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Opening Up The Maine Lake Camp, Cottage, Summer Home.

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The place in Maine on the water, whether it is a river camp, a woods cabin on a stream or a lake vacation home.

Opening it up is a tradition. Sometimes a production. One that reminds the owner of the others in the family before them that did the same routine. Or that this is too much work for one person to shoulder the burden. That sometimes seems to be like batting clean up long after the game ended.

maine lake sunset photo

What Happens Under The Sun Another Day In Maine. It Depends On You. Being Here In Vacationland.

To pick up after other far traveling family members who are not so tidy. And steal the joy of using the place that has a job jar before that can be accomplished in the too little time, so much to do.

The opening up of a Maine vacation retreat. Sometimes in the spring or often times in the fall for hunting, leaf peeking. Maybe for winter ice fishing, snow sledding only. But no matter what the season, places on the water in Maine are a sacred investment. Sometimes on leased land in the middle of no where in places “T” this, “R” that.

Many waterfront properties in Maine just idle, waiting, sitting.

Some folks collect second, third and more homes that they don’t get to enjoy but hope to someday. Paying the property tax bills but not darkening their doorways. With no dock out, no boat parked on either side of it.

Time carved out of a busy schedule to make sure the place on the water is enjoyed is a healthy habit. As life ticks by whether you do or don’t.

Big meals, cribbage games, outdoor horseshoe competitions, time napping on a porch swing or dooryard hammock. Family discussions, talking about the fish that got away. The wildlife that sauntered by while enjoying hot coffee or a cold adult beverage.

Maine Waterfront Boats

Wave, Be Friendly, Everyone Is In Maine.

Take your pick, select your poison for fire water. While cooking your food outdoors with a sizzle happens. As kayaks ply the like a bottle smooth, polished lake surfaces.

Or as rain peppers the metal roof that may leak or not depending this opening day season. On what that blow down tree did that let loose over, struck the structure sometime over the winter months.

At least it produces some firewood in the clean up. When processed and cut up in bite size pieces for the parlor stove or end heater.

Everything reduced down to turning up the volume on the greater awareness of what is truly important in life.

You can hear yourself think in Maine. So much of the layers of living in a city are reduced one by one the more reflectorized mile markers that click off on the way up the I-95 pike. When you point whatever you drive north.

And often what is found is missing where the property owner spends most of their time chasing the dollar the bulk of the year. It all shows up right on time. Traveling the many miles that separate the two of you. Many moons distant, down the road from the state of Maine where the property owner chases the dollar where all the people collect.

Maine Lake Snapping Turtles

Come Up For Air To Spy On Lake Campers With Bread Morsels.

The smell of the familiar place on the Maine waterfront is the most powerful.

The sense of smell the oldest of the senses a person uses to navigate in life. Follow your nose like Toucan Sam.

A mixture of damp, moist wood, earth underneath the settling camp structure. Lack of heat and a proper foundation makes a place shift, settle.

The dust, collection of house flies and any other rodent who used the place as the winter home all add to the what you find, what you notice in the beak. Moth balls to protect clothes, wool blankets might be noticed too as you unlock and enter the place in Maine on the waterfront.

The quick throw everything mad dash. From lawn chairs to lawn mowers inside on the screened or glass porch if lucky enough to have one. Underneath a camp if elevated enough or equipped with a hatch door. Maybe into a storage shed for the outdoor toys, cooking and sporting gear.

Or all escorted in to the living area in one big last call type hurry as the bright house lights come on, the music stops. Is what greets you after a long drive north to open up for another six month’s later or more season. Who did this… you did this. Oh yeah.

There is a lot of work involved with a second home in Maine.

Storm damage, regular maintenance, or renter fatigue. Waiting on professionals that don’t want to really fiddle with the little pain in the neck jobs that are piddly. Don’t pay a lot.

Maine Ducks On Lake Photo

Maine. We Stick Together, Like Momma Duck, The Kids In Tow.

Not so much on the to do list, the depth and width of the job jar with a simple woods or Maine lake place that has just bare bone comforts though. When it is not a two or more star lodging.

Maybe that still uses an outhouse and the bath on Saturday night is a ritual out front carrying a bar of Ivory soap, with a towel on shore to dry off after the dip that refreshes. Helps you sleep on a hot summer night at a Maine lake, waterfront place.

Where crickets, loons, honking Canadian geese provide the back ground music that Maine is famous for if you are lucky enough to be parked next to the waterfront.

Do you vacation in Maine on the water?

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

Who Used To Live In The Maine Home, On The Farm Or At The Lake Camp.

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They say a house is not a Maine home until you add some people.

The sound of kids laughing, a parent working industriously on a project or tending the farmstead complete with a full array of critters. The grandmother shelling new picked garden peas on the front porch with a grandchild. Where volumes of wisdom are being exchanged with every installment of family time.

Slow Down, Watch Out.

Like Maine Moose, Pop Ups, Spam, Cookies Hard To Miss On The Internet Highway Surfing.

Today as you cruise the neighborhoods of your city or town, take country road rides do you recall who used to live in this or that place?

Or recall when there are a grand set of buildings on that now vacant land? Or see several houses where not so long ago there were none?

In small Maine towns where population is never too large and just holding our own to keep from losing our youth to the urban magnet is the tug of war. We don’t worry about sprawl, not restricted by HOA’s that enforce long lists of do’s and don’ts on top of what city planners and local zoning boards demand.

And the fond thoughts of who used to live in that green two bedroom ranch never fades completely to black.

Stays a little shade of gray and visible.

Want A Graham Cracker? 1958 Photo From Ralph And Marjorie Black's Houlton Maine Lawn.

Happy To Be A Kid In Houlton Maine. I Was. Say, Want A Graham Cracker?

In drive bys or daily walks around the familiar haunts memory lane happens. Where I remember the Houlton Maine owners who took so much pride in the place they built together. No kids air dropped, brought in by the stork for them.

But the garden alive behind the home on the hill that sloped to the south, the rear of a very deep lot.

