Storm’s a Comin’

Everyone in Maine loves the weather. Now, I don’t mean we’re always thrilled with what it’s actually doing at any given moment, but everyone is gleefully consumed by the general concept of weather. Due to the various atmospheric properties of this part of the country, and unlike other places I’ve lived, the State of MaineContinue reading “Storm’s a Comin’”

Mountainside Water Bagels

#RecipeUpTop (details follow): 100% bread flour;60% water;10% vegetable oil;2% salt;1% active dry yeast Combine ingredients and kneed until the dough passes the window-pane test. Let rise until doubled in size, then shape into bagels and proof for 20 minutes. Simmer in water laced with molasses for 2 minutes per side. Top with desired seasoning, andContinue reading “Mountainside Water Bagels”

Staying Warm

One of the most common misconceptions I hear about Maine is that folks seem to believe that six months of the year, we live in a frozen hellscape with murderously cold temperatures. The truth is, much of Maine is actually pretty temperate by winter standards, particularly the coast which benefits from the warming effects ofContinue reading “Staying Warm”

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?”