Monday, August 10, 2020

On the Carrabassett

  I don't know exactly when Laurel (my daughter) told me that she had lost her job. It was definitely after Christmas and the explanation was that I had enough on my plate without fretting over the loss of a job. Her company gave her a generous severance package so she wisely used the time to finish work on her degree. 

She graduated this spring with a Bachelor's degree in Operations Management. I am very proud of all her hard work through the years as she always worked full time while fitting in a half load of classes. She received the job loss as a gift, which it turned out to be in more ways than one: she was able to finish her classes without distractions and she left behind a toxic environment with lots of chemicals.

She hit the deck running looking for good employment. She found it in mid-spring. The only problem was that it is two hours north. This meant lots of of commuting time, about four hours a day total. Needless to say, that wasn't going to work long-term.


She closed on her second home a few weeks ago and, week before last, I was invited up to see her new digs or her half-time digs. She spends her working days there and her days off back at her custom-made home, which is just 30 minutes away from me. Those are the days I like best. ッ


Anyway, without further ado, here are some of the photos I took of the drive and her wee, adorable camp on the Carrabassett River. (It looks as if the Maine Cabin Masters could have been at work on her home away from home.)


Heading north...Love a Rock Wall 



Laurel did all the driving 
Looks like Maine to me



The front of the cabin faces the river


We found Charlie and Charlotte in the Loft


Laurel found a package waiting and set about to assemble her new grill while I sat watching from the porch and then went exploring a bit.

My corner on the porch



The River

The Guest House (No, I didn't stay there.)


An Outside Shower 😳

Lots of Christmas Trees...Laurel is getting rid of them; Adam already has his selected

Only Neighbors...what great quintessential New England architecture!

There are lots of flowers about...Laurel is not impressed with them as she has zero time for gardening
side view



all done


Goodness, blogging with Blooger has become a pain. All I wanted to say is that that's the kitchen above and below is the loft with Laurel and Charlie having a moment. (Not allowed at this moment to caption.)





It was lovely to see Laurel's new situation. I hope that she is not there for much longer than a couple of years. It's the end of the world...17 miles from a grocery store. But, it is just 15 minutes from her employment so that is a good thing. Long commutes are revolting.

Sweet yellow watering can...guess she's taking care of flowers after all


The cats have commutes these days, too. That isn't always going very well so Laurel has a plan for them that includes staying by themselves for her short work weeks and joining her wherever she is for long weeks.



There, there, Charlie. It will all be okay.

Thank you for reading. I don't think I can face another post the way this one behaved so it will be awhile until the powers that be get their act together. Take care!











42 comments:

  1. Ah, beautiful Maine! That's a wonderful cabin, and what a smart way to handle her work commute. I know, we like to keep our kids close, but this will be a nice solution and maybe you can go with her once in a while on her shorter week.

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  2. AND this is why I want to move to Maine! BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Thank you sweet friend, can't wait to show hubby after he returns from his bike ride.

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  3. Hi Vee. I love your daughter's new place. Sounds like she "made lemonade out of lemons" when she lost her job. I hope you have a good week. I have been having problems with the new blogger too. Very frustrating.

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  4. Hi Vee - so good to hear from you. Your daughter looks so much like you! What a great little cabin she acquired ... love the birch railings and the gurgling river. Sorry to hear of your blog wows. Hope you are feeling well and getting better each day!

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  5. Congratulations to Laurel for getting her degree and a new job and a new second home--Wow, what an industrious daughter you have! I love her cabin by the river. And I too, love the birch railings.

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  6. What a wonderful place! The birch railings are some of my favorite things about this little camp. I also love the outdoor shower. We are contemplating something like that for our camp eventually (it has no water right now -- my dad always had a seasonal gravity feed arrangement for cold water only) so it is really good to see Laurel's setup.

    This is a lovely getaway place and I'm so glad you got to visit. Laurel has so much wisdom to have figured out this great solution to the long commute.

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  7. Oh thank you thank you for sharing more of the quaintness and beauty of your part of the world (even if it's a two-hour drive from your home. New England is such a special place. Just love it.

    Your daughter has a good head on her shoulders. Congrats to her. I KNOW much of that had to do with her upbringing.

    Blogger, yes (sigh). It's a trial for most of us but we'll get it figured out eventually. You're in good company.

