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Ice Cutting in the Northern Maine Woods

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Our friends, Tim and Ali Winslow invited us to journey into the Northern Maine Woods for the annual ice cutting. Ali's family runs a sporting camp in T8 R9, Maine, called Libby Camps. Every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, family and friends gather to cut ice from Millinocket Lake for the camp to use all summer long (since there is no electricity).

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Cutting the blocks

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Removing blocks from the lake

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Trimming the blocks

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Posing for a picture on a trimmed block of ice

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Ali and I transported the blocks from the lake to the ice house

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Tim and Matt helped in the ice house

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The blocks are packed with snow to prevent melting in the summer months

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Each block weighs about 60 pounds and measures approximately 13" by 13" by 15"

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With sub-zero temperatures, using the outhouse was a FRIGID experience

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The camp we stayed in with Tim, Ali, and their two dogs Brookie and Tober

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Walking to the kitchen with Ali for breakfast

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Ali, Tim, and Matt

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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The Prince is giving a Ball

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Come one come all and see Cinderella @ LCCT!

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The Fab Four at Anchor Inn

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Sailing on the Olad

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Lazy Jack in Camden Harbor

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Lowering the Sails

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Afloat in Camden Harbor

Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas everyone!

Happy Halloween

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The power of the garter!

So Matt catches the garter at our wedding, I walk over to give him a pat on the back and tell him "now get on that" and low and behold for the first time in history he listens to me! Congrats to both Ms. Rector and Mr. Blazek!

Thursday, the West Cape

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Our home away from home, Heritage Harbour House Inn (Charlottetown, PEI)

Another busy day for the honeymooners on PEI! Today we hit the North Cape Costal Drive that loops around the west side of PEI in Prince County. Our trip took us by road construction on route 2 and we took a picture to show everyone back home how red the dirt is here on the island. It is everywhere, even the sand on the beaches is this red color. They also sell t-shirts in the shops that are dyed with the dirt so that it has that reddish tint to it!

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Why is it red? We have no idea, but we want to bring some home!

Our first stop of the day was in Cap-Egmont at The Bottle Houses (Maisons de Bouteilles). We walked through the three buildings that are made of over 25,000 different colored glass bottles. It was really beautiful to see the light shining in through all the bottles. This place is featured in the book, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, only 999 more places to go!

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Bottles, bottles everywhere but not a drop to drink!

After lunch we headed up the coast to the most northwestern point on PEI, North Cape. At North Cape, nature and technology come together in the form of red dirt beach and 17 huge windmills! This is the site for the Atlantic Wind Test Site and Wind Farm. From reading the signs on display, each windmill produces 660 kW! Matt and I are thinking of installing one at our home and telling CMP to get lost! Also at North Cape there is a 2 mile long rock reef which a few crazy people were trying to walk across as we arrived, and the tide was coming in!

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Gone with the Wind (check out that car beside the wind mill on the left!)

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Gone with the Wind II

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LL Bean model in the making!

After North Cape we headed down the west coast to West Point to see the lighthouse there. Yet another PEI lighthouse with a little black and white stripe design!

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Is it black with white stripes or white with black stripes?

Our last stop before heading home was in O'Leary at the PEI Potato Museum! Not only did we go to the museum but it just happens to be the PEI Potato Blossom Festival this week! Matt and I were amazed at how SPUD-tacular this museum was! Who knew there was enough stuff about potatoes to make a museum! I got to put my potato beetle killing skills to the test with a game that they had in one of the exhibits!

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What a SPUD-tacular museum!

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Die potato beetles...DIE!

Honeymoon Update

The Honeymooners have arrived in Prince Edward Island and we are really living it up Canadian style! Our trip took about (aboot) 8 hours and I (Mrs. Kopishke) got to drive over the Confederation Bridge (11 miles). We are staying at the Heritage Harbor House Inn, a B&B in Charlottetown, the capital of PEI. We are walking distance from shops, restaurants, and the COWS ice cream shop which rivals Ben and Jerry's!

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Watch out Lance Armstrong, here come Mr. and Mrs. Kopishke!

On Tuesday, we hit the Confederation Trail. The trail runs from one end of PEI to the other (aboot 273 Km) but we hopped on outside of Charlottetown and rode 28 Km (aboot 17.5 miles). When we returned home we both took a long awaited nap and then set off for Victoria-by-the Sea for supper. We followed Blue Heron drive to Victoria and stopped at Port-la-Joye lighthouse along the way.

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In Canada all the lighthouses look the same!

We also saw some amazing landscapes on our way to Victoria. One that really blew our mind was the amount of costal farmland property. We mean, potato fields or cow pastures up to the edge of the ocean!

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Les Pomme-de-terre sur la mer. (Potatoes by the ocean.)

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Matt, my guiding light!

In Victoria, we visited a candle shop and took some photos of the lighthouse there. We ate at 40 Knots, a restaurant on the pier where I had my first Molson Canadian beer...no twin label technology though!

Today, Wednesday, we hopped in the car and drove Blue Heron drive towards Anne of Green Gables land. We stopped in North Rustico, a small lobstering village, along the way. We visited the tiny museum there where we learned that they still use wooden traps to catch lobsters.

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Trapped in North Rustico....she's a keeper!

