Monday, February 25, 2013


pelicans by Alida's Photos
pelicans, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

Yes, he's looking at me!

two pelicans

two pelicans by Alida's Photos
two pelicans, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.

One of my very early digital images of Florida pelicans, which is a frequently viewed image on my Flickr website. I have since taken many more images of pelicans but this one holds a special place in my heart because it was my first. I do enjoy their many expressions and antics.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

westbury terrace wisteria

Old Westbury Gardens in spring... Wisteria on the terrace wall.

Old Westbury Gardens will have one of my photos in their spring calendar of events. Nice honor! Thank you!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

twins in snow

twins in snow by Alida's Photos
twins in snow, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.
Long Island has had one of the heaviest snows in a long time. I've seen worst blizzards here but never I have I seen the Long Island Expressway closed for clean-up.

I was snowed-in for three days with three children under 6 yrs old. I miss the grandkids when I'm in Florida and now I had the pleasure of watching them in their first snow experience. What fun!

These are the advantages to being retired. Had I still been working, a closed roadway would have been a disaster. Retired, I just play with the kids!

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Michael's Liquor Store, Sayville

Just had to write about my experience!
We just got off the plane from Florida, in time for the snow-storm apparently, and we shopped for dinner at Stop & Shop in Sayville. We stopped next door at Michael's Liquor Store for a bottle of Chardonnay to go with our evening's dinner.

My husband and I have been in this store, Michael's Liquors, more than once, and every time we thought that it was probably a bad idea.

The man and woman who work there are not friendly and sometimes even rude. Don't know if they are the owners or managers. The shop's prices are somewhat higher than other liquor stores in the area too. I know it's difficult for liquor stores to price competitively with the larger chains nearby, but a smile and good service would bring more people in to shop.

On this recent visit, after food shopping in the supermarket next door, we wanted a bottle of wine to go with our dinner. It was a Greg Norman $14 bottle, usually about $10-12 in other stores. We didn't mind paying extra for the convenience of being right there.

When we opened the bottle at home, the cork was dry and broke apart: not a good sign. We noticed the color of the wine was very dark, not usual for Chardonnay. Just one sip told us the wine went bad. Too rancid to drink, we covered the top and took it back with the receipt.

The owners/managers would not refund our money or give any credit or another bottle. They pointed to a sign on the counter that said, "ALL SALES FINAL!" They said it was the NY State law. Well, of course, I wouldn't expect them to take a bottle of liquor back and resell it, but this was bad wine. Shouldn't it have been dumped out and the bottle given back to the supplier for credit. Shouldn't we have been given credit or a replacement bottle of wine? We paid good money for something we had to throw out.

My husband and I could not believe the attitude of these people. It wasn't their fault  apparently. Bad merchandise, is our problem? Really?

What angered me even more was the woman said I should write to the wine company and they will send me "free wine"! Oh, so now I'll get free wine, like that was the reason I was there? No, I didn't want free wine, just credit for something I paid for and had to throw out. That attitude, too often seen in the general population, is that you do whatever you can in order to get something for free.
Well, I don't do that!

I will never walk into that store again!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

back in New York

branches by Alida's Photos
branches, a photo by Alida's Photos on Flickr.
Had to leave the great Florida weather for a visit home, Long Island. We're not happy about the cold weather but really needed to come home for a few days. Love our home here and would never give it up!

We want to see the grandkids and our friends. Some things just can't be ignored!