Friday, December 30, 2016

Winter Storm F (Fortis)

Well, it's over and yet it's just begun....................

Hubby guesses we had about 14" of snow.  Not counting the drifts.  I haven't seen the official tally yet but I'd say his is a pretty darn good guess.  Big thanks to grandson Jon for all his help at 3:30 in the morning. Everything is cleaned up for now, that is until the snow slides off the roof of the garage.  I did my share of shoveling too and now it's time to recuperate.

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In The Calm Before The Storm

These little ones are fueling up............

We are expecting about 18" of snow this afternoon.  Can't blame these little ones for getting a hearty breakfast while they have the chance.

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Stay safe wherever you are.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Today in Maine

Brrrr, haven't seen it this cold in a very long time and it's only going to get worse (they say).

Hubby is thankful for a warm car this morning, going to work at 6 a.m..............................

Enjoy your day no matter what is brings.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Jazzy Man in the Moon

Saw the man in the moon tonight.........he was wearing his shades and whistling us a "Moonlight Serenade."

He's a jazzy sort of guy!
Sweet dreams..........................

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Fastest Route To Canada

My hubby showed me this video from a news station that I want to share.  Gotta have a sense of humor to get through some of the things in this life and this newsman has one for sure.

Enjoy your day!  

This Should Be A New Forever Stamp

I saw this image on Betsy Brock's Blog "MY FIVE MEN" and immediately thought..........
"This should be a new Forever stamp."


I hope you'll check out Betsy's blog at  she always has something good to share.

Enjoy your day!

Friday, November 4, 2016

South Paris, Maine (aerial view)

This cool aerial video of my surrounding area was posted by MAINE AERIAL VIDEO SERVICES  on Facebook yesterday and I just had to share it with you.  He must have used a drone for the video and the music is so cool.
I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Crystal Lake, Harrison, ME - Barn Sale and Brunch

Cloudy day, after two days of torrential rains, but still some beautiful foliage around Crystal Lake, Harrison, ME.  On our way to a Barn Sale and then brunch at the Old Mill Tavern.

Didn't find anything to buy at the Barn Sale but I thought this little garden shed was so cute I had to take a picture.

I hope your day is as special as you are.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Winnie the Pooh turns 90 y.o.

While browsing the internet this morning I read somewhere that Winnie the Pooh turned 90 years old.  There was this sweet little scene of Christopher Robin with everyone looking over the railing of a bridge.  Hmmmm, I thought.........shouldn't someone make them look their age?

So, I printed out the picture and updated it a bit.   What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Family Visits

Wonderful beginning to our week with my brother Rick and his wife Jeanne visiting for a few days.

We did lots of leaf-peeping at the Artist's Covered Bridge in Newry, Maine...........

The Artist's Covered Bridge (as it is known as) is the most photographed and painted covered bridge in Maine.  As you can see, we really were in a drought this summer because this river bed is usually flowing.

Some nice lady offered to snap a pic of me and Mike............
That was so thoughtful.  We actually don't have very many of us at all.

After visiting the bridge we headed off to Grafton Notch State Park.  It is know for it's many trail heads leading to the Appalachian Trail.

It was a gorgeous day with temps in the sixties and just the right amount of breeze.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Wish you could have been there too.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What a Difference a Day Makes.........and New Carpeting Too!

I won't dare show you the old ratty blue stuff.  Take my word for it, this one is sooooooo much nicer.  The carpet installer was here from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. and did a fabulous job.

On to the next project..............
We all know, it never ends.

Thanks for visiting.

Sophie Selfie with Auntie Carol

This is Sophie, she loves visiting Auntie Carol.  She also loves to mug for the camera.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Weekly Ketchup - Sunday Oct. 9, 2016

This is what happens when my brother and sister-in-law visit and she wants to go to Wal-mart........we have an entourage.

Yep, that's our guys following along with the cart.


then there is some horseplay in the toy department.

They are a "force" to be reckoned with..........

It has been a great weekend complete with some leaf peeping.

Even in the rain, the foliage is still so beautiful.

A new week begins starting with getting new wall-to-wall carpeting in the living room tomorrow morning.

I wish you a peaceful, pleasant week ahead.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Learning to play "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen after 5 months

So, it's been 5 months since I bought this piano................
Practice has been a bit off while hubby was home recuperating from shoulder surgery.
But, I do think my playing is getting a bit smoother.
I still have to follow the sheet music though.  Just can't seem to memorize certain pieces of the song.  That is what makes it still a little choppy.

What do you think?  Any piano players have some advice?  Now that hubby is back to work I've extended my daily practice time.  Working on "Open Arms" by Journey and some "Hotel California" next.

