Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | July 7, 2014

“To the Sea….to the Stella Marie!”

Sometimes when you buy a used boat, she comes to you with a name that doesn’t seem to fit.

Such was the case with our new boat.

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We decided to change her name.

Now, there are those who would just scrape off the old name and apply the new, but any seafaring body with even a small respect for marine lore would balk at that type of brazen action.

For, legend has it that a boat, once christened with its name, becomes an entity of sorts, and trouble looms on the horizon for those who change the name without the proper ceremony to pay respect to the old entity before retiring it, and to request the protection of Neptune and Co. for the new entity.

On land this might not be much of a big deal, but when you are out on the water all alone, it’s calming to think that you have done your best to appease the lord of the sea.

In fact, there are numerous online tales of folks who had boating disasters after neglecting to perform the appropriate ceremonies.

And so, Keith carefully scoured all records for any mention of our old boat’s name and erased it, then scraped her old name off, and sanded and polished the area so no shadow of the old name remained.

That done, we were ready for the denaming and renaming ceremonies.

On a recent bright and sunny Tuesday, Keith and I, and the “Evanhaug” family gathered on board ~ champagne in hand ~ to give thanks to the “old” boat for its service, and to request safe passage and protection for the newly named “Stella Marie”…our version of the Latin, “Stella Maris”, or Star of the Sea.

We toasted Neptune and the sea, placed a green leafy branch across her bow for safe return to land, and dowsed her down with a nice bottle of champagne.

Toasting the Stella Marie

Toasting the Stella Marie

After the festivities, we took Stella Marie out for her maiden voyage on the Chickahominy River, after which, Keith piloted her downstream to her new marina near Jamestown Island on the James River ~ a four hour adventure!

Bennett relaxing in the berth on Stella Marie's maiden voyage.

Grandson, Bennett relaxing in the berth.

 

Boat wenches Grammy and Cora.

Boat wenches Grammy and grandaughter Cora.

Stella Marie now sits happily at EcoDiscovery Park Marina, and we happily spend one day aboard each week, exploring the Virginia waterways and planning a two month excursion on the “Great Loop”, in 2015.

 

"To the sea...to the Stella Marie!"

“To the sea…to the Stella Marie!”

 

 

 

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | June 7, 2014

Trading Up

Picture this…..you’re whiling away a sunny Virginia Tuesday afternoon…your boat is tied up to the base of a huge cypress tree on the Chickahominy River, doing a little fishing and light reading. No cares in the world.

After a bit, the Chris Craft cabin cruiser of your dreams glides by. As it passes, you see the captain staring right at you ~ twisting his head right and left, to get a better view. Is he a pirate? On this river? Anything could happen. Who knows!

The Chris Craft passes on, and then backs up, turns around, and comes straight toward you.

You sit straight up in your seat and wait to see what happens.

It ties up right on the other side of the tree you are tethered to.

The captain walks onto the bow, and thankfully, waves a greeting.

You say “Hello, nice boat”.

He says “Wanna’ buy it?”.

The next few days are a bit of a blur. You request permission to come aboard, and inspect the boat.

She’s a classic old gal that could use a little teak oil and T.L.C…..a 1985 Chris Craft Catalina 280.

But, she’s in your price range.

AND – as was mentioned, she’s your dream boat.

Q. What do you do?

A. Make a deal to trade the “Sunset Ride” for the Catalina, whose name has yet to be determined.

Yesterday evening, we sat on her back deck and shared a bottle of Merlot.

It was hard not to pinch ourselves to be sure we weren’t simply dreaming!

Dream Boat? Freedom Manifesto? Sugar Shack? Stay tuned for the name of our newest acquisition!

Dreamweaver? Freedom Manifesto? Sugar Shack? Stay tuned for the name of our newest acquisition!

 

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | May 27, 2014

Back on Track, Back on Stage, Back in the Groove

After several months of focusing our lives on family…….births, weddings and reunions, Keith and I finally found ourselves back on stage over Memorial Day weekend at the Williamsburg, Virginia KOA Campground. Perfect weather, fun show, nice crowd, great night.

