Monday, October 6, 2008

Pumpkins On a Canoe Ride

Is it Monday already? Where'd the weekend go so fast?

I know! This is what happens when someone spends all day Saturday buried in the garage; I'm sharing before and after pictures at the end of this post.

We're in an unsettled weather pattern, which means angry clouds can scuttle in at any time producing showers that come and go quickly. In spite of them, we were able to go for a drive yesterday afternoon to enjoy the foliage. Here are two of my favorite shots.

What's not to appreciate about pumpkins going for a canoe ride or a big red barn?

The next two are not one bit pretty, but to me they are a thrill. I'm still grinning every time I enter the garage. Any time that the garage is reserved for vehicles instead of just stuff, I am happy. All of those things in the back left corner are awaiting a trip to my sister's so that whole corner will be cleared soon.

Hope that you can tell the before and after on your own because Blogger, as per usual, is being a pain in the keister. And, on that cheerful note, I bid you all a Good Day! :D

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Clean Heart

I awoke with this song playing in my thoughts, a good way to start the day it was, too.

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God,
And renew a right spirit within me...

Enjoy a wonderful Sunday, Dear Ones.

Friday, October 3, 2008

The Best Laid Plans...

Sometimes those adventures just don't work out as planned. We woke to yet more rain and so decided that our plans to attend the Fryeburg Fair would not be working out this year. I refer you to my post on the fair that I posted a year ago right here. I don't think that any of my regular readers had shown up by then.

You can read all about my food choices of that day. Oh my! And you can decide who the friend was that I quoted with regard to manure and pine needles. Oh yes, three guesses and the first two don't count.

I love Bloomin' Onions and will miss not having one this year, but I did make up for it a little when I made some of Ree's Onion Strings to serve with lunch. Have you tried these? They are so delicious and very easy to make.

I'll be back later with a pic of my baby grand. No! Not the piano, the littlest grandson with whom I am spending the day. I'm looking forward to the fun.

Have a great Friday!

Leaving you for now with yet another autumn picture taken earlier this week at the Farmer's Market.

ETA: I've tried to do as promised, but Blogger is having a fit tonight with uploading pictures. I've tried both editing this post and starting a new post. Either way, uploading pics is not working tonight. Perhaps I'll try again tomorrow.

ETA: Saturday morning try...

A Happy Stroll Through the Cemetery

Give a Boy a Box

Yay! It worked!

My Saturday plans are to clean the garage. I seriously mean it this time. No really. I am serious.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Garden

This past Monday, after three days of rain with Hurricane Kyle taking his time to blow past, we needed to run a few errands and so decided to have a McDonald's picnic at the garden.

My friend tells the story of how years ago the "Dean of Maine Gardeners" was a member of the church she and her husband attended. One day, he kindly asked if they wouldn't like to come see his garden. Sadly, they declined not realizing what they were missing. Little did they know that a few years later they would be working hard to establish the garden as a community gem.

Enjoy the photographs and thank you for looking. I'm off on an adventure today and will share it with you soon. Have a fantastic Thursday! ETA: Alas, no adventure today after all. The weather is simply not cooperating. Still hope that you have a fantastic Thursday!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Carl Larsson and Me

Flower Window by Carl Larsson

For some time now, I've been looking for my book on Carl Larsson's home Sundborn. I've even mentioned to more than a few of you that I was looking and looking and looking for that book. I have been most eager to find it since I married. My first husband was Italian by heritage and my new groom is Swedish. I wanted to impress my groom with my vast knowledge of all things Swedish beyond Swedish fish and all don'tcha know.

The Lost is Found

Today, I'm happily reporting that I found the book about a week ago. I'm so excited. And I'm further intrigued because I had no idea how much I have been influenced by this Swedish artist and designer and architect and all on a completely subconscious level. But I shall leave that for all of you to decide — just take a peek and see what I mean!

We both have yellow front doors...

We both have big old cupboards in the kitchen...

We both have a gallery...

We both have a ledge...

We both love books and color...

This could go on and on for a long while. Please click on any photo you'd like to see enlarged and also click on highlighted words for further information about this much-loved and well-admired Swedish artist.

Leaving you with two of Larsson's paintings celebrating domesticity. I am always completely charmed by them.

