I love living on Long Island. I’m grateful for so many things that are near by. Here is my Long Island gratitude list.
No matter where you live on Long Island, you are only a 30 minute drive to a beach. We are a long narrow island, about 120 miles long and 25 miles wide. There is a difference between the beaches of the south shore and the north shore. South shore beaches are sandy, north shore beaches have more rocks than sand.
Manhattan, or The City as we Islanders call it, is about an hour train or car ride away. I can hop on the train and see a Wednesday Matinee on Broadway, or have dinner at Becco’s. If I want fast-paced and exciting, I can have it and be home to sleep in my own bed that same night.
There are so many parks nearby. My favorite, is Bethpage State Park. Hiking trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, bike paths, there’s so much to keep you busy all day. Old Westbury Gardens is another beautiful park. It’s absolutely gorgeous in the spring when the flowers start to bloom. Another place I love is Old Bethpage Restoration Village. Historic buildings, homes, and farm, you can watch history in action during the many events.
Bacon and egg on a roll, pizza, french fries with gravy, a deli sandwich and a bagel with a schmear are iconic Long Island offerings. In addition, if you can name a nationality, you can find a restaurant here that serves authentic food.
I love that Long Island is populated and there are other makers for me to make friends with. We place orders together to save money on shipping and problem solve with each other. I don’t consider them my competition, I consider them my friends. In addition to these lovely ladies (Christine, Roberta, Roslyn), Diane,and Val are soap making friends and I cherish my relationship with them.
There are absolutely negatives about living here. Traffic is awful and taxes are high. Getting off Long Island can be a nightmare, the only way off is a bridge or a tunnel and they can be r e a l l y slow going. But this is my home, and there’s no place else I’d rather live.
Yours in Gratitude,
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