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“Me and My Baby” rocking it at the Williamsburg KOA Amphitheater

 

 

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 2, 2014

Family Matters

At times, even in the lives of bloggers, the act of living is so all-consuming that you just have to go with the flow, set the reporting aside, and see where it is that life takes you.

The past several months have been such a time, and it has been absolutely wonderful!

After my last post, we packed up and left Florida, to head north to Virginia ~ a gutsy thing to do at the first of February, with cold and snow nipping at our heels.

The occasion for our trip was the birth of my second grandchild, Cora Mae, who arrived swiftly and a bit unexpectedly, on February 9th.

My first moments with precious Cora Mae

My first moments with precious Cora Mae

 

Since her arrival, I have spent many hours entertaining her big brother, Bennett, who has mixed emotions about his little sister….playfully complaining about her crying and the shape of her head….but for the most part, accepting the small changes to his routine that having a little sister requires.

Bennett loves his Grammy and she feels much the same about him, as you can tell from the photos below.

We had just finished creating with homemade play dough that we call “Cook and Play”, as Bennett is an aspiring chef…

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Play Do 3

Somehow, in the midst of it all, we managed to take our first “Three Generations” photo ~ Grammy, daughter Laurie, and her daughter, Cora Mae!

Three Generations!

Three Generations!

And then, in Mid-March, I celebrated my 65th birthday, after successfully completing my quest for the appropriate Medicare supplement coverage, which in my book, was quite an accomplishment.

Of course, Cora was a major part of the celebration, gifting us with the opportunity to sit down and eat dinner together uninterrupted, as she slept quietly in our arms.

Check out the pecan torte with vanilla ice cream, berries and lemon curd ~ scrumptious!

Check out the pecan torte with vanilla ice cream, berries and lemon curd ~ scrumptious!

In addition to all the family-related excitement of the first several months of the year, Keith and I have been gifted with a new workamping opportunity, which will provide a place to park our home in the Williamsburg area, along with some much-appreciated supplemental income ~ more on this later~

 

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | January 30, 2014

Win Your Very Own “Smokin’ Oldies” CD!

The other day, Keith started a little contest on facebook to introduce our finished video for Jeff Dukatt, the “Tie-Dye King” of Truth or Consequences New Mexico.

We wrote a tribute song for him last year, finally recorded it live last week, and created a music video in his honor. We really enjoyed the project and hope you have fun with it, too.

Keith initiated the contest by posting the first of the videos that appear below on facebook, and announcing that when the second video was posted on our blog, the contest would begin.

There is just one difference in the two videos ~ one photo/frame that has been changed, and it’s your job to find it!

So, after viewing the two videos, and figuring out which single photo has changed, please visit our “Me and My Baby” facebook page and give us a Comment with your guess.

The first person to post the correct answer will win a signed copy of our “Smokin’ Oldies” CD, and a mention in an update to this post.

We’ll contact you for your address once you win, and send your CD ASAP.

Enjoy the challenge!

Video #1

Video #2

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!! In fact, within minutes of posting the contest, good friend, “Old Eagle Eye Jake”, from T or C nailed it! Congratulations, Jake, your CD will be on it’s way shortly. Thanks to everyone who took the time to watch the videos!

….and the answer is: the “hot rod hatchback car” that the “Tie-Dye King” drives around New Mexico.

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | October 14, 2013

Pilgrimage to New Mexico

After being in Florida, and away from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, for six months, Keith and I began to feel a little homesick for wide vistas and dear friends.

We used my desire to attend a Masterpath seminar in Albuquerque as the incentive for making the trip. I have been a chela (student) of Sri Gary Olsen for 18 years, and his teachings have been my inspiration and support through the years.

After recharging my spiritual batteries at the seminar, we planned to hitch a ride to T or C with our friend, GIselle, who had scheduled a few relaxing days stay at Riverbend Hot Springs.