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  8. Oh my goodness, Vee. What a beautiful cabin, and in such a gorgeous spot. So glad how God can work bad to good and even better. I love the interior of the cabin...I would move in tomorrow. Love and Hugs.

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  9. I LOVE this place! Wow! I'd be moving right up there in a heartbeat!! Is it winterized and will she be able to stay there in the cold Maine winters? I love it. Wow! Looks like Maine Cabin Masters has already been there!!

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    1. Yes, it is winterized. She is having further insulation work done today. It also has a combination bathroom/laundry room with an inside shower in addition to that outside shower.

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  10. Oh my goodness I am in love with her cabin! I have heard that Maine is so beautiful. Have never been but would love to visit one day. My traveling today carried me to Walmart to pick up a prescription and that just about DONE ME IN FOR TODAY! LOL! Lord help me sweet baby Jesus. Amazing at the timing of her loosing her job....WOW! Sounds to me like God's hand was in the situation at hand. Hope you are doing well dear Vee. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  11. What a beautiful home! I wish I could rent a room or two for the month of August! heehee! It looks like a great place to hike and explore and I know it is cooler than Florida! Love your post! You did GREAT!!!

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  12. What an adorable home. Right on the river, quiet. I really like the birch tree railings. Looks like the cats are acclimating. Thanks for sharing Vee. ~ Abby

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    1. Cats are struggling, I'm afraid, but hopefully, they will acclimate in time.

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  13. Maine looks quite nice. Congrats to your hardworking daughter! Love the cabin and an outdoor shower is a nice touch. I see the propane tank so that's what she uses for cooking? Hope her situation allows her to move back closer to you in due time. It's so nice to see the actual spot she is spending time in and travel the road your daughter is taking. Happy to see a post pop up from you and sorry about the angst the new blogger is delivering.

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    1. She has a gas stove so, yes, propane. I also have a 100 gallon propane tank here at The Haven.

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  14. Two hours would be a bit too much to commute. How nice that she found such a nice place to stay during work weeks.
    Glad things worked out well.
    Sorry you're having problems with the new blogger. I just played around with it and now have figured it out. Doesn't seem to be better, just different.

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    1. Two hours one way...four hours total...way too much.

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  15. Congratulations to Laurel on getting her degree! God bless her as she goes back and forth from one home to another due to her new job. This home up north is charming in a rustic cabin way. I hope the winters will be accommodating to her living there part time and driving back and forth in between. My son has a good long drive from where he lives to his job and I always worry when it snows. It best to think of it as a new adventure!

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    1. Worry is what mothers do best I think. Yes, believe me, I have already fast forwarded to winter in that location. 😏

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  16. What a beautiful spot Laurel found. Congratulations to her on finishing her degree. She sounds like a very hardworking and enterprising young woman. Did you use the outdoor shower? I assume, with Maine winters, that there is also an indoor option.
    I've found the new blogger not too troublesome - I think they keep tweaking things to make it easier. For example, there's now a spot that says "new post" at the top of the page rather than an ambiguous plus sign in the bottom that was there at first.
    It's so nice to see a post from you. I hope you won't let Blogger deter you too long.

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    1. No. No outdoor showers for me. Laurel and I have no idea why one would choose to put an outside shower there. She's debating having it pulled. Yes, there is a beautiful modern bathroom/laundry inside.

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  17. Congratulations to your daughter for finishing her degree, finding a job, and buying a second home! You must be so very proud of her! It looks really beautiful there. But the commute does seem too long and I hope something else is worked out in the future. Those birch tree railings to the stairs are beautiful! I've never seen anything like them.

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    1. The new home is the workaround and solves the problem of a long commute. Laurel's work schedule is unique: three days on—four days off the first week; four days on—three days off the second and back and forth it swings. She always spends her days off at her main home where the grocery store is two minutes away. πŸ™‚

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  18. I could move into Laurel's cabin in a heartbeat! Too many things I love to mention. It sounds like she is very dedicated to taking control of her life and I see her as a success story right now. I grew up with everything far away, life in the country. It's the same now at the Lakehouse. I love the long drives in the gentle rolling hills and fields.

    So glad to hear you had a lovely time with your girl!

