suffolk DOWNS

Yesterday was a spectacular day here in Boston, 86° and bright sun all day.  My husband and I decided to make a trip to Suffolk Downs, the local race track, located near Logan Airport.

In 2011, the state passed a law that would allow for 3 resort style casinos and 1 slot machine parlor to open in Massachusetts. One of the coveted spots, would be in the greater Boston area.

Suffolk Downs (backed by the Mohegan Sun group) was one of the locations being considered.  But, lost out to a Wynn Resort which will be built in nearby Everett.

Because of this, Suffolk Downs will be shutting down forever on October 4th. He thought yesterday would be a perfect day for us to go.

I don’t remember the last time I went to Suffolk Downs. I think I was part of a big group, and the excitement in the air was palpable. Today the crowd was just there. I felt no excitement around me.  The track wasn’t crowded, and had no life to it. People were watching races from other parks on TV’s set up near the betting windows.  I remember listening to the people around you strategizing about what horse they were going to pick.  Not today, just a bunch a lackadaisical people mulling around.  I wondered if I was missing something.

We stayed for 5 races, the last being the 7th race, the most exciting for us.  The number 1 horse was Everyday Dave, how could I not bet him, my husbands NAME.  I always bet on Number 7 in the 7th race.  I went to the window placed my bet. $5.00 on 7 across the board, $5.00 on 1 across the board and a $1.00 box on 7 & 1.  We got the tickets and went outside to watch the race. We picked our spot right in front of the finish line, so we wouldn’t miss anything.  The bugle sounded and they were off, our horses were in the top 3 while they were coming towards the finish line.  It was hard to make out who the winners were.  A photo finished was needed. My horses came in first and second, I won $71.00. The excitement was back.

Even if I ended down a couple bucks.

All the pictures were taken with my iPhone 6!

another minted.com POST

Here I am sitting at my computer. I got an email from Minted.com. (this is the site where I have entered my pictures in some contests and actually have won, and sold some), reminding me that voting has begun for the last contest I had entered.

I went to the minted.com site and what did I see?

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My picture, right there on the front page of their website. I was shocked and pretty surprised. I sent a link to my husband, and he told me when he went to their site, he was directed to a different home page, not the one that I had been directed to. I was reminded how sophisticated internet direct marketing can be. Everything you do online can been seen, and companies will take advantage of that!  They show you what they think you want to see.  Increasing the odds that you may buy what you were, looking at previously.

So, the point of this is not to rant about what gets shown to who and why. It’s another plea for your help, and ask you again to vote for ME.

These are the images I have submitted these pictures.


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Thanks for all the support, I really appreciate it!

what’s HAPPENING

I haven’t posted a blog, or even looked at my reader.

Here is a link to what I have been up to in pictures. Click on the ferris wheel to watch it.

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I also opened a store on the minted site, click the picture to see my storefront.

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I would love feedback, if you have any to give.

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

new york city DREAMING

Here is something that I did as an experiment.  Walking in New York city, I felt as if I was constantly walking into a crowd.  I was disoriented, and adrift from my family, since I was behind my lens.

I was in constant motion and tried to capture this with my camera….How did I DO?

a flower a shallot and a ZUCCHINI

I know the title sounds like Ed McMahon, asking Johnny Carson’s Carnac, (A link for those too young) on the Tonight Show.

This morning, like every other morning.  I opened my refrigerator door, and looked inside. What was I was going to eat for breakfast today.  I’m sure everyone else does this. You look, and see nothing you really want. This morning I was drawn to a wrinkly old zucchini, and an ancient shallot.  Both, ready for the trash bin.  I decided to cook something with them.

I washed the zucchini gave it a quick chop, peeled the shallot and diced it as well.  I thought they would be good sautéd, so I heated up some evoo.  First went in the shallots, they cooked for a couple of minutes. Then the diced zucchini, with a pinch of kosher salt.  I let them sizzle for a few minutes, but felt it needed some liquid for it to cook thoroughly.  Back into the fridge I went.  I found some delicious tomato soup, that my husband had made on Sunday.  This would be perfect, not just for cooking but also for added flavor. I poured the soup into the pan, put on a lid, and cooked it for another minute.  I opened the lid and thought, NOW WHAT?

Back into the fridge, aha, eggs.  I whipped up 2 eggs (only one yolk), dumped them into the sauté pan….

Voila….a delicious omelette.

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Oh, the flower… This was the first thing I noticed when I walked into the kitchen this morning.

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Thank YOU David xo

 

 

 

minted.com-eye of the BEHOLDER

First, I want to thank all of you who have voted for my pictures.  I couldn’t have won without your support!

Minted.com is having a new challenge, called The Eye of the Beholder.

Here are the picture I have entered.  Here is a screen shot of my entries and I have circled there area where you need to hover over to vote.

I appreciate all of you for taking the time to login an vote for me.  Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the proper page

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This picture won from the last contest as an Editor’s Choice and will be sold on the Minted.com website.

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a year LATER

Monday was Patriots Day in Boston. The Day we commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and the famous ride by Paul Revere. He was the one who rode through town screaming the British are coming…..!!!

Over 1 million people lined the streets of the marathon route, all 26.2 miles, to cheer on the runners.  Starting in Hopkington, and ending in Boston.  This marathon was different.  Last year 2 bomb’s exploded at the finish line, killing 3 and injuring 264 people.  I was in Israel having dinner ironically safe.  We were scheduled to fly home the night they shut don the city.  Our flight home was cancelled and we were sent to local hotels.  I remember not be able to go to sleep and watching the TV in awe.  By the time I got home the suspect had been caught and was in the hospital.  My husband took me into town, by the finish line and it truly looked like a war zone.  There were police on every corner and many hummers patrolled the streets.

Yesterday, no ONE was going to allow the bombers to get the best of US!  The race would go on as planned, with a massive amount of extra security and, NO bags at the finish line and no bags for the runners. That didn’t deter anyone from showing up or running!

I watched at around the 15 mile marker in Wellesley, a suburb, 20 minutes west of Boston. My friend set up a table stacked with goodies for the runners. We handed out water, oranges, cookies and bananas. The runner’s were grateful, and gracious, during the hand-off!
What a great day to be a Bostonian, I am BOSTON STRONG!