Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday, May 30, 2010

At Work....

I'm kind of fascinated by these red ants at work on this peony bud. Mom says that Grammy always said the peony needs the ants help to get to bloom. At least there is something good that comes from those darn ants. Otherwise, I pretty much hate them. IF they would mind their own business and not bite, I'd be fine with them. Worst is when they try to get in Ava's little paw...

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Check out my NEW lawn, yee haw!!


Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day 2009 - Baby Nursery

Last year, on this holiday weekend, this is what I had to deal with.... As much as I LOVE, adore, worship animals and babies - I don't even want to be a surrogate Mom again. I want the real Moms to do their jobs. That doesn't include just the deer, I am also talking to the fox and squirrel that obviously have newborns very close to my house. Pay attention please. If I start hearing fawn crying,,,,, oh please no Lord :-) This little guy was okay but not everyone was, I can't take it again.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Dinner and Cosmos

Had dinner tonight with Holly at Jack Russels. Was very disappointed that my favorite chicken dish with rosemary cream sauce is no longer on menu BUT the salad with chicken and garlic shrimp was great. AND Dianna makes the BEST cosmos. The most fun though was hanging out with Holly, I realized today she is my oldest friend, in that having the longest... She was "in charge" of me when I arrived at my first day of Connors School Kindergarten. Love it!


Today, we are making a list of all properties currently in the "portfolio" and putting several of them on the market. Just can't decide which ones to part with... and have to stop thinking of the three new ones I want.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Ava said WALK

Really, really tired after another chaotic Monday but the crew managed to squeeze in two miles... We BROKE 20 miles :) Only 80 to go before Ev's bday!

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Wish you could smell through a blog....

Working on Maineville Music site...

Ava does not want to be out of the loop. This table action is great for her mental health but probably doesn't make people want to come to my houses for a dinner party....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photography Show at Danforth

Love the show at Danforth right now presented by Vox Photographs, our friend Heather Fredericks. This piece is over the mantle in the salon.

Ev's Video Compilation of Danforth Inn

Have you watched this yet????

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

And this is what I'm wearing....

Nashville Benefit

Finalizing details this week on our fundraiser for Nashville flood victims. Looks like we'll be raising money to send to the Nashville Humane Society, LOVE IT.

Mike Abbott, great Maine singer/songwriter, wrote a song - before the flooding - Tennessee Rain. Check it out on myspace.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Walking with Ava - should be a song....

I reminded Ava tonight of wanting to be carried on a recent Carriage Road walk when she looked at me tonight after a long Western Prom/West End walk in Portland and said, "THAT'S IT?"

DownEast Magazine -- awwwww

This pic was on DownEast Magazine's FB page this morning. Awwww.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Carriage Roads

Tonight... we were planning a 1.3 mile trail and then just doubling back but decided to make a big loop instead and do 3.5 miles - we had to trust ourselves that we wouldn't get lost... well--that I wouldn't get us lost.

I love going over on Mr. Rockefeller's Carriage Roads because there are no bikes allowed so we don't have to worry about pancake makers... ask Lily if you need clarification on that.


Check it out! Danforth Inn with Aaron Benward song.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Property Visits

I have been doing so many property visits with brokers this spring, talking to clients about the market, and how to position homes and inns to sell. They are all beautiful but this property was a particular treat to view. This was actually a pre-listing visit in our Blue Hill office. Can't wait for our broker there to sign this up so we can stage the property for photography. Stunning.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Maineville Logo

Finally!! may have the perfect bridge shot to use for the Maineville photo logo. One of our missions is to create a bridge between Maine and Nashville....

Friday, May 14, 2010


This is what happens to pens and highlighters at our house that aren't secured out of puppy reach.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Blue Hill Office of SWAN

I am so proud of my crew at our Blue Hill office of The Swan Agency Sotheby's International Realty. They have taken over market share and are the leading office in our market area, even outpacing Bar Harbor and Northeast Harbor offices. Rock stars!

