1 January 2017
Another New Year’s in Maine. Lynn and I came up on the day after Christmas and will stay through until the 2nd of January – the best way to ring in the new year – after a peaceful lead-up to Christmas and Christmas itself. Megan and Dan hosted another great Christmas Eve party at their house, with parents and in-laws and siblings and friends, then we had Audrey and Megan and Dan over to our house Christmas morning for breakfast (Eggs Benedict and lox and bagels) and stockings and gifts. Then Megan and Dan headed to Dan’s parents’ house, Audrey got ready to drive to New Jersey for the week, and Lynn and I headed to my sister’s annual open house down the street. We did the same things we often do, but it seemed much less frantic this year – nice.
The next day we packed up the CX-5 and hit the road at noon for the ride up to the Ballot Box. We stopped for lunch in Rowley, and got up here around 4:00 pm (4:06 pm, according to the webcam motion-detection video generated by the car driving into the driveway), unpacked the car, turned up the heat in the house, and headed out to an early dinner at the Damariscotta River Grill – one of our favorite restaurants in the area.
We puttered around Tuesday and Wednesday and got ready for Susan’s and Paul’s New Year’s Eve visit starting Thursday afternoon. Thursday night we grilled Faroe Island salmon for dinner, and Friday we had tickets for the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ “Gardens Aglow” light show where they string about a half-million lights through the trees and let you walk around in the glow after sunset… spectacular. After the gardens, we had a reservation at the Boothbay Craft Brewery’s Watershed Tavern for the premier table in front of the fireplace – a great place to warm up and have a great dinner after admiring a half-million lights outside in the cold Maine winter.
Saturday, we drove north to Morse’s European Deli for a brunch-style lunch and some European food shopping, then we cooked six lobsters and a slab of swordfish for dinner. Paul and Susan provided a giant 3+ pint bottle of Christmas/New Year Holiday Ale from Anchor Brewing in San Francisco to go with the seafood for our New Year’s Eve feast. After dinner, we introduced Paul and Susan to the New Year’s Eve tradition that we acquired while living in Germany – watching the 18-minute Burlesque play that captivates German TV on the 31st of December each year: Dinner for One. None of us lasted until the stroke of midnight.
New Year’s Day we all slept a little later than usual, had a good bacon-and-eggs breakfast with English muffins and coffee and tea, and bid adieu to Paul and Susan. We’ll stay an extra day and head home tomorrow to return to the real world and begin another year’s trials and tribulations. Back on the treadmill way too soon!