; Life is like champagne......: 2009-09-13

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Day Two - Stone walkway

The pile of cement and stone has gotten larger. I am salvaging as much as I can before I have to start with the chisle. This is heavy stuff!

I have completely ripped out and removed all of the walkway to the driveway. I am hoping I will be building my arm muscles from lifting the heavy cement pieces.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Day One - Stone Walkway

You might not think I got a lot done but this is a major step. The garden I removed had stones mixed in the dirt which I sorted out and also dumped two wagon loads of dirt dug out. Then I started to sledge hammer the walkway, trying to save some of the stones to reuse. I managed to rip out almost half. Add in a 3 year old to the mix and I certainly feel I got a lot done. Of course there will be much more!

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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Another stone project

This will be a big project! This is the last time you will see this original cement stone walkway here. I am ripping it out and building a wider walkway with a patio. I have been wanting to do this for several years and decided to take the plunge with the weather being good.

This area of the garden will be completely dug out and replaced with stone, keeping the dirt away from the house and replacing the wood that is rotting right now.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

It's salty, it's sweet.....

What was the number one selling fair item this year in the mid west? It was not deep fried Twinkies but chocolate covered bacon. My Republican Town Committee needed a fundraising item to sell at the fair last week and in searching on the web this is what we found. It was not done by anyone else at the fair and why not introduce it to the East Coast. We made A LOT of this.....and had a lot left over.

The end result, it was a hard sell, people were more curious and we found that we had to talk them over to try it. Majority said it was not bad.....that was true. It is all about the salty/sweet combination. Using good semi-sweet chocolate and extra thick bacon fried crisp. In the end, we did make some money and covered the cost but it was a lot of manual labor. We we do it again? Not sure.....maybe the second year people might be looking for it! Then again...maybe not.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Cabin on the lake in Maine

The cabin where we stayed has a wonderful fireplace build in 1938, we had the opportunity to use it during a few chilly nights.

The cabin from the lake view.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Working overtime

These hummingbirds on the lake in Maine were working overtime! I filled the feeder mid-week and they had drained it by the end of the week.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Down East Maine - Cutler

A town with NO stores, just lobster boats and this beautiful rocky shore. A jewel of Maine.

Research boat coming in to the harbor.

The "cat walk" that leads to the shore, a great hike and easy for my daughter. This empties out on to the rocky beach and loops around a point. Well worth the time.

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