John Ruskin on Contentment

There are, indeed, two forms of discontent: one laborious, the other indolent and complaining. We respect the man of laborious desire, but let us not suppose that his restlessness is peace, or his ambition meekness. It is because of the special connection of meekness with contentment that it is promised that the meek shall “inherit the earth.” Neither covetous men, nor the grave, can inherit anything; they can but consume. Only contentment can possess. Continue reading “John Ruskin on Contentment”

Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lion’s Club White Elephant Sale & Auction

I was first in line today, and my shadow shows the silhouette of my canvas tote that I brought in anticipation of filling with a few goodies. This is a very big annual event with a gigantic “White Elephant” sale that begins at 8:00 a.m. and a half-day long auction of furniture, antiques, boats, cars, and whatever other donations they received. Continue reading “Out Picking: Falmouth, Maine Lion’s Club White Elephant Sale & Auction”

Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East

Lots of rain here in Maine this spring which s a bummer. The bright side is that there are more opportunities for staying inside to bake! Today’s recipe is brought to you by Marjorie Standish from Cooking Down East published in 1969. Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: Baconized Corn Bread from Cooking Down East”

Saturday Morning Picking at Yard Sales & Arundel Flea Market

We’re getting a spring Nor’easter tomorrow?! However, this morning was partly sunny and perfect for junkin’ as some of us like to call it. I went to a few yard sales and scored Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix and Lou Reed on vintage vinyl for $4 total. They needed a good cleaning but other than a smattering of cracks and pops they sound great! Continue reading “Saturday Morning Picking at Yard Sales & Arundel Flea Market”

Vintage Maine Recipe: 1904 Sanford Orange Meringue Pudding

My newest addition to my vintage cook book library is The Sanford Cook Book compiled by Mrs. Geo. W. Huff and Mrs. M. A. Hewett, Committee for The North Congregational Ladies Society. My favorite part is that it was printed in 1904 by “The Averill Press.” The recipe I’m sharing with you today is probably unlike any pudding you’ve had: Creamy sweet citrus with bits of orange. We’ve had an overabundance of rain and clouds this spring so this bright citrus treat can be a delightful diversion packed with vitamin C! Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: 1904 Sanford Orange Meringue Pudding”

Vintage Maine Recipe: 1914 Simple & Spicy Spring Celebration Cake (With Edible Petals!)

Wayne celebrated a sobriety milestone today–five years! I baked him a special cake inspired by a recipe from my vintage 1914 cook book A Collection of Receipts For The Preparation Of Foods Most Commonly Made In The Songo Kitchen. It was published in Portland, Maine, but “The Songo Hotel” was located in North Bridgton. Continue reading “Vintage Maine Recipe: 1914 Simple & Spicy Spring Celebration Cake (With Edible Petals!)”

My First Blog Post!

How exciting! My first post on my new blog on Easter morning!

Here are some of the things I’ll be blogging about:

The Maine Historic Seasonal Episcopal Church Tour

Maine is home to over a dozen Episcopalian churches that are only open for the brief and magical summer season, many of which are on an island, nestled in the woods or right on the coast in charming seaside communities. Wayne and I are planning to take trips to visit and worship in about eight of them this summer. Even if you aren’t religious, the architecture, history and settings of these churches are stunning from the pics I’ve seen. I can’t wait to witness them in person and share our serene summer Sunday getaways here!

The Working Waterfront

The Old Port, Portland, Maine

Wayne is friendly with interesting people who make a living from the sea. Perhaps we’ll see first-hand what it’s like to work as a lobsterman!

Traditional New England Cooking

Margaret Chase Smith Blueberry Cake (made gluten-free)

My favorite cookbooks are those from Maine kitchens, churches, civic organizations written prior to the 1970s.  I’d like to share some of those recipes along with my own creations.

My Memoirs of Struggle and Recovery in Maine and Vermont

I have many memories of early struggles and spiritual insights during pre and early sobriety in Vermont and Maine. I used to keep a steady journal and also wrote an unfinished novel many years ago based upon those years.


I love capturing moments to share!

Musings on Antiquarian Book Excerpts from the Library of a Bibliophile

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Over the past two decades I have collected old books and ephemera from Maine yard, estate and church rummage sales. They provide me with spiritual direction and nostalgic delight.

Sailing & Nautical Adventures

Sailboats on Casco Bay, Portland, Maine

Wayne loves to sail and be around boats in general since he’s been in the marine industry for over twenty years. In the past I’ve shared about his friend who is building a vintage-replica yacht by hand, and his co-worker who lives on a sailboat year-round. I can see more of those kinds of posts!

Serene Places to Walk and Relax


Those are just some hints of what’s ahead. I hope you’ll follow my blog and stick around! Thanks for reading my first post! (Earlier posts were imported from my retired blog, Outdated By Design).