TAKE Control Of Your Food — STOP Letting Your Food Control You !!!
I lost 22 lbs in 30 days – I Feel Terrific
Eight different friends and relatives have communicated with me as they watched my 30 day journey. They wanted information and started the Whole30 program themselves. I decided a blog entry would be a better way of sharing the information. If not you? Who?? You may not be interested for yourself but you many know someone (or many) who would be interested. Please, feel free to share!
For over two years I had been eating carefully and working to lose some weight! NOTHING was happening – NOTHING! I am on medications for borderline blood pressure and type 2 diabetes. I know that these and other drugs interfere with weight loss. It was a long time friend who told me about Whole30! She has several years on me and takes many times more medications. Her Doctor told her to do the Whole30 program and that she would lose weight even without increased exercise (bad knees). She did and SHE DID lose 20 pounds in the 30 days!
I decided it was well worth a try after 2 years of no results!! I started June 26th and did not stray for 30 days with the exception of ONE ear of corn on the cob which you will see below and which, as I enjoyed it, I did not know I was straying.
It is simple to start! Initially you just need the The Whole30 Program In A Nutshell , The Shopping List to guide you and the receipt for making your own Mayonnaise. (There will be more on making your own Mayo below!) Once you start making it fresh, you will never want to go back to the additive laced commercial “stuff”!
I had/have no interest in preparing three meals a day! (That as the hardest change for me, I had been eating two, breakfast and supper). I also have no issue with eating cold food! Particularly this time of year. My system was to cook in bulk and have what I needed ready to pull from the refrigerator. Daily cooking was limited to scrambling eggs in the morning, often with sweet peppers, mushrooms and chives.
Steaming is my friend! and a good way to prepare a big batch of assorted healthy vegetables
Here you see a selection of healthy vegetables ready to be steamed. The first picture was taken before I piled the kale on top! Red cabbage, cauliflower, sweet potato, butternut squash, rainbow carrots and Brussels sprouts. I used the local, organic kale under my breakfast eggs and my protein servings.
When it came to protein, I would bake a batch of boneless chicken w/ some Olive Oil & Seasonings
Turkey or ground beef burgers would be cooked on top of the stove in batches using olive oil. Fish would be fresh for the meal! Sardines and canned tuna would either be made into salad w/ homemade mayo or just dumped on the mixed greens as part of the salad. Chicken salad became a favorite of mine – chopped/shredded chicken, celery, onions, red grapes and homemade mayo makes a delicious chicken salad.
Let’s discuss the Mayo here before we talk about the meals which are FULL plates of deliciousness.
For your first time making this Mayo, do a single batch! The MOST IMPORTANT thing is that the oil MUST go in SLOWLY! Otherwise you have a runny mess which you can still use as a salad dressing on your salads. For me, I found the best way is to use a tsp to take the olive oil from the measuring cup and drizzle it in from the measuring spoon! It works for me every time. I double the dry mustard and the lemon juice. Now I make double batches and am adding various seasonings and herbs. WHEN YOU DOUBLE, you still only but 1/4 cup of olive oil in to start – doubling the other ingredients but not the oil! Then you drizzle 2.25 cups of oil. I will never go back to commercial. Potato Salads and Chicken Salads are delicious when made with this.
There you have the basics. Now a few example of the VERY FULL Plates of food that I enjoy. You must not skimp! You are not counting calories here. You are eating protein, fat, vegetables and fruit. Fats are olive oil, nuts, ghee, avocados, olives and nut butters BUT NOT peanut butter! PB is a legume. (check the shopping list)
Pic #1.) Breakfast, usually put mushrooms, sweet peppers, chives or chopped tomatoes in the eggs and serve on a kale leaf. Pic 2.) My one stray during the the initial 30 days! That corn (which I had with ghee & salt) should not be there – Ooops! – Tom was here and we were treating ourselves to fresh scallops. Pic #3.) Chicken and sardines on the salad. Pic #4.) Beef burger and olives, pickled garlic & pickled fiddleheads on the salad. Pic #5.) Fresh Tuna steak and anchovies:):) Pic #6.) Liver! Don’t forget the offal (organ meats) Use a LOCAL source and NOT commercial. I enjoy liver, heart & tongue. Pic #7 & Pic #.) Two breakfasts with sugar free, nitrate free bacon. A treat but not something I now yearn for often. Pic #9.) A quick lunch of Tuna salad on mixed greens and fruit. Pic #10.) Turkey burger and shrimp – I made the cocktail sauce with some organic tomatoes and horseradish.
