Wednesday, August 31, 2011

New Word Wednesday #36

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think,  "What a waste!  What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)

I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are this week's words:

colooter:  (noun)  A person who assists another in robbing and damaging homes or businesses after a disaster such as a hurricane has occurred; as in, "Ron would not have been able to steal that large screen TV from the appliance store after Hurricane Irene without the help of a colooter.

fezbensh:  (noun) the secret ceremony where a Shriner inductee is presented with his on fez; as in, " Donald had a difficult time keeping from his wife the fact that this coming Friday would be his fezbensh."

humperl:  (noun)   a sexual position which resembles a crochet stitch; as in, "Rodney threw his back out when attempting the humperl as pictured in the "How To" book he bought at the going out of business sale at Borders."

mytudeness:  (noun) a state of self-centeredness often displayed by divas; as in, "Snookie's mytudeness is evidenced by her assumption that the whole universe revolves around her alone."

phlister:  (verb)  to  break out in blisters as a result of being nervous about being photographed; as in, "Celia's modeling career was derailed due to her tendency to phlister before every photo shoot."

Don't forget...use a word three times in a sentence and it's in your vocabulary forever!

I was asked by PJ, one of my favorite blogger buds, to add the following to my post today:

As most of you know, PJ @ Seens From The Backs Of My Eyelids, has a brother, Henry, who lost everything he owned to fire on Saturday, July 24, 2011. The outpouring of help for Henry was so overwhelming, PJ would like to thank you all in a special way.

On next Wednesday evening, September 7th, she will have the computer randomly select three names from her Wednesday blogpost this week.

The first name selected will win a $100 e-certificate to

The second name selected will win a $75 e-certificate to

The third name selected will win a $50 e-certificate to

All you have to do to enter my drawing is be a follower, leave a comment and MAKE SURE THERE IS A LINK TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR COMMENT. Easy peasy, right?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Grandma!

Yesterday I baby-sat two of my grandkids;  well, it's not exactly baby-sitting, since Nickolas is 10 and Allie is 7.  We played Monopoly.  On the living room rug.

News flash:   I am too old and heavy to play Monopoly on the living room rug.  Lowering this carcass to the floor risks the need to call in a crane to lift me back to an upright position.  But, sit on the floor, I did.  (I'm nothing if not a good sport!)

Playing Monopoly with two kids who are just learning the game is a challenge, as well.   I hadn't played in 40 years---I can't remember all the rules,  And I could not rely on my 10-year-old shyster grandson, who also acted as banker, either..  And Allie had to be watched, because every time she took a turn, she would skip streets or double up on them--whichever suited her efforts to avoid paying rent or going to jail.  

I don't know where those two sneaky siblings learned this stuff;  I never cheated at board games!  We played for about 3 legs were falling asleep from sitting on the floor, while Nick assumed the Lotus position without difficulty, and Allie alternated between sitting and rolling around in some acrobatic move between her turns.  Mercifly by that point, Allie ran out of cash and Nick wasn't grasping the concept of mortgaging property, so we agreed to call it quits.

I crawled over to the couch so I could help myself back up to a standing position, since no one had phoned for the services of a crane.  Then I made grilled cheese sandwiches and French fries for lunch, which they barely ate.  Being grandma, (or the French equivalent "Memere," as they call me), I then made chocolate chip cookies for dessert.

Allie and I watched "Animal Cops" on tv while Nick played a computer game  on my laptop after lunch.  Then we took a 50 minute drive to their home town where Nick had football practice. 

We hugged them goodbye and I came home and collapsed on the couch in front of Bachelor Pad, totally wiped out. 

 Needless to say, I'm behind on my blogging and will try to get caught up today!   Thanks to those of you who read and commented on  my guest post yesterday at Untypically Jia's.    Apparently I offended someone because no warning was given that it involved adult content, for which I am deeply sorry.  So if you haven't visited it ,  stand warned in advance!

Monday, August 29, 2011

I'm A Guest Blogger!

A relatively new blogging favorite of mine is Jia of "Untypically Jia."   I discovered her blog a few weeks ago and have been a fan ever since.  She's funny and clever and also writes very well!

