you who may not have heard of bobbie's thoughtful and thought provoking blog, "almost there", you may want to check it out here. she always has something interesting to share whether it be a personal story or some important news that may be helpful for her friends to know. & between her toonlets and her savage chicken comics, bobbie also likes to share a good joke. I don't know how bobbie found my blog, but I am sure glad she did so I could find hers. thanks for always leaving comments bobbie, I hope as a former long islander, you will enjoy the calendar.
and thanks again everyone for participating too!

today's weekend reflection is a bit ironic. this photo of traffic congestion was taken on old country road in garden city. I see nothing here that remotely suggests any resemblance to an "old country road" or a "garden". although I do have to say I thought the building reflecting the sunset is quite beautiful amongst the traffic.

today's post is a part of "weekend reflections" hosted by james over at newtown area photo. please go here if you would like to join in the fun. happy saturday everyone.

Friday, December 11, 2009

beautiful sunrise and last day to enter giveaway!


please click on photo to see the sun close up.



a blustery day here yesterday, but that didn't take away from a day filled with sunshine, which made up for the fact that it was freezing! I hope the sun is shining where ever you are.

today is skywatch friday, if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please go here, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, louise and sylvia.

it's hard to believe we are at the last day of my calendar giveaway-time flies when you are nursing a cold for the better part of the week! I am feeling so much better thanks to all of your well wishes. & I'd also like to thank all of you who have participated by leaving a comment here it's not to late if you'd like to join in the contest, you have until midnight tonight, friday december 11th. just leave a comment here and I will post the winner this saturday. good luck everyone. stay warm and have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

the real santa





this little boy reminded me of my own son when he was this age. if you click on this photo you can get a close up view of his adorable expression. you can also see santa up close too.
remember last year when I posted about the saint james general store? I went last sunday and it was packed. normally I don't care for crowded stores but everyone seemed like they were in a good mood so it was fun.
sorry I haven't been visiting all that much, I've been very busy fighting off an annoying cold.

please don't forget to enter LIDP's calendar giveaway by leaving a comment HERE. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

U is for Unwieldy...


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as in how does one go about trying to do this? I don't know about you, but I have enough trouble getting my lights around a tree a tenth the size of this one.
last evening the weather was perfect for walking through manhattan. plus, I got to see this guy decorating the tree in washington square park. doesn't the arch form the perfect backdrop?

today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is U. please go here to join in the fun.

please don't forget to enter long island daily photo's holiday giveaway by leaving a comment HERE thank you very much.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

new york city police

New-York-City Police












if you click on this photo you can see this police car is a vintage new york city police car. there was much rubber necking taking place as I drove down this busy street in smithtown. everyone wanted to stop a moment and stare at this car. ahhh, I love new york!

this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.


Monday, December 7, 2009

a bright spot and a giveaway


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please leave a comment here if you'd like to enter my calendar giveaway. if you look over on my side bar you can preview the calendar by clicking on the photo. the contest closes this FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT. the winner will be posted this saturday.
the wreath was my bright spot-it was rainy and I noticed it while stuck in traffic. have a great week everyone!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

pink fire hydrant with shadows



originally this must have been red and than faded by the sun. though we did get a bit of a first snow today, none of it stuck. it's not like I have a choice, but I have to say, I'm not ready for winter quite just yet.
I snapped this picture last march and never had the chance to post it. you can see someone shoveled a path from the hydrant out to the street in case of emergency. I know all about having to do this since we have a fire hydrant directly in front of our house too.

this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots. enjoy your day everyone.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

christmas trees in schools


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albeit a catholic school so you can see why it is allowed. does anyone remember christmas decorations hanging up in their public school as a child? my dad remembers a morning prayer at his public school but that was close to 70 years ago.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

late autumn sky


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this looks like a winter sky to me. normally if it isn't really cold outside this time of year, it usually gets frigid the day after thanksgiving. although we had cloudy skies at the end of the day, yesterday we had a high temperature of 64 degrees. it was beautiful!

today is skywatch friday, if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please go here, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, louise and sylvia.

snow birds


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have you ever heard of the expression, "snowbird"? I know some people who leave new york the day after christmas to live in florida until a few days before easter. sounds like a pretty cool gig to me. when I saw the signs on this ice cream shop yesterday, I wondered if they do the same.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

t is for telephone pole






with a big fat full moon next to it. well, almost full moon. technically tonight is the full moon. this one pictured here is from last evening and is only 99% full. new years eve will be our second full moon this month which qualifies it as a "blue moon" since this rarely happens,... but once in a blue moon.
it's amazing what one can learn while googleing the moon! wait, wasn't this post supposed to be about the letter T?

a big thank you to my son ian for capturing this beautiful moon shot.

today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is T. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

gap dressing room

Gap-Dressing-Room
I had an interesting view sitting in the dressing room while waiting for my son. pondering my christmas list I realized that in exactly three weeks from today those who shop for christmas will have just three days left to do so. I imagine this store to be a lot more crowded on that day!
this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, November 30, 2009

inflatable christmas


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I am not sure what to say, how could I possibly describe this? a modern day creche perhaps? I definitely haven't seen this blow up decoration before. it amazes me how creative people can be trying to think up new ways to sell christmas. somehow this creativity gives me a lot of hope for this country's economy. what do you think? are things getting any better financially speaking?

