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The Bigger The Maine Garage, Outbuildings, The More Hiding Spots.

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You might need it someday.

That hang on to it, depression baby thinking can fly in the face of those who subscribe to the travel light. If it doesn’t fit in the back pack you carry, it is too much and just bogging you down. Where do you weigh in?

In small rural Maine, when you are in business, or make your living off the land, from the woods, there are steep spikes up and then down.

Maine Family Reunions

Maine Family, The Jewels Of The Local Community. The Life Coaches, Mentors To Guide And Shape The Little Ones.

Break even years are considered some of the best ones because you keep going. Get to tear off another December from the calendar that seems to flip and fly off faster.

Falling back on what you saved up.

You might need it some day. And getting rid of stuff at the transfer station is harder and expensive. But that piece of angle iron, that just right length board or left over bracket from some door yard mechanics or carpentry. It could make the difference. If you remember where you stashed it.

Always impressed with the workshop where in a row of Gerber’s baby food jars, there are brads, nails, fasteners of all types. The small glass re-purposed jar lids one by one screwed to an overhead board to quickly twist, tilt, shake, pour out what you need for the job.

Tools where you can find them and the repair nerve center of the family home is ready to serve and protect the small household, farmstead way of life. Next year’s pile of wood for burning cut, split and air drying. While this winter’s BTU generator is all set.

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The Winter Run Off Of Snow Makes The Faster Paced Spring Canoe & Kayak Races

The five hardwood cords or more and a a big pile of softwood fire starting kindling is high and dry. In the cellar along with the shelf after shelf of canned preserves, other home grown provisions socked away neatly in the impressively stocked root cellar.

The family is not going to be cold, not going hungry and the HBO channel is outdoors, unplugged and ready to tap into when chores are done. We make our own outdoor four season fun.

Take what you need and pass along the rest.

Gratitude is riches and not falling into the trap of enough is never enough. Boundaries, limits, moderation. Again. Repeat. And do more than survive but savor all that life offers if you are not too busy. To anxious or nervous or just full of a feeling that something is missing.

In my real day job for the past 36 years listing and peddling properties, it seems to be a common theme. Heard louder by someone who has been living in the city and road weary from protect your self and your property from crime.

Maine Dogs, Surrogate Grand Children.

Take The Picture. I Want. Need To Go For A Walk Okay?

Personal injury from gangs, senseless drive by shootings and locking everything up tighter than a drum is not something you worry about in small population, vast expanse of land Maine.

Money is not the end all and resourcefulness rides herd, tugs the reins on the day to day approach to living.

If it is to be it is up to me and not thinking someone will catch me, help me, take care of the small stuff. Independence feels good and living without debt is like removing a ball and chain.

Many we talk to have had the merry go round of mountains of debt and just want to carve out a simple life. To buy a simple home, a modest priced chunk of land to create what they have dreamed about for decades or even since childhood.

Often they remember grandparents who lived in small town USA and want to stand next to that fire.

maine lakes ponds

Year Round, Maine Lakes, Ponds Get Enjoyed. Used Like The Outdoor Living Room.

To warm their bones, to soothe their soul. To take a break and have more control over their own life. Rather than too many someone elses running the show in the Candy Land game.

But even in small Maine towns, over spending and not pulling back on the expenditures to work on centralizing services, automation and creative new ways to live within your means threaten the small population clusters. Small town Maine pride can be a wonderful and at the same time destructive blinding light.

Trust fun babies, where the adult kid attends a two hour share holder’s meeting once a month to receive the $50,000 stipend.

And try to make that corporate allowance stretch while you scheme for ways to break the chains of the trust. That is ruling you from the grave and protecting yourself from yourself. There is nothing like making it on your own, living within your means and managing your resources. Teaching your kids the same approach to life where you pull yourself up by the bootstraps.

Over indulgence, spending high wide and handsome and trying to avoid the easy does it, keep it simple approach to living is not rural small town Maine living. That trust fund baby if not a self starter and motivated to channel the inheritance into improving the area around them, volunteering financial and time resources is missing out.

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Bikers Stop To Jaw At The Local Centers In Maine Small Towns.

On the richness of the unspoiled, not store bought but pure and natural four season surroundings Maine offers.

Exploitation has missed the hidden communities where there are not enough people to deem it worth while trying to take economic advantage of the sparse population.

Be yourself, walk in nature, reduce stress, do what you love and the rest of the fifteen ways to live a happy life  To smile more, really enjoy life more on a daily basis. That makes Maine one classic location to achieve happiness.

Simple living in Maine.

Explore the nooks and crannies, meet the down to Earth people of Maine. Are you over due for a visit and have you make the leap to beyond just a yearly three day or week long vacation? To full time, dig in and become connected to a small Maine town?

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |  

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 

Farming In Maine, The Barn Was The Centerpiece In Building Collection.

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Farming in Maine, when there were seven farmers on one road.

Not one farmer in three small Maine towns. Bigger, more production but way way fewer in number now. And less of the stuck in the middle of the road farmers that were weeded out. Dying on the vine and pushed to the wayside.

Maine Farm Barns

Maine Farms, The Big Barn Is The Center Crowned Jewel Of The Buildings.

There is a resurgence in micro farming, locally sourced agriculture grow and raised close to home is a healthy sight to see.

But like farming without the eight row equipment and many zero place debt load, small farming in Maine takes frugal measures.

Regardless of the state of affairs on conventional, organic or whatever size spread for Maine farming, the buildings used to pull off the lifestyle.

