Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Photos

Joining in today with Amy for Five on Friday, the last for this open in September. Be sure to join in for this fun meme.

You know I'm on vacation in Maine, in our second week with two more weeks to go before we start back across country to Texas.

1. Visiting an art shop on the harbor in Camden...
Interesting stool with placement for the back of the seat? Think it's comfortable? 

Ship Captain sculpture - note the hair in the wind! Sort of reminds me of Pirates of the Carribean....

2. Had to make a stop at the Cellar Door Winery. Selections were two white and two reds to take back to the house with us.

3. Unusual bridge with an observatory at the top of one of the towers (Fort Knox Observatory - be sure to click on the link to find out why it's called Fort Knox when it's in Maine!). You can take an elevator up to look out.  Note that I said "you" could take an elevator up, as one would have to knock me out to drag me into that elevator!

We took our friends Mike and Sandie to enjoy the lobster at Young's Lobster Pound ... smiling faces!

5. My daughter and son-in-law and grandson will be here next week, and they are looking forward to renting kayaks. Heidi says I need to share one with her, but not sure my arms will hold out for the two-hour guided tour. Hmmm.  

I almost forgot my little cartoon from Facebook Friends for this week.

Have a wonderful weekend, my blogger friends. We are taking a boat tour to Monhegan to see the puffins and other wildlife today. We have also been to Bar Harbor and Acadia Nat'l Park for enjoyable day, so have those pictures to share as well. More from Maine next week!

Linda Kay

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fence and Flowers

Rock fences in Texas are pretty common, but they are apparently popular in Maine as well. Joining in today with Tex for Good Fences.

This fence appears to be just stacked rocks. Is this not a beautiful scene? Taken with my hubby's little CoolPix Nikon camera.

Have a special Thursday!

Linda Kay

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Owls Head

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #28!

We drove out to Owls Head Lighthouse last Thursday to get pictures (I'll post some later), and on the way back, we found this little old and secluded cemetery. These are the pictures for my story today. (Only parts of it are true)

Thanks for stopping by for a visit. Name's Nathaniel Merriman. This is my family cemetery, just a stone's throw from the Owls Head Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built up on this hill as a beacon to ships passing through the channel here on their way to the docks. It gets really foggy in this area. I was born in 1809 here in Owls Head. My family originated in England and came to Maine in the 18th century. Most of my family made their living as fishermen, and some as religious leaders. Life in my time was very hard, but we managed to make a living between the lobster boats and the raising of vegetables. The winters here are very cold and snowy, but in the fall the leaves turn brilliant colors. And there is always the sea, so blue and vast. In the Spring the fishing season opens, and the lobster and various other species are plentiful. Even in my time, visitors came to our town on vacation from other parts of the country to enjoy the peaceful scenery and cool weather. Summer is warm and pleasant, seldom hot and humid. The sea breeze cools the evenings. I hope you will come back to visit again. I enjoyed fifty-eight years and a good life in Owls Head Maine.

Now it's your turn. Do you have a picture that brings a story to mind? Just post your picture and the story on your blog, then come back to link in for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom. You can write a story or a poem, or just a short observation. Have fun with the writing challenge.

Linda Kay

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday at Random

Since I'm vacationing, I have so much to share with you. Here's an entry for Good Random Fun on this Monday.

Good, as in delicious:

This place was recommended to us as the best for fresh lobster dinners.

This little guy was waiting to be selected out of the fish tank below.

And here he is all cracked and ready to eat, along with mussels and corn.


I think we should buy this for our summer home in Maine. What do you think?

Fun: - Found this on a T-Shirt in a shop in downtown Camden.

We have friends arriving to fill a second bedroom in our house for several days, so we will be taking them for lobster one evening, as well as a trip to Acadia and Bar Harbor. Pictures will be following!

Have a special Monday, my friends....

