Archive for March, 2007

Rockport birding

Monday, March 5th, 2007

We didn’t go to Maine this past weekend, partly because Arlene wasn’t feeling well, partly because a big snowstorm was forecast for Friday evening and I wasn’t really interested in spinning the car off the Maine Turnpike. On Saturday we did go to Rockport to look for harlequin ducks. About twenty of them were there […]

Fiber Frolic Sweater

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Maybe I haven’t ever blogged about the sweater I’m making currently. It’s mostly wool I got at the Maine Fiber Frolic last year, and what I didn’t get AT the frolic I got by mail order from someone I met at the frolic — that’s four 250-yard skeins of natural dark brown and two skeins […]

Wrapup Feb 24 weekend

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Well, there’s a little more from the weekend of Feb. 24. First, there are the pileated woodpeckers. We saw one in our woods one of the first weekends we owned the place, right about New Years day 2006, but we hadn’t seen one in Maine since. On our way to the ice festival on Saturday […]

From the Ice Mall

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

At the ice fishing derby / ice sculpture / winterfest event at Lake Sebago, there was an area for vendors billed as the Ice Mall. It wasn’t on the ice — a good thing for vendors who were there all day! — but rather inside a building, so it was actually one of the few […]

Southeast Idaho Touring

Sunday, March 4th, 2007

Someone on the Newton Schools email system posted a question about sightseeing in southeastern Idaho. By the time I finished answering, I had written so much that I figured I’d post it here. ************ My mother lives in Pocatello so we’ve been there many times. Usually we spend most of our time at her house […]

Simulated Ice Rescue

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

While we were in the big tent with the snow and ice sculptures of the mercedes and the moose, we heard a loudspeaker announcement that there was about to be a demonstration of a rescue by a Coast Guard helicopter. The helicopter was on display on the ground when we got to the place. One […]

Ice Mercedes

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

The biggest attraction of the icefest at Lake Sebago was the ice and snow sculpture. The pre-event publicity had talked about an ice miniature golf course. It turned out to be the regular miniature golf course at the resort where the event was being held, with the addition of ice sculpture hazards. I think this […]

New smoke alarms

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Several times now the smoke alarms have been going off when we’ve got to the house in Casco. I’ve found that if I reset the circuit breaker for them they don’t go back on; but it’s disturbing. We contacted the company that made the alarms to ask. They said that smoke alarms really should be […]

New garage door

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

Arlene has been wanting a garage door opener in Casco. Well, since we don’t have a usable garage in Newton (there’s one taking up a third of the basement level, but there’s no driveway to it) it would have to be in Casco. When we get there late at night, in the dark and cold […]