Archive for June, 2009

B-e-a-utiful day!

Posted: June 30, 2009 in Bar Harbor
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So, after all my complaining, we got a beautiful day! First time in two weeks I think… Amazing.

I took full advantage of the day, moving stuff into the storage unit, grocery shopping, opened all my windows… It was fabulous… So good, in fact, that I may need to go get a fan if it keeps up. The breeze doesn’t really flow through the house very well.

Anyhow, absolutely wonderful.

Nothing else too exciting… Just a weather update!

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Rain and fog again!! Isn’t anyone ready for a new blog title?!?

Sunday was a short ship day… But a long day when it came to the rain and fog… Nothing exciting happened, a normal day, which was nice.

The highlight of my day today has to be that my new bathroom sink was installed! Yay! No more leaking pipes – And I can use the storage underneath the sink again. And, I got a bonus, the new vanity is larger than the original, which means more room on top and underneath! (Very sad, that this is what I was looking forward too – Would be better if I owned the place!)

The highlight of my night was a little different, I had a deer in my front yard, and one in the green in front of my place. Beautiful creatures, I tried to take pictures, but couldn’t get the camera out fast enough… Brisbee was going crazy, trying to scale the wall to look out the window, I am sure she knew something was out there but didn’t know what it was… So neat!

So, plans for the week. Brisbee is going into the vet on Wednesday so they can have a look at her teeth. Poor thing needs to have some of them pulled because they are broken… Don’t know how it happened. Supposedly beagles have strong teeth, so I guess she got the dachshund side of that deal. Next Monday I am taking the minivan in to have it looked at, something is wrong with the transmission and the electrical system, fun.

I bought a ticket to see Toby Keith and Trace Adkins in concert in Boston today, really looking forward to that trip! I need to find a hotel, maybe that will be my hunt for tomorrow. Hoping it will be as much fun as my Vermont trip was, and I get some memorable pictures. Having fun catching up on all my scrap booking too. I had no idea how far behind I was, but reliving the trips I have taken has been fun too. I am just about out of photos, so I need to order copies of some more.

Well, off to bed I go. Pray for better weather tomorrow, and maybe we can take a walk into town. So hard to get out of the house when the weather is nasty, it is depressing. I need to hit the post office and the grocery store, so that should be a little bit of a push out the door.

And, I got an email from my Aunt Heidi today with some photos… Here is a photo of the skunk Brisbee tried to make friends with while we were visiting! Apparently they are “cute little creatures…”

And overnight…

Posted: June 28, 2009 in Bar Harbor, Holiday
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It got chilly again!

Thankfully, Friday was nice enough, with no rain and a fair amount of fog. The Maasdam was in again, this is the last time I will see Captain Henk until September, and I treated him to a lobstah roll. The day was long, I thought I was going to have hoards of people of my doorstep looking for a place to stay the night because they missed the ship, but thankfully it worked out, and everyone made it back on board. We got word that some people had taken the Whale Watch tour out by themselves, two people got stuck on Cadillac Mountain when they missed the town bus, one was at the hospital, another at the dentist… But, when I heard that zero count come over the radio, I was thrilled to see them off!

I spent a good portion of the day toting my stuff down to the laundry facilities. Another thing I will never complain about in Tampa, having problems with the washer and dryer, at least they are in the apartment, and not a hike (well, not really) to get there.

The fog is rolling in super thick tonight, I doubt that it will burn off by morning… But I guess I will have to wait and see. Weather.com is predicting mid 60F by noon, but a 70% chance of rain… Ugh, here comes the rain suit!

Weather.com also predicts 73F for 4th of July, and only a 30% chance of rain, so my fingers and toes will be crossed for a nice holiday weekend! The town should be packed for the weekend, which will be great, but it will be a lot more fun if there is no rain. Looking forward to the holiday here… There are a lot of places that pitch in to make the 4th a lot of fun… Blueberry pancake breakfast, parade, lobstah race, arts and crafts, music, and of course, fireworks. Really looking forward to a small town celebration, I have a feeling that everyone gets involved and supports all of the non-profits that are putting it together.

Off to bed now, Maasdam again tomorrow!

SUN!!

