The Intersection of Hobbies

Part of living in rural Maine and staying sane involves an application of alcohol. Now, before you cast temperance-flavored aspersions, understand that even our state government sponsors television advertising suggesting that, hey, you there, you might need a drink about now. (If you think I’m joking, please fall down the rabbit hole of Maine SpiritsContinue reading “The Intersection of Hobbies”

Maine Potato Chowder

#RecipeUpTop:4 slices bacon2 cans corn (or fresh equivalent, in season)1 red bell pepper1 small yellow onion3 celery stalks4 large Maine potatoes1 quart chicken stock (optional)Whole Milk (to taste)Salt and Pepper (to taste) Method: In the bottom of a large dutch oven or sauce pot, render the bacon on low heat until crispy. Remove, and setContinue reading “Maine Potato Chowder”

The Vagaries of Old Maine Deeds

In the last ten years, a maelstrom of improbable events dictated that I buy and sell three different houses. Two were in South Florida, and the third is our current home in Maine. While South Florida has its own (exceedingly plentiful) real estate issues, the property descriptions and deeds are at least relatively straightforward. ParcelsContinue reading “The Vagaries of Old Maine Deeds”

10 Chickens? What’s that all about?

Well, there’s a story. The wife and I knew something needed to change, and a plan had started to form. We were going to pull the rip-cord on our lives and vanish into the pine scrub of rural Maine, and as the initial groundwork for our escape, we had started implementing new practices that we’dContinue reading “10 Chickens? What’s that all about?”