Sunday, February 24, 2008

I did say "ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!"


Ok, this is piled up onto the bulkhead to my Mom's cellar entrance. I can't plow anymore there!

You can't quite see the back yard where I have piled up all the snow over this years snow fall. It is high & climbing back towards our road. Oh well!

However, we did had a clear sunshine day today!!! Even made it to 40, yahoo, watch out we are having a heat wave. NOT!!

My Mom has a visitor!


This is Patches. Can you see her under a chest?? She is visiting my Mom for about a month while "Cuz" and Mrs. Cuz take a trip to FL to see their daughter & other relatives. My Grandparents had a Caico cat, not as much white as Patches does, a daughter of Cupcake, my FL sister's cat, that was almost 16 when she passed. Patches is almost 19 yrs old!!!

Cuz tells us that she normally only jumps on Mrs. lap. Well as I was introducing myself, Patches jumped up on the den couch & chatted away w/me.

She also has already found another hiding spot under Dad's desk. As you can see, she came from underneath the chair. Patches can be coaxed out, but prefers to hide, for the moment.

This photo was taken after a nice rub-down from me. Cuz states she likes the rubs. Well, I guess I'll be busy helping Mom w/Patches, such a hard life!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

There You Are



Martine McBride, do I need to say anymore......................

There you are MCR, for me!

Where The Heart Is



Another Favorite. Where the HEart is, a cute "girly" movie & The Warren Brothers & Sara Evans sings the maine title song.

The Carpenters


Real Talent missed.

What The World Needs Is Love



Again, more Fasvorites of MLC. Jackie DeSHannon & Burt Bacharach.

HAPPY 93rd BIRTHDAY UNCLE HOWARD!!


My Mom & I went to visit Uncle Howard today, his 93rd birthday! Mom made him his favorite thing, Molasses cookies, her Mother's recipe. She also got him some good Old Fashion Gifford's Vanilla Ice Cream & a small chocolate cake, candies, cards & yes a great big balloon!!


He recently had surgery, a pacemaker, and he looks MARVELOUS!! He states he is felling better & happy that he has made the decision to move in w/his son.

His new "room-mate" Sweetie, is a mini Schnauzer. She was beautiful & friendly and she wakes up Uncle Howard everyday.




Once again, at any age, man's best friend!

Monday, February 18, 2008

A quick visit to see JASP & BJP!!!! 2-18-08


This smile is all I needed today. This was the greeting I rec'vd when I went to visit my niece & her son, my great-nephew!

My other nephew stopped by to help his sister & computer issues.


We read.





















We played ball.

We played on the computer.

We just played & played w/his toys!

When it was time to go, BJP, was filled w/kisses on the cheek. Well, Mommy 1st, then Aunti M. I did get several kisses & blown kisses from his window as I drove off. His Mommy told me that these kisses on the cheek is a new feat he has learned & loves!

CONGRATULATIONS to HMR!!! 1st place!


Cheering Competition is a whole "nother" world! Just just the frilly hair-do's, make-up & cute outfits, but WOW!! 47 teams competed @ SHS this past Saturday, and HMR's team place FIRST!!! She is the next to last on the left-hand-side in the picture below.


All in formations & ready to rock-n-roll!

Waiting the results is the hardest, especailly when you preform last, but it PAID off! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Snow Storm 2-13-08


Gotten a lot of use out of this Generator!!
Fallen tree limbs everywhere, this one on my Mom's front porch.

Not the best picture, but this is a smaller tree from my yard bent right over into my Mom's yard, right beside her sunroom, just touching the windows.

This tree is in my backyard bent right over, poor thing. Dad always liked this tree. It is a marker for where the road ends & touches our grass.
We made it thru, too, amazing huh?

Saturday, February 16, 2008

YAHOO!! WE HAVE POWER!!!



It's official, we are back in buisness & have power. Maine was hit once again w/more snow & this time what a doozy!! It was all wet & heavy & knocked out power lines thoughtout Maine. We lost it on Wednesday!
Mom has a generator that can also be hooked into my house. So, I had just heat & my fridge. Mom had the pump going, cold water, lites, her fridge & misc stuff. We made it thru. The first real storm without Dad's help. WE GIRLS DID IT!! YES WE CAN DO IT!! We are champs!!!


Now my brilliant idea is too keep all flashlites, batteries, matches & candles all together. I had candles together, but do you think I could even find a flashlite w/batteries, NOPE!! But we made it!
Pictures to follow. BF borrowed my camera to take pic's of his daughter during a cheering comptetion today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The History Of Valentine Day

The History of Valentine's Day
Every February, across the country, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this holiday? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men -- his crop of potential soldiers. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons where they were often beaten and tortured.

According to one legend, Valentine actually sent the first 'valentine' greeting himself. While in prison, it is believed that Valentine fell in love with a young girl -- who may have been his jailor's daughter -- who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter, which he signed 'From your Valentine,' an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories certainly emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and, most importantly, romantic figure. It's no surprise that by the Middle Ages, Valentine was one of the most popular saints in England and France.

