Things That Amuse Me

Reach for the stars

One afternoon, not so long ago, I found this attached to my basement wall.  It’s artwork from one of my son’s friends duct-taped in their hangout room.  So, here’s a warning: Once attached to my home I get to keep it–especially if it’s cool.  🙂

UFO Graphic

Artwork taped to wall.

UFO Artwork

Of course I had to frame it!

You’ll be hearing from me again soon!  Until then, reach for the stars!

Jan

Snowmobiling Around the Mountain

My husband and I haven’t had much time to go snowmobiling this winter—Mother Nature having been a bit temperamental lately. Four days ago it was twenty below in Bangor, the kind of cold that hurts when you breathe—and yesterday it was in the fifties, with wind gusts that felt like a tropical storm. My backyard is completely bare of snow, but they are already predicting more soon.

We did get one ride in a month ago. I’m not comfortable riding over lakes and rivers with somewhat heavy machinery, and that’s not including myself in that weight estimate by the way, but my husband convinced me to try this sport about two years ago. My family is from this area; I have heard countless times, “You can drive a truck on that ice.” And people do, I’m not kidding, but I’ve also seen trucks that have sunken under the ice. Also, our waterways have currents. Ice doesn’t freeze well over currents.

However, there are so many trails around Katahdin that don’t require sledding over ice, and I’m so glad my husband wore me down, and will admit I’ve become a bit addicted now. My favorite route is to go from Millinocket to Kokadjo, then either up to Greenville or over to Northeast Carry. The trails are like untouched highways in the middle of the forest, with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. It is so incredibly beautiful, and I’m hoping we can get a few more rides in before spring, weather permitting. I am always inspired to write afterward, having been emersed in the surroundings of my story.

Here are a few photos taken from our last trip…

Katahdin in Winter

This photo was taken in Baxter State Park on Katahdin.

Jan on snowmobile

Me

Stream on Katahdin

Stream on Katahdin

Entrance rock to Baxter State Park

Entrance rock to Baxter State Park

There’s a hovering cloud covering the mountain peak that refused to budge in this last picture. I will post another photo of this view on a clear day in the future, because it is beautiful. This is the road up to Baxter State Park’s entrance gate. In the winter months it becomes a snowmobile trail. I’m going to date myself here, but I can remember when that rock was covered in graffiti.

Best wishes,
Jan

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Happy Holidays

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday. My oldest son is home from college and I wanted to share a photo that made me smile. I recently painted our living room. The former color was blood red, the “Vampire Room”, as my children liked to call it. It’s now a calming sage green, my mood of the moment. I moved much of the furniture into my son’s bedroom during the painting process. He took advantage of the temporary furniture in his bedroom, resourceful man that he is, and arranged our flat screen television for gaming at the foot of his bed.

Puppy watching TV

As you can see, our puppy was just thrilled to have her boy home. This is a photo of Willow, our baby English bulldog, nestled on my son’s feet, watching him game with our living room television.

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!
Best wishes,
Jan

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