Adieu Maine … For Now

It’s just about time to wrap up my latest respite in Maine. I accomplished most of what I wanted — nothing and not much. Seriously, I did accomplish just about everything I intended to accomplish.

And I found out a lot more about the Maine landscape, Dover-Foxcroft in general , my new friends and fellow apartment dwellers at The Mill and life in transition.

I haven’t seen Maine’s winter fury yet. Most of the time — especially pre-Christmas — temperatures hovered well above freezing. But the river did freeze after Christmas, and there were back-to-back storms of four and eight inches that blanketed the countryside.

I actually didn’t venture out a lot. Once the car from New York was parked, it pretty much stayed in place. But the joy was an invitation to a Sunday dinner with neighbors Heidi, Bill, Gus, Stephanie and Liza. It was so unexpected to get the invitation for a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, hot cider and just some good old-fashioned talk around the table and the Christmas tree. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Not only was it an enjoyable evening,but it spared me the heartache of the Packers’ second half  performance against the Cardinals.

I met another neighbor and her pup, Lynnette. I had a nice conversation about how we ended here at The Mill. Unfortunately, she lost her husband in late November. I could sense the fresh scars. Please keep her wrapped in your prayers.

maineI also had a nice visit with my immediate neighbors, Kathleen and Jack. Once again, I locked myself out of the apartment — keys? what are they for? — along with my phone and car keys. They were kind enough to call our super, Dave,who — once again — bailed me out. While I was waiting, Kathleen, Jack and I had a nice visit.

Each visit brings me closer and closer to the community.

And, of course, there is the transition. I thought I had the basics covered, yet I had to buy a saucepan (how many do I have in New York?), a knife that actually cuts, a wine glass and corkscrew. It’s hard to get wine out of the bottle and into the glass without one.

Most of the time I listened to Pandora — nothing really worth watching on basic cable — but I did manage to go to the Center Theatre for a double bill of Miracle on 34th Street (original, colorized) and Spectre. I watched a couple of flicks from my DVD stash (Christmas Vacation, The Preacher’s Wife, It’s a Wonderful Life, Up Close and Personal) and from Roku and Amazon Prime (Christmas Child, A Christmas To Remember, Dr. No, Goldfinger, Interstellar, If I Stay, God’s Not Dead, Serendipity and the most stupid film I’ve ever seen [okay, at least recently] The Wolf of Wall Street).

By the way, one of reasons I’m leaving now is because I’ll be in the pulpit for the next two Sundays at West Fayette Presbyterian Church. A prayer or two would be welcomed.

All in all, I was happy I came for the holidays.I needed the “me” time … and it gave me a good preview of what life will be like when the move becomes permanent.

Which, alas and alack, brings me to the point of saying adieu to Maine for this trip. I plan on returning, but not until later in January. {sad face}

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Being good to people is better than preaching a sermon. Being kind, generous, compassionate speaks much louder than any words. — Joel Osteen

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2 Responses to Adieu Maine … For Now

  1. chrisbroz says:

    Frank…you can go on YouTube and see how to open a corked wine bottle with your show…no foolin’ – your shoe…you just lightly tap the base of the bottle and the cork will slowly inch its way out…when you have enough of the cork proud of the mouth, you can grab it with your hand or teeth and remove it completely…


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