Snowy Day Squirrel

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Snowy Gray Squirrel ©kim Smioth 2015

The diet of the gray squirrel is comprised principally of seeds and nuts, with acorns, beechnuts, butternuts, and hickory the mainstay during the winter months. In autumn, gray squirrels clip nuts from the tree canopy and bury them in the ground, relying on their sense of smell to retrieve during the winter–even digging through several feet of snow. I often observe them stashing the bird seed in the crevices of our old pear trees and find whole chestnuts buried in our garden. During periods of severe winter weather, gray squirrels may stay in their dens or nest for several days, eventually visiting their stores of nuts, as well as bird feeders, during the warmest hours of the day.

gray squirrel flattening ©Kim Smith 2015  copy When alarmed gray squirrels freeze, then flatten themselves to a trunk or limb and inch around to the other side to stay hidden.

Beautiful, Beautiful Robert Chem Paintings at the Trident Gallery

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The Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend has been postponed to February 27 – March 1.
The workshop “Drawing Wildlife from Nature” is consequently postponed to Friday, February 27.

Measles: What’s Your Opinion on the Vaccine

Who would purposefully subject their child to this?


Measles is a highly contagious respiratory virus spread through coughing and sneezing. A parent’s choice not to vaccinate  is understandable if for a medical reason, such as their child has leukemia and its immune system is so horribly weakened he or she cannot tolerate the vaccine. Frankly, though all other reasons, religious or political, seem utterly ridiculous.

Did you know that Russia, China, Libya, Iran, and Zimbabwe have a higher measles immunization coverage for one year olds than does the United States? 

Children younger than one year old cannot be vaccinated against the measles. They benefit from the herd immunity theory, which is the idea that if all other age groups have received the vaccine, the very youngest will not come in contact with the disease.


The terrific graphic shown below (wiki) illustrates the herd immunity theory, also called community immunity.


From wiki:

Herd immunity or herd effect, also called community immunity, describes a form of immunity that occurs when the vaccination of a significant portion of a population provides a measure of protection for individuals who have not developed immunity. Herd immunity theory proposes that, in contagious diseases that are transmitted from individual to individual, chains of infection are likely to be disrupted when large numbers of a population are immune or less susceptible to the disease. The greater the proportion of individuals who are resistant, the smaller the probability that a susceptible individual will come into contact with an infectious individual.

Vaccination acts as a sort of firebreak or firewall in the spread of the disease, slowing or preventing further transmission of the disease to others. Unvaccinated individuals are indirectly protected by vaccinated individuals, as the latter are less likely to contract and transmit the disease between infected and susceptible individuals. Hence, a public health policy of herd immunity may be used to reduce spread of an illness and provide a level of protection to a vulnerable, unvaccinated subgroup. Since only a small fraction of the population (or herd) can be left unvaccinated for this method to be effective, it is considered best left for those who cannot safely receive vaccines because of a medical condition such as an immune disorder, organ transplant recipients, or people with egg allergies.

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We’re not kidding — these two are headed for stardom

Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre
Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon in the Grand Salon @ the Larcom Theatre

All of you who know us also know that we LOVE to find young, talented, rising stars and put them on stage with music legends.  But that process isn’t as easy as you might think.  We’re blessed to live in an area teeming with young talent.  The trick is to match them with the appropriate national recording star to produce a show that works musically and, at the same time, introduces the young musicians to fans who will appreciate their talent.

I truly believe we’ve done this with our next show on Saturday, February 21, down the road at Downtown Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, where Sarah Seminski & Eric Reardon open for Stax Recording artist and Memphis Soul Legend Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. and the M.G.’s).  The thing is: Booker T. is still winning Grammys with his hot new band full of extremely talented young players, which makes this concert even more exciting.

Good seats are still available (get them here).  So get ready for a hot night of rockin’ blues & soul with the greatest Hammond B3 groove-master of all time and a stage full of bright, young talent destined for stardom!