For a Little Card Game

When the Children Have All Gone to Sleep

Picture Source Allowed to stand

ETA: For Alice (By the way, Alice is looking for an answer to a question. Perhaps you can help her out!)

Edited to Add: Yes, changes have been made this 30th day of January in 2010 (and 5/15 2011). I was appalled to see that the formatting had not held and set about to fix it. This was a dangerous thing to do for pictures were lost, which required replacing. Since this post will be featured in the first week of February, I thought it best to get it right. Thanks for visiting!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Scenes About Town

This is the little garden shed that sits behind a home along the river. It's been calling to me for months and every time I see it sitting there looking so cute, I do not have my camera. What they say about always having one's camera is so true! Today, John helped me make sure that I got the shot. I'm so glad that he did. Now I'm looking forward to his help with the next event that Melissa has scheduled: Fall Front Porches: Get Your Cameras Ready! Oh yes! I plan to have mine with me at every opportunity.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Sixteen Pounds and What do You Get

Hi Hon! You look like a cricket!

No, seriously, what do you have that thing set on?

Sixteen pounds? Did the doctor say 16 pounds?!

You don't care what he said, do you?!

Right. Bye, hon. I've got a blog to write.

Course it could be worse. Perhaps the next time I see him in that contraption he won't remind me of

he'll remind me of

Disclaimer: Do not try this at home without a doctor's counsel.

Yes, I sourced Google Images for both of these photos and I'm really not concerned. If you are, don't look.  
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Hurricane Kyle update: It's wreaked a lot of havoc, but by nature a hurricane has about spun out of trouble once it hits cooler waters. I do, however, believe that all five inches of rain that fell in my county are now flowing slowly through my basement. It's every bit as flooded as it had been after a summer of rain. Trying not to grumble too much as so many have had it soooo much worse. See? :D I'm still smiling. Hang in there, New Brunswickers and Nova Scotians!

Sunday, September 28, 2008


Last week, Hurricane Ike in Texas, this week Hurricane Kyle barreling for Maine. Sometimes these storm seasons hang on for a lonnnngggg time. Life can be like this. Some of us have been dealing with a big old storm for a very long time. I feel as if I have been through a year of one storm after the next. Perhaps you've felt this way. It's a restlessness, a feeling of being wobbly and unsure. We need some direction. It certainly doesn't feel like contentment. Is there any way to learn to be content in every situation? Paul did. He said:

Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. ~Philippians 4:11

Now that's what I want. If we turn our eyes from the storm to Jesus, we will find every single thing that we need for every single thing that we need comes from Him. Let's place ourselves in His hands for there we are safe. It isn't about being self-sufficient; it's all about being dependent on Him.

Comments are off. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Celebrating Fall

One hundred ninety-six miles later and we were home again where I found this beautiful card from Kari waiting for me. It's so gorgeous and the photo doesn't quite do it justice. Thank you so much, Kari! I simply love it. Imagine it perched in my header because that's where it is between the posies and the pumpkin.

This is going to be such a photo rich post that I will try not to make it text rich as well. Here's the basic story...John felt that the foliage would be better north of here so we struck off for Rangeley via

's hometown. You'll see the theater where he got his start and a picture of the Municipal Office. (No, I don't know him, but I know a number of people who do. It's a two degrees of separation thing.)

A detour high on a ridge provided some of my favorite pics of the day of wagons and mums and pumpkins. We stopped to pick up Italians at Jack's and then went to Sandy River for a picnic. We climbed through the forest to find the old swimming hole where I used to allow my children to jump thirty feet for a dip...ackkkk!

The foliage was much better north of here and, because of construction on Rt.4, we were able to enjoy it even more. We hadn't realized that Rt.4 is a dead end at a boat marina on Rangelely Lake, but we found our way again past Suzanne's vegetable stand over Height of Land and then made our way home. Basically, we traveled in a big circle. The day ended with ice cream, as all perfect days do, and the local Farmer's Market.

We had a fun day! Thanks for looking at my pictures. You may click on any to enlarge. Since Blogger is really smoking after all this uploading, I may not post for a few days, but I'll be around to visit you soon.

ETA on August 17, 2016: This is the first selfie we took and perhaps the only selfie. And, for the record, I had no idea it was called a "selfie" way back in 2008. I didn't like this photo much then, but it has grown on me since. We took so few photos together...less than a dozen.