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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Life As It Should Be!

Oh how I have thought of you and missed you while visiting the amazing state of Maine. If there were two of me one would still be back where Life is lived as it should be. Surrounded by God’s wonderful gift of mother nature at it’s best.
Never have my eyes seen such beauty. Every where you drive, walk or sit you can’t help but take a moment and Thank God for creating this wonder and I found myself thanking him often for giving me the chance to enjoy it.
I want to take a minute here and thank Christi my precious daughter for taking the first steps in initiating this trip. If it had not been for her I would still be sitting here dreaming of visiting a place I have longed to see all my life. She was the prefect traveling companion. Quietly put up with my quirky way of doing things and very seldom showed  signs of wanting to desert ship. I did find it strange she spent money the night before we left on ear plugs. lol 
Not sure how I will manage to show you all the photo’s I snapped of our trip. As I mentioned in a previous post my computer is slower than a turtle here lately. The last few times I tried posting with Blogger my picture icon has disappeared which caused me to almost call upon Ms Pearl to vent my frustrations. She has a way of helping me do that now and then. Instead my sweet friend Kathy from Creative Home Expressions mentioned in her comment I should try Live Writer so after experimenting all morning trying to figure out this program I am now writing on it hoping to be able to share a post and pictures with you. 
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Our first day on the trip we flew into Portland and spent the night at a very nice place near the Waterfront and in easy walking distance to the shops and tour places that we had scheduled for the next day.
We took a trolley around Portland and it took us out to Cape Elizabeth which was only across the bridge from Portland.
Here I captured one of my favorite pictures of the trip. I love this and may have to print it out to frame.
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Christi took this picture and I need to crop it because you can see me off to the right walking up the steps. Can’t miss my white hair. Notice the big jacket I am wearing. Not too many times in our weeks trip did I not have on warmer wear.  We were so blessed with prefect weather and just the right temps for enjoying our excursions.
Since we were with a tour group we only had 15 minutes to take in the lovely light house and rocky coast line below it.
The trolley driver warned us of being left if we did not watch the time and be back on the trolley in that limited time. I of course had to find a bathroom. Never have I ever went anywhere that I don’t check out the restrooms. Well this almost caused me a long long walk back to Portland by my lonesome.
I want go into the stinky details but yep I was the last one on and they held it for me. What a great start on my first outing. lol
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I did manage to capture this picture of Christi while at Cape Elizabeth.
Back on the trolley in Portland Christi took pictures for me of a few of the sights you will see in the largest city in Maine which I believe the population is only around 60,000 which is small compared to our cities in Texas.
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Just a few shots of Portland while riding around on the trolley. I am so glad we decided to only stay overnight in Portland and travel further North to Booth Bay Harbor.  Not that Portland is not a great place to visit but I found the small little villages a better way to see Maine.
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After riding around on the streets of Portland we were lucky enough to have reservations to tour the harbor on this little tour boat.
Hopefully I can find a way to organize my photo’s and show you some nice pictures in the next few post.
Over all it was a lovely trip and I am so grateful that I had the chance to see the places I did manage to see. There were so many choices of where to go that we had a hard time choosing. 
Maine will be in my thoughts for a long time to come. I came home to problems that the heavy rains caused while I was away. The cowboy’s house flooded while I was away I sometime today I have to visit with him about this problem and then after all the rain you know that I will be on the tractors once again. 
I honestly think if it weren’t for my children being 2000 miles away from me I could of just stayed in the little village of Booth Bay Harbor. Looking forward to sharing pictures of it with you.
Now I am anxious to see what my first post from this Live Writer will look like on my blog site.  Keeping my fingers crossed it won’t look too bad.
Hope all is well with you and that you are having a wonderfully Blessed weekend.
Love to all
Maggie

26 comments:

Pat said...

So glad you had a wonderful time. Such a lovely part of the country. Enjoying your photos, which seem to be working on the blog now.

Debby said...

You sound so relaxed. I have only been to Martha's Vineyard but love the East Coast and hope to go again and see more. So glad that you had fun with your daughter.
Flood or drought, geez.
I know Kathy. We recently took a painting class together. She's a sweet one.
Can't wait to see more pictures.
Maybe cowboy could come stay with you til his problem is fixed.....just saying, he he.

Julia said...

Hi Maggie, it seems like an eternity since your last post. I'm glad that you are back safe and sound and that your vacations went well and that Christie was an excellent travel companion. That's one thing crossed off your bucket list to do. I'm looking forward to many more trip photos.

Where was the cowboy when his house flooded? I hope that your house is OK from all the rain. We have had lots of rain here too. We were lucky that we didn't get flooded but some places were not so lucky. C'est la vie...

Your blog post looks just like before. Glad you found a solution.

Hugs, JB

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a wonderful opportunity to get to visit somewhere you've dreamed of. Sounds like you had such a relaxing (except for the pit stop) time. I know what you mean about staying in that wonderful little town. I would love to live in Alaska again. But family is here and don't want to be away from the kids or whats left of my generstion. There's that undescribable feeling when you find such a peaceful place that you want to stay. But then I think of reality and what an effort it would take to move. I've moved SO much in my life...too old to move again. Just don't have the energy or where worth all to do it.