She's on vacation for a week or so and has asked me to be a guest blogger and fill in for her today.  I was delighted to have the opportunity and I have chosen one of my short stories to post on her blog.  I hope you'll go check it out, but I caution you in advance, it's a little racy.  Actually, it's a lot racy, so if you don't care for hot stories, you may want to skip it.  But I hope you'll be brave and follow the link to
Untypically Jia.

Don't just read my story, browse her blog and read some of her stuff!  She'll have you chuckling in no time!   That's what keeps me going back to Untypically Jia!   One of my favorites of her posts is "No, That's Not a Vibrator in My Luggage."
I just love this girl, and I hope you will, too.   And I also hope you'll enjoy one of my attempts a writing fiction!

See you back here tomorrow!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Located at 694 Main Street in Westbrook, Maine, Casa Novella is an Italian Restaurant and Bar where you can choose to eat in, or take out.

The dining room is cozy with lots of mahogany wood,  with red and white tablecloths under glass table tops.

It was mid-afternoon when we stopped for lunch and all but had the dining room to ourselves.  There were three other parties, plus a couple of people came in to pick up take out orders while we ate.
The dark wood of the decor lent a rich feeling to the place, despite the glass-topped tables.  It took a few minutes for the waitress/hostess to notice us, since there is a pillared wall display in between the bar and the entrance.

Once seated, we were immediately served a basket of fresh from the oven, hearty Italian bread, along with olive oil, grated parmesan cheese, and herbs for dipping. The bread was wonderful, and I ate two good sized slices!

The bread was followed by a good sized salad with fresh, crispy veggies and a yummy thick peppercorn/parmesan salad dressing, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

Mr. Eva was served a generous portion of spaghetti and meatballs.  Even though it was a luncheon serving, it was more than he could finish, despite the really tasty meatballs.

I went with the chicken parmesan which was served in two dishes.  The chicken was well cooked and very good with lots of cheese on top.   The penne was fine, but both Mr. Eva and I agreed that we have tasted better marinara sauce.  It was very thick, as though it was made mostly with tomato paste.  It certainly was good enough to eat, but just not the best we'd ever had.

Although our dinner was better than many, I doubt that we will be going back soon.  There are just too many choices close to us that we enjoy more.

Note:  I was not compensated for this review: the opinions expressed are mine only.  

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday Silliness

5 Minute Management Course

Lesson 1 :
A priest offered a Nun a lift.... She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg. The priest nearly had an accident. After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.....
The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again. The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.  On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.'

Moral of the story: 

If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.

Lesson 2 :

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.  They rub it and a Genie comes out. The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'

'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk.. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world..' Poof! She's gone.

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas, and the love of my life.' Poof! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager. The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story: 

Always let your boss have the first say.
Lesson 3
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.   A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

 The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.' 

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.
Moral of the story: 

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.

Lesson 4
A turkey was chatting with a bull.. 'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. It's full of nutrients.'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.   He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there... 

Lesson 5
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.  The dung was actually thawing him out!  He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. .. 

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.

Moral of the story: 

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!


Friday, August 26, 2011


Today's post is just that--a miscellaneous mixture! (of my thoughts)

Mr. Eva has completed his 5th round of chemo...7 to go.  So far so good.  No side effects to speak of.  I'm hoping things continue this way.  (He has lost a few pounds, and I think I've found them!)

We have a chain of stores in Maine called Marden's, and they sell stock they buy from closeouts, bankruptcies, floods, etc.   This week they apparently have bought out some of the Borders Book stores and have an enormous assortment of books for sale at $1.00 per pound!   I bought 11 books yesterday (two were full size books, one was medium sized, and 8 were soft and hard cover children's books).  Total cost:  $7.04, including sales tax!  I need to go back and look again tomorrow!

I'm hoping that everyone stays safe during Hurricane Irene this weekend.  And I hope people who've been told to evacuate do so.  The states have said they will not put rescue workers lives at risk to save those who were told to evacuate and didn't.

The start of school means it's time for the children's soccer and football games again.  I like going to a couple, but just can't get excited about all of them...with 4 grandkids playing on 4 different teams, I wouldn't have a Saturday to myself between now and Thanksgiving!  Am I a terrible Grandma?

