Monday, December 30, 2013

wintertime at uplands farm


uplands farm sanctuary truly is a "sanctuary".

Thursday, December 26, 2013

daisy girl Christmas day


yesterday my beloved sister in laws had something like 30 people at their house for christmas dinner. all the girls ate together in the dining room including daisy seen here above and ginger, who although you can't see her, she was just inches away barking at daisy. daisy seemed completely unfazed. all the boys ate in the kitchen. unfortunately there weren't any male dogs around to keep them company. here is daisy from last christmas.

Friday, December 20, 2013

the snowman has landed


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

this was yesterday


snow and then freezing rain was the weather for yesterday. this morning everything was frozen like the arctic tundra. priscilla doesn't seem to mind though - she's hopping around the backyard like a bunny in springtime. yesterday on the way home, ian and I decided to take a quick detour around old westbury's hidden pond. and speaking of spring, here is the above in springtime

Monday, December 16, 2013

oh christmas tree

we got our christmas tree last night. anthony was adamant about not spending more than $40.00. I'm so glad I cooperated. I was worried we would wind up with too small a tree. turns out starkies in farmingdale has a whole bunch of $40.00 trees! here's a tip, they all look smaller outside than they do inside. this year we used ian as our yard stick and it worked! sort of. the tree we now have in our livingroom is gigantic - and it was only 40 bucks.
: )

Saturday, December 14, 2013

a black and white christmas tree


I like this year's christmas tree so much better than last year's

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

amy's all dressed up for christmas


a trip to providence wouldn't be as fun without having breakfast at amy's place. happily, the proprieter likes to decorate for the holidays too.

Monday, December 9, 2013

winter has officially arrived


it snowed yesterday! yay! sort of... anyway, I was in providence this last weekend to see a play ian wrote and directed (yes I am a very proud mamma) called life deprived. it was SO good. unfortunately I was more nervous than I realized and only took three pictures inside the theater - all of which were blurry! fortunately, his play went really well. the cast was amazing! Ian was also fortunate to have the supremely talented aaron whitman playing his very own original music throughout the play that fit the story of life deprived perfectly. below you can see my blurry picture of the writer/director himself. and above, is the yellow orchid at the coffee exchange, my favorite coffee shop to visit in providence - an ideal antidote for today's wintry weather. happy monday everyone!


Friday, December 6, 2013

our empire in the sky


does anyone ever get sick of looking at this building? you know which one I'm talking about right? I got a peek at her driving home from dropping ian at penn station last sunday. not to take away from the others, I find them all very well suited to each other.
: )

Thursday, December 5, 2013

suburban reindeer


if I walk priscilla past 4:30 pm it's already fairly dark outside. at least this time of year, there are lots of pretty decorations to look at.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

black squirrel sighting


whenever my best friend from childhood comes to new york she always makes time to go for long walks with me. yesterday, while taking our walk together at the massapequa nature preserve, she noticed this black squirrel and quickly captured the above image using her iphone. I have never seen a black squirrel on long island before so needless to say I was pretty impressed - with both my bff's observation skills as well as her quick use of her iphone camera. I scrambled to get the shot below but I like the close up one better since you can actually see that yes, this is indeed a squirrel.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

still life with hydrangeas and monkey art too

Still Life with Hydrangeas in Greenwich Village

it's hard to believe but after 18 years one of my favorite places I used to love window shopping at still exists on university place in greenwich village. they also still have the same monkey art on their window too, as seen in the photograph below.

Still Life with Hydrangeas and Monkey Art in Greenwich Village

Monday, December 2, 2013

saint joan and margaret mead


last friday night I had the opportunity to see the bedlam theater company's saint joan, an off broadway play located in the village at the lynn redgrave theater culture project. I knew when I saw the above pictured quote in the theater's lobby, it was going to be a good night. the play was 3 hours long and it was excellent. the actors were amazing in their performances and by the end of the night I felt like I had been on a great adventure. the company is also running hamlet in repertory for twelve weeks only.

Friday, November 29, 2013

black friday anyone?


I don't know why but I just can't shop on black friday. in other news, is this bunny cute or what? I found him last year while shopping at the miracle mile aka americana manhasset.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

happy thanksgiving and here comes santa claus


our annual tradition, handed down by my mom, is that we faithfully watch the macy's thanksgiving day parade on the tele every thanksgiving morning. usually this means we just leave the tv on and watch bits and pieces of it as we enter & exit the living room. this year ian won't be home until the last bit of it which is crucial since if there is one thing we never miss, it is santa waving hello to us at parade's end as he officially ushers in the christmas season. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

happy hanukkah!


I can't help sharing more tape art from RISD. and yes, I am guilty of believing my son has great talent and pretty much everything he does is genius. seriously though, would you take a look at this? Ian created this with his own two hands!!! I thought it was perfect for the first day of hanukkah. below is more art for your perusal from the dormitory halls of RISD - all of which is done freehand by his fellow art students.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

getting ready for america's thanksgiving food coma


ian hasn't been home in over three months. he's the one napping pre-dinner on the right. I haven't seen my niece (pictured here on the left) since last christmas. to say I am excited to see them both is a very big understatement. every year my brother and sister in law welcome us into their home to share thanksgiving. this year will be different since their oldest son is serving in the army in south korea - it won't be the same without him. my other niece, tracy, asked my mom if she could make the apple pie this year. how sweet is that? what are your plans for this thursday?

