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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The week that was...

wonderful.  After working myself into a frenzy to get everything ready (and cleaner) for my sister and parents, I set off for South Portland, Maine, early Friday morning.  I could not have asked for better weather.  In fact, I could say that Friday, Saturday and Sunday were the nicest weather in quite a long time.  Obviously, the stars and Universe aligned and took pity on me.  Kidding.

I am not going to bore you with the details of my short-but-sweet vacation, but here's the gist:

Wardrobe Infusion - I packed very light, knowing that we would be heading to the local Goodwill almost upon my arrival.  I was not disappointed, thanks to the almost supernatural talents toward winnowing out the best of the best by Sylvie.  I now have new khakis and five new tops.  That does not include the lovely scarf, jeans and shirts that I inherited from Sylvie's personal winnowing.  AND it does not include the great long sleeved tees that I got at my favorite discount, Maine-only department store - Reny's.  I LOVE Reny's.

My daily (almost) dose of Dog.  Hard to believe he is cuter in person.  A sweet-natured, adorable cuddler.  Cosmos is the adopted dog of Sylvie's daughter, Julie and family.  Lucky dog.  Lucky family.  A better match couldn't have been made in, well, the Cosmos!


 
Views, saltwater, sea air, ship traffic, clear skies, picturesque walks (did I mention the weather was glorious?).

The lighthouse at Fort Williams Park in
Cape Elizabeth.
 
Off the coast - looking towards the harbor.

Empty freighter making its way back
out to sea - I lost the bet as to how long it
would take to reach us.

The ruins of the mansion on Fort Lee.

Close up.
Bug Light - my favorite Portland
lighthouse.

Two giant ocean liners in port.
 
Great food!  And great Drink!  And even greater Conversation!

Jim, preparing the best crab cakes I have
ever eaten!

I capped the trip off with a quick in/and/out visit to Portland's Trader Joe's.  It was perfection.

13 comments:

  1. Nice photos. And those crab-cakes look delish. Thanks for taking us along.

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  2. Sounds like you had a great time! The weather looks like it was absolutely amazing! And, a trip to Trader Joe's if you don't have one near you is a great way to cap off your trip. Such a great store! :-)

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Beautiful scenery too.

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  4. Glad you had fun, and thanks for sharing pictures with us!

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  5. Susan,

    A well deserved vacay for you girl!!! It's gorgeous up there. I love the water and the lighthouse. The winters up there would be a bit to cold for me, lol.....
    You found some really awesome clothing, had great food, and enjoyed great company ......what more can a girl ask for?

    I bet your critters were happy when you returned home.

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  6. glad you had a good weekend! i love portland and it has been too long since i was there. i wish i could still get teddy in the car.

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  7. Ahh Thank you for sharing your vacation! The photo's are awesome! You needed this time away!

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  8. Glad the weather cooperated so well for your weekend! I should have sent you a list of items for me when you went clothes shopping. (Something I hate to do, but right now I'm soooo needy!)

    Beautiful scenery! What's the story on the mansion on Fort Lee?

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  9. Weather looks perfect blue skies, deep blue ocean.

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  10. Always wanted to see Maine, someday. Love the lighthouses, I've seen some in Oregon. LOVE T.J.'s !!!

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  11. Sounds and looks just perfect and you indeed needed that. Hug B

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  12. Sounds lovely, but did you bring your sister and parents back with you, or did they farm-sit?

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  13. Oh, it does sound like you had a lovely weekend. Good for you.

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