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Turkey Tracks: New Bookcase

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Turkey Tracks:  April 3, 2017

New Bookcase

I had an old bookcase in the office/bedroom that literally fell apart a few weeks back.

I heard a crash and when I investigated, found two shelves had collapsed.  This bookcase was one of those cheap things that has paper insides.  It just could not stand up to the summer humidity on this floor and the weight of my quilt books.

I called friend Stephen Pennoyer, master carpenter.  He has helped me so, so, so many times with a property/household problem.

He came immediately on a Thursday, took measurements, and returned on Monday with a SOLID WOOD PAINTED BOOKCASE.

BOY AM I LUCKY!!!

I culled old quilt books in the process and recycled some old magazines in the process.

The best of all possible worlds.

Stephen swears this bookcase will not fall apart.  He guaranteed it for life too.

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April 3, 2017 at 10:46 am

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Turkey Tracks: Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

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Turkey Tracks:  October 22, 2015

Sister Sue Visits and Fingerless Mittens

It’s been busy, busy here.

Sister Susan came for a visit to see the fall leaves and me–the trees are still turning and are very late this year.  But many were beautiful while Sue was here.

While Sue was here, the old oven went out (the back door had to be removed and the old oven dismantled in the kitchen), and the new oven went in.

Sue brought good luck:  this stove event went flawlessly thanks to carpenter and friend Stephen Pennoyer (who came today to install the new stainless steel backsplash), the installation crew from Kelsey’s Appliance, and Linda McKinny, who cleaned where the old stove had been.  The new stove came in with a half-inch leeway!

We walked every day.  The girl dogs were in doggie heaven.

There was a cold snap one day, and we bundled up–which meant I could use the hand-knit fingerless mittens Stephen’s mother Mary Sue Bishop made for me.  (Mary is one of my oldest friends here in Camden.)

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Don’t they go nicely with my new light LLBean coat and the winter hair band Bonnie Sinatro made for me last year.

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Mary Sue Bishop takes orders for the gloves and uses all sorts of wonderful yarns.  And Bonnie is a fellow Bellevue High School (Offutt AFB) 1963 classmate and terrific email friend.

Here’s Sue at Camden Deli for a cup of coffee after our cold-snap walk:

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And here’s our view of the Camden Harbor at dusk.  We’re at the point where the river comes under these buildings and spills in to the harbor.  The windjammers are getting their plastic winter cocoons these days, and the harbor is slowly emptying out.

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Turkey Tracks: Camden Clothesline Laundromat

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Turkey Tracks:  August 25, 2015

Camden Clothesline Laundromat

I’m not quite sure where this day has gotten to.

I did sleep later than usual.  I don’t sleep well in humid hot weather.  Neither do the dogs.  By the time I got up, the sheets felt like they had been dragged through the fog outside my windows.

It’s rained or been foggy and hot/humid for days and days now.  The grass has gone almost two weeks without being cut.  Mercy!  Will my little electric motor do the job when it finally dries out???  One can’t cut wet grass with an electric mower for sure.

About the time I had finished feeding the dogs, the top layer of the in-counter revolving shelves collapsed down on the tops of the things stored on the second level.  OK, I thought.  I’m going to have my tea and think this over.  Kraft Maid has a help line, and I located that.  But what if what I needed was just a simple tightening of whatever holds up the top shelf.  I called Stephen Pennoyer (who is beyond wonderful) who happened to be in Home Depot–which carries Kraft Maid.  He said he’d call back after talking to the cabinet folks, but within 30 minutes he was on my door step and five minutes after that had tightened the screw that holds the top shelf in place.  My goodness!!!  I am so, so lucky to have Stephen in my life.  He is a caring, kind, generous young man.

Next, I thought I’d go to the laundromat and do my weekly wash, including the damp sheets.

I’ve been without a washing machine since mid July.  First there was a part to be ordered, then it came, then it got installed, then it didn’t work the morning after.  That was about the time that John Park started to put a new roof on his house and so would not be able to come for another two weeks.  He comes this Thursday!!  And I’m betting the part is bad, so I thought I’d get ahead of the curve and not let the wash back up until the weekend.  (John Park is also wonderful, and I’m so happy he, too, is in my life.  I’ll never forget his helping me carry food down two flights of stairs and out to the garage when the kitchen frig went belly up one early evening.)

