a cabin in maine

I am proud of my brother, Dave, for many reasons. Most recently, I am proud of him for this.DSC_0086This is his cabin in the Maine woods. It’s made of recycled materials, creativity, and guts.

DSC_0068This is the loft – and a view of the lovely roof work. See my mom up there? She scampered up that ladder like a teenager.

DSC_0069This is the room under the loft. That’s a large bunk bed under the mosquito netting.

DSC_0074You can see the quilt I made for the cabin in this view.  i am a quilter

Quilt.16(Here is the quilt, for those that requested a better view.) Thank you.

DSC_0076Here is the back porch with it’s reclaimed-from-an-old-dance-studio parquet floor.

DSC_0078 (2)And here is the kitchen. The cabin has electricity – and a refrigerator – but no running water.

DSC_0060So there is a composting toilet. That’s a bucket of sawdust to help the process along.

DSC_0057This is the shower room. You heat up some water (from the nearby spring) and go for it. The little plastic cup helps.

I was so awed to stand in this house and see the work and love and creativity that Dave and his family put into it. I hope you are as impressed as I am with this amazing creation.

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a trip to maine

The highlight of my summer, so far, is a trip to Maine with my mom, Libby, and my husband, Michael. We went to see my brother’s family. They are building a cabin – which is a whole other blog post.

DSC_0098 (2)Here I am with my niece, Emily. If you ever have the chance to listen to a reggae concert while floating and drinking, I highly recommend that you do it.

DSC_0121This is Emily and her boyfriend Gaelen on the porch of the place we stayed. The lawn in the background was where the concert was. And the lake is directly below the porch. We spent a lot of time on the porch.

DSC_0097We saw (and heard) lots of loons. A trip to Maine isn’t complete without loons.

DSC_0124There was canoeing – this is husband Michael and niece Julia.

DSC_0127Coming in for a landing – note Julia’s helpful tongue.

DSC_0130Stuck it.

DSC_0139And there was dancing. On the porch. To loud music. At night.  Here, mom, Emily, sister-in-law Lisa, and Julia and her girlfriend, Emma, got caught. We were all guilty of said crimes.

It was a great trip.

birding

As per normal, my life contains way more than my blogging might suggest. Most of my posts remain in my head, but this event is worth sharing.

During the migration season, on my brother’s birthday, my mom and I met my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew for a day of birding near the Susquehanna River. It’s almost like cheating to go birding with my brother, Dave, and Collin. They know bird songs. So they say “Oh, that’s a yellow-billed-cuckoo singing, look over there.” And we see a yellow -billed -cuckoo.DSC_0105DSC_0108 (2)

This is also how we spotted the black and white warblerDSC_0009

And the orchard orioleDSC_0047

This is nephew Collin, my mom, and Dave on the hunt.DSC_0024

And this is Lisa.  Did I mention it rained much of the day?DSC_0021

I spotted this Canada goose family on my own. Love that row of fluffy babes.DSC_0130

Then we went to the nearby Conowingo Dam.DSC_0147

As we looked through binoculars, we realized that at the basin of the dam, there were hundreds of cormorants and bald eagles. I have never seen so many bald eagles at one time.DSC_0172 (2) There are at least seven bald eagles in this one zoomed in picture. Everywhere I looked, there was a similar count. It was awesome.DSC_0173_LI

It was a good day.

happy birthday to lauren

On March 30th,  my eldest turned 28. She and her boyfriend came down from Brooklyn to celebrate last weekend.DSC_0022Here’s birthday girl, Lauren, with our formerly feral cat, Brippy. This picture was taken in the middle of a party. Brippy has adapted.DSC_0021This is my youngest daughter, Laney, and Brippy. Laney is the one who tamed her with love and attention and time and treats. When Laney comes home from college, Brippy will often play hard to get – punishing her for her absence. But Laney is the only one who gets this melt down head-on-the-shoulder hug.  DSC_0016This is my son, and Laney’s twin, Patrick. Oh, and Riley. Riley knows how to seek out the best sofa/pillow experience.DSC_0019Here is a quick shot of some family members at the party. I don’t usually include family photos; we’ll see if I get the business.DSC_0013My brothers in law made this amazing onion bread for the party. Spike and Daniel recently moved up from Florida and we are so happy to have them so close!DSC_0010Here’s my new favorite thing – the cutting board Spike and Daniel gave me. It’s a cut from a tree of theirs. Pretty awesome. Oh, and those rosemary bar nuts? Amazing!