Sunday, February 28, 2010

Silent Sunday: The Barber is In

It seems one day last week my 7 year-old grandson decided to give his 3 year-old brother a haircut.  He waited until his mom went upstairs to do some housework.  Austin then carried a barstool into the bathroom and placed it in front of the vanity.  Three year-old Carter, totally in agreement with the plan, climbed up and took his seat on the stool so he could watch the process in the mirror.  Just like the barber does, Austin put a plastic cape over his brother to keep the cuttings off him (in this case using his Superman cape turned backwards) and proceeded to give Carter an new "do."  Fortunately, Mom intervened before Austin could complete his plan to give Carter a mohawk!

Carter was actually very proud of hes new look, as you can tell.  Mom, however, was not as thrilled with the chunks missing out of his bangs and sideburn!

I think Austin has a big future ahead of him as Hairdresser to the Stars!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

After the Storm

Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night we had a major storm here in Maine. We didn't get snow (Thank you, God), but we did get torrential rains--6 inches--and high winds--gusts up to 70 mph! We lost electric power around 10:00 pm Thursday night and didn't get it back until 11:00 am Friday. Luckily, it wasn't a really cold night, because our furnace does not operate without electricity. The coldest it got in the house was 60 degress.

Friday morning after we ate breakfast out, we took a ride to Prout's Neck and Higgins Beach in Scarborough to get a look at the ocean. On the way, we saw many downed trees and power lines, and places where the surf had covered the road at high tide, but was now receding.

I took this shot looking across the cove from Prout's Neck to Pine Point Beach. This area is usually pretty calm because it's an inlet, but there were definitely whitecaps Friday!

On the way back from Prout's Neck, we passed several areas where trees and power lines had been downed by the wind .

You can see in this photo the power lines tangled with the fallen trees; the utility workers had already been sawing up the trees to dispose of them.

Every where we turned, there were branches and brush and other debris--products of the gale force winds.

More downed lines; they said on the news that 120,000 were without power, so we weren't alone. We were among the fortunate, however, in that we had our service restored within 13 hours! Some are still powerless (in more ways than one!).

It was a stroke of good luck that the tree that fell on this house was one of the smaller ones!

From Prout's Neck, we went to Higgins Beach, where the surf was really raging.

After watching and listening to the waves, I decided I'd try taking some video so you could get the full effect of the sight and sound of the raging water.  I'm not great at video, so if this isn't the best, I apologize.  But I think you will get the idea!


The tide was receding, as I mentioned earlier, so the waves aren't as huge as they were earlier in the day.  Still, it was an impressive display.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Maniacal Magician

A couple of months ago, I posted a video of Johnny Carson, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis, Jr.  It was so well received, that when I came across this video, I knew I had to grab it for my blog so I could share it with you! 

Johnny was the King of late night televxion for many years, and I don't think anyone who has followed him on any of the networks comes close to his talent.  He had the greatest facial expressions, the greatest skits and some of the best guests ever.  The video below is an example of the zaniness that was prevalent on his show, on this occasion his guest was Dom Deluise.!

Both of thse guys are no longer with us, but their laughter lives on!   I hope this video brought a smile to your day.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Throwback Thursday: 1950?

I know I usually post old pictures on Throwback Thursday, but I received this series of pictures and the story on email yesterday and thought some of you would enjoy it.  I don't know if it is true, but the pictures certainly appear to be authentic.

437 Actual miles

They ARE still out there somewhere! ! ! 1950 Chevrolet Club Coupe 437 original, actual miles, only 3 owners. Check out the dealer installed "oil filter" , the rusty carb, and you can even see the spark plugs if they need changed.

Purchased new by Mr. and Mrs. Jessie Trueblood of Modesto . Shortly after purchasing this car, Mr. Trueblood took a day off to go fishing. While waiting for the "big one" to bite he witnessed a woman fall out of her boat. Mr. Trueblood jumped in to help only to fall victim of a fatal heart attack. Mrs.. Trueblood returned the car home and placed it in the garage for the next 12 years. The odometer reading at that time (1962) was 413 miles.

