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

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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.

Friday, September 2, 2011

sky at gilgo beach

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yesterday I showed you one side of gilgo beach. here is the other. 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 1, 2011

gilgo beach

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this shot was taken the day after hurricane irene late in the afternoon. ian and I headed for robert moses only to find it closed along with all of the other beaches along ocean parkway. we managed to get onto this one by pulling the car over to the side of the road and climbing across the paths through the dunes. it wasn't crowded but I did get a strange feeling like everyone was doing what I came there to do - I was checking on our beloved beach to make sure it was still there. and as you can see, it is. 
today is abc wednesday and today's letter is the letter G. if you'd like to see other representations of the letter G, or if you'd like to add your own G representation, please visit 'abc wednesday'.