Camden Clothesline is totally automated, clean, nice, efficient, and it’s kind of funky fun to go there.  Likely I’ll continue to take heavy bed spreads there from now on as there is a BIG washer that can handle more than one spread at a time.  Running multiple loads is just so much faster, and the big dryers are amazing.  They’ll dry a lighter load in 18 minutes

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This automatic door REALLY helps when you’re hauling heavy baskets of clothes up these stairs:

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Washers:  they are the size of my front loader at home.  But it washes for 47 minutes on normal.  These machines wash for about 27 minutes.  I think I have better rinse cycles at home.  And the longer “tumbling” time cleans better.  But…

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Dryers–all the machines can be operated with a credit card.  See the swipe pad?  Plunking in $3.00 worth of quarters can take a long time.

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Dogs waiting in car, but so happy to be able to “go” as it was cloudy and a bit cooler:

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Now my Frigadaire RANT!

My Frigadiare Affinity is THREE YEARS OLD.

The entire electronics package that runs everything is secured to the machine WITH ONE BOLT and located FIVE INCHES from the drum.

Front loaders rev up and jiggle A LOT.  ONE BOLT IS NOT GOING TO HOLD THAT PACKAGE FOR LONG.

Of course it flew off and hit the outside of the drum and smashed.

The warranty is ONLY FOR ONE YEAR.

Folks, this kind of thing is a TOTAL BETRAYAL OF THE CONSUMER.  It is a breach of good faith.  It is planned obsolescence.  It’s deeply, deeply wrong.

Profit goals that don’t take into consideration pride in product and workmanship is producing this problem.

So, if the replacement parts are not going to work, the whole thing is going to wind up in some landfill.

That’s wrong too.

And, unsustainable.

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Meanwhile, the local store from which I bought this machine, Kelsey’s Appliance, has not returned ONE of my three calls for repair in the past month.  Yet, I’ve bought two major appliances from them and was contemplating a third.  Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.  Guess where I will NOT be shopping again.

End of rant.

And I’ll end by saying that I am so grateful that we have TWO lovely clean laundromats in Camden.  The other is the Queen Bee.

Turkey Tracks: Rose Cooks For the Weekend

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Turkey Tracks:  April 26, 2015

Rose Cooks For the Weekend

Stephen Pennoyer and Mark White moved the chicken coop to Rose Thomas’s La Dolce Vita Farm Saturday morning.

 

 

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It took two trips (bless their souls), but the coop is so happy to be on flat ground once again.  (It’s made by Roots and Coops.)

And see the coop wheels all pumped up?  Stephen got some product you spray inside flat wheels that pumps them up AND coats the inside so that the tire STAYS pumped up.

I came over after I went to the dump–and after Stephen and Mark’s second run–to show Rose the ins and outs of the coop.

Rose bakes and cooks for Saturday morning, and her customer line was slowing down when I came:

Here’s her Facebook post for today–Il Forno (The Oven) at Dolce Vita Farm:

Good Morning Everyone! Today I am opening with fresh hot Bacon and Egg cups, Morning Glory muffins, Hot coffee from Green Tree and loads of fresh breads to include: Pain di mais (sourdough cornbread), Semolina, Whole wheat sourdough, Lt Wheat pecan/raisin, and regular cornbread with corn and bacon. There is also ricotta/cheese cakes with almond biscotti crusts and my fab Oatmeal everything cookie. Todays entree is Seafood Chowdha with shrimp, scallops and haddock.

Have a great day everyone!
Dolce Vita Farm and Bakery
488 Beach Road
Lincolnville, Maine
207-323-1052

Oh my.  You should see Rose’s beautiful food:

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Hot Bacon and Egg cups:

 

 

 

 

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Ricotta cheese cake:

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BIG Morning Glory muffins and very interesting corn cakes:

 

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Here’s Rose with puppy Ivy–whose face looks like a Teddy Bear’s:

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I got a cup of coffee and we walked about.

