Monday, June 26, 2017

Running on Keto, Come On, Keep Up

Out and about today.  First, need to deliver some 90 year old porcelain china to a gentleman who purchased it from me on Ebay.  I couldn't list the items quick enough.  As I listed, he bought. Wow!
What a day it was yesterday.  I was exhausted and my shoulders ached from all the computer work, but it was certainly worth the effort.  I had purchased the Silesia Old Ivory German porcelain for $45. at auction and by the end of the day had sold $274. worth.  Still, I have nother $277. worth listed on Ebay for sale. Here's a sample of some of the pieces I sold.





Needless to say, having had a good Keto breakfast, I wasn't hungry all day long.

Today we delivered it all to the buyer then went for lunch at the Chickadee Restaurant, a local favorite dining spot in Lewiston, ME.  Even though this was my first meal of the day, other than my numerous cups of piping hot black coffee (must be hot, hot, hot), I was set on lunch since it was already 11 a.m.

I perused the menu looking for something to keep with my Ketogenic way of eating and this is what I got.


Broiled haddock with green beans and cole slaw.

Something was missing, but after two pats of real butter on top of those green beans (tasted like they were from a can), I was all set to dig in.  Very satisfying though.  I did think the cole slaw was a bit sweet and squeezed the dressing off before eating it. 

After lunch Mike and I headed to Furniture Superstore to find us some new reclining chairs to replace the Laz-E-Boy reclining love seat we bought two years ago that has been a big disappointment. Nothing at all like the Laz-E-Boy reclining sofa we had for 15 years that we tossed out when we got the loveseat.  After having the loveseat for a few days we realized our old couch was more comfortable and certainly of better quality.  So much for buying because of the brand name.  Never again.

We found two really comfy chairs with 18" seats so our feet can touch the floor (big problem with most furniture is we end up looking like toddlers in an adult chair).  Also have electric controls because the handles and push knobs are too difficult with arthritic joints.  Moving up to electricals!
Have to wait 5 - 7 weeks for deliver as they are being built in Indiana (yes, Made in the USA).

On the way home we stopped by a roadside flea market in Sabattus, ME.  


Being early in the season, it was only about half filled with vendors but still fun to look for bargains.
I found this wonderful antique lap or travel desk with nice inlay (that is all there) for $25. What a surprise.  Usually pieces of the ilay have fallen out, but not on this one.  And, it has it's key, can you say "bonus."








Well, the sides are in great shape but the top needs some refurbishing and one of those interior hinges is broken.  Nothing a bit of work won't fix and this writing desk will be a treasure.  This will be on Ebay real soon.

Well, even after all this activity I was still going strong, more stamina than I've had in a very long time thanks to the Keto way of eating.  No more sluggishness from carbohydrates and no more hunger pains at the most inappropriate of times.  Unfortunately, hubby was fading fast so we headed home.  Must be that plate full of french fries he had just eaten.  

Thanks for visiting with me today.  I hope your weekend was restful or full of excitement, whatever "you" needed it to be. Have a great week.  See you soon.
Hugs,
Carol

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Owl's Head, ME

Spent the weekend on the east coast, taking in some sights and visiting the Owl's Head Transportation Museum for their Antique Auto Festival.  I thought I'd share a few photos today.  Really didn't get too many due to the foggy weather but here are some anyway.











Unfortunately the planes were grounded.  Turnout was mediocre because of the weather, too.  But, none-the-less it was a nice relaxing time with my hubby for the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.
Carol

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Keto On The Run

I am loving this Ketogenic diet.  High fat low carbohydrate and loads of new and tasty recipies. I have gone from 154 lbs. to 141 lbs. in about 9 weeks and I'm feeling great.  Hubby and I had planned a weekend get away and I was wondering how I would maintain my dieting while on the road but it wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be.

At one restaurant, The Pearl, in Rockland, ME,  I ordered the lobster/BLT and it was fantastic.


I removed the bun and only nibbled a few fries ( I just couldn't resist).  The lobster and BLT was so filling I didn't need the rest. Oh I did eat the cole slaw because I always have to have cole slaw.  It's an all time favorite of mine.  And can you beat that, two of my favorites in one, lobster and BLT.  I was in heaven.  Our lovely waitress Emma was a delight too.

The next morning, at the Hampton Inn & Suites in Thomaston, ME I approached the complimentary breakfast buffet wondering what I would be able to eat.  Lo and behold there was a lovely cheese omelet, loads of bacon, black coffee, and I added some almonds and one packet of ketchup, a tub of cream cheese and a tub of peanut butter.


This held me all day long. Wow!  Later that evening we stopped at a local Restaurant 99 and I ordered sirloin tips with two vegetable sides, carrots and cole slaw and thoroughly enjoyed it.   So there you have it, it's not that difficult to maintain eating Keto while on the run.  And I had brought along some almonds and Moon Cheese for snacking which I didn't even need to delve into.

