The Spiritual Lessons of Abuse and Overcoming

(This is a repost from my old blog. Our guinea pig Tiny Tim aka Timmy passed away in January but I still miss him daily and draw inspiration from him. His lessons were so powerful that I wish to share them with you here.)

Prompted by a “calling” that came without any explanation, I picked up the phone and dialed (literally since I still use vintage rotaries) the local shelter early in December 2013. I asked if they had any elderly or hard luck guinea pigs. I’ve adopted and rescued guinea pigs since I was ten years old.

“As a matter of fact I have just the pig for you.” He was in need of a foster home, she explained. His background, quoted directly from his intake papers:

“G. Pig surrendered in last 24 hours with history of child in home rough-housing with animal.”

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Back soon!

Hello! All is well with me and my fiancé (still getting used to saying that!) With our engagement comes lots of planning so I have been exceptionally busy with that and working. We will be visiting the next new-to-us Episcopal summer chapel, Trinity in Kennebunk this Sunday, so I will have a post up later that day or Monday. I hope you are enjoying the summer!

Afternoon Mocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Afternoon Tea

My late Centenarian Nana had a Martini and hors d’oeuvres comprised of olives, crackers, aged Gouda and Societe Roquefort cheese every evening of her adult life. After her passing this spring, I thought that I would like to enrich my days and feel her presence with a similar ritual. Perhaps it was even the secret to longevity? Continue reading “Afternoon Mocktails, Hors d’Oeuvres & Afternoon Tea”

Mysterious Maine Bears, Or, A Cute Coincidence

Yesterday afternoon I drove to Bridgham & Cook in Freeport to buy some preserves. On my way home there was a traffic jam on 295 southbound while still in Freeport, which was unusual. What was the holdup? An accident? No– people were rubbernecking to take a look at what I snapped above.

Now, seeing Maine wildlife on the side of the road is commonplace, but I have no idea what was going on there! As strange as sight as it was, things got even weirder later in the evening when I received a mysterious text with an attached photo from an unknown phone number. Continue reading “Mysterious Maine Bears, Or, A Cute Coincidence”

Bangles from Heaven

Yesterday Wayne and I planned to go to an auction in Topsham late afternoon. We left early enough so that we would arrive with time to get a number and preview the items. Once on our way, less than a minute on the road, we hit standstill traffic. We ended up being delayed by almost an hour and came close to turning around.  I find myself missing my 100 year old Nana most when I am out picking since she was a lifetime picker, too, although she was more elegant so for her it was always “antiquing.” I called her every week to tell her about my latest adventures and finds. It was only last month that she passed away, just a little over a week after I visited her in Connecticut. So in that moment stuck in traffic her loss really hit me.  Continue reading “Bangles from Heaven”

My Confirmation Gifts: A Holy Trinity of Roses!

From Wayne: “After Averyl’s confirmation ceremony at St Luke’s Cathedral her sponsor gave her a beautiful yellow rose bush in full bloom ready for planting.  The sight of those beautiful flowers got me thinking about what I could do to keep the memory and spirit of the ceremony fresh in our minds.” Continue reading “My Confirmation Gifts: A Holy Trinity of Roses!”

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!)”