In our travels it is always pleasurable to see a big main barn given TLC, a shot of love. Some on life support and it is a nip and tuck operation.

maine farm barns

The Maine Barn Sitting Back On Its Haunches. Leaning, Straining And Recently Went Down Completely Like 52 Pick Up.

It’s all over happens. Too late for the new sills, the roof repair and general pulling the structure back into post and beam health that it had when hand built in the late 1800’s or earlier. The lack of a new roof covering makes everything melt into the ground.

Like a dinosaur going to its knees and never to get back up.

With the 8×8’s and old doors, the hand forged hardware to hang them recycled from the rubble. To fix another barn a few townships over in rural, sparsely populated Maine.

When you think of barn raising, where all the family, kids and old alike joined forces to put up a farm building.

The barn that was the cornerstone, crowned jewel of everything else to come. Even horses pulled those mortised beams into place to pin them securely.

And next week we set up shop with the same folks at your spread down the road a piece in Maine. Another farm setting hosting the food, the hard work and hopefully good weather holding out until voila. Another big barn in Maine dots the countryside.

Maine Organic Farming

Hungry? Know What You Are Eating, Where It Came From If Not Locally Organically Grown?

Besides lack of maintenance, the high cost to insure, other factors put a cross hair on the life of a Maine barn.

Lack of use because like schools, everything is on one floor now. Those expansive hay lofts on a gambrel design or gable A-frame farm barn not used for loose or square bales anymore.

Big 1200 pounded that look like huge Rolo candies now squat around a recently hayed and laid to collect pasture field operation. Where no field hand muckles on to the twin twine strings to toss up on a passing hay wagon or farm truck flat body.

No hauling it back to the big Maine farm barn depository to store inside before black rain clouds open up to spoil the haying operation.

Or placement on a conveyor pointed skyward to hoist them higher for the rack and stack inside. Why no more?

Because a farm tractor with hay forks on the front or rear spears and lifts to deliver them to be placed in a roll. Wrapped in white plastic to preserve them until needed from the hay bank. Not put under cover of a big Maine farm barn.

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Oink. Wee Wee Wee .. Sing It Out Loud And Clear.

So no fear of if their is moisture in the hay, then oh oh. Heating up and spontaneous combustion ignites and no more big, beautiful barn.

Taken out of the farm spread rotation. And when a barn fire happens, like domino formation, one by one the rest of the auxiliary structures go down.

Poof. The machine shed, well house, ice house, grainery, pig shed, horse hovel, chicken coop and the farm house too!

Just farm land left, maybe no wood lot either though on top of it all. When the grass fire turns everything into the scorched Earth like the rules of war makes it leave nothing for the enemy to benefit from down the road. Al that brought into the chaos. No more buildings or remains of them to resurrect.

So barns, unless lots of money to maintain them, insure them, can die of natural causes. If no one climbs up and cables off the roof sides to hold them, suck them back together securely. Or cross braces to keep them from swaying in the Northeast gales, those winds out of the Northwest too.

Outdoors In Maine, Spend Four Seasons Here.

Maine Is Real, Fresh, Original.

Some Maine farm barns re-purposed for conventions, weddings, family events and rented out to earn their keep.

To pay their way. Conversion to truck terminals is one use the barn I now care take and own was. Now used for storage of campers, antique cars, recreational boats and other motorized adult “toys”.

Do you have the same love of barns and does that one structure surrounded by other buildings make the picture complete? Many are gone, but not forgotten. And a few are maintained and still standing proudly.

Add animals, crops and farm activity and all the better reaction to the big awesome barn. The barn is the charm, casts the spell has the smell of grain, hay, animals that used those standing, boxed stalls and stanchions. Food is pretty special to have at least three times a day for most of us.

Having a steady supply of quality raise it yourself food stuffs keeps the body healthy. Raising it keeps you in shape and just breaking even making you feel grateful helps your overall attitude. The way you look and approach obstacles, challenges in life is key for what you glean from the years here on Earth. On what you pass on for the next generation that is valuable in life skills.

Lucky to own one. Peddle them too. Maine farm barns, come north and can show you a few classic ones.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Maine Weddings, R & R Vacations Are Not The Sole Reason To Visit.

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Maine is a vast state and because of less people, all this space, unspoiled natural beauty abounds.

And what a setting for nuptials, knot tying, weddings in Maine. Especially if you live in a too tight urban area where you have to watch your step to keep from bumping into someone in the bumper to bumper grid lock.

People like vegetable garden plants, too many critters in the barn corral not properly spaced do crazy things. When you invade their breathing room, stand too close to their personal space.

Maine Simple Living

Maine Is Outdoor Living, Hold The Crime. Second Helpings Of Fresh Air, Clean Water Please. Weddings In Maine … One In Your Future?

So Maine wedding settings, you could decide a state park, camping and being knee deep in nature to create a secure ground zero for the couple’s future.

More on the Maine state wedding facility rentals and group spaces to host the event where two family’s merge.

Or you and a loved one, the soul mate, only other of the same species on the planet are on the hunt, browsing for other affordable Maine wedding locations. There are about 9000 weddings in Maine a year. In southern Maine especially being a hop, skip and a jump over the big green bridge to Vacationland from Greater Boston. That offers an exotic, fresh clean different setting from the jammed too close city settings that are the norm for the city mouse. Easier on the wallet too.

Maine for a wedding destination, is it the setting or the connection from years and years of growing up and enjoying a particular location here?

Unplugged, Recharging In Maine.

Peaceful, Four Season Drop Dead Gorgeous, Maine.

Often it is brand new venue with salt water and a sea breeze, sound of the surf like my niece picked for her white dress, black tie affair. The honeymoon elsewhere out of the country.

On a mountain top. Or how do you feel about sand surrounding you to recite your marriage vows?

Picking a sandy beach with a nearby lighthouse for a one stop wedding shop facility like the Kennebunkport Maine grand hotel.

On the beach backdrop during the vows and then wake up the cold or chloroformed Monarch butterflies to rise and shine and flat those delicate winds skyward like hot air balloons released by all holding the strings.

Maine Lighthouses, Lots To See, All Different In Many Ways.

Over 60 Lighthouses In Maine, Have You Started Your Collection Yet? Prospect Harbor One Venue To Visit With The Camera.

These big Maine beach hotel complexes  have all the facilities under one roof.

This is not their first marriage rodeo and can make things come off without a hitch. Experienced about the red flags, devil in the details that can ruin the blessed event.

Chairs, plates, linens, serving all the needs and with the staff trained on everything. The Maine  setting for getting hitched can network the wedding services you check off like breakfast door hangers.

That someone collects in the wee hours and delivers on the orders. With eggs, juice, toast, coffee just the way you like them. When the rooster crows off key.

So one big bank check draft coordinates all the martial festivity fanfare. To hopefully make long lasting memories that everyone in attendance, not just the bride and groom remember warmly.

The family members who won’t be here for long make the date special and are in the wedding photos to prove it. The wedding is a family reunion. Longer than the 20 minutes after a funeral in the parking lot, saying local good byes if there is no celebration of life reception.

Weddings, funerals, they are all basic ingredients of the family unit. One of the most memorable Maine wedding I attended was so simple, low cost.

Maine Is Four Season Outdoor Living, Down To Earth People.

Explore, Discover, Sample Some Of All Maine Has To Offer. Maybe A Wedding Planned In Your Future?

Witnessed a daughter’s wedding in West Gouldsboro / Sorrento Maine last year.

There is one gorgeous public library for a Sorrento Maine wedding reception used for after the exchange of vows in a small country church pictured above.

This was a little harder to coordinate because it was not just one big Maine coastal hotel lobby to enter and sign in to put the wedding together easily.

It needed a wedding coordinator to figure out the logistics. Like the return of a space shuttle. All the professionals doing their expensive piece in the layers of players. To bring it all home for the magic wedding in Maine touch down date. For the getting hitched.

The small venues are special, quaint in Maine for weddings but the larger facilities are like big box one stop shop vendors. Low priced, lots of options when the smoke settles and you tally up the expenses for the wedding in Maine.

My mom and dad told me rural weddings in Maine were home cooked food from the family members not caterers that fed the marital masses.

Candy bought for twenty dollars, someone ties on the tin cans and applies the Just Married signage and streamers. Use the Grange Hall, local church or riverside, lake shore sporting or fraternal lodge.

Wedding Locations

Where To Get Married? Looking For A Location For Knot Tying?

Pick up the big bags of rice to distribute for everyone to throw over the exiting couple. Heading wearing smiles and a feeling of excited relief. For their ride to the reception or to embark on the honeymoon.

And a few black and whites snapped with the Brownie Hawkeye. Of the family, the couple, the rings and hand made local wild flower arrangements to slide into the album book. Hand churned ice cream, bean hole beans cooked in the ground. Smoked turkeys, hams or BBQ pork.

Local musicians rounded up, two punch bowls with ice cream, ginger ale, a large floating block of ice.

Pretty china cup ladled to the full mark with return visits welcomed. And maybe a railroad spike with a pink ribbon parked next to one of the family heirloom glass refreshment vessel. To hint hint, nudge nudge without a lot of publicity. Spell out between the lines without words. That this bowl contains high test. Easy does it.

Then back to the day to day without the average price of the wedding of $32,641 staring at you. Coming in to be paid the next 30 day cycle of the plastic card with the magnetic strip or chip.

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Maine Small Town Churches For Weddings. Like This One In West Gouldsboro Maine.

Just got back from another wedding at Arcadia Michigan at the Watervale Inn.

Where an old logging settlement on the waterfront was re-purposed when the Chicago fire sparked the need for lumber to rebuild.

But when it  dried up the 500 acres of land, all these homes, casino, annex needed a new use. Weddings being one of the family gatherings in one drop dead gorgeous setting.

I thought East Grand, Sebago, Moosehead Lakes were big but not being parked next to Lake Michigan where we roosted.

Weddings in Maine, lots of options and they don’t have to cost an arm, leg, duplicate organ to pay for them. Going head over heels in debt is not the way to start a marriage of lots of promise but sad reality of overspending  of money you don’t have is a movie that does not end well. Or causes added hardship to weather and test the marriage knot tightness.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

Maine Vacations, Sometimes The Locals Swap And Travel.

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Mainers move around their own state to enjoy the surroundings, festivals, annual events. The Europeans cherish and regularly squeeze in their vacations to travel and explore too.

But Americans chasing the urban dollars to fund the more expensive cost of living. Have been labeled as workaholics and driven by vocation rather than vacations. (Burton Cummins sings “Got no no no (extra)  time.”)

Vacation Exchange Swapping Homes

Living Like The Locals, Seeing What’s Special In Maine Swapping The Use Of Your Old Home Out Of State. Ever Thought About Vacation Exchange Using Your Home?

Vacations in Maine, anywhere.

Like most things in life, practicing moderation makes sense to avoid tilting the playing field to either extreme. Of all work no play or hey hey.

Just wanting to play, beat on the drum all day. Yeah Mon. Wasting the day away on a tropical island with a blender working over time and searching for the shaker of salt. Admiring a tattoo you now wear but just don’t remember paying for, getting applied.

Waiting until you retire to take those vacation, to explore around Maine or anywhere on the planet is not the best plan.