I didn't sleep that well last night, so my brain is not functioning as it should, which is why you have been presented with this Potpourri instead of a decent post.  I'll try to do better in the future!

Stay safe everyone!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Paying It Forward

Mr. Eva usually does the grocery shopping in this household, but I remember a really creepy experience I had when I was doing the shopping one day.  As I was trying to decide which cucumbers would be the best selections, I had the uneasy feeling I was being watched.   I turned around and there was a lady who looked to be in her late eighties staring at me with the strangest look.

I threw a couple of cucumbers in my basket and quickly moved on, thinking she was probably waiting to get at the cukes herself.   As I continued my shopping, I couldn't lose the feeling that I was being stalked, or at least followed.  When I stopped at the meat counter to look over the various cuts of beef, the same old lady pulled her wagon up next to me and spoke.

"I'm sorry, I don't mean to stare, but you look almost exactly like my daughter.  She and I had a big argument one day three years ago, and she stormed out of the house, slammed the door, jumped into her car and drove away without even glancing back.  I reached the door in time to see her take the corner of the street on two wheels."

The lady continued, "She was furious with me.  I had made the mistake of telling her I thought she should leave her husband.  That good-for-nothing never worked a day of their marriage, drank himself into a stupor daily, and she'd been supporting him for the last 10 years, working two jobs to make ends meet."

She was quiet for a moment, as though trying to remember.  "That night on the six o'clock news I heard that a car the same color and make as hers had been in a head-on collision.  Moments later, a police officer came to my door and informed me that she had died instantly in that car crash."

At this point her eyes had teared up and her voice took on a slight tremble.  "You see, I never got to say goodbye to her.  You may think it strange, but it would ease my heart if you would just say, "Goodbye, Mom," and let me go to my grave feeling like we parted on better terms."

I know you will probably think it was insensitive of me, but the lady creeped me out, and I quickly pushed my basket away and hurried through the last couple aisles in the market.

When I reached the checkout, I was still a bit shaken by the whole experience, and I realized she was in front of the person ahead of me in line.  She gave me such a mournful look, I thought to myself, "What can it hurt me to do as this elderly lady asked?  Maybe someday that will be me wishing for a kind deed from a stranger."  

So, as she was unloading her basket, I forced myself to smile and say, "Goodbye, Mom."  She gave me a grateful smile in return and nodded slightly.  Not wanting to get any further involved I turned my attention to the gossip rags in the rack by the checkout.  When my turn came a couple of minutes later, I unloaded my basket of cucumbers, a chicken, and a loaf of bread.  

The cashier rang up the total and said, "That will be $87.79 please."  Incredulous, I responded, "What???  I only had three items!"

"I know, " said the cashier, "but your mother said you were paying for her groceries, too."  

Not knowing what else to do, with a line of shoppers behind me, I quickly paid the total and hurried out to the parking lot with my basket.  The elderly lady had been using a cane, so I figured she couldn't have gotten very far!

I spotted her loading the groceries I'd paid for into her car, laughing as she spoke to a gentleman seated behind the wheel.  Do you know what I did next?  I ran across the parking lot to her and  I pulled her leg, just like I just did yours!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Word Wednesday #35

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)

I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are this week's words:

briat:  (noun) the ill-behaved child of a biotch; as in, "The biotch Carolyn is raising her kid to be a real briat!"

crosona:  (noun) mispronounced  version of  Corona brand of beer; as in, "The bartender knew when Charlie asked for a couple more Crosona that he'd already downed too many."

jonal:  (noun)  a book used by a prostitute in which she keep record of her 'johns;' as in, "The senator became very distressed when he heard that Heidi Fleiss' jonal was in the hands of the vice detectives." 

mardsac:  (noun)  Plastic bag used by French dog owners to pick up after their pooches; as in, Collette never took her poodle to the park without her mardsac in  hand.

reeklist:  (noun) a series of names of those known to have bouts of foul flatulence; as in,  "Frances relied on the reeklist compiled by she and her friends to avoid malodorous outings."

Remember:  use the word in a sentence three times and it's in you vocabulary forever!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Remember Mutt and Jeff?

