Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Unplanned Maine Visit June 13, 2016

I arrived in Maine on late Monday night by train (and Boston/Logan airport). Melissa picked me up and drove to camp to visit with my Mom. Mom had been released from the hospital on Sunday (06/12/16) due to fever/infection in her leg. 
Photo: Mel and I - selfie at DownEaster train station and morning photo of the "camp".

Mom and I like the little store/restaurant called New Gloucester Village Store, we split a pizza. I tried a really horrible soda!
In between doctor appointments, we decided to eat many lobster rolls, first one was at a new place, the Portland Lobster Company on Commercial Street. It was pretty good and had a view of the water docks.
Next lobster roll was with Aunt Patti and Jean at the Five Islands lobster pound. I had wonderful sunny days my entire visit.
Mom and her two sisters:
On Friday, we met Jean Emmons and Debbie for a lobster roll at Fort Williams Park. Another beautiful day!
I tried Melissa's new paddle board, love it and the kayaks!
Chris, Heather, Anthony and new baby Autumn visited on Friday afternoon:
Terri, George, Andrew, Brandon, Britney and Chloe visited on Saturday. Mom was starting to have a fever again and by Sunday morning we knew it was back, so off to the hospital to get her cured!
Beautiful lake!
Another post will be coming soon as I visited with Hilary on her new sailboat Monday (20th) evening. I am enjoying my visit but with Mom still in the hospital, we need her well!
Today is Tuesday (21st) and Mom maybe released from the hospital for a second time!

Monday, June 13, 2016

New Puppy (Cocoa the Second)

Alyzabeth selected her new puppy on Sunday. We made the trip to Ocala and she was trying to decide between a "parti" or a Cocoa look-a-like (chocolate labradoodle). She went with her heart and now is awaiting Cocoa (the 2nd) to reach 8 weeks old. We will be picking her up after the Golf U.S. Kids Worlds in early August.
The litter is 2.5 weeks old.

She chose this sweet chocolate little girl!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Friday - Saturday June 10th and 11th - Etiquette Class and Golf

Our Friday began with a planned shopping trip with cousin Carolyn. Alyzabeth and I picked her up and headed to our favorite furniture store, West Elm at the Town Center. We talked about chairs and sofas, decorating and colors. We then headed to Pottery Barn, Victoria Secret then lunch at P.F. Chang. Bought a few books for AA at the Barnes and Noble then an ice cream to top off the afternoon. AA's favorite lettuce wraps!

Every Wednesday and Friday at 5:00 p.m. she has her PGA Jr. Golf Team practice at Eagle Harbor, so I made it home in time from shopping with Carolyn for her to eat dinner and go off with her Caddie Daddy.
Saturday, AA and neighbor Kaydee went to the Club Continental Etiquette class along with class friends Jane and Dax Weigand. They learned all about table manners. Good time!
Inside, waiting for class to begin!
At the end, eating their chocolate mousse dessert. They both said it was a good time!
Then AA played in a PGA Jr Golf tournament, substituting for the other Eagle Harbor team against Palatka. EH won with 9 flags to their 2. AA played six holes which is 2 flags (one flag per three holes) and won the two flags. She was paired with Colton and Mickey.

Then at the River House, the Beer Club held a fund raiser for a pet rescue/no-kill shelter in Middleburg. Carolyn came over to socialize and have a fun time! AA bought some dog treats, dog food and a collar to donate. We enjoyed the BBQ dinner and won a silent auction for the "Mimosa" basket.
Next is a trip to Ocala for AA to select her puppy!

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Last Day of School! (and bragging)

The last day of school was June 3rd, Friday. We took AA out to lunch; her pick - Tijuana Flats for some good, fresh Mexican food. Alyzabeth had straight A's all four quarters! Plus being the best reader for the entire school is a great achievement. She also made the top of her class for best technology (computers and typing).

Top reader at OPE!!
In the evening, I made a favorite dinner, Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes and asparagus. Our neighbor Kaydee came over for a few hours while her parents (Kim and Windy) went out for dinner. It is great having a friend right next door.

Saturday, we cleaned part of the garage, went to RAM and ate lunch at the Moon River Pizza.  We did buy some fresh local vegetables and blueberries. Then into the pool with Kaydee, bath time, then to the River House for a glass of wine, popcorn and more time with Kaydee.

With Tropical Storm Colin expected on Sunday through Tuesday, we decided to see a movie on Monday, as it turned out, the worst rain came late Monday night/Tuesday morning. 
I visited with Carolyn on Sunday (while Ford and AA were golfing), helping her around her house and then a dip in her huge salt-water pool!
We saw this movie with Kaydee and her two Moms. We rated it about a 3.5 of 5 stars. Loved it but Johnny Depp was too sad through most of the film, not knowing what happened to his family years ago.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day with Florida Family

Leaa and Jesse invited over the family plus some friends to enjoy the beach and then lunch back at their home. There was plenty of food plus shrimp and Justin's fried fish. Our Subaru did great in the soft beach sand.

Hanging around inside and outside:
Justin, the fry master!
A tender moment when Dylan needed some encouragement from her Mom and Dad.
Memorial Day Weekend in Maine used to mean going to several cemetery's to clean up the graves of our ancestors. From passed Great-Grand-Parents, Great Aunts and Great Uncles; my Grand-parents, and parents would trim around the head stones and plant some flowers, usually geraniums. I think that is where I got my love for geraniums, feels like home to me. Memorial Day weekend also meant raking at the lake camp and doing the end of spring chores, getting ready for our summer stay. It all depended on the weather, but mostly likely family would come up to visit. In Florida, we don't have any relative's graves to tend, but we do take time to go to our neighbors who both passed. Hoping you have your traditions to honor those who served our country and to remember.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Eagle Harbor PGA Jr Tournament - San Jose (2nd in series of 5)

AA did well in the second tournament in a series of five. Playing the scramble (best ball) makes for a bit more fun and each team has to discuss which ball to use, they help each other, they are their own caddie and there seems to be less stress. All parents are spectators. The distance is short, using the orange youth tees, rather than the ladies red tees in her other tournaments. 
Practicing next to Tyler M. before the match:

AA was paired with Evan Davies (his older brother Tyler was playing with friend Tyler Mawhinney). Coach Bryan reviewing the rules with EH players.
Evan made an awesome putt that clinched the first flag (winning at least two of each three hole session). AA played very well for her team, playing all nine holes and earning all three flags. The San Jose Team was Parker Shell, Emma Joost and Joshua Bork.
They began shot-gun on hole # 3 (old hole # 12) and finished on the last hole #2 (was hole #11; the back 9 but was swapped about a month ago).
Coach Bryan wrapping the match up:
Ford and Joe (both a bit tired):
The winning team (AA is holding a frozen ice popcicle - Coach Bryan's treat after every match to his players - a hit with the kids!)
Final score: Eagle Harbor won!