Merriman Farm

Merriman Farm
8.75 Acres + House and Barn

Davis Road, Harpswell, Maine

Davis Road, Harpswell, Maine
Summers on Harpswell Sound

Kell, Jon and Chris

Kell, Jon and Chris
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Nan and Bobby at Cook's

Nan and Bobby at Cook's
Christmas - 2011

Monday, March 22, 2010

Spring Thaw

The nor'easter washed a huge amount of garbage up on the beach down at the "Plum". Some of the cottages are sitting precariously on the edge of the dunes. We sold our rakes at our garage sale, otherwise we'd be tempted to start clean-up.

We had some nice sunny days here in Newburyport. We enjoyed going down to the square and just "hanging out".

I am having the Cadillac of back surgeries on April 1st. April Fool's! The recovery will be long, but the prospect of living without pain makes it very appealing. I have the best back doctor in Boston, so I am confident that all will go well.

I am very happy that my son and daughter-in-law will have health insurance. It would be a safe bet that the protesters of the health care bill already have health insurance.

We are having our cars inspected this morning. They seem to be in pretty good shape so we will hope for the best.

The goal postop after six weeks is to be walking three to five miles a day. Hot dog! That's something I haven't been able to do for years. I will be able to walk all the way to the Plum.

This is a week for company, a sure sign of a beautiful season ahead. Feel free to stop by anytime.

Happy Spring!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March and spring ahead

There's still an ice cold wind here in Newburyport.

Living so close to the ocean has lots of pros and cons. Mostly pros, especially when it gets warm and we open all the windows. The cross ventilation is wonderful.

I finally had my first "fill" at Lahey. My stomach is now smaller. I haven't had any problems whatsoever. However, it does require some discipline. There's a 48 hour liquid diet after a fill. Tomato soup for breakfast this morning.

Back surgery is looming on the horizon. My appointment is tomorrow. In spite of losing a lot of weight and physical therapy three times a week, it's not enough. All the king's horses and all the king's men.

This is a very scary prospect and a long rehab. However on a good note, I am a great healer and will do better than most. My insurance will cover health care at home and housekeeping as well.

Anna Jaques Hospital has a physical therapy department that doesn't have a "cut-off". This will be perfect for me after the surgery.

We are volunteer ushers at the Firehouse Friday night. It's a "Lite Opera" show of some sort. There's another couple volunteering with us who seem really nice. We have met so many interesting folks, all our age which is great.

We have been "church hopping" and haven't landed yet. We heard about a very lively church in town that used to be a Baptist Church. It's called "Hope Community Church". Wow, we drove by and it's huge. The word is there's lots of young people and children. It's packed to the rafters every week and wonderful music. Stay tuned.

We will probably make a trip to Andover this weekend as our Izuzu is loaded with stuff for storage. We also have a few boxes that we left in our barn in Andover that need to be moved.

After the big storm last week, we drove over to Hampton Beach and saw the aftermath of the fire. An entire block burned flat. It's right next to the Ashworth Hotel. We drove along the ocean and got some great pictures. The waves were huge.

Today is clean and organize day since tomorrow we will be gone in the morning and evening. Dorrie will come down and let the dogs out and maybe visit with them a bit. They love Dorrie. She doubles up on treats.

Marv and I are looking forward to the Damatas and Fugettas visiting this month. What wonderful friends we have. We are so lucky.