Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | April 1, 2013

Sunset Ride Tour 2013

Today’s the day!

After a wonderful run in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, we hit the road for what our friend, Jeff Dukatt, the Tie-Dye King, has dubbed the “Sunset Ride Tour 2013″.

Jeff is famous for his colorful, creative and wacky creations, and in our honor, he gifted us with original shirts for the occasion, complete with cat mariachis!

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We will pull out of T or C with happy hearts ~ grateful for all the truly caring and gentle souls who have become our friends.

The past weeks have been filled with celebrations of these friendships, fantastic food, good wine, and a “Me and My Baby” farewell party and show featuring an hour of original and cover tunes documenting our lives from 2009 to the present.

It does make it a little hard to leave, but we promise to return, for more good times and fine new music to share.

Next stop in the tour…..Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Oklahoma!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | February 19, 2013

The Knight Bus

Today I finally found the video camera and made a little video tour of our “new” motorhome, which Keith has dubbed “The Knight Bus”.

It’s certainly not a professional video, especially at the end when the picture just simply drops off, but it will at least give you an idea of what our new home looks like.

We are so very happy with our cozy, downsized digs….just 30′ long including the cab…but the two slide-outs make it seem roomy.

The overall construction is solid, the cabinets are all wood, and when the curtain under the entertainment center is drawn, you would never know you are in a motorhome.

Here’s my little video – apologies for the wind noise…welcome to our home!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | February 10, 2013

The Times They Are a-Changin’

The Truth or Consequences locals often speak of a powerful energy vortex in the area that regularly shakes things up both in the town and the lives of those who live here.

Call it what you will, there’s certainly been some shaking up in our lives, and in one week we went from planning on staying at Riverbend Hot Springs for the summer, to plotting our route to Florida!

We were offered the opportunity to spend the summer at a lovely rural resort in Welaka, Florida. It’s situated on the St. Johns River, about 1.5 hours southeast of Gainesville, on the Altalntic side of the state.

We visited Welaka Lodge & Resort in 2011: 19 RV sites, 5 charming cottages, swimming pool, fishing dock complete with Tiki Bar, and ~ here’s the big plus ~ a slip for our boat so we can get in a good deal of river navigating and fishing done on the St. Johns!

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Once we decided to take Welaka up on their offer, we had a few other decisions to make, based on a bit of soul-searching we’d been doing while holed up in our winter cocoons…

As we emerged from the darkness, we’d decided that it was time to do a little downsizing. Our 38′ fifth wheel and big diesel truck combo was expensive to haul around, and after living in the space for 2.5 years, we decided that we could actually survive and thrive in a smaller space.

In addition, we’d acquired a boat while in New Mexico, which presented a towing dilemma…truck pulling fifth wheel, fifth wheel pulling boat ~ illegal in some states!

So, we put on our RV trading hats and spent two days in Albuquerque and one in Las Cruces, scouring dealerships for our next home.

That, plus many hours online when not physically shopping, brought to us a gently used 2005 Fleetwood Tioga Class C motorhome which we will pick up tomorrow.

The past few days have been bittersweet as we packed up our belongings in preparation for transfer from one home to the next, and prepared to leave “The Shanty” (our pet name for the fifth wheel) and pick-up truck behind.

Keith and I are excited to get settled into the motorhome, but Catty Jones (who no doubt will revert back to her former Florida name of Gator Bait in a month or so) is just not sure what is going on.

We have another seven weeks to enjoy New Mexico before we trek east. We’ve made some wonderful friends while in Truth or Consequences and we hate to leave them behind, but we’ll be back to catch up with them on down the road, and we promise to post pictures of our new digs soon!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | January 1, 2013

R.I.P. 2012

2012 was a banner year for “Me and My Baby Band”, with 18 performances in the Truth or Consequences area!

Our free time was consumed by learning new tunes and rehearsing for the next show, and we loved it.

Thank you to all our loyal fans who came out to listen and dance, and support the venues that supported us.

