Wednesday, December 7, 2011

pineapple upside-down cake





































my mom made individual pineapple upside-down cakes for thanksgiving this year. not sure this photo does them justice, but there is something about it that I like. the cakes were delicious btw. 
today is abc wednesday and today's letter is 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 6, 2011

morning fog




























yesterday morning started out with fog as well as ended with fog. it seemd like one giant raindrop fell at a time every couple of minutes just as it was getting dark and seemed to keep doing so until I went out again at 9pm. it was the most unusual type of  "rain" I think I've ever experienced. this scene was shot one morning earlier this autumn when we still had an abundance of leaves on the trees.

Monday, December 5, 2011

mellow yellow architecture

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this building was colored yellow by my iphone. I snapped this while touring carnegie mellon in pittsburgh. the campus is amazing, so spacious and open with a nice variety of architecture. I was really impressed with the city. there seemed to be so much to photograph and so little time!
meanwhile I am still wondering if I will ever be able to consistently blog again. if I knew how involved a home renovation would be, I am not sure I would have done it. life is too short to have to give up the things you love to do.
speaking of which, today is mellow yellow monday. please visit drowsey monkey's mellow yellow monday meme and join in the fun.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

happy thanksgiving everyone! and an answer...


a little late, it only took me a week to answer my last post's question! "walking to the sky", a sculpture by the artist jonathan borofsky stands on the carnegie mellon campus in pittsburgh.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

can anyone guess what this guy is looking at it?




























I'll give you two hints; he is standing in pittsburgh, and, this same piece was once installed at rockefeller center in 2004.

Friday, November 11, 2011

poppies for the veterans




































just when I thought I had the blogging/home renovation thing under control, all hell breaks loose and I fall behind yet again. the good news is, things seem to be falling into place. more importantly, god bless our dear veterans. hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

golden autumn leaves

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I look forward to these particular leaves turning every year. the yellow is so bright it actually lights up everything else around it. it's already sunday in australia, where I should add, they are deep into springtime! so if you like shadows and you want to join in the fun, please visit  hey harriet's shadow shot sunday meme. and a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday too.

Friday, November 4, 2011

this morning's sunrise

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this all took place in minutes and before you knew it, it was over. moments later, the sky turned blue and the sun became a bright orange ball against it. this post is a part of the 'skywatch friday' meme. if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit skywatch friday, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

merry christmas

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the christmas season doesn't wait for the day after thanksgiving anymore - it officially starts the day after halloween.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

p is for poughkeepsie

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I happened upon this observatory at vassar, in poughkeepsie, new york while visiting the college earlier this autumn. due to its association with the first well known woman astronomer, maria mitchell, it's considered a national landmark. though no longer used as an observatory, it now houses the education department and classrooms.
if you'd like to see other representations of the letter P, or if you'd like to add your own P representation, please visit "abc wednesday".

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

day of the dead

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an art lesson in discovering the "day of the dead" gives us an example of how children make sense of it all. I found this happy skeleton next to yesterday's witches. I like to think that my loved ones who have crossed over are happy where they are. 


p.s. please go to cha no ma-ri and check out her amazing post about day of the dead & cookies! you will be very happy that you did.

Monday, October 31, 2011

two witches for halloween

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I found these not so mellow witches hanging on the wall of my son's old elementary school and immediately knew they would be part of today's halloween post. it amazes me that young children can create something both so whimsical and frightening at the same time. happy halloween everyone! to see more mellow yellow, please visit drowsey monkey over at mellow yellow monday.

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

what just happened?

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it's only in the 40's today but thankfully there is plenty of sunshine. yesterday was just way too early for this!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

the other side of elizabeth street



this is the opposite side of the elizabeth street reflection I posted earlier this month. thank goodness for archives because I was at a a total loss for what to post today! if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out the wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme, thank you James.

Friday, October 28, 2011

gone with the wind

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we are heading towards our last days of autumn here in new york and today is absolutely gorgeous outside! taken some days ago I knew as I was photographing this how it reminded me of a similar silhouette I took last autumn while visiting rhinebeck, new york last october. I hope wherever you are you get a moment or two to enjoy a glimpse of something beautiful today.
this post is a part of the 'skywatch friday' meme. if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit skywatch friday, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.


Thursday, October 27, 2011

rainy autumn day




































yay! I've posted a photo four days in a row! hopefully I will be able to get back to my daily posting. it's pretty grey & drizzly around here today but at least the awesome autumn colors surrounding us help make the weather more bearable. what's it like weather wise around you?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

O is for orange




























priscilla likes to greet me at the door whenever she stays with her grandmother. luckily I happened to have my iphone at the ready so I could capture the amazing light as the setting sun illuminated this already very bright yellow door. today is abc wednesday and today's letter is the letter O. please visit abc wednesday and join in the fun.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ghosts and ghouls in garden city

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I had to drive down nassau boulevard in garden city yesterday and caught sight of these ghouls while waiting at a red light. meanwhile, isn't it hard to believe it is october 25th??? only two months until christmas. speaking of which, have you noticed the stores are already pushing out their halloween inventory and replacing it with christmas regalia?

