Archive for May, 2008

Tree hugger, moi? Kinda.

Monday, May 12th, 2008

In response to many people who have written to ask, “Considering all that Dean writes about nature, would you call him a tree hugger?” we present the following evidence: (Actually, nobody has written to ask any such thing. It’s a little like Tim Sample at the concert we went to on Saturday asking, “How many […]

Call it a mile

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Four or five weekends ago Arlene and I tromped out a snowshoe trail to a patch of aspen trees in our woods and then to the clearing we call the patio, then back to the backyard. Two weekends ago we did more work on the part back from the patio, which mostly consisted of clipping […]

Nahanton Park birds

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Yesterday (Tuesday May 6) I was seeing lots of orioles around Cutler Park. It wasn’t a case of “everything that moves is an oriole” the way I remember it once several years ago, but there were plenty. I saw one Savannah sparrow with exceptionally bright yellow stripes on the head, quite close. Today (Weds May […]

Second Seder

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

We had the first Passover seder here (this is two and almost a half weeks ago I’m talking about) but didn’t take any pictures. For the second seder we went to David and Rachel’s out in Southboro and did take pictures. All of Millie and Joel’s grandkids were there. We had expected 18 people for […]

Something they called a concert

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

The JCC klezmer band gave something we tried to call a concert last Tuesday (April 29, I guess) evening. We set up in the lobby, put out a couple of chairs, and started playing. There were a couple of people listening on purpose around the corner where there are comfortable chairs, but mostly the audience […]


Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

I declare the 2008 grilling season open. In spite of the slightly wobbly legs and missing acorn nut that lets a wheel fall off, I roasted a whole chicken on the rehabilitated Weber grill with total success. In unrelated cooking news, I baked two loaves of Red River Cereal bread this morning. I mixed the […]

South on 302

Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

Matt and I went out to get some lumber to repair the deck at The Red Mill in South Casco. On the way we noticed some horses plowing the field at Watkins’ farm behind the frozen custard stand. The Red Mill turned out to be a couple of hundred yards off the main road, down […]

Wabanaki festival at Bowdoin

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Three weekends ago (would that be April 12?) we went to a Native American arts festival at Bowdoin College. By now we’ve been to a few events like that, so some of the vendors look familiar, and some of them even recognize us. The thing I remember most about this one is one pre-teen girl […]


Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I don’t want to make a mountain out of a molehill, but our front yard in Maine was full of molehills last weekend. We were in the Boston area for Passover (pictures? somewhere) the weekend before, and there was still a foot of snow on the ground in Maine the weekend before that. So we […]

Knitting catch up

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I haven’t posted any knitting reports in a couple of months, I guess. I was busy making a sweater for a baby present. The mother and grandmother have been known to look at this blog, and I didn’t want to spill the beans. By now (actually by ten days ago) the baby has been born, […]