I am very lucky! I have access to some locally made, sugar free, taste bud stimulators that I use on my salads.
Pickled Garlic, Pickled Fiddleheads, Pickled Dilly Beans and Dill Pickle Chips
The vinegars from these condiments get combined and I add the anchovy oil to make my salad dressing. The olive juices get used in cabbage and greens
Thank you Gizmo’s Pickles Plus
So, where does this leave me now? It has been an interesting and positive journey so far and I find myself (surprisingly) having no interest in bringing much of what I eliminated back in! I had a very interesting experience Saturday. I had pizza (2 slices). Back at the beginning of my Whole30, when I still thought I was changing my eating patterns for 30 days, I bought a $30 coupon at Positive Pie (Barre) for $15. By Saturday, I was no longer longing for pizza! And it was a beautiful pie!
I had said all along that I would have two slices and Tom could have the rest. I ate it with a knife & fork, small bites that I savored. As I looked at the first piece I thought I would have three pieces:) But then said, no I said 2 slices – with the anchovies from the third slice:):) That was ample. Tom had more Saturday and Sunday as I returned to Whole30 eating with absolutely NO yearning for more pizza!
So, with a few minor exceptions, I am content eating this way. I did pick up some crumbly bleu to use on my beet greens as a garnish w/ ghee rather than butter. In two weeks, when Tom is here, we will go to a good locally made ice cream stand and I will have a kiddie scoop of ice cream.
We have another Positive Pie coupon that expires the end of October so there will be two more slices of pizza down the road. I know the friends I will get together with soon for supper and my first red wine. I know the friends I will see later this year and have my first drink – a Manhattan! All occasions that are spaced out and special.
We we take our trip later this fall, I will enjoy eating out and will not be adamantly Whole30. There will be certain things I avoid like white dinner rolls! I will order food in the spirit of the way I am now eating.
Tonight, I am having steamed beet greens w/ beets still attached (a favorite vegetable for me) w/ ghee and the first crumbly bleu as a garnish along with a steak and salad.
As is usually the case with these full supper plates, I eat the protein and most of the vegetables (tonight I will eat all my beets:) and half the salad. The remaining salad and any uneaten vegetables roll over to breakfast when I add eggs and fruit.
This may not be for you!
It has been an amazing journey for me.
This is a great article by Gina Bisco, who lives in Chittenango, New York, where she raises, and eats, Chantecler chickens! When we started gathering our breeding stock for Fayrehale Chantecler Chickens, we acquired 6 hens from Gina and these Bisco Line birds were added to three lines imported from Canada.
Cooking your Heritage Breed Chickens
So That You Can Enjoy Delicious Chicken Just Like Your Grandmother Served!
Rediscovering Traditional Meats from Historic Chicken Breeds
Wonderful article on cooking heritage breed chickens. Thanks! I’ve tended just to crockpot my 1 yr old roosters when they become so noisy and a nuisance to the hens that neither of us can stand them any more. Nice to have a better understanding of cooking them.
I’d like to make one comment about stuffing a chicken or other bird the day before roasting. A woman familiar with such older practices once told me that the key to safely stuffing a bird the day before cooking it (such as if you want to put a Thanksgiving turkey in the oven at 5:00 a.m. and don’t want to have to stuff it immediately before while you’re still half asleep) was this: she said you want to make the stuffing a day ahead and CHILL IT THOROUGHLY first. Then stuff your cold bird with the cold stuffing and place it in the frig until it’s cooked the next day. That way the bacteria in the cavity of the bird can’t warm up from being surrounded by hot stuffing and then do bad things to the people who later eat the bird.
I’ve tried this several times, and it works. The bird and stuffing go into the oven, all a refrig temps and cook at the same time.
I find this helpful, because I like preparing several dishes weeks in advance, if possible, and freezing them. Cranberry-orange relish, stuffing, homemade brown and serve rolls, squash, some pies, and other items can all be made the weeks and months ahead and simply thawed the day before a holiday meal with a minimum of fuss.
