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Summer is Over

Filed in Weather by on September 16, 2014 0 Comments
Summer is Over

Well, here we have it. Summer has apparently come to an end. Laura’s been murmuring recently about the pool water getting just a tad on the cool side. Strange, because she’s quite dolphin like – arctic dolphin like. If she tells me the water is getting cold, her lips must be on the brink of […]

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The Dragonfly

Filed in Insects by on September 12, 2014 1 Comment
The Dragonfly

Just so you know, the bug season in Maine starts around July 1 and continues until August 1. Before July 1, things are still fairly cool outside and you can do what you want. When July rolls around, you have to go hide inside. The bugs, coupled with the humidity will make you want to […]

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Location of Our Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 12, 2014 0 Comments
Location of Our Septic Tank

This is the last thing I’m going to say about the whole septic tank issue and really, the only reason I’m writing this post is for our own records. We thought it would be a good idea to, instead of marking the lawn where the tank is, measure things out and post it here. Since […]

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The Hummingbird Moth and the Beautiful Pink Phlox

Filed in Flowers, Insects by on September 11, 2014 1 Comment
The Hummingbird Moth and the Beautiful Pink Phlox

You’re in for a real treat with this post. If this doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure what will. Since this spring rolled around and plants and flowers began growing, we’ve been splendidly surprised at what’s been left behind for us to marvel at. If you’re curious as to what I’m referring, take a […]

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Grasshopper on the Fence

Filed in Insects by on September 11, 2014 0 Comments
Grasshopper on the Fence

There was a month or so during the summer when we had to save between 5 and 10 grasshoppers per day from drowning in the pool. I’m not sure why we chose the grasshopper as a more valuable creature over the japanese beetle (we find these in the pool as well), but we did. Perhaps […]

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It’s Getting Chilly Out There

Filed in Amphibians by on September 11, 2014 1 Comment
It’s Getting Chilly Out There

Even the frogs are hiding in the water. As the season moves along, my morning visits to the pond reveal fewer and fewer frogs. I wonder where they are going. Did the giant Heron eat them? Or perhaps those ducks that fly in every now and then? I know those birds are sneaky, so I […]

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How to Turn Off WordPress Expanding Editor

Filed in Blogging by on September 11, 2014 2 Comments
How to Turn Off WordPress Expanding Editor

I recently upgraded my WordPress install to the latest and greatest version 4.0, or otherwise known as “Benny.” While I’m sure there are many interesting new features and gadgets to play with, I’m also sure the creators of this version weren’t aware of how extremely annoying the new “expandable editor” option can be. Basically, the […]

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Adding a Section of DuraVent Chimney Pipe

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Adding a Section of DuraVent Chimney Pipe

We were out and about in Skowhegan yesterday, so I figured I should stop at Tractor Supply to pick up the last piece of chimney pipe I need for my wood stove installation. If you remember back to my expert install, you remember that I mentioned that I needed one more two foot section of […]

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Cutting Trails in the Woods

Filed in Hiking, Landscaping by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Cutting Trails in the Woods

Now that the cooler weather has arrived, I’ve been getting outside much more to take care of some projects I’ve been thinking about all summer long. Cutting trails in the woods is one of those projects. Actually, I’ve been thinking about cutting trails a lot longer than just this summer. I’ve been thinking about it […]

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Installing a Septic Tank Baffle

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 0 Comments
Installing a Septic Tank Baffle

As I mentioned in my last post, I had to install a new septic tank baffle. For one reason or another, our existing concrete baffle broke off and is currently sitting at the bottom of the tank. Here is a picture of the exit pipe with no baffle. Don’t know what a septic tank baffle […]

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Pumping Out the Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 10, 2014 1 Comment
Pumping Out the Septic Tank

This task is finished. Thank goodness. I was really getting exhausted from thinking about what’s happening under the ground I walk on. This past Monday, I had Mike Pond from Strong, Maine come out to pump the tank. He’s a pretty nice guy. He pumped our tank, which was quite full, for the sweet price […]

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More Waterfall Pictures

Filed in Hiking by on September 6, 2014 1 Comment
More Waterfall Pictures

They’ve been released. Laura’s pictures, that is. If you remember back to my post of the freshly named, “Jay’s Falls,” you’ll remember all the pictures I showed you. Actually, most of that one was pictures. There’s only so much you can write about a stream and some mini-waterfalls. Today I present to you the other […]

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Banded Garden Spider – Argiope Trifasciata

Filed in Insects by on September 6, 2014 0 Comments
Banded Garden Spider – Argiope Trifasciata

What I think we’ve got here is a Banded Garden Spider, or otherwise known as the Argiope trifasciata. I am not 100% sure of this, but as far as I can tell, the Banded Garden Spider resembles what is living in the garage. It’s definitely not the Black and Yellow Garden Spider like I wrote […]

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Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Argiope Aurantia

Filed in Insects by on September 6, 2014 1 Comment
Black and Yellow Garden Spider – Argiope Aurantia

Starting in the second half of summer, I began noticing some rather large spider webs belonging to some rather large spiders hanging around the property. The webs vary in location, but the majority of what I’ve found is spun in the garage door openings. We also have a nice big female Black and Yellow Garden […]

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Enough Kindling Wood?

