Supernatural Stories for Halloween

I took the above photo some years ago. Although it’s just driftwood and seaweed I thought it looked like some kind of sea monster! I want to share four stories that happened to me, a couple of which are quite spooky.

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Another Vintage Bedroom Mini Makeover

Not long ago I posted pics of my semi-complete bedroom mini-makeover featuring a vintage estate sale pink chenille pom pom bedspread and coordinating bed sheets. I had experimented with leaving my 1960s estate sale orange curtains up but decided to buy (gasp) new yellow curtains. I shopped online until I found thermal lined light yellow panels that I thought would look GREAT! But like so many new things these days they were outgassing a caustic chemical odor (GASP) so here’s what I did next.

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Autumn’s Final Glow

I snapped these pics in the golden light of yesterday afternoon. It was the most beautiful foliage and leaf cover in our yard yet this season. Right now it’s pouring rain and we have a high wind advisory with gusts up to 50 mph, so by tomorrow morning most of the leaves will be down. I’m so glad I savored them and I hope you’ve enjoyed my fall foliage photos!

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Vintage Maine Recipe: Banana Fritters

This simple circa 1930s recipe for banana fritters was inspired by Ms. Ann Knight’s version in The Fellowship Cook Book by Members and Friends of The Second Congregational Church in Norway, Maine. These fritters are sweet with a smooth texture and best eaten piping hot from the skillet. They have no refined sugars other than the optional dusting of powdered sugar for presentation.

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The Haunting Beauty of an Old New England Cemetery in Autumn

I shot these photos two years ago when Wayne and I took a morning walk in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. We spoke of life, death, and the mystery of what’s to come. The sunlight, crisp air and golden descent of decaying leaves back to earth where they will cover and nourish the ground was stunning. When I looked into the “eyes” of the old moss covered statues they seemed to be possessed with the spirits of people we’ve never met.

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Autumnal Chores

(Almost to) last on the autumn “honey do” list for Wayne was to pressure wash the deck, so after mowing and raking leaves he got right to it. First step was to clear the deck. When he first started, the sky was overcast and a bit forlorn looking but then clouds quickly gave way to a golden splendor as the sun highlighted the brilliant fall foliage in our yard.

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Harvest on the Harbor Maine Lobster Chef of the Year

Yelp comped me a ticket to attend Maine’s Lobster Chef of the Year, a sold out event, which is a part of Portland’s Harvest on the Harbor. Lucky me! Wayne was also invited but had to work since it was mid-day Friday, so I met up with a fellow Yelp Elite. As judges we were served eight different tastings (one of the nine participating chefs had to cancel) and we then voted for our favorite. Check out these beautiful creations!

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Name Change!

When I married Wayne, I had decided to keep my last name and remain Averyl Hill only because I’ve been publishing as Averyl Hill and it would be a lengthy bureaucratic endeavor to change my name over in every single account and legal document online and off. However, it’s a snap to change my blog name which I have decided to do! Serene New England has been renamed to Simple Living in New England! Both SereneNewEngland.com and SimpleLivingNewEngland.com will get you here!

Honeymoon Road Trip to Sunapee, NH and Woodstock, VT

Last weekend was the grande finale for our honeymoon in New England! Our first stop was at a little antique school house in New Hampshire to have a hearty new England breakfast.

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Keeping Perspective?

I snapped the above photo in Limerick, Maine yesterday. It’s really nice to take breaks from the news and keep a proper perspective. My blog is not political in nature and I try to avoid discussing politics online. I like to be uplifting, but I feel the need to bring up my disappointment in Maine Senator Susan Collins. Our President has now gone beyond mocking a sexual assault survivor to calling her experience and testimony a “hoax.” I’m having a really hard time with that and needed to put it out here.

ETA: Please don’t boycott Maine because of this! A lot of innocent hard-working people already upset with Senator Collins will be negatively impacted by this misguided reaction.