Linda Kay

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Saturday Entry

It's fun to be able to add a few critters from the Northeast coast of Maine for Eileen's Saturday Critters:

Birds were enjoying the harbor at Camden.

I took this picture of a rose on the bushes along our porch at the rental house. Anyone know what these are?

I don't have any pictures of them, but we do have lots of mosquitoes in Maine!

Have a great Saturday!

Linda Kay

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Harbor

It would be so easy to completely overwhelm you with pictures we have been taking of the harbor area of Camden, so I'll just share a few highlights.

Looking across the harbor (Penobscot Bay), lobster boats and sail boats anchored for the evening, ready for an early morning.

At Cappy's with a harbor view for lunch. Jerry had Mussel, Clam and Salmon chowder...loves his fish chowder!

Beautiful flowers at the visitor center. Anyone know what this flower might be?

Having a wonderful time. We will be out looking for light houses soon, so I'll be posting some pictures from that "adventure".

Have a special Friday and fabulous weekend! We will have friends arriving to share some space with us at the house on Sunday evening.

Linda Kay

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Cabin in Maine

Thanks to all who stopped by to join in last Wednesday!

Here's hoping some of you might join me in posting a story with a picture for Wednesday Wit and Wisdom.  The challenge is to post a picture, then write a short story or a poem about the picture as a writing exercise.  When you have your story written, you can link up for others to read.  Feel free to also add your picture and story to another link of your choice. The link up is on my WWW page here. This is #27!

Here is my picture to share with you and the story it brings to mind:

Connie's mind was not on the traffic or the winding road that took her along Highway 1 on the Maine coastline. She was thinking of the many times her family had traveled this road to vacation in Maine. Her excitement grew as she passed the restaurants and bars advertising their lobster and fish specials. It had been a long time.

Driving into the town of her destination, she began to wonder how the cabins might have changed over the years. She had seen pictures on the Internet, but she knew pictures could be deceiving. The reservation she had made online gave her possession of half the cabin for the next five days.

Pulling up in front of the cabin, she first noticed the fence had been painted or maybe even replaced, but the pickets appeared the same. The bird bath in the center of the yard was still there and flower boxes adorned the windows. In her mind, she saw herself and her brother and their friend Carson bounding out the front door and walking down the street to the harbor to buy and ice cream. Her heart quickened at the thought of Carson. Their families had met her for several years. When she was sixteen and Carson was seventeen, things changed. He was her first love. They had sneaked out together that last summer at the cabin, she from the left and he from the right side of the duplex, to share their passion.

Life takes many twists and turns. He had gone off to college, and both of them had married others. Just a year ago, she received a "friend message" from Carson. He was single again, as was Connie, and he had seen her respond to a mutual friend. At first they exchanged messages, then phone numbers. Many long conversations followed.

Connie, on a whim, had made a reservation here at the cabin. She had sent a text to Carson, just mentioning that she would be in Maine at the cabin the next week. Would he come to join her? She hadn't really asked that question.

Connie picked up her suitcase and walked to the front door of the cabin, met there by the new owners. Inside, things hadn't changed much, except to be modernized in the kitchen and bath. New tile was on the floor and wallpaper had been replaced by paint. She unpacked her suitcase, poured herself a glass of wine, and walked outside to enjoy the beautiful warm day. A car pulled up at the front gate and a tall, handsome man with graying temples got out of the car. She knew as soon as she looked in his eyes that it was Carson.

As he put his arms around her and pulled her close, she felt the years disappear, and she was sixteen again. He kissed her lightly, picked up his suitcase, and walked with her back to the front door. "Do you have another glass of wine for me?" he asked.

Now it's your turn. Got a picture that tells you a story, or maybe a poem? Please share with us. I'm also joining in with Theresa and Good Fences for Thursday. 
Enjoy your day!

Linda Kay

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Destination Vacation

On Sunday we arrived at our destination in Camden, Maine....

The house is a two bedroom with all the amenities you can imagine with this wonderful yard to enjoy. The flowers are so beautiful and healthy.