Towered over by one very large pine with roots just under the grass and above in many places.

That as a little kid peddling into town from the country added to the labor with the weekly lawn mowing and grass trimming. This is me to the left before the lawn mowing merit badge was earned on Franklin Avenue.

Ralph the accountant at Fogg’s Hardware store sporting a crew cut and a fan of dulse touted by some as better than spinach or broccoli for nutritional horsepower.

He popped, sucked on those pink peppermints you can only seem to find over home too. Maybe to counteract the salty seaweed he munched on.

Maine Simple Living, Knowing Where The Value Is Day To Day.

What Makes A Rich, Personal Life Is Not Bought, It Is Shared. Values, Beliefs, Traditions Big In A Small Maine Town.

He and his wife Marjorie who worked at the Cary Library . Hailing from the bordering town of Woodstock New Brunswick  and fully naturalized. Duly sworn in with the right hand up as one of Uncle Sam’s successful transplants that never lost the love of Oh Canada.

Ralph like a car with a cylinder miss would sputter. On his knees pulling weeds, planting seeds. A World War I veteran fighting for the Canadian side in England and catching pieces of shrapnel in his back that somehow affected his lungs, his breath in, breath out.

Just a raspy, wheezy cough that if you did not know him you would ask is that just a nervous habit? No it is something that explained the purple heart medal and others he hid. Probably in his underwear drawer where with quiet respect and dignity the topic of why the cough was not discussed. Put out of his mind and kept behind him. In the cloud of mustard gas that went along with the ricochet of lead and steel.

Sit Back, Take It All In. Maine.

Outdoors, No Office Desks, No Deadlines. Your Outdoor Therapy.

Ralph had a tan colored 1964 Corvair, the rear engine Chevy that Ralph Nadar helped escort get off the road. Into the breakdown lane for roadside assistance. More than a call to triple “A”. Ralph traded up to a 1966 Pontiac Tempest.

No rug on the floor, vinyl like the stripped down police cruisers. For easier to clean mishaps when drunks pulled over, yanked into the car for a little questioning about how much have you had to drink.

Ralph’s pride and joy. Just a six cylinder power plant of gerbils upfront.

Kept washed, waxed and glass sparkling to show room perfection standards. The car always looked like it had just rolled off the Motor City assembly line. I think it had red line tires but that could be wishful thinking.

The tempest could have been a super candidate for the real thing, a GTO clone. With some heavy modifications under the hood, suspension, transmission. Beyond replacing the Tempest with “Goat” designations, insignias.

Sliding in a close ratio four speed, bolting in a different rear end and chain falling slowly into place an aluminum head, 396 cubic inch motor with three two barrel carbs riding on top under the hood scoop. With cut outs giving it plenty of air when the pedal went to the metal.

(Yeah like the 1967 Mustang my older brother Jonathan totaled, bent the frame on in Brewer during college, that I was about to inherit as I got my driver’s license. I wished I had either of the two now … the Springtime Yellow Ford or Ralph’s mint Tempest wearing all tan blended with plain

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Pontiac Tempest, The 1966 GTO Cloneable Classic.

Jane beige lacquer.)

Demand for those big engine muscle cars hand crafted in Detroit died off a tad as the males who bought them were drafted one by one and sent to Vietnam for some R and R.

Had blogged a ways back about a Plum Crazy Purple Challenger about that time of the height of the conflict halfway around the globe.

So today when I walk or drive by Ralph and Marjorie Black’s first home  where for three years of my life we were neighbors, there is nostalgia.

Remembering pushing the turquoise Ex-Cell-O brand reel push mower, the yellow hand powered or “silent” rear trimmer and grasping grass clippers, I can see the leopard pattern banana bike seat, am reaching forward for the high rise handlebars and enjoying being a kid in a small Maine town.

1967 Ford Mustage

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

To roll up into Market Square and see other kids I knew from school as I pumped my legs to get to the destination of 5 Franklin Avenue, Houlton Maine.

With the trust of parents, who let me pedal into town to earn my five dollars and a can of Mountain Dew or White Rock Cream or Black Cherry soda as the reward for the toil and sweat of the weekly obligation. In my home town of Houlton Maine.

The same tonic that hit the spot in the dusty potato fields that would capture every kid’s attention come fall harvest in Aroostook County. We learned work ethic as kids.

Can’t help but notice the changes with the home, that whoever is mowing the lawn now does not have Ralph or Marjorie watching closely to remind you skip a strip. Or that cedar needs a little of the shaggy growth under it given some love and attention. Or the garage door is left up round the clock so you can see the black Cel-o-tex sheathing where Ralph had a place for everything and order ruled the day.

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The No Trespassing Signs, When You Feel The Need To Post.

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You are brand new to Maine and after the real estate property closing winds down, everyone gets up.

To shake hands, wish all well as everyone reaches for their hat and coat. If the buyer of Maine real estate asks where is the nearest hardware store?

No Trespassing Signs in Maine

Think Twice, Think Fast. Survivors Will Be Prosecuted.

(Groan)

Oh, I hope it is for mailbox, some lumber, supplies and not a no trespassing sign. To post around the property and to establish the keep out.

Along with the rip up of snow sled trail markets and stakes. Creating a fortress to defend with the orange, black or yellow, red and black or white lettered signs to say this is serious. Keep out, not to trespass. And have a nice day you hear?

For starters using another’s property is a privilege not a right. One rotten apple or two can spoil the fun for all.

More on posting private property in Maine.

I have a snow sled trail across a Maine farm I own and have not had trouble with folks staying on marked trails. No issue with garbage or snack wrappers, barley pop cans scattered around the trails.

Have been asked by one out of stater from New Jersey why I would allow that use? Ah, I am a sled head, like to ride over hill and dale with my own machine. And round and round in circles on your own land in Maine can get boring. Okay for small kids that you want to keep close. But there comes a time to venture out and leave the farm!

Posting Private Maine Land

Posting Private Maine Land. Making A Strong Statement.