And Gina Bisco is right: homegrown heritage chicken (and turkey) are superior to the supermarket birds.
Today we received word that the California kindergarten class we shipped Fayrehale Icelandic eggs to had a 100% hatch!
Three Icelandic Chicks from Three Icelandic Eggs – 100% Hatch Rate
I sent several links showing the history of the Icelandic Chicken and numerous pictures. “OH MY GOSH!!! I love these birds! They are so colorful and I can hardly wait to show the kids tomorrow!!! I will let them know you sent all these links, too.
The 4 siblings are reunited!!!
Remember that I mailed four eggs and told them to put three in the incubator and eat the 4th! They put three in the incubator and the fourth under a setting hen — ALL four hatched and here they are brought together temporarily!
From The School’s Newsletter – Saints SOAR Weekly #38
This is the coop we bought them! We are waiting to get it in the mail by June 20th but we are excited! They are going to go under our orange and avocado trees to get some shade and also get some natural leaves and bugs to eat.
The boys are doing good with them and they let me pet them a little 🙂
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The PURGE as I Coddiwomple !
First a Definition:
I know that many who subscribe to this Blog expect to only see educational, spirit elevating discussions on chickens, gardening and living the content nature connected life! Many of my posts are just that and weekly I receive several inquiries about something I have posted in those areas. Online searches bring people with these interests to this site and many are introduced to us through the hoop houses, breeding pens, gardening, fermented feed, and “how we ship our fertile eggs” posts.
Life is much more than that. We are much more than that!
I maintain my individuality and the freedom to discuss other aspects of my life, other parts of me.
You continue to have the freedom to ignore the posts you do not relate to.
I believe that on occasion, being a totally open book can allow a level of inner honesty to be revealed that can often, WILL often help others. Others struggling with their own internal struggles/issues/demons. They feel alone and singularly isolated. They need not feel that way if others share! They are NOT alone!
No man stands alone,
Each man’s joy is joy to me,
Each man’s grief is my own.
We need one another,
So I will defend,
Each man as my brother,
Each man as my friend.
I saw the people gather,
I heard the music start,
The song that they were singing,
Is ringing in my heart.
No man is an island,
Way out in the blue,
We all look to the one above,
For our strength to renew.
When I help my brother,
Then I know that I,
Plant the seed of friendship,
That will never die.
From this (left) to this (right)
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
The couch that he sat on for 18 months (center cushion) was dealt with by piling it high! Obviously not the best way to deal. I knew I had to deal with it as I ignored and continued other projects. I renovated the first floor bathroom which included new fixtures and new flooring along with a paint job. I painted out the dining room and gave it a fresh new look. I continued to build Shops at Fayrehale, the online business and the chicken business. All the time ignoring and walking around the Elephant in the room. I can not begin to tell you how many days I got up fully intending to deal with that ruined couch. Each time the day ended w/out my doing it. Once, I got it half cleared and then piled it back up.
Eventually this made me look inside myself to see just what was going on and to see why I seemed incapable of removing this Elephant. This introspection caused the solution to appear! I needed to PURGE the couch and the evil energy it contained.
Obviously I did it! Last week I cleared the couch and Tom helped me haul it out of the house. I performed a very liberating purge as I burned all that stored evil energy. I used peroxide to scrub the floor and surrounding area. Put down a rug and moved unaffected furniture into place. The inner peace and tranquility this has created is astounding! It proves that in the future I must honor self more quickly when I experience unfortunate and possibly damaging events.
It is impossible to describe how much better I feel. How much more relaxed I am. I have taken several days to let life flow as I read, walk Abigail and do some web work.
I have come to a place where I feel I could offer to help others again. No sure about allowing anyone in to my home? But you never know. I think if that happens there will be a well defined and written agreement!
I hope this allows you to look at yourselves and those around you whom you love and care for. Are you or they dealing with issues that are not readily visible? Is the outer public facade showing the true situation.
I acknowledge that I did/was dealing with some level of depression. Not obvious to me or others for a long time and then obvious to me. My reaction was to work and create and bury myself in projects that allowed me to ignore the real situation! I guess that is good:) Now I need to get the relaxed more at peace me back to working and accomplishing at the rate I was prior to the purge!!!!
So I travel purposely toward an as-yet-unknown destination!
