Stuff We Love- Breville Juice Fountain Compact Fruit and Vegetable Juicer BJE200XL

When the Mrs and I went to Playa del Carmen one thing that we really loved was that for breakfast and every 30 yards of so there was a joint that sold fresh juiced juices. It was invigorating and a great alternative to the three cups of coffee way I normally would start my days.

The Mrs got us a Breville Juice Fountain Juicer and we’ve been using it daily. I’m not one to eat an apple or orange in the middle of the day so this has been a way to get a bunch of fruit into my system and the drinks are delicious!

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GRAND ISLE Returns to Gloucester

Following a 7 month overhaul in Baltimore, Md, the Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle and her crew returned to her homeport of Gloucester on Friday.

The Grand Isle is a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat.

Major work completed on the Grand Isle included the replacement of one diesel engine, two new shafts, two new propellers, two new rudders, two new stabilizing fins, a new reverse osmosis system (used to turn salt water into potable water), and a replacement of over 530-square feet of the hull. The total cost for the 30-week project was approximately $2.7 million.

“It’s great to have them back,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, the 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “Our cutters provide a persistent presence throughout the maritime domain. With the Grand Isle back in Gloucester, that means one more crew working with the fishing fleets, one more ship protecting the ports, and one more opportunity for someone when they need us most.”

Grand Isle was saluted by a Gloucester fireboat and welcomed by Mayor Carolyn Kirk, District Commander Rear Admiral Daniel Neptun, Sector Boston Commander Captain John Healy, and Commander Thomas S. Morkan as well as the families and friends of the crew.

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Grand Isle Returns to Gloucester

 

The Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle crew is scheduled to return home after a 7-month overhaul in the Coast Guard Yard, located in Baltimore, MD, at 3:00 pm Friday. The Grand Isle is a 110-foot Island Class Patrol Boat. Major work completed on the Grand Isle included the replacement of one diesel engine, two new shafts, two new propellers, two new rudders, two new stabilizing fins, a new reverse osmosis system (used to turn salt water into potable water), and a replacement of over 530-square feet of the hull. The total cost for the 30-week project was approximately $2.7 million.

“It’s great to have them back,” said Lt. Joe Klinker, the 1st Coast Guard District public affairs officer. “Our cutters provide a persistent presence throughout the maritime domain. With the Grand Isle back in Gloucester, that means one more crew working with the fishing fleets, one more ship protecting the ports, and one more opportunity for someone when they need us most.”

CDR Thomas S. Morkan
Chief, Response Department
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston
Boston, MA 02109

Red Wine, Chocolate & Cheese – Oh My!

Red, Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate
 
An evening celebration at our gallery for Valentines.

Wear red if you can, sample cheese, chocolates, and enjoy refreshments.

A great opportunity to meet the artists and browse for the perfect gift.

Saturday February 11th, from 5 pm until 9 pm
Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo & Fine Art
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-2524


 

Antennae for Design Circa 1930-1940 Dressing Table

Winter is the time of year when I especially enjoy working on interior home improvement projects. This fabulous vintage dressing table and mirror set were found at a local antique shop. I wasn’t planning on a dressing table for my new sewing room/guest bedroom, but after seeing the dressing table —it was going for a song—I made a split second decision and purchased the pair.

Aren’t all the compartments in the drawers wonderfully practical? You can’t find anything made like this in today’s marketplace. I love that it is a very substantial width and height. The original and smaller circa 1930’s dressing table has had a larger custom-made top cut in a whimsical curved design. The curved glass tabletop lends a Hollywood Regency feel to the piece. The chest of drawers needs a fresh coat of paint (or several), but I will have to wait for spring when the windows can be left open to tackle that part of the project. A new length of fabric is needed for under the glass as well. Perhaps a silk moiré in pale watery green or blue as the thick glass has a greenish cast.

For the new skirt, I had a bolt of Ralph Lauren floral chintz on hand, which gives it a rather Nick and Nora meets summer cottage look, but I think too, in the spring, I’ll make another skirt, perhaps this one in sheer white cotton voile or dotted Swiss.

If I can help you with your interior design project send an email or give me a call. I look forward to hearing for you!

Thanks to Joey for showing me how he creates videos in one take. I couldn’t shoot this video in one take as I had to take the skirts on and off, but this is definitely a super fun and streamlined way of creating videos.

I almost forget to mention that inside one of the drawers was a heavy, solid lead engraved plaque-award given to Mrs. William D. Vogel by the Milwaukee Newspaper Guild for outstanding service to the arts. Doing a very quick Google search, I didn’t find too much about Mrs. Vogel, however her father was Ralph Harman Booth, publisher of a large newspaper chain, Booth Newspapers, and Detroit Institute of Art philanthropist.

Quite possibly this lovely dressing table was Mrs. Vogel’s, or her mother’s, Mrs. Harman, or possibly her daughter’s summerhouse dressing table. I would love to know the provenance of the piece.

Another surprise guest musician

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Today’s video features a solo by a mystery guest (hint: local Main Street restaurateur).

If you’ve been following T Max on gimmesound.com this week, you know he’s founder and editor of The Noise Magazine, (New England’s longest running music magazine).

You may not yet fully appreciate him as a singer/songwriter.  Click here to see him on Local Music Seen with Allen Estes talking about his new album Shake and singing some songs from it.

There’s a wide variety of music tonight from Jazz to Rock to Piano Bar to DJ ~ take your pick but get out there!

Getting My Bhudda On At Red Rock Canyon With The Rabbit

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You would think I might have been relaxed by looking at the first picture but due to my extreme fear of heights my heart was beating about a million beats per second.

Take a good look at that mellon on the Rabbit would you?  It’s like Elvis went gay and had sex with bhudda and somehow this was the offspring that resulted.  And not the young Elvis that all the young girls wet their panties over, the coked out peanut butter twinkie eating Elvis just before he croaked on the crapper.

I love you man.

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Miracles

I need to uncork this jar and get at least two miracles right now…

The pottery in the sunlight was bought at Bodin Historic Photo and Fine Art which sells a variety of this kind of pottery by a local artist.  Bodin is having an open event with wine, cheese and chocolate this Saturday night from 5-9PM – come wearing red!  The Celtic-ornamented pewter cup in the shadow in this photo is Irish pewter sold at The Pewter Shop in Rockport.  Two of our many fine Cape Ann establishments!

Gut Fish? Tuffy’s Buddy Mya

Tuffy writes-

Pictured here is my buddy Maya . She managed to land this barracuda off the north coast of honduras . Her father and myself helped her land it outside of the reefs of the island of roatan. Maya is Smart, Sweet and afraid of NOTHING !!!

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Empty Bowl Painting

Manny Simoes photo

There will be a Bowl painting event to benefit the Open Door on Saturday, February 11, from 4 to 6, at Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle Street Gloucester.  The bowls are made and donated by local potters, painted by volunteers like you and sold at the “Empty Bowl Meal” in May.  There is no charge but there will a good-will collection of canned goods or money for the Open Door.

Paul’s Memorial Bench

Paul’s Memorial Bench

Paul’s Memorial Bench was installed today By the DPW. They did a great job.

Thanks go out to Ward 2 City Councilor Melissa Cox for pointing me the in the right direction, Mark Cole of the DPW for making it an easy process and Mount Pleasant Memorials for doing such a great job on the Plaque.

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/935678-196/witnesses-nashua-man-paul-frontiero-knifed-to.html

Paul's Mom Cathy sitting on the Bench.