Thursday, June 30, 2016

Today's Art




























A #tbt to last Autumn when I was visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum, I turned a corner then took a double take looking at this woman when I noticed an eery stillness about her before realizing she was not really human.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Weldon E. Howitt Track & Field




























This is a beautiful track to do one's exercise - if you don't mind tiny grains of black gravel stuck in your sneakers for like...ever.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My Most Favorite Type of Surprise




































A whole crop of Echinacea popped up in a part of the garden where I had two or three of these plants growing the last couple of years. Much like the Forget-Me-Nots I also grow in my backyard, these girls must have re-seeded themselves.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Chickens for Sale..$9.99 "not Guaranteed"




































Starkies in Farmingdale is selling chickens for $9.99. As I crouched down to take their pic the whole lot of them became very interested in me, walking closer to me in order to get a good look at what I was all about. Then just as quickly lost interest...except for this one.


Sunday, June 26, 2016

From the other Side of the Fence


Though they seem to be suffering with some type of mold, these ramblers are still going strong. As the inherited part of our garden, I have posted these Rambling Roses before over our old backyard garden gate. If you look closely at the picture in the link, you can also see the hordes of cherries in the infamous cherry tree (I am obsessed with).

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Butterflies are Free to Fly...

























As Priscilla and I carried out our morning garden inspection, this beauty swirled around us (seemingly) effortlessly and then landed on the tree branches hanging directly over Priscilla - not that Priscilla who was busily and intensely sniffing at the air noticed.
I'm guessing the hundreds of birds that hang out in our yard did the damage to this butterfly's wing. If you only saw her flying you wouldn't know she was missing part of her wing.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Thinking about that coffee I had in Berlin last January #flashbackFriday




























A coffee drinking experience that entirely changed my thinking about coffee and how it was the impetus behind the way I would prepare my own coffee at home once I got back to the States. Is there anything better than the daily rituals we create? I never expected to love visiting Berlin, Germany as much as I did, nor their delicious coffee for that matter either.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I have been thinking about this pretty girl ever since I met her #tbt



































Last February I visited the Netherlands and while there, met adorable Famke. My husband and I stayed at the Taverne guest house through Airbnb. You can see it in the above picture in the background. By itself the house was amazing but Famke and her humans made it even more so. She and her "parents" welcomed us with perfect hospitality making a memory for us that whenever I think of, I feel so happy. Yesterday I started a drawing of Famke you can see the beginnings of here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Poopy Pouch's...What's New in Farmingdale

 During a recent walk to our favorite mailbox, Priscilla and I were both surprised to discover the free poopy pouch dispenser in our Farmingdale Village Green. Personally I am already prepared with my own poopy bag compliments of my NYTimes delivery service - who happens to wrap my newspaper in a plastic bag sized perfectly to accomodate Miss Priscilla's "business". I mean, that is what recycling is all about, right?
Whatever the case, it is good to see these pouches available to our community at large. Sometimes I forget to bring something for the take-away and from what I have seen during my walks with Priscilla, sometimes other people do too. Recently I have read many different opinions on the matter of dog walking etiquette. I just assumed it was standard practice for people to never let their dog pee or poop on other people's property. Priscilla is always on leash but it seems that male dogs are harder to control where they pee, stopping with no more than a half second's notice. Some dog parents I know make sure to have their dogs do all their business before they leave their own property so they are walking purely for exercise & the socialization that is afforded by their sniffing all the scents their animal counterparts leave behind.
Due to her size Priscilla is very easy to control but I do let her get her share of sniffing in. Sometimes I get worried that my neighbors might think that just because I let her sniff in front of their house, means she will leave something behind. If she does, it is strictly on the curb strip and if it's number 2, well, that's what the poopy pouch is for right?
I am extremely lucky that I work from home and between her trips in and out of the house all day and her daily walk, Priscilla gets plenty of activity which is very important for her health both physically and mentally. What do people do when they are away at work all day? Do they have a neighbor or professional dog walker come to help walk their dog? I know wee-wee pads are good for smaller dogs but what about the larger ones? I just heard Rover has recently branched their dog walking services out to Long Island which must be a huge relief for those of us who need the help. For me, walking Priscilla is one of the highlights of my day, but if I couldn't walk her, I'd still want her to get a good walk in, even just for the exercise. Like the human she thinks she is, Priscilla is always in the best mood after some exercise!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Today's Art is brought to you from RISD's ISB Gallery

