Monday, June 30, 2008
Just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium is a park designed for skateboarders and people on rollerblades. It is here where kids challenge themselves to skate faster, jump higher and where they push themselves to new limits. Here in the shadow of Yankee Stadium unknown athletes aspire to greatness. I admired the determination of these kids and today I pushed myself further and resisted the urge to be complacent.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon then catching a cat nap? I just loved the pure innocence this little girl embodied by curling up on the lawn and drift off to sleep. Frankly, I felt like doing the very same thing, but of course I had to go to work. I remember in kindergarten we used to have nap time, if I tried that now it would be called sleeping on the job!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Most schools are on vacation now, but school was in session at my house this afternoon. Always the teacher, my Mom was passing on her strawberry shortcake recipe, complete with a hands on demonstration to ladies generations younger. As I watched her in action I remembered why parents used to request that their children be in her class. She hasn't lost her touch, organized and patient a perpetual teacher. Her hands belie her years, yet despite arthritis they make a mean strawberry shortcake. Those hands diapered me, spanked me when I was bad and squeezed fresh orange juice for me each morning until I went off to college. They knitted sweaters, scarves and hats for me, dried my tears and still comfort me. If I make it to ninety, I hope I am half as good as my Mom is now.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I've been thinking a lot about flip flops, not only the footwear but how we flip flop in life. I love to wear flip flops and look forward to the day that I can live on the beach and flip flops are the footwear of choice. I just don't like it when things and people that you count on flip flop. Lately, it seems there has been a lot of that in my world. So today seemed to be the perfect day for a flip flop photo. This photo is filled with all kinds of shapes, colors and patterns, yet somehow it all works together. If only it were that way in life.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
For all my friends who say this blog is cat biased, this post is for the dogs! I was out in The Hamptons walking along Main Street feeling a bit parched when I saw this dog bar for our four legged friends! Not just any doggie bar, this one was quite upscale with a placemat and flowers near the table! It is definitely a five star stop. After all it is in The Hamptons. As for me, I found a very overpriced bottle of water in a chic-chic shop.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I know a friend of mine that reads my blog will take me to task for posting another flower photo. He will tell me I need to get out of my yard and look for fresh images. I hear you, but you know I really like this image. I like the form of the green leaf on the left and the way it adds depth to the photo. I like the detail in the flower and the contrast of the deep pink with the green leaves. I like the composition and balance of it too. And, I like hollyhocks! My Mom, who taught me just about everything about flowers and gardening, bought me this hollyhock. They are among her favorite plants too. We both think they are happy plants and you can never have too much happiness!
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
As I walked through a playground today I was amazed at the sophistication of today's playground equipment (compared to the stuff I played on as a kid). This boy was just fascinated with the construction of the climbing contraption he was on-- no doubt an engineer in the making. This simple moment made me long for a simpler time. A time before multi-tasking, a time when a person could focus on one task at a time and not feel stressed about the dozens of things that still must be done. A time when seven hours of sleep was possible. When did it all get so complicated?
Monday, June 23, 2008
Slugger spends a lot of time home alone. I always thought most of it was sleeping, but today when I got home I discovered he had a girlfriend. He looked a bit annoyed at the intrusion, but then she doesn't look very warm or cuddly to me. At least I know there won't be any kittens! I grabbed this photo and wish I had time to remove the red rubber mouse on the nameless girlfriend's back!)
Sunday, June 22, 2008
I admit it I am a diehard New York Yankees fan. I think it is genetic. Sixty five years ago one of my parents first dates was a 1943 New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals World Series game. If you were born into my family, it was predetermined that you were a New York Yankees fan. Anything else was not only unacceptable but heresy. Today as I looked up at the stadium's facade I thought of the countless times I have had made the trek to 161st Street and River Avenue to see the boys of summer play America's pastime. Today with storm clouds forming over the Bronx, my heart felt heavy because next year the Yankees will play in a new stadium. My only consolation is that the new stadium is right next door and thankfully the Bronx Bombers will remain in the Bronx.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
I'm returning to my roots. I have rediscovered Scrabble. The past few Friday nights have been dinner with Momma, my cousin and some friends and then dessert with a game of Scrabble. Mom's a tough opponent, but then she always was a wordsmith, finishing the New York Times Sunday crossword before the day is out! There is something about taking random letters, working with them and creating meaningful order that I like. It's especially nice when you can place the order you created on a triple word score space, as I did tonight for 45 points! I managed to win tonight. Our Scrabble games are brain food and so much more.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I loved the mood of this picture, the young woman's concentration and isolation. I liked the pattern created by the window reflected on the carpet and the geometry of the objects-- round table, square chairs and the oval silver desk lamp. There are a lot of elements that seem to work together here, but separately they wouldn't have worked at all. I guess I just like this moment.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I can count on the fact that every Easter my Mom brings me a traditional Easter lily. She always picks a nice squat one, so that it doesn't get "too leggy". I enjoy not only the plant but the wonderful fragrance that permeates my home. Of course after a few weeks the blooms are spent. Gradually it makes its way to the porch and then sometime in May I plant them in the garden. Actually I did this on a whim, never expecting that the lily would actually flower again. Now I have a big clump of about eight plants in the garden, but the amazing part is the lilies bloom every year in June, but the blooms are this marvelous orange color, not white as they originally were.
