Week In Review~August 19~The Maine Event

This should probably be titled the Two Weeks In Review, but I’m not sure I can remember everything (although I did journal every single day while in Maine and I have it all written down) so I’ll give you what I’ve got, Kids.  I’m going for overall impression here. So let’s get to the Week in Review hostessed by the perky little sprite, Meghan from Clean Eats, Fast Feets.

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Because of the fact that I always seem to have trouble figuring out how to approach WIR, I generally just start poking around at it.  I don’t think this edition will be any different.

THE FOOD~

Ok… there was lots of it! But lots of it was eaten at home because Gail and I were both trying to stick to our Weight Watchers program.  Of course there was some deviation but we both survived.  We attended our WW meetings both weeks while I was there.  As a WW member in this area, you really have to make a commitment to get to the meetings. It’s a 35 mile drive to the closest meeting!  We both did pretty well in spite of our “flexibility” with the program during my visit. Gail reached her 60 pounds lost and she’s looking terrific.  I lost about 1 pound total, but I’m not really trying to lose anymore, just maintain.

I think I’ve mentioned before that Gail is also vegetarian and she has been amazed at all of the restaurants with veggie friendly menu items.  She had been saving them all up to share with me during my visit and I was just amazed!  I think I’ve got enough for 2 What I Ate Wednesday posts!

The funny thing is that one of the best places we found on my last day there.  I was flying out of Portland and we searched on-line for a place for a late lunch before my plane left.  We found an amazing place called Silly’s.  I’m not going to talk about the food at the moment (!!!) but I want to share some of the decor.

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The old tin ceiling.

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Fun photos and unique, home-made lamp shades everywhere..

Even the Bathroom is unique!

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And as I said the food was great, but I’ll get to that.

THE SIGHTS~

We saw a lot of things and I think my favorite is the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, just about a 10 minute ride from Gail’s cabin.  It has beautiful gardens, my favorite was the Garden of the Five Senses. I took lots of photos and will share them once I get that whole re-sizing thing worked out with my DSLR.  There are flower gardens and there is a long walk through the woods which is incredible.  I loved it all.

We visited Fort Popham, and Pemaquid Lighthouse. As I type this, I realize that we did SO much that I can’t remember everything at the moment.

THE BARGAINS~

I got so many good deals, that I had to leave quite a bit behind and it will be traveling back to NJ with another friend of ours who will be visiting the cabin next week.  There is a huge Salvation Army near where we went to WW and there are several thrift stores in Boothbay Harbor.  Here are some shots of my treasures.

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Pants, fleece vests and pullovers and shirts.  There were actually more shirts and a pair of shorts I found after I took the photos.  The best deal is in this last photo.  We were at the Humane Society thrift store and Gail picked up this pair of shoes.  They are SAS shoes which usually sell for well over $100!  It just happened that they were my size and fit me perfectly.  They were marked $3.oo but there was a 50% off sale for all shoes and bags so I got them for $1.50!!  I couldn’t believe it!  I LOVE thrift store shopping!

THE RETURN~

I was originally scheduled for a flight at 8:19 pm.  I was concerned about Gail’s long ride back to Boothbay Harbor and having to drive those tricky roads in the dark so I had planned for her to drop me off early.  I got to the airport at about 5:30 pm. I walked in and told the agent I was checking in and needed my boarding pass.  She asked me if I’d like to get on an earlier flight because mine was delayed as was the one she wanted to put me on and I’d have time to get to the gate.  I said Yes and I arrived in Philadelphia at 8:00 pm on the nose!  I was happy, Ralph was happy to have me back and I was glad to see him.

THE PROJECTS~

I gave myself two days to get back in the game of just being back in NJ.  Friday I started the next intended project.  I started going through boxes that I have stored in my sister, Ele’s extra room.  What a pile!  I got rid of 3 big bags of trash and pulled out a few things that I may be able to sell.  There’s still another big container I need to go through which I think will have some things I can try to sell.  When that’s done, I need to start on the boxes which contain my books.  That’s going to be tricky.  I had weeded them out when I moved them all out of the storage unit I had.  I could probably still do some more weeding.  That will probably start later in the week.

I guess that’s about it for my review.  I’ll probably share some more Maine stories as they come back to me and all of the food will be showing up on What I Ate Wednesday.   I had an incredible time in Maine.  Thanks, Gail, I can’t wait to visit again!

Be sure to check out Clean Eats, Fast Feets and see what everyone else is sharing!

Happy Monday!

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2 responses to “Week In Review~August 19~The Maine Event

  1. I love visiting Botanical Gardens; I’m always so enthralled with the flowers and foliage. Silly’s looks like a fun restaurant and I’m glad you had a host of vegetarian friendly restaurants to chose from. It certainly makes things easier and more enjoyable. I can’t wait to see your eats on WIAW.
    Way to get back into the swing of projects at home too. I’m impressed.

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