As I have shared in previous posts, it is time to simplify life, unload possessions turn the chicken business over to serious younger breeders and prepare for some good years near the sea and traveling the country. It is important that we all move forward without hiraeth as we face a new era in this Country.
The biggest difference between my 1st Christmas in 1948 and my approaching 69th Christmas in 2016 is the commercialization and now the politicization of the Holiday Season.
Childhood Christmas memories center around Family and the Christmas Tree. Our trees were natural! If there was a bare spot that could not be hidden with ornaments and tinsel, my father would drill a hole and add a branch! In our family, my Father installed the tree and my Mother decorated it. We would see the bare tree as we headed up to bed at 7:00pm. (our regular bed time until 9th grade!). Mother would wake us later (midnight? 1:00am?) when the tree was finished and the four of us would go down to see it beautifully decorated and lit in an otherwise dark room. The childhood memories of wide-eyed wonder and awe have stayed with me to this day.
Mother was particular and the tree was spectacular. It always went to the ceiling and totally filled a corner, often blocking a doorway. The lights were large round Sylvania bulbs in soft pastel colors from the 1940s and there were enough strings to saturate the tree. Ornaments went from branch tips all the way in to the trunk. The most time consuming part was hanging the tinsel. Mother did each piece individually and every branch was covered as far back as the tinsel could hang freely. This resulted in a sparkling, shimmering tree as lights bounced off the ornaments and the tinsel.
I do not have pictures from this period of my life, only memories. For those who are too young to have experienced Christmas trees from this era, I borrowed this picture from the internet. It will give you an idea. Just visualize FOUR times as much tinsel and an additional branch or two that my Father would have added!
To this day, I only want a natural tree, one that has NOT been pruned and shaped! Mother Nature grows them best! I also want a big tree that fills a corner and goes to the ceiling! And, Yes!, I have been known to drill and add branches if needed:)
As children, we knew the guest room was off limits. That was where yet to be wrapped presents were stored. We never cheated and looked. Even as kids we wanted the surprises on Christmas. Our stockings were laid across the bottom of our beds. We had to ask before we could open them and soon learned that a 3am wake up and inquiry was fruitless! Our parents had it schedules for 6am, figuring that they would have another hours sleep while the stockings kept us busy. At 7am, we all went downstairs. Breakfast first so there were no hungry, irritable kids. Breakfast was always a fresh coffee cake and grapefruit sections w/ cherries – Mother peeled and sectioned the pink grapefruits the day before.
Now understand! The stairs came down into the room where the tree was and where Santa left unwrapped gifts. We came down single file and turned our heads using our hands as blinders as we walked to the kitchen without looking at the tree or the gifts left by Santa. Again we never cheated.
After breakfast, we opened presents. taking turns, one person and one present at a time! The presents were opened carefully as we saved the paper to reuse another year. Each year it would wrap a smaller gift until it got down to stocking gift size and then we could tear the paper off and discard it. Each year, one or two new paper designs were added. The reusing of paper would often evoke memories of past gifts that had been wrapped in it.
When I was in 6th grade, I had a piano teacher who also sold antique jewelry. I noticed a beautiful pair or earrings that I thought Mother would love but they were $25. As oldest, I “convinced” my three brothers that we could do this communally and save the money by skipping school lunch! Lunches were 25 cents so each day the four of us could save $1. We managed to pull it off and it was only after Christmas that Mother learned how we had raised the funds. She cherished those earrings, along with a second pair gifted the next year, her entire life.
IF I were to chose the most special of all Christmases, it would have to be the first Christmas after Sharon and I adopted Ellen (15) and Lynn (12). They came to us with very little so that Christmas was our opportunity to provide not only clothes but personal items. The full range of things that children that age usually have. You can imagine the mountains of package that spread out from the tree and wrapped corners of the room. It took us three days to open everything. THAT IS NOT WHAT MADE IT SPECIAL! Lynn, bless her heart, made this the most special Christmas in my life. Even through she was twelve, she still believed in Santa Claus and heaven help anyone who tried to tell her differently! That allowed me the parental Santa experience. She knew that Santa preferred brownies because everyone else gave him cookies and not just any brownie but the corner pieces, homemade w/ walnuts. Even that is not what made it so special!
