Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Then and Now (for Nora)

Our firstborn Nora came home for a visit to see family and friends and to hunt for her first car (of the used variety) with her Dad. Much was accomplished (they found the perfect vehicle!)  including voluminous socializing with friends while she was here.

One of the perks (replete with all the emotional fodder) of my picture taking over the years is the visual diary the many images create. Twenty years ago we moved to our home in Sleepy Hollow and Nora was 2 years old at the time. Leaving last Sunday, en route to the airport, I snapped a photo in a familiar locale that brought back a singular memory of her. The ability of images to communicate across time fascinates and humbles me simultaneously.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Signs of a Seasonal Shift (in Sleepy Hollow)

There's a new set of sounds in our back yard and looking down I see the first acorns of autumn cached in a fallen sprig of leaves. Framing it through the lens I'm serenaded by the rhythm of their small shapes thumping on the ground and bouncing off the pavement and the house.

The light is decidedly different as the flowers glow against their green backgrounds. Autumn is in the air.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Scott Brothers take a Seat in Tarrytown

Like many enthusiasts in the pursuit of home improvement, it's hard not to be a fan of the charming
and multi-talented Scott Brothers (Drew and Jonathan) whose various enterprises for HGTV have made them household names. They are currently filming in our area and yesterday they hosted a meet and greet where they answered questions fielded from a crowd of fans, first subjecting those chosen few to a silly task to create camera worthy content.

Despite the high temperatures and lack of shade, there was a sizable gathering, all excited to be in their prescence. They kissed babies, hugged excited ladies, and made fun of themselves and each other. A true spectacle of spontaneous entertaintainment in our own backyard. I would imagine a talk show is in their future if not in the works already.

(as an aside, I had the unique fortune to ride a Metronorth train with Jonathan a few months back-click here to read it!)

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

How to Keep Cool (where sleep is concerned)

Living without air conditioning means keeping our cool on a hot summer night can be a challenge. Even though our bedrooms have ceiling fans and our house has plenty of windows, when bed time rolls around and it's super steamy, it helps to partake of a quick rinse in a cold shower, and after toweling off, a generous splash of something refreshing like 4711. (And if you are so inclined, keep the bottle in the refrigerator. Sensory bliss!!)

Crisp sheets, the lightest of summer blankets and a glass of ice cold water assist the sleep deprived. But when the mercury refuses to fall, I have been known to succumb to my "personal fan." Placed strategically next to my side of the bed, its breezes cool my face and lowers my personal temp.

The weatherman is predicting another heat wave and having all my tools deployed means a lot more comfort for this often harried wife and mom. So far, no one has appropriated this most personal of effects (something that's been known to happen around here) and I appreciate either the respect or the lack of need. It's good to know what helps to get you through the night...

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer

August has a unique flavor. Cool in the mornings, steamy in the afternoons. A lot of skimpy attire as the sun crests in the sky. Add in the pleasure of lounging in rooms made comfortable by furnishings and pretty places to rest your eye. Sometimes I'm even allowed to observe with my camera- after the appropriate permission has been secured.

No matter what month in the year, I am constantly navigating the complicated waters of family life. Hope you are faring better than me.