Having fun along the way is and especially when you have a family, younger kids that need to know there is life beyond their backyard. To know where they settle down is because of comparing home to other places not so close.

But the cost to travel. Maine is a rural, unspoiled, under populated state not flush with disposable cash to climb into silver birds to jet here, there, everywhere on a regular basis.

Maine Outdoor Market. Been To One?

Farm Fresh Locally Sourced Food From Maine. Get Healthy Inside And Out In Maine Vacationing In Maine.

So swapping the Maine vacation home for another somewhere you have never been.

Or year after year with someone like you that respects their property and you pass in flight or on the open road heading to the others domain.

For a week to see how the rest of the World lives. One home at a time that cost you no money, just your roof and four walls, the floor. In exchange for vacation time at their local address.

Maine Vacation Photos

Never The Same, More To See In Maine, Vacationland. Some Tourist Traps, Other Locals Lost In Time, Off Radar.

How do you know it is a like value exchange of a vacation home you own for one of another?

How do you add credibility to the other end destination being what the supposed owner says it is? What if it does not measure up and they got the better end of the barter exchange?

That would hit a sour note. Kill the travel bug for a spell and make you think twice or more times before stepping out and doing that again.

There are firms to help the swapping vacation property exchange.

And everyone knows someone from school, growing up that moved somewhere out of town, out of state or even the country. Those are the first place to look using alumni websites and avoiding scams on Craig’s List.

We have run into those with a local property listing that someone online lifted the images in the copy and paste and passed themselves off as the owner.

Maine Vacations, Swap Those Homes For One.

Maine Vacations. Like Vitamins, You Need To Take More Than One A Year In Vacationland.

Looking for a quality renter like yourself that should wire them money so they can send you the keys they don’t have.

Because they don’t own but do a pretty do job of acting like the owner thanks to the information provided by the local listing agent or broker.

The exchange of vacation spots so two parties can experience what the other one does year round for just one week away from the local surroundings.

It can make the vacation more fun because other than the cost of the trip to and from, the food or entertainment, lodging is wiped off the take away cost. That shows up on the plastic cards with the magnetic chip or strip. For months afterwards.

Maine Outdoor Land Views

The View At Your Picnic In Maine. It Adds To The Home Made Taste Of Whatever Is Packed Away In The Picnic Basket.

So important because if you worry about the cost all the trip, then don’t go. The Europeans scrimp and save and go without during the year living austere to be able to have the means to travel.

It is part of their mental health. It is the carrot of something fun to look forward to and look back on with a smile.

I know a class mate who works on small engines, sport vehicles for recreational use of the Maine trail system. And whenever a customer complains about the high cost of a snow sled drive belt, a new idler or jack shaft bearing or suspension part.

Even thought the machine cost $10,000 to $20,000, he reminds the complainer that maybe you should sell it. Because either you can’t afford maintaining and using it, keeping it licensed. Or the cost outlay more than offsets the enjoyment factor for fear of going broke pulling off the sport.

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Not As Much Ice On Maine Lakes. Still Ice Shacks, Fishing Through A Hole Underway During A Mild Temperature, Snow Load Too Winter.

That’s one more reason too that hiking, biking, kayaking and using simple tents to sleep under the stars, cooking over an open fire makes sense.

Maine is famous for those low or no cost vacation options.

Don’t wait until retirement, the not so golden years when health makes the travel not an option.

Because of green oxygen tanks following you or the confinement of a walker or wheelchair that limits what you see or makes it such a struggle that it is just not worth it. Because you missed the opportunity to tap into your own personal travel channel.

Maine is waiting and don’t believe all the myths about winter being nine or more months long.

Who makes this stuff up, passes around the wrong information on the grapevine has never been to Maine. Like the folks they get purple ears listening too and spreading around their social circles. Wonder if Michigan, Minnesota, New York and other New England states get the same bum wrap. We don’t show up on the circling globe in the Arctic Circle and are a lot lower in the latitude line markings.

Maine Lake Living Is Pure, Simple, Real.

Playing With The Beagle, Chuck And Return Beagle Style. Maine Vacations. Free And Easy!

Maine, come see for yourself. Consider a vacation where you wrap what you have, leaving a book that shows the new to your area everything about the surroundings that they would want and need to know about on their R and R session.

And they do the same for you at their vacation home put to work to provide them with one in exchange. Staying in an entire home not am expensive, limited one or two  motel / hotel room is a no brainer decision where you don’t need to flip a coin, to know which to pick.

I live in Maine full time but like to travel whenever possible.

Four kids strategically located and brothers not local also helps our vacation planning and traveling. To free up resources to allow more than one slam bam thank you but that is all she wrote for this year. Some vacations more expensive and one in a life time than others too.

Maine Lighthouses, Lots To See, All Different In Many Ways.

Over 60 Lighthouses In Maine, Have You Started Your Collection Yet? Prospect Harbor One Venue To Visit With The Camera.

Introduction to high speed trains for travel was something new. And the sights and scenes gathered up from kids who went to out of state colleges exercised the travel bug.

Home swapping for vacations is not for everyone.

Like most things, it is quality not quantity of the day length of your vacations. And when you live in Maine full time, you don’t have to eat up that back and forth stretch of Interstate 95 reflectorized highway mile markers.

Swapping homes for vacations in Maine. We’ll help match you up from our local pool and yes there is a shameful reason beyond loving where we live and wanting to share it.

When your wanderlust dies down. I just happen to list, market, sell real estate property listings in Maine, vacation second homes and other types in case you decide let’s settle down in Vacationland, the Pine Tree State for good.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |  

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 

 

When You Live In Maine, Your Foot Is Not Nailed To The Floor.

