Saturday, February 28, 2009

Boothbay Harbor, Maine

One of my favorite places in the world is Boothbay Harbor, Maine. One day my niece and I were walking down the road and came face to face with two deer. We saw the large buck first. He stood looking at us and we stood looking at him. It was an amazing moment. For the longest moment we waited for each other to make a move. Finally when he ran off we spotted the other deer in the woods. She was waiting for him.

Last time I was there was in August. One night we had dinner on the pier in the harbor at a restaurant named McSeagulls. I tried fried lobster for the first time. It was good but I think I'd rather have my lobster steamed. My Grandniece ordered Lobster Macaroni. When it was served everyone ooohhhh'd and ahhhhh'd. Here is a picture.......


It was one of the nicest food presentations I've ever seen.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Places I've Lived

Over the years I've lived in the four corners of the United States. I was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived there for most of 38 years. I really love Boston. The history is so amazing there and the weather is the perfect four seasons. I would move back to New England in a second if I had the chance.

In 1972 and 1973 I lived in Venice, Florida. It was kind of an adventure that my BFF Kathy and I took. We had an old blue van that we fixed up like a camper. One day we packed up and drove to Florida with my dog Phineas T., an afghan hound and Poco, Kathy's small dog. We lived at a camp ground in the van and in a tent. Florida is a great place to live but I missed Boston and went back there after two years.

In 1990, I moved to Orange County, California. I was engaged and my future husband was living there. On June 10, 1990 we packed up my '87 red Chevy Camaro and drove across country. I couldn't wait to get to OC. I had always wanted to go to California. It was so much fun there. We did all the tourist things.....Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm. I think we went to the beach every chance we got. I liked living in California but I really missed the green grass and trees. Most everything is cemented over there.

In 1992 we moved to the Seattle, Washington area. Well, there sure is a lot of green here. That's because we get so much rain. Did you know that there is even a rain forest here in Washington?



Mt. Rainier showing off it's lenticular clouds.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Today's Funny


Changes

After writing my last post I got to thinking about how much has changed in this world since the early 1970's.

I guess the major change is the computer. In 1970 we were still using typewriters and one of the computer's ancestors.....the punch card machine. Do you remember those? I remember using those little rectangles that were punched out of the cards as confetti.

We now have cell phones, flat screen TVs, laptops, ipods, remotes for the TV.....yes, we used to have to get up to change the channel on the TV. We only had about 4 channels to choose from. Every time you changed channels you had to adjust the "rabbit ears" antenna that sat on top of the TV to get a picture you could actually watch.

We had no DVDs, CDs or even 8 Track. We played our music on a record player. It wasn't yet called a turntable. Albums played at a speed of 33 1/3 RPMs and the single song records were called 45's because they were played at 45 RPMs. Record players also had a 78 RPM speed that was used by some records.

I do embroidery on an embroidery machine. What my machine does in an hour used to take days to do by hand.

All my photography is done with a digital camera. There was no digital in the early 70's. We had to load film into our cameras and there was no erasing and do overs.

I'm sure those of us who were here in the early 70's can think of lots more things we didn't have back then.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

My Favorite Job

When I was 19 years old I got a job at WMEX radio station in Boston. It was such a fun job. I worked with two DJ's....John Garabedian and Bud Ballou. It was a part time job. I worked from 5 to 10 PM. Mostly I answered phones taking song requests. I also did some typing work when it needed to be done.

The perks that came with that job were the best when you are only 19. I met many recording artists and other celebrities. Probably the most famous was Rod Stewart. It was VERY early in his career and he was not so well known at the time. WMEX was the first radio station to play his hit Maggie May. He played a concert on Boston Common. The concert series was called Sunset on the Common. Anyway, John Garabedian went to pick him up at the concert but things didn't go as planned because Mr. Stewart had indulged in a bit of drinking. If I remember right, he never did do the radio interview.

Another memorable time was when John went to London. He had been scheduled to interview the Beatles but there was a change of plans. When John came back he had a studio copy of George Harrison's new album All Things Must Pass. It was about 1/4 inch thick. Not like a regular album. It was one of the first copies of the album and the only one in the United States. It was a big score for WMEX to have this album. John showed it to me and yes, you know it.....I nearly dropped it.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Lasting Love


Missing Mom

Today would be my Mom's 91st birthday. I miss her so much. She died on January 17, 2008. She was the strongest woman I know. I think I can count on one hand how many times I've seen her cry. Two of those times were when my Dad died and when my sister Mary was diagnosed with cancer. I remember how hard it was when three years before that I had to tell her about my cancer. In the last five years of her life she went through so much being strong for all of us, her family.

I love you Mom, Dad & Mary.........family forever.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Friday the 13th

I don't like Friday the 13th!!
It's not a superstition thing but a bad memory thing. It was on Friday the 13th of December 2002 that I was diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer. Only 6 months after being diagnosed with melanoma. I had a tumor on my tongue. Too big to operate. Six one week rounds of chemo. Forty eight doses of radiation. Feeding tube. Lots of yucky days since. I was lucky to survive.....so they tell me.

Agility

Today I went to an agility trial with my friends Sandy and Terri. I really enjoy watching the dogs. I've had dogs most of my life. As a child I had a collie named Laddie. Laddie would walk me to school in the morning and be waiting for me at Noon when it was time to walk home for lunch. He'd walk me back after lunch and was always there at 3 to go home. My Mom said he was around during the day so he didn't just wait there at school for me.

I got my first Afghan Hound in 1973. From then until last year I've owned a total of eight afghans. My last afghan was an American/Canadian champion. I enjoyed showing my afghans but that venture was cut short by health problems.

My first afghan, Phineas T., traveled with me and Kathy and her dog Poco to Venice, Florida. We lived at a campground for sometime and it was quite an adventure. We ended up in Venice because it was the circus winter quarters. In Venice, I worked at Venice Hospital as a maintenance person. Mostly working outside on the lawns and gardens.

Now, due to health issues, it seems like everything I do is such an effort. It's not so much fun not being able to work or do a lot of the things I used to do. I've actually worked since I was 13 years old. First at a senior citizen home. Then John Hancock Insurance Co. for 20 years. I then went to travel school and got a job with Garber Travel in Boston. After I moved to California I worked at Associated Travel. When we moved to the Northwest I worked for a company that made circuit boards and at OfficeMax. I also worked a lot of part-time jobs. I worked at a radio station WMEX in Boston. Ringling Bros. Circus and Lowe's movie theatre along with a few other jobs.

Now that I've become disabled and unable to work I really miss it.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Maxine


Be A Clown, Be A Clown

One of the things that I did when I was young was spent some time hanging around at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus. My best friend Kathy and I were friendly with two Boston Special Police officers who worked at Boston Garden. We went nearly every day the circus was there. We became good friends with a number of people attached to the circus and visited them quite often in different cities across the U.S. Sometimes I went with Kathy sometimes with another friend Loretta. Loretta and I were crazy about two of the clowns we knew. Needless to say those relationships didn't work out.....but they were fun while they lasted. From what I now know, Loretta's Kevin is happily married and my Dean is still a traveling clown.

Anyway, while cruising the net I found Dean online. I'd like to write him to say hello. Nothing more. I'm happily married too. Thing is I don't know if he would even remember me. I mean it was over 30 years ago.

Life in General

While growing up I always wanted to live in a way that when I arrived at this time in my life I could look in the mirror and say "I have no regrets".

I can't completely say I have no regrets but I did lead a life that was fun and gave me lasting memories some good some bad. I find myself revisiting those memories now that I'm older.

This blog is for me to write down those memories. Whether anyone reads this or not is not important. What is important is I write these memories down.