As a long time basketball fan, of course I love Shaquille O'Neal.  But this photo of Shaq and his girlfriend Nicole Alexander blows my mind!

There's such a size discrepancy here that it almost makes him look like a pedophile!  I hope he handles her with kid gloves--she looks so tiny and fragile next to him!

He may have retired from the basketball court, but it looks like he's still scoring!  Several inappropriate remarks come to mind, too, but I will leave them unspoken.

(Sorry, that's all I've got for you today!)


Monday, August 22, 2011


Let's start Monday off with the People of Walmart set to music!

thank you, UTube for this bit of video entertainment.

Have a great week!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Yes, yesterday was my birthday. . .I really had planned to have a restaurant review ready, as we planned to go out to eat with family and friends to celebrate.

Okay, so the celebrating may have gotten a little bit out of hand.  It started with the Godiva Chocolates Mr. Eva gave me as a gift...

But, Godiva chocolate leads to other evils, like Mountain Dew. I haven't had Mountain Dew in years. . .love that stuff! I discovered some time ago that I just can't handle caffeine. . .

It was ineveitable that caffeine would lead to another of my favorites--vodka gimlets--once we arrived at the restaurant, and well, give me a few of those, and I'm apt to throw caution to the wind.

Once caution was thrown, it was bound to be followed by the gauntlet, the inevitable "Dare ya!" and all hell breaks loose. Things get a little fuzzy here..or maybe it's report did say foggy on the coast last night....

The band is playing, "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets. . .."  Suddenly, the table is a stage, various and assorted garments are being shed, midst chants from the crowd..something like: "Take it off, Baby, take it all off!."   (Things get much fuzzier from here!)

Police sirens in the distance, then doors crashing open, whistles blowing, bodies jostling against each other in a rush for the exits.

Some burly officer with Arnold Schwarzenegger's muscles and Patrick Dempsey's face is hoisting the fighting, kicking, pastie and G-string-clad crazy person that is me into the "paddy wagon". . . .

Well, it could have happened! I'm just sayin.'

I know I got as far as the Mountain Dew and Godiva Chocolate part, anyway!

Another uneventful birthday bites the dust!

(You guys are SO gullible!!)

(A few of you may have recognized part of this post from a couple of years ago; I couldn't resist publishing it again!)

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods will resume next week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturday Silliness

 Today is my birthday.   Before I get to the silliness I want to share is the birthday card I received from my best friend:

This was the front of the card.

This was the inside.     I have cut off the personal message she wrote, but under that were instructions to open the card yet again.

And this was the very inside of the card when you opened it all the way and laid it out flat.

Now I ask you--What kind of a friend is this woman??   Making fun of my girls!  I was just so offended.  And my girls!--why they were so embarrassed that their nipples inverted!  (I hope this is a temporary situation, because the inversion makes tucking them into my jeans difficult!).  


An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing.

A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.

"All set back here, Captain," came the reply, "except the lawyers are still going around passing out business cards."

Japanese Hotel Service . . .
A Canadian salesman checked into a futuristic hotel in Tokyo , Japan . . .
Realizing he needed a haircut before the next day's meeting, he called down to the desk clerk to ask if there was a barber on the premises.
'I'm afraid not, sir,' the clerk told him apologetically, 'but down the hall from your room is a vending machine that should serve your purposes.'
Skeptical but intrigued, the salesman located the machine, inserted $15.00, and stuck his head into the opening, at which time the machine started to buzz and whirl. Fifteen seconds later the salesman pulled out his head and surveyed his reflection, which reflected the best haircut of his life.
Two feet away was another machine with a sign that read,'Manicures, $20.00'.
'Why not?' thought the salesman. He paid the money, inserted his hands into the slot, and the machine started to buzz and whirl.. Fifteen seconds later he pulled out his hands and they were perfectly manicured.
The next machine had a sign that read, 'This Machine Provides a Service Men Need When Away from Their Wives, 50 Cents.'
The salesman looked both ways, put fifty cents in the machine, unzipped his fly, and with some anticipation, stuck his manhood into the opening. When the machine started buzzing, the guy let out a shriek of agony and almost passed out. Fifteen seconds later it shut off.
With trembling hands, the salesman was able to withdraw his tender unit........ which now had a button sewn neatly on the end.

