Sunday, May 29, 2011


Fell in love with this guy - made by artisans in Ghana - had to have him but I think he will live at the Danforth as I am quite sure Ava would think him quite the playmate.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bogue Chitto

Our listing in Hulls Cove, across from Acadia National Park is going to be gorgeous, five oceanfront homes with access to a pier and dock and beach party place.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Team Swan

Mom, Dad, Ava and I went to Boothbay today to work on getting Smuggler's Cove ready for Memorial Day Weekend opening. Ava was very helpful.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Funday.

Evelyn and I are heading to Portland for the day. Have been looking forward to this event for weeks.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Friday, May 20, 2011

Danforth Launch

Danforth is hosting it's third Book Launch Party for Downeast Magazine's publishing arm and this time it is Dana Moos' cookbook!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Danforth Salon

I am overwhelmed with the desire to redesign the sitting room/salon at Danforth. Excited about what I can do with it. Two years is long enough for current set up.

Spring Flowers

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Art History

I've been looking for OnLine Art History classes and then hospitality certification classes at Cornell. I still wish I had a degree in Art History, with a concentration on contemporary. I remember the first time I saw an Ellsworth Kelly, I think it was at Boston Museum of Fine Art. Sighhh...

Friday, May 13, 2011


Kind of digging this whole macrobiotic thing... makes sense to me. They suggest the first few months to start introducing the whole grains. I don't know if it is quitting the diet coke or doing that but at the end of the first week - I'm feeling a lot better than I did at the beginning.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Could be my house - should be my house

Worth a try!

Universal Macrobiotic Life Principles
A macrobiotic lifestyle reaches beyond nourishing the body through healthy food choices. Macrobiotics is a comprehensive way of life. These macrobiotic life principles are the road by which we discover direction that leads to truth — our personal compass to self-discovery.
The Principle of Opposites: Everything exists in opposition.
The Principle of Change: Everything changes!
The Principle of Cycles: All beginnings have endings.
The Principle of Non-Identity: Nothing is identical.
The Principle of Front and Back: Every front has a back.

The Standard Macrobiotic Dietary Model
Here are some basic guidelines for choosing foods that fit within your macrobiotic diet plan. This dietary model outlines principle foods, secondary foods, and pleasure foods.
Principle foods
Whole grains: Approximately 25 to 30 percent by volume for the amount of food consumed for one day
Grain products: Approximately 5 percent per day (as in 1 to 2 slices of bread or 1 to 2 servings of pasta)
Vegetables: Approximately 35 percent of the day’s total percentage of food from greens, roots, and ground varieties
Beans: Approximately 5 to 10 percent beans or bean products (tempeh, tofu, so on), either canned or dried
Secondary foods
Fruits: Approximately 5 to 10 percent as fruits, according to sweet cravings
Beverages: Grain-based teas, herbal teas, vegetable juices, and so on
Oils, nuts, seeds, and limited dairy products: Approximately 5 to 10 percent natural vegetable oils, nuts, seeds or limited dairy products.
Reduced animal protein: Approximately 5 to 10 percent of fish (preferable) or meat (optional)
Swing percentage: Additional percentage of whole grains or more vegetables, according to your needs
New foods: Devote a small percentage of your dietary template to exploring new foods, such as sea plants or fermented foods (sauerkraut, pickles, miso, and so on)
Pleasure foods
“WYW”: Whatever You Want means exactly that. Enjoy the best quality and control the volume of what you eat.Read more:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Starting Tomorrow........

I've had enough of feeling horrible on the weekends from lack of sleep, going too fast and eating crap all week. Going Macro.

Mother's Day

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Deer Food

YumYum, Little Guy and their friends should come to Portland with Ava and me. They would be in heaven in the neighbor's front garden.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

New Position at Danforth

I think I was thinking of myself when I wrote the job description for the new position at Danforth. I wish I could....

The concierge/event innkeeper at the Danforth Inn is responsible for the guest amenities,concierge services and events at the inn. This position is salaried with six shifts per week at the inn in addition to meeting with event clients and actual event management.

Applicants should be very familiar with Portland and it's restaurants, attractions, shopping and nightlife as well as have an interest in cooking and baking, have experience with hospitality and event planning preferably with knowledge or an interest in wine.

Complementing the General Manager role, the Concierge/Event Innkeeper can be a live on site position. Salary is dependent on housing and experience.

The Concierge/Event Innkeeper will work with the owner to increase the event business at the inn as well as implementing guest amenities such as wine bar, stay/play packages and guest booked events as well as music/art/food productions.