Mrs. Trueblood lived next door to a used car lot owned by Mr. William E. Wilson (now 81 years old). Mr. Wilson spoke with her frequently and often told her he would like to buy the car for himself to keep. In 1962 the time had come. Mrs. Trueblood told Mr. Wilson she needed a car for her bookkeeper who didn't really care for the ol' Chevy and would prefer a Rambler. No problem. Mr. Wilson went down to the local Rambler dealer and bought a brand new one for $1,650.00 ($100.00 over cost) and made the swap.

He then took the car home and parked it with 433 actual miles. And there it sat for the next 45 years, occasionally being started and moved in and out of the garage. In 2007 Mr. Wilson decided to sell the car and started spreading the word around Modesto that the ol' Chevy with 433 miles on it was for sale. Many had heard about the car, but hardly anyone had ever laid eyes on it. In fact, according to Mr. Wilson he believes he only showed the car to about 5 people in 45 years. Word spread quickly about the car and soon a buyer arrived ready and willing to pay the $60,000 asking price. When Mr. Wilson told me the story of this car he complained heavily of the "capital gains" tax he was required to pay and wished he had never sold it. As of this writing, Mr. Wilson is still alive and well in Modesto and can verify the miles and originality of this car. Simply put, this is a true 100% factory original survivor (that includes the air in the tires). This ol' Chevy now has 437 original miles and is most likely the world's lowest mileage 1950 Chevy.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Semi-Wordless Wednesday?

I don't usually do a wordless Wednesday post, but I'm speechless.  I can't believe all the visitors to my blog yesterday!  I'm trying to visit each and every commenter's blog .(I spent about 13 hours doing that yesterday, and I'm not done yet!)   Some of the commenters don't have blogs, and some have private blogs, but I will stop by all the ones I can, I promise! 

Thank you all so much for visiting and for the kind words.  And welcome to the new followers!  In the meantime, I've heard we're supposed to get more snow today.  I got the feeling that some of you are pretty fed up with all this snow when I saw the following photo:

I guess that pretty much sums up the prevailing opinion!  Have a great day everyone!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

It's A Beautiful Day in My Neighborhood!

I'm saying it's a beautiful day in my neighborhood, because  today is my day as the featured blogger on SITS.  If you're not familiar with The Secret's in the Sauce, click on the name to learn more about this wonderful group of bloggers who are all about supporting each other by visiting each other's blogs and commenting.

I mentioned yesterday that I had some house-cleaning to do... well, this was the reason!  I'm all aflutter (I"d say I'm all atwitter, but I don't Tweet!).  I know I'll be seeing all kinds of new faces here today!     Gosh, I hope I have room for everyone.  If  we run out of chairs, grab a seat on the floor, a cup of hot cocoa or coffee (It's chilly here in Maine, today; raining) and make yourself comfortable.  Feel free to browse around my blog;  I think you'll find a little something for every taste.

If you're out of shape and thinking of going back to the gym, you may want to read about my experience here in The Chamber of Horrors;  if you're like me, on the other side of 50 (and then some, in my case), you may want to follow up the Chamber of Horrors with Time for a Nooner!

If you want my take on sexy lingerie, read  On Victoria's Secret or I Feel a Thong Coming On.   
Those who are not faint of heart and don't mind something a little bit racy, read about my search for the G-Spot in The Pleasure Hunt.. 

Have fun, everyone!  And a special thanks to Tiffany and Heather for inviting me to participate in the SITS Showcase.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Housecleaning Hint!

I have to do come cleaning and cooking today; not my favorite activiities.  Actually, I don't mind cooking, much, but cleaning...yuk!  As I was thinking about what I have to do, I remembered a post from last summer on the topic; a "How to. . " as I recalled.  Knowing that I'm probably not the only one out there that likes to learn ways to make those household jobs easier, I decided to repost it--to remind myself of the time saving tips and make them available to my readers as well.  A couple of my regular readers may recall seeing this before, but for many, it will be news.  So, here goes:

I hate housework; it's another of my serious flaws. Obviously, when I find a way to do things easier or faster, I'm delighted. I found a helpful tip on line this morning, and it was simply too much of a Time-Saver not to share it with you.

