Walking empty streets:
dam about 30 minutes north of us. The pathway was so gorgeous and was a road less traveled for sure.
Then and now:
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday was one of those days where we were slow to get started and sorta hemmed and hawed about what we wanted to do. I finally flipped through the "Fun File" - a file full of fun things to do around our area. I had no idea what I was looking for, but a picture of a dam caught my eye. A quick wikipedia and google maps search and we were off to the New Croton Dam.
It was stunning! A little hide away 25 minutes from our front door. It was still pretty hot and sticky out, but being near the water as it rushed over the dam made it feel a bit cooler (wishful thinking, eh).
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Music to my ears:
Out of this world:
Out of this world:
Ever have a banana with sprinkles on it? When it wasn't in a banana split? Thought so. You know it doesn't help kids eat bananas? It doesn't. Sprinkles on a banana may not help the fruit intake of American children, but it is pretty to snap pics of!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Z.R: Tamar, what are you doing after camp?
Me: I'm going to the gym and the dentist.
Z.R: You're very busy!
After our routine of thanking Alex and Floyd for cooking out lunch:
N.S: Why do we always say that?!
Z.A: I ate oatmeal for breakfast, that's why the bugs are biting me, they like oatmeal too!
In the midst of giving a small talk on listening and respecting our fellow campers one my campers suddenly says:
A.M-U: Aarg, I'm a pirate. - nothing like a little comedic relief!
M.B: Why do the twins always wear the same bathing suit, because I can't tell them a part when they do!
M.B: Tamar, why are you walking backwards? It's freaking me out!
Kenny (our music guy): Should we keep on keeping on?
Me: Of what?
J.G: Of walking.
Jason: What's the largest state in America?
Jason: What's the tallest mountain in the world?
M.H: Mt. Skyscraper?
N.S: The Empire State Building?
J.P: I can't use broken cheese (while making sandwiches for a soup kitchen), because poor people don't like eating broken cheese either!
Z.A: My parents stayed up late watching Harry Potter, so I am tired today.
Me: Did you stay up with them?
Z.A: No, but I am tired from listening to them talk about it!
J.P: (After realizing he put his shoes on the wrong feet) Jesus Christ!
J.P: Try something new day is my favorite day at camp!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
As a kid I loved to get the mail each day. Avi and I would call dips on who got to race down to the end of the drive way and retrieve the daily mail. Then I grew-up and have moved into my own apartment. I still love getting the mail. I always hope there is something exciting in my mail box waiting for me. Of course, in true grown-up fashion it's usually a bill, but sometimes I get a magazine or a card. But, let's keep it real, it's usually a bill.
So when I received a postcard from Tina I was super excited! It may have arrived amidst bills and other boring mail, but this postcard all the way from Sweden made my day! It's not everyday a fun postcard arrives let alone one from such a long way away. Sometimes it's the little somethings in life!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Today on the Gregorian calendar, and next Friday on the Hebrew calendar, marks 2 years since Zayda died. Two years. I don't know if it seems like ages ago or like it was yesterday. While I miss him and think of him always the past few days have been hard, as the reality of 720 days without my beloved Zayda has begun to sink in.
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Black and White:
Reflections in Glass:
So happy with this one, it may not be artsy, but it was totally not planned. I really didn't want to use a black and white photo, and earlier this week while browsing Trader Joe's I stumbled upon a classic black and white desert!
Reflections in Glass:
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I have an addiction. Albeit, it's a healthy addiction, but an addiction none the less. I am seriously addicted to watermelon. I am not a buy a pre-sliced melon 1/4 at the market and have it last all week type of girl. Nope. I am a buy a whole melon and eat it within a week (if it lasts that long) type of girl.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
When mom and I moved to NY 4 years ago, the NY Botanical Gardens became a haven for us. A place where we could spend an afternoon away from the chaos of unpacking and dealing with other issues that were present upon our arrival in the Empire State. And while the boxes are long gone and the other issues no longer lingering, the garden is still one of our favorite spots up here.
We've seen some pretty neat exhibits here in the past and Sunday we went to see an exhibit about Spanish Gardens. Honestly, the exhibit didn't wow, but as always the sites of the garden did!
The big conservatory reminds me of a picture in one of my favorite story books, "Miss Rumphius."bumblebees in flight. I love watching them zip from flower to flower. Today there was one bee that was thoroughly enjoying the lavender. I bet that honey will taste so amazing.
We also have a special visitor this summer. Flat Judah, he's spending the summer exploring NY with us, much like his older brother Flat Gabe did 2 years ago. He seemed to enjoy the outing to the gardens, although he may have enjoyed the mini-golf we did later more!
It was a really nice afternoon at the NYBG, we spent time in the conservatory, walked around a bit through the grounds, enjoyed the tram ride around the grounds, and then called it an afternoon. We're hoping to go back in a week or so for a special members night with music and dancing from Spain! Ole!
Sunday, July 10, 2011
My first time linking up for SSH! Hoping that this will push me to look for new angles and perspectives when taking pictures! So here goes.
A bench at the new azalea garden at the NY Botanical Gardens.
A super hot and sunny day here in NY. We needed an umbrella to protect us from the sun not the rain drops!
Flower bling. I don't think I can wear anything that big and bold, but they really are interesting pieces.
Love tangles of roots and vines. I find them peaceful when others may see a mess of knotted wood and greenery.
The fireworks we saw last week had some very interesting ones. It's so dark here you can't even see the huge dam behind the pyrotechnics.
Friday, July 8, 2011
My childhood ambition wasn't to be a firefighter, or a doctor, or a police officer. No, from the time I can remember I wanted to be an astronaut. I was determined that I would join NASA one day and fly into orbit. I knew everything about space, had every book, had seen every movie, and more. Birthday parties were space themed and cakes shuttle shaped. I was convinced I would one day visit the cosmos.