We gave the the girls $5 per person to do their own gift shopping with and one parent took them shopping for the other parent. Lynn did her shopping and came home and wrapped her presents. She placed them under the tree. Now understand that this was a big Christmas and gifts were being added daily to the growing mound. Thus the gifts Lynn was giving were covered or moved numerous times. Somehow, she kept track of where they all were.
Christmas morning we started opening gifts, one person, one present at a time and saving the paper! We had not completed the first round when Lynn could no longer contain herself. She was bursting with excitement and it showed! She had to GIVE her presents and she knew exactly where each one was amongst all those packages.
The joy on that child’s face as she presented her gift to each of us stays with me to this day. The fact that with all those packages for her and her sister piled along three walls, she was most excited about GIVING the gifts she had selected for everyone else. A 12 year old child who had known love but had had very few possessions prior to this, instinctively knew that the real joy was in the giving! THIS IS WHAT MADE THIS MY MOST SPECIAL CHRISTMAS and my eyes still fill with tears every time I think of that precious, 12 year old child on that Christmas Day!
Once I married the first time, it was my suggestion that we do something totally different from both family traditions. That something different was REAL Candles on the tree! Candles on the tree have been part of my Christmas ever since. It requires a natural, unpruned, unshaped tree that is very fresh. I personally cut the tree 3 days before Christmas. Over the years I have become adept at candle placement. With a fresh tree, an incorrectly placed candle will cause a needle to pop, not blaze and it can be quickly repositioned. I haven’t popped a needle in years!
There Is Nothing More Beautiful Than A Christmas Tree With Real Candles!
This tree was a few years ago when we had Tom’s Mother, Sister and a neighbor join us for Christmas dinner. This tree actually served us for TWO Christmases. The second Christmas we did NOT light the candles!!! I love putting trees and decorations up. I hate taking them down! Over the years the Christmas tree has come down as late as Easter Sunday, Mother’s Day and the the 4th of July! This tree holds the record as it served us for 13 months while it stayed beautiful and the needles stayed in place:)
This year Tom and I will have a quiet Christmas. We will exchange a few gifts and go out for a nice dinner on the 24th. No big tree this year. Once the transition is made to a simpler, less complicated life we can bring back the tree, the candles and a dinner that includes others followed by an oceanside walk.
To those of you who celebrate Christmas:
To Everyone Who Celebrates One Of The Other 44 Holidays in December!
If I know you and know which Holiday you celebrate I will greet you accordingly.
Happy Holidays to All and May The New Year be Good To Us All
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul.”
“The sea lives in every one of us.”
I know better than to say “never” and yet I announced when we bought this property that I would leave this home in a box! That I never intended to move again! I hope I didn’t jinx it with the “in a box” statement as I do look forward to the new direction that life is taking!
The world is changing, our Country is on a different path and I have lost half a dozen friends this year. All to cancer, some within weeks of discovery, and several of them were much younger than I. I am halfway to 69 and suddenly aware that my Mother and maternal Grandparents all passed when they were 72! My Paternal side shows 93, 88 and 96. I hope for an average at least that leaves 72 behind – but one never knows.
Suddenly it makes no sense to continue on with the work and projects involved with and planned for this property. It makes great sense to liquidate, unload and just relax and enjoy the years that are left. That process will not happen overnight! We want to have downsized personal property to the basics so we can put the house on the market in 2018. No idea what the economy or the real estate market will be then but we must move on.
Shops At Fayrehale will be open by chance or appointment the rest of this season as we are finding more success in the online portion of the business than the local business once foliage season passes and tourists and summer visitors return home. We will open in June and sell down the shop inventory.
“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always ourselves we find in the sea.”
While nothing is cast in stone, I would like to have 5 years by the sea. While my Soul loves the rocky coast of Maine, and it is currently the Maine coast that calls, my body needs the sandy shore so that I can take healthy walks once or twice a day. During these seaside years we would plan to travel 7-10 days a month. There is so much to see in this Country that we have not seen and we know how to travel economically. We can alternate who plans each month’s itinerary and explore warmer areas of the Country as we search for the step after the Maine Coast that will satisfy Tom’s longing for a warm climate. During the seaside years we can escape during the coldest segments and explore those warmer possibilities that are currently unfamiliar to us both.
“The sea is as near as we come to another world.”
