Sunday, May 31, 2009

Ava said "don't forget me"

After a long Saturday of fawns and ups and downs, Ava demanded some attention today and Grampa obliged.

Great News!

Anne, from Acadia Wildlife, called first thing this morning and said "Kim, I just thought I should tell you...." (pounding heart full of dread) "that the little guy made it through the night and he is drinking from a bottle now and he is going to be just fine".... Phew Phew Phew.

My little boy is going to grow up to be a big strong buck. Chris told Mom that he had a vision of a repeat of the reunion between the lion and the two guys in Africa - me at Jordan Pond having tea some summer and a huge buck bounding out of the woods to cuddle again :-)) I wish.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

And then there was the twin....

Too tired to write the story of how little, beautiful Lola's twin brother ended up alive but suffice it to say, it was very, very close. But so far so good. Would like to do this day over again and not have any deer in it.

Warning, not a happy ending....

Really struggled with whether to post these pictures or not then decided that "Lola's" short life should be remembered. Dad took these this morning after I called frantically for them to come down. Ava and I were on our 7 am walk around our property and startled a bunch of deer. After we came back in we heard crying and when I went out to investigate, without Ava, look who I found.

Trying desperately to trust nature, we talked to Acadia Wildlife, and left Lola for her Mom to come back to later. Skipping to the end, I went out for a quick check before heading out for a little while and Lola had gone to heaven. Everyone was shocked when I called, even Acadia Wildlife and mostly me. So, though I hate nature's guts right now, I am trying to believe that Lola is warm and comfy in heaven.

She was absolutely beautiful and even though I am crying as I write this I think it is better to remember her instead of trying to forget. She is wrapped in a beautiful scarf and buried out front where we will think of her everyday.

Friday, May 29, 2009

New Portland Place

Sometimes the most amazing opportunities come along and everything lines up so that it is a win for both sides. That happened last week in Portland. Clients had an apartment available and were running into time limits on getting it rented. The inns are starting to fill up and I sold my Portland condo so will have no place to stay. Ava loves long walks so we need a nice, nice place where we can walk at night and early morning... and then voila.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Is this bad???

Sent Mom a recipe that I wanted to taste last week and had a great dinner and then when I got home from Portland to BH - dreading yard work - Dad had mowed the lawns.

Now I have to talk to him about getting rid of the red ants. Poor Ava got her first red ant bite this morning. I thought she had broken her leg, scared me to death. I wonder if the stuff you can treat the lawn with to kill the ants would hurt her? Probably. She isn't much bigger than the ants.

Bar Harbor Portland Bar Harbor Portland

No matter which side of the Maine coast we are on, Ava always knows when it is getting close to 5AM. Now proudly housetrained in Portland - not so much in Bar Harbor.... yawnn....

Maybe because she is much more "contained" in Portland. Shown here in jail. Not a happy girl :-)

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sunday Dinner at Mom and Dad's

OK, most women - make that most people - see a great recipe online and save it, buy the ingredients and try it out. But no, I am not most people :-) I read it, think that sounds great and forward it to Mom. :-)))))))))

So, below,( if this works) is the recipe, copied and pasted out of FOOD AND WINE. Mom made it tonight and YUMMMY! You missed it Ev!!! It was great with a chardonnay and a grainy garlic bread that Mom also made for Dad and me to enjoy :-) Then all of us tried to catch Ava.......... none of us were successful.

Try this out:

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
Recipe by Nigel Slater

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In matching spicy sausage with a creamy mustard sauce and fragrant basil, British cookbook author Nigel Slater created a quick pasta supper with warm, mildly spicy flavors, perfect for a cool fall or winter evening.

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Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
Recipe by Nigel Slater

Pasta with Sausage, Basil and Mustard
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1 pound penne or medium shells
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
8 hot Italian sausages, meat removed from casings and crumbled (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3/4 cup dry white wine
3/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons grainy mustard
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 cup thinly sliced basil
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Another Mercury Retrograde Week

Tuesday, Wednesday were crunch days at Danforth. We worked like crazy to get it ready for the holiday weekend. We ended up with six rooms/suites ready for guests and Leslie told me today we filled them all up! Very exciting. Will finish up the next three as soon as the Palecek delivery comes. Grand opening party will probably be end of June before we have everything the way we want it.

Yesterday we had a broker tour of the GORGEOUS Williamson House in Belfast. What a treat. See pics above.
Brunswick Inn on Park Row closed today. It is sold and it is time to start the next chapter. I do wish the new owner the best. It is a wonderful property.
Spent the day today helping at Atlantique with Pat and the owners getting ready for closing in two weeks. Had a great time. Very fun for Pat and I to be styled by a former model and Editor at Town and Country. Listening to stories of Cathy's life is more entertaining than any book.
Brought home a boa from Cathy's closet and Ava went crazy. At first I could not figure out why she was just staring at the couch and barking hysterically until I figured out it was the boa. When I let her sniff it, she went crazy, it must be real. I tried to get it back and she ran like the wind with the boa trailing behind her - it was hysterical and luckily I got it back.

Saturday, May 16, 2009


What's a blog without pictures.... Ava..... I need to order a new cord soon.

Next week is crunch time. Hopefully we will close on the sale of Brunswick Inn on Park Row. I have never been involved in such a ridiculous, frustrating sale as this one has been. And to be an owner and a broker...... should be easy but worst ever.

Then we have Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to finish Danforth. We already have two weddings in June. Wish I knew more about the event/catering business. Thank goodness for Leslie.

Atlantique is firmly under contract so that is one thing to check off. Very happy for the sellers and the buyers. It is nice when everyone is happy.

Saturday, May 9, 2009


Well.... I would post some pics of the progress but the princess chewed up the cord that downloads pics to my laptop.

There is so much new carpet at Danforth that we put Ava in a little kennel last night. NOT happy. I have to get the dog whisperer, or her Grampa, to train her - I keep thinking I am there and then, not.

I had a great idea on the way to Portland yesterday. Since we can't have a plane, we need get a small but cool RV and a driver. Ave can play around, I can work or treadmill or even sleep. I am not kidding, the hours that I could add to my life. I'm really into this adding hours thing. Getting up at 6 is cool!

I am so hurty right now. My back, my feet. Need to get in shape if we are going to be these big furniture movers. owww....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Williamson House

I am so lucky to be representing some really amazing properties right now, check out these interior shots of the house in Belfast. The owners completely renovated it in 2005.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Grampa's Home

Dad got home from Florida today, Mom came home a couple weeks ahead so all is good now. Grampa got to meet Ava and it was love at first sight! :-) He wasn't so impressed with the bow in Ava's hair so he let her wear her hair down... from Yorkie to Sheepdog.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday NYT words of wisdom

This today from an interview with Bob Iger regarding what he looks for when considering having someone join your company:

A. Carefully. I try to get to know someone, and I obviously use references as an important guide as well. Warren Buffett, who was the largest shareholder of Capital Cities/ABC and someone I am fortunate to have both known and learned from, is fond of saying, “When you hire someone, you look for brains, energy and integrity, and if they don’t have the third, integrity, you better watch out, because the first two will kill you.”

Basically what Dad always said. "Integrity is Foremost".


Our new Public Relations campaign is going to be based upon..... "The Pomegranate, the new symbol of hospitality"

Saturday, May 2, 2009


I have the show The Restaurant on in the background while working on some listing agreements and thinking "Do I REALLY want a restaurant?" Always chaos it seems.