Friday, December 31, 2010

last skywatch for 2010



























it's hard to believe today is the last day of 2010. I wish you all the most blessed new year!
and also, happy skywatching too! if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

a wall of snow



























these mountains of snow are all over the place. we're supposed to have a thaw the next few days. I wonder how long it will be until it's all gone. my sister-in-law said we'll be seeing the snow on the ground until march.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

eXtra blizzard photos for abc wednesday...


both of these photos were taken monday when the snow was mostly all fresh and white. by tuesday this was no longer the case as people made their way back to work and their cars dirtied the roads turning them into a slushy black mess.
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter X, or if you'd like to add your own X representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

priscilla plays in the snow



yesterday after shoveling out the driveway with his dad, ian went into the backyard and shoveled a maze like path in front of the garage for priscilla. as you can see, she loved it. we got sixteen inches of snow in farmingdale starting sunday night continuing into monday morning. the winds were fierce. at one point the weather channel showed the center of the storm directly over farmingdale. that might explain why I felt the house shake not once but twice on sunday night. in fact, as I write this (sometime around midnight on monday evening) it's still fairly windy out.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia.   

Monday, December 27, 2010

another angel and mellow yellow monday



























known as the general sherman monument, I photographed this as I passed by while riding in a taxi in manhattan the other day. the sun seemed to be illuminating both the figures and what was left of similar colored autumn leaves on the trees in the background, which also happened to create a beautiful backdrop for this sculpture. I thought this could be a perfect mellow yellow way to start the week. 
for more of all things yellow, please stop by drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday .

Sunday, December 26, 2010

jenna's angel


































if this image looks familiar to you, you may see why by looking at an old shadow shot sunday post I did back in august 2009. my niece jenna painted the sculpture I photographed in that post and then gave it to me for christmas! besides the fact that I love angels, I know she put a lot of effort into this beautiful painting and I am sure she spent quite some time completing it which makes me all the more honored to be given this generous gift. thank you jenna.
please visit  hey harriet's,  'shadow shot sunday'  meme if you want to join in the fun or if you'd like to see more shadows. & a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

merry christmas!
























this is one of my favorite photos, and also one not taken by me. a big thank you to my husband anthony who so kindly contributed to this day's post by sharing this beautiful image.
may we all have a blessed peaceful day today.
& merry christmas too!

Friday, December 24, 2010

manhattan skywatching from a taxi cab


as soon as I saw this narrow bit of sky from the taxi I was riding in I knew I had to post this for today's skywatch. it may not be much sky but it is the type of sky you don't often see unless you get the chance to hang out in manhattan. below is another view of the manhattan sky I shot while I was being driven uptown. I couldn't remember where it was exactly but my husband recognized this building as the waldorf astoria. he likes impressing me with his amazing memory.
in other news, it's hard to believe today is christmas eve. if you want to feel some real christmas spirit, you have to read this blog post I came across on twitter. it is a true testament of the power of goodness. tonight I plan on reading the story to my extended family during our christmas eve celebration. I hope I can do so without bawling - it is so touching. to all my friends who celebrate christmas, I hope you have an awesome merry christmas. & everyone else, I hope you have the day off and you spend it in peaceful bliss. 
if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

blow up snowman


























need I say more?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

working...



























this is how my son ian studies for his trimesters. this is also our kitchen table. so as you may have already guessed, we haven't eaten here much lately. it's ok though, it's for a good cause. 
it really is amazing how much work is required of high school students these days. it's not unusual for most kids to have at least two hours of homework a night. and, in order to do well on his exams, ian must be prepared to answer questions about everything he has learned since the beginning of this school year. plus, his test will account for 30% of his grade. I'd say this qualifies as work!
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter W, or if you'd like to add your own W representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

we have a mouse in our house! oh, & happy first day of winter too.




































and I don't just mean this ornament on our christmas tree either! we never had this problem when our beloved cat sylvia was alive. but there it was - evidence in the warming drawer in our oven. evidence I need not elaborate on, if you get my drift. so now I am dreading getting the traps because to tell you the truth, I really don't want to kill any mice but I also don't want to capture any live mice either. maybe it's time to adopt another cat...
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia.  