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I wish you a beautiful day.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

On this day in 1951

I was born............ October 5, 1951.

This is me at 5 y.o. wearing my red Annie Oakley cowgirl suit.

This is me in 1969 - graduated from high school.

New Year's Eve (1969 - I loved that orange jumpsuit).

Somewhere along the line - (after a divorce from my first mistake, and then finding my real husband) -

 I turned 50 y.o. and, graduated as a Registered Nurse.

Somewhere along the line I learned to paint.

After a short 10 year career as a Nurse, I retired........

and I get to enjoy the wonders of Maine.

At age 64-1/2 I bought an antique Mason & Hamlin Screwstringer upright piano at an auction and learned how to play.

Today I am 65 years old.  And wondering what the future holds.  

It's an adventure, that's for sure.
 Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 3, 2016

They Do Exist

I spotted one of the GOOGLE MAPS MOBILES in Auburn, ME.  That's how they get those street views for us.  What a job that must be.............

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Stories - Sept. 25, 2016

Let's play a little -

The week started out sloooooooow.  Not much doing.  Mike had physical therapy for his shoulder.  Only a few more sessions before he goes back to work.  We had our usual lunch date after therapy and a leisurely drive home on the back roads.  Some views never change, but still never get old.

By Thursday we decided to check out the newly remodeled Flagship Cinema in town so went to see the movie "Sully."

 Check out these seats...............

My feet couldn't reach the floor, but they were so much better than the old style with the flip up seat and no leg room.  With these people could walk in front of you and you don't have to stand up.

We enjoyed our experience so much we went back on Friday and saw "Bridget Jones Baby."  I highly recommend seeing it if you are in need of some laughs.  It was just as funny as the previous Bridget Jones movies and gets two thumbs up in my book.

Continuing our entertainment extravaganza.........on Saturday we decided to go to the local "Celebration Barn" which is a wonderful old barn restored to be a summer theater and acting school where they have summer camps and teach comedy, clowning, acting, play writing, and other things.  Here's a link if you'd like to learn more -

We were actually part of history in the making at the Barn.  It was their first ever stand-up Comedy Night.  Three comedians from the Portland, ME area gave us their best for almost two hours.  Let me give you a hint.......if you are planning to go see a comedian DO NOT watch clips of their act on YouTube before hand.  I did and was so disappointed when the headliner used material I had watched on YouTube that was dated two years ago.  This guy had nothing on the guy that did the opening.  That first comedian had the best material of all.  And, I'm sorry to say the woman stunk like swamp water.  Sorry ladies, but she did not do us proud.

It's my feeling that when a comedian has to start asking questions like "how many of you have kids", that the comedian is not prepared to do a show.  That's just my opinion.

Do you have a favorite comedian?  Wanda Sykes is an all time favorite of mine, as was dear Robin Williams, and my hubby especially loves Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson).

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His movies "Johnny English" and "Johnny English Reborn" are hilarious.

Today is my day to relax.  Time to put on a pot of coffee and listen to some piano music.
I'm so glad I cooked that pot of beef stew cooking today.

Thanks for stopping by.  I wish you a beautiful day.


Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Stories 9-18-2016

Here it is another Sunday.  Another week gone by or another week beginning, depending on which camp you are from.

We had some much needed rain (it poured all night) last night.  The fire danger was high yesterday (no burning of any kind allowed, not even a campfire or fireplace).  I hope the rain helped. We don't get many fires here and I'd like to keep it that way. 

Mike and I went to the County Fair the on Thursday.  We watched the Glidden Tour of antique cars parade and then some of them did a thing called Gymkhana (like a short obstacle course they had to maneuver and do some tasks along the way for points.  The fastest and best one wins.

Afterwards we watched some Harness Racing too. But, we didn't place any bets.

The weather was perfect; lots of sun but nice and cool in the shade with a soft breeze.  Couldn't have asked for better weather.

We were lucky to sit with a nice group of senior citizens to watch the Gymkhana and we laughed practically the whole time.  We all made funny comments during the events, like when one couple reached their next task it took the girl a long time to get out of the car so I said "oh she must be texting" and we all cracked up.  It's nice to laugh like that.

Friday we went to yard sales in Lewiston/Auburn and Mike had his Physical Therapy for his shoulder.  He is doing so well, almost ready to go back to work.  I will miss our time together and can't wait until he retires in about 2 years.  We also stopped for Chinese at Panda Garden (our favorite Chinese buffet).

Nothing but junk at the yard sales, and I mean junk.  One old lady was selling her used toothbrushes in bundles of 3 for 25 cents.  I kid you not!  Gross, huh! 

