Unexpected Clearcuts

Greater Portland, Maine has been growing rapidly which includes my town of Scarborough. With “development” comes destruction. Since I purchased my house nine years ago this month I have witnessed many changes in my immediate neighborhood. Where there was once a large open field and woods is now a housing development. The majority of older homes that have sold within the past couple of years went under contract within days, were gutted then renovated before being flipped. Abutting my neighbors across the street was some clear cutting due to a parking lot expansion for a new medical building so that they now have a view of a parking lot! 

This is one of the reasons why my own two acres of woods in my backyard have been extra special to me. It’s also why when I came home from running some errands I was heartbroken and shocked when I saw what had happened in less than a day.

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A Second Proposal

When Wayne asked me to marry him last summer he did not have a ring; he said he wanted me to pick one out. I was truly grateful because I definitely did not want a traditional solitaire this time around. A second wedding later in life is about doing it your way. Any wedding should be that way but we know how easy it is to get caught up in what’s expected or worry about what others will think. For example, there is a stigma against smaller sized diamonds; bigger is supposed to be better.

The next day we went ring shopping locally. A lot has changed over the past twenty years of rings! There were more options, but most everything  I saw was NOT ME. There was no dearth of multiple diamonds in garish settings as if marketing departments determined that’s all any bride-to-be would wear. I wanted something sparkly yet low-profile, elegant, understated and vintage inspired (of course). Continue reading “A Second Proposal”

Our Vintage Wedding Guest Book

Right now it feels like spring is really here, and what that means for March in Maine is that the sun is out, it’s almost fifty degrees and there is NO SNOW in the forecast! There is still some snow cover on the ground but it’s getting lower every day. We’ll have to wait  before we start to see buds and blooming. For that reason I want to share our vintage 1960s wedding guest book I selected which is filled with sweet illustrations of flowers.

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Our New England Wedding

Since Wayne proposed to me on the beach last July I have been busy planning our late summer wedding. New England, and especially the coast of Maine, is a prime location for destination weddings. That means venues get booked well over a year in advance! We have family coming from all over New England, New York, New Jersey, the west coast and Europe. Even so, it’s going to be a small wedding. In some ways it will be very traditional, in other ways, not at all. For example, I’m a bride in my fifties. I will not be wearing a white wedding gown because I don’t wish to do so! We are truly doing this our way.

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Create Something New: Turn the Tables with Grace

There’s some turmoil happening in my town of Scarborough right now as things have begun to unravel. Hundreds if not thousands of people are going to be signing petitions over the next twenty days to have school board members recalled. From the article: “The ‘Road to Renewal’ Facebook group says its main objective is to force the resignation of the superintendent and the reinstatement of the high school principal.” Wayne and I will be among those signing the petitions. If you’d like to learn more about why, you can see my Facebook post here.

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Our Valentine’s Day 2018

It started out as a frugal and practical Valentine’s Day which doesn’t have to be incompatible with romance, especially when we’re budgeting for a wedding later this year! Whole Foods mailed me an old-fashioned paper marketing piece–maybe they do snail mail for the 50 and over demographic–advertising a special Valentine’s Day promotion for Amazon Prime members.  For only $19.95 they are offering two dozen fair trade certified long stem roses! I told Wayne I thought that was a smart idea. Additionally, I pointed out that we could buy them on Monday, his day off, and enjoy them right away, not just Valentine’s Day. Flowers in February do much for the soul. He agreed. However, we (he) veered off the path a bit…

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Lights Out

Yesterday afternoon on his day off Wayne and I decided to drive to Kennebunkport to see our beloved St. Ann’s Episcopal Church before stopping at the antique shops in Arundel on the way back. I wasn’t prepared for the heartbreaking news that was to follow.

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