Here are Sarah & Eric performing one of my favorite of their new originals:

And here’s Booker T. at the White House leading a star-studded version of “In the Midnight Hour”:

Cape Ann Bus Tale #1

I took the CATA bus to work this morning, and my driver was Gloucester’s Eddie Salah. Knowing that he owned George’s Coffee Shop on Washington Street at one time, I asked him if he was a good cook. “Hell no, I can’t even scramble an egg! Gloucester attorney Mike Faherty ordered a scrambled egg breakfast, and I had  folded it over like an omlette. Mike showed me how to cook it right, and I’m sure he remembers that hilarious event. That was about 40 years ago, when I was a 17 year old trainee.” Eddie is one of the most colorful and entertaining people I’ve met, and a good driver too! Today, Georges is one of the best breakfast joints around, and is still owned and operated by a Salah.’s+coffee+shop+gloucester+ma&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=ssl

Cold Engines show canceled tonight @ Minglewood 2.7.2015

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Minglewood will be closed from today (Saturday, 2/7) through Friday, February 13th to have our floors redone.

Test out the new dance floor next week with Otis Grove on Friday and Megan McKenzie Band on Valentine’s Day!

25 Rogers St. Gloucester, MA 01930


Today ! Cape Ann Auction Saturday, Feb. 7-2015 ~ 6pm- Preview 1-6pm

Today! Cape Ann Auction Saturday, Feb. 7 -2015 at 6pm. It takes place in our location at 6 Lexington Ave in (Magnolia Village) Gloucester. MA.

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Preview is from 1-6pm on the day of the sale. And this is one of our CASH ONLY auctions for dealers & re-sellers.

Auction Schedule:

The first Saturday of each month at our Lexington Ave. location. 

Auction dates at other venues added when necessary.

If you’ve been to any of our auctions at this location, you know that it’s a small venue, (about 40 seats) packed with a ton of stuff! Usually our inventory is more than what our crowd can absorb. Because of this, these auctions have been gaining in popularity, so if you plan on coming get there early to reserve a seat!

In this auction will be be: A large antique postcard collection, lots of art incl: oil paintings, watercolors and more, lots of costume and sterling silver jewelry, antique photographs including Gloucester & Cape Ann scenes, a collection of glass paperweights, antique dolls and much more.

Things to note about this auction:

  • There is NO BUYER’S PREMIUM at this auction.
  • It’s a CASH ONLY auction, there is an ATM less than 50 yards from the auction house.
  • Although we don’t have a snack bar, there is a very good Restuarant next door to us. We hope to partner with the 525  for “Auction Specials” The food is excellent!
  • Bring your own boxes and packing.Cash Only – Dealers – Re-sellers
    THE AUCTION IS ON!We’ve had people ask if the sale is canceled due to weather and the answer is NO! We are running.Saturday – February 7th6pm (inspection 1-6pm)Cape Ann Auction – 6 Lexington aveMagnolia Village (Gloucester, MA)~Cash Only ~Dealers – Re-sellers – Wholesalers Welcome NO BUYER’S PREMIUM!

Kiss My Butt Valentine Cookies




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I spent the paste few days gathering ingredients and supplies to make some Valentine goodies for family and friends. First on my treat list  to make is last years’ “Kiss My Butt Valentine Cookies.” If your looking for something to do to pass the time during this weekends snow storm, I highly recommend scanning your pantry, for needed supplies, and get yourself to the store before the snow starts falling!

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Learn how to easily create my “Kiss My Butt Valentine Cookies” by following Step-By-Step decorating tips, click Read More

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Pet of the Week- Rhonda

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So you said you were looking for a sweet, soft and gentle lady to brighten your days? Well then, allow me to introduce myself, my name is Rhonda. I am a fan of soft napping spots and lazy afternoons.  Looking for someone to curl up with during the next storm?  How about you and I watch the snowflakes fall outside the window while we are safe and warm together indoors?  For more information on adoptable pets and upcoming events visit

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I Said, “Group Text”

The other day I was complaining about group text.  The thing is that one of the people in the conversation heard me wrong.

If you know what I mean.

It was the peculiar look I got when I said, “Sometimes I just don’t care about the needs and wants of every single person in the group.  And, they’re relentless. All night the texts keeps up.  Over and over and over again” that made me think possibly we were having different conversations.


The dreaded group text.  Absolutely the worst thing going.

So this is totally, totally me.  Without a doubt this is how I feel when a group text comes across my phone.