Filed in Firewood by on September 6, 2014 2 Comments
Enough Kindling Wood?

Earlier in the season, Sam’s father, Chad, called me and asked if I wanted some kindling wood. Since I’d have to be a fool to say no, I replied in the affirmative. He instructed me to bring my truck up to his house for pickup, which I readily did. I came back with a load […]

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Late Summer Photographs

Filed in General by on September 5, 2014 1 Comment
Late Summer Photographs

Laura’s been busy taking pictures of this and that and everything in between. Since I’m mostly a bystander during her camera outings, I often wonder what she’s taking photos of. Sometimes she shows me what she’s been up to by dangling the camera viewfinder in front of my nose. It’s a small viewfinder, so I […]

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Last Day of the Heat

Filed in Weather by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Last Day of the Heat

When I was younger, I would sit and hope that the warm weather would outlast the cold weather. In winter, I’d wish for warmth. In summer, I’d pray that the dog days would last all year. I’m sure that had something to do with the calendar of the school year, but I’m also sure I […]

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Locating the Septic Tank

Filed in Home Improvement by on September 5, 2014 0 Comments
Locating the Septic Tank

Ahh, the wonderful septic tank. The big concrete (or plastic) apparatus that lies beneath the ground that’s rarely, if ever, thought of. The contraption people keep talking about and that people warn others about, but that few ever pay attention to. When was the last time you had your septic tank pumped? Last year, 5 […]

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Our Visit to Lemon Stream

Filed in Hiking by on September 2, 2014 1 Comment
Our Visit to Lemon Stream

A few weeks ago, Steve and I took our trucks up into the hills. These are the same hills that I’ve been writing about since we moved to Maine. I first drove up there with Laura and her parents and then once again with Steve. While the adventure with Laura was wonderful, the adventure with […]

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The Wonderful Introvert

Filed in General by on September 2, 2014 0 Comments

I found a video about a month ago and had intended to write a post about it, but apparently life got in the way. I began doing other things and unfortunately closed the browser window I had the page saved in. Last night, while searching through various TED talks, I stumbled across the video once […]

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Visiting Bar Harbor, Maine

Filed in Destinations by on August 28, 2014 1 Comment
Visiting Bar Harbor, Maine

This post is way overdue. It’s an adventure Laura, her parents and I went on weeks ago. Since I’ve been busy moving posts over from my old blog to this one, I got in a sort of writing funk. Seriously, one can only blog so much. It takes a lot out of you. Anyway, we […]

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My New Spot

Filed in Home & Living by on August 28, 2014 0 Comments
My New Spot

Big life change for me today. I decided to move my little computer table to a more appropriate area. I used to sit in somewhat of the middle of the house – no windows, no breeze, not much light. Now, I sit in the log cabin room. Honestly, getting away from the dull area wasn’t […]

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Catching a Mouse

Filed in Pets & Animals by on August 11, 2014 3 Comments
Catching a Mouse

Wow. It’s been less than an hour since I finished typing up my last post. You probably won’t believe it when I tell you that we caught the mouse. Good thing too – because that mouse was starting to get under my skin. I was beginning to fear something bad was going to go down. […]

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How to Get Rid of Mice in the Walls – Mouse Control

Filed in Pets & Animals by on August 11, 2014 1 Comment
How to Get Rid of Mice in the Walls – Mouse Control

Note: There is an update to this story here. This is one of those posts I don’t want to write, but feel I have to. It’s not like everyone else out there has perfectly clean wall interiors – no mice problems anywhere. That’s simply not the case. Pretty much every house we’ve lived in has […]

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Trucking Up the Logging Roads

Filed in Adventures, Automotive by on August 10, 2014 0 Comments
Trucking Up the Logging Roads

This was probably the most fun I’ve had since Steve and I went ATVing up in the logging trails at the end of our road. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do – to drive my truck up there as well. To see how she would handle and to see if there would be any […]

