Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | January 24, 2016

First Saturdays at Jimmy’s

“Me and My Baby” band is excited to announce that we will provide the live music at Jimmy’s Oven and Grill in Norge, Virginia, on the first Saturday of the next three months, and if things go well, who knows?!

Jimmy's Oven

The photo above was shot at a pre-show sound check last December. Patrons enjoyed our “Blast from the Past Oldies Review” as a backdrop to their fine Jimmy’s dinners, and we were invited back. So, mark these dates on your calendar: Saturday, February 6th, March 5th and April 2nd ~ 6-8 p.m.

Thanks to the staff at Jimmy’s for the opportunity, and we hope to see you at the show!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | November 14, 2015

Jimmy's

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | August 1, 2015

Remembering the Beginning

August 1, 2015……the day that “Me and My Baby” usher in the beginning of our 6th year on the road.

In honor of the day, we’re re-releasing “Sunset Ride”, written during one of our stints in Florida and recorded at Rick Randlett’s Fox Run Studio back in March, 2011.

It tells the story of how we came to sell our homes and most of our belongings and take off on the road as traveling musicians.

And if you’d like to read the full backstory, click on our “About” link.

Happy anniversary to us!

Long live “The Sunset Ride”.

 

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | June 21, 2015

Celebrating Abundance

Our little campground garden. Already we have harvested tomatoes, parsley, cucumbers, summer squash, basil, thyme, peppers and dill!

Our little campground garden. Already we have harvested tomatoes, parsley, cucumbers, summer squash, lemon balm, basil, thyme, snow peas, peppers and dill!

Summer Solstice.

The earth is adorned with nature’s bounty and we rejoice in her fullness.

In the past sixteen months we have settled in to a lovely life in coastal Virginia. Our days ebbing and flowing with the tidal waters that ripple near our doorway.

Keith’s duties at the campground, precious moments with grandchildren, leisurely days off cruising The James on the Stella Marie, casual guitar sessions performed simply for the joy of making music. Our weekly ritual. Simple and delightful.

After a 30 year hiatus, Keith picked up his watercolors this Spring, and produced an impressive painting titled “Stella on The James” ~ a tribute to his “other woman” who resides at the James City County Marina.

"Stella on The James" a portrait by Keith Pence

“Stella on The James” a portrait by Keith Pence

These days we seem to be more inclined to live our lives than to report on them, and the few, devoted readers of “For Drinks and Tips” have too long waited for a word or two.

And so, today on this 2015 Summer Solstice, we break our silence and invite you to join us in taking stock of the good things in your life at this moment and set aside worrying about tomorrow for at least one day.

Relax and enjoy this season! “Me and My Baby”

Yes, Dukatt, we'll get that baby some tie dye!

Yes, Dukatt, we’ll get that baby some tie dye!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | August 23, 2014

Taste of New Mexico by Fresh Market

A few weeks ago I was flipping through the pages of the local Williamsburg, Virginia, paper when a certain ad caught my eye.

The bold print words “Hatch Chile Fest” jumped from the page, and, upon further reading, I learned that the Fresh Market would be hosting a chile festival on August 16th, featuring the famous Hatch green chiles that we so enjoyed while living just 20 miles north the town of Hatch, New Mexico, where the chiles are grown.

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I immediately made a note on my old school planner, and promised myself that I would attend.

Keith was on board at the campground that day, so I drove up to the market around 3 p.m. ~ windows wide open to catch the unmistakable aroma of fresh, roasting, Hatch chiles.

I scanned the entrance for chile roasting activity, parked, and headed toward a banner promoting the event.

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And there, under the banner, was a smiling store employee manning the chile roaster.

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I watched, mesmerized (yes, I am easily entertained), as the chiles rolled around in the roaster bin, their skins turning dark and blistering from the scorching heat.

It’s the simplest and best way to prepare the chiles. The roasting intensifies and sweetens the flavor, and the skins, once scorched, can be easily peeled from the soft and delectable meat of the chile.

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Once I’d had my fill of watching the show, I wandered through the store in search of the roasted chiles for sale, and also the red and green chile wines that were advertised in the paper.

Chef Dave stood behind a sampling table, serving a wonderful green chile and chicken salad and the chile wines.

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I chatted with Dave and then loaded my cart with two bottles of wine and enough chiles to last for many months.

A quick stop at the check-out and I was happily heading home so Keith and I could peel and freeze my precious cargo.

Thank you, Fresh Market, for bringing Hatch Chiles to “Me and My Baby”, and other New Mexico transplants here in Virginia!

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, B relaxing in the berth.

 

Boat wenches Grammy and Cora.

Boat wenches Grammy and grandaughter C.

Stella Marie now sits happily at James City County Marina and we spend several days aboard each week, exploring the Virginia waterways, which should keep us busy for quite some time!

 

"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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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.

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