Candidate’s Forum vs. Dancing With The Stars

Oh the dilemma!!! The Sanford Herald and BPW hosted a Candidate’s Forum at the Civic Center tonight and I attended representing BPW. A semi decent crowd showed up and it went well — very interesting!!! I don’t discuss my opinions on politics in public (I know – you’re shocked – I’m usually not at all shy about voicing my opinion — but not about politics or religion – at least not in public), so I won’t comment on my thoughts about what the candidates talked about — just to say that I thought it was interesting and went well……I’ll leave the details to the Herald – that’s their job – not mine (thank goodness!).

BUT — I got almost to the Civic Center and realized that I forgot to set the recorder for Dancing With The Stars!!!! OH NO!!!!! I debated going back home to set the recorder or slipping out early so I wouldn’t miss my favorite show!!!! But, I didn’t…… I stayed until the end – but then I bolted!!!! ha-ha!!! I got home in time to watch the last 20 minutes and saw the 2 second recaps! I’ll see more tomorrow night on the results show when they do the flash backs.

I’ve resisted bombarding the blog with my enthusiasm over Dancing With The Stars — but here’s an update: Marie and Jane are doing great, I think one of the women will win this year – probably Sabrina or Jennie, all are doing great – hard to pick a favorite as none have really stood out as incredibly bad or significantly better than the others, poor Wayne Newton got voted off last week, I think the millionaire is soon to go – if not this week, probably next week!

And speaking of Wayne Newton – he did pretty darn good and looked good, too! BUT — he’s obviously had some work done! His skin looked like it was pulled so tight that I thought I saw his toe nails just under his chin………..ha-ha!!!

I had a dream…..

I have some pretty strange dreams from time to time and I’m usually able to remember them vividly!!! I sometimes wonder what was in the back of my mind that would trigger them or why some of the topics are even remotely something that I would have any thoughts on at all…….but, the one I had last night was pretty obvious why it may have been on my mind and incorporated into a dream – it was most likely triggered by my concern about the drought we have been in for so many months:

I dreamt I was going about my usual business on a nice weekend day when the sky got dark and the clouds rolled in and a torrential rain hit — it came down with such force, I had to pull the car over and try to wait it out because I couldn’t see to drive! I sat there watching the rain and it began to flood – the water flowed down the road like a raging river! Luckily for me, the flooding was only in the streets, turning them into rivers, and not on the side where I pulled over and not in any other areas that I could see from my spot – and, strangely enough, everything all along the new rivers was ABOVE water level – like on the banks of a river – it was truly bazaar! As I sat there watching the rain, I got out briefly to let the rain wash over me and I twirled around getting drenched!!! I stopped twirling and looked at the “river” and saw several things floating by — toys, wood, tree limbs, people in canoes and row boats, and even one of those powered sea-do type thingies (by the way, it was still raining so hard you could barely see – not sure how these people could stand to be out there with trying to have fun on the water)…..when the rain finally stopped, everything around me turned the most beautiful dark green, the lawns grew about a foot, flowers bloomed, and everything looked like spring time and everything was clean and bright! The water flowed down the “rivers” until they emptied and turned back into streets, and I pulled back on the street and drove away to get back on my way to whatever I was going to do! I woke up and went to the window wondering if it had rained and the sound of the rain prompted the dream, but everything was dry – no rain!!!!

I’ve often thought that I should write down all my dreams (I still remember a lot of them and think of some of the more bazaar ones from time to time) and put them into a book – it would make for interesting reading (at least for me…….and maybe a few others with bazaar reading interests)!

One classic that I had as a child that still comes to mind whenever I think of my strangest of dreams is lost tooth related — I dreamt that I lost a tooth and it was suddenly a HUGE bright white tooth, about the size of a car, and it was bouncing and tumbling like a big ball down the main street in my home town and I was on two very large white horses – standing on their backs with one foot on each horse, holding the reins with one hand and spinning a lasso with the other – I was wearing a white cowgirl outfit and hat and I was chasing this tooth down main street trying to get close enough to lasso it!!! I never did catch that tooth – it was gone forever!!! ha-ha-ha

I wonder what I’ll dream tonight?????

