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04-16-2016 Journal–Garden Day #2 & Chicken Wings!   Leave a comment

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I spent an hour this morning working in the garden and freezing my ass off. Another night in the mid-twenties and the fourth hard frost in as many nights.  Gardening with a heavy coat, hat, and gloves is cumbersome to say the least. The garden frames have been upgraded and extra soil added to all of the areas.  There’s nothing more left to do except add some fencing then relax on the deck until Spring decided to actually show up.  This cold weather has got to go.

My better-half and I spent the last two weeks being good little dieters. No alcohol, no sugar, and no carbs. In other words we’ve been miserable. This morning’s weigh-in showed me down 5 pounds and her down 3.  It’s a slow start but we have a long way to go to meet our final goals. So far, so good.

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Our celebrating of our two week diet brought us to the Great Lost Bear tavern in Portland.  It’s known for it’s excellent chicken wings and draws my better-half to it like a giant magnet. Her obsession for wings is beyond belief.  She wolfed down a platter of the super hot variety while I had a chicken sandwich soaked in what they call their Hellfire sauce.  The name is no joke, believe me.  My mouth, throat and lips were burning for an hour after we left the  establishment but it was so damn good. I remained alcohol free and settled for some rather good ice tea to help put out the fire in my mouth.

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Tomorrow we sit down to discuss what will eventually be planted in our garden for this year.  We’re hoping to change things up a little to have a more diverse selection of crops.  The discussion should be interesting since we have totally different tastes in food.  Every year it’s the same process but we’ve had much in the past with our decision making and who can argue with that.

Tonight will require another lengthy hot shower to work out all of the kinks, aches, and pains resulting from this mornings work.  I’ve been looking  forward to that shower all day.

WHAT’S BETTER THAN HOT WATER ON SORE MUSCLES?

09-07-2014 Journal Entry–Bye! Bye! Summer   2 comments

What’s your morning routine?  For most of my life I’ve had a routine and I stuck to it regardless of the day, the month, or the year. It also was flexible enough to change when necessary to fit my always changing lifestyle.  I have to say that my routine these days is by far the best it’s ever been.

I’m sitting in a nice warm bed and  into my second cup of coffee while watching and listening to one of my favorite chick flicks, Return to Me.  My better-half has left for work, the cat has been fed, and I just finished off a bowl of crunchy cereal covered with berries and almond milk.  Now it’s time to write this posting before I finally roll out of bed and officially start my day.

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With Fall now rushing upon us and Labor Day behind us, we decided to make our farewell visit to the nearby tourist trap, Old Orchard Beach. We expected much smaller crowds because many places close up for the season just after the Labor Day weekend.  It was warm and sunny and the crowds were even smaller than we anticipated.

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We were both surprised to see that the vast majority of shops and restaurants had already closed their doors for the year.  I’d intended to do some shopping at a certain store but because it was on the grounds of the amusement park it was fenced off and locked up.  That’s what I get for delaying my visit to avoid the crowds. Another casualty of my claustrophobic need to avoid large groups of insane people.

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The beach was almost as empty as everything else.  Just a few die-hard beach people refusing to accept the fact that Winter is fast approaching. 

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We made our way to The Pier and the local Irish Pub.  They were open for business and apparently trying to rake in as much money as they could from any straggling tourists.  The prices were too high but the food was almost as good as the cold beer or so says my live-in beer expert.  I had the vodka tonic which wasn’t all that bad either.

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We ended the evening with our mandatory visit to the Arcade for my better-half’s minor obsession with Skee Ball.  Don’t ask me why she has it, I just don’t know.  We walked around for twenty minutes or so and decided to call it a night.  The Summer is over, Fall is beginning, and we’ll be shoveling the white stuff all too soon.

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Just so you know the little guy on the right is me. A little bit taller and always keeping an eye out for trouble.  And in my humble opinion a whole lot cuter  too.

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