Archive for November, 2006

More on ruffed grouse

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be a big time for grouse. We saw one in the crabapple tree again. We got a particularly close look at one in a berry bush (I think it’s burning bush, or barberry, or something with small red berries that aren’t edible by people) just off the front porch — […]

Windham Sky

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

There were picturesque clouds in the sky over the Hannaford’s parking lot in Windham last week. Don’t try to clean your screen! That’s not a speck of dust in the middle of the picture, it’s a seagull. We’re about fifteen miles inland from Portland harbor.

Covered Bridge

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

One of the alternate routes to Casco is to take exit 47 from the Maine Turnpike and go up River Road from Westbrook to Windham. We’ve seen a sign pointing to a covered bridge off that road, but before last Wednesday we either didn’t have time to explore it or daylight to make it worthwhile. […]

FO – by Anne

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Anne has been using some patterns from The Yarn Girls’ Guide To Simple Knits. She had this one all done except the collar by early Thanksgiving weekend. She wasn’t sure how to pick up the stitches for the collar. I counted the stitches she had, figured how many to pick up and how many to […]

Trail Network

Monday, November 27th, 2006

Anne, Matt, and I did more trail work around the Casco house. About a month ago they had started to cut a trail sort of from the far corner of the property back towards the house. Arlene and I lengthened it and then Anne and Matt brought it out to a monster rock near the […]

Village Knitiot

Sunday, November 26th, 2006

I drove down to North Windham and finally got to look in at The Village Knitiot. It has more floor space than Naturally Fuzzy or Down Home, but not so much yarn as either of those. It’s probably the best local source for imported and luxury yarns. There’s a big selection of Misty Alpaca, a […]


Saturday, November 25th, 2006

We had a grouse in the crabapple tree again today. Arlene spotted it walking out from next to our kayak. It crossed the driveway, walked over to the crabapple tree, looked around the ground to see if there were any fallen crabapples worth eating, decided there weren’t, and flew up onto a branch to eat […]

Read, weep

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Over the turnpike, backed up from the tolls, To Grandmother’s house we go. The GPS knows the way to navigate the SUV Through the globally warming drizzle… That’s as far as I got. Anyone want to collaborate on it, or is it too sad?

Much better

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

After a day on penicillin, my toothache is much better. It’s good enough that it doesn’t bother me at all when I’m not eating, but bad enough when I’m chewing that a root canal is going to be worth it. Meanwhile, we played Settlers of Catan with Charley, Nicole, Anne, and Matt. Matt clobbered the […]


Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

I had something of a toothache starting in the middle of last night, when I woke up and wasn’t sure I’d be able to get back to sleep. It was worse in the morning. I was able to get my dentist to see me in the afternoon. It looks as though — because I’ve made […]