We’ve had some crazy stuff going on. Luna, my fabulous nine year old chocolate lab and constant companion disappeared the other night. Fortunately I didn’t know it until the police called with news she had been found – a mere 35 minutes after Paul had thrown the ball to her a zillion times.
Apparently….she was stolen by some skanky chick hitch hiker who must have come on our property in the back (we are hidden from the road back there), she lured Luna probably into a car because she was found down the road about 4 miles. A woman who is new to the area had randomly gone out – catch this….she was facing having a Jenny Craig dinner and just couldn’t cope so she drove up town for a bottle of wine and some ice cream (my kind of girl). On her way back she saw Luna wandering in the busy road with a hitch hiker so she stopped her car and yelled at the girl to leash her dog. The girl said “she’s not my dog but I’m keeping her”. That was it. She opened her door, Luna jumped in clearly relieved then she slammed the door shut before the hiker could get in. She asked her where she got her and she replied “the other side of 95” miles from us in the other direction. Then she asked the girl why her hands were pink. She said she dyed her sisters hair that day. o.k. pink hands, wicked long dreads, scrappy, dirty, drifter looking and young, waaay young. My new Angel drove away with Luna looking for a human out in the road looking for their dog. Not knowing our area she called the police, they found us (the hiker couldn’t get the expired State of Maine tag off the collar). Bad, bad, bad experience. When I got the call I was seriously confused. Luna never leaves our yard. We have an electric fence that broke years ago but she doesn’t know that. It’s all a mystery but thank you for bringing me my new best friend! Betsy is a really cool person and smart. To recognize and act in this situation was perfect. The police asked her how she knew to get the dog in the car she said “I’m from New York, we don’t trust anybody”. Amazing.
The next day we went up to Boothbay (Luna too) for Paul to survey some spring work on a boat. The owner of this boat has had perhaps 11-12 of these things built and Paul has had his hand in most of them; usually building the hull or at least the spars. That’s him in the blue hat.
While in town I spotted this laundromat.
Only in Maine!
Another item I think is kinda cool. We have a sawyer come to us whenever we have logs hanging around. He has this small portable sawmill that he drops off then comes back another time to do the sawing. A one man operation. Lee Tree Company brings us wood whenever they think we may use it…they just drop it off. It’s awesome, very generous. Paul does use it for various components of the boats, lots of ash, oak, etc.
That white paint at the end of the log? Paul paints the fresh logs to keep them from checking. Sometimes it’s hysterical we have all sorts of colors going on out in the yard. You could think we’re organized and color coding….no, just what comes to hand, although that would certainly be smart.
It’s been hot this week, working tilling the garden, getting the pool functioning, mulching the berries, etc. Iced coffee time. I love this maker. You end up putting 12 oz. of coarse grind coffee and six cups of cold water in the top part with a plug and filter, let it sit overnight, pull the plug and you end up with this concentrate. I use 1/3 coffee, 2/3 fresh water per drink. It’s about the best method I’ve found. Fairly clean process and lasts a long time as it’s concentrated.
Speaking of Spring…our Rhubarb was ready to be picked yesterday. We have tons and tons, many, many plants.
Paul’s favorite….Rhubarb Cobbler. All the guys came in for “snack time” yesterday for a dish of this. They are so funny – we’re all about the same age, 50s’-60’s worn out from a life of boatbuilding but give these guys a warm, yummy, homemade snack and you’d think I had given them windmill cookies and a box of milk just like in kindergarten. Very sweet and they are very appreciative. Food is such a healer.
Last but not least. I have been anxiously awaiting my new book and it arrived yesterday afternoon. Yea! It’s great. I love to make GF breads, etc. it’s such a science project and yummy.
First off. I sat down and read the whole book – the writer is a great writer it’s as though you are listening to her speak. You get to know her family, etc. very sweet. I got cracking this morning making up my flour combinations. Through all my own experimentations I had everything I needed. That said I made the bread you see which is sandwich bread made with the basic flours and buckwheat to give it that flavor and color. Yum. It’s going to be my new toast for breakfast. I had a slice with almond butter on it an hour or so ago – wicked tasty, perfect texture. While in that mode I made mini hamburg buns using the basic mix and adding corn flour, cute little buggers, crispy top. And, as a test I made Chocolate Chip cookies with walnuts as a trick to see if my non GF husband could be fooled. He was. He ate a pile of them and loved them. I took them out to the guys for their coffee break and they too said they never would have known they were GF. They wanted to then know about all the flours, etc. I had to go up town for a dump permit so I took the Town Clerk group a bag of cookies, loved them! kinda cool.
I have to say – I am having so much fun and am very stimulated with this new baking adventure I have been on. I keep thinking…..if I had a bakery again……..I’d love to offer these things exclusively. Ah me. Go get this book.
Sunday – off to San Fransisco to see my girls. I happen to be going to a Cinco De Mayo party just after I get off the plane. What luck……one of the stops on the train out to my son’s house…gee, Mexican food, no problem, I’m there!