Monday, December 20, 2010

a lost dog for today's mellow yellow monday...


























I passed this sign as I drove down melville road the other day. it was hanging on the fence directly across from beechwood street on melville road. you can see the exact location on google maps right here. apparently the dog was picked up by a man in a car right where this sign is and the owner is asking for information that may lead to finding his lost dog. I really hope this person finds his dog.
a few feet down the road stands a larger picture of the dog that you can see below. 
please stop by drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday if you are at all interested in the color yellow.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

sharing a polar bear cookie after the winter concert



























after my niece's winter concert the other night, ian and I stopped for a quick snack on the way home. once we got inside the car, I couldn't help but notice how the streetlight illuminated the cookie as he prepared to break it in two. I should also mention  that it was very tasty.
please visit  hey harriet's,  'shadow shot sunday'  meme if you want to join in the fun or if you'd like to see more shadows. & a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

a topiary & its reflections at starbucks



























I didn't notice the reflections right away but this whimsical looking topiary caught my eye. if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks james! 

Friday, December 17, 2010

farmingdale village christmas tree


























I took this early tuesday morning when it was still snowing. I love how the village keeps the tree lights on through the night. if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

a little harp music and a neon manger


























 I've never been to a high school winter concert where a harp was featured alongside a woman's chorus. the ensemble performed 'tomorrow shall be my dancing day', a traditional english carol arranged by john rutter. on the way home we passed a neon type of manger. please see photo below.
sorry for the late post. things went awry upon my arrival home last night. I found my husband had cut his finger opening a can of tuna fish and required stitches. so, we spent the remainder of an already late evening and today's early morning hours in the emergency ward. don't worry, he's already back at work with eight stitches and a large bandage. afterall, tonight is his office christmas party!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

V.I.P. and avanti furniture


























I know, she is a dog, but if she wasn't so hairy, she would easily be mistaken for a Very important person. she is so important she doesn't have the time to let the groomer dry her hair or finish cutting it for that matter. only god knows what the poor groomer endured trying to complete her job.
in other news, we had our first snow cover yesterday. this is what it looked like around 7:30am and though it's not noticeable in this photo, it was still flurrying outside. did you notice the V in avanti?
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter V, or if you'd like to add your own V representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

behold...the russian teacake!



























my all time favorite christmas cookie, I bake these every year. I always use half the amount of butter and roll the balls small. I also make sure I bake them for only 10 minutes. but don't be afraid to try the recipe as suggested - I am sure most people would prefer the original russian teacake!
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia. 


recipe is from the 'betty crocker's picture cookbook'. please click on recipe to see a clearer image.

Monday, December 13, 2010

mellow yellow christmas lights and flying reindeer...


























from the archives, this shot was taken last year while out (during a blizzard) looking for our christmas tree. it was a memorable evening to say the least. meanwhile, we have been experiencing a warm front. yesterday it rained buckets here in farmingdale. if it had been just a couple of days earlier we would have probably had tons of snow - just like last year at this time.
please stop by drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday if you are at all interested in the color yellow.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

ginger bread house and shadows


I love the colored shadows the decorative bulbs throw onto the 'snow' on this cute little gingerbread house. please visit  hey harriet's,  'shadow shot sunday'  meme if you want to join in the fun or if you'd like to see more shadows. & a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

window shopping at night in northport



























remember my post about the leg lamp in the hardware store in northport? I also spotted this nice little shop just down the street. I love this big picture window. in the daylight there is a beautiful view of the northport harbor. seems like an ideal place to spend one's work day, doesn't it? I'm sorry I can't remember the name of this place. does anyone know?
if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks james!  

