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A Maine Valentine ♥

Lobsters are red, the ocean is blue

This island looks pink.

How about this view?

Dexie ♥s rocks

Paddling in calm, and very clear, water.

We’ve learned some interesting things about the wildlife in these waters. One of the kids’ friends’ dad is a shark expert; featured on shark week! The most common sharks here are the blue shark (10+ feet), thresher (20+ feet!) and shortfin mako (10+ feet!). The basking shark (the second largest fish in the ocean!) cruise 100 yards off these beaches here eating plankton! They can grow up to 30 feet (with the record being 40 feet! caught in the Bay of Fundy which is due north of here). They also are known to breach. Sand tiger sharks and porbeagle are more rare.  Spiny dogfish are a smaller type of shark and finally, we all know about the great whites! In addition to minke whales and humpbacks, the rare North American right whale lives here as well as the second largest mammal on earth, the fin whale, which can grow up to 80 feet in length!

[Partial] Portrait with Lighthouse

Hardy azaleas

What appears to be a black lab-basset hound mix in formal wear

In Portland, since 1976, a valentine’s day bandit has been posting hearts around the city on the night before Valentine’s Day and the tradition continued today…

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wintery Waters

Floating on the surfboard and paddling around in the Atlantic in the middle of winter, as one does in Maine. Especially when so glassy and calm. Not cold at all with the proper gear. (Air temp was about 25 and water somewhere between 35-40 in the above/below pictures). So peaceful, quiet and very refreshing.

Beach by night.

Moon picture by my sister

Dexie Close-Up

Using an old phone to make informational videos about her plants. Mostly houseplants but also have started some herbs and greens.


You can’t really tell from these photos but this particular evening was VERY windy and the waves were choppy and huge.

This dog is ready to teach a yoga class. Hahha (Berenese Mountain dog; aren’t they the coolest? He looked like a bear!)

Above is the remnant of the famous ice disk!

From Wikipedia:

Ice discs form on the outer bends in a river where the accelerating water creates a force called ‘rotational shear’, which breaks off a chunk of ice and twists it around.[9] As the disc rotates, it grinds against surrounding ice — smoothing into a circle.[10] A relatively uncommon phenomenon, one of the earliest recordings is of a slowly revolving disc spotted on the Mianus River and reported in an 1895 edition of Scientific American.[11][12]

For the record I prefer the disk spelling to disc in the context of rotating ice circles. haha

Even though the Westbrook ice disk is on its way out, ice disks seem to be quite popular in Maine this winter…

One spotted in Baxter State Park:

Ice ice baby! Another ice disc found…A spokesperson for Baxter State Park says a Maine ranger saw another ice disc in the Nesowadnehunk Stream Thursday. (Source) 

(Source of Image)

Nesowdnehunk (pronounced NAH- sod- naw- hunk) Stream flows into the Penobscot river just below Nesowdnehunk falls; an area we frequented in our raft guiding days. We would swim across the Penobscot river to where the stream entered; it is a great spot.

Another ice disk (at another familiar Millinocket location!):

The ice near Abol was within 50 yards of the bridge, spinning counter-clockwise very slowly.

Finally, a fourth? (I’m losing track haha) ice disk was noticed by a resident of Guilford sent who sent in a video of a small (~7′ diameter) one with…

…two names, she called it the “spinnah mini,” or ” “rivah spinner.”


Wicked nice winter up heeeyah.

A highlight is a very happy January birthday…

The two layers are actually homemade vanilla ice cream!  The yellow color is from the egg yolks. We have been experimenting with our new ice cream maker and have come up with some excellent recipes that are very low to no sugar. I love making cakes but am not crazy about using sugar/flour/simple carbohydrates so this was a great solution! I did use powdered sugar to make it look like snow on top of the cake…

…but also debated letting it sit outside and let it literally get snowed on… haha). The cake topper (and a few other icicles) are pieces of ice I made in the freezer (a great alternative to solid hunks of sugar!).

Ice disks for party favors (naturally).

One year old!

He got cross country skiis for his birthday! Woohoo!

Mid-January 2019

Excited Stoked about my new [work] neighborhood :)! This beach is awesome. My new office is in the next town over from where we live and it is fun to have a new beach to check out! We would need lots of practice before trying these giant waves (but looks sooooo fun!!!)

Showing baby the new office!

(He’s helping to decorate) hahaha

Office views

The lobster painting in-progress is looking very festive for Valentines Day!

Puff Puff saying hello from St. Louis!!!

Cell phone office pictures (note the crisp detail in the photo; HA!). I am pleased with how this large wave painting turned out; but I need to snap a better picture of it!

Five days until a super blood wolf moon…

Hope your 2019 is off to a good start!