On our first walk downtown on Sunday evening, we passed another yard that had this huge Hosta, so this is for all you gardeners.

My friend Monica, over at the Yum List asked if I could post pictures of what we are eating. For fabulous pictures and stories, be sure to visit this site! Since we had arrived in Maine, we stopped in Bath for a bite to eat, and it had to include lobster, so here is our late lunch:

 Macaroni and Lobster...and there were huge chunks! It was fabulous!

Lobster stew...that is probably butter the lobster claws are swimming in. Hubby said it was outstanding.

Since I'm on vacation, I had to share this thought for today. Be sure to check in on Wednesday for the picture story for this week, and join in with a picture story of your own!
See you tomorrow!

Linda Kay

Monday, July 20, 2015

Day 4 of the Journey

On Saturday night we had covered over 2000 miles on our journey. But let me tell you about this day. We started out in good shape, traveling along I-81 to I-78, taking us into New York toward New York City.  You have to look closely, but we were able to see the New York City skyline from the Interstate. From here we went through Connecticut and upper Massachusetts before stopping for the night.

We got caught up in so much traffic, and it was a Saturday! And the toll roads were pretty costly as well!

Once along the way, we decided we should take a short stop on at a service spot on one of the toll ways, but we quickly just went back onto the highway. There were police cars and more motorcycles than I've ever seen in my life. Some of the jackets were the Hells Angels and the Red Devils....hmmm, looked like a quick escape to us. This was just a small group. Since we weren't moving very fast, I was a little concerned about taking their picture.

We had to look for things to amuse us, so we spotted this truck hauling what looked like a mattress held on the truck with some dresser drawers. Not sure I'd want to sleep on this one!

This blog will post on Monday to give you an update, and I'll be back when we get settled into our house in Maine. I'll have lots more pictures for you!

Linda Kay

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Day 3 of our Adventure

We are now in Carlisle, PA at a Fairfield Inn, nice accomodations, and they take the dogs. We are up to 1645 miles of driving in the three days on the road. Today, we left from Knoxville, TN, traveled most of our time in Virginia after leaving Tennessee, then drove through a small part of West Virginia and a tiny piece of Maryland before entering Pennsylvania on Hwy 81. We are about 45 miles into Pennsylvania. Dinner tonight at the Rustic Tavern and had seafood quesadillas and salad and soup. And a glass of wine!

We needed to get some pictures for Eileen's Saturday Critters, so we got these two of the dairy cattle and the beef cattle as we drove through Virginia.

Note the mountains in the background of these pictures. We had so little opportunity to get pictures between the trees that grow along the highways.

We did see lots of dairy farms with their beautiful silos and white buildings along the Pennsylvania stretch of 81 on our way to Carlisle.

Have a fabulous weekend, and I'll be back in touch on Monday! We will reach our destination on Sunday.

Linda Kay

Friday, July 17, 2015

Friday Update

Okay, so it's Thursday night, and we have landed at the La Quinta in Knoxville, TN for the night. We have really had wonderful traveling weather, and such a difference in scenery along the way.

 Across the remainder of Mississippi and Alabama, the highway looks pretty much the same (I-20). There are trees lining both sides of the highway, so you don't get to see much of the countryside to get wonderful pictures. Our drive took us onto I-59, I-24, I-75, I-40. These pictures were taken with the new little Cool Pix Nikon I bought my hubby for his birthday. I'm happy with the color and focus, and it zooms.

Always, road construction, but it didn't slow us down too much!
There's an invasive vine in some of the southern states called Kudzu.

Just about to take a turn into toward Chattanooga, TN, so we are beginning to see the mountains in the distance.
Mountains getting taller!
Since I hope to spend a bit more time writing while I'm in Maine, I am hoping this is not true of me! Thank heavens I have my blogger friends! :')

More updates to come! Tomorrow night in Pennsylvania.

Linda Kay 
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