Friday, October 18, 2019

October Storm

Wednesday was a dark and chilly run on Highland Green Road and Canam. The loss of light right now is so noticeable on these early morning runs. (6.0 miles)

A nor'easter rolled in overnight, with whipping winds and hard rains. I woke up at 2:30 am and things were so noisy, I couldn't even fall back asleep. I finally padded downstairs around 5:00 am and sat in the darkness enjoying some coffee until the phone rang indicating a 2 hour delay. No running this morning, that's for sure. It was whipping outside! Then around 7:00 am, another call, no school.

It was seriously nasty out there and many lost power. We are incredibly lucky where we are, as we rarely lose power since one of the sub-stations is right next to the complex! I went into work around 9:00 am once the winds and rain had died down a bit. Lots of debris on the roads but full power in-town Brunswick at least. Sam stayed home and had a lazy day making slime, reading, watching TV, and generally being a bit bored while Ryan worked upstairs.

We finished up the night with a game of Life and a few rounds of Kings in the Corner. Nice in a way to have a quiet midweek evening with time to sit together and play games (even if Life drives me batty 😝😜). Doesn't happen very often!

If we were gamblers, we would have bet the district wouldn't have had school today, but we wouldn't have won entirely, as all other schools were in session today except Woodside, due to no power at the school itself. Strange, as I thought snow/storm days were district-wide. But who knows.

So it was another mellow morning, although this time I got up and out the door a little before 7:00 am for a run. Enjoyed the glorious golden early morning light along the powerlines as the sun rose above the low clouds and was happy to see that not all the fall foliage had fallen during the storm. The miles out in the Cathance were part run/part pick up sticks πŸ˜‚ (with a few too big for me to move) and the bog bridges were extra slick. Nice morning though, and always good to get out in the calm after the storm! (6.2 miles)

Sam slept until 8:30, so she wasn't even awake when I got home! Wow. Then she spent the next few hours hanging out in front of the TV while Ryan worked and I headed out to do my typical Friday errands like bringing the recycling to the transfer station, dropping books due at the library, picking up fresh produce at the farmer's market and getting the grocery shopping done. Then Sam helped me clean the house and once that was done we headed out for the afternoon.

No school = a fun lunch date with my girl πŸ’— plus gelato of course. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹ Then we wandered around the stores she loves downtown and explored the Bowdoin art museum. A good storm day afternoon indeed!!

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Couch

22 years old, well loved and well used, threadbare and worn, with holes in both back corners, stained and covered in cat hair, our couch had served us well and we decided it was finally time for a replacement. With delivery set for last Thursday at noon, we had the dump guys come and pick up the old couch Wednesday, figuring we could last one night without a couch and knowing that would be easier than having two couches in our small living room space once the new one arrived.

But of course, in typical fashion, I received a call right at the end of the delivery window on Thursday saying the delivery guy had gotten injured and that all deliveries for the day were being pushed until Tuesday. sigh. πŸ™ŠπŸ™ˆπŸ™‰

So, we improvised...

I mean who needs a couch when you've got camp chairs? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜† #classic

At least the cats approved... 😸

We made it through the long weekend, and my parents were good sports about it πŸ˜ƒ

Thankfully the couch arrived on Tuesday morning as promised and it looks great! Even the cushions are lovely.

Of course, the cats, being the critical creatures that they are, were not impressed...

...and it wasn't until last night that they actually decided things were OK and joined us up on the couch after dinnerπŸ˜ΉπŸ˜‰ #aslongasthecatsarecomfy

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Long Weekend Fun

Had a nice meander out in the Cathance on Saturday morning, although feeling slightly sluggish as I didn't sleep well on Friday night and all the celebrations and cake from the week may have finally caught up with me! πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‰ Still, a lovely misty morning to be out on the trails, as the foliage was popping and the river flowing nicely. (8.0 miles)

Anne had her birthday party Saturday afternoon at a glass art place in Lisbon, where the owner apparently also has a large collection of insects. Looking forward to seeing Sam's art creations, and also, looks like there was definitely some interesting bug action!! 

Walking Stick

yes, that is a tarantula 😱

Sunday morning, Ryan took off early for his all-day volunteering shift at BBU while I got a little extra sleep and waited for the sun to rise before I headed out for my run. Nice morning for a mellow run around town on the roads with a short trail exploration on the Highlands trails mixed in. (10.0 miles)

Then Sam and I headed over to Bradbury for the afternoon. This year, with a change in course, part of our shift at the aid station included a traffic stint out on Elmwood. It involved a lot of waiting and looking up the trail for runners, with a little bit of flagging and car stopping and chatting with runners mixed in.

Traffic duty view

Trail visitor

Mom and Dad came over mid-afternoon and Sam and I took a walk with them up into the field and down to the river. Such a nice afternoon to be out! Lots of milkweed floating in the wind as well as these neat little insect fluffballs flitting about. Turns out they were woolly alder aphids. Such an interesting sight!

