August 04, 2013

Cape Cod Girls

Greetings, all! It has been a while since I last posted, partly because of being busy at work, partly because I spent some time recently in Maine and on Cape Cod, and partly because I've hardly stitched, so bear with my non-stitchy photos, please: Two weeks ago I headed for central Maine (Dexter, which is in the Bangor/Moosehead Lake region). Dexter is a gem of a small town that has undergone a number of economic calamities but is still chugging along. There are some lovely properties that were built around the turn of the century; it is possible to find a very reasonable historic home in this area (heating it in the winter may be a different matter, however). While this home is not for sale, it is typical of many in the area built around the turn of the century. Love the fish scale roof.
I was in Maine for the memorial service of my aunt, who died last January. Here I am with my cousin's sweet boys.
From Maine I headed to Cape Cod. (I so wished I'd had time to enjoy more of Maine.) I didn't get any photos on the Cape, because I was pretty busy with my dad. He has reached a point where it may be necessary to sell his home and place in him in assisted living, so I toured facilities and apartments and talked with Realtors and his care providers. It was a fruitful visit, and I have learned to my relief and surprise that his town has a large number of clean, safe and attractive subsidized facilities for seniors on fixed incomes. Those of you who like redware will recognize the plate in my banner photo, which is by R. Geering, who works and lives in my father's town. Mr. Geering is a kind and very interesting man; he was doing exterior painting at his home when I visited. As you can imagine, his picket fence is not painted ordinary white, but alternates green and white pickets. The script on the plate is "Cape Cod Girls." (Note--it drives me nuts that Blogger does not recognize paragraphs when you put them in. There are three different paragraphs in the above.) I did put some stitches into Peaceful Paradise.
Friday, I headed home--a 12-hour trip in heavy traffic. Yesterday I stopped at the needlework shop and purchased a few charts I've been wanting, then picked up the bunnies, who had been staying at bunny sleepaway camp. Pink says he's pleased to be home. So am I.
Happy week ahead.

13 comments:

marly said...

Glad your visit was fruitful and safe. I may be reading too much into your posts of trips to that area, but I pick up on a yearning to live there. Or at least stay a little longer.

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The redware plate is beautiful. Glad you were able to make progress with your Dad. (Maine is beautiful)

Cari said...

Thanks for sharing your travels. Sounds like things went about as well as they could have. Hope you get more stitching time in this week. Say HI to the bunnies. And I LOVE the redware plate. It is simply AWESOME !!

Margaret said...

You know it's your fault that I'm constantly drooling over Mr. Geering's work. I want one of his plates so badly! I'm envious that you got one. I hope things work out for your dad. Bet the bunnies were happy to see you.

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Glad to see you back!

Rabbits' Guy said...

The Outermost House - 1928 by Henry Beston ... did I once ask if you have read it? Guy lived waaay out there on Cape Cod for a year.

Different Dad - same story - good luck there!

Pink looks cool!

Chris said...

Wow, so much going on. What a lovely time to visit the Bangor area. I lived in Orono. I hope that you find the perfect situation for your Dad.
Glad that you made it home safe and that you ad the sweet bunnies are reunited.
So what charts did you pick up?

Melissa said...

That's a lovely plate you got there! Glad you had a good visit. I'm sure the bunnies were happy to see you.

Anna van Schurman said...

Flick from "Compose" to "HTML" make sure your paragraphs begin with < p > and end with < /p >. And if there's not enough space slap in a < br > or two. Easy peasy. (Take out the spaces, I had to put them in to get comments to accept it.)

The redware plate is to die for! Love!

Karen said...

I really like Peaceful Paradise; you've made some good progress on it. Sounds like you had a good trip and that you've got some good options for your dad.

Giovanna said...

Glad you had a good trip. Paradise is coming along beautifully.

Katrina said...

Glenna the plate is wonderful and I love your Paradise Lost. Lots of prayers as you look for a new living arrangement for your father.

Jennifer Stumpf said...

Glad you had a safe trip & a new post! I must say I that after seeing your beautiful Peaceful Paradise, I have looked high and low for it and cannot find a copy anywhere! Does anyone reading these comments have a copy for sale or know of where I can definitely purchase it? Thanks!! jennstumpf@yahoo.com