So It’s The Laughter We Will Remember

As 2020 comes to a close, there will be many who say, “Good Riddance!” Yes 2020 was full of heartache and a never-ending disease, but I always try to remember the good things. And for me there were a lot of good things! January started off with a trip to Puerto Rico and a 7Continue reading “So It’s The Laughter We Will Remember”

Bright Lights

I’m always looking for something to do near me and on Long Island you can always find something. During the holiday season this year, I feel it’s especially important to try to find safe and festive activities. No matter what happens, you can’t stop Christmas from coming, so you might as well enjoy the season.Continue reading “Bright Lights”

Deck The Halls!!!

After more than 30 years of marriage and a teaching career, We have acquired quite a collection of Christmas decorations for around the house. Many of our decorations are Christmas gifts from my students. Our children also made some of the decorations when they were young in school, and no matter how worn and tiredContinue reading “Deck The Halls!!!”

Jones Beach Christmas Lights

I went with my husband to the Jones Beach Christmas Lights which is actually called Magic of Lights and it was really great! These days with Covid it’s hard to come up with things to do. We went out to eat last week for my husband’s birthday, but I’m not overly thrilled about indoor diningContinue reading “Jones Beach Christmas Lights”

Traveling During A Pandemic

I recently returned from a wonderful trip to St. Lucia with my husband. If you spend a lot of time watching the news, you may think we’re crazy, but it was extremely safe and we had a great time! We were supposed to travel for the first time without kids in more than 25 yearsContinue reading “Traveling During A Pandemic”

How Did I End Up Watching So Much News?

I’m not sure exactly how it happened, or when, but somehow my television was on the same cable news channel the entire day. I could tell you what time it was basically by seeing or hearing which news show was on my television. I retired about a year and a half ago and somehow becameContinue reading “How Did I End Up Watching So Much News?”

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”

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”