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Friday, July 10, 2015

Celebrating the Small Things - July 10, 2015

Welcome to 'Celebrating the Small Things', started by VikLit (bless her!) and now run by Lexa Cain, our fearless leader and her two wonderful co-hosts L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge and Tonya Drecker at Kidbits.  Go visit them!  

Today I am celebrating surviving a hectic week at work and the weekend that will include an overnight trip to Maine, the land of craggy coasts, charming towns, some nifty cities and some really good food!  My charming old Labrador Retriever, white face and all, is at what he seems to think of as 'summer camp' where he gets to snooze, romp, stuff his face, get fussed over, bark, slobber, and generally act like a happy old doofus of a dog.

Where I'll be
My car is packed and ready, I'll be topping the gas, and tomorrow morning, early, I'll be heading north (pronounced 'nowath' by the natives).  Why not leave tonight?  Errr...  Well, only a fool heads toward Main and the Mountains on a Friday night in July. 
Lovely place to lunch or dine...
I will be snatching lunch on Saturday at a little place called Azure Cafe in Freeport.  I stumbled upon this my last visit, when I was hungry and asked the local folks for a lunch recommendation.  This was one of them, and I liked the patio.  The food was simple but with a little spark that indicated to me that the chef had a real understanding of taste, flavor and presentation, and had imagination and a sense of humor.  Surprise!  I learned later that it had won quite a few awards.  The food was great and the people were just lovely.  So I will be lunching there tomorrow.

Incidentally, there's a website called 'Tripadvisor' (www.tripadvisor.com) that is by and for travelers who give feedback on their experiences.  I have a few reviews there, and I have not been steered wrong when I looked things up.

Lots to celebrate!  How about you?  


  1. I'm a firm believer in Trip Advisor, too. Have yet to go wrong. Always nice to discover new surprising places and things on a trip. enjoy.

  2. Thanks! I can't think how I missed them for so long.

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    1. Hi, MRR -

      I'll lift a glass of Iced tea to you!

  4. Maine sounds like a fabulous place to spend a vacation! Nice and cool, and lots of things to see, and quaint places to visit. I'm sure you'll have a great time. Please take pics to share so I can imagine I'm in cool, green Maine, and not hot, sweaty Egypt.

    1. I'm not sure you can get much more fabulous than some of the monuments in Egypt, and the monumental calm... Except (speaking as one who lived some years in Hawaii) the neverending crowd of loud people climbing all over the monuments and, often, neglecting any kind of courtesy and respect, Or noise control. (and yet, the kind, mannerly folk were more numerous, just less noticeable). Write on! You'll do it!

  5. Have a wonderful trip. I'm a big fan of tripadvisor, too.

  6. I love Maine! Once upon a time I had to speak at a conference in Portland and we got to explore the coast afterwards. Beware the mosquitoes...a cloud of them almost carried me away (but it was worth it).

    Take care and God bless - we expect pictures...

  7. I celebrate by stopping all the rushing around and just having time for me, time in nature and also, I like listening to music to relax. Happy Small Things, Diana!

  8. I would so love to go to Maine. It's where my husband's Scottish ancestors first settled in the 1700s. Apparently many of the family still live there in northern Maine. Your weekend sounds delightful.