Fayrehale Chanteclers and Fayrehale Icelandics will continue as usual through 2017 and possibly 2018. We are currently accepting orders for 2017 chicks and, as in the past, list position is in order of payment received. Once we have relocated, we will continue our online business in a slightly reduced format as we continue to liquidate collections that would flood the market if offered all at once.
“The voice of the sea speaks to the soul. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in its soft, close embrace.”
One more winter (2017) of major woodpiles. These past two years, Tom has stacked most of it. We hope to have a fireplace we can read and warm ourselves by in the winter when we are not traveling. That would mean a cord or less to stack.
We will carry the memories of all that wood on the Christmas Tree as we enjoy life.
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.”
I will not apologize for being Human:) I will apologize for causing friends to worry when they read my last Blog Entry!
I heard from several of you: “This is an unusual post for the man I know to be a positive force in a lot of people’s lives Sometimes we loose sight of our effect on others. Best to focus on one step at a time and Attend to all the goodness in your life” —- “Things always come out the way they’re supposed to come out not the way I planned but always in a good way.” —- “you’d better post your happy day info on your blog before people start sending the recovery team in your direction…..sheesh!!! —- “Is everything OK? Is Tom alright? We are worried.”
I chose a favorite line of mine from a Celia Thaxter Poem to title this entry. A line I have used for years and truly believe.
The Sunrise Never Failed Us Yet !
UPON the sadness of the sea
The sunset broods regretfully;
From the far lonely spaces, slow
Withdraws the wistful afterglow.
So out of life the splendor dies;
So darken all the happy skies;
So gathers twilight, cold and stern;
But overhead the planets burn;
And up the east another day
Shall chase the bitter dark away;
What though our eyes with tears be wet?
The sunrise never failed us yet.
The blush of dawn may yet restore
Our light and hope and joy once more.
Sad soul, take comfort, nor forget
That sunrise never failed us yet!
I will follow the advice of a good friend and post our happy day info!!
This past Sunday, one week after my being less than my usual cheerful & optimistic self AND three weeks after Abigail not being able to walk due to Lyme Disease, We three (Me, Tom & Abigail) headed for a special day at the ocean. We had a very relaxing and fun day.
Abigail, My navigator looking over my shoulder as we head out on our ocean journey!!!
We started our Ocean Day with breakfast in Sugar Hill, NH at Polly’s Pancake Parlor! http://pollyspancakeparlor.com/ Close enough to home for us to visit easily and now we must!!!! If this breakfast experience was not the BEST ever, it sure ranks among the top few — Right up there w/ Lobster Eggs Benedict at Blue Heaven in Key West!
We each had the Pancake combo / bacon — 2 ea of three pancake combos – Maple syrup AND Maple Cream – I had gingerbread w/ honey roasted almonds, cornmeal w/ coconut and whole wheat w/ walnuts!!! OMG – scrumptious !!! Tom had wild Maine blueberries in all of his:) and chose plain, oatmeal buttermilk and whole wheat.
Our server cooked the order so no mistakes are made in the pass off to a main cook — one of each is served and the 2nd of each timed to arrive when you are ready so they stay fresh and hot! GENIUS! and it worked smoothly. The bottomless cup of coffee (I had 5) fueled me for the drive ahead.
It might help too, that we had one of the BEST servers I have ever experienced – TJ’s exceptional personality & service certainly enhanced the over all experience. A delightful and delicious way to start our ocean day
Abigail visits the Ocean! It had been two years w/o salt air and water! and Abigail had never been to the ocean. SO! we made a day trip to Pine Point, Maine. We had a wonderful afternoon, listening to the waves, breathing the salt air and basking in the sea breeze coming in off the water.
We discovered that canine’s were illegal from 9-5 until after Labor Day – Well, it was to hot to leave Abigail in the car so she stayed close in the shade of my chair or on my lap. Later in the afternoon as the area around us cleared, I took her to walk in the water — she enjoyed it and thought the incoming waves were a new game to play. She was most interested in the seagulls – rearing up to see them in the air and then wanting to chase their shadows.
We mustn’t wait so long again — if we pack food it would just be gas money — It doesn’t need to always be the massive treat we made it be Sunday.
