Category: Long Island

NEW: Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island (2019)

NEW: Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island (2019)

There’s a new yarn-bombed tree on Long Island!

The gorgeous crochet-covered tree is on the grounds of the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. It joins several other yarn-bombed trees on the campus.

While I encourage supporting the museum, it is visible without entering.

The prettiest Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island

Between the pattern, the coverage, and the vibrancy of the colors, this tree is a real showstopper!

Vibrant colors of a Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island

“We’re very excited to announce that artist Carol Hummel, designer of the crocheted trees is returning to the museum this year to freshen up some of the existing trees and create a whole new design for an additional tree!”

The Long Island Museum
Closeup of a Yarn-Bombed Tree on Long Island
Beautiful colors of the crochet work on the yarnbombed tree
Selfie with a yarn-bombed tree
Taking a page from Kathy’s book!

Visiting the Prettiest Tree on Long Island

The Crocheted Tree Project
The Long Island Museum
1200 New York 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Flying Pig  roadside attraction long island

If you’re looking for things to do on Long Island or Long Island’s Instagram-worthy spots – look no further: Long Island Roadside Attractions

Clearing the Tracks with Jaws

Clearing the Tracks with Jaws

There’s no good reason at all that I’m posting this photo of the Bonnie next to the track-clearing plow train. I just like it.

JAWS III sits beside the Long Island Railroad Museum in Greenport, NY. Whenever I stick close to home I seem to find myself out there on Long Island’s north fork.

Lately Ive been trying to find ways to kickstart my creativity. Or more accurately, hang on to it. I have no trouble getting inspired or excited about ideas. The follow-through is where I go to pieces. That seems to be the result of expecting too much or being too restrictive with my peculiar rules about what things I should be posting and when. I mean… I’m not writing medical research here. I’m not a business. I’m not a professional writer. I’m not building a “brand.” I’m just a dope with a computer who is recording their thoughts.

Somehow I get derailed by the idea that a blog is supposed to be more highbrow than what I might post to Instagram. That’s my favorite social distraction. But because of it’s ease and my low expectations of it, Insta has become a surrogate blog. There – people (I?) seem to be fine with long posts, short posts, no words, 20 posts in a day, or whatever. Anything goes. I need to adopt that type of thinking for my blog. My rigid ideas about blogging aren’t doing me any good. They make me not blog. And I think writing things down is good for me.

And soooo… hopefully I can get out of my own way here. Moving on! πŸ™‚

Long Island Roadside Attraction: Yarnbombed Trees

Long Island Roadside Attraction: Yarnbombed Trees

There are 5 yarnbombed trees at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Talk about Instagram-worthy!

Made up of over 250,000 feet of fabric cord, over 200 people volunteered their time to complete this project.

 yarn bombed trees at long island museum

The colorful swirls on the tree coats in concert with the spindly tree limbs look like wild undersea creatures. The largest tree, resembling a psychedelic octopus.

Up close shot or a yarnbombed tree

Without any know-how in the crochet department, I wasn’t able to understand how yarnbombs work. How do they all join together? They’re so amazing.

Beautiful yarnbombed tree in stony brook

I thought there would be an obvious “seam” or something like that. But my untrained eye didn’t pick up on anything. That only adds to my amazement.

These yarnbombed trees look like they were done with great care. As Spongebob would say – “a sweater with love in the stitches.”

yarn bombed trees at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook

Visit these Yarnbombed Trees

Hooked@LIM:
The Crocheted Tree Project
The Long Island Museum
1200 New York 25A
Stony Brook, NY 11790

Long Island Roadside Attractions

If you’re looking for different things to do on Long Island or Instagram-worthy spots – look no further:

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Long Island Roadside Attractions

Breakfast Ride to the Orient Country Store

Breakfast Ride to the Orient Country Store

Finding places to ride your motorcycle to where there are few people can prove to be challenging on Long Island. But the further east you go, the more elbow room you have. One of my favorite places to head to for both a clear mind and to grab a bite to eat is the Orient Country Store on the north fork.

the orient country store

When my wheels dip right onto Village Lane, it is almost as if I am someplace else. The ever-present hustle and bustle, the traffic, the McMansions of western Long Island are nothing but a memory. Thing on the east end feel… normal.

the orient country store

This morning, I hopped on the Enfield and headed out to this familiar spot to grab a coffee and some breakfast. It is such a treat to be able to sit on their front porch and watch people trickle in and out of the quaint store.

While sitting inside waiting for my breakfast sandwich, I eavesdropped on the other patrons in the store. Solely based on what I overheard from some other ladies who were in the store, I immediately felt like I am a weirdo who doesn’t “fit” with her peers. Granted, I am basing this impression on a mere snippet of conversation. That is no more fair for me to judge them based on that than it would be for them to do the reverse based on some arbitrary thing they saw me do or say.

One thing I DO know though, is that there are far too many young women who speak like monotone robots these days. What the hell is that all about?

“oh my god, karen, I am like, totally obsessed with your shoes.” vs. “Oh, My GOD, KAREN! I am like, TOTALLY OBSESSED with your SHOES!” See the difference? No? I’m probably just getting old.

friendly pup at the orient country store

I have decided that some of my favorite people that I meet while out riding around are dogs. They’re just the coolest πŸ™‚

April in Montauk – Where Tigers Roam

April in Montauk – Where Tigers Roam

When my eyes popped open on Saturday morning, the rest of the house was fast asleep. All week long the weatherman had been calling for sunshine and temperatures in the 50s. It was my day to head out for a ride.

tiger in the reeds

After spending a lot of time off of the bike, the natural rhythm and routine of getting yourself dressed and on the road is a little… rusty. It is an act I’ve completed a million times, but I nearly dropped my Tiger as I rolled it out of the garage. It was a reminder that being complacent after a long layoff isn’t such a great idea.

For no reason whatsoever other than just because, I decided to head east. All the way east, to Montauk.

By the time I’d finished my journey out to The End, the wind was gusting. I think they were a little aggressive in calling for mid-50s. I was positively chilled through. That feeling stayed with me long after I was home again and then into the night.

Theodore roosevelt county park montauk

With no timetable, no plan, no place to be – I stopped at the IGA market and picked up some turkey, an orange and a bottle of water then moseyed over to Theodore Roosevelt County Park to sit and eat.

on the way to springs

There was a nice view of the horses at Deep Hollow Ranch. I talked to them for a few minutes and they just looked at me like I was nuts. The story of my life.
deep hollow ranch horses

Feeling cold, I worked my way over to Spring General Store for coffee. They’ve got a nice, sunny porch to sit on.

springs general store

As soon as I swung my leg over to dismount my bike, a guy pulled in on a Versys. He join me on the porch and we sat talking bikes and life for about an hour. A really nice fella.

When I left he shook my hand and said ‘you’re the real deal.’ Not sure what he was expecting when he first sat down with me but I guess I’ll take that as a compliment πŸ™‚

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