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Saturday, August 30, 2008

Wishing You a Delightful Holiday Weekend



The weather finally allowed us (Who am I kidding?! John did most of the work!) to finish the deck just in time for Labor Day. Wishing you and your family and friends a wonderful holiday weekend. I'll see you when the dust settles!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Portland Head Light

Since we needed to take my niece to Portland to meet her ride back to Boston, we decided to make a day of it. It ended not with ice cream, but with a trip to the Portland Head Light at sunset per my grandmother's request. She loves the sea...a true daughter of Moncton, NB and Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Here are some of my photos and I hope that I have done better naming them for my dear friend J.


Portland Head Light


Portland Head Light and John pushing Nan in her "chariot."


Blush of orange hues on rose hips at Portland Head Light


Head Light outbuildings


Annie C. Maguire Shipwreck Sign


The Henry Wadsworth Longfellow sign about his time spent here (click for a better view)



A Tanker Reflects the Setting Sun


Incoming Tide at Portland Head Light


Crossing Casco Bay Bridge at Sunset

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Sunset Picnic

So there the four of us were enjoying a sunset picnic. My niece, home from Boston, had surprised us with a visit and came along, too. Our first picnic as marrieds was so romantic! Okay, not quite, but still wonderful and pleasant and everyone had a hearty appetite and we saw a lovely sunset.



And we used our "new" vintage picnic basket! Earlier in the summer, Suzanne from At Home With the Farmer's Wife mentioned in passing that she was selling one. We had been looking high and low in flea markets hither and yon for a picnic basket ever since our New Hampshire picnic in the White Mountains. Somehow a vintage basket via a friend seemed just right. (She tells me that it is something her sister-in-law [oops, sister] found in one of her travels.) Here the table is all decked out...



When it arrived, we were delighted because, not only was the picnic basket charming and fantastic, it was filled with wonderful things from Suzanne: a red checkered tablecloth, two embroidered napkins with our names on them, and two crocheted dishcloths. Bloggers are some of the nicest people I know. Suzanne, thank you so much! We were both overwhelmed by your thoughtful gifts. My niece also loved this basket and went over all its features very carefully plus she looked so cute carrying it that I took this picture.



(As a point of interest for you, Suzanne, my niece made her skirt out of a deconstructed man's shirt. It's pretty cute.)



Okay, where were we? Oh, yes, a sunset picnic is a lot of fun!



(I know that they look frozen, but the temps were really quite warm.)

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dessert for Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper!

You know what they say about eating dessert first, life being uncertain and all? Yesterday, we had just such a day: cinnamon waffles for breakfast, pumpkin pancakes for lunch, and blueberry clafouti for supper.

I'm sparing you all the embarrassment of not knowing how to pronounce that last one...click on it and hear the pronunciation. Let's just say that John's eyes widened when I told him what we were eating for supper. ;D

Alice at Tea in My Cup is responsible for my having the bright idea about Pumpkin Pancakes. I'm sorry that there are no pictures, but they didn't come out pretty — just tasty!

Oh, oh, oh, about the clafouti; if you've never tried it, you MUST today! Your family will thank you. D.e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s. You can find the recipe at Suzanne's on her August 26 post.





We're planning a much anticipated picnic for this evening's sunset. More about that tomorrow.

Hope that you have some fun plans for today, too! Please tell me what they are!

Backyard Romp

It's not always peaceful and serene out there...sometimes I get to watch a good old-fashioned romp from my spot on the swing.



























Have a great day, Everyone!

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dire Prediction

On the front page of my local newspaper this morning, Peter Geiger's grinning face beams at me beneath the less than smile-worthy prediction from the Farmers' Almanac: "Numb's the Word for the Winter Forecast." Bah! You can read about it here at the Farmers' Almanac, if you'd like. (Please, Lord, Let the Farmer's Almanac Be Wrong!)

Instead, I am going to focus on a lazy, warm time spent on the backyard swing... (Don't let my nan's blankets fool you; they are to keep the mosquitoes at bay.)

DB