When you live in an area of 11 people per square mile in Northern Maine, worry about keeping folks out is not so strong a voice in your head.

But if you live in a place populated with a 1000 people per square mile it is a given, the norm.

It is a matter of perspective for city and country mouse on how they look at posting private property or not on Maine land. When ownership changes, attitudes do too!

To see chain link fences, angry signs to keep out or else off with your head happens. Maybe something about survivors will be dealt with harshly and to the maximum of protections offered by the law statutes. It becomes the lay of the land, how the use of the landscape is defined as the new owner. Along with the erosion of societal norms and loss of respect for others and their property.

Everything is private property and this land is your land, this land is my land. And never the two shall meet. With surveys being done where rock walls always defined the boundaries. And property line squabbles where there never were any before the survey done because they always are on the postage stamp lots on the other side of the river from the green bridge entering Southern Maine.

Posting Private Maine Land

Run Forest. Run Fast. The Slow Ones Catch Lead.

Have heard from one local farmer in Maine concerned about disease being brought in by a four wheeler from one neighboring field to his operation.

Blight is no fun to share for the one on the receiving end that has 3000 dollars tied up in each acre of farm land. Along with personal liability laws in this age of lawsuits.

Birds fly over all the land and can transmit from one to the other from the Maine land they touch down and lift off from.

The wind can blow in nasty things too. Company happens and good luck keeping it out.

Bees, butterflies and humming birds can help pollenate and mingle from piece to piece too. These guys are pretty social and industrious at the same time. Flitting from land tract to property acreage without concern about the name on the title to the real estate.

Some folks don’t mind you taking a nature walk on their Maine land, shooting images of game for the eye candy. Not to end up in the freezer to draw from to star in the supper table dinner and a movie. More on hunting and trapping in Maine.

The old timer who for the last forty years has hunted for game birds or picked fiddle heads along the river or stream bank. May not think of asking the new property owner if the tradition can continue. But because his dad, grandfather before him did the same around the seasons, he just preserves the tradition. And could own a big chunk of land in Maine that he shares the same way.

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What’s Brown And White And Surrounded By Green? You See Lots Of These Among Maine Farmsteads.

Until someone dumps garbage, old white goods or a dead couch on his Maine land. And when one piece goes off the stomping grounds inventory, it leads to other horns being pulled in. And the defense of property from someone who abused it starts up.

Gates with locks, the signs that say anything but welcome to Maine.

So I have seen the signs go up, the game camera’s installed and then come down.

Because not needed. The Maine farmer down the way pointing out the ugliness. When summons to weld something broken or could he bush hog or hay a field. Or please hook on with the long chain to pull the new Maine land owner out of the ditch or bottomless mud in a swampy section.

In a nice way, the conversation starts with “Young fella, those signs, say keep out but you want to go everywhere you please onto land of others. And now need a helping hand which I am happy to oblige. But still have to get something off my chest. Those no trespassing signs are ugly, rude, even though protective if someone did get hurt and wanted to sue. We don’t sue for a living, we work for one in Maine.”

The best advice is ask before you tramp on someone else’s Maine land. And extend the same courtesy in return on your Maine land.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Fishing In Maine, How To Find The Secret Spots To Wet The Line.

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Gone fishing, in Maine. Could mean using a Jiffy ice auger to open up a Maine lake.

Or wearing waders, casting a line in a brook while toking on a cigar you don’t smoke for the buzz. But for the smoke to keep pesky black flies at bay when they are flying squadrons of sorties around your head.

Not Stuck Inside, Moving Around Outside In Maine.

Outside, Moving, Catching A Ride To Maine Fishing Adventure.

Maybe fishing in Maine spikes a slide that splashes on the back of the inside of your head.

Of you, loved ones, rocking and a reelin’ in something big off the coast of Maine. Or lucky enough to find yourself working as a third hand on a Maine lobster boat.

Where the denizen of the deep is going to steamed, slid on to your plate at meal time that evening when you get back on dry land.

Regardless of the type of fishing in Maine you like best, you need some guidance.

The locals all know from experience. You are brand new and have a blank etch – o -sketch. Need someone to coax and nudge you in the right direction.

Maine Deer, Moose, Wildlife.

Your Neighbors Four Legged, Furry, Curious, Shy. Watch You Fish.

So you don’t waste time you don’t have because it is a short, limited vacation in Maine.

Hear that clock ticking loudly, the hour glass sands shifting from the top to the bottom? The leisure time in Maine passes too quickly for sure.

Don’t be a Johnny One Time. Keep coming back for more.

Bud Adams, a local fish-o-holic had the addiction bad.

Not just hunting it down to eat it on Fridays like some folks still do. Round the clock, every season possible to fish for supper. He is fishing in the great beyond now but when he shuffled his feet here on planet Earth, he ran a radiator repair shop.

His motto? A question.

“Where’s the best place to take a leak in Houlton Maine?”

Why Adams Radiator of course silly.

Maine Lake Fun May Involve A Boat.

Maine. You Ready To Get Wet?

But with his bald as a bowling ball head would grin and start the fishing tutorial with a simple statement. If you are serious about your angling, you have to think like a fish.

What time of day would you be where in the Maine lake?

What rock looks like a good place for treading water and snoozing away from prey or a colorful fishing lure that was too tempting?

Brookies, fishing for brook trout in Maine. Open fishing with your passed down fly rod or the new one that costs way way more than two and a quarter brooks of green stamps.

If that is your weapon of choice, you might try casting in Dead Stream in Monticello Maine if you find yourself in Aroostook County. Trolling for land lock salmon in East Grand Lake sounds like a stellar notion too.

Maine Small Town Living, Walk Around Freely.

Not Telling Where He Caught The Maine Fish. Actually His Brother Snag It On Nickerson Lake, But Let Wally Have Bragging Rights in A Photo Opt!

Sometimes the water levels are so so high from spring run off, the melting of snow from Old Man winter.

And it makes the kayaks and canoe races get over earlier with lightning fast times. Whether you are a black belt or no belt paddler.

