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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Nook Samsung is Loaded and Ready to Go

We're finishing our packing tonight for our adventure together. It looks as though the weather will cooperate while we are in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. But next Monday morning we ferry over to Monhegan Island, and although the first day seems like it is likely to be a good day, the rest of the week is iffy, due to remnants of Hurricane Florence, which are expected to travel north eventually. But nobody knows. I feel so badly for people who will be sorely affected by this storm. I don't care what happens to us weather-wise on Monhegan. We can always go again for sun someday.

Monhegan is 10 miles out in the open Atlantic. I'm bringing all kinds of rain gear, so I think we'll venture forth okay, but not on the rocky shoreline if the surf is too high.

I just want you to know that there will be NO DIETING on this trip. I love all kinds of seafood and chowders, and Ken is a crazed lobster and crab and scallops lover. We're not expecting our favorite Maine shrimp to be available, because there has been a moratorium on fishing for it for a while now, in an attempt to "save the herd." I hope that the Maine shrimp population revives, although Ken hears from his family in Maine that its prospects are not bright.

And finally, what we'll be reading. It's Ken's birthday, and he has received from (guess who?) The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson, which he has been eager to read. He is also carting along a number of Suduko books.
I've got my Samsung loaded with books. I wanted a Maine island murder mystery and so I downloaded a Faith Fairchild mystery, The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page, set on the fictional Maine island of  Sanpere. KHP writes a darn good cozy murder tale, and sometimes, I've got to say, a good many of her murder tales are none too cozy! Woof! (I woof in appreciation, something I've picked up from a succession of retrievers who never bark--they woof!)

Because I'm bringing some knitting, I'll continue with Old in Art School, my audio read, by Nell Painter. She does not disappoint. If I finish it, I'll start listening to Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein, her memoir of living and growing up with her dad Leonard Bernstein. This year is the centennial of the birth of that magnificent composer, conductor, and musician.

And I have a real, live gothic on my Samsung, one by Susan Hill, entitled The Woman in Black: A Ghost Story. It's short, at 133 pages. I started it a few nights ago, but thought, no! No! I should save this for Monhegan Island, when we'll be staying in a very nice renovated room, but in an old cottage, which happens to be part of the largest inn on the island. It will be lovely if it's good and creaky when the winds blow! I do hope there is a deep-voiced bullfrog  of a foghorn on the island.

I do hope I can post something on my travels. Monhegan has wifi,  but with "spotty bandwidth." I haven't named all the places we'll be staying, but will post when I can, although photos will have to wait for when I can download them when I return home after Sept. 24th.  


8 comments:

  1. Have a wonderful trip!! The Woman in Black is excellent.

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    1. Hi JoAnn,
      I have already started it and it is so perfectly and deliciously gothicky.

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  2. That sounds like a great mix for travelling. Enjoy your journey and your stay in the Atlantic (or, almost in it).

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    1. Thank you. We have been enjoying being on and in the Atlantic. For me, it's been 10 years since I've had the ocean around me, and it's a wonderful change.

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  3. The place where you're staying sounds absolutely wonderful! Would love to see some photos. Enjoy, and I love that you're taking plenty of books. As it's Maine I would have to take something by John Connelly.

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    1. Hi Cath,
      Oh, gosh--I don't know John Connelly! Will have to look him up.
      We seem to have forgotten our special camera battery recharger. But I'll be sure to post links.

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  4. I must be too stressed at work and about work because I have not kept up with your latest posts. I am sorry about that. I will be back to read some more of them.

    The food on your trip sounds terrific and I am glad that there will be NO DIETING. Please let us know how Ken likes The President is Missing. More later.

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    1. Hi Tracy,
      The food has been terrific on this trip, but I do miss the Maine shrimp! Excellent scallops and clam chowder, though.
      Ken hasn't dug into The President is Missing yet, but he expects to this afternoon. We're having a very rainy day here (remnants of Hurricane Florence). A good chance to rest up for more adventures.

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