Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
There was the row of 4 wheelchairs with little old ladies in every kind of dress and hat (one had a baseball cap on with a sideways tilted brim) as they were waiting in a row to be wheeled onto the airplane. The wheelchairs had a long flag stick attached to them to make sure that everyone could see them. There they sat when the Trout says to me "the Indy 500 waiting to race." That's a crazy! And then later, as we sat in the airport, we saw an elderly couple. I nodded to the Trout to take a look to his left. There sat a man with his pant legs raised enough to see black and white horizontal striped socks that were in black rubber wedgies. He had a striped shirt and all that was missing was a hat. The Trout says, much too loudly for me, "The Cat in the Hat." Another crazy.
We few Southwest Airlines for the first time, and all the flight attendants had very funny senses of humor. One elderly lady passenger had a piece of overhead luggage that she asked the flight attendant to pull down for her. She asked for the green bag. The flight attendant said there was no green bag, only a gray one, which turned out to be the correct one. Then the flight attendant said, "now we will work on colors and numbers."
For my travel, I have a nylon tear-dropped shaped shoulder purse that holds a lot. It is in pretty bad shape this trip. I have to admit, it is butter and lobster stained from all our eating escapades. Will need a thorough laundry workout when we get home.
Thirty some years ago, I developed an aspirin allergy after the birth of our last child. Also at this time, I became very sensitive to wintergreen. It is very bothersome to me that toothpaste, gum and mints, do not come right out and put wintergreen on the labels. I have thrown out a lot of this after purchase. Wintergreen gives me a severe migraine headache. I have had to move in church because of the smell and I smelled it on the airplane for a few seconds, but it was someone passing by, not sitting near me. Such nonsense--more crazies.
The trip was great, and we would definitely go back to Manchester, Vermont, and the Bar Harbor, Maine area. Friendly folks all over and of course, the lobster and chowder and blueberry pies were great.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Okay, now this is it! We had to have lobster one last time. This was a little longer drive to a lobster shack right on the bay. They certainly aren't fancy, but they offer the best and freshest lobsters around.
This was by far, the best lobster we have had this week. If you are keeping count, this was our third night in a row for steamed lobster. In talking to the workers there, we find out they steam in those metal boxes outside the shack with water pulled right out of the sea. This flavors the lobster giving it the perfect saltiness. We would definitely recommend Thurston's Lobster Pound south of Bar Harbor, Maine, in Tremont.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Walked this beautiful little town of Bar Harbor and stopped for oysters on the half shell. We were so anxious to dive into them, I forgot to take pictures. They were very good with a locally brewed beer. Next time, I hope there will be a next time, I'll get a picture.
Today is May 26, and it is the birthday of our youngest daughter, Angie. Angie, bless her heart, is a paraprofessional working with special needs children in the school district. She works very hard but has such a heart for these special kids. She has given us a son-in-law, two grandsons and she is also a stepmother to a son. She is also taking care of our special kid, the Bichon, while we are on this trip. We thank you a lot, Angie, and hope that you have a very special day today.
Surprisingly, this is the first time we have come across accents on our travels. I expected to hear something in Vermont, New Hampshire, and all of Maine, but it wasn't until we got this far north that you can hear a little something in the accent. I just love it!!
Last night we had went to dinner way south of Bar Harbor and we decided to have LOBSTAH!! No surprise there! We also had a pound of clam steamers which was very good. Just have to fill up on this delicacy because it will be a very long time until we eat this again. Unless you count tomorrow. Maybe one more time before we start heading home and then one month of only salads and veggies before we start heading west to Montana.
I promised myself that I would not tell you that we had to test another blueberry pie this evening. smile, smile, snicker. Now you know why we face a month of salads, but it is so worth it.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
I had a small lunch alone today. I have never been good at going in restaurants alone, but I found a saying on a wooden napkin holder that made the lunch time worthwhile. It was "The cure for anything is salt water--sweat, tears or the sea." Isak Dinesan
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Today was a busy but beautiful day. We started by finding Robert Frost's grave and his home where he sat on a hot June day and wrote "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," in 1922. His home is displayed beautifully and definitely worth a stop. The cemetery is old, graves back to the 1700's.
Stopped at a covered bridge over the Batenkill River. My first covered bridge. I grew up in Iowa near Winterset which is known for its covered bridges i.e. "Bridges of Madison County," but I have never seen one, so this was a thrill.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I made my mother's recipe tonight for the grandboys at their request. My brother's son, Matthew, has gone to Antarctica for many years for his work and has cooked this spinach way down under for the Navy seals and scientists working down there.
Possibly, you will need some time to get acquainted with this recipe, as it is not typical spinach. My mother always called it Deutscher Spinat, so I am sharing a "in the pot" picture and recipe for you.
And tonight we will be having a roasted chicken for dinner and the boys requested my mother's German spinach recipe. This will appear on my blog tomorrow. It is very, very good and even children love to eat this spinach.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
We had such a good time judging the end of April, that we will probably do it again next year. PIE! That is as American as it can get.
Love Florida, but we still have trouble adjusting to the heat in the summer. The spring rain is slow in coming, so it is also very dry. I will still say and always say that running the air conditioner in the summer in Florida is a lot more fun than running the furnace all winter long up north.
Will be in touch and will keep up reading all your blogs. Unfortunately, Kippy, the Bichon, is figuring out that she will be in for a long car ride and it is not her favorite thing. Will need to shut the bedroom doors before she crawls under the beds in hopes we forget her. And, it looks like rain is in the forecast further north, and she is deathly afraid of windshield wipers and rain on the roof. It is the child that never left home..
Sunday, May 10, 2009
What makes being a mother more remarkable is that I am also a grandmother and that is a whole new love that comes from my heart. To be blessed with 4 beautiful young grandchildren, individuals with unique personalities, makes that first step of becoming a mother, rewarded double-fold.
To my beautiful daughters, Happy Mother's Day and I hope someday you will also feel that double-fold reward of becoming grandmothers. God Bless You.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
I love lamb! Lamb chops, leg of lamb, lamb kebabs, lamb burgers and just about any other way you can imagine. I always have. Mom would roast legs of lamb when we were young and I know none of my friends were eating lamb at that time. Mom was a restaurant cook and her speciality was meat; cooked, grilled, roasted, just about any way. (Oh yes, she was great with making soups also.) She was a perfectionist when it came to cooking a steak exactly as ordered. She always got it right. I guess that is why we also had lamb. She loved preparing meats. But, she also introduced me to.....mint jelly. That is the only way I have ever eaten lamb. In restaurants, when it does not accompany the lamb, there is usually some sort of mint sauce, so that is enough to content me.
Our herb garden has been doing quite well, and the mint needs to be used before we leave on vacation. So this morning, I made mint jelly. Always wanted to try it and now we have plenty. Lamb chops are on the menu for this weekend, so will give this a try. I feel my larder is now full. "smile"
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
It was also a farewell for one snow bird couple that is heading back to Wisconsin for the summer. We vowed to do this on a regular schedule next winter because we really have a lot of fun together.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
On a clean memory card, take a picture of a piece of paper so that it will be the first image on your card. On this piece of paper, write your telephone number and the word "REWARD, no questions asked." If you remove pictures from your card, always keep this photo of your phone number the number one photo. Doesn't that make sense?
If you are the unfortunate one who has lost a camera, there is a busy website where people post about found cameras. Go to http://ifoundyourcamera.blogspot.com .
There, I feel like I have passed on good news for the day!