Monday, December 12, 2011

A Maine calling and an interview ...



There is a point in one's life that you think "been there, done that, don't need to do that again".
Right?
Like in your 20's, moving to a new house and getting your friends and relatives to help.
Or, in your 40's, packing up your kid and moving them into their college dorm.
I thought those days of U-Haul moving were well behind me as I began to enter my 60's.
But I was wrong.

This past weekend, The Professor and I loaded up a Budget truck with some of our home furnishings and moved them up to our Maine home.  We have always planned to have a summer home in Maine some day and recently found that place on Penobscot Bay.  

Penobscot Bay has some of the best sailing waters in the world!  Being a sailor girl, well, let me just say, I'm in heaven!  And I kept reminding myself of that the last few days as we lifted, heaved and ho'd out of one house and into another.  Oh, my aching back, knees, fingers, feet ....  get the picture?

Edited with Topaz.
This morning has been the first opportunity to get our internet operational and log on to our computers.  Fortunately, we didn't suffer internet withdrawals due to our sheer exhaustion each day as we collapsed into bed at night.

Even though my MIND might think of myself as a young 40 something, my BODY doth protests!  It feels so good to just sit here right now and write this blog and enjoy my view. 


For those of inquiring minds, this was the original SOOC.
And what a view!  Of course, it is a bit distracting.  Many of the sailboats have been pulled from the water as winter arrives but there is still some activity in the harbor.  A rowboat here or there going to their boat to do something or another on their floating craft.


Looking out towards the bay, many of the sailboats have been pulled from the water for the winter.
The water is peaceful and calm for me.  I feel most at home here, near the water, which is odd since I spent the first half of my life in Iowa surrounded by corn and soybean fields.





These days, though, I love surrounding myself with the sea, coastlines and the call of the seagulls.
And of course, full moons.  

Did you see it the last few nights?  It was gorgeous over our harbor.  

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Through the midst of all this commotion, I was honored by fellow blogger friend, Kamana of Journaling Through Photos, who is currently running a series of interviews with bloggers she enjoys.  As a follower of
Kamana and her beautiful writing and photography, I was honored 
by her request.

Take a moment and stop over here
 for my interview but more importantly
browse through some of the other folks she has featured.
They are all remarkable!

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Even though it's still a bit chaotic here, I hope to catch up with all of you
over the next day or so and see what YOU have been up to!

Later friends,


51 comments:

Patricia said...

I am so happy for you. What a georgeous view! I'm looking forward to seeing more photos from your new location. Take care and rest those sore muscles.

TexWisGirl said...

congratulations to you and the professor! wow! wonderful to have a place like that to fill your soul! i know we'll enjoy it from your camera lens too! :)

Sylvia K said...

Oh, congratulations to you and the professor, Reena! I am so excited for you! I do understand about the "water" thing! I was born and raised in the middle of Texas and yet now I can't imagine living very far away from the water! I don't live as close to it as you do, but it's the next best thing! It looks like such a gorgeous place and I love your photos! I'll be looking forward to more! Enjoy!!

Sylvia

Jill said...

Oh my gosh! Congratulations! Your new view is breathtaking. I can totally understand being called to the water. It has always been my dream. I am so happy for you and know I'll see some (more) beautiful photos from you in the future. WooHoo!

Judy said...

Wow, Congratulations!!! My hubby would be an envy of you guys...tho we love our mountains the water keeps calling him.

My Journey With Candida said...

Oh My Reena, You have an outstanding view!!! Congratulations on your summer home. I bet it will be lovely all year long.

Headed over to read your interview.

Daryl said...

I am sure those boats will talk to you the way the birds back in PA do ... xo

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful place that you have moved to, it looks like its home for you.

Sandy Keith said...

I just love reading your blog. The photos are always outstanding. Merry Christmas.

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

That is a breathtaking view. Congratulations on your new home. It looks like your dream has come true.

Lili said...

Extending a huge hearty welcome to you and the Professor Reena! You have a very very lovely view, I am ao thrilled for you! ~Lili

gina said...

What a gorgeous view you have! Hope you enjoy many happy years in your new home. I love your first image!

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Such a gorgeous setting!! I feel most at home by the sea as well... but lived in landlocked Switzerland for most of my life.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Wow, congratulations. I'm sure all those aching muscles fade away with one look at that gorgeous view. Bliss.

Madi and Mom said...

Oh I feel your pain Reena!!
But after seeing these lovely pictures it was well worth the pain!! Absolutely gorgeous. I bet there will be some excellent birding up that way in the warmer weather.
sniff sniff do I smell Ben Gay?
LOL
C

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

wow, that is an amazing view!
what a magical place! it makes me want to go there.

congrats to you and the professor!