I've been waiting to share this RISD student art piece ever since I shared the storybook, Pink Flynn that was exhibited at the same show back in May. Looking at this "Workshop" is like entering an imaginary world that at the same time seems very real. Isn't it easy to imagine the above taxidermist taking such precise care as he preserves the history of our world's natural wonders? Below you can read a little bit about the artist's thought process behind this piece.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Like thieves in the Night, the Squirrel's and Birds Stole Most of the Cherries


I am guesstimating, if I am lucky, I have enough cherries for two more pies. Priscilla is very disappointed. What was once a nearly two week long cherry pie making marathon in June, suddenly ground to a halt when I noticed half the cherries on our backyard cherry tree had magically disappeared without a trace over the course of just two days. 
I have never before seen our cherry tree plucked with such discretion - not that I witnessed any of the actual plucking! Other than the cherries being there in abundance and then suddenly not being there, it was hard to imagine how the plucking activity was possible without my seeing it. I do spend a fare amount of time by my kitchen window sink that does look out onto our backyard cherry tree. "One can only assume it was the squirrels and birds who ate the cherries," said the raccoon & possum. 
After making yesterday's pie, I understand why the animal kingdom that resides in our backyard couldn't help themselves - the cherries this year are tastier than they've ever been.



Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Let the Cherry Picking Begin!




























Behold these sour cherries ripening to a perfection never before seen. Can you tell I am excited? I was a bit worried about our cherry crop being less than adequate this year. As usual I am behind on my backyard gardening and there were green splotches all over the bark of this favorite cherry tree of mine - which I simply could not attend too when other priorities took over the investigation of said splotches. I hope these beauties taste as good as they look!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

These were Planted by the Birds..




































I love that these grow (unprovoked by me) in my backyard! They are not the most succulent berry I have tasted but I probably don't know enough about them to flatter them properly. This pic is an oldie. Presently there are two new large Blackberry Canes growing within the Rose of Sharon around our patio in the backyard. The birds must've planted them... if you know what I mean.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Love is Love #Orlando





























Our hearts are broken but we must not let them break our spirits. "They" will never win. Orlando, you are us and we are you..love is love.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Pneuhaus Art Installation in Providence, Rhode Island #tbt




























"..creating architecture out of air, and color out of light, they perfect the ephemeral gesture." ~ Leora Maltz-Leca on the work of Pneuhaus.
Pneuhaus is a design collective that created the structure above. Ian mentioned they were exhibiting for a few hours outside in downtown Providence and suggested I bring his grandparents to see it. As soon as I walked inside the very large inflatable tunnel like structure, I noticed my skin color change as the light outside the inflatable affected the inside color of the "room". I also loved how this piece was so toy like though more beautifully made and with more integrity than any inflatable toy or bouncy house I've ever seen. No one I was with was in any hurry to leave and they loved talking to the creators who answered all their questions about the art with infectious enthusiasm.
This little slice of heaven was a welcome retreat during a busy three days in Providence RI last week. Thank you Pneuhaus.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

More Beautiful Sky Over Farmingdale




































Dramatic changes have been taking place in Farmingdale. The apartment building to the left used to be a parking lot and the one further away used to be a dilapidated building.
Here is the same scene in wintertime before the apartment buildings were erected.
The town of Farmingdale is very convenient for those who like the beach which is a 20 minute car drive away. For those who like Manhattan, you can get there in under an hour - providing the LIRR is running on time. With New York City's current housing crisis, it's no surprise these residences seem to be filling up fast.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sunday Night's Sunset




























Did anyone happen to catch it? I only went outside to see it when I saw a golden other worldly type of light flooding into my home. I felt like I was on the set of Close Encounter's of the Third Kind.