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11-06-2015 Journal – Shopping, Eating, & Drinking!   Leave a comment

This is the second chapter of our visit with my better-half’s family members as we made our way through the streets of Portland, Maine.  For this late in the year this Sunday was absolutely perfect.  Sunny and warm with lots of people on the streets enjoying what remains of our Indian Summer.  I wore my comfortable shoes in preparation for hours of walking and shopping with the ladies.  It was all of that and more.

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Portland offers a crazy selection of coffee shops, galleries, and gift shops and it felt like we visited all of them.  The women shopped and we men were dragged kicking and screaming through the streets waiting desperately for food and drink, and even a cigars for one of us.

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We were in and out of so many different shops and I’m not kidding when I say we could have purchased damn near anything.  Look at these little gems we found displayed on the sidewalk and before you make any comments, I didn’t buy any.

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‘For shopper’s who need a little weirdness in their lives.’

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Our final stop was at our favorite tavern, Three Dollar Dewey’s, for a healthy four course meal of Gin, popcorn, nacho’s, french fries, and a delicious piece of strawberry shortcake.

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We had our fill of food and drink and returned to the car feeling fat and sassy.  It was a short ride home where we could kick back and relax a little more. The visitors needed a good nights sleep before their departure the next morning as they headed south for Rhode Island. 

WE CONTINUE TO ENJOY THIS INDIAN SUMMER

11-04-2015 Journal – The Last Warm and Sunny Days!   Leave a comment

Well for the first time in over a year I missed a day I had  scheduled for blogging.  I’m as surprised as you are but that old adage of “sh*t happens” happened. I normally post on one day then workout the next and so on and so forth.  I  became a bit confused and distracted and lost track of the days when our out-of-town visitors were here. It wasn’t until after they left that I realized my error.  So enough of that, let me get on with things.

We had such a good time with our visitor’s I’m not sure where to begin. We spent one afternoon in Kennebunkport doing some shopping and having dinner at Federal Jack’s restaurant.  A couple bowls of clam chowder and a plate of fried clams were followed by massive platters of fish and chips. Wash that all down with a couple of incredibly excellent Goat Island Light beers and your good to go.  So we went.

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‘The best fried clams ever.’

The tourists have all fled southern Maine leaving the towns somewhat deserted as reflected by these photo’s:

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‘In season.’

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‘Off season.’

Federal Jacks just happens to be located directly above the original Shipyard brewery. Of course it’s mandatory with my better-half to complete any trip to Kennebunkport with a stop there too.  It’s her own private Hajj.

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A fun time was had by all. The food was delicious and the beer cold and refreshing.  We took a slow leisurely ride home through Kennebunk where the streets were clogged with parents and costumed children enjoying their Halloween night festivities.   We arrived home safely and enjoyed a good night’s sleep. 

My next post will be day #2 of their visit where we spent a good part of that day playing tourist in the city of Portland. 

We’re in the midst of one beautiful Indian Summer and we all hope it lasts all the way to Thanksgiving.

10-31-2015 Journal – Bye, Bye October!   Leave a comment

Say goodbye to October everyone. This last month has just flown by and once again ended with no Halloween trick or treaters at our house.  Depending on how you look at it, it could be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Being in a rural area with very few toddlers around, we’re usually safe from pranksters and vandals and that’s a good thing.  The bad thing is for my better-half who prays for costumed kids to show up in great numbers.  These days she’s forced to pour all of her Halloween craziness on her grandchildren and she does . . . in spades.

Our out-of-town visitors arrived yesterday afternoon, intact and tired after an eight hour drive through NJ, NY, CT, MA, NH, and finally Maine.  With this recent burst of warm weather we decided to do a little grilling on the deck.  It’s likely to be the final time we’ll be using the grill this year and next week it will be winterized and stored away.  Here’s a quick shot of the kabobs just before hitting the grill. They were yummy.

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If that does make your mouth water just a little you may have a serious problem.  The food was excellent and gave everyone a chance to sit back and relax and catch up a little.

I’m up early this morning and enjoying a cup of strong and hot coffee.  I fed the cat and he apparently enjoyed his breakfast because he just strutted into the man-cave looking for a comfortable place to plop.  After all he desperately needs that 18 hours of beauty sleep every day.  I’ll give him about ten minutes and he’ll be out cold for a few hours.  If you haven’t figured things out just yet, he’s also retired.

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‘A big fat lazy cat.’

I hear people waking up in the house and if I know my better-half there’ll be quiche in my future within the hour.  More hot coffee, some crispy bacon and if I’m sneaky enough I might snatch one of the last two chocolate éclairs leftover from last night.  Who says life isn’t awesome some times.

Today will include a  visit to see the grandkids and possibly some shopping. I hope the weather clears a little so I can get a few good shots of the group.