Dianne said...

Wonderful views Reena - worth all that back-breaking effort. Just enjoy - it's heaven on earth!

Ivanhoe said...

Simply gorgeous! I can see myself retire some place like that. Good for you and keep enjoying that view :)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

So nice to read someone else lamenting how their mind is no keeping pace with their body. Thank you! Every day I am try to do what I once did at the same intensity and my body just says "give it up already, okay?" We'll be looking forward to a whole new scene of photos from you now. Enjoy your new "summer home" in the winter.

Sandra said...

so beautiful and looks like a little piece of heaven to me.

Gillian Olson said...

The scenery looks just beautiful, but moving is challenging. Hope the joy will out balance the pain of the move soon.

who said...

Reena, those look more like boats that haul in nets, or oyster and crab harvesting equipment. And don't they have trouble pronouncing words like bar, car, there, here and numerous other words?

the scenery is beautiful, but don't you think you should at least look on the west coast for a comparable landscape but more oxford pronunciates?

CherryPie said...

Wow! what a wonderful breathtaking place to spend to to relax in :-)

Kathy said...

I'm so happy you and the professor found that perfect spot for your Maine hideaway. I feel all us bloggers will have a great benefit since we will be seeing your great talents in the photog department. I love your Topaz pics but the SOOC original from this post was equally dazzling. I think I'll send you a private message re Topaz so look for me in your inbox!

Michaele said...

Wow! Seems like you get to live your dreams. I guess you really can relate to how someone from the heartland can only imagine something like this. Like it is a different world. Keep us posted and informed
: )

Woody said...

How completely awesome is this??!! What a killer view and it looks so calm and peaceful.


Have you ever visited Susan at
happynoears (dot) blogspot (dot) com (had to spell it out, blogger yelled at me)? She's from SE Maine and posts some amazing photos.

Barb said...

You have certainly found a little piece of Heaven on Earth! gorgeous photos - love the Topaz effect!

Country Girl said...

Wow. You move fast. Wasn't it just a few months ago when all this was just a dream? Amazing! Congratulations to you.

Saun said...

Just gorgeous I think I would have to make it my permanent home.

Ann said...

congratulations. A beautiful view you have.

Sharkbytes said...

Very happy for you- what a beautiful place.

Hartwood Roses said...

How wonderful!!! Your view is gorgeous, and you sound so happy with your decision to be in Maine.

bill lisleman said...

Oh Maine that looks great. Did I read the post correctly - summer home? Maybe you have been too busy to look at a calendar but it's Dec. now so you would need to go south of the equator for summer now.

Lisa RedWillow said...

Wow.. Just an amazing view and place.
Lovely Lovely photos as well.
Seems so many have the topaz.
I too am very happy for all of you.

Beth said...

love all the photos. the moon photo is just gorgeous. what a view. the moon this past weekend was one for the books. just beautiful!! (:

Evelyn S. said...

You moved? Just like that...you moved? (I'm sure there was some planning in there.. ;-) It just seems so sudden!) Beautiful location, and I know you'll continue to share your beautiful photos.

Misty said...

Can I come visit? :) Love the view.

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - what wonderful scenery!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

I'm so sorry you had to endure the suffering of moving, but so glad, for you, that you're loving it!!! =)
That view IS mighty nice, too!

Have a great time, kick back & relax =)

ripplespeak.com said...

what a beautiful dream come true!
grinning for you:)
-Jennifer

Amish Stories said...

I'm not too surprised since its a place that you truly love, and who could blame you! And i think I've done enough moving since my last move to the Lancaster Pennsylvania area late last year, so i feel you on that. Richard

Andrew said...

A lovely post to read Reena...

dona said...

Congratulations Reena, your harbor is really enchanting. I can't wait to see more and more photos of it as I also love surrounding myself with the sea (and the lagoon, of course...). ;)
Ciao!

Barbara said...

Congrats on the move and the interview! Love both versions of the photo. Beautiful place!

Ginny said...

I love the one boat with the reflection!! And the straight out of the camera shot is just as good as your edited one! I have wanted to go to Maine all my life!!! So you go there at Christmas and in the summer? How very cool! Loved your interview, and I learned some new things about you!!

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Oh my, Reena! I can only imagine the awesome photos we will see from your other home in Maine in the coming year. Yay! (and congrats on the interview -- that's awesome too!)

Pat Tillett said...

Wow! I'd like to have a first home there! Congrats to you! What an amazing place. Beautiful photos...

Hilary said...

Excellent.. congrats to you. What a beautiful location. I can only imagine how thrilled you are.

Kerri said...

That view is priceless!

lisa said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS Reena!
I am so happy for you.

Mental P Mama said...

Gorgeous!