The ice was still thick on Chemo Pond and the Penobscot River was fringed with ice blocks, but the crocus were starting to bloom. Spring was slowly starting to arrive.
When we arrived to spend time with Katrina and family, our first greeting came from Louie and his mother Baby who rush to the door to see us.
They have become special friends.
During our time in Maine, we also wanted to spend some time with Phillip and his family. He has two "greeters" also, Budget, the Bulldog, and Frankie, the Bug. They would hang out on the couch waiting for their special people to come up the driveway.
A quick little side story about these two. One morning, Frankie wanted to get into the upstairs bedroom but couldn't seem to push the door open. He keep trying and trying. Finally, Budget hopped off the couch, padded up the stairs and pushed open the door for him. After helping Frankie, he went back down the stairs and climbed back onto the couch! The peace was restored and his friend was happy.
The rest of the family...Phillip and son Simon. (Daughter Azure was away.)
And partner Lacey. We really enjoyed spending time with them.
A line of traps Phillip had just finished getting ready to be put into the water for spring fishing. Artistic presentation, and lots of work.
Before leaving Maine, we also visited friends In Hancock. We hauled brush, chopped kindling, and walked around the woods near their home. We also spent a day bird watching and looking for ducks around various spots on Frenchmen's Bay.
Latona finding another heart rock, as we checked out this cove in Hancock. Here we saw Loons, Buffleheads, and a small flock of Eiders.
Next stop was down the coast to part of Acadia National Park known as Schoodic Point.
Here we saw several Common Mergansers and a flock of Common Eiders.
That day we saw a Ruffed Grouse, Song Sparrow, the Eastern Phoebe, and in the water Black Guillemots, Black Ducks and Black Scoters.
The day was Beautiful and the surf was captivating.
As we wrapped up our Maine visit, we can report that the ice is now gone on Chemo Pond and the Loons have returned to nest.
Another lovely evening on Chemo and we said goodbye for the month of May. We headed for a stop in New Hampshire with Carrie and her family as we begin the trip that will incorporate the Warbler Festival in Ohio and a chance to visit my siblings before returning to New England for the summer months.
Now here are my positive take-always from our Maine visit:
Katrina has returned to work and is remodelling her salon. Torrey has her first job at the mall and is waiting to take her drivers test, and will successfully complete her sophomore year in high school in a few weeks. Mike is doing well driving and will start with a new company soon so he can be closer to home. Good news!
Phillip and Lacey are parenting both Simon and Azure and are very happy to have both the teens living with them. Simon is now over 6 feet tall and doing well in middle school while Azure is also completing her sophomore in high school, and was on the soccer and cheerleading teams. Spring fishing is on and I believe his boat is all set!
Friends greet us wherever we go and we count the blessings of our life by the names of all the special people in our extended family.
Now we will spend a week with Carrie, Jay, Sari, Lyla and the various animals here. This is my birthday week so I anticipate a wonderful celebration coming my way. Here is what we found when we drove up yesterday! My daughter is wonderful to me and to Latona in every way.
As you can, there is so much to nourish a grateful heart. I am thankful that I have reached 72 years of
age today! My life has been filled with so many wonderful gifts! I am sending a huge Thank You to All!