But, before meeting up with Giselle, Keith and I gifted ourselves with a delightful brunch at our favorite Albuquerque restaurant, El Pinto. It is always delightful to relax on the patio and dine on fresh, well-prepared New Mexican dishes served by a friendly and attentive staff.

El Pinto Restaurant, Albuquerque

El Pinto Restaurant, Albuquerque

Giselle picked us up after we dropped off our rental car, and the two-hour drive to T or C just flew by. Before we knew it, we were walking through the gate at the Birch Street Retreat B&B of our friends, Ann and Roger Swanson.

We spent our first evening catching up with our hosts, and the next night they threw a party for all of our friends. Ann prepared a tasty buffet, and we ate, drank and caught up on the local news…

Tom, and our hosts, Ann and Roger.

Friend Tom, and our hosts, Ann and Roger, with Bandit and Pele, on the patio

Friends Daphne, Jeff - The Tye Dye King - and Giselle.

Daphne, Jeff – The Tye Dye King – and Giselle.

Dave and Dale hanging out in the kitchen.

Dave and Dale hanging out in the kitchen.

Friend Alicia, me and Roger

Alicia, me and Roger

Guests of Honor, Me and My Baby

Guests of Honor, “Me and My Baby”, posing in front of Roger’s antique Chevrolet Huxter.

After dinner, we gathered in the living room for a drum circle……my grandson, Bennett would have been in his glory!

Kim and Daphne

Kim and Daphne on djembe

Roger on bongos, Keith on congas, and Dale on cymbal

Roger on bongos, Keith on congas, and Dale on cymbal

The evening included the unveiling of our friend, Doug “Ten” Rose’s new book, “Reincarnation Through Common Sense”, which I am currently reading, and will blog about soon.

Introducing Doug Ten Rose's new book, "Reincarnation Trhough Common Sense".

Unveiling Doug “Ten” Rose’s new book, “Reincarnation Through Common Sense”

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Author and friend, Doug “Ten” Rose

It’s hard to be in such beautiful country without doing some hiking, so we spent two days under the desert sun, hiking an arroyo near home, and then to warm springs and a box canyon near Winston. The scenery is breathtaking and photos just don’t do it justice, but I’ll give it a shot here…

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Hiking near the entrance of the Monticello Box Canyon.

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Looking skyward from the banks of the clear-flowing stream.

After a day of hiking, we decided to stop by the Winston Bar and Saloon for some liquid refreshment.

When you walk through the door you jump back to wild west saloon days. They have a couple of bottles of whiskey to choose from, and they serve your shots in tiny disposable cups. If you don’t want whiskey, you can have a beer. But, don’t ask for a mixer or ice – they will have to hike over to the general store for that!

??? Bar and Saloon, Monticello, NM

Diamond Bar and Saloon, Winston, NM

Roger, Ann and Keith belly up to the bar.

Salud! from the Diamond Bar and Saloon

Salud! from the Diamond Bar and Saloon

Pool sharks Keith and Roger…

Pool Shark, Keith

Roger

And, Keith and I added our signed dollar bill to the hundreds that decorate the walls and ceiling of the saloon.

"Me and My Baby" were here!

“Me and My Baby” were here!

After our excursion backwards in time, we drove back to Ann and Roger’s, for a light supper of Tony’s Clam Chowder before settling in for the night. We have been fans of Tony’s Chowder since we spent the summer in Cedar Key, Florida, and wrote this song, but this was the first time we tried the canned variety……we are here to testify that it’s as glorious from a can in New Mexico as it is in their Cedar Key restaurant!

No pics for the rest of our journey…the camera was already packed away…but we did spend a fun morning at the Albuquerque Zoo on Friday, dined with the locals at Garcia’s restaurant for lunch, supped with Ann, her daughter, Maia and friends at Socorro Springs Brewing Company, and ended the evening at a “Hot Club of Cowtown” concert.

Maia put us up for the night in the family home that Roger had built in the 70′s, and where she currently resides – a “way cool” place (wish we had some pics to share).

And, in the wee hours of Saturday morning, courageous Ann chauffeured us up to Albuquerque to catch our 8 a.m. flight.