While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial -- which probably occurred around 270 A.D -- others claim that the Christian church may have decided to celebrate Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to 'christianize' celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In ancient Rome, February was the official beginning of spring and was considered a time for purification. Houses were ritually cleansed by sweeping them out and then sprinkling salt and a type of wheat called spelt throughout their interiors. Lupercalia, which began at the ides of February, February 15, was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at the sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would then sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification.

The boys then sliced the goat's hide into strips, dipped them in the sacrificial blood and took to the streets, gently slapping both women and fields of crops with the goathide strips. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed being touched with the hides because it was believed the strips would make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would then each choose a name out of the urn and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage. Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 498 A.D. The Roman 'lottery' system for romantic pairing was deemed un-Christian and outlawed. Later, during the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February -- Valentine's Day -- should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written by Charles, Duke of Orleans to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. The greeting, which was written in 1415, is part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England. Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the seventeenth century. By the middle of the eighteenth century, it was common for friends and lovers in all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes. By the end of the century, printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings. Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began to sell the first mass-produced valentines in America.

According to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated one billion valentine cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.)

Approximately 85 percent of all valentines are purchased by women. In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages (written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400), and the oldest known Valentine card is on display at the British Museum. The first commercial Valentine's Day greeting cards produced in the U.S. were created in the 1840s by Esther A. Howland. Howland, known as the Mother of the Valentine, made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap".

Will you be my Valentine -- MCR???

Let's forget that we are in Maine. Let's forget about the color White & concentrate on the color RED!

Happy Valentine Day to all!!

Especially MCR!!



**Both for you, same song, just two great videos!




XOXO

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Need I say anymore???????


I left for work this morning @ 6 am & it was a BIG FAT ZERO outside!!! I think it got to 4 degrees today, YA FLIPPING YAHOO!! I mean a pretty white site glistening on the ground & we had sunshine all day, but NOPE, no melting. And guess what.............more coming tonight.........another 8-12"! HELP ME!!!















I am VERY glad to have a garage for my car!





AYUP, this would solve a lot of problems!!!
















If Tequie could only talk!! HAHAHA





















Ah I get it now........Maine Cows produce Maine milk & ice cream!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Didn't anyone hear me, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!


Okay, 3 storms since Thursday & more to come Tues, Wed & Thurs?? UGH!
I think "The Beast" has seen more plowing this year than ever. We even hit 40 degrees outside, but NO, that didn't matter. Mr. Winter Wonderland just had to throw some more white fluffy stuff at us. Thursday's storm was a mixture, so was it this am & plowing was slow going. However, the latest snow was all fluffy & I actually plowed in record time! Unlike the shoveling......UGH!!!


My brave son goes on top of the roof & shovels off the heavy stuff & then instead of using the ladder to get down, he JUMPS off the roof into the snow pile. Low-n-behold, stuck-a-roo!! Good luck w/the snowrake!


The only way out is to tuck & roll outta the STUFF!!


"THE PILE" at the end of our road & next to my garage has GROWN!!!

Even my POOR OLE AMERICAN FLAG has had enough! Enough that this stuff laid heavily on the pole & snapped it right off the side of my garage!! UGH! More repairs for the Spring, along w/Mom's lilac tree in-between her house & mine! SORRY Mom, ATW hit it first!

Dale Jr WINS The Bud Shoot Out!!!!



A GREAT WAY TO START THE 2008 NASCAR SEASON & HERE'S TO A GREAT PARTNERSHIP!!!!


Thursday, February 07, 2008

To AC & FM, Thank you for you!!

I can't imagine you living here in Maine(wish you were!!), however, you two are both with me, I know you are watching out for me, even from a distance.
You don't let me fall and if I do, you are there picking me up & brushing me off. You are there to listen. You let me grow, live, love and you let me make my mistakes & then help me learn from them.
Thank you for you BOTH!!
All my Love, Mel


More snow & enough is enough!!!!


Ok, 8" is what we got today & this lovely WEATHER-PERSON, calls for another 8-10" during another storm for Saturday nite. Oh YIPPEE!



I was just pulling your leg, almost hides my kitchen window!! You really thought I wanted all this snow, well for the Holidays, but ENOUGH!!

CHEVY, my Dad's only #1 choice, made TOUGH!!

His plate # that he had from day one, when he started owning CHEVY TRUCKS. Even so, any other vehicle always had that particular number, however a letter would follow, so kinda cool!!!

THE BEAST!! As I had said in a much earlier post, this was my son's "play-pen!" Both born in 1987 & my Dad's favorite's...well maybe not 100% favorite. He always said that 1987 Chevolet Silerado was the last real built tough truck. However, the 2004 Chevy that sits next door, was his "FAVORITE" w/all the bells & whisltes on it!

VVvvRRoooommmmmmmmmmmmm.............I now know why Dad wouldn't let me drive this beast, it's way too much fun smashing into snow piles & not to worrying about breaking or denting this lovely old BEAST!!! Thanks Dad!!

Monday, February 04, 2008

The New York Giants Did "The UNIMAGINABLE!!"



CONGRATULATIONS to ALL you New York Giants Fans out there.................







Also, to my FAVORITE NEW YORK GIANTS FAN, "THE SAINT," MCR, CONGRATULATIONS to you for a hard season for you w/all the greif that you "may" have rec'vd from little ole me and yes, OTHERS, who will remain anonymous!!!!