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Maine is one big state and when you live here, it is like a multi faceted dream come true.

Because you get to sample lots of very distinct areas. All friendly people but the closer to the southern border of the state you get, a little more traffic happens. The cost of living goes up.

It is more accessible, there are more rules to herd the population that treks there to sample it and those who live, mingle with the tourists. Depend on them for a living. Sharing what they love and others seek. When you live here it is not just one week’s inoculation until the next year’s booster is administered.

You get to enjoy Maine year round, it is like Christmas all twelve calendar months.

Wells Beach Maine

Another Day Starts At Wells Beach Maine.

Some tourist traps that you want to fall into at least once a year. Bar Harbor, Old Orchard, are so different than a visit to the same ocean but a different part of it say in Lubec, Eastport.

Like a buffet that you wished you started at the other end before your plate weighted down. Head North. Go deeper inside Maine, near her center, the soul.

And Maine has those other remote areas accessed  by hoofing it, only by a high clearance jeep or on horse back. Giddy up.

That no one but you gravitate to and the in between gray areas off the beaten path. That depending on the day, the time and budget you have to spend get visited.

That are not so easy to travel to without thinking about the return trip pretty much about the time you land there. The longer distances help insulate, not isolate is how I prefer to look at it.

Some folks chase Maine lighthouses.

Portland Headlight House

Lighthouses, Portland Headlight In Cape Elizabeth Has Lots Of Selfies Posted Using Her Nautical Charm.

Others just want to see a Maine moose! Hear a lake loon. Want a big slab slice of Maine blueberry pie or to slice into a steaming Maine potato.

Add some fixin’s that are not probably the healthiest. But you gotta have a little fun in this short life on Earth right?

Spent a few days in Wells Beach Maine and snapped a couple images to share in the Me In Maine blog post.

When a family picks an area of Maine to build their photo album it because tradition that others in the next generation continue.

I am happy to be introduced to Congdon’s Donuts, to share with the kids just waking up that just hopped out of the grease. Onto the cooling grills. Or to sample whole friend clams from Jakes Seafood, and more clams, the steamer kind from the Fisherman’s Catch.

All Kinds, Sizes, Styles Of Maine Beach Homes, Rentals.

No Two Alike, Along A Maine Beach Like The Ones In Wells, Moody Maine.

And the ocean front. Staying at N’er Beach in Wells Beach Maine last year. And right on the beach this year.

The vacation home in Maine rented for a week loaded with lots of expressions about being at the beach. Reminding you to relax. That the beach, the ocean fixes everything.

Reading material in the bathroom, on end tables, night stands and wall hanging about how to tap into the power of beach life. Knowing to forget about the concept of time. To get up, rise and shine and get out on the beach. To walk it and study the many different styles of beach front, waterfront property shanties and castles.

Vacation Stay At Wells Beach Maine.

Congdon’s Donuts, Jakes Clams… You Must Be Talking Wells Beach Maine.

Open porches are a must anywhere you live in Maine.

Communication still done without a glowing screen device casting an eerie glow on the user’s face.

Some have hammocks on them or an array of brightly colored rockers. Second and third floor balconies and public way access strips so folks on the other side of the Atlantic Avenues.

And other nautical or old salt air sea sounding locations can drag a lawn chair, an umbrella and cooler on wheels, a good book to tap into the healing power.

To set up the colored buckets and shovels for the kids to start sand construction.

As the tide makes the waves aggressive or causes them to retreat. And wipes out the handiwork, the foot prints in the sand, with sea weeds, the shells, sea glass and other finds.

Advice On Living At The Maine Beach

Advice For The Maine Beach Vacation. How To Relax Tips Everywhere You Look At A Beach Rental Property.

Para sailing boards, sea kayaks, jet skis and boats ply by and swimmers laugh, bob and get massaged by the wave sets. The smell of the ocean, the return to a visit with an old friend.

It changes the channel from the hike up Mount K, the trip to the Allagash Wilderness Waterway to fish. Or the wood’s camp visit on leased paper company land in T this, R that.

No Wally World or Mickey Dee’s corporate office scoping out these locations on the Maine turf. No Fun Town, Splash Town rides and slides in this GPS coordinate.

Maine is not one monotone speed in the rattle and hum.

Wells Beach Maine

Fresh Air, Working The Sand As Early Masons On A Maine Beach.

It comes at different price levels. you can mix and match and write the rules of relaxation that fit your pace to a “t”.

The best one is camping and grilling food at a state park. no money shelled out can improve the taste of a Maine vacation. Sleeping under the stars, listening to crickets. And unplugging to recharge.

Maine, you getting low on your supply of it? Don’t stay away so long, she tugs at your heart strings and misses you just as much as the other way around. The signal goes both ways.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |  MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 

 

Living In Maine, Small Rural Town Decision Making.

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Common sense and being forward thinking are two skills true dyed in the wool Mainers possess in great supply.

Small Maine towns survive if resistance to change is removed, if creative brainstorming is done. To figure out what do we do now? Way way before arriving at that all important crossroad that makes it do or die important.

Resistance to change happens for a lot of reasons.

You might have liked it just fine the way it was. Or the issue(s) at hand are large and many in number. So where to begin and how will it upset the rest of the apple cart has to be considered. Like the ticking bomb, you holding the wire cutters and with sweat on your lip and brow, hoping you pick the right colored wire to snip snip in just in time. With barely seconds to spare.

maine lake photo

When It Is Less People, More Peace And Quiet Happens.

The stakes are high because the room for error in the direction you head to work around the problems to arrive at solutions is small.

