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Welcome to a new day. Wanted to share the peaceful feeling here. Dawn comes early this far
north in the Maine woods. Quiet, calm and cool. Wish you were here.

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My photographic skills are somewhat lacking, so I found a few pix to simulate the view off the
deck ..

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The last photo is the closest to the view here. Hope you get the idea. Please share whatever topic
is on your mind...
Namaste

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Lookout's picture

Enjoy your break in beautiful Maine!

We've been out harvesting the first of the blueberries...it will be a daily chore for the next few weeks. Last year a late frost decimated the crop, but this year looks about average.

I bought some beautiful strawberries from Calif. yesterday at trade day - 2 lbs for $2.50. I can't understand the system that can produce and ship berries for that kind of price. Strawberries hold on to pesticides and should be soaked for an hour. I prefer organic, but for that price I can manage to soak and dry.

Well we made it to summer, and the days will start to shorten. Not really noticeably, but relentlessly from now till late December. Glad you've got a breath of cool air. We had 60's three mornings in a row that was delightful, and even a mild 70 F this morning...not bad for berry picking. I took advantage and cranked up the oven to cook bacon...learned the trick of oven cooked bacon from the lunchroom folks at school. Got a couple of ripe tomatoes and an avocado to go with the bacon and a couple of fried eggs.

Thanks for the OT and the pics. Happy holiday!

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“Until justice rolls down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

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@Lookout

about soaking the berries. I paid $10 a quart for local strawberries here. Made 7 pints of jam, so
can enjoy them thru-out the year. Working on the final jar from last year now. Mmm, blueberry
pancakes we made yesterday. The wild Maine blueberries are really good up here, but still too
early to go picking.

Also like the baking bacon trick. Find it useful when doing a large batch.

Finally got the kayaks in the water yesterday, calm winds made for a nice paddle. Didn't bring the
little sailboat up this year due to the broken foot issue. Kinda miss it though.

A funny side note. Once went into a local diner near here. On the menu was offered a lobster and
blueberry pizza. Ha! Made for the touristas no doubt. I don't see the combo working too well.

Thanks for the well wishes!

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QMS, I remember you had a foot issue, didn't remember it being broken. If you don't aggravate it, 6 weeks will mend it. I hope for your foot, time flies.
You are in such a lovely place! Good for you!
I learned to trim bacon fat quickly and easily by using a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. Just yesterday at the office, I oven-baked bacon to eat with a tomato for lunch. I quit frying it years ago.
I did not know about soaking strawberries. From now on, organic, or soak.
A friend had a prolific fig tree. In trying to figure out how not to waste them, she topped a pizza with them. It was great! Maybe the touristy toppings might be worth a taste.
I am nibbling on a delicious watermelon. My trick with all melons is to wash the skin with soap and water before I cut it with a knife. Same with avocados. Any bacteria on the skin attaches to the knife, then winds up in the fruit. I got extremely ill from a cantaloupe.
Enjoy your trip. I have a trial this afternoon that could easily become nasty.

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@on the cusp @on the cusp

Washing the skin with soap and water. Hey, it works for humans.
Why not fruits and veggies?
Good luck with your trials.

ETA for clarification: not to recommend slicing open humans ..

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enhydra lutris's picture

@QMS

Washing the skin with soap and water. Hey, it works for humans.
Why not fruits and veggies?

be well, heal, and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@enhydra lutris you two guys! (Oops, sorry. You two people!)

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we counted 7 floating around just over the tree tops
a few loons (one with 4 chicks) and one lone owl
fun stuff!

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enhydra lutris's picture

@QMS

staying inside, at least the ones with A.C.

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

@QMS Our fun is watching a bald female cardinal at the feeder and bird bath. I worry her head, with skin of dark blue, is frying in this wretched Texas heat.
We have been seeing a male cardinal teaching food finding and eating skills to 2 fledglings. He is such a great Dad! We gave out extra seeds on Father's Day!

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@on the cusp

bald means urinal
so referencing a person with a shiny head
in Cairo is not bald but well trimmed
fwiw Wink

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@QMS from your OTs EVERY TIME!
Gaaahh!!

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up a bit on old projects and paperwork and starting new stuff. Was thinning apples before it got too hot and it almost seems as if some are ripe, come right off in ones hand, but more likely too thirsty for good health. Nonetheless, some are already good sized and everything. Apricots are getting ripe and are also under attack by birds and squirrels. We also have a bumper crop of alligator lizards, they're everywhere. Hope they know to only eat the bad bugs and pass on the good ones.

I never knew about bakin' bacon, something I'll have to look into. Really early morning winter pastime I suspect. Currently thinking about grilling some in a shallow grill pan or the rimmed griddles I have for one of my grills. This is cook everything you can outside on the grill or butane one-burner time. Also instant pot and nuker. Just keep the oven and stove top off unless it's mild enough to fire them up and then eat outside. Will be grilling quesadillas for lunch - I've got a small slab of 3/16" Aluminum plate I use as a gringo comal for such purposes.

Third and final preliminary infusion tomorrow afternoon, and then, with luck, every eight weeks. At least it's a regular schedule so one can plan stuff.

be well and have a good one

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That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --