mushroom whisperer

(Pinkmottle Woodwax/Hygrophorus Russula?) As I may have also exclaimed in my last post, Happy National Mushroom Month! Today, I will celebrate by sharing the following tale. It is a tragedy containing a very important lesson… She’s on her way home from running errands around Nyack when she glances to her […]

happy national mushroom month!

Happy National Mushroom Month! It is a special time, indeed, when we can all come together to reflect upon, reminisce about, and, most importantly, celebrate… Fungi. I trust that you have all been engaging in lots of your own mushroom-centric activities. What I love about mushrooms is that, like the […]

wisteria takes over pergola

The wisteria vines on our pergola are in full force, to say the least. We suspect that they are on steroids. We predict that they are going to take over the world. The wooden pergola by our front entrance is one of things we loved about this house when we […]

after the hurricane in nyack

It is a gorgeous, sunny day here in Nyack. Rob and I are feeling very lucky after Hurricane Irene. I did a lot of fretting and hand-wringing and not-sleeping on Saturday night as the wind and rain picked up. Why sleep when you can sit up in bed, tense and […]

Hopper House Jazz last Thursday

It was beautiful in Nyack last Thursday night: temperate and clear, perfect for listening to live music outside. Rob and I met up with our friends Sara and Kevin at one of the Hopper House Jazz concerts, held in the cozy backyard of the Hopper House museum. The group onstage […]

memo to the bumble bees

to: the bumble bees from: Jocelyn and Rob We know that you have taken up residence in a hole right where the walkway meets our front garden. We have seen you entering and exiting and also hovering there. This is not an eviction notice and we are cool with you […]

put a bird in it

We bought this little birdhouse a few months back and hung it in a tree outside our kitchen window. I spotted it, of all places, at the Drugworld on Rt 59 in Nyack. It was the only one like it, and was tucked, randomly, at the end of an aisle […]

grilled watermelon?

Something happened recently: I discovered grilled watermelon. My SIL Marcy and I were lounging on the beach on Cape Cod earlier this summer, flipping through magazines. In the Martha Stewart June 2011 edition, we found this recipe for watermelon that’s grilled on skewers then paired with a big hunk of […]

The Outside In: in nearby Piermont

I think I owe Bill Walsh and Joe Serra an apology. When I recently visited their store, The Outside In, in Piermont near Nyack, I know I behaved strangely. It’s just that their eclectic greenhouse/gallery/boutique made me so happy. I trotted around the place rather spastically ooh-ing and ahh-ing, I […]

guide to garbage picking

There is no shame in garbage picking. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Some of my favorite pieces of furniture are items I plucked straight off the street on garbage day. For example, I recently picked up a great yellow table in Tarrytown, NY. And years ago, […]

happy b-day America

Well, U S of A, we didn’t bake you a cake or sing you a song, but we engaged in many other activities in your honor this weekend. First of all, we purchased round flags (actually, lanterns) at the local dollar store and hung them from our pergola. Next, we […]