New Template….

I’m not positive, but I’m fairly certain that this template is new and wasn’t available when I first set up my blog page. I was looking for something different and this one popped out at me and I’m sure it would have if it was a choice in the first place! I have a “thing” for lighthouses and I am so glad I found this template — so pretty — so soothing — really sets a calm, peaceful tone! I can just picture myself sitting in a rocker on the walkway of this lighthouse, looking out over the ocean, and writing down my thoughts…………..hhhmmm, what a great way to end each day, just thinking about it and projecting myself there……..Don’t know about any of you who visit regularly, but I am definitely going to enjoy looking at it!

Cow Bingo????

OK – I gotta talk about this one – just can’t resist it…….ha-ha!

Apparently, people are buying $50 tickets for a chance to win $2000 and other lower value prizes at the Lee Regional Fair – proceeds going to the Lions Club. The “game” is played by putting a well fed cow out into a pasture where various numbered squares are. Ticket holders will watch eagerly to see if the cow puts his “signature” on their number!!! Have I got that right???? This is too funny — is it just me, or is there something a little on the strangely perverted side of humor here? I love it!!! Strangely perverse humor is an art form!!! ha-ha-ha!!!!

There’s always next year….

Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians – great series! The Yanks gave a good fight, but didn’t quite make it! But, they’ll be back with a vengence next year! Good luck to whichever AL team makes it to the World Series…..

Fairs and Carnivals

Fairs and carnivals are predominant in most people’s memories – I am no exception.

Where I grew up, carnivals were more frequent and readily available – there was one going on at some town within driving distance every weekend during “carnival season” (pretty much all summer). During “carnival season”, every town held their Fireman’s Carnival to raise funds for their volunteer fire departments. These events were HUGE – not just a little carnival in a parking lot for a day – they were a big production that lasted all weekend, took each town all year to plan, and every town participated in each other’s events! They were always kicked off with a huge street parade with firemen from all over the region in full uniform and showing off their shiny fire trucks, bands from all the neighboring schools, baton twirlers, drill teams, cheerleaders, veterans, classic cars, horses, clowns, floats, and so much more. The parades were on the opening night and started on one end of town and progressed through town to end up at the fair grounds!!! Parade viewers filled in at the end of the parade to follow it to the fairgrounds and partake in the carnival fun. Saturday morning was usually a “Pet Parade” with kids all dressed up or in funny costumes parading their pets adorned with ruffles and ribbons and bicycles or wagons beautifully decorated with Kleenex flowers, streamers, and bows – it was great fun!!! The Pet Parade also ended up at the fairgrounds and afterwards the Saturday “kids” time with special attractions for children were held at the carnivals. Other big events during the weekend were hook and ladder competitions that the area volunteer fire departments participated in for bragging rights and trophies. Each town’s carnivals ran from Thursday thru Saturday and everyone you knew hopped from town to town doing the carnival thing every weekend – the question was never “what are we doing this weekend?”, it was “where’s the best carnival this weekend?” – some weekends there were multiple carnivals, but they were carefully planned so that towns within close proximity were on staggered weekends. The carnivals had the usual rides, games, winning of stuffed animals, food, food, food, food, food (did I mention food?), and a bingo tent to give adults a place to sit and relax while their kids enjoyed the rides and games. And then there was the “BEER TENT” – always packed and really turned into the place to be after about 10:00! By the way – did I mention the food tents????? There was hot dogs, hamburgers, sausages, cotton candy, candy apples, caramel apples, sugar coated waffles, popcorn, and other local specialties — YUM!!!!

The best part about carnivals is that they pretty much lasted all summer – just moved from town to town – you didn’t have to wait for the once a year fair to get your fix of amusement rides and carnival food (I did tell you about the food, right?) and gave each town a chance to show off and shine for the weekend! Carnivals were my favorite and something I really miss…….

