Monday, August 26, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

A major breakthrough for this Ol' Gal.....

I think that with a little practice I am going to be able to play the guitar solo on this song!  It will be a first for me. 

Thanks to Go Navy Daryl for introducing me to this song.  I know, I know, everyone else already knows this song.  Where have I been?  

Well, I've been on the mountain. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Oyster Party, 2013. The year there were no oysters.

Cougar Creek Band

Singing The House of the Rising Sun

The mustaches!

The Race is on and here comes........

The final push to get the porch done called for reinforcement from Montana.  That would mean that our son, David, and family arrived to help with the work.  

On Monday it began with Dylan helping Tim on the porch.

They are removing the metal roofing to prepare for opening up the roof.

The next day, David was on the job assisting Tim.  Dylan and Jens headed to the woods to start making our firewood for next winter.

 Dylan was also put in charge of installing the rock at the bottom of the stairs.  He had a lot of help from his little brother, Awesome Super Guy!

Everyone was working very long, hard days to get the porch roof covered before the Oyster Party. 

 I was trying to get everything else done to be ready for the Oyster Party.  On Tuesday, my awesome friend, Lady Isabella, surprised us with a dinner she had prepared to help us out.  We feasted on her Pulled Pork Sandwiches for several meals.  What a time saver for me and for Julie, who instantly took over kitchen duty and anything else we asked of her while she kept an eye on Mr. Awesome Super Guy!

On Thursday we found out there were no oysters available for the Oyster Party!  What?  How could that be?  

There was a Red Tide on the coast so that meant all the oysters were recalled.  There were none.  We regrouped and switched to prawns and steamed clams for the party.

Tim and Dave worked all of Friday morning getting the porch to this stage.  It is almost finished.  One deck rail needs to be done and the metal roofing will be delivered in a couple of days. 

TA - DA!

I am sorry to tell you that I was so busy at the Oyster Party that I did not take one photo.  I am so sad that I do not have a photo of all of the kids at the party.  

If anyone reading this has photos they would like to share, please email them to me.  I would love to post some of them on the blog.  

There were over 70 people at the party which went from 2:00 to 11:00 p.m.  We ate some very delicious food.  Billy's Clam Chowder, Trav's Chicken Wings, Tyler's fresh lake trout, Rod's Bear, Elk and Cougar Kebob's.....  So many wonderful dishes were on the tables it was hard to choose what to try next.  

The Cougar Creek Band played their set and then we were entertained by Daryl and Becky, accompanied by the brass section from the band and grandson, Dylan.

The evening ended with the most awesome sing-a-long ever!  I think that everyone sang.  That would include even the teenagers!  We sang, Stand By Me, Your Cheatin' Heart, Rocky Top, Cecelia, If I Were a Rich Man, Seminole Wind, Hey Good Lookin', Jambalaya and of course, The House of the Rising Sun.  

We ended the evening with Daryl playing the guitar to accompany the singers and I got to sing instead of play the piano.  On that set we sang Hotel California, The Weight, Fire and Rain, Take It Easy and so many I can't remember.  

Good times with family and friends on Old Cougar Road. 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Life Is Just A Struggle

A Ronnie Barron's song performed by Bruce Bishop, Tim Gunn, Tom Newbill and yours truly.

Sixteen Tons

Bruce Bishop sings Tennessee Ernie Ford's "Sixteen Tons" at Trinity's at the City Beach in Sandpoint Idaho.    You will get to hear a very nice guitar solo on this song.

Friends Like You

Thank you to all my friends who were there for my first night playing at Trinity's.  Lady Isabella took this video and uploaded it to youtube. 

This is another song written by Charley Packard called Friends Like You.  Tom Newbill, bass player, sang this song.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

It's Dubonnet!

It's time to get this Dubonnet on the Rocks thing cleared up.  Thanks to our Hope Mountain Blues bass player, Neil, I have an answer for you.

He said he used to drink Dubonnet with Heimingway at a little cafe in Paris before the war.  I can picture him doing that.  He and Ernest could have had quite a discussion.

I did some more research on wikipedia and this is what I found out:

Dubonnet is a sweet, wine-based aperitif. It is a blend of fortified wine, herbs, and spices (including a small amount of quinine), with fermentation being stopped by the addition of alcohol.

Dubonnet was first sold in 1846 by Joseph Dubonnet, in response to a competition run by the French Government to find a way of persuading French Foreign Legionnaires in North Africa to drink quinine. Quinine combats malaria but is very bitter.

Ew!  I can't say that I care much for sweet wine.  I think we should stick with Maker's Mark, Neil.

Another first for the 65 year old gal!

Last night was a "one of a kind" and "I can't believe I am here" night for me as I was invited to play with Running With Scissors.  The first song we played was written by a local musician, Charley Packard.  

Gimme An Ol' Gal

I don't want a young thing who says I'm the first
I'll take one who says I'm the last,
I don't want a sweet thing talkin' about the future,
Give me a gal who's got a past
Someone who knows how, someone who shows how,
And never locks the door
Give me an Ol' Gal who's been around the block before.

I don't want a school girl, with a Dubane' on rocks
No telling where she's never been,
I'll take a lady hanging around the docks, waiting for her ship to come in

Someone who knows how, someone who shows how,
And never locks the door
Give me an Ol' Gal who's been around the block before.

 I know a lady with kids old as you
She knows how to treat a man
And I never ask her what she wouldn't do
She always says I can

Someone who knows how, someone who shows how,
And never locks the door
Give me an Ol' Gal who's been around the block before.

As a side note, I tried to find out how to spell "Dubanae'" by googling it about 50 different ways.  Yes, I have been around the block before, but I have no idea what is in this drink and I had no luck trying to find out how to spell it.  If you know, please send me an email.

We played Gimme An Ol' Gal and a man walked up behind the band carrying his 2 year-old grandson and began talking to Bruce, Tim and Tom.  It was Charley Packard and I got to meet him!  That was so cool!

You can see him in this photo.  He is walking behind the band carrying his grandson.

Click on this link to hear his song:   Gimme An Ol' Gal