When you know hard decisions are needed but delayed, population starts to drop off. Folks that don’t want to leave do anyway. Because inefficiency and delay of implementing new policies that control the spending in a small Maine rural towns is disasterous.

High property taxes in small Maine towns, hikes in user fees and service permits signal something is not being correct  quick enough in the belt tightening. When you see one by one small Maine towns and plantations lined up to wave the white flag.

To deorganize and step into the boat being lowered into the water from a sinking local community ship. That opts out to go all in with centralized services from one of the sixteen Maine counties. To lose their local identity because not enough volume of people, too low a population, and too higher a tax burden. The bilge pumps can not keep that local boat afloat.

Maine Lake Loons.

Drift, Glide, Pop Up And Down Fishing. Maine Loons Dressed In A Black And White Tuexdo.

Local control is something small Maine towns are finding harder and harder to hang onto despite the fierce pride, the colors of the sport’s teams worn proudly at state contests on the way to the top. Reaching for the gold ball.

So when you see the loss of population going down, the cost of living in a small Maine town spiking upward, why so slow to rein in the spending?

Rather than hiking the mill rate to dangerous levels like watching the pressure readings on a steam locomotive engine with a dial needle dancing in the red. Drastic times do call for decisive measures to control the skid.

What adds to the frustration is true Mainers that know the rules of survival don’t run their own households that way. They adjust the spending and live below their means to prepare for those sharp curves, crater sized potholes in the road ahead.

Like pushing the heavy car that is out of gas to who knows where. Getting out, bailing and hitch hiking and looking for the best trail out of the situation can make it every dog for himself. Centralized services, removal the layers of duplications in spending and letting go of the way we always used to run the show in a small Maine town. With a spirit of we’ll be better off on the other side and around to rise and shine.

maine victorian homes

Style, Comfort, Home Sweet Home Made To Last Design. Life The Way It Should Be Protected In Small Maine Towns.

Like pruning a tree of life sucking dead limbs, what remains can thrive and prospers in new healthy ways. If.

Letting go of personality conflicts, using the wisdom of what happened in history when similar scenarios found their way into small Maine town life.

To arrive at this is the best course of action now for the good of the community, everyone in the small burg.

The Mainer who prides himself or herself on being independent will find new ways to work collectively because there is no other option. Just no room for slow, stalled or just not moving in the best course available correction. To keep as much of the distinct, the original flavor of a small Maine town. While preserving, at the same time streamlining and preparing for the future to assure survival of a small Maine town.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |  MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 

Taking Money Out Of The Equation | Simple Maine Living.

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During an election year, like hail, lots of activity pelts a person off the beaten path even in Maine.

The robo phone calls from Presidential hopefuls as everything gets racheted up approaching the early November elections. But when less voters live in a rural state, to pull the curtain and fill in the spaces, when money is not plentiful to seek out to support candidates, we get more left alone than other places.

Maine Lake Photo

Rich Where It Counts, Maine Is Unspoiled, Drop Dead Gorgeous.

High taxes when it’s low wages and you struggle to make ends meet in a city.

That is a frustrating combination. But even though Maine has it’s share of how to fund the most basic elements of state, county government and local obligations to keep things moving.

You can still get by on less money. Because we live full time in Maine.

And our fun is not coin operated. Not needing continuous slides of the plastic rectangle with the magnetic strip or the new chip to push it in and pull it out. We always keep an eye on the bottom line, to avoid over spending in Maine.

Camping, sleeping under the stars, in a tent or lean too at a state park and grilling food outdoors. One of your best, cheapest entertainment options. And the wildlife, the backdrop of blue, green and other colors in fall, many shades of gray, white, brown and blue in the winter.

In Maine you are aware of the space around you, our place in the World.

There is a connection with the local sparse population and folks need each other, help each other, work to survive and prosper collectively. Our water front is clean, the air is fresh, the scenery uninterrupted and vast.

Maine Kids Play Outdoors

The Imaginations Working Full Time Outdoors, Lungs Full Of Fresh Maine Air.

If you owner finance a piece of land in Maine, start slowly. To use on vacations with the eye toward the big move when the time is right. Up the pike to this thumb sticking out of the national map in the top right hand corner.

You don’t make much, you don’t spend much but you get more in Maine. Because money is removed, the need for status, prestige or the pecking order in a small plantation or little town is not what makes it run.

Bigger, more important items like got to get that roof finished before tomorrow when the weather man predicts cats and dogs for rain coming down. Got to get that hay in, the crops harvested before the temperature drops.

Or splitting, stacking the winter wood a year ahead to be ready for old Man winter.

Canning and preserving food from your garden to stock the shelves in your root cellar. Fixing what breaks, not just buying new to replace it. Taking better care of stuff, respecting others more is part of the transformation if any of this is new to a person not brought up in the country, in Maine or a similar rural area where money is missing.

Maine Is Outdoors, Wide Open Space.

Hiking, Dining On Food Cooked Outside. Feasting On This Kind Of Maine Scenery. Priceless.

Practicing resourcefulness, bartering saves the day in Maine.

So does hanging onto that piece of angle iron or stainless steel bracket. Because necessity is the mother of invention to make the most of what you have to do the best you can with what you already have.

Feeling good about the hands on, tap of creative juices inside. For the swell of the empowerment and “can do” spirit that does its magic from the inside out.

Knowing if it is to be it is up to me. Not blaming anyone else or feeling sorry and having a pity party. Time a wasting, hop to it. Shake a leg, get a move on.

Buck up, stay strong and being grateful, how luck you are to live in a place like Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

The Love Affair With Maine Cars, Trucks, Tractors.