Monday, October 24, 2011

the notorious biggie smalls and the ed koch bridge

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ian pointed out the portrait of mr. smalls painted on the mellow yellow building as we sped by while driving on the long island expressway last saturday. we drove into manhattan so we could attend new york university's open house for prospective college students. we were very impressed to say the least. now if only we had $63,000 dollars to send him there - and that would be for just 1 year!
 to see more mellow yellow, please visit drowsey monkey over at mellow yellow monday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

All American



























Sorry again for my lack of posting. We are renovating part of our home and unfortunately it seems to be interfering with my blogging life. We have no kitchen left to speak of so we've been ordering take-out for the last three nights. I'm not one for eating out so much, so yesterday I went to Costco and bought a fancy toaster oven. I also need to get my crock-pot fired up too. I'm not sure what I'll make in it since I've never used one before but it's got to be better than take-out every night.

Monday, October 17, 2011

mellow yellow on long beach road

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I pass by so many abandoned businesses and homes here on long island it can be depressing-so I try not to focus on them. lately though, I am starting to see them in a different light. this one I thought was perfect for mellow yellow monday. to see more mellow yellow, please visit drowsey monkey over at mellow yellow monday.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

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a very different autumn photo compared to yesterday's picture, yet the leaves I posted yesterday were from this very tree. I like how the tree looks more like a flower arrangement in this.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

magical autumn





























much apologies to anyone who has happened by & seen I haven't posted anything new since friday! between some major home improvements and our son applying to college, things have been a tad bit chaotic. that doesn't mean I haven't taken at least a little time to notice the wonderful magic of the leaves turning. 
today is abc wednesday where any blogger may participate by posting a photograph representing the letter of the week. today's letter is M. please go to 'abc wednesday' if you'd like to see more M photographs.

Friday, October 7, 2011

boo!

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another blow up halloween decoration post within a week - I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist. this post is a part of the 'skywatch friday' meme. if you'd like to add your own sky, please visit skywatch friday, thanks to klaus and his team, sandy, wren, and sylvia.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs





























thanks for teaching me how to use a computer.





Wednesday, October 5, 2011

rush hour

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the last bit of yesterday's light drew me outside for a quick early evening walk. it seemed like everywhere I looked, the light, in one form or another was making a statement. today is abc wednesday and today's letter is L. if you'd like to see other representations of the letter L, or if you'd like to add your own L representation, please visit "abc wednesday".

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

it's that time of year again

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from october through may, it seems everyone hauls out their blow-up decorations here on long island. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

happy monday

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is there a better way to start the week than with a smiley face? have a mellow yellow monday everyone!
to see more mellow yellow, please visit drowsey monkey over at mellow yellow monday.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

roosevelt island tramway



anthony took this video with his iphone while taking a tram from manhattan over the east river to roosevelt island with ian. you can see the ed koch queensboro bridge also known as the 59th street bridge in the video, qualifying today's post for inclusion in louis la vache's "sunday bridges". if you'd like to add your own bridge or simply see some other intriguing bridges, please go here.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

elizabeth street reflections

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I shot this photo while walking down elizabeth street through little italy in manhattan last autumn. it reminds me of the photo I posted last saturday here. if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out the wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme, thank you James!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

beirut at terminal 5

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last week I got to see one of my favorite bands, "beirut" play in manhattan at terminal 5-not exactly the greatest concert venue. their general admission does allow you to get close to the stage if you don't mind being pressed together like sardines in a can. doors usually open at 7, but die hard fans start lining up outside much earlier. the opening act starts at 8. when beirut made their appearance by 9:15 I had already been standing for two hours. a lesser fan might not think it would be worth it. but I can tell you it was definitely worth it! I've been listening to beirut for at least a couple of years now but this is the first time I've experienced them live and I have to say for me, their live performance was full of surprises-most notably how they upped the ante on their horns and drums. and oh my good good lord does zach condon know how to sing and does so with an amazing stage presence-though I should say that wasn't a surprise.



Monday, September 26, 2011

oblong books in millerton new york

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this was taken in millerton new york last summer. by complete chance Ian found a copy of "know the past, find the future" the new york public library's free centennial book that was distributed earlier this year to commemorate their 100 year anniversary. the book is still available for free as an eReader version here
today is mellow yellow monday. please visit drowsey monkey if you'd like to add your own bit of yellow mellowness.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

deer reflections

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another shot from the archives taken while visiting the town of millerton this last summer. check out how the reflection of the trees actually makes the deer on the left look like it has green glitter around his face. if you'd like to see more reflections or add your own to the mix, please check out the wonderful 'weekend reflections' meme, thanks to James!


Friday, September 23, 2011

a patch of blue

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the skies these last few days leave little to be desired so I stole this one from the archives. taken this last summer-yes, as of today, yesterday's summer is now officially last summer! in the town of millerton, new york I couldn't help notice these two buildings built so close together yet with a thoughtful window at the top so one could still see some sky.
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, September 22, 2011

dahlias at the long island fair

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one of my favorite things about the long island fair is getting to see all the blooming dahlias people enter each year. 