Sunday, November 29, 2009

suburban shadows


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it was so sunny yesterday and unfortunately I spent the better part of it indoors, but that's alright because I was able to find this beautiful scene while hunting for shadow shots as the sun was setting. it's hard to believe this picturesque woodland landscape is in my long island suburban neighborhood - the light was perfect for autumn shadows.
I hope you are enjoying your sunday.


this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

reflections in a bird bath


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so I stayed home yesterday, no black friday shopping for me. though I did go to the vitamin store and buy some vitamins, but other than that I worked in my garden and this is where I found a piece of the sky -in the bird bath. in case this photo looks familiar it is because I've posted photos of this bird bath before during spring and winter. I guess now all I need is a shot of this in the summer.

today's post is a part of "weekend reflections" hosted by james over at newtown area photo. please go here if you would like to join in the fun. hope your day is a good one.

Friday, November 27, 2009

it's official...


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the day after thanksgiving means, for at least most retail stores, the beginning of the christmas season. this christmas tree stands in the village of farmingdale and decorations are beginning to pop up everywhere else as well. today is also known as "black friday", a phenomenon explained here. how do you plan on spending the day after thanksgiving?

today is skywatch friday, if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please go here, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, louise and sylvia.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

blow up turkey


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blow up lawn decorations are popular in america, so is celebrating thanksgiving, a holiday that dates back to the earliest americans giving thanks for their surviving long enough to eat their hard earned harvest. in modern times most people eat turkey on this day. my personal preference is ziti with a side of stuffing. what favorite food will you most look forward too today?
happy thanksgiving everyone!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

S is for stuffed animals


please click on photo to see the cuteness of these animals up close.



waiting at a red light I had the distinct feeling I was being watched. then I spied these guys peering out the back window of the car in front of me. I suspect the driver thinks of them as living breathing and quite real.

today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is S. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

unicycles aren't for the faint of heart





leave it to kids to be up for anything! if anyone suggested to me that I should go try and ride a bike that has just one wheel implying all the while how much fun it would be, would I dare try it? actually I would. well, maybe. actually... I don't think so. though I do have a vague memory of trying to ride one as a kid. how about you, have you ever tried riding a unicycle?

this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, November 23, 2009

a giant bottle of perfume


please click on photo to see juicy couture perfume up close



remember I was at the mall last week and I was complaining about the lack of creative window displays? this was one of the best displays I found this last saturday-I guess it is better than nothing.
happy monday everyone. I hope today is a good day for you!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

blue shadows on plywood






I love how the landowner used this wood type enclosure as a canvas to paint this wonderful color blue. the shadows caught my eye as did the remaining bright yellow leaves on the tree overhead.

this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

early evening sunset


photo courtesy ian, thanks ian

as we merged onto the northern state parkway my son leaned over and snapped this photo catching reflections of the sun as it was setting. I don't know what it is exactly, but there is something about this photo that reminds me of the 70's.

today's post is a part of "weekend reflections" hosted by james over at newtown area photo. please go here if you would like to join in the fun. happy saturday everyone.

Friday, November 20, 2009

skies and other interesting things




while waiting at a red light in traffic I love to have my camera ready so I can spy different scenes through its viewfinder. jericho turnpike is a good place to do this because every time you drive down it, you notice something new. first this particular group of buildings caught my eye.
interesting to look at, don't you think? click on the photo if you'd like a closer look.






then I noticed the tops of these same buildings and how pretty the sky looked as their backdrop, even with all the wires involved. the wires seemed to add a certain something to the scene.
after which I noticed this design in the sky, as seen in the photo below. I love the colors and shapes and different textures.





today is skywatch friday, if you'd like to see more skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please go here, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, fishing guy, louise and sylvia

Thursday, November 19, 2009

volunteers needed






I thought this was a pretty ingenious place to post this sign. thousands of cars pass by this spot everyday. I would love to know if anyone volunteered. please click on this photo if you'd like to see the sign clearer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

r is for red


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I know, I know, it's too soon for christmas but for some reason all of the early decorations aren't bothering me this year. maybe it's because I am getting older and time seems to go by faster and faster and I know it will all be over before we can say happy new year.


today is abc wednesday thanks to our host mrs. nesbitt. the letter for the day is R. please go here to join in the fun.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

courageous road crew




















I was surprised to see these men tarring this road in the middle of rush hour. they were right in the center of a major intersection at glen cove road and jericho turnpike. I'd be a nervous wreck if I had to deal with traffic in this way-they must have nerves of steel. driving on long island can sometimes be akin to fearing for your life, never mind being a pedestrian in the middle of things.

this post is a part of my world tuesday. to share a part of yours or just see more of others, please go here, thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, fishing guy, sylvia and louise.

Monday, November 16, 2009

golf course in the rain






the rain drops on my car window are nicely crisp and clear but the landscape is a bit blurry. if I told you that was the effect I was looking for would you believe me? he-he-he, it is true though, I really was hoping this would be the result . I've photographed this golf course many times before, here and here are spots very close to the one above. please click on the above photo to get a better view of the landscape and raindrops.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

shadow shot sunday?


please click on photo see shadows up close



does my shadow in the window count as a shadow or is that technically a reflection? there are some shadows around the mannequins hands and inside the tree but they're not exactly the dramatic shadows I hoped to get for today's post. I do like this photo for some reason though.
I was at the walt whitman mall yesterday and was a little disappointed with the window displays. very few windows looked enticing or inviting for that matter. I guess with all the cutbacks in much of the labor force, it seems as though many stores let go of their creative departments.

this post is a part of "hey harriet's" shadow shot sunday meme hosted by tracy. thanks tracy! please go here if you'd like to participate or see more shadow shots.