Photos From Maine – September

Local crab on our beach

Local crab on our beach

Just wanted to share some photos from life in Maine thus far! They are in no particular order or of a certain subject other than places we’ve been, food we’ve eaten, and of course the beach where we have Read More…

Smiles on the Beach

I don’t know if it is the ocean waves crashing up on to the shore, the sand between your toes, or the Finding sea glass on the beachsmells and sounds of being next to the water, or perhaps its got something to do with the sea creatures, shells and seagulls nearby, but there is something about being on the ocean shoreline that makes people smile.

Once people have that beach smile something else happens. They become more human. As in, they say hello as you walk by. Then because you have made that initial contact, most often, a conversation begins as phrases like “how are you, nice day, beautiful weather today” pop out from folks. Some end there and you move along with that contented smile on your face. Interestingly, we find that those opening phrases do more and before you know it, you find out where folks are from, wind up learning about the area and or the specific shells or items they are searching for and now of course you want to find that as well, or you even might learn the best place for a lobster roll or bowl of chowda (chowder for those of us not from around the area).  Read More…

Easy Caramel Popcorn – Warning: This is Addicting!

I love popcorn. Any kind of popcorn. I will eat it any day, or every day – anywhere and anytime! I seem to

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

Homemade caramel popcorn in our hand-colored bags

be the only one in the family with that kind of popcorn dedication, though my dad does eat his share. Over the years I’ve found fun ways to make popcorn and enjoy mixing up the flavors and spices I use to create unique and yummy batches for my snacking cravings.

While I love the truly homemade brown paper bag method (see bottom of this post), for this recipe I do tend to use Read More…

Vermonter On The Move

Well, it all happened so fast I’m still digesting what is happening. One minute I’m working my job but welcome-to-mainethinking of something new – then I dreamily apply for a job in Maine on a whim, and the next thing I know, I’ve accepted, resigned from my job and have a week to pack and move to Maine. What just happened?

So yup. This Vermonter is on the move and heading to Maine in just a week. I’ve always loved the ocean and to me, Maine is kind of like Vermont but with a coastline….and Read More…

Collecting and Using Flower Frogs

While at a local flea market with some friends, as we always do, we let each other know what items we were searching for so we could all keep a look antique flower frogsout for each other’s collection hunts. Vintage clothing was for one, anything fitting for a country kitchen was for another and for me it was flower frogs.  Everyone seemed accepting of these items and so we set off it was clear to me quite quickly that my friends had no idea what flower frogs really were when the two of them got excited about a huge green ceramic garden frog statue.

Flower frogs were made primarily in the 1930s through the 1950s (although earlier ones exist) to be used Read More…

Another Day at the Antique Fair

I grew up around what most people call Antique fair collage“junk.” My husband says my family is a bunch of hoarders (not quite that bad as seen on television….I can actually see my flooring). Not hoarders, I tell him, collectors. Big difference. So what was so amazing about asking my husband what he wanted to do for his birthday weekend? His answer of “well, that antique fair you always like to go to is Read More…

July and Some August Garden Thoughts and Photos

Well, I’m not sure how July snuck by me but I woke up the other morning and realized it was already August! My weekdays have been filled with workgarden view from the porch and traveling and so my weekends have been used to try to take it slow. That means reading, drinking wine (while reading), visiting with friends, going to local events, and of course working in my garden.

I have to admit the herb and rose garden took a dive this summer. The lack of rain killed quite a few of the herbs. I had been traveling and nobody thought to water the garden….my owe fault for not reminding people! The roses didn’t do so hot over Read More…

Late June Garden Photos

I can’t believe it’s the end of June already.  I’m not sure where the month went. It’s always a bit crazy with my job duringBush beans growing this time with all my weekends doing Relays but this June seemed to fly right by me. Lucky it was such a warm early spring that I was able to plant most of the garden before I got really crazy.

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Chick Days on the Farm

I just can’t stand how cute these chick’s are! We have raised plenty of baby chick’s but this particular batch is incredibly friendly and very easy going as well as active. It is such a joy to spend time with them after a long day at work!

You Know He’s a Vermonter When…

So another funny local story to share. My father frequents the local hardware store like any good Vermonter that needs anything from twine, bolts,hardware store buckets, to a piece of 2×4 or a patio dining set. The other day he was in there talking to the hardware guys when our neighbor came in. They all talked for a bit and the conversation got around to what my dad and neighbor were in the store for. Dad got what he needed from the friendly store associates and then they helped our neighbor find the 5-minute epoxy he was searching for.

Apparently our neighbor – well let me back-track a bit. You have to first understand that he is one of the “good ole boys” a generational Vermonter. And typical of those “good ole boys” he has his hands in too many pots owning not only a local slate quarry, but also a vineyard and winery (VERY good wine), a Read More…

The Cottonwood Tree

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