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!