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Monday, October 22, 2012

Camden, Maine

Oh how I wish I could pick each and every one of you up in this beauty and we could leisurely explore the Coast Line of Maine.

The pictures I am sharing with you on this post were taken in Camden, Maine.

One reason Christi and I chose Camden as one of our must see spots while visiting Maine was I had read years ago that this is where the movie Peyton Place was filmed in 1954. Of course the TV series Peyton Place is the one I remember and even as a teenager I fell in love with this little town.

Like most of the New England towns they are very touristy and full of specialty shops.

The main attraction though is about two miles out of town at the state park Mount Battie where you can enjoy the spectacular view of Camden. I wanted to spend hours just sitting on these rocks and taking in the beauty of this gorgeous state. 
According to the pamphlet we picked up about the area this is where in the movie that Allison would go and hide out and then if I remember correctly she ends up sharing this secret hideaway with Rodney.

Here Christi and I are posing before we left here and headed for Bangor where we visited Stephen King's house which you can read about in an earlier post of mine.

Behind Christi is a Memorial that was built for the local war hero's who fought in World War II.

I know a lot of the pic's are very similar. If you would like a better view just double click them and you will see a lot of the beauty we experienced that day.

The weather was prefect all week. Only thing missing was the leaves were not changing yet. Can only imagine what we missed in seeing the fall foliage.

At the airport in Portland on our way home I bought a magazine about Maine. Too bad I did not find this magazine Down East before my travels were over. Actually though Christi and I did visit most of the little villages that the magazine talks about. According to a poll they took asking their readers to vote on their favorite prettiest of them all villages of Maine.... Camden was voted number One.

Dave Ahlers, from Omaha, Nebraska wrote, "So much about Camden represents Maine at its most iconic - the harbor, Mount Battie, the Village Green, lobster rolls on the deck at Marriner's Restaurant. Camden is the best way to show someone 'from away' what a unique and special place Maine is."

I could not agree more with Dave about Camden but if I had voted it would of been for the village that came in Second which was my favorite Boothbay Harbor.

Susie Saudek, Capitol Island, Maine wrote this about Boothbay Harbor. "A laid-back village far from busy Route 1, Boothbay Harbor features authentic charm, a working waterfront, drop dead natural beauty, and a great mix of restaurants, cultural events, and artisans. It's surrounded by islands and lighthouses, while the village itself shines, thanks to brick sidewalks, handsome hand-painted signs, and a gentle hilly terrain."

Exactly how Susie describes Boothbay is how I found it to be. It is where I would love to spend my life now. To me Boothbay Harbor has the real feeling of village life.

Another time I will share with you the rest of the top 10 prettiest villages of Maine according to the magazine Down East.

Before I close tonight I want to thank you all for sending me your potato soup recipes. I knew I could count on you to come through with some yummy recipes. I can't wait to try them all. You are the best.

Soup just seems to sooth my soul and for weeks now or longer I need something to rescue me from myself. Been feeling completely lost and not connected. I get really angry at myself when this happens because I know truly how Blessed I am and that God has always been there for me.

Not sure how to describe what I am going through except I feel I need a purpose in my life other than what I am doing now. I don't know why maybe it's knowing winter is coming on but I sometimes feel that I could not be more lonelier than I am at the present.

One would think as busy as this place out here keeps me I would not have time for being lonely. So what is it? I think a lot of it is how fast the months are flying by and I am growing old alone without a spouse. Never thought I would face the problems of old age alone.

Also I miss being creative and I don't have time to create anything.

My kid's must of sensed my feelings because they came Sunday and spent the day with me. My oldest son Chad made the BEST pork bar-b-qued ribs and potato salad. He saved the day with bringing them for us to pig out on. I laugh every time I think of my two grand babies cleaning their ribs completely clean. lol

I made green beans and baked beans along with a delicious easy chocolate cake. Of course, we had to cover the cake with our famous Blue Bell Ice Cream that has made this little town I live in famous.

After the kids left I browsed the classifieds for apartments or houses in their area but I know I can not afford moving there. It would take a really fantastic high paying job and at my age I think those days are over.

Perhaps it's just what I wrote that has me down. "Those days are over."

Sorry did not mean to end this on a low note. I just felt I needed to share with you one of the reasons I have not been blogging. I want to write about happy things not depression.

Much love to all of you
Sweet Dreams


Debby said...

Hi Dear Maggie. I am sorry you are feeling down. I can tell you want to be closer to those grandbabies. Don't give up the thought just yet.
I feel somewhat the same. I think it is a transition of this stage of our lives. We aren't finished with the work we want to do. I know I am running out of steam but still think about doing more. I wish I could say something helpful. I hate it that you are alone. Don't give up on that either. Maybe a change of location would be good....just don't know how to make that happen for you. We need to talk. I am in Colorado right now but will call when I return. (((((HUGS))))))

Gorges Smythe said...

Happy times will come again, Maggie. Bless you!