How to clean a toilet:

1.  Put both lids of the Toilet up, nd add 1/8 cup of pet Shampoo to the water in the bowl.

2. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

3. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close the lid. You may need to stand on the lid.

4. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times .This provides a 'power-wash' and 'rinse'.

6. Have someone open the front door of your home.Be sure that there are no people between the bathroom and the front door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift the lid.

8. The cat will rocket out of the toilet, streak through the bathroom, and run outside where he will dry himself off

9. Both the commode and the cat will be sparkling clean!


The Dog

I hope this was as helpful to you as it was to me.  Have a great day!

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sundays in Our Area

Ice fishing is a popular sport this time of year in Maine.  Usually Maine lakes and rivers have a thick coating of ice, making skating, snowmobiling, and ice-fishing safe winter activities. Serious ice-fishermen set up shanties, or ice houses on the lake.  Some use a light-weight tent-like structure, some use wooden shacks, some get more elaborate like this:

The purpose of the "house" is to protect the sportsmen from the worst of the cold and wind.  Some actually have some sort of small heater in them.  Some models come with beds, a kitchen and in some cases, even a bathroom. These types of houses provide the ultimate in ice fishing luxury.

As the season comes to an end, these "houses" need to be removed from the lake and stored for the next winter.  Often, the "houses" are large enough and heavy enough that pickup trucks are used to carry them on to and off of the ice.

 This has not been a typical winter in Maine.  We've had less freezing temperaturess than in previous years.  (Yesterday, for example, the temperature was 53 degrees--really a rare occurance in February in Maine.)  This has caused concern for the safety of those seeking to remove or even visit their shanties.

The video below shows a Game Warden expressing his concern about the safety of the ice on Sebago Lake, one of Maine's most popular spots for ice-fishing, and the reasons for his concern..  (I apologize that the video starts off with a commercial.  I picked up the video at a television station's website, and I couldn't remove the commercial.  I was not compensated for displaying this commercial!) 
There are a couple of videos regarding ice on lakes in Maine, but the first one is the one I wanted you to see.

The video was made prior to this weekend.  On Friday, 4 vehicles went through the ice;  one landed on the bottom in an area where the lake is 40 feet deep.  Some people just don't show any common sense.  Would you drive your car or truck onto a lake? 

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Thoughts On Aging

Getting old:  It's not for sissies!

We are all headed there eventually!

                                                                            And. . . .

Have a good day everyone!  Enjoy it while you still can!
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Too Old to Appreciate Technology? Not Us!

Well, I guess hubby and I are officially part of the 21st Century!  We are utilizing today's technology as part of our everyday lives.  We each have a cell phone, and we each have a computer.  When we go shopping, we bring our cell phones to stay in touch:

He:  Where the heck are you?

Me:  I'm browsing in sheets and towels; where are you?

He:  I'm in automotives, but I'm heading for the check out now.

Me:  Okay; see you in the car.


Me: They're having a sale at Macy's in second floor Women's.

He:  Knock yourself out.  I'll be at Brookstone or in the Food Court.

Me:  Okay.  I plan to stop at the Godiva Store;  I'll meet you for lunch in the Food Court near Arby's.

It makes shopping so much easier, to be able to go our separate ways, yet keep in touch by phone.

Then there's at home:  Our mobile home is 16 feet wide and 80 feet long (yes, we're trailer trash!) with three bedrooms and two baths as well as kitchen and living room.  We've been known to telephone or email each other.  (His desktop computer is in the second bedroom; my laptop can be with me in the master bedroom, at one end of the place, or the 3rd bedroom at the other end, or on my lap in my recliner in the livingroom in the center of the house.)

Now before you get too impressed with our adaption to modern technology, I have to confess:  It is the result of necessity.  I'm totally deaf in one ear, and he's getting a little deaf in both.  It beats yelling at the top of our lungs at each other to make sure we're heard!