Milkweed pod


Sam wanted to stay for the rest of the shift, so after our walk, it was back to cheering on runners and filling bottles and shooing bees away from the soda and hanging out with friends. Always a great day of volunteering and so fun to see so many people out racing!

Mom and Dad left on Monday morning to head back to NC. Always hard to say goodbye, but it was a great week and so nice to have them celebrating and exploring with us!

Sam was off from school and I was off from work, so after a bit of time spent relaxing and getting the house back together, I finally headed out around 10:00 am for a run. Normally it would have been a rest day but I didn't want to miss out on the chance for a day-off midday run! Headed out into the Cathance again, and I will just say it again, gorgeous. (6.5 miles)

Sam and I got some errands done in the afternoon while Ryan worked, oh and stopped for an ice cream too πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‹πŸ¦and then around 5:00 pm, we headed over to the Cathance for a late afternoon walk along the river. Nice to get out for a short family meander before dinnertime, and a good way to wrap up a fun long weekend! (1.2 miles walked)

A Sammy tree πŸ˜‰


Three hearts πŸ’–

Saturday, October 12, 2019

10 & 20

Nope, not running miles but birthdays and anniversaries! πŸ’—πŸŽ‚πŸ»

Tuesday morning, it was up and out into the dark mugginess for a run on Highland Green Road and Canam. No views, no sunrise, no nothin' πŸ˜‰ (6.0 miles)

Wednesday morning dawned with no running, replaced with morning birthday presents before sending the now 10-year old off to school for the day. Crazy how time flies!!

Happy Birthday, Samantha! We love you!!

The afternoon was spent at a XC meet, surrounded by her teammates and her biggest fans πŸ’• How lucky is this one?!

She had a great race too! So proud of this girl. It is fun to watch her run πŸ˜ƒ Faster course too, running 8:42. Nice!!

Then it was off to Otto to meet up with Sarah and Tom and celebrate the day and the kiddo with some delicious pizza and gorgeous and yummy homemade cake made just for Sam by Sarah! πŸ˜πŸ˜πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹ What a great way to end the day!

Got up and out early on Thursday for yet another dark and muggy run, this time on the cart paths. (6.0 miles)

With Mom and Dad in town, Ryan and I had made plans to go away for the night to celebrate our 20th anniversary. As it falls the day after Sam's birthday, this day is often overlooked but 20 years is 20 years and surely needs a celebration! So, after work, we headed up to Rockland for the night. The 250 Main Hotel is a funky new(er) hotel at the edge of town and was the perfect place to stay!


...with a view πŸ˜ƒ

We had a delicious dinner at Miranda Cafe, followed up by drinks at Fog. Yum!

Cheers to 20 more! 🍻

And then spent Friday exploring the area together. Lots of fun!

We started off with a short run on the George's Highland Path in the Thomaston Town Forest. The trail was rather rooty and technical with lots of twists and turns and short ups and downs, but the woods were looking very pretty with the fall foliage and there were some nice views along the river. It was slow going but nice to get out exploring some new trails with Ryan! (3.8 miles)


Split rock

Love all the colors 🍁

We headed back to the hotel and got showered and packed up. But not before reading the motivational messages in the stairwell. Love it! 😊

We walked to the other side of town for a very yummy brunch at the Home Kitchen Cafe and then meandered our way back, stopping at the Farnsworth and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art along the way. The Farnsworth truly does have a lovely collection, and had a fun exhibit on display of Slab City artists, which we really enjoyed.

Camel, Bernard Langlais 

The CMCA is a much smaller, but neat open, space, but we really enjoyed the Birds We Know exhibit by Ann Craven. Very colorful and whimsical images. 

More motivational message, this time on the wall at CMCA

Then we headed out to Owl's Head Lighthouse. Very cool lighthouse with some wonderful views and a neat beach. I should have turned on my watch to see how much we walked, but regardless, definitely worth the side trip!

Views enroute

Shoreline vista

The sumac offered some lovely color at the edge of the woods

Saw an eagle swooping by above the edge of the cliff but wasn't fast enough with the camera!

So pretty. So Maine 😍

There was a ton of this gorgeous magenta flower blooming down by the beach, mixed in with the rose hips. I commented that it looked so much like jewelweed, and turns out it IS jewelweed, just an invasive species, unlike the native orange jewelweed we see more often. But glorious color!

Google maps routed us out and around Rockland as we headed back to Route 1, taking us by this really cool wide open marsh area. I had been really wanting to get some photos of the bright purple aster that were blooming all along the roadway, and there was a parking lot with a view out into the marsh, so we stopped there. I got my aster photos, and we took a short walk through the woods out to a viewing station overlooking Weskeag Marsh, which is apparently a good spot to see migratory birds. Really neat.

Many thanks to Mom and Dad for hanging out with Sam so we could spend the day together! And Happy Anniversary to Ryan! I couldn't ask for a better partner in this crazy thing called life! Cheers to 20+ more years of laughter, love and adventure πŸ’–