Monday, July 21, 2008

Monday/Tuesday Tidbits

Monday again. The weekends fly by faster then the weeks. Yesterday after church we went to the coast to another of our favorite restaurants The Jordan Pond House. It has been there for many many years and serves the best popovers and homemade strawberry jam that you would ever want! It is located in Acadia National Park which is one of the most gorgeous parks in the US right on the Atlantic ocean. We have been there many times but each time we are still are amazed at the beauty of our surroundings.

Bar Harbor is the little town on the fringe of the park. It is a place where old money is abundant and some of the homes are palatial. On the way down FIL was telling about how when he was a youngster of 15 or 16 he would drive the farm truck down there loaded with produce to sell. Being a country boy he was always in awe of the big fancy black cars with the capped drivers taking the ladies in their big hats around for their errands and social gatherings.

It's more of a touristy place now with little shops bursting at the seams with every conceivable trinket to tempt the vacationers to spend their money. There are many cruise ships that stop there so there is no shortage of clientele. We like to browse through the shops occasionally but usually try to get there before the height of the tourist season.

Funsize, FIL, Hubby and I all had yummy lunches. I had the veggie quiche with salad and Funsize had the lobster stew and baked brie. Of course the main reason we went was for the popovers. They didn't disappoint us to say the least. Of course I FORGOT my camera so I can't make you all drool! I know my niece Jo-lynne (Musings Of A Housewife) is drooling as she has been there many times and FIL is already talking about going again when she is here on vacation!

Jay, my grandnephew, you know the one eating the HUGE clams a few posts back, was here last night after church. He usually comes home with us for a couple of hours and then his Dad picks him up. I asked him if he was in the mood for a movie, a clean, no swearing, no sex, no violence type movie and he said he was. We checked through all of the listings and finally decided on The Bucket List. I'm probably the last one on the face of the earth that hadn't seen it yet so I was glad he picked that one. It was good. Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman are great actors, we enjoyed it very much.


Today was Date Day. Hubby and I headed to the coast late this morning to go to our favorite seafood restaurant. It's about an hour and 15 minute drive and we never tire of the sights along the way. Penobscot Bay is just beautiful as it flows out into the Atlantic.

The food was great as always. I had a bowl of lobster stew that was to die for and Hubby had lobster. I let him break one of my ultimate rules and he brought his Blackberry in with him and answered a couple of e-mails while I was perusing the gift shop. Don't you just love the bib? Do you think people know it's a blogger when they take pictures of their food? heehee!

Our Bird Seed Bandits were here again the other night. Mom and her three babies that are living in my hayloft came out for a snack. They are so cute and have grown so much over the summer. I don't know how long they stay with the mother but they are getting to be almost as big as she is. They don't cause any problems so we don't mind having them around, in fact we enjoy watching them and giving them treats. They LOVE marshmallows!

Tammy over at Family Doin's has given me a nice award. She had this to say about my site and I am so glad to hear that she can visualize how lovely it is here out in the country in Maine!
2) Midlife Mom from Home on the Range. Visiting her, you can almost smell the country air as she tells about her life on her beautiful acreage, complete with horses!
Thank you Tammy so much, it is such a treat to receive an award! In my next post I am supposed to pass this on to seven more people so I will try to do this although it is soooooo hard as I enjoy each and every site that I regularly read. I already have the Award Police after me so I guess this time I will try to pick only seven!
If you haven't met Tammy yet go on over and say howdy. She has a wonderful site and tackles some really good subjects in her Marriage Monday series. They recently got back from an eventful road trip to Dis*ney Land and it was complete with some escapades that reminded me of something out of the movies!

Guess that's it for tonight. Hope you all are having a good week. We finally got some rain so we are all doing the Happy Dance and so is the lawn!!


CrackerJacks said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend full of great food, even though I have never had Lobster.

No matter what you write about, you make everything around you sound amazing and beautiful. You make life sound so graceful. I want to live with you!

The little Raccoons are so cute! We have a big mama who has been bringing her 5 babies around this summer. They do grow so fast.

Congrats on the award!

Dawn said...

I want to make it out there someday and eat some of those yummy popovers with you - in such a lovely setting!

We saw Bucket List a couple of weeks ago and just loved it - I love anything with Morgan Freeman, too.

The raccoons are cute - too bad they're so destructive!

palmtreefanatic said...

congrats on the award! You are most deserving!!!

The lobster soup looks good I never had such a thing! Hmmm...would love some crab now though!;) Seafood is somethng I have not had in a while!

Your hubby looks cute with the bib on;)) I know what you mean when you take photos of your food, it is something to watch people around you wondering Why you are doing this;)

Donna said...

Lobster. Wow!

I must tell you that everyone who visits loves my wall hanging. Yesterday I got the tote you made me, and my sister-in-law started exclaiming about that, too. She inspected it closely and proclaimed it "fantastic".

Nonna said...

What a fun few days you have had! The park sounds so inviting, I wish you had pictures of it to show! I've never been to Maine, but hopefully one day I will go!

Have a blessed week!

Nancy said...

You make me hungry!!! It all looked soooo good!!!

Lucky little raccoons to have such a safe place to live and with their own restaurant, too!!! They are alot of fun to watch.

Your descriptions of everything allowed me to visualize it all! I think your area is absolutely gorgeous! Haven't been there in years, though!

