The Guest House
We spent today working on getting our stuff up into the guest house which we will call home for the next several months. It sounds “fancy” to have a guest house on our property but it’s really not.
When I first came to Maine to visit Ned and his parents, his aunt and uncle were living in the guest house. Clyde and Emily spent many summers in the guest house. We can spend one there, can’t we? We have a bedroom on the left side, a living room on the right side, a bathroom (with a scary shower) in the middle and a little screened porch. We’ll put the old refrigerator in the woodshed for cold storage because we only have a tiny kitchenette with a tiny fridge and two electric burners (no exhaust hood). Cooking will be limited and baking will be nonexistent.
The electrician is coming tomorrow to set up our “temporary service” that will give us electricity in the guest house that will allow us to use our computers and space heater and coffee maker and hair dryer and microwave (etcetera). After he’s done, the cable guy will come back to put the cable in the cabin so we can have internet.
We had a visit from the tax assessor’s office today. A very nice gentleman with his sense of humor intact. Not sure what he could assess at this point, but …
We bought some pansies for our whiskey barrel today. Tomorrow I’ll get them planted. It always feels more like home when there are flowers!
A Beautiful Messalonskee Day!
It’s a beautiful spring day here on Messalonskee!
We met with (the incredible) Elliot Thayer this morning. Elliot is our surveyor and he’s been a most wonderful help with the entire permitting process, walking us through it step by step. Today we were discussing our “special” case and how the frost wall and slab for our new house will work. Because we are so close to the lake, we have to take (and want to take) all sorts of precautions. The first of which will be to build a berm all around the construction site to keep the silt and run-off from going into the lake. We’ll take delivery of 16 yards of wood bark mulch and some rock to mix with it to build the berm and then the backhoe will place it all around the site.
We were given Elliot’s name last summer and when we met him we knew he was “our guy”. While the initial fee was a bit shocking, we are so grateful to have him in our corner and I’m quite sure that we’d be nowhere close to where we are without him. And, on top of it all, he’s a really nice man.
Elliot called the roads department after he left us and he says that the posting on our road will be removed on Sunday or Monday. Then we can really start to make headway! We also have to get a permit from the DEP for the demolition. Elliot is going to work on that.
Day Lilies have doubled in size since yesterday!
The birds were all over the yard this morning. gold finch, yellow rumped warbler, and several others. The feeders were active and it was a brisk 49 degrees.
This afternoon we got the better part of the yard raked and ran a bunch of errands. (I now have a bank account in Maine! Woo! Hoo!) The perennials are popping up all over the yard. It’s such a thrill to see the plants come back year after year. I’m looking forward to adding to the perennials this summer and planting bulbs in the fall so we can see them come up next spring.
Baby steps. Every day there is progress!
Welcome to Maine
We made it! Four days of driving and we crossed the Piscataqua River Bridge for the first time with the knowledge that Maine is our home now. I’ll admit to getting teary-eyed at the thought of being home!
When we got to the house yesterday, it was gray and drizzly but a balmy 54 degrees. It was colder in the house than outside but once the wood stove was blazing, we were all warm and comfy!
After a few hours, the sun came out on the other side of the lake and there was a beautiful rainbow to welcome us home.
“This is the million dollar view!”
I’m not going to chronicle the rest of our trip up other than to say it was long. Boq enjoyed the fluffy hotel sheets and we all enjoyed getting out of the car for awhile each night. Our last night on the road was spent in Westport, CT with my college roommate. We had dinner at the Duck in Westport where it’s rumored that celebrities hang at the bar. We didn’t see anybody famous but it was an interesting experience … and probably not a restaurant that we’ll run back to anytime soon.
We just walked up to check out the guest house and it’s chilly up there! I’d better get knitting because I think we’re going to need warm clothes and afghans! The biggest question for me is, what will I store all my yarn in? The burners on the little kitchenette seem to work and the space really is cute. We’ve got a couple of bureaus, a couple of chairs and a bed. (We hope the bed doesn’t sink in the middle. We’ll do a test-sleep soon.) Plenty of space for hanging clothes and we’ll bring Ned’s uncle’s table up for a desk/dining table. Add our coffee maker, microwave and toaster oven and we’ll be in good shape. We just need some fresh water!
Tomorrow I’ll start cleaning up there and my yarn will go straight up there. No sense organizing it twice! The internet was hooked up today and as soon as the electrician comes and moves the main service box onto the woodshed/future garage, we’ll move the internet to the guest house. We are making progress!
We are so lucky to be able to live here and we are eager to watch the lake as it changes with the days and the months and the seasons! Now, if we could get the water pump working so I can clean up the kitchen with some warm water! And perhaps have a shower tonight!?