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Walking Up the Brook

Filed in Hiking by on August 9, 2014 0 Comments
Walking Up the Brook

Earlier this week, Laura’s parents came to visit. We did a bunch of fun stuff, such as visiting Bar Harbor, driving my truck up in the hills north of us and making our way toward the back of our property to visit the brook. I have posts on the stuff we did together and what […]

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Voleman’s Got a Stalker

Filed in Pets & Animals by on August 9, 2014 0 Comments
Voleman’s Got a Stalker

Almost every time I check Laura’s camera to take pictures off it to post here, I find odd photo shoots of Voleman. These shoots hide themselves between trips to Bar Harbor and adventures up in the mountains. I guess they aren’t too terrible because our little orange cat is the cutest thing ever, but still… […]

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Winter is Coming

Filed in Weather by on August 9, 2014 0 Comments
Winter is Coming

People don’t believe me when I tell them Winter is coming. Perhaps they don’t realize how short the warm season is here in Maine. And to think, friends of mine who live up in Rangeley and Jackman have an even shorter warm season – about two seeks shorter. I overheard a conversation just last night […]

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Berry Picking Up in the Trails

Filed in Food & Drink, Nature by on August 9, 2014 4 Comments
Berry Picking Up in the Trails

I think we may have won a battle up here in Maine. Which is a good thing too, because I’ve become somewhat accustomed to losing them. First it was the Maple syrup that never happened. All I could come up for that one was, “Jay’s Sweet Water.” Not so good. Then, there was the Fiddlehead […]

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Dares Snakes Up in Dem Dare Hills

Filed in Reptiles by on August 9, 2014 0 Comments
Dares Snakes Up in Dem Dare Hills

Do you like my accent? Back in June, my friend Seth came to visit. One of the things we did was to walk up a trail, towards the hills north of us. During that walk, we saw about four snakes slithering off the path. I kind of thought that was a lot. Just sayin’. A […]

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Great Blue Heron in our Pond

Filed in Birds by on August 9, 2014 1 Comment
Great Blue Heron in our Pond

I’m not sure if this is going to be a problem or not, but we’ve got a Great Blue Heron that seems to have taken a liking to our pond. Yes, you remember the pond – the one with all our wildlife in it. Last week, I was taking my morning stroll when I heard […]

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Visiting Coos Canyon

Filed in Destinations by on August 9, 2014 0 Comments
Visiting Coos Canyon

I’ve had the last few pictures from the short road trip Steve brought me on sitting in a folder for a while. I figured I really should post them before they get too old. All right – the final destination of our trip was a place called Coos Canyon. It’s located on Rt.17, North of […]

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Looking Over Rangeley Lake and the Height of Land

Filed in Destinations by on July 23, 2014 1 Comment
Looking Over Rangeley Lake and the Height of Land

Moving on along our motorcycle trip (read about our first stop here), we rode into Rangeley, Maine and stopped for a break. We decided to get some lunch because, unfortunately, I hadn’t eaten anything yet. Steve suggested a pub across the street from where we parked the bikes. The pub was called Sarge’s and I […]

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Visiting Smalls Falls in Maine – By Motorcycle

Filed in Destinations by on July 22, 2014 2 Comments
Visiting Smalls Falls in Maine – By Motorcycle

On Saturday, Steve managed to get in touch with me and asked if I’d like to join him and his son for a motorcycle tour up and around Rangeley, Maine. I excitedly accepted his invitation and less than an hour later, I was sitting upon one of his many motorcycles. In this case, I rode […]

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Big Hail and Almost a Tornado

Filed in Weather by on July 19, 2014 0 Comments
Big Hail and Almost a Tornado

Let me tell you this – I didn’t move to Maine to get hit by a tornado. I thought that was a Southern thing. I’m not interested in tornadoes. Or hail for that matter. I’d rather be deciding what style of snowshoe I’ll be wearing for the upcoming Winter season. Something like that, but definitely […]

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The Skunk Has Babies

Filed in Pets & Animals by on July 19, 2014 0 Comments
The Skunk Has Babies

I know I don’t have any pictures of the actual babies, but you have to take my word for it when I tell you she has two. This is becoming sort of a pastime for us. The skunk shows up, pretty much nightly, looking for bird food. She seems to have found the food in […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

Filed in Technology by on July 18, 2014 0 Comments
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

I’ve written posts in the past regarding my issues with music in the new millennium. I suppose it isn’t so much the music – probably more with the music players and the format the music is now presented in. It’s difficult for a laggard, such as myself, to adapt to a whirlwind of technology that’s […]

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Fluid Film For Rust Prevention

