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.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

#tbt to That Awesome Trip I took out West Last June

Last year was the second trip I took to Sedona, Arizona in two years. The first trip was for the express purpose of visiting the Grand Canyon, something that was at the top of my bucket list for a very long time. As awesome as the Grand Canyon is, I'm not sure I would have enjoyed seeing it as much without the people I am close too. Last year's trip was very different. It was the first big vacation Anthony and I went on as empty nesters. We very much needed and enjoyed the rest and relaxation, but the sad reality is, we definitely were a little lonely. This is where Priscilla comes in. Earlier in the year we got the idea that since we would be traveling more, we would try to acclimate Priscilla to come with us on some of our shorter trips. Initially she was not crazy about the drive until we noticed she actually seemed to be enjoying taking in the sights outside the car window. 

I'll keep you posted on Priscilla's progress!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dairy Barn For Sale

I heard there is only one Dairy Barn left on Long Island. I know the Dairy Barn in Farmingdale was turned into a parking lot. This one in Massapequa is closed and for sale.
If you google drive through supermarket you'll find that apparently this is a "new invention". The idea is you can get all your grocery shopping done for you and then all you have to do is pick it up. With self driving cars coming our way I'm guessing pretty soon we can send our cars out to do our shopping without us.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rhode Island School of Design and Brown's Annual Lawn Party is Happening THIS Saturday

Students who attend Rhode Island School of Design sell items on their school's beach while taking a break outside enjoying the nice weather. Pictured above is RISD's Beach in Providence, Rhode Island.
RISD's "Beach" is actually a lawn on their school grounds and a farm they own elsewhere is actually a beach. If that's not confusing enough, RISD and Brown University are also hosting a "Lawn Party" on Benefit Street this weekend. Ian tells me they roll out AstroTurf on Benefit Street celebrating Spring in the hopes of giving RISD & Brown students a break from their work - even if just for a bit.
I have it on good authority that there will be student bands playing live music from both colleges at the party there Saturday too.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Last Saturday Night at All American

Last Saturday night's Summer like temperatures inspired a trip to the only fast food place I frequent here on Long Island. As usual the line was out the door over at All American. Their homemade french fries are too die for so it's no wonder why every time I eat here I wonder how many hours I take off of my life.
At $12 for the two of us it has to be the cheapest date night on Long Island.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Good Old Days and the Bright Lights that actually Soothe your Eyes

It seems like a lot longer than five years ago when my little family and I grabbed a quick dinner at P.J. Clarke's before taking in Freud's Last Session over at the The Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater back in 2011.
P.J. Clarke's was established in 1884. The feel of a "saloon" like atmosphere is well represented by these old time light fixture's earthy, cozy glow. I remember feeling like I was in a place where there wasn't a lot of extra electricity to go around.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

This Used to be a Bakery

Though I like some old buildings in Farmingdale better than others like this one I posted about a couple of weeks ago, the one pictured above still evokes a feeling of nostalgia for the old Farmingdale I remember as a child living on Long Island. Does anyone remember the name of the bakery that used to be here for what seemed like eons?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Late Blooming Cherry Blossoms

Due to the amount of shade in our backyard, it is typical for our Cherry tree's blossoms to lag behind others in our neighborhood. I love watching as how the sunlight changes, so do all the colors around it - as is evident in these photos that were taken within five minutes of each other during yesterday's golden hour.
It might be too early to tell but there seems to be less blossoms than last year. The more blossoms that bloom, the more cherry pie I get to make. I'll keep you posted.
Happy Earth Day!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Tulip in the Sun

I wish I could contemplate Tulips and listen to birds chirp every morning.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More Litter..the Good Kind of Litter


In keeping with my week of "green" posts leading up to Earth Day this Friday, I thought I'd share a beautiful view of a good type of litter carpeting lawns and sidewalks and cars and homes throughout the suburbs of Farmingdale here on Long Island.
I realize many of us complain about having to sweep this up being another chore to take care of. Think of this Spring "cleaning" as good exercise as well as another moment to be outside and be in touch with nature - both of which have been proven to be good for the human brain as well as the human body.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

