Saturday, August 3, 2019

Boothbay Harbor 2019

Hubby and I took a short vacation to one of our favorite places.....Boothbay Harbor, Maine!

My reason for wanting to go had to do with a  Clambake....Hubby's reason had to do with Moxie!  But more on that later.

Our first stop on the way up was the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden.  We've been there a couple of times before, but always good for another look!



They're doing lots of updating, but the areas that have been there for awhile were covered in flowers.



It was a hot day, but there are lots of nice benches to relax and enjoy the beauty.


Serenity Garden





After our stop at the Botanical Garden, we made our way into downtown Boothbay Harbor to our hotel, "The Fisherman's Wharf Inn".     I was very excited to be right on the harbor, with a balcony and a view.


When we got there, we were told that a "big-ass" boat was parked right outside our room. I was pretty perturbed until we got to the room and I could see that the boat was not blocking our view.   And it turned out to be quite amusing to watch the two deck hands spit-polish everything from the outside of the boat to the anchor!


For dinner we sat out on the deck at Mc Seagull's and shared a fisherman's platter. Yum!


The next day we had some time in the morning to walk around downtown.  So we went to Hubby's favorite "60's Hippie Store"  Enchantments.



Hubby always joked around about doing a puzzle of the cover of the Beatles "White Album".  Sure enough, it was in the hippie store!!    Hubby was not quite crazy enough to buy it.


It was time for our Cabbage Island Clambake!   It started out with a 1-hour harbor cruise.  So wonderful to stand at the railing at the top of the boat and enjoy the sun and wind! (Yes, my hat stayed in my hand....I'm not losing another one!)



Cabbage Island has been a family business for 60 years.  Every summer for 12 weeks they offer a cruise and clambake every day and 2 on each of the weekend days!  



They start you off with ice tea and water, then bring you cups of clam chowder.  Then the bell rings and it's time to make your way down to the waterfront where they have been steaming our meals all morning.

We each got 2 lobsters, steamers, corn-on-the-cob, potato, onion and an egg!  (and lots of melted butter!)   Apparently, the onion is a family tradition, and the egg is what they use to gauge if the lobsters are cooked!

The meal was finished off with a piece of Maine Blueberry Cake.  



After the meal we had about an hour to wander the island.  They had a bar to purchase beer and wine, and games like cornhole set up for people to play.


The name of the boat is the "Bennie Alice".....named after the matriarch of the family who is 98 years old and greets all the visitors as they come onto the island.


No supper needed that night!  But of course we had a little snack of ice cream before going to bed. 

Hubby noticed there was an open mic, so we decided to go in and have a drink and listen.  Well......let me just say the open mics we go to around here are about 1000x better than this one.  'Nuff said.

In the morning we decided against the hotel breakfast and went to the Bridge Street Cafe. Yummy!


After checking out of the hotel, our plan was to head further north to Union, Maine, home of what Hubby called the "Moxie Museum".   In reality it is the Matthews Museum of Maine Heritage, which has an extensive Moxie display.  And we figured since we were up that way, we'd go to Camden, since we've never been and we've heard it's very nice.

As we were leaving Boothbay, Hubby said, "Gee, I hope they're open today."   I looked it up on my phone and it wasn't!   It was closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.   Thank goodness we checked before drving almost an hour north!

So sadly we headed straight home.  I guess the Moxie Museum and Camden will just have to be an adventure for another day!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Audrey's 6th Birthday Adventure

Our sweet Audrey turned 6 on June 11th  (our 13th Wedding Anniversary!).   For her adventure, we took her and her little sister Elise to see "The Secret Life of Pets 2" at Chunky's.



We got them each a treat at the movies. Audrey chose Swedish Fish and Elise wanted a "big bag of popcorn all for myself!"



The movie was cute and funny and both girls stayed engrossed the whole time.  I loved that Audrey danced in her seat when there was music playing.

After the movie we took them to a local playground.

Audrey was proud of herself that she could go down the firepole without help!


And Elise knows just how cute she is!


Even Pepere had fun on the slide.
  The girls think it's hilarious to call him "Pepperoni" instead of Pepere!


Here's where their imaginations went wild!  My favorite part of the day because it's so much fun to see what they're going to come up with!

We pretended the play structure was a castle and we all had magical crowns that gave us any wish we wanted.   Imaginary friend Teddy made an appearance and joined in the fun!

We eventually played on the big ring of bark mulch because we were having a party for ALL the people in the world  (1 million!)  and thank goodness we could magically wish for everything to be set up for the party!

We even had fireworks (Elise throwing bark mulch up in the air!)


