Friday, June 13, 2014

Elizabeth Arden's Spa for Sale

Elizabeth Arden

 Born December 31,1876       
in Toronto, Canada
Florence Nightingale Graham
Moved to NYC in 1908,found a job working for Drug company

E.R. Squibb, that's where she learned about skin care. Smart cookie!! 
Remember the famous Red Door  On 5th AVE.?

I remember walking 
5th ave NY
and Passing it.
.Well, Elizabeth Arden's 

Famous Spa is in Maine
and it's for sale again. Below is when she owned it and the next
 is the way it looks now

The front driveway is blocked off,
but the row of stately pine trees evokes
the chauffeured cars of the rich and famous
 that once passed under those boughs.
In the tack room in the stables,
signs are still nailed to the wall bearing
the names of the horses
whose saddles hung in each spot.
Imagine a chance to buy this wonderful spot, with history dripping off
the Chinoiserie wallpaper. Depression Elegance a real piece of History.
Beauty treatments and Diet dinners and lot's of walking.
There is a View of Long Pond, it's in the Belgrades Lake area.
It property spans from Rome, Maine to Mt. Vernon, Maine.
Yes,  we also have a Paris Maine up the road a ways.
The Spa closed 1970, gee whiz, I could have gone.
I looked great then.
The Famous Beauty Queen Elizabeth Arden's Summer home
is for SALE for a mere $850,000. A 15 acre property 
 Arden’s Maine Chance Farms, an elite getaway spot for the rich
 and famous who would pay up to $1,000 a week.
Actress Ava Gardner, entertainer Judy Garland,
author Edna Ferber  and former first lady Mamie Eisenhower
were among the celebrities who stayed at the spa.
A well-known landmark in central Maine, the property includes
a two-story home with eight bedrooms and six bathrooms,
and 125 feet of waterfront along Long Pond.
Maine Chance Farms opened its doors in 1934.
In addition to the spa, the property had a farm, stables,
 dance hall, bowling alley, a gala hall and
 32 acres of lawns and gardens.

Posted by Yvonne @ La Petite Gallery
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Monday, June 9, 2014

Brave Women

Maya Angelou
Passed away.
May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, NC

 Poet, historian, author, civil rights activist,
A producer and director.
Maya,composed and read  at the
Bill Clinton inauguration in 1993.
Amelia Earhart
They think they found the plane of Earhart.
off an island caller Gardner, Some people say the Japanese
held her and co-pilot. Then shot them.

Belle Boyd a Southern Lady

Isabelle "Belle" Boyd
was one  of the
most famous spies.
 She was born in May 1844 in
Martinsburg, Virginia a wealthy family
with Confederate ties. Her father was a soldier in
the Stonewall Brigade, besides three other members
of her family were convicted of being Confederate spies.
On the Fourth of July 1861, Belle Boyd shot a Federal
soldier who insulted her mother. Eighteen and very pretty, 
“The Secesh Cleopatra” teased and laughed with the 
Yankee officers who visited her home in Martinsburg, 
they let war secrets slip, she coded the information, 
tucked it inside a watch case and sent it by courier to 
Stonewall Jackson for his Shenandoah Valley campaign.
When Union officers used her aunt’s house in Front Royal, 
as headquarters to plan a major offensive, Belle hid inside and
lay in an upstairs closet, ear pressed against a floor hole. 
They finished at 1 a.m., on her horse  rode recklessly through
Union pickets and across fifteen miles of dark fields,
 delivered the information to a Confederate colonel. 
When Belle was twenty-one, she had been arrested six or seven 
times for spying and imprisoned twice. 
During her stay in Washington, D.C.’s Old Capitol Prison, 
jailed Rebels passed messages to her that were tied around
rolling marbles or pushed through floor cracks and a hole they
managed to drill in a wall. 
Dorthy Dix

When the war began,
a woman already well

known for reforming insane asylums
now faced another giant task:
to select, organize and manage
all women nurses for the
Union armies. Though sixty years old,
Dorothea Dix took on the job, complete 
with its back-breaking labor
 and harassment from men who didn't like her. Dorothea found
military hospitals in horrible condition. For the next four years,
she worked without pay every day, even when ill and confined
to bed, and often missed meals or slept on warehouse floors.
She worked to create more hospitals, paid for an ambulance herself,
organized a public drive for dried fruit and preserves for wounded men,
and opened her house to tired and sick nurses. She inspected hospitals
throughout the North, demanding better diets for the wounded and
courts-martial for doctors found drunk on duty. She reported every
problem directly to the surgeon general and soon was hated by doctors
though loved among the wounded men who took her baskets of fruit and
flowers. Dorothea continued working until the war ended, and then
returned to her first love, helping the emotionally disturbed.

Today in Maine
Dorthy Dix 
Mental Hosp.

Harriet Stowe

In 1857, an Ohio mother
named Harriet Beecher Stowe
sat in a church with her children,
listening to a sermon. 
The daughter
of abolitionist clergyman Lyman Beecher,
she had little firsthand knowledge of
slavery. But suddenly she imagined
a black man—he would later be known
to the world as Uncle Tom—dying from
the lashes of a slave whip.
Then she imagined two black
overseers,  made brutal by
the cruelty of their white master,
being  shamed by the gentle forgiveness of the dying man. 
When the church service ended, Harriet went home and
wrote down the imagined scenes. When she ran out of writing paper,
she finished the story on heavy wrapping paper. The final result was
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a tear-jerker which gave the North stereotypes
of slaves and villainous masters. It converted thousands to the anti-
slavery cause. Furious Southerners interpreted the book as an attack
on their way of life, and booksellers became afraid to sell it in the South.
Anyone selling a copy risked being run out of town, and among the many
hate letters Harriet received in the mail was a package containing a
black human ear.
But the controversy also fueled sales. Within the first year, a record
300,000 copies sold in the United States alone, and the book would
outsell all others of the century. Harriet took no credit. “God wrote it,”
she said. It is said, that when Lincoln met Mrs. Stowe, he said,
“So this is the little woman who wrote the book that made this big war!”
Mary Todd

