Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Huge Exeter Event (In my humble opinion)

Entrain is coming to Exeter! I can't believe it. This is huge for the downtown that struggles to get any kind of live music on a consistent basis. For those who haven't heard Entrain, they are an absolutely fantastic band from Martha's Vineyard. They tour all around New England and on April 12 they are coming to the Ioka.
I believe their coming has something to do with my friend Diane who is something of an Entrain groupie, but she denies this of course. Whatever the case, hooray for a night of dancing and fun in Exeter.
For more on Entrain, go to their web site at

Friday, March 28, 2008

The View on Friday

Isn't it supposed to be spring?
Apparently not yet...
I can't believe I'm saying this but it was actually kind of peaceful out in the snow today.
For a minute
But then it was back to normal
And back to my desperate desire for spring
Come on already.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Willie on Tour

The Car, The Car is back.

And then it's on to sledding

Monday, March 24, 2008

Taxi, Taxi, Can I Get A Taxi in Exeter?

Okay, so it won't be as fancy as this taxi of the future. But I hear that a taxi service is coming to town in the very near future. The person behind this isn't ready to talk yet but details will follow soon.. Stay tuned

A Glimmer of Hope

Some hardy tulips are trying to come up in front of the barn.
I hope, I hope this is a sign that spring really is coming this year

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Easter Bunny Replaced by Turkey?

It wasn't the Easter Bunny that came around our house this morning, but a turkey. Uncle Wal apparently spotted this bold bird behind Gram's windows. He then chomped down two cloves of garlic from the microwave (a health benefit thing for him) and went out in search of the turkey. Unclear what he planned to do if he found the bird? I thought garlic was only for vampires.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Today's Column--Holding Onto the Baby Curls

By Lara Bricker
March 21, 2008 6:00 AM
Admit it, we all love it when out in public someone stops to admire our little toddler, you know how cute they are?
Lately though, it's gone something like this:
Isn't she a beautiful little girl, random person on the street, in the store, at the post office remarks.
I know, I know, Willie's hair is long. But he has the most beautiful curls. I can't stand the thought of cutting them. And so I haven't. I think he looks like a boy, albeit a surfer dude, free spirit, hippie like boy. It fits his personality. But, it's amazing that just the presence of long hair can cause the random person to think he's a girl. And yet the blue, tan, truck or train covered clothing he's wearing with this long hair means nothing?
Come on, my hubby told me when I brought this up, kids dress in everything these days. Girls wear blue too.
And boys have long hair, I responded.
Just take a look at a smattering of celebrity children, who have been in the news for their curls and long flowing hair. Cindy Crawford's son Presley reportedly likes his long hair. In surfing the Net I found a whole blog ( where people were discussing Presley's long blond locks. A blog comment from "Posh Fan" takes offense with those who think Presley, who is 7½, should cut his hair. Posh Fan rambles on about how Presley "makes it work" with the long hair because it "seems to go perfectly with his features."
This boy hair blogging authority does not think that Kate Hudson's son Ryder's long locks have the same appeal. Kate recently told Ellen Degeneres that her son also likes his long locks "He won't let me cut it. I said "We're gonna have to cut your hair.. And he goes "yeah mom, I want a mohawk." Which brings up yet another celebrity child hair style, Angelina Jolie's son Maddox who does have a mohawk. And then there's Celine Dion's son Rene Charles, whose hair actually disturbed me a little bit it was so long and flowing (kind of like his mother's..). But Celine won't cut Rene's hair either. She says he'll make the call about when to cut his locks of love.
And so I return to thinking about Willie's hair. Unlike the celebrity line-up, it's not because he doesn't want his hair cut that I leave it long. It's because in addition to being so adorable, it means that he's not a little baby anymore. Lest you think I'm becoming one of those mothers who's going to turn their little son into a bona fide mommy's boy — I'm not. But I just can't bring myself to cut the hair. When people tell me to cut the hair, it becomes even worse. One woman was quite judgmental as she shook her head at me and essentially ordered me to cut his hair.
Just a little bit longer, I say.
As all of his baby boy peers have haircuts that look like they cost $40 apiece and should be on the cover of a baby magazine, I want to hold on to the innocence of that first hair growing in. Those first curls forming. The way those curls really show off after he has a bath. I mean why are we all in such a rush to make our little ones grow up so fast? Once we cut his hair, I feel like he'll be marching around biding his time until he goes off to preschool and kindergarten. I know, I know babies grow up. They become little boys, older boys, and soon pre-teen boys who are playing spin the bottle at some kid's birthday party. It all happens so fast.
So what's wrong with holding onto the little boy innocence, those delicate curls just a little bit longer? For me, nothing at all. Maybe he'll even get his own hair blog some day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Hard to Turn off the Reporter in Me...