But getting close to the edge of the waterway can be harder when the water levels interfere with the up close and personal.

Here are the dates for open fishing in Maine. Don’t forget to introduce the little ones, or just those who missed getting the fishing bug fever.

There are lots of free fishing dates in Maine to take advantage of if you can clear the schedule.

Some anglers think there are too many regulations and the Maine state fishing regulations are way way too complicated.

But don’t forget, remember that we are dealing with thousands of waters statewide and that each is just a tad different. Like the people, soils, views, everything in Maine. Fishing to protect a natural resource is no exception and yup.

Maine is very touch on being a good steward of what we all know we are so so lucky to have and enjoy.

Getting kids to fishing derbies and to start out with training wheels on heavily stocked Maine ponds. So their arms almost hurt from the casting, catching and do it again. That is what starts the pattern, tradition of heading off to go fishing in Maine.

On the family farm in Maine I grew up on, a soil conservation grant funded pond was used for just that purpose.

To turn kids on to fishing.

To make sure they had strong strikes of constant nibble to pull in and grin. It was a water source for a fire in the country too.

The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife people are just trying to give anglers a variety of quality Maine fishing opportunities while ensuring the resource does not go extinct for our children.

Maine Lobsters, Some Too Big, Or With Notched Tails Have To Return To The Ocean.

Maine Lobsters, One Of The Top Three Word Associations With The State.

The ones that have not appeared on the scene yet or ever baited a hook. Selected the right fishing lure.

Or had a Mickey or Minnie Mouse rod and reel in their small hands.

To feel the thrill of fishing what’s done deep in a Maine waterfront resource with a skilled guide they call Grampie, Papa, Aunt Jane or whatever the nick name of affection.

Check out the Maine lakes survey as one of the guides to selecting your next fishing outing at one of the sixteen counties nearest your location.

And mind your P’s and Q’s. Be friendly, will you? Can you?

Using sugar works better than vinegar for getting a local in a small Maine town to open up.

And maybe the stand back, little reserved atmosphere when someone you meet is a tad cool to you is because some other vehicle driver with a plate the same color as yours has burned some bridges.

Stepped on a few nerves, hurt someone’s feelings when asked curtly, “Hey dummy, where’s the best places to fish in Maine?”

And came off Interstate 95 veering sharply on just two wheels by the time they hit the bottom of the exit off ramp. “Hurry it up, don’t have all day” does not get the results you need for local info on the best fishing holes. If the local will share them to you, anybody. Considered yourself lucky to be in Maine!

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730

Homesteading In Maine, Been Happening For Years.

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Homesteading in Maine, living off the land with the birds and the bees, all these trees.

Is not something only tie dye wearing folks from out of state did back in the late 1960’s early 1970’s. While an unpopular war raged on.

The image of someone heading north on the highways twisting and turning through Maine in a VW micro bus, a couple thick Mother Earth News or Whole Earth catalogs riding on the dashboard. The mission, a burning desire to get closer to the Canadian border that surrounds Maine on three sides.

"X" Marks The Spot For Crow Hill Linneus ME

“X” Marks The Spot For Crow Hill Linneus ME

No AC cooling the vehicle space but all the windows down and the little triangles up front cranked to catch a breeze. Harness the momentum of the highway travel north up into Vacationland.

Pass me another Moon Pie would you and a tin of pop, an Orange Crush or Fanta to wash it down along with the road dust will you please and thank you?

With Arlo Guthrie, Melanie or Jerry Garcia, someone taking a turn through tinny tiny speakers providing the tuneage. The background sound.

Maybe Canned Head explaining the life and death, do or die need to get out into the country. I’m gonna do just that.

Seeking a place to roost like underpopulated, sparse but heavily wooded rural Maine. Where Maine land is almost in endless supply and priced so so low to the ground.

Getting away to unplug, recharge, breathe. Hear yourself think. To avoid the suffocation of the city that can choke a person, drive them black flies in spring crazy. Suffocation, not to be confused with another long “S” word, a classic RIP Bowie’s Suffragette City.

There were five young men fresh out of school and ready to take on the World. To set it on fire and make a difference, take their bite of the apple. Create a new untraveled path. One lad returned home to New Jersey where the gang all hailed from, roamed the halls, went to high school.  After a stint in California. To round up his personal belongings and head west to the coast or maybe British Columbia. He had a classic case of wanderlust.

maine winter photo

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

While home in Jersey, he hit up his buddies and heard about a land auction going on this weekend in New York.

For 200 acres of land in Linneus Maine.

A place dubbed Crow Hill that was located on the back way to Oakfield on a stretch of Aroostook County back woods. Before wind generators and similar to the Bagdad Highway after some progressive B-52 thorough carpet bombing treatment rained down from up in the clouds.

The land in Maine for sale cost $7500 for 200 acres of property sans buildings.

There was another $500 needed for the freight, to settle up and pay the damage for the esquire.

The lads did not pockets lined with gold. But collectively, if they dug deep, they could each scrounge up their share of the $8000 split five ways Evie Stevie. Stop the auction, put in our bid and they did.

Got themselves a chunk of Northern Maine land bought by joining forces. Doing what the group together but not the individuals could pull off alone.

So suddenly, on a whim life took a turn for the five man band that pointed the loaded to the gills pick up north to cross the big green bridge heading into Maine. Whew, you made it, the way life should be. Maine.

Whole Earth Catalog

(Sang Way Way Off Key) “Whole Earth In Your Hand… You Have The …. “

Destination Linneus Maine, a patch of hilltop woods where “Crow Hill Lodge” was built from scratch.

Just over the valley from Meduxnekeag Lake that makes locals scratch their head that on maps is labeled Drews Lake. Other lakes near by scattered in the other three compass directions around this 200 acres of high top Maine land.

The boys each turn turns with theconstruction tools and together constructed the post and beam barn like structure. I asked one of the original Crow Hill members if any of them were trained to be carpenters.

Nope.