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

magic bars

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ian is entering these magic bars into the long island fair's culinary arts contest that is being held at the old bethpage village restoration this week. as you can see I couldn't resist taking a bite.
here is the recipe;


1/2 cup butter
one and one 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
one 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
one & 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped peacns or walnuts - I used walnuts


preheat oven to 350 degrees
cut butter into 6 squares and place onto 13" x 9" baking pan


let butter melt in oven almost entirely taking pan out before it starts to burn
once the butter finishes melting outside the oven, evenly sprinkle the graham cracker crumbs directly into the pan over the butter


then pour milk evenly over the crumbs
top with remaining ingredients in the order they are listed above
press the ingredients down gently into the pan with a fork or the back of a spoon


bake for 25 minutes until lightly browned
cool, cut into bars, & store covered at room temperature



Monday, September 19, 2011

sunday school and mellow yellow monday




























last sunday we went to brooklyn to visit my mother-in-law's birthplace in williamsburg. as we exited the brooklyn queens expressway we passed through a jewish neighborhood and found ourselves traveling behind this bus. this is probably the first time I was happy to have to wait for a bus to make all of its stops. while waiting, we got to see all of the children happily running for the bus to go to school as their mothers stood waving goodbye from the sidewalk and their younger siblings waved from picture windows. the children looked absolutely adorable in their black and white clothing with their sweet curls hanging down the sides of their angelic faces. very large old brick homes stood side by side with a canopy of trees lining the street. the whole scene looked like something out of a movie.  
today is mellow yellow monday. please visit drowsey monkey if you'd like to add your own bit of yellow mellowness.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

garden shadows

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the sun was shining in our garden early yesterday morning so I ran outside with camera in hand to try and get a good shadow shot. if you want to join in some shadow fun, please visit  hey harriet's 'shadow shot sunday' meme. and here's a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday too.

Friday, September 16, 2011

fire island sky

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I've always heard people refer to these trees as scrub pines. you can see from my previous boardwalk pictures they are everywhere along the beach. 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, September 15, 2011

sfogliatelle at fortunato brothers

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I couldn't even begin to try and pronounce this pastry's name, but the internet can! check it out here. my mother in-law said this was her mother's favorite. last sunday we ordered them in homage to her while visiting her old nieghborhood in the williamsburg section of brooklyn.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

fire island's nude beach

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as seen from the top of the lighthouse, so you won't be seeing evidence of non-bathing suit wearing people in this picture. but trust me - those little figures down there, they aint wearing nothing! I don't know why but it always makes me laugh as I pass the nude beach. there is just one spot where from a bit of a distance, boardwalk passersby get a view of the nudists and there always seems to be a fully tanned man standing, hands on his hips exposing himself for the sun and all the world to see with his butt side to the boardwalk. if you didn't know it was a nude beach you might not even notice. the first time I pointed it out to my son and nieces, they panicked for a second, thinking I was taking them there.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

the path to the fire island lighthouse

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the path to the fire island lighthouse is one of my favorite walks to take on long island. ian and I made the trip on september 2nd and although it was a perfect summer day, the subtle changes in nature's color indicated that autumn was well on its way.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

it's the lighthouse at fire island

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my recent 'room with a view' post was shot from the top of the fire island lighthouse pictured above. climbing to the top of the lighthouse so I can get a bird's-eye view of fire island is one of my favorite things to do and so is taking the walk along the boardwalk in order to get there. thanks to everyone for taking a guess in identifying my last two posts and congratulations to alexa for nailing it! today also happens to be mellow yellow monday. please visit drowsey monkey if you'd like to add your own bit of yellow mellowness.
ps - if you click on this photo, it will enlarge, better enabling you to see the yellow t-shirt the man walking along the boardwalk is wearing.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

another clue

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is it at all obvious where this  'room with a view' happens to be? I am a day early for shadow shot sunday but it is sunday in australia so I think it's ok. if you want to join in the fun, please visit  hey harriet's 'shadow shot sundaymeme. and here's a big thank you to tracy for hosting shadow shot sunday too.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

a room with a view

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I'm wondering if anyone can guess exactly where this window is looking out too? I will tell you this, unfortunately, it is not my summer home and yes, it is a beach somewhere on long island.  I will be posting some other hints over the next few days. maybe someone will figure it out. happy thursday everyone. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

a mystery

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I drove into manhattan last saturday to see 'freud's last session', a special treat for my son ian who wanted to see the play. as I waited at a red light I noticed this giant sculpture in front of the seagram building. I wondered what it could be. I didn't have time to backtrack so when I got home I did a quick google search and found a wonderful blog called 'nyc loves nyc' that dedicated an entire post to the subject here
meanwhile, today is mellow yellow monday and I believe this teddy bear is a perfect fit for all things mellow. please visit drowsey monkey if you'd like to add your own bit of mellowness.