Posted: June 25, 2009 in Bar Harbor
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Hallelujah!! I will never ever (hardly ever) complain about how hot it is in Florida. The temperature hit a high of 65 degrees Fahrenheit (about 20 Celsius) and it was a beautiful day. Brisbee and I sat outside for a little while… enjoying the heat… And with no wind inside the house, it did start to get a little muggy.

So… in starting to plan the rest of the summer… My dad is coming up on July 19! I am so looking forward to hanging out with him… Interesting to see how it will go. I have to do some research on the local golf courses of course, definitely hit the local steakhouse (which is supposed to be yummy), maybe the lumberjack show, maybe go up in the local planes for a tour of the island, hmmm… tough decisions.

I think I will also have two cousins visiting for two days… a 15 and 16 year old, so that should be fun… Keeping in mind that Bar Harbor is not a place full of theme parks or anything.

Mom is hopefully coming up in August (or September) depending on the heat (:D), and (hopefully) some others (hint, hint).

Back to work tomorrow, the Maasdam is back in town. 🙂

Fog….

Posted: June 24, 2009 in Bar Harbor
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Argh! So, we get rid of the rain and we welcome the fog!!

Unbelievable, but at least it didn’t rain cats and dogs all day. That was such a nice change. And actually, seeing the Royal Caribbean Grandeur of the Seas through all the different fog layers was kind of a cool sight, unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me to take some cool photos.

It was so great to see all my friends again! I delivered a lobstah roll to the Captain as a “Welcome to Bar Harbor” gift, and I went to lunch with Cathie (Marine Admin) and Ivo (Chief Engineer). It was SO good to see everyone and get caught up with what is happening in their lives. So weird to go from seeing them every four or five days to not seeing them for nearly two months! And, tear, they won’t be back until mid-August. Hopefully though I will be able to sail with them soon… Lots of fun on board and cool ports of call…. How do you argue with that?

The ship was in early and here late, so it was definately a loooong day… headed to bed.

The rest of the weekend was just as much fun, I am so glad that Mom decided to come up to Vermont to meet me.

Saturday we spent the day wandering around, checking out all the small towns in the Upper Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire. Woodstock, VT, is this amazing little town, absolutely beautiful. The village green is surrounded by old homes that have been amazingly upkept, it looks like the town would be amazing in the middle of winter too… It has all the old lightposts, benches everywhere, just incredible. We went to the Simon Pearce Restaurant for lunch, the menu was limited, what they called a “light fare,” but the overlook on the waterfall was amazing and they make all of their own glass, which was pretty neat. We went back to dinner at the Fire Stones Restaurant, which again, the food was amazing.

Sunday we decided to head to Burlington, whcih was the airport Mom was flying out of. We stopped at Eaton’s SugarHouse, http://www.eatonssugarhouse.com, in South Royalton, VT for breakfast. It was really similar to the Cracker Barrel at home, and the food was pretty good.

I wanted to stop at the Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory Tour, http://www.benjerry.com/scoop-shops/factory-tours/factory, which is in Waterbury, and that was such fun! It only lasted about thirty minutes, but we got to see where they make the ice cream, got a sample of the Sweet Cream and Cookies ice cream and a look around the gift shop. It was a neat tour, and nice to break up the ride to Burlington.

We also stopped at the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, http://www.vermontteddybear.com, and had a look around the grounds there. Unfortunately, the tour didn’t start until later in the day, but we had fun looking around the store at all of the different teddy bears and the clothes to dress them up in. I think that my favorite teddy was the “Big Brown Bear,” which was the VTBC version of the Bloomingdale’s Bear, so cute!

I dropped Mom off at the Burlington Airport (which is tiny!) and headed home. I passed through tons of small towns on my way.. and through multiple National Parks… and finally made it home close to 1am. I was so tired, but I had a nice surprise when I arrived home, there was a deer in my front yard! Brisbee went crazy barking, and I don’t think the deer appreciated it, but it was such a cool sight!

Today I spent most of the day getting settled back into my schedule, setting up for ships on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and planning a time for Dad to come up and visit, and when my cousins are going to come up, and what the rest of the summers plans will be (whew!). Busy day tomorrow to… Clean up, do some laundry, and whatever else might happen. Pray the rain goes away!

Balloon pics

Posted: June 20, 2009 in Travel, Vacation
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Our balloon beginning to ascend

19 balloons went up total

Amazing sight!