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When you grow up in a small rural state like Maine.

Where the ability to fix things, keep them going not just plunk down the cash to replace them, an attachment grows. To our Maine cars, trucks, tractors, anything with or without a motor on it.

I have a super M farm tractor I feel pretty fond of because she is older than me.

I have lots of memories on the farm working with her working potato and grain fields. And we grew up together.

1967 Ford Mustage

1967 Ford Mustang, Wearing, Sporting Springtime Yellow Paint, Wire Wheels.

Just purchased a International Farmall 656 farm tractor that is color coded. Keeping with the red theme that was used on a hay farm by a Maine state trooper down state. That I never met but had scoped out the iron horse he was letting go of for a reasonable price.

Had it hauled up to the unloading dock they were nice enough to let me use at the Tractor Supply outlet in Houlton Maine.

Had fun driving it home during one of the coldest days of the year with the wind blowing strongly and my colar pulled up as my head shrunk down. But excitement to have gotten the new to me big tractor that I introduced to the “County”. Where farming of all types is big.

I needed a little bigger tractor with more power, a three point hitch to get under machinery and to lift up and over ledge or other obstacles found working around the Maine farm I grew up on and purchase from my three older brothers.

Speaking of my brothers, the car I almost had that got totaled but no one hurt back when I was just getting my license to legally drive at age 15.

Even though when you grow up on a Maine farm you are driving way way earlier than that. From field to field, around the farm with a variety of machinery options depending on the farm season. The length of my legs at the time and if I could reach the brake, clutch and gas pedals or not.

Hug For The Road

Cancer Ripples, Effects Everyone Around You. Hold On, Hug Tight. My Secretary Of 24 Years Wishes Youngest Well On Ride To Summer Job Down State Maine. Robin Still Ticking, Going Strong. So Is The Little Black Del Sol. Her Red Car Ruby The Mazda.

During a good potato year which you could count on back in the 1960’s about every third one, my dad custom ordered a 1967 spring time yellow Ford Mustang. I was two weeks away from making it mine. Because my brothers had their turn in high school.

It was not allowed to be taken to college and used mostly by two of the next oldest brothers when they were in high school. Kinda off limits to my oldest one who drove everything too fast, on the edge of being in not being in total control more often than not.

But Stephen Mooers, a clothes horse was a good wheel man because of experience and little fear.

Lung cancer got him when most figured speed would. Because of too many near misses behind the wheel of something pushed faster than the speed limit or manufacturer suggested.

The Mustang Ford car I waxed, drove around the yard and waited for my turn was not to be.

My brother Jonathan had a 1961 Chevy that would not pass inspection, had house glass for the driver’s side door, no reverse, and those were just some of it’s ills.

But it was what he could afford, got him around the University of Maine campus. Most of the time. Until a breakdown and much needed repairs that could not wait.

Small Maine Simple Living.

Fixing, Getting Under The Hood, Under The Engine Of Small Maine Town Pride And Joy.

He used to park the not so pretty shade of brown Chevy car in low spots of parking lots. To hide, cloak it and to try to be non-descript.

From the eyes of folks looking for current stickers, that picked up on violations in the motor vehicle department rules and regulations.

Dad agreed to let Jonathan take the Mustang out of storage, with the promise of one week it would be returned to the same parking berth.

Unharmed, no delays. The car got totaled in the “Y” intersection of the two Main Streets in Brewer on a Saturday night.

Coming into contact with a pick up moving a little too fast like the Mustang. The frame of the Ford bent and the insurance company signalling with a thumbs down on investing the money to fix it back to driving condition. No one was injured but there went the yellow car in my high school driving pair up.

Have a red jeep that four kids learned how to drive in, that went on lots of trips with that went on to be a loaner to the grown kids before they got their own set of wheels.

Maine Wildlife, Hitting Moose, Deer, Bear At Night.

No Injuries, Well Except The Maine Black Bear Had A Goose Egg On His Noggin. Took Off Into The Woods To Die, Live Another Day. Wondering What Hit Him.

As a parent pouring money into the fleet of tired, mileage piling up vehicles while juggling resources to get the kids educated. After that much history with a vehicle, it is hard to just let go and not feel a special place.

Especially after it hits a Maine black bear, the kids don’t roll over and as a parent somehow I give the Jeep trusted with care a lot of the credit.

Here is a picture of poor Sally, the 1998 red jeep that could be parted out but can’t quite do it. Feeling the need to fix and restore because of our history, all those kids that learned to drive with her patience.

(Yes I know what an “E brake” maneuver is and other not so smart things done over hill and dale, in the back seat with this Jeep kids.) Read more about the 1956 Ford “Heatwave” local car legend. We do blog about cars once in awhile in the Me In Maine post thread.

So vehicles, tractors, anything that we depend on or helps us have the freedom to move around and explore Maine. We don’t need the latest and greatest and the longer we use them, the more attached we get to them. Because they are part of our life living in rural Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com |

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

 

 

Maine, Start Small, Get Big Without Debt.

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Living in Maine, the idea of relocating here starts with vacations, the eye candy.

Lots of Maine images splash online to tease and entice. But when the dream of living in Maine full time won’t go away, needs a little action, how to do it best? Start small, think big and steer clear of the debt to pull it off too quickly.

Maine Is Outdoor Simple Living.

Maine Outdoor Living, We Keep It Real, Simple, Honest.

Like home made food prepared slowly, the process is not rushed and the end results are the tastiest right?

Do it yourself and not hired done is the best trip. With online resources on how to homestead in Maine everywhere you turn, there is no shortage of DIY instruction to study the steps to pull off the farmstead lifestyle.  Tailor made for your unique situation.