We climbed aboard wearily, but ever so satisfied with our trip.

There’s just something about spending time in T or C that helps you put everything into perspective, so you can move on from a much better place.

Heartfelt hanks to our friends who feel like family, for sharing some time with us.

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | September 25, 2013

Sneak Preview

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, before we left Truth or Consequences last spring, our friend, Jeff Dukatt, commissioned us to write a song for his Tie-Dye business.

Of course, we accepted.

Now, those of you who have met Jeff know that he is quite the character, and a trip to his shop is a true experience. So we had a lot of material to work with.

And, if you have not met Jeff, you owe it to yourself to travel to Truth or Consequences.

Anyway, back to the song…Keith got busy and wrote the music, and then we both sat down to work on the lyrics.

There were so many things we wanted to say about Jeff and his art and shop, that we had a tough time getting it all in.

But, we did it, and with a bit of careful phrasing on the vocals, we ended up with a snappy little tune that really does capture the essence of Jeff.

Yesterday we sat down in front of the video camera for a live recording rough draft that we could send to Jeff for review.

After getting the thumbs up, we are sharing it with our readers.

As we told Jeff, there will be a studio recording and “real” music video later this fall.

Hope you enjoy this sneak preview!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | September 22, 2013

Autumn Equinox

Although it doesn’t really feel much like fall here in Florida, today marks the beginning of the season.

So, Keith and I bought a pumpkin to set the stage. Then we whipped up a batch of Persimmon Butter, and baked a loaf of Molasses Buttermilk Bread to supplement our supper of classic chicken and noodles.

The official “Me and My Baby Band 2013 Autumn Equinox Meal” will be accompanied by our own homemade white table wine ~ of course!

Homemade Persimmon Butter ~ An Autumn Delight!

Homemade Persimmon Butter ~ An Autumn Delight!

As we sit and enjoy our simple meal tonight, and sip our wine by candlelight, we will bring our thoughts inward to home and hearth,  and gratitude for the bounty we enjoy ~ and wish you well!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | September 17, 2013

Music Scene Update

Life this summer in Florida has been more about relaxing than anything else.

As the fall equinox draws near, I looked back at my blog posts of the past few months, and they definitely reflect the relaxation theme.

Don’t let that theme fool you, though, there still has been much music made in our little motorhome on hot and humid summer afternoons.

“New”old songs from the 1930’s have been added to our repertoire. Tunes I heard on the home record player when Dad played his big band LP’s. “Goody Goody” and “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” are two of my favorites.

In addition to going backward, we’ve also expanded our “Blast from the Past Oldies Review” by bringing in more hits from the 1970’s…most recently, a couple of Loggins and Messina hits “My Music” and “Your Mama Don’t Dance”.

We’ve also been hard at work in the “studio”, writing an original tune commissioned before we left Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, by our dear friend, Jeff Dukatt, of Tie-Dye King fame.

It’s a snappy little ditty, and although it’s not yet tight enough to pull out the Boss BR800 recorder, it is coming along.

Keith wrote the music and we collaborated on the lyrics.

We promise to roll it out soon, and hope to premier it live when we visit T or C later this month!

As for our performance schedule, The Boathouse Bar Live Music scene is over for the season. It has been replaced with Sunday afternoon football, so we’re currently seeking opportunities to play elsewhere in north central Florida during the winter months.

Check out our “Upcoming Shows” tab for performance news!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | August 19, 2013

Budding Family Musician

My 2 1/2 year old grandson, Bennett is a passionate guy who knows his own mind.

For the past few months, both B’s mind and his passion have been directed toward drumming.

As mentioned in my previous post, the inspiration for his passion comes from a youtube video of the Kodo Drummers of Japan. He watches it almost every day, and emulates their style and posture in his own little toddler way. It is too cute!

His Mom has been trying to capture a video clip of Bennett in action, and up until a few days ago, every time she brought out the camera, the drumming would cease. Then, she got lucky.

So, here is the video of our budding family musician…this boy can really keep a beat ~ takes after his rhythm guitar-paying Grammy, I think!

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