We also had fairs — the annual 4-H Fair that was put on by the various county’s 4-H Extension organizations. They also had the rides and the games, but they were a side attraction — the main events were the animals, the crafts, the food, the food, the food (I think I’ve made the point that I like the food at these things – ha-ha), the competitions, etc. Some of the fun events were the greased pole climbing competition, the greased pig competition, rodeo type events, the fashion show of fashions made by local 4-H club members, and other typical 4-H Fair types exhibits. Each night of the week long fair was a different “dinner” – people would go for dinner and then stay for the fair. Then – our county’s claim to fame was the “World’s Largest Apple Pie”!! They had a HUGE (I really mean huge – as tall as a building when standing on it’s side) pie tin that each year they made a big apple pie in to display and sell scoops of. It was quite an attraction!

Art In Sanford

I spent some time on Saturday at the ARTober Fest and the Brush and Palette Show. I went early because I had several things I had to get done and didn’t want to get busy and miss out on the chance to go! I don’t know if the visitors increased through the day (according to the Herald article this morning, it sounds like it did get busier), but while I was there, the crowd was pretty sparse. This was disappointing to me – the thought I had was that people were really missing a great way to spend a Saturday morning and the opportunity to see the talents of some of their neighbors. But – the threat of rain and the tons of other things going on around the area probably made it hard for folks to “do it all”. The plus side was that it wasn’t difficult finding a close place to park…….

I went to Depot Park first for ARTober Fest – wandered around looking at the exhibits, sat on a bench and enjoyed the cool breeze and the entertainment, and ran into some friends.

Then, I went to the old Armory for the Brush and Palette Show – last year, I picked up a lovely floral painting of pink roses in a silver coffee pot by Geneva Metcalf and it hangs prominently in my kitchen. Yesterday, I went with the I hope of finding something that reached out and grabbed me like that one did. I wasn’t disappointed — in fact, I found TWO pieces that I decided to purchase. One is a wonderful black and white pencil sketch of a lovely lighthouse by John McAuley that is going to hang in my guest bathroom! I love lighthouses and it is the theme decor in my guest bathroom. It will be a lovely addition to the other prints and whatnots that focus on lighthouses – especially after I finish the painting phase of my renovation plans and that room becomes a soothing light blue. The other piece is a floral painting called “Wildflowers” by Nancy Findley. This is planned for the master bathroom – the peach/pink shades will go perfectly in that room! I can’t wait until next Sunday when I can go pick up my new art and get them hung so I can begin enjoying them. Maybe I’ll drop in today and “visit” them…….ha-ha!

At lunch time, I wasn’t really hungry, but I couldn’t resist stopping in at Renalds to show support for them opening on a Saturday (not usual for them). I had a salad and some of the absolutely delicious apple crisp that Joni made special for the day!

Then, I went about the business of the day……

OT Excitement!!!

WOW – what a game!!! Yanks – Indians went 11 innings!!! Sadly, the last winning run was by the Tribe, but it sure was a wild game!!!

The post season really gets started Sunday, though — the next game is Sunday at the “House That Ruth Built” in the Bronx — no bugs allowed!!! Ha-Ha

Too Funny….Yanks Decline The Wild Card?????

OK — I admit New Yorkers have a reputation for being arrogant, but this takes the cake!!!! Man, this is really hysterical…….I laughed so hard I could hardly breathe!!!! Whether you love or hate the Yankees, you’ll get a kick out of this!!!!

I really needed a good laugh, too — I read this while I was watching tonight’s game!!! ;-( I got home late – some things came up that I needed to take care of (it was one of those weeks!!!!), so I didn’t get to turn on the game until the 6th inning and saw the score and said “oh, oh” and it went down hill from there……..12-3 Indians is a little tough to swallow (good game, Indians)!!! But – it’s just the beginning and the Yankees are really good at turning things around!!!!! They aren’t out of the Series, yet……..

Fresh Choice Open For Dinner Now!!

We now have another choice for dinner in Sanford – Fresh Choice has decided to stay open for dinner on Mon-Thurs until 8:00! Nice!!! Pass the word……