Friday, December 10, 2010

sunset over bethpage golf course



























I remember thinking that it seemed way too early for the sun to be going down as I drove along round swamp road. funny name for a road eh? then the trees and their bare branches forming this wintry silhouette against this blazing sunset caught my eye and all was forgiven.
if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

last day of chanukah

























I took this yesterday while having a very late lunch at the wonderful munday's in huntington. this place specializes in comfort food and they don't mince on the holiday decorations either. check out the photo below for a full view of this fine establishment. happy chanukah friends!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

have no fear , underdog is here...


































does anyone remember the 'underdog' cartoon?  the very short youtube video below might jar your memory - the theme music alone makes it worth watching. a big thanks to my hubby anthony for contributing today's picture as well as my son ian who magically thought of a way to make it work with today's letter 'U'!
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter U, or if you'd like to add your own U representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fashion, Sex and Death at Left Bank Books

ian and I cracked up when we saw this label on the shelf at left bank books in greenwich village. we wondered if the shopkeeper meant the words to be in that order, telling a small story. I've posted about this bookstore before when it was at another venue. luckily we found them at their new location while walking through the village. there isn't a boring book in the place.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Mellow Yellow Morning at the Farmingdale Train Station



























There's only a tiny bit of yellow in this picture, but as soon as I saw the golden light the sun was shining on the station, I immediately thought of "Mellow Yellow Monday, the (now defunct) blogger meme started by Drowsey Monkey.
Another week has begun, have a good one everyone.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

bridge into brooklyn



























it was a small bridge and I don't even know the name of it but it was on grand avenue. when I looked it up on google maps I could see that it crossed over a waterway that led out to the east river.
this post is dedicated to 'sunday bridges'  thanks to louis la vache from san francisco bay daily photo.
please visit louis if you'd like to join in the fun.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

reflections inside waldbaums




























if you look closely, you can see the holiday lights hanging up outside over main street along with the reflection of the fruits on the shelves inside the store.
if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks james!  

Friday, December 3, 2010

a brooklyn sky



























this was one of my first glimpses of brooklyn as we drove towards metropolitan avenue last weekend. I love the old fashioned garland used to decorate the town for the holidays.
if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

giant candy cane appears in sky

Giant-Candy-Cane-in-the-Suburbs


























at the end of a very grey tuesday, the sun started to set turning the sky a beautiful blue. I noticed the candy cane as I waited at the traffic light. yesterday we had torrential rains most of the day. at one point I waited half an hour before leaving my car. finally I couldn't wait any longer and pretty much got soaked as I ran into the village hall to pay this years water bill. is it just me, or would you describe that last sentence as a bit ironic?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

tasty thanksgiving cake



























what is it about this cake that makes it a thanksgiving cake might you ask? it may look like a simple cake, but it is far from ordinary. it looks and tastes like chocolate but it is actually made with pumpkin too. & the frosting is made with cream cheese, what turns out to be a perfect combination, thanks mom! the best part was I didn't feel too guilty eating it - though I guess I didn't really need that second slice.
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter T, or if you'd like to add your own T representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Brooklyn's Metropolitan Avenue



























I've only been to brooklyn a few times so I can't even say for sure exactly where this is, other than it's on metropolitan avenue. we did cross over a small bridge to get there and although it wasn't that far from farmingdale, it was a distinctly different neighborhood. I found this sign to be very appealing - I can't wait to go back and take more pictures.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Monday, November 29, 2010

mellow yellow saltines and breadsticks



























I thought this basket of saltines and breadsticks were interesting - little did I know there would be a man peeking at me while I took their picture.
please stop by drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday if you are at all interested in the color yellow.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

shadows on 7th avenue



























this was the view from the coffee shop I ate at while in manhattan the other day. the architectural details on the building were highlighted by the sun and shadows. within minutes everything changed as the sun made its way across the sky.
please visit  hey harriet's,  'shadow shot sunday'  meme if you want to join in the fun or if you'd like to see more shadows. & a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

christmas reflections



























it's hard to believe another holiday season is upon us. this was taken the day before thanksgiving in manhattan. we had a quick lunch at this hotel's coffee shop and noticed many people talking about the parade. meanwhile christmas wreaths among other festive decorations were already up and ready, anticipating the holiday season.
if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks james!  