Thanks for stopping by. If you are someone who is trying the Ketogenic way of eating I hope this has inspired you to keep going.  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nuthatch on Birch


I just don't know what I'll do if I ever lose this tree.  

Enjoy your day!
Carol



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Who's Tap Tapping

I heard a noise outside my window and when I pulled aside the curtains this is who was hanging around. 



Hmmm, he was looking in the direction of that orange. Maybe he got a whiff. 


video

Here's what he was busy doing when I heard the ruckus. (don't forget to click twice if the video is not there, once on the white box and then on the video)

Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Blessings,
Carol

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Happy Someday

Someday has arrived.  My Someday, that is, because I bought an orange to put into the lantern that I'm re-purposing as a bird feeder hoping to get some Orioles in my garden.


Well, it doesn't sit very straight in the base (and I tried lots of ways) but I trimmed a bit of the peel to expose more of the orange flesh.  I do like the orange reflection it makes. And, I think I'll ask Mike to put a nail up through the bottom for me to pierce the orange onto.  That should help.

Let's see what it attracts, if anything.
Someday is NOW........
Have a great new week.
Carol

Friday, June 9, 2017

Morning Serenade

This fine feathered gentleman came to serenade me while I had my morning coffee.....

video

(click twice if the video doesn't show at first)

At first, I couldn't find him as he was well hidden amongst the leaves.
What a sweet way to start my day.
Blessings,
Carol

One If By Land......

I was at a loss as to what to title this post, so since it's about a lantern I figured I'd use part of a quote from the tale of Paul Revere, "one if by land......"  

I acquired this little old lantern that is missing it's glass door in a box lot from an auction I attended last year.  I had been trying to decide what to do with it; maybe put a tiny fake ivy in it and hang it, or something like that.

Then I got the idea to put 1/2 of an orange in it to see if we could attract some Orioles.  So many people say they get Orioles in their yards with using orange, even though I've never seen one around these parts.

So yesterday I asked my husband to please put the pole in so I could hang the lantern.  Here's how the conversation went.....

Me:   Oh, you put the pole in already.
Mike:  Yup!
Me:  Good, I'll get the lantern and put the orange in it.
Mike:  What orange???
Me:  What do you mean what orange?
Mike:  You mean the one I ate?
Me:  Oh, you ate the orange?
Mike:  Yeh, you bought it three weeks ago.  Figured I'd eat it before it went bad.
Me:  Oh!
Mike:  You can buy another one someday.
Me:  Hmmmm....


The Lantern (Oriole feeder)

Update to follow.........someday!


Thanks for visiting my blog.
Enjoy your day!
Carol

Monday, June 5, 2017

It's a Bird, It's a Plane.................

I am so blessed to be able to enjoy watching these little ones from my front window.
I think that food must be "high octane" because they sure are flying fast when they go by.


There are two different sizes that come to feed.  I think it might be a family. 


Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy your day.
Carol

Need Some Opinions Bloggers

I received a comment on my last post "FIRST CAR" where I rant a bit about the difficulties of teaching a young adult about money and commitments when their parents miss the mark.

It is a bit of frustration and humor rolled into a tiny rant (believe me there's much more I could say but won't).

If you would please read that post, then comment either here or there it would be appreciated.  I would like to know how many others feel I've done my grandson a disservice by using my blog to talk about our woes.

"FIRST CAR"

Should the majority feel I shouldn't have written about it then I will remove it.  Should others feel I have the right (freedom of speech) to write what I want in my blog, then it will stay.

A blogger has chosen to leave this remark -

"Does he know you've posted about him? Sorry,but it feels unfair."


Thanks and enjoy your day!
Carol





Sunday, June 4, 2017

First Car

Well, grandson Jonathan finally gave us back our Jeep......after almost two years.  When parents don't teach children the value of money or how to save for what they need it makes it hard on those adults who have to take over those final stages of getting that child to adulthood.  Well, I can say we're almost there.

He's been trying to save to buy a car for so long and always falling short and doing something to reduce his savings rather than build them up (like losing all his money online gambling, or buying tokens to play computer games).  He also had two accidents during this passed fall and winter.  He's lucky that LOVE goes a long way........

We had to force the issue and put our foot down and make it happen.  Once we got him saving (nagging goes a long way with some people too), we had to go look for a car for him (he works nights and sleeps ALL DAY).   I took him to test drive it (after we did on our own test drive, of course) and he accepted it, bought it, and drove it home.  You see, he's not fussy, just a procrastinator, big time.