None a Bob Vila. But they went into a NJ housing development or two, toured a few places, the model homes and the framed early versions. Took pictures, made notes. All she wrote. The whole nine yards. That was their bootstrap training full of ambition, buckets of youthful hope and a lot of wetness still behind their ears.

Crow Hill Lodge, the mansion. Did not happen, go up quickly when money was scarce, knowledge was limited. It took years to take shape. And winters off happened where four of the five went south to look for work. That interruption cooled their jets. After local potato house, woods work took it’s toll on the majority and dulled their enthusiasm as the newness wore off. And familiarity with each other built contempt.

You hunt and pecked for what you could with what there was that was meager jobs in Northern Maine and not so financially rewarding happens in the weekly pay envelope. It is why Maine land is so cheap, has to be teasingly attractive and alluring.

Hard work, time to think, reflect on was this the right move and should I go sideways. in a new direction, usually back south played on the backs of the insides of all five original Crow Hill lodge, mansion creators.

Maine Social Media.

Maine Explained With Social Media Examples.

With pot auger, a bohemian existence underway to survive. Salt and peppered with around the clock frugality.

Bill Bernat stayed behind to tend the home fires and scratch out a living locally high on the hill covered with a blanket of pure white Maine winter snow.

The band eventually disbanded. The music of the rattle and hum excitement soured. In-fighting and the silent treatment both worked together to buzz kill the dream of the Crow Hill Mansion. It had been a long hard haul.

The place left empty for a spell until listed, we sold the big land tract and structure. To a fellow from the same state where the auction for Crow Hill was held back in 1971.

It now being the early 1980’s during a time of 16.5% adjustable interest rates for mortgages. And A Derek Content, his wife Rosa decided to give hill top living a shot.

Derek dealt in rare manuscripts, selling early historical artifacts to colleges, universities and to private collectors. Gems, other collectibles not found at your typical Saturday morning Maine garage sale were bought and sold overseas too. He made a good living but was gone like a merchant marine half the year.

He knew seven languages, was from Holland originally and did not have a driver’s license when he landed in Linneus Maine. Relying easily on NYC mass transit for his moving, shaking, grooving to get from point A to point B. Using silver birds to make a living too. Rosa was from Puerto Rico.

Maine Fall Foliage Colors.

Maine Is Rich Colors, Simple Pleasures, Natural Beauty.

I showed him the Crow Hill “Mansion” real estate using a 1980 Polaris snow sled with Derek on the back holding on. And with my pleadings forcing him to put on a winter wool cap. He was not dressed, not  prepared for the harsh realities of outdoor Maine in winter weather.

The bright orange hat to protect his exposed ears from frost bite on a nippy Northern Maine winter day where you could see your breath. Every time it exhaled.

They created a daughter together named Phillipa. Ended up untying the marital knot with Rosa moving in town, creating a new pad over the now Hollywood Pet Salon on the corner of Main and Mechanic Streets in downtown Houlton Maine. Leaving Linneus Maine in the rear view mirror.

But before the parting of ways lots of money invested.

Plowed into improving the mile long private steadily rising road, finishing off the Crow Hill structure and adding supporting outbuildings to feather the small family’  nest. Their home sweet home.

Maine Is Four Seasons, Always Outdoors.

Being Able To Hear Yourself Think Is Easier In Maine.

Slowly accumulating more Maine land too. To protect and insulate the holdings up here in Northern Maine. That was one of a kind.

Where you entertain yourself, your living room, all the real entertainment is parked outdoors pretty much all four seasons in Maine.

Never being afraid of being different, but more concerned, afraid of being like everyone else.

That’s one story of homesteading, starting an off grid, back to the land property in Northern Maine. Hit us up for lots more where those came from that should be hunt and pecked about in the days ahead.

Thank you for following our Me In Maine blog post stream.

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The Colors Of Maine, Not All Found Just Naturally Outdoors.

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Maine is a lot of blue water, skies and add a zillion shades of green.

A dash of browns and explosions of bright fall foliage colors as the temperature dips preparing all of us in Maine for the approaching winter. But colors, not everyone has white houses with black shutters either.

Maine Stained Glass.

Maine Is Colorful, The People, The Places, The Properties.

Especially as you venture up into the St John River Valley in Northern Maine’s Aroostook County. Where no one is afraid of splashing on the colors and vivid exteriors are common as you ply up and down small Maine town streets where French is the primary language in many neighborhoods.

But the colors, can be stained glass from quality tradesmen’s handiwork designed to last long after the creator has left the Earth. This red with frosted, cut out grape design from Bath Maine. In the front of the home parked next to the Maine Maritime Museum.

The colors of buoys in Maine that mark the lobster pots, fishing nets and traps below the ocean surface have some bright shades too.

Tell a story about a particular region. Tackling a lobster pot that is not yours is akin to cattle rustling. Stealing, poaching is bad business in Maine and does not win you a hearty invite to a baked beans and brown bread supper either.

maine fishing buoys colors

The Sea Of Color, Each Coastal Region Of Maine Uses Different Patterns, Shades To Mark Fishing Territory.

To see when the visibility is poor or pretty much missing. The colors means something special and are not just random whatever paint applied from whatever was lying around the workshop at the time.

And are so important to find your way back to the compass coordinates that spell it all out.

Where those pots, baited lobster traps were dropped into the drink. To attract lobsters to come inside to sample the rotting fish used as bait to razzle dazzle them.

So the lobster traps will be full of the green succulent fish that the World hankers from Maine.

maine lobsters photo

Fresher Lobster Than This? Only What’s Still Underwater, Swimming Along The Maine Ocean Floor.

There are close to 6000 lobstermen in Maine bobbing, working, boating the open sea.

Relying on these colorful buoys to eek out a living from whatever they can harvest from the deep. At the helm of something powered by a diesel motor with a lady’s name plastered on each side of the bow or sideways on the aft.

Out working on the open rolling sea pummeled by wind gusts and hard weather conditions that equal the market price that has to exceed the expenses.

