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Dockside Grille

 

Don’t you love finding a great restaurant?

 

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In a great spot….

 

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With a great view…

 

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And great natural light…

 

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With great lobster art…

 

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And great planters….

 

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As well as great signs?

 

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Not quite.

 

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There were great drinks…

 

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Great crab cakes…

 

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Great mussels…

(So great I only got pictures of the shells.)

 

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More great drinks..

 

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Great salads with rosemary garlic chicken…

 

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And great broiled haddock sandwiches….

 

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But wait, there’s more.

 

 

There was great dessert…

 

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Really, really great Kahlua cake…..

 

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Am I making myself clear here?

 

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Okay, good.

I wasn’t sure I was getting that point across.

 

 

 

Winter’s light… and a squirrel.

 

While winter may not possess the gentle pastels of spring, the bright greens of summer or the glorious burning of autumn….

 

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It does have it’s own unique color.

 

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These pictures were taken out my winter windows.

 

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And to me……

 

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A Mainer….

 

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They’re  just as beautiful as any blooming garden.

 

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Of course I say that from inside the nice warm house….

 

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Not braving the elements like this little guy.

 

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Right hand cold…

 

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Left hand cold…

 

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To hell with this…

Both hands cold.

 

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And now, back to our regularly scheduled program…..

Vacation posts are over,  (for a while anyway)  and it’s time to get back to normal, every day nonsensical blogging.

I have lots of odd stuff to catch up on , so let’s get started shall we?

#1…  A while back my husband had his truck restored and painted. It cost a fortune, but he loves that old thing. And apparently, so did this robin.

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Every morning at 6:00am ( before the snow started to fly) this bird showed up.

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He’d hop all over the bed, then the cab… pooping on everything.

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He got very aggressive and fought off other birds if they flew too near.

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The little bastard even dive bombed me a few times.

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#2…  And speaking of dinosaurs,

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We had a visiting Pterodactyl.

(Okay, it was a raven I named Roderick, but damn. He was big.)

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*Note to self – buy bigger bird bath.*

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#3… I saw this in a parking lot last month –

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Clearly this man had been waiting for a long time.

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#4… Good news!

I finally found a pair of jeans made for women who eat too many double stuff Oreos  real women.

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#5… Remember the mutant brain abomination that was growing on my driveway?

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Well, we came home from vacation….

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And found it dead.

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It had turned brown, shriveled up and fallen off it’s stalk. Which was quite a relief.

Until I started thinking that maybe it just….

Hatched.

#6….. You know it’s Christmas time in Maine when you see the holiday trees popping up everywhere.

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Of course, in Maine… trees are made from lobster crates, so make of that what you will.

#7…. And speaking of Christmas, here’s a great gift idea from Vermont.

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Because nothing says I love you better than a wheel of cheese, and a cow you don’t have to clean up after.

You’re welcome.

Color me impressed.

 

 

My favorite time of year is here and Mother Nature is putting on a show in Maine.

 

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Pockets of beautiful autumnal color are bursting forth.

 

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And almost everywhere you look, it’s gorgeous.

 

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Warm days, cool nights…

 

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Farmers markets filled with apples and pumpkins.

 

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If there’s a prettier place than autumn in New England…

 

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I’m sure I don’t know where it is.

 

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Even the dearly departed are enjoying the show.

Welcome fall!

It’s that time of year again.

 

 

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Our backyard trees are full of apples and I’ve been picking like crazy.

 

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Well no, I didn’t.

 

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But yesterday I made apple bread and Norwegian apple pie, so that’s just as good.

 

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Autumn in Maine is pretty damn fabulous, not to mention colorful. The trees are starting to turn, our neighbor is harvesting pumpkins from his fields and if you drop by the house this month you’ll be stuffed full of baked apple treats.

 

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My glazed apple bundt cake is pretty special, although the secret ingredient may have something to do with it.

 

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Yeah.

We do apples up right at River’s house.

 

Class is in session.

 

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I admit when I chose this week’s course I thought it was a joke.

But clearly I am woefully uninformed because Pickleball really is a thing.

 

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Beginner Pickleball.

Have you heard the buzz about Pickleball and wondered what it was all about? Come learn to play this wonderful paddle sport, suitable for all ages. Taught by an experienced tennis professional who has become a Pickleball devotee, this class will have you playing in no time. Paddles and balls supplied. Bring tennis shoes to put on when you arrive (no street shoes allowed on the courts).

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Pickleball?

I had visions of this:

 

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But no…. it really does exist.

There are courts, equipment, instructors, a magazine and evidently…

Nomenclature.

 

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After doing a little research, I discovered it’s a rather slow paced game primarily embraced by the retired set.

Although not without it’s vanguard.

 

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And hey,  if you’re lucky enough to live in Pittsburgh…

(Yes, I said that with a straight face.)

 

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So maybe I’d better get a jump on my sunset years, grab a ball and start pickling.

Who’s with me?

Wednesdays  5:30-7:30 pm for 6 weeks.

$59/$64  Non refundable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh dear… deer.

 

 

We live in the country, which means we have critters visiting on a daily basis.

We’re animal lovers, which means we love them all.

Raccoons, opossums, woodchucks, chipmunks, pheasants, fox, hawks, the occasional bear, one moose….. and yes, even the skunks.

They come to nosh under our bird feeders, nibble our blueberry bushes and raid our apple trees. We love it.  And year after year, we get more deer. At times, we’ve had as many as 24 in the backyard…. which was glorious. They’re such graceful, beautiful creatures.

Of course they’ve also broke every bird feeder I’ve ever hung, which is why we started buying feed a few years ago and putting out a nightly treat.

 

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Now before you pop an environmental cork, we are not subsistence feeding deer. It’s 2 little bowls with a few cups of sweetened grain in each. Not nearly enough to satisfy a single deer, no less a herd. They’re still feeding naturally, we don’t allow hunting on the property and neither do the neighbors, so we’re not luring them to their deaths. Think of it as an Oreo or two. They love it, and we love to watch them.

 

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We have families with young spotted fawns, we have rugged old bucks with impressive racks and even one doe with a bum leg who we worried about the entire winter, but she survived just fine.

The herd tends to disperse in the summer and for the last few months we’ve only had 2 yearlings. But the other night we had 6.

Autumn is coming….

 

 

And we love our backyard.

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