Monday, March 24, 2014

Another sweet and sappy posting

 Last weekend had Maine Maple Sunday and we went to three different participating farms. Rickers, the first one, was unplanned as we came across it while we were trying to find Twitchell's. Each place was more crowded than the last, possibly because the day was progressing and people were getting out and about.

 Jillson's was the most crowded with lines well into the street for both the breakfast and the samples. I took pictures of all three places' boiling areas. To get maple syrup from sap, you boil away the water. You usually get one gallon of syrup from 40 gallons of sap.

Carrie got to talk a little bit about the how tos of gathering as we do have numerous maple trees on our property and she may try it next year.

Jillson's also had some of their livestock out or available for viewing. So we went to look. And they looked back.

click on a nose to enlarge the photo

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Snow Must Go On


Sunday morning snow

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Eye Sage

 All but the last of these pictures were taken just after our recent ice storm. The last was after the following snow storm.

Standing in the street you can glimpse our house through the trees.

A closer view from our driveway.

Everything got coated in ice.

A very thick coating of ice.

These tracks prove neither ice nor snow will keep the squirrels away from the bird feeders.
click on any ice cube to enlarge the photo

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Muletide Greetings

We had power out for almost 24 hours. Now it is back and we are feeling it might be a happy christmas after all. We just watched Arthur Christmas and I've got a bunch of old seasonal cartoons to play and our heat is back on.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Happy Kemmer Tiara Day!

How did you celebrate?

Did you go to your favorite bookstore wearing their cool logo on your shirt to celebrate with the store proprietress?

Did you go to a neighboring museum to join Santa and his helpers celebrate the day?

We did!

View some of our past celebrations.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

I See the Icy River

cold but sunny day
ice doilies around the rocks

Snow and rain at the beginning of the week cleared things out for the holiday, but in spite of the bright sun, it is bitterly cold out.

Keith, Carrie and Kemmer all got Thursday off and we went out to a local restaurant where Carrie loved her scallops but Kemmer and Keith were less impressed with their turkey.

Friday, Carrie worked, so Keith took Kemmer out for a drive, stopping at Sabattus Pond, Lisbon Falls, and then pulling in to Miller Park in Lisbon. Turns out there is a walking/biking trail along the Androscoggin River here that we never knew about before this.

We braved the cold and walked along the trail for a while, encountering a few other hardy souls determined to avoid Black Friday shopping. We'll have to bring Carrie to see it soon.
 ice agate pattern

click on an ice crystal to enlarge any picture

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Spotting Proposition

Having lived an active outdoor life in spite of my fair and delicate skin's tendency to get sunburn, it was no real surprise that after a few years of living in Arizona a doctor pointed out some pre-cancerous lesions forming on my face and arms. Further examinations showed a bit of basil cell melanoma on one arm as well, which had to be cut out.

Yearly checks and yearly applications of liquid nitrogen kept things at bay, though a bit more was used every year and I did have a second basil cell removed.

20 years lived in Arizona with doctors well acquainted with these things, then I moved to Maine. A bit of searching for work before getting a job with health benefits and my own tendency to procrastinate made for a gap of years before I got myself checked again. The dermatologist did a bit of freezing, but also had to burn out two spots of basil cell.

2 more years before I get another check (shame on me!) Different dermatologist who says I have so many lesions (legions of lesions?) that he would rather try a different approach. Using a special ointment that would be, as the pharmacist put it "chemotherapy in a tube." Four weeks on my arms and two weeks on my face. It would attack both the seen and the unseen lesions. It would also look horrible as it attacked and destroyed them.

I did my arms first and showed my coworkers what was happening so as to prepare them when my face started looking like I'd escaped from the Zombie Apocalypse.

click a spot to enlarge the lot

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Happy Anniversary to us!

22 years today!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Hallowe'en

a kard from a previous year

Monday, October 21, 2013