Mid 50’s Lifestyle Changes for Better Health and Wellness

My father used to tell me, “Jennifer your 40’s are great. It’s in your 50’s that the chips start to fall off the block.” Well I’m 56 and suddenly the chips are starting to fall! I’ve decided to make some lifestyle changes for better health and wellness. All my life I’ve had to watch myContinue reading “Mid 50’s Lifestyle Changes for Better Health and Wellness”

Cape May and Angel of the Sea

Now that I’m retired, one of my life goals is to visit one beach at a time. I do have my local beaches on Long Island which are beautiful, and in the past year I traveled to some really nice beaches in the Caribbean, but things are different now. I was looking for a quickContinue reading “Cape May and Angel of the Sea”

Howe Caverns

When I was a teen in the early 1980s, I didn’t have instant access to answers to questions I had, or things I wondered about. My resources were my parents, the Encyclopedia Brittanica, and the local library; and these resources often weren’t very useful in answering my questions. When my close friend bought her firstContinue reading “Howe Caverns”

I Think I Reached Phase 4

Dog Sitting during a Pandemic When I retired last year from teaching, my plan was to make some side money dog sitting so I could travel. I’ve been dog sitting for about 5 years now, always with the plan that this would be my side hustle. All was going as planned… When I retired lastContinue reading “I Think I Reached Phase 4”

Chihuahuas Are My Favorite People

One of my favorite sayings is, “Dogs are welcome. People are tolerated.” As a lifelong dog mom and as a dog sitter this statement is very true. I love watching all kinds of dogs for day trips, weekends, or extended stays, but my favorite dog to have for my very own is a chihuahua. InContinue reading “Chihuahuas Are My Favorite People”

Bailey Arboretum

I’ve known my whole life that the beach was my happy place. Growing up in Rockaway Beach, N.Y just one house from the boardwalk and ocean, my friends would call me (on the house phone) to see if there were waves, and I would stretch the long telephone wire onto the porch to check itContinue reading “Bailey Arboretum”

Why Not Take a Road Trip?

Living on Long Island is great, but a change of scenery is even better. In the world we are all living in right now, why not take a road trip? I just came back from a road trip to Binghamton and Ithaca New York with my daughter, and we had a great time. The SouthernContinue reading “Why Not Take a Road Trip?”

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

It’s funny how you can live in an area for 20 years and not be aware of the many beautiful places you can visit in your own backyard. I spent the last 20 years raising my children, commuting back and forth to work, and taking our annual family vacation. I visited and knew about theContinue reading “Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park”

Muttontown Preserve

It seems that the chipmunks of Long Island have discovered the secret to happiness- The Muttontown Preserve. As you walk onto the trail at the preserve you immediately discover that there are many, many chipmunks happily dancing with delight from one side of the emerald green trail to the other. During the height of theContinue reading “Muttontown Preserve”

Long Island Hiking Trails

I’ve been retired almost a year now from teaching and I’ve discovered that I really like the outdoors and walking the trails of Long Island. I have hiked trails in Hawaii, Martinique, Puerto Rico and many other places, but you can get that feeling of escaping it all, right in your own backyard. Three recentContinue reading “Long Island Hiking Trails”

What should you look for in a dog sitter?

We are all starting to get a little antsy, and as soon as we can, we are going to start planning well-deserved vacations. Our dogs all think we quit our jobs to be with them, so they are going to need a special dog sitter. I’ve been dog sitting for 5 years, and now thatContinue reading “What should you look for in a dog sitter?”

Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve

In my quest to find outdoor Things to do Near Me on Long Island, my daughter and I wandered off to the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve. It is located in Merrick, N. Y. right off the Meadowbrook Parkway. It has free parking and there is no entry fee. And who was Norman J.Continue reading “Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve”

When Should You Travel? Any Chance You Get!

When should you travel? Any chance you get! I retired last June from teaching and I’m happy to say that I have been on quite a few getaways. I may not have traveled the world or been overseas, but I think it’s important to always have something to look forward to. My last day ofContinue reading “When Should You Travel? Any Chance You Get!”

William Cullen Bryant Preserve

Sculpture Park & Walking Trails In my quest to find Things to do Near Me on Long Island, I discovered a real gem at the Nassau County Museum of Art. To be honest, I have no interest in visiting this museum, but it turns out that they have quite an elaborate sculpture garden and beautifulContinue reading “William Cullen Bryant Preserve”

Jones Beach Boardwalk

As a newly retired teacher on Long Island, I continue my quest for finding Things to do Near Me. During the Covid19 Pandemic, my college age daughter and I have taken up walking pretty long distances for exercise, and to break up the monotony of the quarantine lifestyle. We generally walk around the neighborhood keepingContinue reading “Jones Beach Boardwalk”

Find a Rainbow Day

During this time of uncertainty and crisis, I continue to see heartwarming activities, as I noted in Covid19 Culture. As America lives under quarantine and unable to live their ordinary lives, it’s important that we all stay positive. As a retired teacher, I tend to think of the effect of all this on the kidsContinue reading “Find a Rainbow Day”