Or oh oh. No more Maine fisherman. Just like no more Maine farmer if the numbers are in the red for too long and going belly up occurs.

Maine Housing Is Impressive.

The House On The River Bank, At The Maine Maritime Museum.

Picking Maine potatoes, working the farm fields inland from the coast makes the colors of the navigation markets and fishing buoys seem foreign.

More on that topic at this helpful link.

Now I am thinking fish dinner, something caught in the wild from Maine!

Now how did that happen?

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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How To Handle A Nudist Next Door To You In Maine?

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Maine is a four season state and most of us spend as much time as possible outdoors.

Fresh air, clean water, all this scenery is not to be wasted stuck inside four walls, under a steep pitched roof to shed the snow and rain. Losing clothing as the temperature rises. Adding articles when it goes the other way.

maine river water falls photo

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

And not a lot of people in your face or all this space in Maine makes life less crowded or so hurry scurry.

But nudists in Maine, when one thinks about nippy Maine weather and the mercury sitting a little lower in the glass tube, the lone Pine Tree State does not strike you as the best place to practice that lifestyle. Where you take it off, take it all off.

To be naked and exposed.

Walking around the inside of your private home sans clothing is one thing. But letting it all hang out outside in even the pucker brush of Maine may seem unlikely or common place. Because like most hobbies, you want to enjoy them year round.

Oh sure we have your lake skinny dippers that go well up into their 80’s swimming like otters and fish,  Maine loons. Not just teenagers feeling frisky under the moonlight out at Lover’s Look Out.

The older seasoned practicing but specialized limited nudists. With their daily practice of swim strokes but their body without the skin tight Speedo applied under water for most of the daily work out. No drag from bulky swim gear to slow down or affect the work out.

Know of a wood lot in Ludlow I was selling and hearing from neighbors about an off grid homesteader who daily would jog just wearing her sneakers. Only the piggies covered up and protected.

maine lake photo

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

Moving faster perhaps, having a better, harder work out because of Maine black flies pushing her along, helping her set the pace.

Winter purifies and makes it simpler living too. Old Man Winter and his helpful Jack Frost take care of Maine having poison this or harmful that.

Many things need heat, temperatures to soar to grow and survive. The colder temperature nip that in the bud and cure many ills we don’t need but that tropical climates have to contend with because of being a ripe culture to foster it. To watch it mushroom like it or not.

We bundle up and dress appropriately in Maine.

And the cold limits the outdoor nudist time outside to flaunt in their jaunts exposed in just their birthday suits. Naked as a jay bird.

But nudists in Maine do pop up and happen occasionally. Not like Orient Beach or this list of top ten nudist favorite beaches for that over all tan and no lines where clothing starts or leaves off. Where less to mess with for laundry because if you are not wearing your skivvies they don’t get dirty right?

Maine Lake Loons.

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

Had a listing on a camp in Orient Maine on East Grand Lake that was very attractive and made the phone ring, the email server to heat up.

But once the buyer’s doubled back and learned from asking around the grapevine about how are the neighbors, they turned white and ran.

The nudist next door was a turn off for someone with small children. Or that could tolerate the lifestyle but just not sharing property lines doing it up close and personal. Never saw a performance but the legend preceded and out lived my waterfront property listing agreement.

Another Maine lake camper who had a neighbor to share the water frontage recreational with who was a nudist. Who had a problem just like the lady with the tequila consumption.

And the same there go the clothes that happened to her threads but as she chug-a- lugged. Wearing nothing but a smile. There was a unique remedy for this practicing nudist neighbor. That did not need the sauce to loosen up and to cause clothing to melt, fall away either.  It was a sport.

Every time that neighbor’s lawnmower fired up and roared into life and bare butt grass cutting started, the neighbor went under cover. Camo and John Rambo like because of being an expert sniper in the middle east, he became below radar. Went dark.

maine farm calf cow

What’s Brown And White And Surrounded By Green? You See Lots Of These Among Maine Farmscapes.

With his professional grade pellet gun and scope acquiring a naked moving target of body parts.

To ping ping in sensitive areas of the naked lawnmower parading back and forth. No visible looking around but causing the neighbor to stop and put on shorts to continue mowing without the copper pellet stings that hailed his way.

Another woman who like to make sure every inch of her bronze body stayed tanned to the hilt has a neighbor with a game camera. That was hooked up to his big screen flat screen television. And when the sun was high over head and she came out on the open deck next door to his lake shore paradise, he went inside with his buddies to admire a different view than the one down on shore.

Maine Beaches Photo

Sample ME. Pick A Place Breathe Deep The Salty Air. Drink In The Sounds Of The Maine Sea. Get Ready To Plant Your Beach Chair Along The Miles Of Maine Coastline.

It was a mutual arrangement and the woman caught some rays, the boys inside a few thrills with the adult entertainment.

In freedom of dress practiced in Maine. There are warmer places to be one but if you are hearty, come ski, snow sled, play pond hockey unprotected and in the buff. We dare you.

The spring/ late winter skiing at the local hills and mountains do spy with the little eye the bikini top swish swisher on occasion but most of us find being warm trumps being exposed or even stylish.

Although have to admit sliding into a hot top wearing trunks in an outdoor deck inset at Sugarloaf USA with my family after a fun day of downhill wearing a pair of boards. Surrounded with arms around the tub’s edges, watching other skiers on the lift headed back up for more. My arms steaming with arctic smoke.

In a mist of steam from the water and air temperature contrast extremes. We try to avoid being outdoors without clothes in the dead of winter in Maine. But I have had sauna users from Finland, Norway for real estate customers who for for health reasons, tradition like to roll in the snow. Like sugaring a fresh donut that just hopped out of the grease to cool on the rack. But otherwise we all take steps, precautions. The naked truth? We like to avoid frost bite in Maine.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Unplugged, Raw And Real | Maine Blog Posts On Simple Living.

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Ever get tired of the spin, the manipulation and insincerity of the intense marketing that swirls around us? Pull the plug, get to Maine.