It was a sad day in December, however, when Cafe Groovy Gritz closed its doors, and downtown T or C lost a gathering place for locals, great music venue, and one of its major dining establishments.

In addition, the Ivory Tusk Tavern is under new bar management, and they are taking a long look at their budget before hiring any bands for 2013.

So, for the time being, our “Upcoming Performances” blog page will be lacking entries.

But ~ that’s OK….with no public performances on the books at this time, “Me and My Baby Band” will focus our energies on song-writing and developing a show of original tunes which will hopefully be performed at house concerts when we are next “on the move”.

First tune in the works is a snappy little ditty about Catty Jones, our feline traveling companion.

We will spend this first day of the New Year relaxing, budgeting, and making music. Yes, life is good!

We leave you with a video of pics from our performances, beginning in 2009…with a recently recorded Dylan song as the backdrop…

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 25, 2012

My Little Drummer Boy

Just a short post this Christmas morning, and if you are a regular reader of my daughter’s blog, you will already have seen this video.

But, I couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating Christmas than sharing this video of my grandson, Bennett, the Little Drummer Boy.

Click on the link below to see my budding little musician with his present from me ~ Grammy!

 

Merry Christmas to All!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 21, 2012

Ushering in the Light

The Winter Solstice in New Mexico…

Taking a short walk to the city park to gather mistletoe, to decorate our Yule Log, hang in our home for peace and love, share with friends, and to sprinkle about in honor of this holiday…

Producing a basket brimming with treats from the kitchen  for friends and co-workers…

Our 2012 Yule Log, and holiday theme cello bags filled with Spicy Hot Crackers to pair with our homemade Elderberry Wine.

Our 2012 Yule Log, and basket of gift bags filled with Spicy Hot Crackers to pair with our homemade Elderberry Wine.

Waking early to greet the sun and soaking in a hot springs pool on the Rio Grande River…

Spending the day reflecting on the ancient meaning of this day ~ letting go and saying farewell to the darkness, and ushering in the light.

For me, this means not only a time of saying farewell to earthly darkness, but also of releasing resentments and regrets into the Yule Fire, and as the fire burns, filling the evening darkness with light…contemplating how I might bring more light, love and goodness into the world.

To that end, I will share the recipe for the simple but tasty Spicy Hot Crackers we whipped up in the kitchen for holiday snacking and gifts. You won’t believe something this simple could be so good, and if you are short on time and need a snack to take to a gathering, take these crackers and a block of cream cheese and you will be a star!

Ingredients:

1 box of Saltines ~ Regular or Wheat (Premium brands survive the tumbling process better than value brand crackers)

1 cup canola or light olive oil

1 (1 ounce) package ranch dressing mix

2 TBSP red pepper flakes (I used 1 ½ tsp)

1 TBSP garlic powder (I used 2 tsp)

Place saltines in a large Tupperware container or 2 gallon zipper storage bag.

Mix the oil, ranch dressing mix, garlic, and red pepper flakes.

Pour over the crackers and seal your container.

Continuously rotate the container for 15 minutes to make sure all crackers are evenly coated.

ENJOY!

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 20, 2012

On Grammys and their Grandsons…Santa and Five Guys Fries

Q. What could be more fun than a visit with Santa?

A. Lunch at Five Guys, of course!

With that in mind, we packed up Bennett one lovely morning during my visit to Virginia, and headed to Yankee Candle, where we were to find a veritable wonderland of holiday fantasy and fun, with bubble snow every four minutes, lighted holiday scenes, an electric train that ran above our heads, and Santa himself presiding over the whole show.

Now, Bennett had been to see this very Santa last Christmas, but he was just a wee lad then. So, we were not sure what he would think of the jolly fat man this year. And, although he was not a big fan, Bennett humored us and sat on his lap without tears, and even let Santa read him a bit of a Christmas story.

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Bennett and Santa

After visiting with Santa, we climbed back into the car for the short drive to Five Guys…Bennett’s favorite place for french fries.

Truth be told, though, it’s not the fries that Bennett loves ~ it’s dipping them in little cups of catsup that makes this boy happy.