Grandpa has been teaching him how to care for a car this whole time so he's got some knowledge of upkeep to get him going.  I hope it stuck!  And I hope he makes his car insurance payment on time because they'd only give him 6 months coverage at a time because of his poor driving record and young age.  Yikes!



So far...............SO GOOD!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hopscotch Anyone

Well hello.......it's been awhile since I posted anything.  I was literally hopscotching across the country.  We went to California to visit my Aunt who is 84 y.o. and can't come this way to see us.  We traveled from Sacramento, CA up the coast through the Avenue of the Giants so hubby could see the redwoods (on his bucket list) and then to Grant's Pass, OR to the Rogue River (another bucket list item for Mike).  From there it was straight down Route 5 to Modesto to see Auntie.  Here are just a few pics from our travels....





Then, when we get back, we go to the Post Office to collect our mail and what do I see....


some girls from the dance studio outside in front playing Hopscotch.  Not a cell phone in site.  Good for them!

I want to wish a happy Mother's Day to all the Mother's out there today.


Yes, the Azaleas are in bloom............................. finally.
Carol

Sunday, April 16, 2017

The Launch Sequence


Ready, set, go......



I didn't know I caught this moment until I reviewed the pictures.  Oh what fun!
Enjoy your day.
Carol

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Style 5 No. 985


I found this printed inside the piano when I was removing more dust from inside the back.  My piano guy says this is the serial number and "Wow, is that an old piano!" I have been corresponding with a piano technician and store owner in Michigan who tells me this piano was definitely made before they started officially cataloging serial numbers of pianos when they were made.

How cool is that?  My grandson tested it out and said it sounds better.  I'm still not satisfied or finished with it yet though.  I need to soften the felt dampers because the notes have an after-ring.  It appears that the felts are so hardened they do not bump up against the strings adequately to mute the note.


I might have to take the action back out of the piano if I can't get at the felts with a thin metal file.
Thanks for stopping by.  I do hope your week is going well.
Carol


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Patterns

I stopped into a convenience store the other day to pick up some much needed vinyl gloves on my way to a thrift store for some bargain hunting and noticed this lovely pattern made by some dampness that had frozen on the sidewalk.  One of Mother Nature's precious creations.


Then in one of the shops I visited, I found this lovely Japanese privacy screen with a Lotus blossom pattern.


Now this I would have liked to take home.  It would go real nice in the room with my piano.

What patterns have you seen lately?  
Wishing you a beautiful day.
Carol

Why I Speak Softly and Carry A Big Stick.....when I walk.




Out on my walk yesterday I found......Coyote tracks.





(L) Dog print vs (R) Coyote print

The points that tell it is a Coyote print are -

1- the print is slimmer

2 - you can make an X across the paw in the negative space

3 - the trail pattern of a Dog is zig zag as they are playful whereas 
a Coyote trail pattern is straighter as they are always on a mission

I always check the tracks I find when taking my walks.  One winter we found the tracks of a Bobcat that were really fun as they showed us that he was walking along and then began to run (the spacing between paw prints got wider and wider).

Enjoy your day!
Carol

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Yoga for Yankees





Just had to share this video.  I am from Maine and I think this is hilarious.  I showed it to my hubby after work tonight and he hasn't laughed that hard in a very long time.



I hope you enjoy it too.

Carol

What's One Year In the Grand Scheme of Things

Found signature on the last key I was replacing on the Mason & Hamlin piano. Dated 1886 not 1887 as I thought (what's 131 years vs 130 years) . Now that the keys are all replaced and operating smoothly it's on to the next step of checking all the screws in the action parts to make sure all sections move as they should and don't wiggle or flop (very technical terms).


Thanks for stopping by.  
Enjoy your day!
Carol

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sock It To Me

Ok now, I just have to share this wonderful find I made recently.  Yes, it's SOCKS!  Not just any socks but awesome soft, cuddly socks that don't hurt the toes and snuggle your entire calf right up to the knee. Real, honest to goodness, knee socks for adults.


I do not have diabetes but I do have circulatory problems such as Raynaud's, arthritis, and nerve problems of the toes.  Usually the little toe line of the socks causes me pain at the cuticle area, but not with these socks.  Also, they gently cuddly the calf and do not squeeze it or cut in at the top.

I am stepping out comfortably these days thanks to Dr. Scholl's Diabetes & Circulatory socks.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

DIY Piano Repairs - Replacing Keys

Got back to working on the piano today.  Last step with the keys is to put the PTFE powder (teflon) into the felt bushings.


Next is to burnish the powder with a metal screwdriver tip.


Then when both sections are done, replace the keys.


Almost half way done.  It's slow going and I don't know how much, if any, it will help.

Thanks for checking in.  I hope by next week I can have all the keys completed and the action put back in to test it out.

Enjoy your day.
Carol