Over and Done!

Christmas is over and done, and I have to confess to that being a relief.  In the days leading up to the holiday, I have to fight off being blue.

FamilyIt makes me sad that our small family,  which now includes sons-in-law and grandchildren, is rarely all together during the holiday season.

9780740784323_p0_v1_s192x300I miss reading The Night Before Christmas to kids

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand leaving cookies and milk for Santa.

I experience sadness remembering the people who are part of Christmases past and wish that I weren’t the only member of my original family still here.

But enough of that.   Today is a new day and with it the blues disappear.

HoustonI will enjoy time in Houston while awaiting the return to Maine

Roque Island, Mainewhere there is boating, exploring islands and spending time with family and friends.

lobsterWithout question I will eat more lobster!

Most of all, I plan to live each day to the fullest, to be grateful for what good health allows me to do, and to give lots of hugs!  That should get me through the months until next Christmas when I’ll probably again feel a little blue.

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WPC: Local

Indian IslandMany times I have posted photos of Indian Island which sits at the entrance to Rockport Harbor.  The welcoming sight of it lets me know I am safely home in the place where my heart resides.

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One More Time

With the end of summer comes the end of boating for us, and that always makes me a little sad.  I love cruising the Maine islands noting and appreciating their differences.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll have rocky shores, some craggy,

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some with stones worn smooth by years of the sea smashing against them.

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Others are forests of green

flag/maine/North Havenor lichen covered

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor bare but for a lighthouse standing guard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImages of all are etched in my heart, especially those of my favorite, Brimstone, where one end is rocks of all sizes and shapes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the other is layers of stone with one lone stubby tree

cimg1722and grasses swaying in soft wind.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhat makes this island special to me are the rocks, dark and shiny in the water

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand on a beautiful sunny day warm enough for a hot stone massage.

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A path leads to the top of Brimstone and standing there looking across the sea, one can imagine Europe’s coast in the far distance.

It is exploring the islands on days kissed by the sun and gentle seas that remind me Maine is the way life should be.

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Destination: Wiscassett

As one friend says, Maine has the cutest little towns, and one of my favorites is Wiscassett about 40 minutes down the coast from Rockport.

Like in other small Maine towns, most of the shops are situated along the main street .While this makes it convenient to stop, traffic is often backed up for blocks during peak traffic hours thanks to pedestrians crossing the street at either end of the shopping area.

IMG_7107The big attraction in Wiscassett is Red’s Eats, probably the most written about lobster shack in Maine.  

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From mid-April until mid-October there is always a line no matter the weather.  That goes to show the result of publicity!

Maine 2009 35I have to confess I’m not much for long lines so I go  across the street where the food is as tasty and the service much faster.  One thing you learn when you spend a lot of time in Maine is to avoid the tourist stops during the summer months.

IMG_7109One of my favorite shops anywhere is in Wiscassett.  Rock Paper Scissors has an incredible selection of paper goods as well as great items for children, adults and home.  For sure, I allow plenty of time for browsing here.

New on the scene this year are two home accessory shops, Birch and Moulinette, both of which I found to have well chosen and irresistible merchandise some of which found its way into my shopping bag.

IMG_7114 Birch features many accessories perfect for Maine decor and furniture that would work in a variety of styles.

IMG_7105As it card says, Moulinette is full of joyful things, and I found that to be very true.

No visit to Wiscassett is complete without a stop at Treats and that’s just what you will find there.  This day my favorite ginger cookie was missing, but there were plenty of other tasty edibles.

IMG_7115 (1)In addition to the shops right on the main street, there are a number of antique shops, but that requires another visit as it’s getting late in the day.  Until then, thanks for coming as the departing sign at Birch reads.

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A Winter Fix

Rockport Harbor/winterFor most of the 14 years we’ve had our house in Maine, I’ve come up for a few days by myself in winter.    A few days are enough as it is cold and night comes early.

dirt road winterI love when it snows turning Rockport into a charming winter wonderland.

IMG_5894This year, thanks to warmer temperatures, snow isn’t lasting long.  It melts or is washed away by rain.  What is revealed are the browns of grass and leafless shrubs that wait patiently for spring.

Maine houseNo matter the weather, what I like about being here alone is the uninterrupted time spent thinking my own thoughts, reading in a favorite chair or binging on Netflix.  There  may even be a day or two when I don’t bother to get out of my pajamas!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is a time to enjoy a girls’ night filled with giggles and stories that make us feel like teenagers.  And, yes, sometimes we really do gather in our PJs.

winterMaine is my place to be still, to breathe deeply and laugh a lot. My hope is for all of us to have that kind of special place no matter where or what the season.

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HomeStyle

As many of you know, I live in two very different places, Maine and Houston.  While it is a privilege, there are some challenges to picking up life where it left off.  This is particularly true in Houston where people have so many options that keep them busy.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo reengage with friends, I make an effort to have someone over for dinner most every week.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMany, especially the husbands, are very appreciative because most of our Houston friends have ceased to prepare meals at home but opt to eat out or pick something up.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost of the dinners are quite simple as the purpose is to visit.  The table isn’t fussy either, but I do give some thought to the personalities that will gather round it and go from there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALike many of you, I have lots of dishes and since I have no rules for how they are used, mixing and matching comes naturally.  

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOften, I have no idea what is going to happen, but surprise is part of the fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACan you tell I was in a very playful mood, pushing the boundaries with pattern, color and texture.  Whether or not a table setting makes the food taste better is debatable, but it sure does go a long way toward making people feel welcome and in many cases reflect the character of the people who join there.  What would you say about this foursome?

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