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Throwback Thursday! Summer 1950?

Not  100 percent sure of the year...I'd guess I was 5 or 6--with my favorite doll.  She had golden blond hair that I could set with curlers and brush and make beautiful!
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Thanking the Academy--and Forfeit

Two people have presented me with the same award, so I'm going to acknowledge it in one post.  I'm flattered that these two picked me, when there are so many bloggers out there who are far more deserving!

The Beautiful Blogger Award was presented to  me first by Janeice at One Moment at a Time and by
Hillbilly Dunn  .   These two have been followers of mine and I have followed them for a while.  Both have great blogs and are sweet persons.

As always the award comes with strings.  I'm not big on strings, and I usually cut them down to a size that is manageable for me.  So--Here are Evil Eva's Blogstrings:

1.  Acknowledge receipt of the award by linking to the presenter's website.    (done)

2.  Tell your readers four things about yourself that they don't already know.(This part is tough--there's not much my readers don't know about me; I tend to be a blabbermouth and don't keep many secrets!}(done)
             A.  When I was 35, I had a swimming pool and swam 55 laps around it every morning rain or shine
                   during the summer.
             B.  I was voted female Class Flirt in my High School Yearbook. (I'm really reaching, here!)
             C.  I spoke only French until I was 6 years old.  Now I can barely remember it.
              D. My first kiss was in the coatroom in first grade;  Tommy Smith was the culprit.   
                   (Tommy was voted the male Class Flirt in my High School Yearbook!)

3.  Pass the Award on to 3  more deserving bloggers. ( I just can't pick 3....and picking them all would be meaningless, I suppose, but I follow over 100 blogs, and I have 227 followers.  All are wonderful bloggers.)
Here's where I fail.....I just can't do it.  It's probably best if people not give me awards in the future;  I am horrible at following rules.  Any of my followers is welcome to take this award with my blessings.  They all deserve it more than I.

4.  If you do take the award and pass it on, notify the recipients of the gesture.

I really stink at this.....I'm sorry.  When I first started and was just reading a few blogs it was doable, but not anymore.  I officially forfeit any future awards (assuming anyone decides that I deserve one) because I can't abide by the rules.             

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fatigue Begets a Rerun

I've got nothing today;  my body's dragging a little, and my brain is dragging a lot!  I hope you'll forgive me if I do a rerun today, of a poem I wrote back when I first started this blog.  It only generated on comment at the time--so I'm sure most of you will be seeing it for the first time.

Musing on Maturity

I'm half-way over sixty:
My middle-age spread is such
That I can no longer see
The toes I used to touch.

I've lost hearing in one ear,
My youthful energy is spent.
As near as I can tell,
My get up and go got itself up and went!

To keep my boobs up off my knees
It takes a heavy-duty bra:
My teeth spend nights away from me
On the dresser in a jar.
Once an avid Cosmo reader
"100 Ways to Please Your Man,"
Now I find total fascination
Learning the benefits of bran!

Okay, so I took a little poetic license there...I still have my own teeth. But who knows what the next thing to go will be?

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Classic Cars: Cruising through the Past

When did cars all start to look alike?  I remember when you could identify a car by its shape, its fins, or its grill.  A friend of mine sent me these photos, and I just had to share them.  I don't remember all of these; how about you?  Are any of them familiar?

1971 Buick Rivera Boattail

1959 Plymouth Fury

1959 Chevrolet Brookwood Stationwagon

1958 Mercury Turnpike Cruiser

1956 Ford Sunliner

1955 Nash Rambler Cross Country Wagon

1954 Dodge FireArrow

1954 Buick Wildcat II

1953 Buick Wildcat

1951 Studebaker Champion

1951 Hudson Hornet

1951 Chrysler K310

1951 Buick LeSabre

1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt

Those were the days when cars had style, and even with so many makes and models, changing every year, the car companies made a profit.

Not only that, you could sit on your front porch and name the makes as the cars drove by;  unlike today. . . .when they all look the same!

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