A Real Metamorphosis

Rockp[ort HarborAs temperatures drop and leaves begin falling like rain, there is a real metamorphosis occurring on Rockport Harbor.  

Heron, schoonerHeron has taken her last boatload of passengers for a cruise on Penobscot Bay and will soon head south to host cruises in warmer climes.

lobster boat/Rockport HarborThough lobster boats continue to go out, they leave hours later than in summer. Lobstermen are bundled up to protect against the chill wind that is blowing across the bay.   For most who work out of Rockport Harbor, lobstering will cease the end of this month.

lobster boatAs the boats return to the harbor these days,  sterns are stacked with pots that will be put away until late spring.  That is a sure sign the lobster season is winding down.

Rockport HarborDocks, covered with tarps, float in the harbor waiting their turn to be pulled

Rockport Harborand mooring balls are gathered to be cleaned and stored.  This I am very grateful for because when left in the water the lines accumulate kelp, mussels and debris that makes them near impossible to pull from the water.  Since that is my job during boating season, I like for the lines to be clear!  

sailboat/Rockport HarborOne by one sailboat masts are lowered and sails removed making them ready to be motored to the boatyard where they will be hauled and stored until next year.

Rockport HarborYes, there is metamorphosis  on the harbor, and what I notice most is our dock sitting empty but for a couple of lines.  Pipe Dreams is in her winter resting place leaving us with another year of memories exploring the beauty of the coast of Maine.

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Repeat….almost

tablescapeA couple of weeks ago this table, inspired by a beautiful arrangement from a wedding reception, was posted.  What I liked about it is that it uses some of my favorite things, a vintage French cloth and cranberry dishes from the 1940s, so why not use them again?

tablescapeToday, the flowers are all but gone, however, being one who recycles as much as possible, I plucked the ones with life left and arranged them in individual vases surrounded again by the pears. 

tablescapeMaking a few changes is a quick and easy way to prepare a table for guests, and I confess to doing that often, especially when I like a particular look.  Here, the napkin is off to the side and the cup and saucer is on the plate for a first course soup.

tablescapeWine glasses are added,

tablescapeand voila, a new table is created with minimal effort.  I don’t know about for you, but that works for me every time!

The same is true for food.  I don’t want to spend all day(s) in the kitchen, but I do enjoy preparing tasty food like for this dinner which included butternut squash soup and a pork roast.  Both were simple to prepare and delicious.

Butternut Squash SoupRoasted Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash, 1-2 pounds

2 carrots, thickly sliced

1 large sweet onion, quartered

olive oil

3-4 c. vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 t. cardamom

1/2 c. half and half

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the squash into quarters lengthwise and place on a rimmed baking sheet with the carrots and onion.  Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast at 400 until vegetables are soft.

In a food processor or blender, puree the veggies, half at a time.  Pour puree in a saucepan with broth, add seasonings and heat through.  Right before serving, add half and half.

To serve, add a dollop of yogurt, sour cream or creme fraiche and a sprig of parsley.  What is wonderful about this variation of butternut squash soup is roasting the veggies.  That was a last minute idea that really added flavor.

pork roastFor the pork roast, I slathered it with dijon mustard and coated it with a mixture of toasted walnuts and sesame seeds, 1/2 c. each.  Roast at 325 about 20 minutes per pound.  

pork roastLet the roast sit for about 10 minutes before slicing.

There you have it, a simple table with an easy to fix meal which leaves time for a walk on the dirt road!

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Destination: Target

The intent was to drive to Augusta to pick up a few things at Target.  Somehow the one hour drive turned into several hours.  Why? Simple answer: I was by myself and could stop anywhere that caught my eye!

Driving Highway 17 to Augusta, there are a number of small, really small, towns: Hope, Union, Jefferson, Washington, Windsor, Somerville.  There’s not a whole lot in any of these places, but here and there is a place that merits a look, and I made a point of seeing them all.

antiquesFirst stop: Porter’s Antiques

antiquesAs the sign advertises, it is full of treasures.

antiquesHow could I not think of you who like French Country decor when I saw these chairs?  Your know who you are, and I’m imagining busy hands at work changing the finish to a distressed white.  With the season coming to an end, the ten could probably be bought for less than $500.

antiquesKnow what this is?  I didn’t, but I thought it would be a very cool planter.  It’s actually a sitz bath, a very uncomfortable looking one!

antiques

So many things to like, but this was my only purchase.  No reason, I just liked it.  With a little rewiring, it could actually work so it is a project for the hubby.

antiquesThe next stop was a real trip. 

antiquesI’ve never seem so much stuff crammed into a space, and the owner knew exactly what she had and where it was.

antiquesI had to do a lot of looking to come up with these martini shakers, one an Art Deco piece.  We don’t shake a lot of drinks, but the shakers are a very fun thing to collect.

ElmersNext stop: Elmer’s,

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a place where there is so much to see, it’s best not to be in a hurry!

Windsor DinerBy now, I’m getting a little hungry, and it was impossible to pass this place by without stopping.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWindsor DinerWindsor DinerMaine is full of similar roadside places, throwbacks to another era, serving simple, tasty food.  They are also great places to visit with real Mainers!