Really Cool Building....

Need to figure out how I can consider this building a worthy investment.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


We are really getting all over the place these days meeting with clients and potential clients discussing the "new" market. The views today in Greenville were beautiful.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Ava and the flowers...

OK - we are at 9.4 miles so only 90.6 miles to go before Ev's birthday, July 10th. A few days ago we took a wrong turn and ended up going 2 extra miles so Ev and Gam aren't quite as trusting with my sense of direction any more. But we did it right tonight. I love going over to the Carriage Roads in Seal Harbor that don't allow bikes, horses and carriages are fine but no pancake makers.

Evelyn saw this perfect picture venue and we actually got Ava to pay attention.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Friday, May 7, 2010

Today's Hike

Not sure this pic came out great with Ev's iphone but it was beautiful. We (Mom, Ev, Ava and me) kind of did take a wrong turn though, my fault, and ended up doing 4 miles instead of the 1.4 I planned because I had twinges in my back today. Our goal is 100 miles by Ev's birthday, July 10th and we are already 7.2 in so we should make it.

Heather's Going Away Party :-)

So glad that I made time to join the Bar Harbor office crew for lunch at Rupununi's to celebrate Heather's last day. She has been with us for 8 years and I'll really miss her. Not only do I just love Heather for her beautiful self but I have always admired her "live life the way you want to" attitude and if somebody doesn't like it, that is their problem not yours. Heather was also one of those special employees that wouldn't ask me a question or pose a problem without having an idea for a solution. LOVE that. We'll miss her but she'll be managing Local Color in Northeast Harbor and pursuing another career so all is good.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Some good news from Nashville...

It appears that a major retailer wants one of our Maineville songs, written by Aaron and two other writers, for a national advertisement. This is a really lucrative method of "selling" music these days. I don't know the confidentiality rules in this business yet so don't know if I can say who until the contract is signed but it is very exciting.

Pretty soon I am going to be able to attach songs to posts - more exciting.

This is on top of the song that Aaron wrote, himself, for Project Runway. That is available on Itunes for download. Aaron Benward - Try it all again.


I can't believe we are not hearing more about this. It is a mini Katrina in Tennessee. This is such a sad picture....... The Ryman full of water - these are landmarks, so so sad.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Inaugeral Carriage Road Hike 2010

Ev's amazing photos from yesterday's hike. Spent the majority of today in Stonington and Blue Hill - OWWWWWWWWW.... Just need to rest.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Good thoughts, prayers and love -

I was just going to post some gorgeous photos that Evelyn took on an idyllic walk this afternoon out on Mr. Rockefeller's Carriage Roads. Absolutely magical - the views AND the fact that we walked a good distance, a lot up hill and KNOCK ON WOOD - so far, back is good.

But...... I just found out that one of my friends in Nashville has had to move everything in his home including himself, his wife and their two dogs to the second floor of their house because the floods are going to come into their house. Most of their neighbors have evacuated and the police are patrolling in small boats. I can't even imagine what it would be like for your home to be full of water.

So, instead of posting the pics tonight, I am going to transfer all those positive and thankful thoughts to Nashville and hope that all is OK.

Take time to smell the coffee....

Or take time to see the view... Either way just do it. Being out of commission for a month has made me really appreciate how blessed I am. I am in awe of the beauty around us and God's creation and love it. I'm not going to get all preachy or anything but.... I am determined not to let go of this appreciation once I am better and back on the treadmill of my life.

This pic is what I have to endure tomorrow at an appointment in Stonington with one of Dana's clients. Sigh....

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Views from the Shut Up Loon Lodge

There is going to be a lot of PESTO this year.

Planted almost 72 basil pods. Ran out of two packages of seeds with about 8 pods left so I'll have to borrow some of Lily's sunflower seeds if she'll share. Can't wait for them to sprout. I really appreciate the little things these days :-)