Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summery Update Part B

Hubby on Annual Fishing Trip!

Q: Dear Nina, what's been going on in your neck of the woods?

A: A whole bunch of stuff!


1. Hubby did his annual fly-fishing trip to British Columbia. See photo above. He caught numerous fish and had only one near run-in with a family of Grizzly bears. Success!

2. Took the family to Portland, Maine for a quickie summer trip. Here are the kids in Cape Elizabeth...



And here are a few pics from the GREATEST botanic garden, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay. I fell madly in love with this place.





3. My hubby took me to Newport, Rhode Island for my birthday. We had a lovely tour of The Elms, and then had a lobster roll for lunch. Happy Birthday to me!







4. I flew to Pittsburgh to visit my sister and mom, and to give a talk to the Three Rivers Romance Writers. It was so much fun to see my family. Favorite activity: dressing up in crazy outfits and dancing to Madonna. 

The Roth Girls Reunited

5. My office make-over is pretty much complete. It involved cleaning out the junk, painting the walls cheery yellow, and redecorating with colorful, quirky items.

BEFORE...

RUN AWAY!

AFTER...

Much better!

6. My main gardening project has been harvesting the overgrown raspberry bushes. Yummy!



7.  Unfortunate Home Apocalypse: Not sure why, but my house starting falling apart this summer. Fence broke. Phone broke. Washing machine broke and flooded basement. One AC broke and leaked through ceiling. 2nd AC broke and leaked through ceiling. 3rd AC leaked...onto carpet. We're about 3/4 of the way through fixing things, removing things. The biggest project was removal of wet, moldy stuff in the basement. It took 2 days, multiple dump trucks. But the deed is done!

BEFORE...



AFTER...



8. What are you guys doing this summer? Any fun trips, gardening projects, home projects? Let me know!

Love to all, 

Nina

9 comments:

Tasha B. said...

Your office looks great! I heard on The Chew that lobster rolls are crazy expensive this year, like $40. True? I’ve never even had a lobster roll, being landlocked and all.

Julia Barrett said...

Oh Nina Penny! Such an amazing and terrible summer! Love the photos and I miss you! Another busy day in the mountains. Will be in touch ASAP! XOXO!

Penelope said...

Hi Tasha! Thank you. 40 for lobster roll? Maybe at a chi-chi place, but not at a lobster shack. You need to plan a visit to Boston and I will take you out for lobster roll and a beer. THIS MUST HAPPEN!

Penelope said...

Hi Julia! Yes, amazing and terrible at the same time. This is true. Have fun in the mountains! xoxoxoxoxo

JenM said...

I went hiking in Acadia National Park in June and visited both Booth Bay and Cape Elizabeth on a lovely drive up from Portland. I live in CA and people on the west coast rarely go to Maine so everyone was like "you are going where??" Had an amazing lobster roll at a lobster shack with what seemed like a pound of fresh lobster stuffed into a toasted bread roll for $20. Aside from that, no home apocalypse, but we did do a major renovation of our spare bedroom (and did all the work ourselves), so I feel your pain.

Penelope said...

Hi JenM! I LOVE Acadia. That's a great trip. I love driving up the coast, through Camden and Kennebunkport and Ogunquit and all the sweet towns in Maine. So much fun. Glad you had a nice visit!

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