He came home from work that night exhausted. He said to his wife, "I need my glasses checked. I'm so nearsighted I nearly worked myself to death."

Perplexed, the wife asked, "What's being nearsighted got to do with working yourself to death?"

"I couldn't tell whether the boss was watching me or not, so I had to work the whole time!"


       I would be totally remiss if I did not pass this warning along to you all.                       This is probably the most important message you will receive today.


is going round called Housework. If you feel the need to start housework, stop immediately. This virus wipes out your social life. If you should come in contact with housework, go straight to the nearest store & buy the only known antidote which is called CHOCOLATE. Please pass this warning immediately on to a least 6 friends. 

If you realize you do not have 6 friends, you are already infected.


Friday, August 19, 2011

Let Them Eat Cake

Believe it or not, every one of these photos is of a real 100% cake!  In some cases, I'm sure you'll do a double take, as I did!

 A cake fit for royalty, without a doubt!

A confectioners purse, perhaps?

A fitting feast for the person who loves to Barbecue!

 When all they want is a P B & J, a coke, and a few chips!
Hope this frog doesn't get caught in your throat!  You might croak!

Once again, the cake is in the bag--or the bag is in the cake?

When you're sweet on her, and want to commit....

 Hey, I say if the shoe fits...............

For someone off to see the Queen!

 When nothing but Gucci will do, but it's not in your budget!

there's no use crying over spilled coffee, when you can lick it off your fingers!

For the one whose first love is Karaoke

I think that's a New York Yankee cap next to that Nike sneaker!

Maybe  you caught a case of them from someone and need a gentle way to let them know?

Happy birthday to the seamstress in your life!

"Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese. pickles, & onions on a sesame seed bun!"

I'm really not sure what this is, but it certainly is regal!

You can't go wrong with roses and pearls!

How about a Mexican burrito??

Ring in fall with squirrels and mushrooms on a tree trunk.

When you get the urge to give someone the bird!

Another creation fit for royalty!

Ah, Chanel--that's "Cocoa" Chanel, I'm sure!

I'm sorry to say, these photos came to  me on email a while ago, with no source given, so I can't give credit where credit is due!

Which one would you like to stick your teeth into??? 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

And we have a winner of the caption contest!   And no, the prize is not a chicken dinner!

To quote Credence Clearwater Revival: "I see a bad moon a risin'!"

The winner with the above caption is Lazarus of the LG Report.   I'm not surprised this caption was picked by my independent judge (my sister) who does not read the blogs of any of the entrants, and therefore has no favorites.  (She usually reads mine, though; that's what sisters are for!) 

 I say I'm not surprised because Lazarus is known for his wittiness and sense of  humor.  If you have never been to his blog, click on the link above and pay him a visit.  I'm sure you will keep returning!  His posts are always entertaining!

So, Lazarus, if you will email me your address, I will mail you your prize.  I'm not saying what it is, but I'm hoping you'll post a photo of it when you receive it!  And I promise not to sell your email address to Nigerian scammers  barristers or bankers who will promise you a fortune if you will just use that dying widows millions to do good in the world.

And we have an honorable mention:

        "Does this butt make my ballon look to big?",,,,:(

That caption is from Glnroz of "Differences with the Same Likeness."
Glen has been a follower of mine nearly from day one.  (He's always telling me that I "just ain't right!")  He doesn't post often, but his posts are entertaining, especially when he writes about his Daddy, or when he posts a piece of his amazing fiction, something he has a real gift for writing!  If you don't know Glnroz, then click on that link and visit him, too!   

 So Glen, if you email me your address, a little surprise will be coming your way, too!

