Maine is beautiful! Is it the time of year? No, not really. Maine is beautiful all year long! We live in an isolated area with few people and love it! Of course our friends here probably wouldn’t think we are isolated but they didn’t come from Florida where mostly everywhere is crowded with too many people and too many cars. Here our little town has a population of 643. Here we have the opportunity every single day to enjoy what God created and appreciate what He has blessed us with. New hip included!
Blessing number one is having family close by. Not all our family, but our son Jason, his wife Bobbie and the Frankles decided to move here also – after visiting here just one night. The next morning they had questions about cost of living and what would it take to get them here. It wasn’t long afterwards till they were headed this way. Probably the biggest challenge was finding jobs that would support them. Not a lot of full-time employment in this area and none with the pay they were used to in Florida. But they are making enough. And the Frankles is in an area where they don’t have to worry about her getting hurt going to and from school. They don’t have to worry about home break-ins and armed robberies. They don’t have to worry about muggings. You know, the things that could happen when they lived in the Orlando area. People here in this part of Maine have no idea what I’m talking about. About the things Jason heard and saw as a police 9-1-1 dispatcher in Orlando, or that Bobbie saw as an officer on the street, or that Mark and I saw and had to deal with when we were law enforcement in Gainesville, Florida. Google the Gainesville Student Murders sometimes and you will understand. Just another reason to love Maine. Now, if we could get Kali and Nicole to move up here we would be great! Sorry, that got a little wordy!
Blessing number two is sights like this every single day! Blessed. And we love it! I am just going to show you some crazy stuff, that ok?
Check out this mushroom. Can you see the black goo dripping off it? This starts as a solid white, tall mushroom that reminds me a lot of a roll of tightly wound white twine. Over a few days, it fans out, then the sides drop down and finally this goo drips off, then the whole thing kind of disintegrates into the ground and disappears. Weird.
At nighttime we get literally 30 – 40 of these on the front porch because there is a light there. We get moths of all shapes and sizes and colors and some of them stick around the next morning for photo shoots. Hahahahaha!
Isn’t he pretty?
It is harvest time. Time to bring in all the potatoes. And let me tell you if you love potatoes – this is the place to be! Potato famers plant hundreds and hundreds of acres of potatoes – and that is probably not even a big enough number. (Nope, Google says 63,000 acres of potatoes are planted in Aroostook County each year. Wow!) And now it is time to harvest before the temperatures drop lower. Everywhere we see equipment that I don’t names of. Trucks that go down the rows and literally scoop the potatoes out of the ground. Trucks that shoot them into the big trucks like the blue one in this photo that takes the potatoes to wherever they take them to. We aren’t real clear on that yet. Hey, we’ve only lived here three years. Hahahaha!
This is what a semi truck of potatoes looks like. And we pass a number of these trucks every day right now. I wonder how many potatoes a truck like that holds? Ok, fun fact. I just googled and 1.65 billion pounds of potatoes are harvested each year in Maine. Wow!!! That’s a whole of lot of French fries and curly fries!
Yesterday we got stuck behind this guy. He is pulling the piece of equipment that scoops the potatoes out of the ground. I think. Thankfully it pulled off the road before long.
And they work until evening when the light leaves. Bringing in the potatoes. If you look at the top of this truck you can see the potatoes mounded up that high. And a really cool thing I love about this area – after the potatoes are harvested, the farmers let the people go in with buckets or boxes or bags and pick up all the leftover potatoes. The ones that were too small or just plain didn’t get scooped up. A lot of people keep their families fed during the long cold winter with potatoes that were free. Mainers help Mainers. We didn’t have that in Florida. You may get help from your church family but not from anyone else. This is pretty cool.
And one more blessing. We have sights like this literally everywhere. So much beautiful to be had here! Can you understand just a little why we love it here?