After North Rustico, we headed to Cavendish, the home of Green Gables. We walked through the barn and surrounding forests. We even walked down "Lovers Lane" and "The Haunted Woods".

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Two lovers stop to take a picture on Lover's Lane.

More Fievel

More pictures BJ took today:

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He's really becoming active, the wheel is his new best friend.

And for those who are visual...

Fievel in all his glory:

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These were taken shortly after he ate hence the wet nose.

We're pretty much stuck at the moment. There's a little more painting to be done upstairs but we just haven't gotten around to it yet. It sounds like this Saturday is going to be a rainy one (yeah, another one, we're getting pretty tired of the rain) so I'll probably do some work inside.

The Cub Cadet 169 (or as BJ likes to call it "Crap Cadet") is back in one piece and managed to mow the lawn last Monday! For those that don't know my 1973 CC 169 needed an engine (Kohler K341) overhaul. A project that should have taken a weekend at best ended up taking just about two months. Between parts that were back ordered and a good healthy dose of bad luck this thing turned into one of the most stressful engine projects I've every experienced. Now that it's back together I'm going to have to start thinking about the CC 1512, yeah that's right diesel garden tractor goodness....

The Sox and the Yanks are playing head to head right now. So far the Yankees are up by two in this series, one win which was a blow out thanks to our 1b, and one that was a very winable game that the offense just never got into. David Pauley pitching that second game, 6.2 innings of 2 run ball at Yankee Stadium was just awesome (could have been 1 run ball if he got his glove on that soft ground ball). I mean a 22 year old in his second start, I hope he keeps it up for the next start in Texas, it would be nice for this staff to include a little more young blood. Anyway, G38 on the mound tonight vs Wright, I think the Sox can get to Wright and Curt, well, lets here 55,000 shut up. :-P

According to my calendar we have 43 days until the "Big Day"!

No pictures this time, maybe I'll get a few over the week end.

Good things...

I hope I don't jinx this but today:

The plumber called! Still mad that he's ignored us for so long, but the prospect of not being taken to the cleaners to finish a job I already payed for makes me very happy.

I clean the manifold on my car yesterday and the thing is running better then it has in a couple of years! I don't know how the thing even ran. Just take a look.

The rumors are the the Sox are very close to getting Josh Beckett (of 2003 World Series fame). This is one of those wow trades, he's 25, a nasty pitcher and already has a ring. Beckett and Schilling with Clement, Papelbon and Wake just makes you feel good (I think Bronson goes to the pen)...

So yeah, a good day.

UPDATE: Looks like Beckett is part of the 'Ole Towne Team pending the usual checks!

It lives!

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God I hope I don't jinx my self here but what a great feeling, and also a nervous one as well. Back in July, the 4th of July weekend to be exact I lost the middle cylinder in my 1993 70HP Force. I couldn't just fix it since I had slightly more important things to spend my time and money on but I did start picking up parts here and there and pulled the power head apart after work. Anyway, after sitting all summer the 'ol Force fired up yesterday. After enjoying an afternoon with the Souther clan and my family I decided to throw the thing in the water to see what would happen. Generally I'm pretty happy. The low end is kind of rough, but it never was that great and maybe I'm just listening more then I ever did but I think I still need to play with the low speed just a bit more. I just hope I didn't miss any thing, 2 strokes tend to be sensitive so I hope I've built a good tight engine. It was an adventure (both lousy tools and and my brain cramps), but if the engine settles in like I hope it will be well worth it.

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How about that 1968 Duratech.

Will it ever stop?

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Welcome to Maine, here's your rain jacket...

Or at least that's what is feels like. We are entering our fourth (I think it's four) straight week of rain. It's getting to the point where when you make small talk about the weather you talk about the fact that it only sprinkled yesterday instead of the downpour that's happening today! I think we have had two days of sun, each of which has been capped by showers in the evening.

Heck, even the Portland paper's headline today was about how all this sour weather is effecting peoples moods.

I have a pallet full of shingles waiting to be installed and the clapboards are ordered for the front but god only knows when we will be able to install them, not to mention the painting...

Ugh, I'm tired of this weather.

Holy Cow!

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Believe it or not I'm engaged! It's amazing what a shot gun, er...just kidding!

Just so no one has to ask, there isn't a date set yet. I guess this is a common question, but one I wasn't expecting. Heck, it's hasn't even been 24 hours yet!

At any rate I'm feeling pretty lucky right now, so let's just hope she doesn't come to her senses. :-P

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Due to popular demand...

The big 100000

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Saturday night in Nobleboro, 7:05:

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Not to shabby for an '01.

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OK, my friends made the old VW into quite the speedster! You can find the original by clicking here

It's Snowing!

It's snowing! From what I hear we might get an inch or two which is just enough to get me thinking of the long, and hopfuly snowy winter to come.

Now we just need some cold weather to get those lake froze.

There really hasn't been a lot going on up at the farm. Thanksgiving kind of put things on hold for a bit, and suspect thats going to hold true until Christmas. We did get the power hooked up though, so we now have one working outlet! I hope the roofing guy shows up soon, that will add a bit of excitment.

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! We ended up getting 6" inches of snow! I still had my summer tires so the ride how was "interesting". I've never seen the roads so slick, but none the less let it snow!

Happy Halloween!

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Trick or treat.