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10-27-2015 Journal–Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter!   Leave a comment

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The last days of Fall are approaching with the leaves losing their vivid colors and one bone chilling night after another. We’re slowly running out of those nice bright and sunny Indian Summer days. There really isn’t all that  much upside to Winter that I can find.  Fortunately this state is filled with thousands of people who live to romp in the snow, go snowmobiling, skiing, and skating on the lakes.  It’s some sort of an awful winter inspired insanity.

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I didn’t include that small percentage of Mainers who claim to be ice fishermen.  I see those little shacks popping up on almost every lake and have heard for years all of the fishing stories from their occupants.  It’s more about getting out of the house, hiding from the wife, and drinking an adequate amount of alcoholic beverages that help make the fish seem even bigger for their stories.

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Yesterday required a road trip through the northern part of the county near the town of Naples located along the shore of Sebago lake. It was our one last chance to capture as many of those foliage pictures everyone seems to love so much.

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Here’s a shot taken of Sebago lake with the foothills of the White Mountains in the background.  Just looking at the coldness of the photo gives me the shivers. 

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I’ll certainly enjoy looking at these photos in a month or so when everything is frozen solid and covered with snow and ice.  Then I can begin my constant complaining about Winter and endless whining for warmer weather. I guess I one of those folks who just loves bitching and complaining about Winter. 

10-17-2015 Journal – Horses, Turkeys & Leaves!   Leave a comment

There’s nothing better than a spontaneous road trip around southern Maine in the Fall.  My better-half had a mid-week day off which is reason enough to grab the cameras and hit the road. We cruised around, shopped a little, and enjoyed the day immensely. The sun was bright and the colors of the woods in some areas are really vibrant which seems to be a necessary requirement for a successful Indian Summer.

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I also saw my first bus load of leaf peepers driving up the turnpike this week with many, many more to follow.  People can’t seem to stay away.  Many areas remain green but one night with a hard frost will change all that very quickly.

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As we ride around we stop often to take photo’s or to check out yard sales but one of our regular stops is at this small farm to say hello to the horses. Again I forgot to bring apples along and they seemed disappointed but it didn’t stop them from running across the field to say hello.  They like checking us out as much as we do them.

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I’ve mentioned in the past about how often we see turkey’s in our travels. They’re kind of like big ugly versions of those pigeons you might see in Boston or New York.  This photo was a quick shot out of the car window as a flock was attempting to cross the road in front of us.  It appeared to be a Mama bird and a line of teenagers following behind.

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They seem to be moving around more than normal since the woods are now filled with hunters.  I  wonder which of these birds will be served up for Thanksgiving this year.  It’s a dangerous time for these fellows and I wish them luck, they’ll need it.

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Gotta love Fall.

09-25-2014 Journal Entry-Shopping Day!   Leave a comment

I’m not entirely sure how to handle all this beautiful weather. I suppose this is what used to be called an “Indian Summer”.  I don’t know why it’s so damn nice but I certainly intend to enjoy it.

The better-half and I decided to make a day of it after her early morning doctors appointment.  She received loads of good news about her health which put us both in a great mood.  As we were leaving the doctors office I had a brainstorm that was totally not something I would ever do. I spontaneously headed north from Portland to take her shopping in Freeport, Maine, known for it’s endless supply of outlet stores and L.L.Bean.

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Freeport is a place I’ve always tried to avoid but I figured what the hell.  I gave her control of our day and followed along like the good little boy that I am.  We visited a thrift shop and a number of ridiculous tourist traps looking at all things Moose.  Not only are the gifts a little lame the prices are ridiculous.  I remember a time when visiting outlets meant cheaper than normal prices and  it’s too bad that tradition has slowly faded away.

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‘One of My Favorites’

We made the obligatory stop at L.L. Bean’s to look around a bit.  It’s quite the place to visit but if you intend to shop there bring lots of credit cards.  It’ll be a cold day in hell when I spend $90.00 for a pair of jeans or $350.00 for a plain brown leather bomber jacket.  Insanity from the front door all the way through the huge building. I decided not to spend any money there and just cruised around the buildings and grounds snapping a few pictures.

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As lunch time rolled around I was starving.  We stopped at a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that specializes in seafood and chowder.  The better-half settled for clam chowder while I dug into a plate of fish & chips.  It was incredibly good and that lunch stop became the best part of our day.  We left feeling good and ready for a quick walk through town and then a long and leisurely ride home.

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The remainder of the day was kind of blah. The weather was sunny but the day was what could be called "in between".  The trees have started to change color but aren’t quite there yet for those vivid colors everyone loves.  While it’s sunny it’s also very chilly verging on uncomfortable. We’ll have to try this trip again in a few weeks when the foliage is worth photographing.  Her are a few blah photos from that ride home.

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Just another day here in paradise.  Hanging around waiting for the leaves to change and the snow to fly.