Filed in Automotive by on July 17, 2014 1 Comment
Fluid Film For Rust Prevention

I’m not sure if this is specifically a Maine issue or not, but I am sure that now that I’m here, I’ve got to start dealing with rust. Rust on the truck, rust on the trailer, rust on the tools and everything else rust ruins. And I’ll tell you that it’s an annoying something to […]

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The Hot Tub is Gone

Filed in Home & Living by on July 12, 2014 0 Comments
The Hot Tub is Gone

Oh thank goodness. Laura and I were hanging out at the pool this morning when we heard some commotion at the front of the house. It sounded like the FedEx guy was here and he rolled the back of his box truck up and then back down. After a few minutes, I heard the sound […]

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Birds On the Feeder

Filed in Birds by on July 12, 2014 4 Comments
Birds On the Feeder

Laura went a little, “birds on the feeder” picture crazy the other day. I had to filter through all the pictures she took to try to find the best ones. Instead of attempting to give you a description of each one, I’ll let you sort things out. I’ll just list the pictures below. But just […]

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Skunk On the Loose

Filed in Pets & Animals by on July 12, 2014 0 Comments
Skunk On the Loose

The cats were very diligently looking out the back door Thursday night just as we were heading up to bed. Since I like to turn the lights on in the back to make sure everything’s okay before I go upstairs, I was able to see what the cats had found. Guess what. There was a […]

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Bison in Maine

Filed in Pets & Animals by on July 12, 2014 2 Comments
Bison in Maine

We’ve been sure to keep a camera with us ever since we first saw the bison in Anson, Maine. We drove by their field a long time ago and noticed them grazing. That was the time we didn’t bring the camera. Since then, it’s been disappointment after disappointment (we never saw them again). Until yesterday. […]

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Winter vs. Summer

Filed in Around Town by on July 12, 2014 0 Comments
Winter vs. Summer

A while back – actually, all the way back in January, Laura and I were on our way to Madison to grab some stuff. I’m not really sure what we were doing. That’s not important right now because what I want to show you in this post has nothing to do with what we were […]

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Our Latest Flowers

Filed in Flowers by on July 11, 2014 2 Comments
Our Latest Flowers

Over the past few weeks, our flower assortment has completely changed. Mostly gone are the little yellow, Dandelion type flowers. What’s taken their place is now the Black-Eyed Susan and some other yellow-ish lawn flower that’s growing in abundance. Here are some Black-Eyed Susan pictures I just took. I didn’t have the heart to delete […]

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Keeper Four Inch Recovery Strap

Filed in Automotive by on July 11, 2014 0 Comments
Keeper Four Inch Recovery Strap

Since we arrived in Maine last November, I’ve knew I had to begin stocking up on my truck emergency items. The last thing I wanted was to have a really great pickup truck, that handled the snow with ease, stuck on the side of the road because of something stupid I, or someone else, did. […]

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Installing a Sillcock Valve

Filed in Home Improvement by on July 11, 2014 0 Comments
Installing a Sillcock Valve

Can anyone tell me what happens to a valve if it freezes with water inside? Okay, I’ll tell you. The seal gets ruined. Something happens when the ice expands in the valve, so after a few freeze/thaws, you get some leaks. We’ve had it happen to the kitchen sink after that froze this past Winter. […]

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Mrs. Eastern Phoebe is on Round Two

Filed in Birds by on July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Mrs. Eastern Phoebe is on Round Two

I already told you about the baby birds in the garage. That was a few weeks ago. Those birds got up and flew away one day while I was stacking wood and I haven’t seen them since. I sometimes wonder where they went and if they’re okay. Then, I usually return to stacking wood. Apparently, […]

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Our Roses Have Bloomed

Filed in Flowers by on July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Our Roses Have Bloomed

I was walking around outside yesterday when I started thinking to myself. I thought, what a wonderful thing it is to buy a house from someone who already did all the stuff I would have had to do after I moved in. The previous owners lived here for 24 years and worked marvelously at planting […]

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Voleman’s First Swimming Lesson

Filed in Pets & Animals by on July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Voleman’s First Swimming Lesson

I know, I know – okay? Here’s how it got started – last night, Laura and I were watching videos of cats swimming. It looked like they were having lots of fun. And since it’s been so hot around here, I began pondering whether or not our own cat would like to try out the […]

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Frogs in the Stream

Filed in Amphibians by on July 9, 2014 0 Comments
Frogs in the Stream

I was not aware that we had frogs in the stream. I thought they were all in the pond. I am guessing one got lost somehow. I was out there rinsing a bucket and I heard a big splash right next to me. BAM – there was a big frog swimming away. I guess I […]

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