Picnic- Portland’s Art & Music Festival

August 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Screen Printing, shopping, treasure hunting, Vintage | Leave a comment
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What’s A Starbucks Girl To Do?

June 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Posted in coffee, Food and Drink, JUST DUMB, Starbucks, Travel | Leave a comment
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So….when times are tough and the day has beaten the life outta me, I turn the wheel and my faithful minivan/mom-mobile heads to the closest source of quality caffeine – Starbucks.

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The downside of living in a town (actually it might really be considered a “village” since the population is so small – one of these days I really should find out) instead of a city, is that there are no coffee shops nearby. The closest Starbucks location is a rest stop on hwy 95. Since Maine is classier than those people “running on Dunkin'” over in Massachusetts, all of OUR rest stops have a Starbucks inside. (I tell you, no state was longer to drive across on my last roadtrip than MA. ONLY mcD’s and Skunkin’ Dunkin’ for what felt like a thousand miles!)

Fortunately there is a backside access to our rest stops so that the locals don’t have to take the hwy (and pay the tolls) to get there. The first time I found my way there, I did a little happy dance of joy!

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Recently, all of our rest stops have been getting a little added flair. One has a giant metal moose sculpture, another has a large metal sculpture of another example of Maine wildlife. Up until recently, the Grey location was without such decorations. Someone apparently thought this should be remedied. Unfortunately, the latest addition leaves something to be desired.

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Instead of an impressive artistic rendering of a majestic animal, WE got a pair of fiberglass deer that look like they,d be right at home on a put-put golf course. Or possibly a backwoods grandma’s trailer park lawn. Seriously – I suspect they were purchased from Walmart’s lawn and garden section. They are SO sad.

And last week, they put up a little plaque in front of them.
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I decided to get a closer look to see if maybe their true purpose was to educate the public on the local deer population or some other informative tidbit. Unfortunately, even the plaque was disappointing. It instructs the observer to look but don’t touch the deer. I guess in addition to their being cheap looking, they are fragile as well.

Welcome to Gray, y’all!

Doing less ….and proud of it!

September 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Day to Day Musings | Leave a comment
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I’ve been really proud of myself lately…..for doing less.

Okay, your first response is likely “okayyyy, she is proud of being lazy. What a quality human being.” (But only if you are as sarcastic as I am.)

So here is the deal. I’ve been so addicted to being online lately — spending lots and lots of time, mostly on facebook. I update my status, check up on the status changes of my friends, play a turn in each of my scrabble games (20 or so?), do stuff in my various facebook games and blamo, seven hours have gone by. I really hate that. Seven hours with nothing to show for it.

And I’m STILL procrastinating when it comes to getting to work on some art. (I was going to break out my GOCCO and whip up some invitations for the clothes swap for my friends that don’t have email. It is next Sunday and that still hasn’t happened.)

I keep thinking that I will have permission to do some art as soon as the house is clean. The laundry is ALMOST done. The dishes are close to being done. But neither really gets completed. EVER. So I never get to working on any of my art projects…..or my other ‘projects’ around the house either. My pantry is still all torn apart from my reorganization project there. The baskets are in place with labels. But there are still a couple dozen cans and containers strewn about on the pantry floor and stacked up, blocking the microwave. I really should get back to that.

So anyhow, I have been successful at NOT logging into facebook for a day or two here and there. I’ve been skipping days. Which, to me, is total success! Unfortunately, with the new tv season starting, I’ve been spending more time crashed out on the couch, watching stuff that I’ve recorded on the DVR. Not really a success story.

But tomorrow is another day, right???

Speaking of days, I got the coolest journal the other day. It is a five year journal. Each page is marked with a date and blank where the year should go. The idea is, you write one line or so each day and then as time passes, you can compare what you were up to during that same time period the year or years before. Now, given my history with journals, I don’t have complete confidence that I will maintain this journal. But the idea that you are only required to write ONE SINGLE line each day doesn’t seem so overwhelming. And the funny thing is, I can’t seem to keep myself from writing as much as will fit into the tiny space in the tiniest writing I can do….so I end up writing quite a bit more than a single line. Kinda like I’m outsmarting my procrastinating self. *smirk*

Anyhoo….we went apple picking today at the Thompson’s Orchard here in New Gloucester. By a half hour into it, we were all shedding our sweaters and sweatshirts because the sun was shining and it was starting to get really warm. Of course, Susan and I were also sweating from carrying all the bags of apples. One by one, the girls filled them up until they were just too heavy and awkward for them to handle and they handed them off to us.

It was SUCH a great day for it. I’m so glad Susan thought of it. And since it was completely spontaneous, I didn’t have to spend any time dreading running out of energy before we could go like I usually do when I know there is an event coming up within a few days. I end up exhausting myself before the event even happens. (THAT is how much a dread deadlines these days…I am so much more neurotic than I ever used to be —- and that is saying something.)

So now you are pretty much up to date on what is going on over in my little corner or the world. Oh yeah, I forgot– I still owe a couple friends circle journey books. I have no excuse. They send letters and postcards and emails reminding me and I keep forgetting. Sorry, ladies. And you friends who haven’t returned the circle journey books TO ME in a few years. SHAME ON YOU!! LOG OFF RIGHT NOW AND GO FIND IT!!! I mean it! YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE !!!!

Oh yeah, one more tid bit….a brother has been stripping the paint off of the front porch and one side of the house and is going to start repainting it. It already looks soooo much better! Wait till you see it!

ART ROOM (and playrooom)

January 20, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Art Room | Leave a comment
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Since my browser keeps crashing everytime I try to upload the photos here, you can see the pictures of my new and improved art room at flickr…. Here is the link:

http://flickr.com/photos/feelingarty/?saved=1

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