Oct 31, 2009

Halloween Past

My friend Lori reminded me of how it always seemed to snow on Halloween. Thinking back, I remembered always having a winter coat on....Halloween in Maine! That got me thinking about some of the other great memories of Halloween from the 60's. After getting on our costumes, we would grab our Halloween bags or pillow cases (a favorite Halloween sack) and heading out into the darkness we were ready to seek out our treasures.
The most sought after- the Candied Apple!
There were kids running everywhere. Jack-O-Lanterns lit up in the front windows signaled us to come for our treats....or maybe tricks!!! We knew all the neighbors around town so there was never any fear of anything bad happening. "Trick or Treat" we would scream as the neighbors opened the doors. They knew who you were no matter how hard you tried to fool them.

This is a picture of myself, as Casper, my friend Jon Blasidell, as an astronaut and my brother Steve, as a rabbit heading out on Halloween in 1962.
Of course you had the bullies trying to take your candy or stealing a pumpkin off a porch to smash. They always tried to take candy from the littler ones but we all rallied and chased them off. That was our "Neighborhood Watch". After filling our sacks we would run home and dump all of our spoils on the living room rug. Then we headed back out to canvas the rest of town. At that point only the older kids could go.. retuning with more delicious plunder.We would have treats, always kept in the big silver bowl, that would last for weeks.
We had so much fun that when I see the kids going to the Halloween walks for their safety, I feel saddened by it. The freedom, the trust, and safety that we were privileged to have for a time are gone forever.
But the fun can still be had!

Have a safe and Happy Halloween everyone!


Oct 27, 2009

Favorite Things

Sometimes we overlook the small things in life that can give us the greatest pleasure.
So I am going to start sharing some of my favorite things with you.

early Sunday mornings
on Alfred Mt.....

with our little ladies......

casting their early morning shadows

My husband's hard work...all cut and stacked........

A bowl of fresh picked beet greens right out of my garden.....

Oct 22, 2009

Ed Freeman

You're a 19 year old kid.

You're critically wounded and dying in the jungle
in the Ia Drang Valley
on 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam.

Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8 - 1 and the enemy fire is so intense,
from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered
the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.

You're lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns and you know you're not getting out.
Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away and you'll never see them again.

As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day.
Then - over the machine gun noise - you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter..!!

You look up to see an un-armed Huey!! But....
it doesn't seem real because no Medi-Vac markings are on it.

Ed Freeman is coming for you...!!

He's not Medi-Vac so it's not his job,
but he's flying his Huey down into the machine gun fireanyway.
Even after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come.

He's coming anyway.

And he drops it in and sits there in the machine gun fire,
as they load 2 or 3 of you on board..
Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire to the Doctors and Nurses.

And, he kept coming back..!! 13 more times..!!

He took about 30 of you and your buddies who would never have gotten out.

Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise , ID

May God Rest His Soul

I bet you didn't hear about this hero's passing,
but we've sure seen story after story
about Michael Jackson, Jon & Kate and Kayne West!!!

Shame on the American Media
for not making this a headline story!!

Thanks for sending this on to me Jon!

Oct 13, 2009

More of Maine

More pictures of Maine courtesy of Jon and Sue Holmes....Thanks for sharing with us..

Webb Lake

Rangeley Lakes

Moose sighting

Coos Canyon

The peak season is now working its way to Southern Maine...Here is my back yard

Oct 8, 2009

Maine in the Fall

I wanted to share these pictures that a friend of mine, Jon Holmes, sent me yesterday. These are pictures of Weld and the Rangeley Lakes area. If you have ever been there, you know a picture cannot do it justice but these come close. I live in Southern Maine and I still got homesick. Time for a trip up north !

Lura, Mindy, Alanna and the rest of you Main"ahs" away from home...ENJOY!

Weld Pond

Of course, it would not be complete without a panoramic picture of the Rangeley Lakes Region!

Oct 4, 2009

Colo-Rectal Cancer

I have just passed my 2 Year anniversary. I am a rectal cancer survivor. The same cancer that took the life of Farrah Fawcett. I am very fortunate. God was good to me and I thank Him for His blessings. Those blessings come in the form of so many absolutely, wonderful people. Such as my friends at the Cancer Care Center of York Maine. Dr Diesler, Sue, Kim, Robyn, Coleen and Linda on the Oncology side and Dr Thurman, Amanda and Kim who oversaw my radiation treatments.

These wonderful people are miracle workers. Not only where they instrumental in my cure but they always made you feel like you were the most important person while you were there.

Along with them, are my family and friends who were there for me. My hubby Steve,my kids Melody and Aaron, my brother Steve and Aunt Pauline ( my true "Mom") and the rest of the Michaud family. My best friend, Sr. Lura Grace, who came up and spent time with me watching movies, keeping me company while I was recovering from surgery..My little dog Molly who stayed by my side from start to finish. When she moved back to her usual place towards the end of my treatments, I knew I was alright.

So on this 2nd Anniversary, from the bottom of my heart my deepest thanks for your support and love. I could never have done it without you!

Please get your friends or loved ones who are 50 or older to get their colonoscopy...It could save their life!

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