The small piece of land in Maine that had a clearing that was neglected.

And trees one by one rushed to fill in the opening in the property acreage. Clearing, pushing back those trees to go back to the land, tilling the soil to make it production is not easy work. But the labor is so worth it. Knowing what you eat, growing it yourself, heating with the wood cleared from the future field or pasture land is its own reward.

Maine Is Outdoor, Farming Of All Kinds.

Maine Horses, Stick Together, Are Closed Like The People.

So is wildlife not people for neighbors around your Maine land.

Not because you are anti social but because you like your own company and can entertain yourself with the industry of clearing the Maine land, set up shop to make it productive.

In the shift from whatever you did chasing the dollar before to a new endeavor when you rise and shine each new day in Maine.

How much land for farming in Maine do you need?

Not as much as you might have thought. Plus with owner financing the land in Maine, managing the spending is always front and center in a homesteader’s thinking.

Has to be for survival along with the chores, careful detail to stretch those savings means developing spending impulse control if it was ever missing or treated laxly. Attention to delay never lets us or goes away developing your micro farm, homestead spread in Maine.

Maine Potate Heart Shaped Special

Different, Odd Or Something Beautiful. In Others, What Do You See? Good Or Bad?

Taking care of loose financial ends where you lived outside of Maine means the move to Vacationland  may be a tad delayed.

But doing it right means sticking around and enjoying the four season show Maine performs oh oh so well.

Where you live dictates how the story of your days and nights unfold. The twists and turns your time here on Earth takes.

Find your direction, purpose. Point whatever you drive or use your thumb stuck out proudly to head north.

Get to Maine, find out what’s been missing, what is most important in your life. The location, surroundings are everything in creating the back drop for a rich, rewarding life in Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

State Of Maine National Soap Box Derby Champion

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There was a time when five soap box derby racing cities in Maine put on locals.

Recruited the parents and support from strong arms and backs to wallets opening wide to fund the soap box derby program. The five venues grew, peaked and eventually only the Houlton Maine Derby Hill program was the one race city to survive.

Maine Soap Box Derby Racing

Maine Soap Derby Racing Produced A National Winner In Akron Ohio AASBD Run!

Why? Putting up a hill, tearing down the race track used to qualify the winning soap box derby field of boys and girls is one of the main reasons. (Ouch, the L3 and L4 crack thinking about it for many grabbing their back.)

Hard work, long hours and logistics of taking over a neighborhood, a public street and adding the hay bales, safety barriers, the launch, the run out on the end when everyone screams “BBbrrrrake! ‘

All the effort put into the race track creation and dismantling is why a program for soap box derby survives or dwindles down to peter out to no more program.

Staying abreast of all the car modifications, regulation changes made mandatory by the AASBD part of expense and education to keeping the momentum going. Kids grow up too.

Mallory Bruen Wins National Soap Box Derby Racing Title

The All American Soap Box Derby First Place Trophy Taller Than Most!

Have other family events, employment and recreational, sporting, etc pastimes to keep up with as well.

Besides just down hill gravity racing with kit cars that win or lose by a hundredth of a second in races divided into heats.

The Houlton Maine race site history at this link.

And the up to date website for Maine soap box derby racing.

Watch the race videos salt and pepper through the derby site and on line around the social media circuit.

This past Sunday, the parents, family members of Mallory Bruin of Hampden Maine were honored in fine fashion at the Millar Civic Center. Video of the recognition for winning the top spot in soap box derby racing.

Town officials, the press, lots of well wishers and drivers especially that wanted to hear about the five heats after the winning the first one to advance.

Something two thirds of the racers don’t do in the three lanes, one trip down the hill that started the tradition back in 1934.

Check out the middle honey bee bright yellow jacket wearer with hands held high on the All America Soap Box Derby site lead in photo array.  That’s Mallory Bruin from Maine.

Maine Soap Box Derby Racing

A Maine Soap Box Derby Racer Wins The All American Top Honors, 1st Place Trophy!

After a parade and lights, siren escort through the Shiretown of Aroostook County when the family got off the Houlton Maine exit of Interstate 95, the national champ was treated to a reception with refreshments to relive the experience.

To thank the local volunteers that worked with she, her older and younger brother who were both in the Houlton Maine Soap Box Derby Race.

It is a big deal to win the state race or final game in any sport. But to go on and take the first place trophy on the national stage in Akron Ohio is something else.

Thank you parents Larry and Trisha, brothers Stephen and Chris who were on board from day one to cheer, hoot and holler.

No matter what the Maine weather that can add a whole new dimension to down hill racing with rain, wind, scorching sun, dipping low temperatures.

Kids and families are reminded we live in Maine, the weather can change every twenty minutes to keep it interesting and add to the challenges.

Like life, bundle up, get in, sit low, simmer down, hang on for the best ride. Or to just complete the challenge.

Akron Ohio Soap Box Derby

The Field Of Racers In This Years All America Soap Box Derby In Akron Ohio!

On the way to a World Championship tall trophy, a ring, all the other trappings included in the top spot honor.

No kid is raised by themselves in Maine either.

Thank you to the communities around the racers in Maine who contribute paint jobs, lettering, travel support.

And all have a helping hand in the accomplishments of one young lady who can drive, consistently win heat after heat in her red super stock car with the musical notes trailing in the wind on each side.

Congratulations Mallory Bruen and good luck to all other boys and girls who decide to rally race, to compete in the June state local event in Houlton Maine on Derby Hill.

To experience the thrill of the hill and learn about mechanics, competition, safety first and spirited soap box derby racing.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 | info@mooersrealty.com

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730