Stop by my blog as I have 2 awards posted for all of my readers. (One is FROM you, though!) I couldn't narrow it down to 7 so I gave it to everyone. Anyone who blogs, and puts in the time it takes to blog, deserves it. Please stop by and pick it up!

(((((( HUGS ))))))

Mary said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful couple of days. You aren't the last one to see the Bucket List. I haven't seen it yet and really want to, but there's lots to do here so possibly when it comes out on video.

Your raccoons are adorable. We have a mom and three kits here. In northern regions raccoon kits stay with their mother until the next litter is born. In southern regions, they usually go their own way after about 3 months. Raccoons are interesting creatures and ours are very compatible to live with. They don't do damage and don't make a mess. I've seen the mother going through our garbage in the wee hours of the morning and she never leaves anything out of place. She takes what she wants and leaves the rest in the bags. I enjoy watching them near dusk as they come out to forage for the evening.

Take care. I enjoyed my visit, as always. Congratulations on the award.


kdwhorses said...

Sounds like you all had a wonderful time! Anything with lobster in it has too be good!

The coons are too cute!!

Congrats on the award!!! You deserve it!

Have a great Wednesday!!!!

Callie said...

I am envious of the Lobster....Envious! The bib is hilarious! And those Racoons are the cutest things ever! I'm afraid Steve and would encourage them to stay as well.

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

Your date night sounds wonderful! I wish we would take more time to do things like that.

The racoons are so cute. We had a mama and a few babies in the barn but hubby "got rid" of them. They were making a mess out of the barn.

Pattie said...

Mmmm - lobster! Your stew looks good enough to eat!

I know raccoons can be such pests, but aren't they the cutest little things? I put out all kinds of feeders to attract birds to our yard because I love them so much. And now I'm frustrated because they're eating my tomatoes! LOL! We're never happy, are we?

Hope things are well in your end of the country today!

Marcy said...

Do they serve anything besides seafood in the restaurants in Maine? This will have a huge effect on whether we ever visit Maine! I do not like seafood, but I bet that Scott would be in heaven!

It sounds like y'all had a lot of fun! It's so sweet that y'all have date "day"!

Tammy said...

You are SO welcome and so deserved!
And thank you for the kind words back! :)

Bar Harbor sounds like a fun place to visit...And isn't it great to have older people in your life that can recall times of the past first hand so that we can get glimpse of how things looked back then? Capped drivers and fancy hats- I bet it was something to see for him!

Well, I'm off to finish organizing some rooms upstairs (including my girls' room) and try to carve out some scrapbooking if I can, too!

Have a great rest of the week!

PEA said...

I want to go eat popovers with you at that restaurant and see all the rich people! lol Gosh, it does sound like a wonderful place!! I get a lot of funny looks whenever I whip out my camera and take pictures of my food...oh well, we bloggers do what we have to do! hehe Loved all your pictures!! Glad to hear you had such a lovely Date Day:-)

The raccoons are so darling and as you say, as long as they're not causing any damage or anything, you don't mind them there. Pretty soon, though, they'll be asking you to roast the marshmallows first!!!! :-)

Congratulations on the well deserved award, my friend! You certainly do have a brilliant blog and I for one, love visiting you:-)

I'm heading out to the weekly auction sale this evening...wanna join me? Oh what fun we'd have:-) Love you!! xoxoxox

Jo-Lynne (Musings of a Housewife) said...

I AM drooling. TWO MORE WEEKS!

Susie said...

All you food just looks so very tempting. Lobster is such a treat and is one of our favorites!
Your husband looks like he's concentrating so hard on his work. Hope you found something cute in the gift shop while he was working :)
Those raccoons are cute, but I know what little bandits they can be. They love to have our fish for their dinner (although I haven't seen any real recently)
Hope you're enjoying your week. We're so busy with the boys..
love you!

Linds said...

The lobster stew looks delicious! Another thing to go on the list. I still have not seen the Bucket List - sigh. One of these days!

You live in a beautiful part of the world, and when I finally make my epic tour, I will be going back through all your archives to find these amazing places to visit! Scratch that - I will just email you instead!

bj said...

You do have the most delightful blog...your picutres are always so good and your subjects are so interesting. Your state of Maine must be just lovely. I watched a movie last night (Sarah; Plain and Tall) on tv and she was from Maine and moved to the prairies of Kansas (for a man, of course)..anyway, she so missed her lovely Maine and the green and all the water....of course, in the end, she wouldn't leave her man and Kansas...even for Maine.
Keep up the lovely blogging...
xo bj

Needled Mom said...

The outings sound wonderful. I'd love to taste those popovers with fresh strawberry jam. YUM!

I'll have to check out that movie. It is so rare to find good ones with decent language and no "messages" in them anymore. You need to take T to the Amer*ican Girl movie. She would love it.

We got tired of feeding our raccoons and now bring in the cat food at night. They are very pesky creatures here.

We had a very busy few days with the kids. I cleaned and washed bedding Tuesday and then spent Wednesday with my mom. Today I need to catch up on life. :)

The W.O.W. factor said... live so close to have fresh seafood! Did have a fellow bring me a fresh salmon a week ago...I DO LOVE SALMON! I cook it like the Sammish Indians did.
DATE NITE...Hmmm, we just talked today about doing that! I'm tired of the 24/7 work stuff! Pooh on gas prices...we NEED to leave this place at least once a month and go to dinner or something!
What a great thing for the grandkids! A swing set! I still love to swing!