My chickens are still staying close to each other, and they still recognize my voice.  They also recognized their old coop:

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Pumpkin is VERY happy at Rose’s:

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I’ll be getting these at Rose’s now:

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She’s going to use the coop first to pen Pumpkin with her three remaining Blue Wheaten hens and “Baby” her best broody hen to see if she can get more of this wonderful breed.

I went home with a bacon/egg cup, a quart of DELICIOUS chowder, and two of the corn cakes.

And I’ll be back next Saturday morning for sure.

 

 

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April 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm

Turkey Tracks: The Swing Mailbox

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Turkey Tracks:  April 18, 2015

The Swing Mailbox

Remember the blog post from last winter about my smashed mailbox?

Well, it’s now spring, and it’s time to fix the mailbox.

Here’s the very cool solution:  MailSwing

I picked it up yesterday in Pittston, Maine, from Tim Gay.  This business is now going to be a third-generation father/son business.

Stephen Pennoyer came right away and started digging a new mailbox hole (3 to 4-feet deep) and spray painting all the metal black.

This morning he came early and finished the whole job, and SIL Maryann Enright and I went to the hardware store for sticky numbers for the pole and box.

 

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April 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

Turkey Tracks: Mailboxes and Snowplows

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Turkey Tracks:  March 6, 2015

Mailboxes and Snowplows

I stopped on the way into the driveway to check for mail and thought you might get a kick out of seeing the “problem” of snow plows and mailboxes in Maine in deep snow.

Here you can see how thoroughly shorn my mailbox is from its post.

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Most folks do exactly what I did:  stick the mailbox into the snow bank as best as one can until the snow season is over and the snow bank is gone.

Here’s a picture that shows you how vulnerable the mailbox is to the plows when they are dealing with a lot of snow on the side of the road:

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You can see how far out into what is left of the road the mailbox would be.  I put up several reflective markers, but with all the snow we’ve had, the plow drivers are tired and often are coming down a very steep, curving hill with a load of snow in front.

Stephen Pennoyer tells me “come spring” we’re going to replace this box with one that will swing to the side with the plow’s movement.

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March 6, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Turkey Tracks: Stephen Pennoyer: Snow Removal and Pour Over Coffee Stands

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Turkey Tracks:  February 9, 2015

Stephen Pennoyer:

Snow Removal and Pour Over Coffee Stands

 

Stephen called me yesterday afternoon and said “how about a cup of coffee?  You put on the water, and I’ll be up in five minutes.”

We had talked about his making a pour over coffee stand for my pour over cup some time back when he was working here.

This kind of stand lets you see how much liquid is going into your coffee cup without having to lift up the pour over cup.

Stephen came in with three different ones he had been designing.  He had a tall one for a tall mug or for a taller portable coffee cup.  He had a fancy one of about medium height.  And he had this one, which I liked best for my coffee cup.  (Why, oh why didn’t I take pics of the other two?)  Here’s how the stand works, though there is no cone filter or coffee in the filter.

 

 

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In this pic you can see how the coffee will drip through the hole and into your cup.

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Stephen is such a fine craftsman.  I love to see what he makes.

I hope he offers these stands (and more) for sale in some of our local coffee places.

Wouldn’t a gift basket/bundle of one of these stands (he could make them long with several holes too), the pour over cup (or cups), the cone filters, and some coffee make a great gift?  If you are making pour over coffee for two people, it’s much faster to have two cups.

I challenge you to google amazon to see what they are charging for pour over coffee stands.  It’s unbelievable and just plain crazy!!!  Would people really pay this much for one of these stands???

Stephen looked around at all my snow and said I’m going home and getting the snow blower a neighbor lent me.  I’ll be right back.  The next thing I knew, he had made big wide paths around my house and had cleared three feet of snow from the top of the hot tub and cleared the snow around it so I can actually open the lid again.

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Stephen is a very, very special friend!  He’s an angel in my life.

His mother, Mary Sue Bishop is pretty nice too.

 

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February 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm