My first spring walk

I celebrated the warm weather yesterday by throwing open those windows and I went out to survey the greenery around my little space.  Definitely a little elbow grease will be in order along with those never-ending lists.  I have seeds on order and making animal decisions.  Chicks and a couple of sheep?  Neither?  Just a couple of hens for eggs?

Still some snow, yup, on the back forty.
That is my wild beast, Spice, checking out her shadow. She has not seen it in awhile.
a little green
My land is posted.
Some spring has sprung.

As I wandered I realized I will need to get some ‘tree people’ in here as I don’t have a chain saw and don’t climb on ladders.  My arms can tell I raked  and with the combination of the sun, the outside air and hearing some great blues music last night, it was really a great way to celebrate the season. With an open window I heard birds this morning calling me up for another day  and that first cup of coffee.

a funny story

By Wanda Callagy

I fall a lot.  I am clumsy.  I also see a great nurse practitioner who has gently and now strongly encourages me to drop weight and get moving again to strengthen the damaged and undamaged parts of me.

Without going in to personal detail, I told her I wanted to go hiking this fall in the West and hoped by then I had met a great new hiking partner/boyfriend/soul mate along the way.  The travels could be even more adventurous!

So, she asks me if I have a plan.  I give her details of my low dairy and non sugar diet with juicing once a week and my work out details.

She smiles and says, “No, I meant have you joined one of those dating places or something?”

I told her, ‘no’…that I just keep quoting Jackson Browne.  “looking for a lover that won’t blow my cover..(he’s ) so hard to find”….

We went back to talk about swimming.

On Saturday..

Doug Williams at an open mic in Stamford, 10-14.

This musician as well as others are part of the Worn&Weathered Club’s gathering this weekend.  Members are bringing food for the potluck.  Music from members of Harmony Street and Logan’s Express benefits local friends.  Located at the Hobart Firehouse on this Saturday, the 28th, with doors open@4pm.  This note and photo by Wanda Callagy.  All proceeds go toward the efforts of this event.

A throwback view of music

Jim Kopp and John Fink with Leslie Barkman playing at an open mic/jam last fall in the carriage house in Stamford.


On Saturday two bands, Logan’s Express and Harmony Street will be part of a fundraiser in Hobart.  Starting @ 4PM at the firehouse, this event runs until 8PM.  Join us!  Any questions, call a member of the “Worn and Weathered, Inc.”  Photo and note by Wanda Callagy



An Event to share..

Wanda Callagy

A fundraiser scheduled for this weekend will not only give local folks a helping hand but the evening will also provide three hours of music to warm up a cold night in February!

Starting@ 4PM, the doors will open @ the Hobart firehouse and over 30 members from the “Worn and Weathered” club will provide potluck fixings from soup to nuts to share for those who want to join in.   Two local bands will fill the rooms with music.  Logan’s Express will play classic rock and roll and blues(Jim Kopp, John Fink, Joe Ferla, Vladimir Smirnoff) and the sounds of the 50’s and Doo-Wop will be provided by Harmony Street with Jill Tannone, Doug Williams, Joe Ferla, and Dick Vollkommer).A 50-50 raffle will be held with all proceeds to go to friends Mel and Darlene Ackerman toward their health cares.

Joe Ferla, one of the members of the club, explained that the “Worn and Weathered, Inc.” Club is a riding and service club that sites its mission as one that organizes events to enjoy that activity while being part of a group that is assisting their brothers and sisters and others in the community when in need.

“I am looking forward to this,” added Ferla.  “Bill (Palmer) and the group members put this together to give a little back to two people who have always pitched in to give their time to an event, or to help others.  It will be a great night with lots of music to enjoy with a wonderful bunch of folks.  I am hoping we see a good turnout.”

Doors open@4-8pm on Saturday, February 28 at the Hobart Firehouse, Hobart, NY.  Tickets at the door are $8, with children 12 and under $5.

Contact information about this event can be found on Worn & Weathered Inc.

This page is  dedicated to Mel and Darlene.


At the Belvedere with mike herman.  first jam 098
Jim Kopp @ an open mic in Stamford.
Doug Williams and John Fink at an open mic last fall in Stamford.



Care to Cook?

Notes and photo by Wanda CallagyIMG_5041 There is something to be said about cooking a meal.  Learning to cook from scratch was an effort my mother shared, but at the time her skills were lost with me.  However, there may be hope yet.

I heard and read about this cookbook and picked up a copy while in Memphis while attending the International Blues Challenge there.  The proceeds of this project benefit the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust ) which in essence assists blues musicians and their families with health concerns.  Established by the Blues Foundation,  this project has helped many through donations and this collection of recipes were imagined and produced by Blues411.  Many sponsors helped to fund the printing costs so that 100% of monies raised goes to the HART Fund, and recipes were donated by blues fans, musicians, radio hosts, and other folks from around the world.

One may see a recipe from Gil Anthony and be curious about making his Cornbread Salad. Or, if you are feeling a little wild, try Alana Wyld’s Nana’s Italian Cheesecake or Sunday Wilde’s Sunday’s Wild Blueberry Cordial (Reno’s arthritis fix).

Debbie Davies shares a great soup concoction to keep musicians and everyone else warm and healthy with her Deb’s Heart Healthy Antioxidant Soup. Or, try Eric Selby’s Texas Caviar (Texas Flood for the Taste Buds).  And then, there’s  Tim Detwiler’s Slow Down Slow Down Smoked Babyback Ribs.

I was so glad to find pages that give helpful cooking hints.  Do you know how to cool your punch?  Or at what temperature to serve cheese?  Add another chapter and you have a cooking timetable and a list of pantry basics along with ideas for ‘quick fixes’.  You may want to have a party…or at least feel comfortable enough to serve a snack.

Chef Jimi & Leslie, Blues 411 pulled this together and shared some great recipes of their own.  For more information, contact the sites listed below. ALL information in this article written or shared is with the intent to spread the word about this endeavor.  ALL PROCEEDS from this book and its contents go to The Hart Fund.    Get cookin’..or at least gain some insight when buying fresh vegetables or fruits…and hey!  Do YOU know how to get burnt food off pots and pans?

Sources (and the answer to that question) and for more information about this project, the Blues Foundation and The Hart Fund may be found:

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