Monday, June 16, 2008
As I was driving along a well traveled Long Island thoroughfare today littered with the usual commercial and industrial stuff--chain stores, body shops and billboards, suddenly this lovely fence with climbing roses jumped out at me. I was so stunned to see this bucolic scene that I had to hit the brakes and jump out to make a picture. The fence and roses seemed so out of place as though they had lost their way or belonged to a different era. At the same time it seemed to be such a universal scene, so Anywhere, USA; but just not here on this heavily travelled Long Island artery. The picture is simple, but where I found it filled me with contradictions and made me think of a lost era and a lost part of Long Island-- the Long Island of my youth.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I loved this little girl's hot pink sun dress complete with matching shoes, a young fashionista in the making! I also loved the way the hot pink jumped out from the the gray metal sculpture piece. She seems oblivious to the sculpture which is so much bigger than she is. Lost in her own dreamy world this toddler is happy blazing her own path.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
My afternoon in the garden was cut short by a very dramatic thunderstorm that continues tonight. I got some of my plants in, but not nearly what I had hoped to. It was probably a blessing in disguise since my knees aren't what they used to be. This year I even caved in and bought some blue kneepads to cushion them when I plant. They make quite a fashion statement!
Friday, June 13, 2008
I was at an event today, filled with loads of people. As I made my way through the crowd, everyone seemed faceless. Maybe I just wasn't looking---I was focused on getting to a specific area. Then the hat caught my eye and as I stared I noticed the little dots of sunlight that passed through the straw hat and created a pattern on the woman's face. I just liked the form of the hat and of course the way the pattern of sunlight punctuated her face. This hat sure provides protection from the sun!
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Sometimes at the end of an interminable day in the office the rewards must be sweet. I thought about the strawberries from my farm share. I daydreamed about what I could do with them. They tasted mighty good on top of a low fat klondike bar with chocolate cat cookies (for people) and a dab of whipped cream. The end of the day was the best part of the day. Seems it has been that way a lot lately!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Like Kermit the Frog, I am going green. Okay everybody is buzzing about "green", but this year I joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and every week about a mile from my house I pick up "my share" which is trucked in from the farm in Aquebogue. The share changes weekly depending on what is harvested but it always includes farm fresh eggs, vegetables, fruit and a fresh bouquet of flowers. It's a small step but I like the idea of supporting local farmers and besides my eyes are green!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I awakened with a jolt to the sound of heavy machinery on my very quiet suburban street. Peering out the window I saw a bulldozer removing not only the street signs but the quaint vintage green poles. The poles are older than I am and have been in place since the community I live in was built after World War II. It was a sad moment, but the highway department proclaimed the new ugly galvanized aluminum poles are "maintenance free". They are also without charm or character. Sometimes perceived improvements simply are not improvements at all. So much for "maintenance free".
Monday, June 9, 2008
As I turned the corner tonight wondering what I would post I saw these two boys riding down the street. I thought that this image was timeless. For me it represents a classic childhood moment, one that we have all experienced. Today when so many children are parked in front of their computers, it was refreshing to see these two kids outside just having fun.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Stopped at a light in Manhattan today I saw these one way signs. Of course I was drawn to their juxtaposition, but I saw them as a metaphor for certain situations in life. So often when faced with a decision we have to chose one way, but which way? As Robert Frost wrote in his well known poem The Road Not Taken "Two roads diverged in a wood and I...I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference." Indeed it has.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
On a gray day everything looks flat and there just isn't any dramatic light to give that extra punch to a picture. I liked this image though, the dimension and vanishing point and the frame created by the fence in the foreground and the tree branches on top. I stood for quite awhile thinking of the right composition and wishing I were on one of those boats headed out to sea.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
When I moved into this house the garden was neglected and very overgrown. I wasn't sure what flowers (if any) to expect. The peonies were a big beautiful surprise. Every year there is lots of anticipation about the peonies. Will they come back again? Did they make it through winter? Then we watch as the buds get bigger, we stake them and wait for the first bloom! Yesterday they started to open and today we had lots of flowers. Heavy rain is forecast for tomorrow, so to savor them a little longer we cut them and made a gorgeous bouquet. The bouquet is a show stopper for everyone except Slugger. As you can see he is not impressed.
Monday, June 2, 2008
As I looked at the United Nations Secretariat building I was fascinated by the the way New York's skyline was reflected on the building. I loved the geometry of this picture which almost looks like a jigsaw puzzle.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
It was a long day at the office today and by the time I left it was already late. Dinner would have to be out. I headed for my favorite Thai restaurant and with the last hints of daylight in the sky made this photo. I love the magic of the approaching night sky and the way it makes something familiar, like the exterior of this restaurant look different, almost exotic.