There's a fire out on Colcord Pond off Epping Road. I am thinking of when I used to run out in the middle of the night to cover fires, accidents, etc. Now I'm stuck at home listening to the scanner, trying to piece together what's happening... Hard be nosey and domestic at the same time isn't it?

Wine Tasting? How About Tea Instead?

My shoulders have been on fire lately....too much typing and bending over. Or perhaps carrying a heavy toddler? Anyway, I stopped down at White Lily Teas today for a $1 per minute shoulder massage. Rebecca the owner was there and boy does she give a mean massage. Awesome.
They are also now having a few special events:
Tea Tasting Night
White Lily Teas will be hosting a Tea Tasting Night in our Yoga room the first Friday of every month from 5pm to 7pm. Please join Rebecca for free samples of tea each month. This is a great opportunity to learn about what kinds of tea & herbs we offer here at White Lily Teas and discuss their uses in our daily lives.
Calming & Comfort Herbal Tea Class
Friday, March 28th 5:30-7:00PM
In this interactive & fun class we will discuss the uses & benefits of Valerian Root, Skullcap, Chamomile, Peppermint & Lemon Balm. Students will blend their own custom tea blend to take home and receive a detailed handout on the class.Registration advised
Limit 10 people$20

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

And the Rat Came Back the Very Next Day

The rat came back, he just wouldn't stay away. (Remember this nice little camp song?) The 2 rats I found in Penny's water bucket are apparently not alone. Feel like you're in an alien movie? They're out there..watching you with their little red eyes. Kenny found 2 more in the garbage can. Dead as well. Thought they no doubt filled their tummies before they realized they couldn't get out of their little prison cell. Kenny believes they are nesting under some of the horse blankets in the barn. I'm afraid to even lift the blanket up. I have a horror movie in my head where I lift it up and rats jump on me and eat my face off.
And so I turn to the Internet. Get a barn owl, one site advised me. Hmm, yeah like that sounds easy...NOT quite. Eliminate the source of food, which in this case would be the garbage pails. This is also tough. It used to be up by the house. This is when a mouse/rat/rodent climbed into grammy's car and took up residence, requiring a massive trip to the auto repair place and a complete clean out. Poison? No. We have a cat. A trap? Well, then what do we do with them? Maybe we can take them over to the Raynes Farm Barn. Should it catch and burn down (thanks to lack of a fire alarm), they'll be toast too. Brilliant. I knew there was a reason that warrant article failed.

Monday, March 17, 2008

The Show Hits the Road

Thusday, 7 p.m. at the Harvey Mitchell Memorial Library in Epping. I'll be having a book talk. I hope someone comes so that I don't have to eat cookies and moose cheese alone...

A Car, A Car

Story to follow at

The Calendar Says Thursday is 1st Day of Spring

The only ice left on the river is down by the PEA boat house we found on a walk Sunday morning. The gulls have taken hold like a small army. And the ice is really, truly breaking up.
(I think that means melting, knock on wood)
A massive chunk washed ashore by the boat launch

And there's still some on the sides, but who's looking?

I have no idea what they small brown critters are but suspect they are some sort of seed pack

And there a glimpse of green--come out spring!!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Burn Baby Burn

It was time for a little burn Saturday night to chase the snow away.
(And yes, you need a permit for this.) Our neighbor Dan (shown here) gets a wee bit excited for these neighborhood events and was out at the crack of dawn Saturday clearing snow away from the pile with his super tractor. Unfortunately his plan backfired and we were left with a pit of mud... The "Before" Shot

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Two Dead Rats, What Does it Mean?

I was grooving along today in my crazy schedule. Willie down for a nap, time to clean horse stalls and get a little exercise. As I went to dump Penny the horse's water bucket to clean it out, eeew yuck> two dead rats came flying out. I gave them a ceremonial burial on the manure pile. But then got to thinking, I'm sure there's some symbolism or something to finding two dead rats. Is it an omen?

All I could find about rats was this:

Sailors believe that if all the Rats leave a ship then it is destined to sink on its very next journey. One sailing superstition forbids the mention of the name Rat whilst on board ship.