Monday, November 25, 2013

I love me some peppermint


I wonder how many of these giant candy canes are hanging up over the various towns of long island?

Sunday, November 24, 2013

winter has arrived


I'm not sure I've ever seen this type of sign before. this makes me glad to see an awareness of wildlife and some concern for its safety here on busy long island. in other news, it is a mere 27 degrees outside as I type this post. I can see the pachysandra has frozen over appearing deader than dead - among other things, throughout our backyard . it amazes me how they always spring back to life in between such frosts.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

why hello there mr. polar bear


I've noticed lots of holiday lights in my neighborhood lately. some people like to put up decorations when the weather is still warm enough to do so without getting frostbite on their fingers. I think my neighbors might be early this year since Hanukkah happens to be the day before thanksgiving with Christmas being only 3 weeks later. whatever the case, I rather like mr. polar bear but this bear is even better!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Eiffel Tower for Christmas only $144.99


Just in case you can't make it to Paris this Christmas, the Home Depot is bringing Paris to you.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

her name is dearie


I love old houses and I love how the owners of this old house gave theirs an affectionate name.


Monday, November 18, 2013

flaming evening skies and sunset at 4:33 pm


as of five minutes ago, the sun set. sadly it's only 4:38 pm. 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

christmas at home depot


there's been some facebook buzz about stores being open thanksgiving creating a sort of pre-black friday sale. my brother suggested that maybe it's time to move thanksgiving to wednesday.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Greenwich Village and The Magic Hour


I think we've finally crossed over into the much colder part of Autumn here in NY (& on Long Island). Maybe my longing for a warmer day is what drew me to this picture from last summer's archives. If you'd like to see more Manhattan water towers, please visit Daryl over at out and about in new york city where you will see she posts a picture of a water tower every Wednesday.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

it snowed today...


unfortunately it didn't stick so I don't have any pretty pictures of it to post here. I did post a six second video on my instagram page in case you'd like to check it out. I found these flowers while riding my bike through my neighborhood last week. I wonder if they will survive tonights freeze!

Monday, November 11, 2013

deep thoughts in soho


I discovered this door while walking through soho last week. I noticed the interesting shadows before I noticed the graffiti - which I will admit, made me laugh out loud.

Friday, November 8, 2013

autumn leaves almost gone


when I posted a picture of this tree last week, some of these leaves still had some green left in them. after yesterday's rain there isn't a single leaf left. I shot this photograph last saturday when I was outside raking leaves. I found today's weather astounding by the way. how was it over by you?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

idyllic farmingdale


it is literally raining cats and dogs today, nothing like what is pictured here, from yesterday.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

pretty girls


as I journeyed through soho, I was glad to see what's new in the sicis soho location. I've always enjoyed their window displays.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

installation art in soho


actually, I think this is probably just very pretty scaffolding. the temperatures were a little frigid yesterday, but perfect for the very long walk I trekked through the lower part of manhattan. I haven't been to SOHO since this last summer and happening upon this during my walk was a nice surprise.


Monday, November 4, 2013

last of the mellow yellows


I do love the change of seasons, even if it gets darker earlier  and it's colder in the morning.  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

blurry autumn color


I am soaking up what I imagine to be our last bit of yellows and reds and limey greens before winter takes hold here on this island of ours. I hope you are enjoying your extra hour everyone.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

this year's tape art from risd


I posted a portrait a risd student created (using mere tape and scissors) last June here on this blog. Naturally, I could not wait to see what I would find on their dormitory walls this year. I was not disappointed. Extraordinary stuff.
P.S. Don't forget to set your clocks back before you go to sleep tonight.
: )

Friday, November 1, 2013

autumn sky over sunrise mall


I love how there is the tiniest bit of yellow ochre found in the trees peeking up from the lower part of the sky against the lighter shades of blue. the sky was so bright last week compared to today's (much needed) grey rainy skies. to see other beautiful skies, please visit skywatch friday.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy halloween everyone!

this was taken in bellrose village, new york back in october of 2001. Ian was 7 years old. he's the black cat trailing after the wizard trailing after the - not sure what the wizard is trailing after...but it sure looks like they were having fun. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

priscilla being spooky...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

morning light with autumn leaves


this morning's light sent shimmers of color throughout our backyard tree. if you think this is pretty, multiply this beauty by ten and that is how it looked in person. I posted autumn leaves from this same tree two years ago here.

Monday, October 28, 2013

in the garden


the flower pots I have around my patio are still going strong but these are the last of the flowers blooming in my garden. below you can see what is left of the echinacea. not too long ago they looked like these beauties from a LIDP post back in 2009.


Friday, October 25, 2013

backyard skywatch


after spending a couple of hours cleaning out the garden last week, this scene nearly took my breath away when I finally got around to looking up. have you ever noticed how the sky can change in an instant? I'm so glad I didn't miss this one. for more interesting and beautiful skies, please visit skywatch friday.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

why hello there mr. scary monster


every year one of my neighbors makes an extra special effort to decorate his entire front lawn with scary monsters. I have posted pictures of his yard over the years here, here & here. countless halloweens later and this neighbor still somehow manages to make it all look new again. doesn't his house provide the perfect backdrop too?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

parking lot in red

this is just around the corner from the white house pictured in yesterday's post. the reds were amazing.