We have been getting little teasers of rain showers and drizzles for several days, but as of Monday no serious accumulation of moisture. Gardens and lawns are thirsty. Nevertheless, the tomatoes are ripening like gangbusters, as are the peppers and cucumbers. I made some gazpacho soup, which is a delicious way to dispose of some of the above. Also chopped up and froze some tomatoes for use in sauces next winter.
Last Wednesday, the 18th, I was walking to town, when I observed a woman driver at the top of Main Street, making a u-turn at the island with cell phone at her ear, then proceeding to enter the “Exit” side of Northeast Bank. I would hate to be near her on the highway if she drives with such inattention and distraction elsewhere.
I heard tell of some fires at the far end of the Forest Road over the weekend. Word is that two camps were burned to the ground. I imagine that the authorities are investigating to find a cause.
This is Grange week once again. Meeting is tonight at the Grange Hall, starting with potluck supper, and followed by a business meeting. Contact John or Pauline Applin at 836-3421 with any questions.
We parked near the Mud City Schoolhouse on Sunday morning and walked to Patte Brook Marsh. There was one car parked at the little camping spot there, but the tent was hidden from our view. The pond looked very, very low, owing in part to sparse rainfall. I was puzzled to see that the boards were not in place on the dam, which also accounts for the low water level. One wonders why they’re not there.
Jane Hosterman just returned from a week or so of vacation in Massachusetts, visiting daughter Susie and son Richie. Susie drove Jane home over the weekend and was busily repairing window shades for Mom when I called. Jane said she had a wonderful time with her offspring, but as always, it’s nice to get home, too
We have been enjoying our avian visitors at the feeders. The window tray outside the living room is usually busy, although most of the time it’s occupied by those bullies, the bluejays. They are such pretty birds but behave too much like their cousins, the crows. Outside the sunroom windows we see lots of hummingbirds, chickadees, tufted titmice, goldfinches, red-breasted nuthatches, and purple finches. So far (knock on wood) the squirrels haven’t figured out how to reach these feeders that hang from the eaves.
The weather smiled on Westleighs’ big family reunion on Saturday. There were forty guests from all over Maine and parts of Massachusetts. One of the highlight activities was a jigsaw puzzle that one of the cousins had made out of family photos that Linda Westleigh provided. Linda said that the cousins spent about two hours putting it together, with, I’m sure, lots of good schmoozing going on in the process. Everyone brought a dish to share at the potluck meal, and all agreed they had a wonderful time.
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