It's Springing Inside the Massapequa Nature Preserve

Sunday morning at 7AM on the nature trail to the Massapequa Preserve I noticed we are definitely in the season of Spring. Such a treasure this trail is for all those who care to partake of its pleasures. Yes, you can still hear traffic on some parts of the trail more than others, but it's not obvious. What beauty you can see more than makes up for what noise you can hear from the cars passing by on the roadways that run next to parts of the trail. It was a small miracle I got there so early Sunday but so worth the effort since the trail can fill up quickly on a warm sunny weekend day. If a quick retreat from the concrete and over crowding on Long Island is what you need, the Preserve is a definite antidote to aid in seeking your serenity. 
Check out this chillier looking scene of the Nature Preserve from three years ago this month.

Monday, April 18, 2016

H&M's World Recycle Week also Coincides with Earth Day this Friday #WorldRecycleWeek

Recycle your unwanted clothes at H&M and get 30% off your entire purchase! Bring in a bag of used worn out clothing, stained, torn  - even old towels or sheets can be brought in. H&M recycles these items into clothing, rugs, and even the dust that is generated as fabric is recycled, is used! If the clothing can be still worn it is distributed to second hand goods. Check out their very short video at their site here at H&M World Recycle Week.
I plan on using this opportunity as motivation to clean out my closet, putting all my winter clothes away and donating all the warm weather clothes I never wear anymore.
Any way I can avoid adding to the mountains of garbage on Long Island by recycling whatever I can always makes me feel good!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

When the Atlantic Ocean meets the Fire Island National Seashore

It was 67 degrees at the Fire Island National Seashore as of 3:30 this afternoon - which Robert Moses State Park is a part of. I'd love to know how many people were at my favorite beach today. The weather on Long Island was phenomenal, warm enough so you did not have to wear a jacket but not too hot where you were uncomfortable doing Spring clean up in the backyard.
This picture of Robert Moses beach was taken another day as a storm was moving in - one of those times when the contrast between golden sun and dark clouds create pure magic. Fire Island National Seashore aka FINS is a protected seashore and is part of Suffolk County.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

News to Me - Smoking Cigars Causes Cancer

I hate to be a debbie downer but I never knew this until my husband's doctor said that people who smoke cigars are considered smokers in terms of their medical history. Yet every week my husband makes a stop at the cigar store to pay $8.50 for one of these. I will also admit I give his stogie a puff here and there myself too. I do wish this information wasn't so. I loved the idea of smoking cigars being a less destructive vice but that is just not the reality.
I also admire cigar label design too.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Priscilla Continues her "Big Sleep" .... #TGIF

This is Priscilla from 2012 (flashback Friday!) and as you can see, things haven't changed all that much. She is currently in this position as I type. Notice despite her deep slumber the ear is still perked up. She stays in this position just in case her nemesis aka the UPS truck pulls up - because let's face it, Long Island is full of them and it's her job to make sure all those big brown boxes with squeaky brakes stay off of our property.
Happy weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

#tbt Springtime's Forsythia in Farmingdale

I am certain this same exact thing happened this time last Spring as well. Still, somehow the Spring's flora accompanied by the blue sky is a welcome surprise. Though I can't think of a fellow Long Island native who complained about our last Winter, there were strings of dreary days that even the most ardent admirer of the color grey would tire of.
Pictured here is today's wondrous weather. I shot both of these while stopped in traffic on Melville Road in Farmingdale. If you look closely at the bottom picture, you will see the moon in the upper right corner Waxing Gibbous - at least that's what my Yahoo Weather App says..

