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Planting out

April 27, 2009

img_38541Over the week we mixed some gardening chores with a trip to the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, which was very different than our visit on Dan’s birthday last summer.  We also had lunch with Dan’s daughter Amanda, and played cards and visited with friends.

Dan’s mom worked alongside us, raking the lawn and collecting some of the 9,483 sticks that littered the lawn.  We save these sticks to use as tinder for the woodstove, collecting and storing them in old feed bags, and it is an exceedingly tedious chore, so she was a HUGE help.img_3862

Sunday I set out broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage into the second raised bed and tucked it all in under floating row cover (this bed is also due to be removed although seeing that it is the only way I’m able to get things planted out this early, I am rethinking that idea).  img_3853I don’t like the floating row cover, it is aesthetically unappealing, but it works to keep the cabbage moths off the brassicas.  I also planted lettuce and parsley at the left of the bed, and set up a temporary shade cloth with more floating row cover.

In the far bed, behind the watering can, are the peas; in front of the peas I sowed arugula, spinach, radish, and beets.  We are scheduled for a hot day on Wednesday, and I am hoping the heat speeds along germination.  The weekend weather calls for showers, I love auto-watering.

Cookin’ with style

April 22, 2009


Thanks, Mom, for the lovely new aprons!  Mom has been making them to sell at a local farmers/craft market.  She selected fabrics very appropriate for our household :-)

Strainer things have happened

March 9, 2009

After a posting about abusing my beloved star colander, and a mild rant about the state of colander manufacturing, my brilliant sisters-in-law have set about finding a colander for me.  Kathy and Louise each sent me a colander, unknowing of the others’ gift.  And thus, I have 2 near-perfect, but very different, colanders.

Exhibit A


The colander on the left is a product of Martha Stewart, on the right, Oxo waded into the fray with its version.  They are both fabulous, although very different.  The Oxo has plastic handles which fold down as shown to become legs, or unfold, to become sturdy supports that will perfectly reach across a standard double bowl kitchen sink, eliminating any possibility of pasta water/sink backwash.  The Martha colander is a more traditional design, and will nest inside a large bowl, perfect for washing produce, then lifting it out of the bowl of water to drain.  Both nearly perfect, like my sisters-in-law (I said NEARLY).  Thanks, K&L!

Crazy hair day

February 10, 2009

img_36111I say, HE’S crazy.

She’s Here!

November 25, 2008

After circling Portland for a bit, Delta decided that it was too windy to land. The flight was then diverted to Manchester, NH. Ugh! A 5:30 expected arrival turned into 9:00 pm. The winds calmed down enough for an 8:30 departure from Manchester. The odd thing about our evening of waiting was the fact that the Portland International Jetport provided no information about the flight changes to people waiting on this end. How did we find out about the unexpected trip to New Hampshire? Other passengers on the plane were sending text messages to relatives waiting at the Jetport! Ain’t technology wonderful?


She’s on her way…

November 25, 2008

Three very sweet words:  Status In flight.


Despite wind, snow and rain, Mom’s on her way to visit us here in Maine.  YAY!

I hope she doesn’t mind a few lot of cobwebs and cat hairs

Vincent Joseph T, 10/30/1928–10/13/2008

October 19, 2008

Dan’s dad died Monday, a few days shy of his 80th birthday and 58th wedding anniversary.  The oldest of five children, he went on to have 5 children, of which Dan is the oldest of 2 boys.  Dad converted an old carriage house into a large family home outside of New York city, where he and Mom raised their family.  Later Dad converted a sugar house in the Catskills into the home he and Mom retired to, which the family called the Sugar Camp.  From there, he and Mom had a wonderful view of the mountains, and he was buried on a clear October day at the foot of one of the mountains he so loved to gaze upon.

It was a sad week, but a good one, with most of the extended family gathered to share memories and tell stories.  I met Dad’s youngest sibling, Dan’s Aunt Janet, up from Texas, and chatted with cousins I had met only briefly before.  We cried, we laughed, we ate, we talked, we said goodbye to a kind and generous spirit.

Dan and I were able to leave Henbogle behind only because of our dear and generous friends Ron, Mark, Bill, Michelle, Karen, and Bill.  They all made sure we left well fed, with no worries for cats or chickens or overflowing mailboxes.  We are so very fortunate.  Thanks so much dear friends!

The hard part of loving someone

September 24, 2008

The September sunshine is dim these days, as Dan’s dad is gravely ill. We are just back from a quick trip to see him in the hospital and lend help and support to Mom.

It is difficult to see Dad so frail. In family lore, he seems larger than life, a vital man bursting with energy and ideas, who converted an old carriage house into the family home, using reclaimed bricks he dug from the banks of the Hudson River at a bygone brickworks after his day job building concrete forms for New York City’s power plants, bridges and roads. An avid reader, he soaked up knowledge like a sponge, and was amazingly smart, he probably would have been a brilliant engineer. He is always quick with a joke, and has a ready twinkle in his eye –he could charm the whiskers off Santa Claus, and maybe he did as he has a crisp white beard.

I am very fortunate to have joined this family –it certainly eases the ache of losing my parents so early in my life. I love you dad.

Happy birthday, sweetheart!

July 9, 2008

You just keep getting better. XOXOXO

Done graduated

June 4, 2008

Congratulations, Kyle!

Grad and Dad

You made it and we are so proud of you!!!!