Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving...

When did Thanksgiving first become the start of the shopping event of the year?
It was always the holiday to share with family and friends, to give thanks for all we have, and enjoy just being together.
Thanksgiving was the day to share family time, eat some traditional foods, relax together and catch up on conversation. That's how memories are made.
It makes me sad to see that businesses are open, that people are preparing to shop at mid-night, that the stores are forgetting their employees have lives.
Sad, just sad. 

Monday, November 17, 2014

November sunsets on Long Island

sunset

The November sky on Long Island, back in 2005 when I first started this blog, I took a similar photo just the other day. Although my photography skills have gotten better and my camera gear more expensive, it still can't compare to the spectacular show produced by Mother Nature.
I'm thankful and humbled by the beauty I see every day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day

the moose 


This is a scanned photo from my father-in-law's time in the military, England 1943-1944.
Thank you to all who serve! 

Friday, November 07, 2014

Save the date!

The Music of Christmas at Meadow Croft
 Saturday and Sunday, December 6th and 7th, 2014
Noon to 4pm
Admission: $5 for adults and $3 for seniors & children age 4-12.
Not suitable for children under 4 years of age

The Bayport Heritage Association and the Suffolk County Department of Parks invite the public to their annual Christmas at Meadow Croft event.

Meadow Croft is the 1891 estate of John E. Roosevelt and family. The house will be decorated in a Victorian/Edwardian motif with beautiful wreathes, poinsettias and greenery, magnificently reminiscent of a hundred years ago.
Reflecting the theme of “The Music of Christmas” musical selections will be played on the original Roosevelt grand piano filling the house with seasonal music.

·      Upstairs, special exhibits will be on display for public enjoyment.
·      Hot chocolate and cookies will add to the coziness of the occasion.
·      St. Nicholas, the Dutch version of Santa Claus, will be there to look up individual children’s names in his ledger. He’ll check to see who’s been ‘naughty and nice’ in 2014.
·      All decorations will be raffled off.

For more information, please contact:
Gene Horton, 631-363-6487 or email: genehblupt@aol.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Rainy Days Ahead

umbrella in Quito

I really don't mind the rainy days. 
We've had beautiful weather this summer on Long Island. For me it wasn't quite as hot as it has been in the past, which is just fine.

Rainy days give me the chance to catch up on house chores. 
There is always something to do at home on a rainy day:
straighten up kitchen cabinets, organize closets, clean out the refrigerator, fix a loose door hinge, file papers... the list is endless! 
For dinner I can make a homemade soup and afterwards "binge watch" some old TV series.
That's my idea of a rainy day!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Autumn Love

tree leaves red

Love, love, love the colors of autumn!
The reds, oranges, browns, and golds just blend so beautifully. 
The days are cool but the colors are warm.
This is Autumn Love!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Perfect time of year

Changing Birch

Perfect time of year, with the changing colors and cooler days and nights, I feel so appreciative of beautiful Long Island.
The weather is perfect for walking on a park trail or for sleeping with the windows open.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Photo Club Day

Tug in NY Harbor

Went with my photography club to Brooklyn where we chartered the "Pink Lady," a cruise boat out of Sheepshead Bay.  We went passed Coney Island and then under the Verrazano Bridge to Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.
It was beautiful weather for a boat ride and a great day. The best part is talking to the people in the club! Friendly and interesting, it has become the main reason for getting together. 
Photos, I can take anytime. 
Talking to good people, laughing and socializing, is something to be celebrated! 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Boating Season's End

drying wings
We are coming to the end of the boating season.
The days are getting cooler and the breeze off the water can be quite chilling.
There was a time when we took the boat out into November, fishing or just watching the sunset.
I'd wear foul-weather gear, with hats and gloves and water repellent fabrics.
Those days are over. Is it my age that makes me intolerant of the cold? Or is it just that I'm at the point in my life where being uncomfortable is not necessary.
I realized a few years ago, that I can choose my environment, no longer confined to a work schedule.
Give me warm days all year. I want to live like the snow birds!

Monday, September 08, 2014

Bethpage, Polo at the Park

Polo Field

I met some friends at the Polo Field in Bethpage State Park.
It was a very nice way to spend the afternoon, seeing something out of my usual experience.
Polo, played on a grass field 8 times larger than an American Football field, with horse-mounted players, makes a great experience to watch live!
I love to watch the beautiful horses at work and the controlled way they take their riders through the match. It's a skill where both rider and horse need to move as one. 
You can read more about Polo at the Park on their website: bethpagepolo.com

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Beach Debris

washed ashore

One empty chair on the beach, a sign that storms and high tides have washed away someone's patio furniture. Let's hope this fall/winter & hurricane season does not create this type of damage again.
We've had a beautiful summer on Long Island with moderate temperatures. It may have been a disappointment for some people looking for hotter beach weather, but for me it was perfect!
Let's see what the autumn brings... 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Last summer picnic

beach picnic

I'm always amazed at how quickly the summer passes.
Labor Day already and I haven't been out to the beach nearly enough. I love to pack a picnic lunch, or dinner, and head over to Fire Island. For me, it's one of the highlights of living on Long Island.

Being retired extends the summer. I can still head over to Fire Island after everyone heads back to work and school, but, there is always a little melancholy feeling that creeps in, unexpectedly. 
It's the end of something: the warm days, sun and sand, and the feeling of freedom. It must be a residual feeling, left over from my days as a student and then eventually a teacher.
September always was back to school and then back to work, and the end of carefree summer days.
I know this feeling will pass. After all, retirement extends my summer into fall.
I'm very fortunate and I appreciate all I have.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

End of Summer Flowers

Sunflower Rows

This is the time of year for sunflowers, and there is always a sad feeling knowing that summer is coming to an end.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fishing off Orient Point

Jenna Lynn II

The Jenna Lynn II, out of Connecticut, is fishing off the shores of Long Island.
We took a sailing adventure to Block Island and saw this on our return.
The gulls racing over us in the sky were the first clue that something was happening ahead. 
We soon saw the Jenna Lynn II!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Fire Island, My Celebration

I recently had the opportunity to spend two weeks at Davis Park, Fire Island.
This was a gift to myself, and from my husband of course, for my birthday.
I've always loved the beach, always, as long as I could remember. 

My parents took the family to Jones Beach when my siblings and I were just babies.
We went to Zach's Bay in the early morning, and then years later as we children got older, we would walk to the ocean side. We didn't leave the beach until it was almost dark. 

You see, my father had the store in Brooklyn and Sundays were our family beach day, from June through September. I guess my parents loved the beach too. So, what better way to spend my "big" birthday year? Two weeks on the beach, waking to sunrise on the ocean, walking along the beach looking for interesting shells or stones, falling asleep to the sound of waves... this was my idea of a celebration of life!

Here are just a few images from the two weeks....

Beach fisheye

Fire Island Buck

Cloudy Sunset

Foxglove on Fire Island

Deer on the beach at Davis Park, Fire Island

Monday, June 30, 2014

William loves the beach!

William in the sand

You either love sand or you hate it. 
William is one of the lovers, rolling in it and mushing it on his head!