It is not land before time or dinosaurs roaming the landscape in Maine. But money to fuel all that hype, the propaganda a growing level of distrust. When it is missing, other miracles happen.

maine small towns

Nothing New, Small Maine Town Pride, The Fun Home Grown & Kept Simple. Nothing Has Changed.

In small rural living Maine towns, the rip open up the wallet every time you turn around  is replaced with unfold the community spirit in the a local resident’s heart.

There is nothing stronger than the heart of a passionate native who year after year steps up and takes on the challenge.

To do their part and contribute selflessly because there is never too much competition for that unique part in the day to day play.

Once they determine their skill set, step up and do their part. To add to the local Maine flavor in Vacationland.

The fun is outdoors in Maine. In an urban setting there is none of that space. Excitement is all around us in 91% wooded Maine dotted with clean fresh lakes, a rugged coastline of water facing east. Fast and slow moving water. Some pretty interesting terrains to hike, bike, ski or hoof.

Maine. The Jewels Are Out In The Open, Glistening, Sparkling The Daylight. Not Trapped, Under A Light In A Locked Up Tight Display Case.

Maine. The Jewels Are Out In The Open, Glistening, Sparkling The Daylight. Not Trapped, Under A Light In A Locked Up Tight Display Case.

Marketing, convincing you and I to buy this, invest in that with three easy payments, one last not so sweet larger one. Living in debt is not what true Mainer’s do.We can live without whatever is on the shopping carousel round and round she goes. We can say no thanks, not for me. But many new to Maine out to change it would say you can not, should not.

That is why an individual invested in the local turf can get their shackles up.

Cause them to raise an eyebrow when someone not from Maine suddenly decides what is needed to improve it.

If you come from an area flush with cash and used to lots of it needed to survive. Burdened by extra levels of spending in the day to day, it can feel like more of that should follow you over the big green bridge on the south end of Maine.

Leave it on the other side of the river. At your old address outside Maine.

As you enter Vacationland and leave the rest of the hustle bustle in the rear view mirror motoring hard to get away from the smells, noise, crime and expensive living in jammed in concrete jungles.

The quiet can be at first deafening in Maine. But then the subtle sounds of crickets, or the hard to miss cry of a blue jay or Maine lake loon can take it from here.

maine old car gas station photo

Check The Oil, Your Air, Stick In The Gas Hose. Maine Has Not Lost What Is Important.

The wind vibrating through the pine needles of a large left alone wooden giant. The sound of running water. Or tapping in drops on a tin roof of a Maine wood’s hand hewn beam cabin or sitting relaxing in old farm house porch rocker or swing.

Life still requires hard work being resourceful, developing skills to stretch the dollar in Maine.

But the anxiety to fuel the unhealthy slows down in the less important areas. To make room for the ones that were shoved aside and forgotten. Or never development, no one sampled the no thank you helping. To try it, you might like it.

Why so different in the urban vs rural? Often not an option when all the space, no time robs a healthy habit to enjoy life in natural no money required ways. The just got got no no time as Burton Cummings Of The Guess Who sang lamented.

No time, and all that bombardment of how you should spend it and your pay check best can make a person feel there is no other option. Even that places like Maine only exist in movies, history.

maine victorian homes

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

Small town special is challenged with the economy and down sizing to centralize services in Maine but you do have to go through a little Hell to get to Heaven right?

Hunger improves the taste.

Self medication over indulging in something that’s missing for a temporary fix is expensive. And all that replaced when you move in the direction of under populated Maine. For inner joy, plenty of space and all these natural resources.

Give it a chance, keep an open mind and watch what happens to your heart strings.

As one by one they get wrapped around her fingers. And you don’t mind one little bit. As Maine’s simple living seduces, relaxes,fulfills you completely. So that unplugged, real and raw eye opening living replaces rat racing like Chicken Lickin’ or Henny Penny.

Settle in and get lost. In a place that ends the inability to hear yourself think about the important areas of your life. Get to Maine whenever you can and sample her pure, natural unspoiled beauty!

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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Ramps For Wheelchairs, Walkers | Maine Home Heating Oil Assistance.

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If you are elderly, on a fixed income and mobility is not so easy.

If your circulation makes it harder to stay warm, you need some assistance. Big time.

Maine Small Town Living Means No Cost Pleasures.

Maine Pleasures Are Many, Small, Real & Natural. The Best Kind Are Free.

Finding help with creating handicap friendly surroundings.  Financial assistance with wheelchair / walker ramps is what the aging segment of the Maine population needs. Along with heating assistance, help with insulation to tighten up the home sweet home.

So where do you turn?

To save time, you have come to the right blog post link for wheelchair ramp assistance in Maine.

And what are the specs for a ADA wheelchair ramp? Building minded and needing more advice for wheelchair ramps construction?

Here is another wheelchair ramp option.

On a walk today during a spring like day in Northern Maine I notice a couple aluminum ramp systems of handicap ramp.

Maine Loons On Lake Fishing.

Taught How To Fish, Survive Early In Life. Missing His Mate, Crying About It Heard On A Maine Lake.

Instead of the traditional wooden set up so wondered what is the cost and how aluminum ramps would be so much easily to dismantle.

To transport and set up again using the lightweight ramps in a needed, new handicap location. Without missing much of a delay of service if the folks needing them are made aware of the ones out dotting the community.

Ready quickly to be relocated and to find a new home for the same use by another Maine resident needing a little helping help to ease access when mobility is an issue.

From $334 to nearly $1700 the cost I found for a range. Have seen these rust free sectioned wheel chair ramps at churches, residences and less maintenance one of the biggest assets besides ease in re-use.

Maine River Rafting Water

Hold! Grab The Short Rope, One Paddle Hand Extended! Hang On!

And then there is shipping at this aluminum wheelchair ramp link.

Please share with me other avenues for help with handicap wheelchair access ramp resources in Maine. Will be happy to add them and post on them as they roll in for all to use that really need help getting around.