So a rat in a bucket? Who knows. My own take it means "He who finds two dead rats in bucket of water on semi warm winter day gets bad smell."

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Living on the Edge... Not

I was going to have a moment of living on the edge today. You know desperate stay at home mommies go wild. Alas this snowy winter has done it again. I was all set to take part in a test drive of this snappy little number at the grand opening of the new Porsche and Audi dealerships in Stratham. Instead of test rides for those lucky enough to get the invite, we had to listen to the same old ribbon cutting ceremony. Oh well, a girl can dream. So if I sell a million copies of the moose book, maybe this could be my new ride? How would it look with a car seat?

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

And the Winners Are...

I just heard that the selectmen's race went to Matt Quandt and Bill Campbell

Let's Get Out the Vote!

I went out to vote this morning and it was like a ghost town. Hardly anyone showing up to vote. Let's get out the vote people. We have a contested selectman's race with 4 really interesting candidates which is worthy of getting out to vote for. I was asked if the newspaper had made a prediction about the outcome of this race and I have to say I can't hazard a guess. I think Bobby Aldrich has a lot of support, as does incumbent Bill Campbell. But then Matt Quandt enters the mix and he is usually the top vote getter in the state rep election counts (and has support from the old boys in town, aka Bucky Rowe et al) and Tanis has the background in the issue that seems to be the most on people's minds these days, water and sewer. So who knows. The only thing I can decide on is: Best earmuffs--Bobby Aldrich. Cool shades--Matt Quandt

Monday, March 10, 2008

Dinner Conversation

Kenny: Look Willie, the Bible has arrived

Willie: More applesauce?
Kenny: Dada is happy now, boating season is on the way

Friday, March 7, 2008

My Sign

Someone forwarded me a list of horoscope explanations. Now I have proof that I know everything (I can't wait for Kenny to hear about this one)

VIRGO - The One that Waits

Dominant in relationships. Someone loves them right now. Always wants the last word. Caring. Smart. Loud. Loyal. Easy to talk to. Everything you ever wanted. Easy to please. A pushover. Loves to gamble and take chances. Needs to have the last say in everything. They think they know everything and usually do. Respectful to others but you will quickly lose their respect if you do something untrustworthy towards them and never regain respect. The do not forgive and never forget the one and only.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Countdown is On People

Only days until voting. And only 3 posts on the NHPR town meeting site. Where's the community interest?
Let's get involved people!

Three Years??

Hey Kenny, we've been married three years next week?

Really, you're kidding.

Yes, can you believe it?

I think it's time for me to have a mid-life crisis, he tells me.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Spring Entertaining

Some happy thoughts of spring entertaining. New business venture in our area is making outdoor entertaining systems. Check it out at

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Who Thinks Up These Names?

So I was at On the Vine the other day when I saw a wine called Menage a Trois red table wine. The name kind of freaked me out a little bit, but, curious, I bought it. A few hours later, I found myself alone drinking a glass or two of the stuff. Not bad. But the bottle description makes it sound oh so exciting. A walk on the wild side. I wouldn't go that far. Especially when I was drinking the stuff alone...
Reminds me of a column I wrote a few years back about wine:
When my own love affair with wine began in college, economics and bulk quantity were most important.
Yes, I admit it, the "Box of Wine" was among the staples in my college apartment refrigerator. For $9.99, you got the equivalent of five bottles of wine, all in an easy to carry (and non-breakable) box.
Now, I can’t remember the last time there was a box of wine in my refrigerator. The only Box of Wine I’ve had in my possession lately was one Susan Nolan inherited at the end of the Scamman Pig Roast last summer. She thought I could use it for cooking. It hasn’t moved from the shelf since Susan proudly handed her loot over to me.
Apparently, I am somewhat infamous in my group of friends at college for the ever-present - and eternal - Box of Wine.
I went out with a friend from college, Jen Cronin, a few months ago, and it was the first story about me she told some of my post-college friends.
Feeling nostalgic after Jen’s little trip down memory lane, I decided to pick up a Box of Wine one weekend before going boating with some friends.
"Oh, the fun times I had, drinking the different varieties of Box of Wine," I told them.
You could even get two varieties of wine in one box, if you purchased the "Party in a Box" option. I poured the wine into a 16-ounce, "boat safe" plastic glass and took a sip.
"That stuff tastes like (expletive deleted)," I admitted.