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NORTH NORWAY — Time to do the laundry. Here I am all decked out in orange slacks and a yellow top. I expect to see myself in one of those videos of what not to wear to Wally World.
The days of summer fly by and I accomplish very little. I keep thinking there will be many long winter days to do housework. I remember mother rushing to get the spring cleaning done so she could enjoy the summer. However she worked harder than ever in the summer heat, gardening, picking the crop and canning endless jars of produce for winter consumption. We were not dependent on the grocery store for anything but the staples, coffee, tea, sugar and flour and the like. Some different today. We do not have a garden for the first time in years. Pat and Charlie have supplied us with some greens and cukes and a few green beans. And we purchase peas and corn. We are not starving, that’s for sure.
We drove down to So. Harpswell this week. Pat, Charlie, Dell and I enjoyed the beautiful day and scenery. There were some small ponds filled with colored pond lilies. Never saw any such a brilliant pink before. We were destined for the Dolphin Marina and Restaurant, missed the turn the first try but eventually found it on Basin Point. We had been there years ago but they have built a new restaurant separate from the Marine supply business and it had that nice new smell. The view is good from every table. I was planning on having their famous fish chowder or lobster stew but seeing Maine shrimp on the menu, changed my mind. It is not far from Eagle Island and we saw an eagle fly past as we were eating.
The next day Paula drove Mary, Pat and I out to lunch at Ruby Tuesday’s to have a belated celebration of Mary’s birthday. We had coupons so we splurged a little and each had an entree instead of the salad bar. Again I had shrimp, large ones, roasted on a skewer. For dessert we stopped at an ice cream place on the way home. I had a root beer float but sort of regretted it as I was slow to devour all of it and if Paula had had to put on the brakes in a hurry, Mary, who was sitting in front of me, would have had a root beer shampoo.
Dell's brother, Glenn was taken ill at camp in Belgrade and spent a few days in hospital but is expected to go home for this weekend and have therapy there in Gray. We hope he makes a quick recovery.
Some more highlights of the summer visitation of the cousins. Dylan wasn’t present as he has a job this summer. Says he enjoys it and is saving for a moped. In No. Carolina they can drive a moped without a license. At Mary and Frank’s place -
Thursday morning, after a slow start, Paula, Tricia, Katri, Teagan and Zach went downstairs to the mineral shop as Grandpa Frank was talking to some kids from a summer camp. This gave them an idea of what Grandpa does some of the time when he isn’t at a mine or at the garage. Asking Katri what she thought after the talk, she said, “I know you want to listen when Grandpa talks.” He had gone up to one kid who was fooling around and not paying attention and told him he wasn’t listening. Sternly enough so that it apparently impressed his grandchildren anyway.
Then they made lunch and went off to see the latest Harry Potter movie, After which they went swimming and had a cookout with hot dogs and hamburgers.
Saturday late afternoon was another cookout except we ate in as it was too hot to sit outside. This was the annual family birthday party. Paul had the week off so he was one of the cooks in charge of the grills. He had brought some delicious sugar and gold corn. We had turkey hot dogs, veggie burgers, salads and bite size dessert brownies and such like. And raspberry punch and even water if one so desired. I cannot remember everything but it was enough to feed an army. Later in the evening, Paul built a fire and the kids roasted marshmallow, made s'mores and used the bug zappers that they have now, shaped like a badminton racket. Russell’s father brought him down to enjoy the evening with his cousins. The hit of the event was a book Zach received for his birthday entitled “Farts.” It has sound effects as you turn the pages and needless to say appealed to a certain age group. Brenda is younger than I thought she was.
Everyone went home Sunday and we had the usual gathering at Pat and Charlie’s. Frank said they are all done mining the Tamminen mine this year and have moved operations up on the mountain. The Tamminen mine is easy access for the mineral hounds, the mountain not so much so.
My saying this week: “I before E except after C. We live in a weird society."