Friday, November 26, 2010

sunset over jericho turnpike and black friday



























I feel we have been spoiled this autumn, weather-wise. it hasn't been too cold yet and the skies for the most part have been blue. all in all it's been a spectacular fall season.
meanwhile today is black friday, the day where many people in the united states traditionally spend the day after thanksgiving by going shopping. this is something I am fairly certain I have never participated in - though come to think of it, I may have done some shopping on the internet! so what about you, have you ever participated in black friday?
if you'd like to gaze at more wondrous skies from all around the world or if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit the skywatch friday meme, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

happy thanksgiving and a note of thanks...


































I wish all of you who read this greeting to know how much I appreciate your visits and kind comments. I am truly grateful for having met so many interesting and funny people in the blogosphere. you should know that you are a wonderful community, thank you friends.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

south of houston and soho cobblestones


the  neighborhood in lower manhattan we now know as soho was formerly known as 'hell's hundred acres'. in 1968 this area was redefined by a group of artists who found the area on a map referred to as south of houston street or 'soho'. the many industrial buildings in this area, once used as factories and sweatshops were ideal for artists to use as work and living space. in order to obtain the rights to legally live in a manufacturing zone, the artists formed a group called 'the soho artists association'. as a result, not only did the neighborhood get a new name, 'soho' - to this very day, a rule still exists where one must be an artist - albeit a wealthy artist, in order to live in a loft in soho.
below is a photo of a view on houston street, (pronounced how-stan) a wide roadway that runs east and west from manhattan's east river to its hudson river. when I took this photo I was standing on soho's side of houston looking across the street towards greenwich village.
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter S, or if you'd like to add your own S representation please visit 'abc wednesday'.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

leg lamp lighting in northport



























this photo was taken a couple of sunday's ago when I photographed that yellow painting in portofino's. just down the block at northport hardware company, ian and I discovered what looks exactly like the leg lamp from 'a christmas story' on display in their window. according to laurel and lily's shopkeeper, every year there is a tradition in the town of northport to commemorate the lighting of the leg lamp. there is actually a vdeo documenting the celebration on youtube as well. this year the lighting will take place saturday november 27th at 7pm and all are welcome to attend.
to share a part of your world or just see more of others, please go to "that's my world tuesday". a big thanks to klaus for hosting with his team of helpers, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Monday, November 22, 2010

the beatles on iTunes and a very mellow yellow monday



























I absolutely love this portrait of this iconic band. luckily I photographed these dashing young men at the very same moment a lovely woman happened to be strolling by wearing a yellow scarf - qualifying this photo to be entered into drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday meme. please stop by mellow yellow monday if you are at all interested in the color yellow.
have a great week everyone, I hope it's a short one.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

the sun working its wonder with leaves and shadows



























hmm...I think if I waited a few more hours I would have missed my chance to post for today. the above shadows in this photo is something that lasted only moments.
please visit  hey harriet's,  'shadow shot sunday'  meme if you want to join in the fun or if you'd like to see more shadows. & a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday too. 
 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

reflections with jennifer aniston and her crew filming wanderlust
























if you look carefully, you can see her long golden locks flowing down her back - and that my friends is my big photo op of jennifer aniston! pretty funny I know. what's even better is if you look at the reflection in the window you can see the crowd of people that were standing across the street as well. if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out james of newtown area photo's wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme. thanks james! 
ian and I were (seriously) minding our own business as we passed this movie set in the west village the other day. then we saw the throngs of paparazzi standing across the street. you can't miss them since they all have gigantic cameras and stand together in a group. I asked one of the camera wielding men what was going on and he said it was jennifer aniston acting in the film 'wanderlust'. below is a picture of one of the paparazzi. and below that is a shot of the building j.a. was being filmed in.