Saturday we went to yard sales around here more, lots of driving in the woods.
Instead of city views we got this.....

That's a view of Streaked Mtn. from the King's Hill Road.  We had never taken that road before and was pleasantly surprised with the view.  Also went up Stearn's Hill Rd. farther than ever before and had spectacular views too.  It was a lot of driving and we didn't buy much; just two belt buckles we can put on Ebay. Used up about 1/2 tank of gas the two days though.  LOL  And, I am pooped.

I got a binder and organized my sheet music in it so I don't have loose papers all over the place.  I am an organizer.  Always kept a clean desk or work space too.  Does it help performance...............that's to be seen.

I bought myself a scarab bracelet on Ebay.  It's like one I used to have 30 years ago that I don't know what happened to it.   I must have given it away.   I've always wanted to replace it and I think this one I bought is exactly like it.

Mike wants to go to an auction today but I'm going to try to talk him out of it.  I don't know if it will be too much for me and besides I checked out the items online and I don't see a thing I'd bid on.  He will buy way too much stuff that needs work before he can put it on Ebay, he always does. We'll see what happens. 

This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.  I taught that hymn to my grandaughters when they were little and one day while singing, Haleigh who was about 5 stopped singing and asked (with such confusion on her little face) "Nana, why do I have to be Joyce?"   Ahhh, the innocence of youth.   

Have a blessed day!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Long and Short Of It

Guess which car us "old folk" own.

I just had to take this picture when I saw the size of those shadows in comparison.
I hope everyone has had a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"Brand New Key" by Melanie

I spied these vintage roller skates at the flea market and just had to snap a shot of them.  Of course I immediately launched into my rendition of "Brand New Key" by Melanie.

Did you have a pair of these skates?   I did, and where I lived in the city I roller skated up and down the streets, and that was back in 1959.  Oh my, where has the time gone.

Well, even though these aren't the type that require the little metal key, they are still pretty cool.  And here's the song to jog those memories.....................

"Brand New Key" by Melanie

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Desperately Seeking Suet

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This little fella was desperately seeking suet this morning and after a few ditched attempts, all of which I missed getting on camera, he finally made it successfully.  Well, for a few seconds anyway.  He'll probably try again.

Look at that smirk on his face.  So proud of himself.

Loads of action in the yard this morning; so much and so hard to catch it all on camera.  I settled for trying to catch this rascal get his suet.

The 5 Mourning Doves were in Conga line, snaking back and forth across the yard.
A handful of nuthatches, chickadees and gold finches were visiting the seeds and suet too.
And of course the little hummingbirds came by.  Don't blink because you'll surely miss them. Wow, they are fast!

I hope you too are having an exciting day.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fulfilling A Dream..................

So, this is only one of the benefits of being home bound with a chronic pain condition.  You can fulfill a life long dream and learn to play the piano if you can find one like I did at an auction for only $70. plus moving charges.  This is the 1887 Mason & Hamlin screw stringer upright grand piano I just had to have.

You see, not only did my beloved Grandmother have one, she also owned that iron Gnome that sat beside her piano.  I inherited the Gnome when my brother passed away about 8 years ago and he has been waiting for his piano to guard ever since.

And just to show you it is possible to learn to play piano at age 64, here's a sample of what I've learned after about 3 months.  Please click the link to go to my YouTube channel.  Thanks.

"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen as played by ME.

Thanks for watching the video.  I know it's choppy and some notes were bad.  Sometimes these fingers don't want to reach to where they need to go and my eyes don't go back to the line that they should on the sheet music (yes, I learned to read sheet music too).  Getting both hands to do different things was quite the challenge but I am getting better at it.

The latest songs I am learning are "How Great Thou Art", "What Child Is This", "Canon", "Scarborough Fair" and "Angels We Have Heard On High".

I am also writing music for songs I wrote back in the late 1970's when I would make up songs for my children with such titles as "Let All Proclaim", and "Jesus By My Side".   Yes, I remember them; words and tunes.  What's funny is so does my daughter.  One day recently we sat together and she sang them with me.  It was amazing.

Thanks for visiting.  I apologize for the bad quality of the video.  I promise the next one will be clearer and the lens will be clean too.  Yikes!

Blessings to you and yours,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Work In Progress - Jenny In The Garden (gift for my neighbor Jenny)

With Christmas fast approaching, I figured I should start on my neighbor's gift for this year. Remembering that I had snapped a few pictures of her out in her garden, along the edge of the road, gave me an idea.  Why don't I paint her in her favorite place to be?

Here are a few progress pictures of "Jenny In The Garden"........

To Be Continued...............

I am using Alkyd oils on MDF board primed with Gesso.

Thanks for visiting me today.