While living with her
sister in Springfield,
Illinois, Mary Todd
met Abraham Lincoln, 
fell in love and agreed
to be his wife. But a
nervous Lincoln soon
broke the engagement,
 sending him into a
depression. Against the wishes of the Todd family, the courtship
resumed one and a half years later, and the couple was hastily
married in November 1842.
Mary had grown up in Kentucky and had Confederate relatives,
many questioned her loyalty to the Union, But Mary was an
very loyal Unionist. She raised money to help the homeless and
very poor slaves who escaped as war refugees and fled into
Washington. She was also a frequent visitor to the Washington
hospitals filled with wounded soldiers. She once arrived at
Campbell’s Hospital shortly after several legs had been amputated.
Mary stayed, offering companionship and special food, though
many women were unable to tolerate the odor and anguished groans.

Wish I had a legacy like that. 
I plant trees and flowers, not much to give.

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Winner and Superstitions at the track

Tonalist wins Belmont Stakes, 
denies California Chrome a Triple Crown
I AM HEART BROKEN.  A sad day.
The last Triple Crown winner was Affirmed in 1978.

Saturday's 146th running of the Grade
1, $1.5 million Belmont Stakes,

This sweet baby Chrome came in 4th. 
He was blocked and I am sick, he should have won.
I could kiss that velvet nose.

Superstitions at the track.
This is not necessarily
 a welcome distinction. 
In the highly superstitious world of racing,
the color of a horse’s feet is just one type of omen. 
One white foot is considered good; 
four white feet are considered bad.
Well, it’s an old saying,
 four white legs and feed him to the crows.

One white foot, buy him; two white feet, try him...

Two white hind socks on a horse.

three white feet, look well about him

four white feet, go without him.

Hang a horseshoe over the door for good luck

Here's some horse 
sayings for fun:

You can lead a horse to water
 but you can’t make it drink.

Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

Straight from the horse’s mouth.
A horse of different color.
Every horse thinks its own pack heaviest.
A one-horse race.
Don’t back the wrong horse.
Don’t beat a dead horse.
Don’t change horses midstream.
Don’t put the cart before the horse.
Don’t spare the horses
years ago our Vet, used to say,"The hoof is a  window of most everything else
 that’s going on in the horses  body."
Remember these?
And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death.
Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! 
The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness .
Horses are GOD's favorites. They are better that most humans.
Have a great Sunday.
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Masquerade #88

Masquerade #88

Winter Deers in Maine # 89

Winter Deers in Maine # 89

Nun in St. Augustine #90

Nun in St. Augustine #90

Abe # 91

Abe # 91

Teddy Roosevelt # 92

Teddy Roosevelt # 92
unfinished still working

FDR # 93

FDR  # 93
Franklyn D. Roosevelt

Duke Himself # 94

Duke Himself  # 94

Yorkie # 95

Yorkie # 95

Poodle dog # 96

Poodle dog # 96

Boxer #97

Boxer  #97

Boston Terrior #98

Boston Terrior #98

what's Cooking? # 99

what's Cooking?    # 99

Cocker # 100

Cocker # 100

Mr. Hobo # 101

Mr. Hobo # 101

Mr. Pug # 102

Mr. Pug # 102

Where are You? # 103

Where are You? # 103

West Point # 105

West Point  # 105

General Eisenhower #106

General Eisenhower #106

Rockland Strand #104

Rockland Strand #104

General Geo. Patton # 107

General Geo. Patton # 107
WW 11

Gen.l Douglas Mac Arthur# 108

Gen.l Douglas Mac Arthur# 108

Abe #149

Abe  #149
Took it's toll

Russian Samovar # 150

Russian Samovar # 150
Russian Samovar # 150

sheep heading home #151

sheep heading home #151
sold to Dan and Liz Finberg

Liberty Belle Farm #152

Liberty Belle Farm #152
my old farm for sale

My Thor #153

My Thor #153
Thor at Christmas

Winston # 154

Winston   # 154
Bull dog blue ribbon

Penobscot Indians camp # 155

Penobscot Indians camp # 155
Penobscot camp Maine

After the ball # 156

After the ball # 156
oil in board framed for sale

Belted Galloway # 157

Belted Galloway    # 157

autumn in Maine # 158

autumn in Maine # 158
Autumn in Maine

October # 159

October  # 159
Spruce head , in october

Maple Syrup #160 sold

Maple Syrup  #160 sold
Party in Maine- sold

Ravens sold #161

Ravens   sold  #161
Ravens are here

Some headache # 162

Some headache # 162
Why Me? Sold June 2016

Cassa Blanca's sold #163

Cassa Blanca's sold #163
cassa blanca's sold Schupack

Albatross # 164

Albatross # 164

Southern Magnolia # 165

Harrington Cove # 166

Harrington Cove #  166
Harrington Cove

The Endeavor # 167 #167

The Endeavor # 167                           #167
The Endeavor On harrington cove

Russian Cossacks #168

Russian Cossacks  #168
Cossacks Three

Fishing boats # 169

Fishing boats # 169
2nd Prize Winner - Lobster Festival Art Show - Rockland Maine - Summer 2008

Three Guy's in a Dory # 170

Three Guy's in a Dory # 170
Three guys in a Dory

The Babe # 171

The Babe # 171
Babe 16x20