After an hour and a half at the playground, we went across the street to a little restaurant for some supper.  Audrey did a good job on her hamburger, and Elise waved a piece of a chicken finger around near her mouth and said she had eaten some of her dinner and could have ice cream!

Being the grandparents, of course she could have ice cream!  Some strawberry with rainbow sprinkles for Audrey and vanilla with rainbow sprinkles for Elise.

We brought home two tired little girls.   And two tired grandparents!  We all had so much fun and hopefully made some great memories!




Sunday, February 10, 2019

"The Essex" 3

We've really enjoyed a short winter get-away the last three years.  We found the Essex Culinary Resort in Essex, VT, and we like it so much we've gone back each of the past three years.

This year we started our adventure with brunch at the Red Arrow Diner in Londonderry, NH.  Last year we went up on a Saturday, and the wait to eat at the diner was way too long.  This year, we went up on Thursday and got right in.  They very astutely have a spot in the lobby where you can take a "selfie" ............be sure to post it!


Tag loved the coffee mug full of grits, so I bought one for him to take home.  (just the mug....not the grits!)


The first night we were there, we had our cooking class.  This year it was "Cooking with Vermont Beer".   Our instructor taught us how to make soup, chicken, mashed potatoes and parsnips.  I'd never had parsnips before...they were delicious!


We joined two other couples....everyone had a good time and enjoyed the company and the food.



 We all took turns and had a chance to participate in the cooking.



Of course, the meal had to be "presented".


One of the things we love most about this Inn is the pool and hot tub. Indoor heated pool and outdoor hot tub........we enjoyed both on each night.  Nothing like a relaxing soak in the hot tub to turn your muscles to mush and help you sleep!

On Friday, we went into Burlington.  While searching for a "Vintage" store, we came upon a park on the shore of Lake Champlain.   A bit too chilly to swim outside!



We did find the Vintage store after a few wrong turns.   Tag found some records (of course!) and I got some vintage earrings and few bowls.

One of the things I love about Vermont is their universal acceptance of everyone.....this was one of my favorite signs.   


We found the Lake Champlain Chocolate Factory and went in for the free tour.   You could see the workers creating Easter Bunnies through a glass window that looked out over the factory floor. One of the employees gave a talk and slide show about the origins of chocolate.   The best part, of course, was the free samples!


Another record store!!  More records!!!



We stopped in at Church Street.  It's an area in the downtown blocked in parts to traffic with all little shops.  It was absolutely freezing out, so we stopped in a bakery and got a muffin and some hot drinks.


Back to the Essex, where we had $100 as part of our package to spend on dinner in the "Junction", a fine dining restaurant.


I never noticed before but they had table settings glued to the ceiling!  Our waiter said they'd been there for at least four years!



The Junction has an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs work.


Both mornings we also got breakfast....so the weekend was pretty much an eating fest!  And the food is outstanding!   We are contemplating going back in the summer, when they'll have a huge vegetable garden, flower gardens, walking trails, bicycles to borrow, goats, chickens and an outdoor pool.

Not much snow, even up there, but frozen "waterfalls" on the granite rocks.  


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Recycled Percussion 2018



I had the great good fortune of bringing some "newbies" to the latest Recycled Percussion show.   We went to the Palace Theater in Manchester and got our usual seats in the right-hand balcony.  We were practically on top of the stage!

I gave tickets to my niece Laura, my granddaughter Emily, my daughter Jamie and her boyfriend Sean  It was so much fun to see their reactions to seeing the show for the first time.  Jamie has Justin's daughter Bo in her preschool class, and Bo and her sister Blake were there, at stage left, throughout the show.  We could see them from where we were sitting and laughed as they sang and danced all afternoon to their Daddy's band!

Justin, Ryan and Matt performing with incredible precision on the buckets and barrels "we got at Lowe's"


At times, Justin's hands were moving so fast they were blurs!


They have a wonderful, unique way of finding music in everyday things.  Here they are playing blenders!  Again, the amount of practice must be incredible to have perfectly synchronized sounds come out of a bunch of blenders!


A little hydraulics and they are tipped over so everyone can see the tops of their drums while they play.




They also found music in classic toys....romper stompers, rubber balls, Operation game, xylophone, etc.   


And their most memorable trick....play on ladders as they climb up and down and then jump from the top to the floor while playing on the way down!


My family knows how much I love the band...not just for their showmanship but for their humanitarianism.   So Jamie got me a Recycled Percussion and Chaos and Kindness sweatshirt in pink......and my husband got me the same sweatshirt in black!


Way over on the left are the four signatures from the band.  We got to quickly meet them after the show, as they greet all their fans after every show.


After the show we all went out to a pizza place called 900 Degrees.  It was wonderful to spend time with some of my very favorite people!  Thanks for a wonderful night of great fun!