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reflections from Amsterdam

Last January I had an opportunity to travel to Germany & Amsterdam with only a few weeks notice and I jumped on it. I have noticed whenever I travel everything seems to look new again and inspiration can be found everywhere. This shot was taken in Amsterdam (not on Long Island) on a brisk beautiful day. Amsterdam is a very bustling city. The magenta blur in the left part of this photograph is the reflection of a car whizzing by. If you aren't on a bicycle or in a car, watch out since you might get run over. Thankfully the bikes seem to travel faster than the cars alluding to a better chance for survival as a pedestrian.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Spring Rain Benefactors


Remember the old saying "April showers bring May flowers? I can't wait to see these Tiger Lilies bloom, again. I promise to keep you posted. There is no getting away from this business of Spring it seems to be everywhere on Long Island - especially now after all of the rain we just experienced.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Not Your Typical Old Home

I remember when this part of Farmingdale had a canopy of trees covering this entire street. Ever since Sandy hit us, Long Islanders are much more inclined to cut them down. I also remember noticing this home as a young child and how stately it looked. I was especially impressed by the short wall lining the edges of its property. I love old Farmingdale homes.      

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Beacon Mountain

So this is what we did in Beacon. We climbed that Mountain you see in the distance which given my lack of mountain view photography skills doesn't look all that high. And yes, it is no Everest but it definitely appears and is much larger and higher in person. Needless to say when I read all the online nature guides boasting of this mountain being the highest peak in the Hudson Highlands, I was concerned that I'd be able to hike it. Not to mention the various online guides mentioning the hundreds of trails one might get lost on if they weren't careful. Fortunately as soon as we got to the parking lot at the base of this mountain I quickly realized it was a no brainer. There were so many people and their furry bff's heading up the mountain I quickly understood that all I had to do was follow along. Wearing my lightweight sneakers was probably the worst mistake I made. The trail had huge chunks of rock that started to noticeably dig into my feet after the first 30 minutes. Even with my subpar footwear it was an incredible workout yet very manageable. My advice, fear not and go for it!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Beacon Square Coffeehouse

With plenty of room to sit in this coffeehouse, I didn't mind taking my time sipping my sweet mocha while letting my phone charge. I first read about Beacon, NY from escapebklyn on Instagram which prompted me to check out their website Escape Brooklyn where you can read all about Beacon, NY and what one might like to do there. In my case, Anthony & I took their advice and checked it out and I am very glad we did. More on Beacon to follow in tomorrow's post.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Neiman Marcus at Roosevelt Field Mall

I have no idea when they added Neiman Marcus onto this mall but I was shocked to see such a large new structure standing where I would normally park whenever I visit Roosevelt Field. I like the design of this building and their plantings too.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

She Had Art in Every Room #tbt

That East Hampton Airbnb hideaway I was telling you about? The rooms were lovely. I felt at home there. I believe it must have been the art.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Farmingdale's Big Sky

I never tire of looking at Farmingdale's sky. Yes, some days it can be bleak but more often than not it is glorious lovely looking sky. Maybe this is true about most skies over most towns. It all hinges on taking the time to look up. Do you ever take time out to look at the sky you live under?

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Feels Like Winter

I hope this wintry cold snap doesn't weaken the Snow on the Mountain - or any of our other newly sprung plants for that matter! We have a lot of shade in our backyard so the perennials that revisit us always seem to be a bit behind their cousins who reside elsewhere in our neighborhood. A recent unfortunate, though necessary tree removal has brought added light to this once shady patch. It was exciting to see the Snow on the mountain coming in early. Hopefully today's Sun will keep these beauties warm enough to endure today's frigid temperatures.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Priscilla's Getaway via Airbnb

As you can see, Priscilla thoroughly enjoyed the fire! Look closely and you can see her other human doing the same thing on the couch opposite ours. Not one to leave anyone out, the very next morning Priscilla made sure to spread her love - this time giving her dad a snuggle as I document the scene. If you haven't yet tried Airbnb for travel accommodations, I recommend it. This one was in East Hampton, NY.
This particular Airbnb special feature's included; pets being welcome, a comfy king size bed, privacy, yet walking distance to Main Beach as well as to the town of East Hampton and total peace and quiet with pitch black country like darkness for perfect sleeping. Basically this place is a total hideaway.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Exactly One Week to this Day..

This is how I was spending my late afternoon last Friday. The fog was so thick creating an eerie landscape making everything look as though I was walking near the end of the world. With all of these homes lining the beach, I am surprised this place tops the best beach list. I guess Robert Moses Beach has spoiled me with it's National Park like atmosphere.