Seems like you've found a great solution for posting. So glad flor you. Your post is perfect. LOVE seeing the photos.

So sorry about the flood..it's always something.
Sending *hugs*deb

Gorges Smythe said...

Glad you had a good time.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

It looks great, Maggie! Thanks for the shout out. : ) I hope you will find it works for you; I like it much better than using the Blogger drafting for my posts.

It sounds like you really enjoyed yourselves! I'm so glad the weather cooperated and your pictures turned out great. Don't feel bad ~ I generally have to check out where the bathrooms are wherever we go, too!

acorn hollow said...

I thought of you a thousand times last week we did have great weather but a bit cold at night.
Loved the pictures. we go to portland for the day near the water front when we need to have a day away. Can't wait to see and hear more. Great picture of christie.
Cathy

Jennifer Richardson said...

thanks for the beautiful share
...stirred up my own Maine memories
and gave that dreamy feeling back
to savor all over again:)
love and hugs,
Jennifer

Jennifer Richardson said...

thanks for the beautiful share
...stirred up my own Maine memories
and gave that dreamy feeling back
to savor all over again:)
love and hugs,
Jennifer

must love junk said...

What gorgeous scenery! I'm your newest follower-I'd love you to visit me sometime :)
Susan

Rebecca @ Time to Organize said...

So happy you guys had a good time!

Paula said...

Your entry looks great. I love the lighthouse picture. We've had rain this week-end here in south Texas. Hope if you are having it, it isn't causing more damage. We sure are enjoying it but can't get to the cows.

Olga said...

Maggie, I am so glad to hear about your wonderful trip to Maine. How wonderful that you got to share this with your daughter. My memories of Maine are all of fog and cold, damp weather, but they are not bad memories, by any means. One of my very favorite children's books is . There is so much beauty in every corner of this country. I really wish I could visit every single state...and then start ont he rest of the world.

Susan said...

It's beautiful! Did you see FALL in the trees yet?
I lived in AK and sometimes I still miss it...so green and beautiful. And I enjoyed the cooler weather so much more than roasting...

yaya said...

Your post came out great! I love all the pics so far...hope more to come? I've always wanted to visit Maine and perhaps next year will be my turn. We almost moved there many moons ago and I'm always dreaming of going. Sorry you had to come home to problems. Your daughter is so pretty and I'm glad she could go with you..what a great Mom and daughter time.

Garden of Egan said...

What a fun and awesome trip. Good for Christi for getting you out of your comfort zone to have a much needed vacation.

Great pictures. I would love to go to that end of the country someday.

Bill S. said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I will have to go to the coast at least once in my life. You made it sound so fun.

Shirley said...

Hi Maggie, I am so glad that you had a wonderful trip with Christi. I would love to see Maine during the fall colors, but it is to far for us to travel. You got rain, we didn't get much from Hurrican Issac. My son was in Louisiana when it hit and road it out. He lost his electricity but other then that he was o.k. Of course, you always worry. Where was Cowboy when his house flooded? Have a wonderful week and don't over do. Hugs from Your Missouri Friend.

sjmcdowell said...

Oh Maggie,

I am over the moon that you and Christi had such a wonderful time in Maine!!!
What gorgeous pictures you have posted!!
I can see now why my great grandpa Peter moved there so very long ago. It is breathtakingly beautiful!!

Love and Miss you!! We have a lot to catch up on, my dear friend!!

XXOO
Susan

Marla and Steve said...

Beautiful photos! What an amazing trip for you both.

Taos Sunflower said...

Maggie: I'm so happy you got to visit Maine! It's so very different from our desert southwest...so green, for one. Don't you dare crop yourself out of that photo...it's history that you were there. If I had that beautiful hair, I would have stuck my whole head in there (not my butt, but I'll spare that story here). XOXOX PS Sometimes we just need to take breaks from our blogs. No apologies needed.

Arkansas Patti said...

I am so happy you and Christi got to enjoy my favorite state. It seems around each bend in the road is a picture post card scene. Beautiful state. I was checking out the real estate ads for Sabago Lake just yesterday.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

The post looks wonderful! You are having the same problem I have when I visit Oregon, I just want to stay there forever!

Glad you had a good time. Christi is darling!

xxoo,

RMW

Sares said...

Oh lucky you! I have always thought it would be amazing to see the Maine coast! I bet it is stunning in the Fall. Sounds like you had the perfect traveling companion too!

Sue said...

See what I mean?

Maine is one of the most picturesque places I've ever visited, bar none.

(Bar harbor, too.)

heehee

;)

Terra said...

What a glorious trip to Maine you had, and I am so glad they held the bus for you, since that would have been a LONG walk. I visited Maine when a child so you know that was a long time ago! Yes, the villages and the boats are pretty, and the lobster and clams yummers. I hope the cowboy's house is ok.