After a wonderful afternoon by the ocean, we had supper at the Portland Lobster Company – http://portlandlobstercompany.com/ We each had Lobster Stew and a Lobster Roll and we shared an order of whole belly friend clams:):)
Interesting experience — BUT it works! We had to place our order first before we say the hostess to be recorded for a table! They said we would have a table when food was ready! Ooooooooooookay!!! We placed our order — received the Lobster buzzer and went to see the hostess. She asked for a name and then we realized the Lobster also contained and shared! our order.
We did have a table before we picked up our food. It was a delicious treat after two lobster-less years!
Then a 2 block walk to 51 Exchange street for ice cream! The two ladies sitting next to us, who had never heard of Mount Desert Island Ice Cream, went up for ice cream and we met them coming back as we walked up.
We ended our Oceanside Beach day with dessert at Mount Desert Island Ice Cream — 51 Exchange Street — Portland, Maine — http://www.mdiic.com/
I had “The Dude” and “Butter Mint” w/ dark chocolate sauce. I forget the three flavors that Tom had. Mount Desert Island Ice Cream deserves its TOP ranking in Maine and Country Best Ice Cream lists!
We took rt 302 home and arrived home at 11pm. It was a much needed day and made us realize we need to schedule more fun days for ourselves. We won’t always treat ourselves to this level of feasting! We can always pack a picnic.
WHEW! Last weekend, I received Earth Shattering and Heart Breaking news. I am not at liberty to discuss it with anyone and that frustration has led to days of introspection AND trying to see the beauty in the world immediately around me – something that is usually easy for me to do has been a real struggle these past few days!
Then, as I sat in my “outdoor office”, I noticed a single, pink Canadian Lilac bloom. Just one as we approach September. Just one, presented out of season to show me that all is not darkness!
It doesn’t rain but it pours! I have several friends — yes, more than a couple (2) — who are losing their homes and struggling to find and establish the next step in their lives. I have several friends dealing with cancer and other life threatening, depreciating diseases. I have lost several friends to cancer this past year as well. ALL contributing to my pondering my longevity and the longevity of those near and dear to me.
I am 68 and nearly half way to 69 years old. That never seemed that much until all these recent events got me thinking about my own possible longevity. My Mother and My Maternal Grandparents all passed over at 72. That is a mere three years away! My Father died at 93, my Paternal Grandmother at 88 and my Paternal Grandfather at 96. So family genetics says my longevity could be 3 to 28 years. I don’t think I want 28 more years the way the world and people are. I am not sure 3 more is enough! or, is even that too much?
Yes, I found some more beauty. There are pink roses between the White Hydrangeas and the Yellow Rudbeckias that are hard to see in the picture.
As I look at friends, and other people I know, as they enter their 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th decade of life, they all have either children and grandchildren OR money!! Having neither myself, I live a totally different life experience as I look at where life would go IF disaster happens and I end up alone!
We live in a world where significant people and friends are scattered and busy with their own lives. Communities are disappearing and neighbors are no longer neighborly. The internet seems to be all consuming – much of it superficial and too much of it generated by trolls.
So what would a pushing 70 man do if suddenly he lost the man he loved, could no longer afford the roof over his head or a vehicle and was without medical insurance? What life is possible on social security that allows a dog, maybe some pots to grow a few vegetables and room for a very few special possessions.. There would be no chickens:(
The thought scares me. But in the world we know today, we, at least *I*, have to think about this. I need to do some research and see just what the possibilities are.
Interestingly, coincidentally 🙂 this article appeared in a news feed this week: No Spouse, No Kids, No Caregiver: How to Prepare to Age Alone
Not something I really want to think about BUT something I need to think about!
Meanwhile the Asters are starting to bloom and every year, thanks to the birds, we have more and more!
Asters make me smile and I always think of The Dinner Service being hand painted In The Style of Celia Thaxter!
Aster Place Setting for Dinner Service Hand Painted In The Style of Celia Thaxter
Obviously this one and only Dinner Service eventually with 14 Place Settings, Hand Painted In the Style of Celia Thaxter, is one of the special possessions that will accompany me until the end. I am still trying to figure out a suitable place for it to go after I have passed.
In the meantime, I may just have a cup of coffee in the coffee cup or some soup in the cream soup to remind me that life hasn’t reached a dismal point just yet!
Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket!!