My email is

Hope everyone enjoyed the caption contest!  Maybe I'll do it again one day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

New Word Wednesday #34

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)

I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are this week's words:

billi:  (adjective)  over-run with requests for past-due amounts from creditors; as in, "Because Erin had been unable to find employment for several months, she found that her mail had become extremely billi."

 concondo:  (noun)  a section of a multiple unit housing complex known to be owned and inhabited by former prison inmates; as in, "When Max was released from prison, he moved into a concondo until he could find employment."

grolini:  (noun) a large-sized type of linguine; as in, "When preparing pasta meals for her gluttinous family, Gina usually served grolini."

oveness:  (noun) a person hired by a family to bake desserts for them; as in, " Reeni was so good at baking sweets that the family hired her as a full-time oveness."

taprep:  (noun) a sales person who sells spigots for beer kegs; as in, "John was much in demand on college campuses in his role as a taprep."

Remember, use a word in a sentence three times and it's in your vocabulary forever!

Tomorrow a winner will be announced for yesterday's caption contest.  Scroll down and enter if you haven't already.  There's a prize for the winner!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Tuesday Tushie

I just don't know what to say about this photo; yet, I felt the need to share it.  (and no, I didn't pose for it!)
Can anyone come up with a caption for this? 
Best caption gets a prize!


Monday, August 15, 2011

On a More Serious Note

Saturday, I attended the funeral of my brother's granddaughter.  She was 27 years old and left behind a loving husband and two beautiful daughters aged 6 and 4.  She was taken far too soon in her life by a form of leukemia.  

The church was filled with family and friends; many of whom were very close to her.  There may have been others, like me, who had only met her on a couple of occasions and were not aware of the rich life she led.  She was a teacher, a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a sister-in-law, an aunt, and a granddaughter.  

It was evident by the tears of those who had been close to her that she had indeed been dearly loved.  As I left, I could not help but feel that another vital young life had been squelched by cancer.  It is so wrong.  My heart goes out to all who are battling this vicious, uncaring disease, and to those like my brother's granddaughter who have fought bravely and lost.

Somehow it seems impossible that so many millions of dollars have been raised for research, yet no real cure has been found.  Inroads have been made, but we still lose far to many to this villain.  I pray that a cure can be found so that occasions like Saturday will become non-existent, and that her family and the families of others who have lost loved ones will find some measure of comfort in time.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

The Run of the Mill Public House and Brew Pub is located at 100 Main Street in Saco.  Opened in a building which was once one of the mills that are part of Saco and Biddeford's history, it has lots of character and charm.  

There are two dining rooms in addition to what seems like a mile-long full bar area.  There are a few additional tables adjacent to the bar.

During the summer, the seating capacity must double with the opening of a large outdoor deck with tables for dining, and a stage area where live bands entertain on Thursday and Saturday nights.

(I apologize for the poor quality of the above photo; I borrowed it from the restaurant's website and it did not enlarge well.   I just wanted to at least give you and idea of the outdoor dining area which has a whole separate menu from the inside dining rooms.)

The place was really jumping when we visited; the dining rooms were nearly filled to capacity when we arrived, although by the time we left, the indoor crowd had thinned out some.  The deck, however, was still pretty busy.  Rachel, our waitress was very bubbly and friendly which started our meal on a very positive note.  

I chose the Indian Island Chicken Sandwich which consisted of a grilled chicken breast, topped with cheddar cheese, crisp, applewood bacon and some lettuce on a Kaiser roll spread with Dijonaise.  The roll was nothing special, but the chicken, cheddar and bacon with the added flavor of the Dijonaise was delicious.  The side choices were, fries, sweet potato fries, or the tangy coleslaw which I chose.

Mr. Eva ordered the Baked Stuffed Haddock.  The crabmeat stuffing combined with the Maine shrimp sauce, sides of mashed potatoes and coleslaw were a tasty meal indeed.  We were both surprised at how many shrimp were in the sauce on top of the haddock fillet!

Since it's been a long time since we've ordered a dessert, we decided to share the butter pecan cheese cake.  It was so divine, I was sorry I'd agreed to share!  I wanted that plate of exquisiteness all to myself!

All that food, plus Mr. Eva's beer (it's a brew pub--he had to sample some!) ran the check up to $35.   I thought that was quite reasonable, given the quantity and quality of the food we were served!  This eatery certainly warrants some return visits!

Note:  I was not compensated in any way for this review; we paid for our dinners and the opinions expressed are mine and Mr. Eva's only.