Friday, July 21, 2017

10 Tai Chi Moves for Beginners - 14 Minute Daily Taiji Routine

Did you know 15 minutes of Tai Chi is equal to a 20 minute walk.  Too hot to walk today so I did my Tai Chi.  How about you?   This is a great video to get you started with this wonderful form of exercise also known as "moving meditation."  I recently read an article that said Tai Chi is great exercise for those with Fibromyalgia.  I have been doing Tai Chi for about 10 years now and still enjoy it very much.   I hope you'll check out Jace Mace's video even if you don't try Tai Chi.  The beautiful scenery and music is very relaxing.

Have a beautiful day, friends.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

That's Mr. Butterball to You

I had a visit from a very large male wild turkey this afternoon.  I called him Butterball.  Then he turned to look at me and it was if he thought, "that's Mr. Butterball to you.

I wonder what is up with that horn on his head, as I have never seen one like this before.

Lots of great color on this fellow. And a nice long beard. 

Must be a bachelor, no females in sight. 

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm sure Mr. Butterball is now off roosting in a nearby tree.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Found Love

Found this in my file titled "Sign and Sayings" that I've saved over the years.  It's the way my husband and I treat each other in our marriage and I realized that as I read the list.

What if everyone treated everyone this way?  Would that be heaven on earth?
Enjoy your day.

Monday, July 10, 2017

When the Teacher is Respected

I just realized I haven't posted in 5 days, not that there hasn't been anything happening, I've just been busy with everyday life.  But everyday, when I take out the hair dryer, I am reminded of my dear 84 y.o. Aunt whom I recently visited in California this passed May.  She was a wonderful role model for me as I was growing up.  I would spend 2 weeks at her house in the country every summer.  I would cry when it was time to return to my home in the city.  It's where I developed my love of rural living.  Most likely why I have retired in the hills of Maine.  It's my peaceful place on earth.

What I learned from my Aunt, when I visited her in May, was not spectacular in any way other than the fact that she taught it to me.  You see, the teacher must be respected in order for the student to really listen to what they are saying and learn from them.

This is what I learned -

Yes, I learned to secure a cord with an empty toilet paper tube so it does not get tangled.  Simple as that.
I'd probably seen or heard of doing this before but then why was I still wrapping cords, twisting them, and getting frustrated when I had to undo one to use the item.  Now I do it this way.  So much simpler and another thing that makes me think of my Aunt.

(my Hubby, cousin Al, Auntie Vivian, and cousin Mike)

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Have you learned anything from an Elder or Respected Teacher lately? I'd be interested in knowing about it.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Spinach with Feta Cheese - My Light Keto Lunch

Spinach with Feta Cheese
by Carol Blackburn

2 cups baby Spinach, washed and thick stems removed
1 T. Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
dash of crushed Red Peppers (like the ones you used to put on your pizza)
drizzle (approx. 1 tsp.) EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)

Saute the Spinach in Coconut Oil until well wilted.  Transfer to small plate and top with 1/4 cup of crumbled Feta Cheese.  Add a dash or few sprinkles of crushed Red Peppers. And drizzle with approx. 1 tsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO).  Now enjoy!

Serves 1   Calories 250  Grams fat  24.75  Grams protein  7  Grams carbs  4  Grams net carbs  2
Makes a good quick and light lunch.  Takes approx. 15 min. to prepare.

Oh, so tasty!
Thanks for stopping by.
If you try this, please let me know.

Bunny - Get The Camera

Hmmm, I thought he said "Honey, get the camera."

Nope, he meant "bunny." 

Only the second Rabbit we've seen here in 12 years.
I thought we'd see more than that since we are living in the country.

Hubby says "he's probably the same one." 

May 2016 Snowshoe Hare

I think this is a different one. This fellow has white paws and markings.  But, we can't know for sure and he's not telling. 

Thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

New Kid on the Block

Just happened to go into my bedroom a few minutes ago and had to run back to the computer room for the camera to come back and capture a shot of this ROSE BREASTED GROSBEAK.  He's not one I've seen before and certainly qualifies to be called the new kid on the block.

Thanks for visiting today.  Stay safe this 4th of July if you are traveling.  Just a quiet day at home for the Blackburns.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Claude Visits Today

Those of you who have followed me for awhile know that there is a Marmot that lives in my backyard somewhere that I've named Claude because he is well-clawed.  He's been here a couple of years now and I think he's looking a bit older.  He loves to munch to grass just before Hubby decides it's time to give it a cutting.  And,  I think he's eating all of the 4-leaf clover too.


(Please click the center of the video box twice if it does not appear at first.)

I watched him for quite some time and then he heard a rustle in the woods and ran to the edge of the yard to listen.  I thought it was so adorable.

Since I am someone who is home quite a lot of the time, I am grateful that the good Lord provides me with such wonderful entertainment.

Thanks for visiting.  I wish you a wonderful new week ahead.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Antique Lap Desk Cleaning & Repair by Carol Blackburn Video #3

Well this is it!  I think I'm going to leave it this way and try to sell it now.  I hope you've enjoyed the videos.

Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

Enjoy your day,


Friday, June 30, 2017

Antique Lap Desk Cleaning & Repair by Carol Blackburn Video #2

Hello again, continuing on with the cleaning & repair of the antique lap desk.  At about 1:58 into the video I made a blooper and meant to say the "Orange Glo" not the Murphy's Oil Soap, oops!   Thanks for stopping by.

Stay tuned for video #3 to follow.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Antique Lap Desk Cleaning & Repair by Carol Blackburn Video #1

Well, here is the first video in what will be a series of 3 as I clean and repair the antique lap desk I bought at an outdoor flea market for $25.  I had to take it out of the house because I could smell the mildew that is in the wood grain on the top.  This poor box looks like it has been neglected for quite some time.

Thanks for stopping by and looking in.  Second video to follow tomorrow.
Enjoy your day,

P.S. In response to the question about the holes on the side, these are recessed little round brass handles. Another one of the unique features of this lap desk.  Not to mention IT HAS THE KEY.

The High Protein Diet


This Pileated Woodpecker sure was determined to get those bugs. Maybe he got some fiber too, from that tree.
Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day.

P.S.  Remember to click twice to see the video if it doesn't come up on the first click.  Others have done that and I don't know how this one will react for you. Thanks!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Thigh Me To The Moon

I've been known to pen a poem from time to time, or a short story, but lately I've taken to getting creative with reviewing items I purchase online.  Seems like everyone wants to know what you think about their product. Most everything has something good I can say about it and sometimes I just run with it and get real creative like with this review of Thigh Society's Anti-Chafing Slip Short.  Here's a link to their site in case you need to see what this item is all about.

 Thigh Society's Anti-Chafing Slip Short

And, here's my review and the response I got from Thigh Society by email today.

Hi Carol Blackburn,
Thigh Society Inc replied to a review you left for the product Mid Rise Anti-chafing Slip Short.

This is the review you left:

Thigh Me To The Moon
I'm in heaven, or at least over the moon in love with my Mid Rise Anti-chafing Slip Short. The most comfortable thing I've put on my lovely arse in ages. Able to sit in a car for 5 hrs. without any irritation from panty seams, wrinkling fabric and such. And as I am losing weight, these babies are still fitting me perfectly. Thigh me to the moon!

This is the reply by Thigh Society Inc:

Love it! 'Thigh me to the moon' - ❤️
Thigh Society Inc

Oh, what fun!  What else can I buy......
Thanks for stopping by.

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.

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.

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!

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. 


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.

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.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Morning Serenade

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


(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.

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!

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.

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.


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!

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'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.