Sunday, May 17, 2015

Things Are Growing Here

Last year we planted Daffodils and the chipmunks kept digging up the bulbs.  We weren't sure if we would get any flowers but we did. 

My baby sister came out to visit Bar Harbor last summer and brought me a part of a Rhubarb plant.  We put it in the bed in front of the office and watered it like crazy.  This year we have a plant growing.  We can't pick any this year or next but the work kampers that open the campground in 2017 will be able to pick rhubarb and possibly bake a pie.

The  wonderful man that helped me become a mother bought me this hanging basket for Mothers Day.  They are so beautiful but not nearly as beautiful as the four children we had together.  I am blessed!

Friday night we had a campfire at one of the other workers fire.  Lots of laughter and good conversations.  It's one of the things we love best about our jobs.

A Quilt Show In Orono, Maine

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a quilt show in Orono.  It was a small show with about seventy five quilts.  They were displayed over furniture and tables instead of being hung.  They filled two large recreation rooms and three cottages at the Dirigo Retirement Community.  The majority of them were antique quilts and many were hand quilted. 
I loved this old Dresden Plate and even though you can't see it the fabric between the plates was once pink.

This quilt was a whole cloth applique quilt.  I am guessing that it was one of the kits you could buy that had the fabrics included and the pattern preprinted on the top.  Even the quilting lines were marked with blue dots and they were still faintly visible.  I loved this old beauty!

I took a photo of this house quilt for my East Pasco Quilter friends.  They make quilts for Habitat For Humanity in Florida and are always looking for new ideas.

This old fashioned applique Butterfly quilt was hand quilted and embroidered.

This Baltimore Album was amazing!  The applique was well done and it was hand quilted. 

This was one of the newer quilts on display.  I thought it was a nice variation on the Robbing Peter block.

There were three Hunter Star variations  on display and this blue and white was interesting in the way that the colors formed rows and stars.

Another blue and yellow quilt.  I am not sure of the pattern but I loved it!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Spring In Bar Harbor

I love spring anywhere but I really see and appreciate it in the northern states.  These tiny little flowers are poking out from under the snow cover to bloom.  It had barely melted when we found these.  The air is fresh with crisp cold nights made for excellent sleeping and days that are hinting at the warm weather to come.

The wood stove in the store gives us enough heat to take the chill off and get us moving.  By mid morning we let the fire go out and open the doors and windows.  What a glorious time of year!

 Last year the floor was painted in the store and we had dragged everything out to let it dry well.  This spring we are dragging it all back in and getting ready for the season.  We have a great team in place and it promises to be a very good summer.  It almost makes Tom and I wish that we were staying the entire season.  We certainly do love this area.  It reminds us so much of northern Wisconsin and the upper peninsula of Michigan.

 Tom has set up our campsite and has built up the campfire wood pile.  We can have many a campfire before we leave.  

It was a tough winter here in Maine and many of the old houses really heaved with the cold.  This house I am sure was once a real beauty and now it is not safe for anyone.

Many trees were heaved out of the ground by ice and snow as well.  This beautiful old pine came down one day in the middle of the afternoon and caught te corner of one of our newer cabins.  No one was hurt and the crew was here shortly after to cut it up.

We took a Saturday drive last week and took this photo from Bucksport looking over the water towards Fort Knox.

Surrey racing is big sport in Maine.  Friday we took a trip into Bangor for some shopping and stopped to watch a training session.  If we get the right day off we may try to take in a race day while we are here.  

The campground is in the process of putting in a new internet server.  We are hoping to be able to connect and communicate.  My goal was to blog more frequently this year and so far I have not.  I 'll keep on it but for now, know that I am trying.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Our Spring Home - Bar Harbor, Maine

We arrived here in Bar Harbor last Friday and begin settling in.  We had left the fifth wheel here last fall and it did pretty well over the winter except.... for the mice.  There was absolutely no food left in this rig that the mice would find appealing.  So why then did the little critters have a convention here?  I had washed and bagged plates, silverware, utensils, EVERYTHING and yet... they chewed through the bags to check things out.  I spent the first two days vacuuming and scrubbing everything.  We set traps and the first night I did not sleep well because I was listening for the pitter patter of their little feet.  We have not seen or heard or caught anything so I am thinking that they are long gone.  We will keep the trap set for now.
Here is the view from our campsite.  It won't last long because a month from now the campground will be full and our ocean view will be a great memory. 

Last year my friend Adria came up with this great idea for the kids at the campground.  We hide decorated rocks around the campground.  The kids find them and bring them in for a free ice pop.  She isn't here this year so I painted some rocks to get us ready.  Two dozen should get us started this season.

They aren't as sweet as the ones Adria painted last year but they will do the trick.

Here's a view of Bar Harbor from Acadia National Park.  WE drove through the park on Sunday afternoon.  The snow is pretty much gone and things are not yet greening up but spring is definitely on the way.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

On The Road To Maine

We left North Carolina early Wednesday morning pointing north.  Virginia was beautiful with the trees and flowers blooming and the grass a deep rich green.  We drove through the northeast corner of  my birth state of West Virginia and stopped mid afternoon for a walk around break.  We stopped at the visitors center in the Belle Boyd house and learned about her life as a confederate spy.  The home houses a lovely little museum filled with interesting stuff.

I loved the old rope bed and cradle and the antique quilts.  So soft and warm looking.

They had an entire room filled with memorabilia from the wars.  In the health section this poster board was interesting.  It lists the warnings about what can happen with these diseases but under things to avoid it doesn't say a word about avoiding sex with unprotected partners.

Outside is the only steel roundhouse still standing in the United States.  It is closed until May but we made a note in the atlas to stop back in this town if we are here during the summer months.  Seven museums and only the visitor center one is open before May.  We had a good walk about break and made it to Scranton, Pennsylvania before settling in for the night.  Today's goal is Portland, Maine.  We put away the shorts and got out our long pants as the temperatures are dropping.  We saw the first snow piles on the ski hills in the Wilkes Barr area.  

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

East Pasco Quilters

Last night at our monthly guild meeting we did a mini tutorial on three dimensional fabric flowers.  Rozanne is holding the one she made.  Our little group is shrinking as so many of the ladies are snowbirds.  This is a great group  and all the gals are very dedicated and ambitious.  We have already turned in two hundred bears to our local hospital.  They are embroidered, stitched and stuffed.
We have eight quilts in line to be quilted for our Habitat  homes and the blocks completed for a dozen more to be assembled in the fall.  
The gals are working on a Christmas stocking challenge that will be donated to the winners favorite charity.  Some ladies are sewing lap quilts for the local veterans hospital  and most are also busy creating gift ideas for our next show in January of 2016. It's a great group!

Patrol Boat River (PBR) Veterans

Forty seven years ago Tom, like so many young men, was sent to Vietnam.  He was in the Navy and was part of a special division called the Brown Water Navy.  Their responsibility was to patrol the rivers and canals of Vietnam in four man boats.  It was a relatively small force of less than 4000 if memory serves.  The casualty rate was about 35 percent for this group of men. For many years after he returned home he put his memories on the back burner and was busy building a life and a family.
About twenty years ago he reconnected with some of the men that he had served with.  Every two years they have a reunion and rehash the stories and strengthen the bonds that were formed during that year in their lives.  Yesterday we had a visit from one of Tom's friends.  Out came the scrapbooks, photos and memories.  It was a very good day for both Tom and Frank.  We are looking forward to the next PBR Reunion in Savannah, Georgia in early October.