Archive for March 13th, 2006

Northern New England Spring Quiz

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Just one question, for any readers in California, Texas, Kuala Lumpur, etc. What’s going on here? This used to be a common late winter and early spring sight in Northern New England thirty years and longer ago: Those are sap buckets hanging on a sugar maple. Nowadays sugar makers mostly use plastic tubing to collect […]

Table Progress

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Maybe I haven’t said, but I’m building a table for the kitchen in Casco. It’s going to be a trestle table, I mean, rather than four legs, one in each corner, it’s going to have two things sort of like letter H on its side for legs, held together by a big board going through […]

Redpolls

Monday, March 13th, 2006

We saw a half-dozen redpolls the weekend Millie and Joel were up in Maine with us, which must have been in mid-January. We hadn’t seen any since up until yesterday morning. Redpolls are little brown-gray finches with a dark red spot on their forehead. They spend the summers in Canada and sometimes, but not always, […]

Laundry

Monday, March 13th, 2006

The most significant part of this past weekend is that we got a washer and dryer in the house in Casco. We’ve never had a dryer in Newton. The biggest factor is that we haven’t figured out how we’d vent it. Arlene likes line-dried clothes anyway. It’s fine in winter when the house is dry […]

Farblonjet

Monday, March 13th, 2006

We weren’t really, but it felt that way for a while, and it’s a great word to get a chance to say. My grandfather once said that word described a sheichet (kosher butcher) in Scarsdale. Or, in short, “lost”. We took a walk around the block in Casco, which, as I’ve said, is a three […]