Garden of Egan said...

Looks like your trip was so unforgettable.
So glad that you could spend that time together.

So sorry that you are having such a hard time. The end of bright warm days is hard for so many.

Are you actively looking for someone to share your days with? You are certainly a treasure.

PEA said...

I so enjoyed looking at all your photos of Camden, I oohed and aahed over every one of them:-) I can see why it would be named the top place to see while in Maine, it's such a gorgeous area.

I'm going through the same thing you are right now, want to move to be nearer the grandkids but can't afford it:-( Feel like I'm missing out on so much and feeling quite lonely because of it. Wish we lived nearer, dear Maggie, so that we could commiserate about our problems! lol Love ya! xoxo

Shirley said...

Hi Maggie, I thought I would check in before I go to work. I loved your pictures of Camden, Maine. It really looks like you had an awesome trip. I think we all get down at times, but remember that we are in god's hands and he has his way of helping us when we least expect it. Do you have a hobby? Just remember you have to take a little ME time for yourself. What you have to do will be there tomorrow, take a day off and do what you want to do. Go visit the grandkids if possible and get some of those hugs, they are special. Take care Hugs and Prayers.

My name WAS Female, I shit you not! said...

Not to be insensitive Maggie, but have you thought of Our or or one of the others?
I care about you and wish for you the feeling of joy that I am enjoying.
Love your comments. I feel a kindred soul in you. Bonding is another great feeling that I am enjoying as a result of blogging.
This MARVELOUS! I shit you not!

gpc said...

Camden looks beautiful, so many wonderful places, I wish I could see them all. As for the loneliness, oh baby, I feel your pain. It is hard to navigate this stage of life, for sure. Hang in there. :)

Olga said...

I recognize all too well that feeling and also the self-anger that I have no 'right' to feel that way. I hope it passes soom and you are back to your chipper self.
Actually, I had this picture of you as I read the Maine part of your post--moving to a coastal village and solving an improbable number of crimes. I wasn't allowed to watch Peyton Place, but I did watch Murder, She Wrote.

Julia said...

Dear Maggie, I'm sorry that you are feeling alone and depressed and that you're getting old and no time for yourself.

Did you know that people who live with a mate also can feel depressed, alone and getting old and having no time for themselves either?

I bet that there are many out there who feel like that, including me, more time than I care to mention. My husband is so involved with many organizations and has different interest and I'm alone a lot.

I still have to clean up after him, cook for him and pick up after him, listen to him snore, hahaha At least you don't have to do that. Oh, he comes in handy once in a while, hahaha but I do a lot of stuff by myself because he is somewhere else.

I like that little saying that you have under your two penguins that knock their mate down in the ice water. Something about blessings that we have and needing nothing else than what we have.

I always love reading your blog and wish that you had your blog archived so I could just go and pick a few each day to make me laugh. You had some goodies and one that I remember was the pair of slippers made out of sanitary napkins. That was good for a chuckle.

Got to go do some banking. I love you lots Maggie.

(((BIG HUGS to cheer you up)))


Paula said...

I know how you feel. I have been a widow for over twenty years and lived alone eight. Now that I have a companion it isn't always what its cracked up to be. When I have to clean up his messes and deal with what he wants I think of the days when I could eat when I wanted and sleep when I wanted. Feel better soon friend. I visited the Blue Belle ice cream factory on a day trip several years ago. It looked so clean and the ice cream is sooo good.

yaya said...

You can write the good, the bad, and the ugly on your blog and many of us will gladly sit and read and send out support for you. I hope you're feeling up soon because I think that is more who you upbeat person who loves life. Hang in there! My husband says he felt closer to the Grandparents who lived the farthest away. It was always special to see them and his Grandparents were always excited to be with them. So I know you would love to be closer, but I bet they love you tons even from a distance. Love the Maine pics. I'm taking all this down for the day I get to go in person!

Susie Swanson said...

Hi Maggie, it's me your long, lost blogging friend. I'm so sorry I've been out of touch with you lately.. I've missed your posts.. I've been under the weather quite a bit so to speak but I'm feeling better now , especially after looking at your beautiful photos and hearing about your fun trip and I'm so sorry you are feeling down.. You are in my prayers..Love, Susie

Sharon said...

Hi Maggie
I would love to go on a trip with you in that Yacht. Those photos are just so breathe taking.
I am glad to catch up with you.
Prayers dear one.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I certainly want to take a trip there. It looks so beautiful and charming. I will pray to God and ask him to make it possible for you to move there! ((HUGS))

Sue said...

I'd love to visit Maine again.

Sorry you've been feeling a bit down. It happens to us all sometimes. I'm glad your kids are sensitive to your feelings! That helps so much, I think.


Chatty Crone said...

I have never ever been to Maine - but I want too - not sure I will!
I am sorry that you are feeling down. Lonely.
I think we all go through things like this and times like these.
I'll say a prayer for you tonight.