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Oct 25, 2013
And finally I bring you the television commercial for Bally Eden.
A 30 second spot I paid big bucks to have produced and shown on local cable.
I think HGTV was one of the stations I chose to run it on.
This was a risk for me because there was no money.
And sadly, it really didn’t drive traffic my way either.
That was me behind the counter, yes.
And a lovely lady who worked for me named Cindy was the customer.
I’m also the magical force that opens the door in the beginning. I laid on the floor in the entry hall.
When people told me they kept meaning to stop in,
I used to say, “Brake’s on the left”.
So if you never did stop by, here’s your chance to see what you missed.
One last piece from the Bally Eden puzzle tomorrow and then Halloween week begins.
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Aug 26, 2013
Down here on the “slower lower shore” in Caroline County, Maryland, they have an Annual Wheat Threshing Steam & Gas Engine Show in August. This was their 53rd. Located on the route south from Denton, Maryland to Federalsburg, this hootinanny is held in a great big field and features an antique tractor show, flea market vendors, some sort of small engine race, and these amazing dinosaur steam-driven tractors. There are plenty of campers parked towards the back indicating it’s a weekend event for the exhibitors. And for the kids, there’s always Smokey Joe, a miniature steam-driven train.
an explanation of a steam engine
blue raspberry snow cone with marshmellow
The gentleman banjo player
Displays of small steam engines are set up in one area which show their application and modernization to the homes of families more than a hundred years ago. Considering that all the daily chores that people had to do like pumping water, doing wash, cutting logs, or sharpening stuff, were done by hand, the steam engine and its belts and pulleys was an enormous relief to hard-working people. It also represents the onset of the industrial age.
We think that’s fascinating history. Our kid was thinking about riding the train. And eating a snow cone. Blue raspberry with marshmallow of course. The food was scary but there was a lot to see with the demonstrations throughout the day and the multitude of antique/ flea market tables to wander around.
The show’s official opening was at 10:00 am on this first weekend in August, but we didn’t show up until noonish. The second video is a glimpse of antique farm equipment in action. Very dangerous and super cool. If you didn’t know you lived in a farming community, this is the best way to see the pride of its roots. For details on this event for the future, go to www.threshermen.org.
Jun 7, 2013
Well, I already shared it with everyone on Facebook. I thought I might want to go ahead and share it with you my dear readers. orry to have neglected you. You Tube is a great idea and a pain in the buhunkis (sp?) to upload. But worth it. The video records what little babies are doing at the 3 month mark. Fascinating. Mark messed me up by clicking and recording at the same time. You can see her respond to his phone noises. Enjoy
Mar 15, 2013
Before my little love love was born, this song popped into my head. Theme song? And so I thought I’d offer it up for your listening pleasure while you read my babble below.
My friend Kathy called me a couple of days before I gave birth to Fiona and was swell enough to entertain my personal brain for a few minutes. The one that thinks about creative endeavors. The one who has a blog and wants to grow that and herself and a writing career. SHE INDULGED ME. And avoided talking baby stuff.
Now we’re on the other side. Fiona’s been here for 10 days and is hanging onto my body right now. By her lips. She may even have a soiled diaper.
I will truly try to not do baby-baby-all-the-time talk because it would drive me bonkers if I were you. But some stuff, it’s too cool or weird or funny not to share.
The wee Fiona was a hefty 8.5 lbs when she popped out of me. Then the pediatrician wanted to worry me she’d lost too much weight and told me to cup feed her. I’d seen it once and it’s weird. Reminds me that we are all beasties first. And most Mama’s do what love requires of us no matter what it takes.
Feb 28, 2013
Sometimes stuff just doesn’t work out the way you and your sonogram technician have planned it. I thought she was crazy when she said I was due on February 27th. And today I wanted to apologize to her. I am now overdue for having this baby make his/her exit from my body.
I feel as if I’m living in some alternate universe fantasy land. While everyone around me frets about their schedules permitting the delivery date, I have no choice but to sit her and wait. And try not to feel nauseous.
I am completely done with being this way, of course. And rather tired of the line all are compelled to deliver. “Get yourself to the hospital and deliver that baby already, will ya?” If I could I would people. But baby delivering is one of those acts of nature that our wills have no apparent control over.
Seems everyone has a helpful hint on how they think I should hurry this process up. A kind Italian man offered today, “Make up a nice dish of angel hair pasta tossed with olive oil (region not specified) with some oregano (not too much cause it can be strong) and then take a nice long walk.” The walk’s a perennial favorite. And has absolutely no effect on baby conjuring.
Only one thing can effect the onset of childbirth and it’s a special hormone the body releases when it’s decided the popper has popped. Physicians can also introduce that hormone to the cervix to “let the games begin”. That’s called induction and is what I’m scheduled for on Tuesday if this weekend doesn’t produce babe in arms. It would seem that the placenta has an expiration date.
And as one last act of craziness, I wanted to record a video of me in this unbelievable state. The first attempt was thwarted when equipment and software wouldn’t cooperate. On borrowed time, I re-recorded myself sharing the thoughts on this pregnancy and last year I felt were most important. And then a “fatal error has occurred to thwart me again. So visit my Facebook page here.
TURN THE SOUND WAY UP BEFORE YOU PRESS PLAY as I talk softly in the beginning.
I appreciate you giving me whatever break you can here and know that I’m doing it all for the love of the art and the family.
Thanks for all your generous support and kind thoughts. I look forward to sharing the next chapters as they unfold.