We have blogged about the Maine home heating oil assistance program before.

Here is some help with  the Maine weatherization housing program.

Help for the elderly, for those that need to have a little discretionary money left over to enjoy life.

Or to save for peace of mind is a good thing for the Maine small town resident. No matter what age. Maine, simple, real, four season living and always most of the time spend outdoors.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

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MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton ME 04730

Left Handed Compliments | How They Work, Why They Happen.

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How does the song go about what the World needs now, is love sweet love?

Hmmmm. Hum a few bars crooned and scribed by Burt from Kansas City at the center stage Yamaha grand piano and you’ll remember the lines. But today the art of left handed compliments. What they are, how they work, why they happen.

The first time I heard the expression I thought about left handed cigarettes.

Those pick, dry, grind and roll your own herbage that are grown way way out back with the saw tooth patterned leaves and buds riddled with THC. But those make you mellow, maybe feisty for the last piece of pizza or cranked to holler using your outdoor recess voice to “turn it up, cause Mister Man, Chummy here comes the good part”.

As you air guitar with the best of them to “Stranglehold”.  Or some Canned Heat, Grateful Dead, Phish tune in the back ground of a smoke filled den of inequity.

Maine Rules, Apply The Ice.

Apply Ice. Playing By The Rules. Living Simply In Maine.

But left handed compliments can miss the mark and still be well intentioned enough.

Like Yogi Berra utterances. a string of malapropisms assembled to make a profound statement that lives on and on. But most left handed compliments are designed to malign and have literary prickly barbs manufactured to sting.

To draw blood, hit an artery to do the most collateral damage.

The Wikipedia definition of a left handed compliment.

A backhanded compliment, also known as a left-handed compliment or asteism, is an insult that is disguised as a compliment. Sometimes, a backhanded compliment may be inadvertent. However, the term usually connotes an intent to belittle or condescend.”

Yeah, what the World needs now is lots more of those. Like anything good or bad, there is an art form, a skill with practice makes perfect.

You must know someone that is gifted at left handed compliments. Can you count the number on one hand?

Maine Social Media.

Maine Explained With Social Media Examples.

You don’t forget these people when you or a loved one is the red dot assassin’s target painted on the mark as the next in line to receive one or two or three.

Made just for you like a chunk of silver melted down, poured into a bullet mold to cool then slid down the long, narrow rifle barrel.

With plenty of gunpowder and cotton wadding to pack it in wicked good for the ready, aim, fire.

Everyday examples of a left handed compliment might include a comment about your newly painted kitchen.

When observed, nothing is said for a pregnant pause moment or two as just the right comment is formulated just so. And then volumes are spewed beyond just the sentence or two. With “Oh my gosh, look your new kitchen color, is that school bus yellow?”

Or “My, my, that dress color is definitely you, it does such a good job of hiding the layer of fat around your waist. Really it does wonders for you.” And “What a beautiful baby boy, just precious and would you look look at how long his arms are, really, just like a monkey he is. Coochie coochie coo. ”

Jimmy Wayne Country Singer

Picking, Grinning, Spinning The Tale At The Maine Affordable Housing Conference. Jimmy Wayne Performs, Tells About His Homelessness Growing Up.

In the movie Step Mom, the jilted ex wife is asked by her young son while the pair ride horses over hill and dale if she thinks Dad’s new, fun, young girlfriend is pretty.

She deliberates, reflects as the steeds walk and cool off from a trot or canter or hand gallop change in the pace of travel. And then utters “She’s kinda pretty, if you like big teeth”.

To which the young son ponders her remark and makes the sincere offer. “I’ll hate her if you want me to Mom”.

To get better at something, to develop a skill of any type, something has to drive the process. The fire in your belly.

Passion to do good, compliment and lift up, cheer a person is the good carrot and stick. Fear, envy, hatred. Not so much good comes out of those lonely ingredients. What goes in, what comes out is black or white but how sensitive the receiving end of the left handed comment is matters too.

If they don’t hit their mark, if no flinch or blush appears on the scene, you’re deemed no fun by the creator of the one of a kind, left handed comment designed just for you. The quip, dig, bite goes unrewarded. The pleasure is in the squirm it would seem. Uncomfortable for all within ear shot matters not to the orator hell bent on election to prove a point eloquently and with perfect timing. To put someone in their place. To call them out.

Maine Fall Foliage Colors.

Maine Is Rich Colors, Simple Pleasures, Natural Beauty.

Why do they do it, have to be snarky?

And how come if you are not the target of the moment, that Gatlin gun will swing high, wide and handsome to your “you are here” location.

To come around and put you in the critical cross hairs. Unless you run for the hills, high tail it to points unknown to shield yourself from the harsh treatment. Or toughen up. Stop being the target.

Seeing the red flag to wave your white one.

An insult insulated to appear as a compliment at first brush or glance. Yup, you have just been served up a left handed compliment.

Can you spot the left handed commenters in a crowd? The pursed, lemon sucking lips are one clue. It takes a lot of energy sucking it out of others and shows up on the face first.

Is the problem we live in a right handed World? And everyone has to just settle down, adjust, toe the line for peace and harmony? And it does take supreme effort because something deep inside, parked down by the soul just makes it that you, I , others can not help ourselves.

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Relax, Unplug, Recharge In Maine. There Is No Bad Time To Unwind. Cross The Big Green Bridge. Visit ME.For A Two Nation Vacation.

Your resentment once you get a handle on your emotions in a left handed conversation turns to curiosity about how and why they do it.

Maine is the 42nd least dense state and all that wide open outdoors increases our awareness. Helps create the space to get along, to be more connected and to over look faults. Less judgemental and more accepting.

We need each other in small Maine towns for the greater good. Get to Maine. Don’t stand her up, keep her waiting. The fresh air, clean water, all this four season unspoiled pure surroundings does a body good.

I’m Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers, ME Broker

207.532.6573 |  info@mooersrealty.com  |

MOOERS REALTY 69 North Street Houlton Maine 04730