Saturday, September 24, 2011

Birthday breakfast at Michael's Bridge Diner in Lancaster

This diner in Lancaster was first recommended to me by Guthrie and Aishling. I took Laurie to it for a birthday breakfast this morning. The food was great and the service fabulous.

Do you like stuffed wild animals? (Not to eat... but to look at!)

Dad and Jean - Perhaps a good place for you to meet up with Teri and Bob and their kids?!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bald Thursdays

I was going through a few pictures from earlier this year, and found this discount schedule from Congdon's Donuts in Wells, Maine.  Laurie and I thought it was funny so I took a picture of it.  If you go to Congdon's you'll see this on the wall on the right as you enter. 

I'd qualify for the 10% discount. 

My apology if I've already posted this; I took it in June.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


Jaimie climbed Mt. Madison today and found this flag flying at the top.  She told me that a similar flag was posted at the top of all the 4000 footers, at least in NH.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Restoring power was a major operation at our house

On Tuesday, work started at about 4:30pm and ended at 10pm. One of the problems is that we needed a new telephone pole, and the telephone pole was the responsibility of Verizon.  This had to be replaced before National Grid could restore electricity.  As you can see, lots of resources were deployed to our location to get things going. 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Hurricane Irene, at noon on Sunday, at our house

We lost power at noon as we heard a huge tree crash to the ground.  We hoped that it was not one of ours.  It turns out to be a tree across the street from our next door neighbor's house.  The base of this pine tree is huge, perhaps four feet in diameter.  But the tree was clearly rotten in the middle and therefore too weak to withstand even the 60mph or so gusts we were getting from this down-graded (to a tropical storm) hurricane.

It would be 60 hours before we regained power.

For location purposes, that is our green mailbox in the lower right side of the image below.

Crews arrived pretty quickly to clean up the debris.  We were hopeful of a quick recovery of our electricity, but it would be a couple of more days....

In the shot below, look at the size of the tree trunk compared with the truck!!

Laurie making dinner!