So, as Mama and I enjoyed our burgers, Bennett happily dipped his fries, and all of us were happy as can be!

Bennett and his mama

Bennett and his Mama

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Bennett and his Grammy

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 18, 2012

On Grammy and their Grandsons…Birthdays

There are oh so many special events to celebrate each year in your grandson’s life, that it is difficult (when you are a Grammy from out-of-town), to pick which one(s) to add to your travel itinerary.

Plus, when you are only one of 8 grandparents of this particular grandson, you have to “share the love” and visits with the other doting elders who treasure that little boy just as much as you do.

With that in mind, I decided this year to be the Grammy at Bennett’s 2nd birthday party, held 12/9/12, in honor of his “real” birthday the following Tuesday.

Now, “B” is currently obsessed with all things twig and tree related, with a special interest in the stumps of felled trees, so his mom and dad decided to theme his party with B’s obsession.

To that end, tables were topped with wood-grain wrapping paper and pine cones, and the cake, baked in a stump-shaped cake pan, was decorated with woodland mushrooms crafted from white fondant dusted with cocoa powder.

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Wood-grained favor bags held organic snacks and wooden toys, and when guests arrived at 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, everything was ready for the festivities to begin.

Parents and kiddos walked over to the playground down the street to work up an appetite and diffuse some of their energy before returning to the house for a tasty breakfast buffet, followed by singing “Happy Birthday”, blowing out candles, and slices of  chocolate “stump cake”.

Mama watches the Birthday Boy enjoying his cake

Mama watches the Birthday Boy enjoying his cake

It truly was a lovely party. The food was excellent, the weather was pleasant, all the children played well together, and the grown-ups enjoyed one another’s company well into the afternoon, until nap time.

Libby and Bennett - note the stick in his hand!

Libby and Bennett – note the stick in his hand!

That evening it was time for Bennett to open his birthday gift from Grammy…wrapped appropriately in woodgrain paper!

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We spent the rest of the evening playing with his new wooden train set…four colorful cars, lots of track, a bridge and tunnel. Bennett loved it, and in no time he could tell you which was the engine, hopper car, coal car and caboose.

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When it was time to call it a day, we all went happily up to bed, to sleep the content sleep that comes after a busy but happy day.

Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 17, 2012

On Grammys and their Grandsons…

Last Saturday night I returned to the desert from a wonderful week among the trees of Virginia at the home of my eldest daughter, her husband, and their son ~ my darling grandson ~ Bennett.

It was a heavenly time spent laughing, reading, playing and snuggling…visiting Santa…celebrating “B’s” 2nd birthday….tree decorating….gift opening….and simply sharing the joy of  family.

As always, it was difficult to say good-bye, but I came home with a big batch of treasured memories in my heart, like looking into Bennett’s sweet face as we shared one last kiss on the cheek, and his saying to me what I had just said to him: “I love you sweetheart”!

Over the next few days I will share some of he highlights from tmy trip, beginning with this family photo taken at Bennett’s birthday party, after playground time, brunch and CAKE!

We were all tired and content. It was a great day.

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Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 5, 2012

December at The Lake

Although we enjoyed an amazing summer at Elephant Butte Lake on our boat, we are finding that winter boating just might prove to be even better!

In summer, the sun beats down on you, and jumping in the lake provides the only relief you can get.

In winter, you are one of only a few boats out on the water, and if you pick the right day with little wind, and anchor in a cove, you can sit for hours in silence only broken by water bird calls, warming your skin in the welcome winter sun, and taking in the majestic view of the surrounding mountains.

Monday was just such a day for us…a serene afternoon on water as smooth as glass…no fishing, no noise…perfect!

A few days earlier, Keith went out for a “boys’ day at the lake” with some of the guys from the hot springs, and they shot some really good photos of their boats from an “on the water” perspective.

Wish you were here!

Cap’n Keith and his “other love”…the Sunset Ride.

Cap'n Ezy of The Flying Osprey, and his crew.

Cap’n Ezy of The Flying Osprey, and his crew.

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