    Jane

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  19. Oh Vee, thanks for sharing Laurel’s home away from home, and congratulations to her for all her hard work! She’s to be admired, and I know you’re proud of her. I would be so happy in that darling cabin, but being 17 miles from a store would take careful planning. The sounds of the river is so soothing and those Christmas trees!!
    Yes, I’ve had problems with these new changes in blogger. Why do they have to change things? I tried to put a horizontally taken photo and with my daughter and her kids and they were squished together into a blob. Oh dear!! Your posts, along with others keep going to my junk mail. It’s a good thing that I check there.
    Hope you have a good week. 😘

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    1. It's the filth that is being allowed through that is my number one concern. I consider it a sexual assault and I am not kidding.

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  20. Thanks for sharing these photos of your daughter's home away from home, Vee. I was wondering how far it would be from our Nashua, NH home as one day we might be able to connect in between. Your daughter did well by taking a package deal and finishing her degree. She is a wise woman. It looks like you both had a great time just from looking at the photos, but that is really a long drive to grocery shop!
    I agree totally on the pains of the new blogger and so far the legacy blogger is working, after I reverted...but who know for how long? Sorry to read about the filth spam. I check daily and luckily have not found any but it would be gone in a nanosecond or sooner!

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    1. It's not that I don't know how to get rid of it, I don't want to see it in the first place. There is no excuse for its getting through. I screen capture it and share it as feedback every.single.time. Hopefully, they'll figure out how to stop it completely. They should be able to trace those urls and block it.

      You're down there in the southern tip of NH and I'm in the western foothills of Maine. If you ever get up my way, do let me know. I am unable to drive very far these days.

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  21. So happy to see there was a new post from your corner! Congrat's to Laurel on completing her degree and getting a job to her liking immediately. Sorry that job is taking her further from you...but what a cute little week-day retreat she found. I think you may just join her there for some R&R on occasion! I wish her much joy and success in her new position.

    I haven't quite figured out everything in the new blogger format yet, but have not had huge problems. Hope to see more posts from your 'haven' in the near future!

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  22. Laurel is a wise woman to take those lemons and make lemonade! Kudos to her for finishing her degree, landing a new job, and solving the problem of the l-o-n-g commute! It looks charming! Hopefully, Charlie and Charlotte will adjust to their new lifestyle too. I'm glad you were able to go and see the new digs. I think it's so helpful to be able to picture exactly where our babies are.

    Take care . . . until next time (New) Blogger will allow you another visit. (Can you believe I am still using Old Blogger? I thought I was going to be kicked off, but it hasn't happened yet.)

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    1. I had to return to the old blogger because the new blogger was a red hot mess. Until they fix it or I get booted, I'm not going back.

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  23. So far I'm not having great difficulties with the new blogger (fingers crossed). I'm sorry you are having so much trouble. :(

    Thank you for taking us along on your trip with Laurel. We enjoyed hearing about Laurel. How wonderful that she could finish her degree, land a new job and find a way through that horrid commute. Her home looks charming. Hope kitties will be okay through it all.

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  24. It all looks and sounds fantastic Vee - so glad you made it up there for a visit.
    Huge congrats to Laurel - obviously a smart, sensible gal who takes after her mom!!!!

    Vee, I too am getting disgusting 'comments' the past few weeks! Sometimes as many as four at once. I have comment moderation on of course, and do have only Google accounts allowed BUT something is not working right at Blogger - this never happened before they started messing about! These comments are left mostly on old posts but of course I don't even want them popping up there. Something should be done at the source to stop this!

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  25. Vee, I hope that Laurel will be happy with her job and new home. Blessings to you and yours.

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  26. You raised a smart daughter to use that time so wisely! It's nice you can now picture where she is when she is working in her new place.

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  27. What a beautiful spot she has found to live while she is away from home! I will join you in prayer that it doesn't last for more than a couple of years. Traveling like that is tough on kitty's too, for sure. I really enjoyed your pictures! Thank you for taking us along with you on your visit!

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  28. Wow! Just hearing about Laurel's schedule wears me out! Whew! What a gorgeous place she found. Glad you got to take that little road trip.

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  29. Hey Vee,
    I agree with you about Blogger. they have made blogging such a pain that I rarely do it anymore..
    Good to see you..
    Love,
    Mona

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  30. I'm sorry that your daughter had to move further away, Vee, but at least you got a road trip out of it. I'm very impressed, she made a wise decision to concentrate on her studies and then found a job at this difficult time. Very well done!
    Amalia
    xo

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  31. I can see why you're so proud of your daughter! I love her cabin. It's so cozy and perfect! I haven't been blogging much lately either. I don't feel like I have that much going on right now. We have been camping about once a month though.

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