My First Blog Post!

How exciting! My first post on my new blog on Easter morning! Here are some of the things I’ll be blogging about:

The Maine Historic Seasonal Episcopal Church Tour

Maine is home to over a dozen Episcopalian churches that are only open for the brief and magical summer season, many of which are on an island, nestled in the woods or right on the coast in charming seaside communities. Wayne and I are planning to take trips to visit and worship in about eight of them this summer. Even if you aren’t religious, the architecture, history and settings of these churches are stunning from the pics I’ve seen. I can’t wait to witness them in person and share our serene summer Sunday getaways here!

The Working Waterfront

The Old Port, Portland, Maine

Wayne is friendly with interesting people who make a living from the sea. Perhaps we’ll see first-hand what it’s like to work as a lobsterman!

Traditional New England Cooking

Margaret Chase Smith Blueberry Cake (made gluten-free)

My favorite cookbooks are those from Maine kitchens, churches, civic organizations written prior to the 1970s.  I’d like to share some of those recipes along with my own creations.


I love capturing moments to share!

Musings on Antiquarian Book Excerpts from the Library of a Bibliophile

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Over the past two decades I have collected old books and ephemera from Maine yard, estate and church rummage sales. They provide me with spiritual direction and nostalgic delight.

Boats & Nautical Adventures

Sailboats on Casco Bay, Portland, Maine

Wayne loves boats! He’s been in the marine industry for over twenty years and prior to that spent much of his childhood summers at his former family summer home in Sunapee, New Hampshire where he enjoyed sailing.

Serene Places to Walk and Relax


Those are just some hints of what’s ahead. I hope you’ll follow my blog and stick around! Thanks for reading my first post! (Earlier posts were imported from my retired blog, Outdated By Design).


15 thoughts on “My First Blog Post!

  1. Hi Averyl! 🙂
    This is Paula, from Portugal! I’m glad you’re writing about what you really feel good about and want to share with and help other people.
    I have another blog that I write, this one I’m commenting from, mainy to myself. I always come back to it, because it’s where I really feel good.
    And those pictures… It’s a shame Maine is so far away from here!

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    1. Hi Paula! I’m learning to validate and value the things I really enjoy writing about. Sometimes I get caught up in my ideas of what I “should” be writing about, or shouldn’t. Albert Ellis, founder of Rational-Emotive-Behavioral Therapy coined the phrase “don’t should on yourself.” 🙂 I always appreciate your enthusiasm and am happy you’ll be here!


  2. I am proud of you for how far you’ve come. You seem to be more at peace these days. Besides your own hard work in understanding and overcoming your struggles I think Wayne has been very good for you! Your new blog is absolutely beautiful and I would love to continue sharing your journey. 🙂

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  3. Hi Averyl. I haven’t been on my computer lately, so I’m a bit behind. I’m very sorry about the passing of your Nana. She was blessed to a have a granddaughter like you who has so loved and appreciated her. You, of course, have been blessed to have had her in your life for so long. Again, my sincere sympathy. On another note, I’m happy to follow you here to your new blog site. I still use your cookery book often, and re-read your diet book for encouragement (13 lbs. to go). Blessings to you and Wayne.

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    1. Susan, I read your comment to Wayne while we were out earlier and your warm wishes mean a lot to us, thank you. I’m so glad my efforts from writing my books are still helpful. Thank you for following me over to my new blog and I look forward to “seeing” you here!


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