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Archive for March, 2009

Tisk tisk. I know.

It’s been a few weeks since our last post and it’s not because we haven’t been busy! We did make it to the Maine Boatbuilders Show in Portland a few weekends ago. Like the flower show the weekend before, I thought the price was a bit much. It was neat to see the types of boats that Jon worked on back in his Landing School days. We both expected there to be more small hand-built canoes and kayaks and we were disappointed by the apparent lacking in that category. I did snap a picture of a few nice boats.

dsc006501After running into a friend in the Old Port and catching up for a bit we ate a delicious dinner at The Dry Dock restaurant on Commercial Street. Upon returning home, we realized that Mr. Biddle’s sudden seizure earlier in the morning was apparently only a small indication of what was to come for him the next few days. I would honestly say that he has a stomach of steel after being a stray in Wyoming and eating whatever carcasses he could get his grubby mouth on.  So when he came down with a severe case of stomach problems I became worried. After two trips to the emergency vet on Sunday, I decided to leave him in their care overnight when I felt that he was going downhill quickly. I give the Maine Veterinary Referral Center many kudos for the care they gave to Biddle’s. I also gave them muchos money.  This story has a happy ending because after about a week Mr. Biddle’s is back to his overbearing, lovable self. 

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A new jobby job!

I officially started work as a Medical Transcriptionist on Monday morning!  It feels great to be part of the work force again.  Between the past two nine-hour work days, pilates class, a latin dance aerobics class and collecting sap from our taps, I’m a bit beat.  I will catch you all up as soon as my eyes can stay open and my inner thighs stop aching from all those squats!

Be well,

Patti

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Fiber and Friends

As an early birthday gift, Jon paid for me to attend a dye workshop at the Portland Fiber Gallery & Studio on Saturday.  There were seven of us total plus one instructor.  Everyone’s personal preferences were quite evident by the solids and mixed colors they chose to dye with.  Here are a few photos of the day…

Skeins and roving soaking up citric acid before we can dye them.

Skeins and roving soaking up citric acid before we can dye them.

 

One of my skeins in the dye pot... almost done!

One of my skeins in the dye pot... almost done!

All of us with our finished products!

All of us with our finished products!

I spent the rest of the weekend catching up with an old friend.  In fact, she was our first overnight house guest.

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Flowers and Syrup

This morning Jon and I headed to the Portland Flower Show.  It was a bit crowded for my taste and for that reason we didn’t linger as much as we probably would have if fewer people had been there.  The displays were beautiful, however, the one thing we were hoping to find, an outdoor wood paint made out of vegetable matter, was nowhere to be seen.  I found the price of the show at $15 a head to be pretty steep considering we probably only stayed about an hour.  I’m sure others who were willing to venture into the crowd got their moneys worth.

An exhibit at the Portland Flower Show

An exhibit at the Portland Flower Show

After running a few errands on the way back home we fired up our make-shift sap boiler.  Since we have a turkey deep-fryer (given to us as a gift) and we have yet to deep fry any turkeys, we decided to use the rig to boil the sap.  It isn’t ideal due to the lack of surface area needed for evaporation, but it’s simple and we can turn it on and off at the drop of a hat.

Our sap deep-fryer!

Our sap deep-fryer!

It’s still boiling now at 8:30pm after five or six hours (I stopped adding sap about an hour ago).  I guess we’ll have to get an earlier start next time!

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C is for Cookie

 

That's one big chocolate chip cookie!

That's one big chocolate chip cookie!

I thought  a little sweetness might brighten everyone’s dreary day, at least for all those Mainer’s that are staring out their windows at rain and sleet.

I started a new Pilates/Tai Chi Fusion class last night and my back is a bit prickly this morning.  I now know how to part the horse’s mane and repulse the monkey.  With great names like that I’m sure I will be enjoying future classes.  Unfortunately we didn’t even get to any pilates exercises which my body is craving, hopefully next week.  I suppose I’ll just have to do them at home on my own.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t hold poses as long when I don’t have others around to challenge me.  

I believe we’ll be boiling some sap down this weekend… should be interesting.

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Another five or six inches on the ground today.  I guess this weekend was just a tease.

Winter in Maine requires boots for all occasions!

Winter in Maine requires boots for all occasions!

Tonight, we pick out our seeds from Johnny’s and plan the garden.  Snow be damned!

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Mutt’s and Putt’s

Surprise!  The weatherman was wrong again.  It didn’t bother me a bit considering the sun shined in our favor the entire day.  Good for the flowing sap and good for some vitamin D on this sun-depraved skin.  We took a trip up to camp today, picking up my dad on the way.  As usual, I teased him about his year-round barbequing upon seeing the old charcoal flamer outside his garage.  Old friends can attest to my dad’s fantastic bbq skills.  Jon, Dad, Barley, Mr. Biddle’s and I post-holed our way into camp in order to pick up the old putt-putt motor… it’s getting a tune-up!  Jon’s been taking a small engines course through adult ed and volunteered to try his hand at maybe getting it up to 4 or 5 miles per hour.  Hey, this turtle always wins the race on Raymond Pond!  Any more horses and the ride would be a blur.  It was amusing watching Jon tote the engine and a gas tank up the camp road, both items strapped to a bright orange childrens sled.  Mr. Biddle’s keen sense of finding dead things and trash led us to a few dead baby squirrels that had knawed their way into the camp and withered away.  Another day in our life gone by…  oh and we collected about 3 gallons of sap from our taps today.

Patti

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