Strange bedfellows?

We are lucky to have our own symphony orchestra here in Portland.  Many people I know attend their performances regularly, but apparently it took their doing the music of Queen to get me to attend!  On Saturday night we went out with a few friends to hear the PSO take on Freddie Mercury and company. They are such a talented group and sounded beautiful, but the event was not exactly what we expected; for instance, there was a singer.  Who invited audience participation.  Who encouraged my seat-neighbors to belt out notes they couldn’t quite hit.  The University of Southern Maine Choir joined in, too, and they helped round out the vocals. Here’s a snippet:

We had fun getting out and about with friends, and it made us both want to go back for a “real” PSO performance!



April 26, 2012

Ever go out in public with unwashed hair?  Of course you have.  Doing so is no biggie since nowadays there are tons of products that help you prolong your freshly washed hair another day or so, to keep your blowout going, or to allow you to freshen up your hair by days end.  However, all of these products have eluded me.  I likely need them most: I have fine, dark brown hair.  The ‘greasies’ don’t do anyone justice, but those with darker hair get the shine faster than not.  I try different shampoos and conditioners often and sometimes I never know how the next day without washing will go…so I’m pretty sure I look like this today:

{George Clooney in Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?  with a tad too much hair pomade that his character had a penchant for. I am not wearing product though!}

Many a’ blogger { like this one & this one} have touted the fantastic results of Pssssst! dry shampoo.  It’s old school and still around…that’s enough credentials for me to give it a go~ I will let you know if it does the trick.  Check any Sephora or beauty store out there and you’ll see the science behind dry shampoos has been formulated by lots of hair care companies and we have our pick.  I’ll start with the cheap stuff first.  This may not be a great match for dark hair, but there are some on the market in shades of brown. Oh, and while greasies aren’t welcome on my head, messy hair is! Got to love a messy, tousled ponytail shown by one of my very favorite bloggers: A Cup of Jo.

Spring mating amongst birds is ever-present right now. They’ve been busy doing their dance and if you’re lucky {pun possibly intended} you’ll catch them in action.  On a recent hot, sunny day I walked over to Casco Bay Ferry Lines to pick up tickets to Peaks Island.  The party boats and ferries were proudly sitting atop the sun-sparkling water; the sea gulls were calling; the salt air was blowing!

Casco Bay Lines Bay Mist

Casco Bay Lines Island Romance

Then I glanced over and right next to “Island Romance” were two pigeons doing a choreographed dance.  It was as if  Cole Porter’s “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love” was playing in the distance, coming off the ocean like a fog, setting the scene.


Contrary to what some may believe, Mother Nature must think we do need more pigeons! The old song and dance goes on…

These Days…

April 22, 2012

I’ve been so busy these days.  We’ve been renovating at work which means every.single.thing in the store had to be packed up and removed and then brought back in and put back out.  A labor of love!

Good stuff went on over the weekend: My father-in-law had a birthday! My step-sister’s engagement party went down! Our Sunday was lazy.  I discovered this lemon deliciousness which was fun to make and difficult to stop eating.

It’s Earth Day!!  Here it rained and the green things got greener.  The sigh of relief from our Lady Earth was audible in the spongy ground underfoot. Trees are budding and flowers like daffodils are popping up all over!


Wearable Ode-to-Earth.

Cool image.

Love Your Mother.

Happy Earth Day!

Playing it Cool

April 18, 2012

Did you know that you’re a whole lot cooler when you’re not trying to be?!

Playing it cool actually means putting less effort into it…wonderfully counterintuitive to our social nature, isn’t it?

{This is a Universal Truth that applies to all of us.}

Have a great day!


Maine Things Monday

April 16, 2012

Portland, Maine Flea-For-All

Remember when I mentioned the Flea-For-All opening in Portland?  Well, on opening day at 10am sharp I was there checking things out!  There were two floors of vendors set up {I hear they’ll be adding more and rotating the line-up} and lots of people milling about. Very exciting! Jewelry, vintage clothing, old dishes & mugs, new lamps with funky designs, handmade pottery, aprons, and owl pillows. There were bicycles, records, and some furniture in the mix, too.

Portland, Maine Flea-For-All

Everything was nicely edited. The highlight was Ziggy the Talking Clown!  {It reminded me of the movie Big!}

Ziggy the Talking Clown

The entire weekend was gorgeous and sun-filled. I started it by taking a walk around Mackworth Island with a friend:

Mackworth Island

Then a hike on Bradbury Mountain with another friend where some birders spotted an Eagle:

Bradbury Mountain Eagle siting

That tiny dot at the top of the photo is the Eagle. The sun was glaring down and I couldn’t see a thing so I literally pointed my phone camera in that direction and got what I could! Yesterday at my in-law’s house a mature Eagle took a break on the rocks long enough so we got a good look at just how large of a bird they are when they aren’t soaring up above.  I guess over the weekend they were out cruising the skies while most of us were out combing the land, enjoying the weather.

What were you up to over the weekend?

And these are a few of my favorite things

{Disclaimer: I am not Oprah so I won’t be giving these things away to all of you readers. Also, I have not ever seen The Sound of Music.}

It was 4th grade, I’m pretty sure, when I walked into a classmate’s house and heard Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians’ “What I am” playing on the stereo. Her mom was probably listening to it on record or cassette tape!  It has since been my song y’all. Or, don’t the cool kids call it “my jam”? Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars has lots of gems on it: “Nothing” and “Little Miss S.” are two of my other favorites.

When Harry Met Sally. Both Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are excellent in this and there are some funny and memorable scenes! It highlights the way women v.s. men view relationships; platonic and otherwise.  Carrie Fisher is great in this, too.  I never get bored of this movie.

Who doesn’t like to eat? Who? Stonewall Kitchen is a Maine-grown and -based company that makes delicious, I repeat delicious, condiments, mixes, marinades, dips, and jams and so on.  This is coming with me to a friend’s birthday get-together tonight: my go-to appetizer to bring to a gathering {I add walnuts}:

Roasted Garlic Onion Jam Pizza

Stationary, for whatever reason, has always appealed to me.  It might be that you write someone to thank them, share the love, make them laugh, wish them a happy birthday or congratulations…it might be that the paper can be so lovely or fun or interesting…I think it’s the combination.  I have a stash of “last one” notecards; of the box where the rest have been used and sent, but I couldn’t bear to use the last one because I loved them so much.


Blooming Mother's Day Card

So I save them to remember.  Someday I want to frame them all and put them on a tucked-away wall. Not to offend, but this one-liner about a frame cluster made me laugh!

What are a few of your favorite things?  Do tell!

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