Saltbox PrimitivesAfter enjoying a pulled pork sandwich, my thought was to go on to Augusta without any more stops.  I almost made it, but on the outskirts was a irresistible shop, Saltbox Primitives.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIf farmhouse style is your thing, this is the place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANo sooner had I stepped on the porch than this cute thing caught my eye. This is an idea for any DIYer. 

FallSo, with all these stops, including ones to take in the beauty of freshly mown fields and fall color, did I make it to Target?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYep, and I was so excited to be there I came out with far more than was on my list.  The challenge is going to be where to put the dishes and flatware that jumped into my cart!

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Final Touches

Maine HouseChanging the sofa seemed simple, but rarely is anything as simple as we first think.  That yellow coffee table just didn’t resonate with the new sofa, so it had to change.  Some of you suggested painting it red, orange, turquoise or white, all good ideas.

My first inclination was to go with one of the colors, but as I looked at the room, several things struck me.  First, there is a lot of white trim.  There is  more contrast between the sofa and the wall color than previously.  There is ample color in the accessories.  With all this going on, I feared this relatively small room getting too chaotic.

Maine houseThe final decision: paint the table the same color as the wall.  Looking at the table, you might think the color different from the walls.  It does differ slightly, and this is why.  The wall is a flat paint that absorbs light making it appear darker.  The table is a satin gloss which reflects light making it appear shades lighter.  When you are painting different surfaces with a different paint, this is something to remember.  To come close to matching color, have gloss paints made darker by doubling  or tripling the formula.  For this paint, I also had black added for more depth.  When adding black, however, do be careful because too much can muddy the color.

Maine houseLook and you will see another change: the rug.  While waiting for the paint on the table to dry, I kept looking at the purple rug and feeling that it no longer worked.  The new one is from eSaleRugs, a wonderful internet resource. The multiple shades of green tie everything together as well as relate to the dining room rug which is a few feet from this space.  The rug is slightly larger than 5×8 and was a great price, $148 including shipping.  To my amazement, it arrived two days after the order was placed.  How often does that happen!

Maine houseAll done, most everything is different.  One thing that did stay the same is the art over the sofa.  It is a piece by one of my talented daughters whose work is always our favorite.  Maine houseLook closely and you will see that it is a combination of painted and collaged surfaces, and the house shapes are suspended with tape measures.   Such a clever presentation.

Well, that’s it.  It’s amazing what a few changes can do to give a room a whole different look, and, in this case, make it a much more comfortable space. 

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Enough is Enough!

I like sports.  I like watching gifted athletes play at the top of their game be it at the professional or college level.  What I don’t like is when the behavior of any athlete begins to drag down the reputation of the sport or the organization with whom he or she is associated.

Certainly, that’s what is happening in professional and collegiate football these days, and being a female I am especially disturbed since much of the questionable behavior is directed toward women.

Though I am disgusted by the alleged sexual abuse and insulting remarks of some male athletes, I find myself wondering who is to blame.  Is winning so important that we are willing to overlook the transgressions of star athletes?  Is the revenue generated so valuable to colleges and pro franchises that they turn a blind eye to the behavior of their players?  Is the violence of football, and it is a violent game, responsible in some part for a player’s off field behavior?  

In some respects, I think all of these things contribute to the problem which probably begins long before an athlete reaches college or the pros.  As young players, the more gifted often are given special attention and perhaps some breaks that other kids don’t receive.  What is even sadder is that many of the young athletes don’t seem to have a strong sense of right and wrong.  Who is too blame for that?  Without a moral compass, how can can  anyone be expected to be a model citizen?

FSUWhy is all this bothering me?  Because I am a proud graduate of Florida State University, and it has been very hard to see the university’s name in headlines for months because of the behavior of its super star athlete.  I cannot help but wonder if he realizes that he has tainted not only his own reputation but by association the school he represents.  That is a shame because it overshadows the accomplishments of many other high achieving students.

Soon there will be a disciplinary hearing, better late than never I suppose, to determine what steps, if any, the university should take regarding this young man.  I wish him no ill, but the university has a responsibility to treat him as it would any student.  If that means dimming the hopes for another national championship, so be it.  That would be better than have a dark cloud continue to hang over the university.  It is my sincere hope that the powers that be do the right thing even if it puts a football season in jeopardy.  In the long run, that could benefit all the parties involved and everyone could focus on the positive rather than the negative.  

Enough is enough!  I hope you will weigh in with your thoughts.

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Spray

I enjoy photo challenges.  They make you think about what you’ve seen and how, without thinking, you may have captured images that interpret the challenge.

Iceland/waterfallSPRAY….immediately I thought of waterfalls and geysers in Iceland.

Iceland/waterfallThere are so many, 

Iceland/waterfallmajestic, spraying rainbows into the air.

Iceland/waterfallTalk about spray, stand behind a waterfall and feel its wet cold.

Iceland/geyserFor a different spray, there are geysers

Iceland/geysererupting one after another sending hot spray in all directions.  That is not one you want to be near.

That waterfalls and geysers are there, powerful in their beauty, is another of those miracles that sets my heart racing.

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