Hello Summer! The gift of living in a state with four seasons.

Today is the first official day of summer. It always feels anticlimactic. Our weather has been teasing summer for awhile now. The warmer days arrived earlier breaking up the cooler and often much damper days of spring. It always happens slowly. An unexpected day or two where temperatures climb higher than expected. A gently reminder to hang on because warmer days are coming.

We have four seasons in Maine. Some people say five. They count spring twice. The warmer days of early spring when everything reawakens. And, the much maligned mud season. I only count spring once. Maybe because it’s actually my least least favorite season. The mosquitoes dominate these milder months and as the snow retreats it leaves everything brown and anemic until finally a burst of green improves the palette.

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Get cozy, stay warm and binge one of these seven shows this winter.

I love winter. I’ve posted many blogs about winter hiking and embracing the cold weather. Last April for the A to Z Blogging Challenge, my theme was “Winter in Maine“.  I really like winter. That hasn’t changed. I’m still a fan.

But, sometimes when the temperatures drop, I grab the remote and click on the propane fireplace as I flip-up the footrest on my nearby recliner. I settle into the chair with my favorite fuzzy blanket draped over all but my arms and head. Before I get cozy, I make sure that the nearby table has everything I could possibly need for an extended period including remotes, a snack or two and a seltzer, or glass of wine, or both.

Hunkering down and streaming a new show is one of my favorite weekend activities and this winter I succumbed even more easily than usual probably because my youngest left for college so I’m still adjusting to the empty nest. Streaming does fill the time.

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Looking for something fun to do? Check out a local Trivia Night.

Our first home had an extra bedroom that we turned into an office where we setup our brand new desk top computer.  We spent many evenings as newlyweds huddled in front of the computer, drinking wine while we playing trivia on the internet. I honestly don’t remember which site hosted the games although my husband thinks it was on AOL. He’s probably right. It was 1995 and we were connecting via a dial-up modem. The horror.

I also don’t remember if we won or lost but know that we always had fun. While much has changed in twenty eight years our love of a good trivia match has not. And, we are not alone.

There’s a reason Jeopardy has been on longer than I’ve been alive. People like trivia games. I read an article recently about how the HQ Trivia App is a huge phenomenon drawing millions of people to their live digital trivia games. For more information on this latest craze check out this article from Time Magazine Inside HQ Trivia’s Intense Question-Writing Process.

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#AtoZChallenge | Q is for Quiet and Winter’s Slower Pace

When we bought our house in Maine, it was a true Maine camp having had a series of haphazard additions in the previous decades that left it with little charm other than the backyard which had lake frontage and gorgeous views. Sadly, those views were obstructed by an enclosed porch that circled the back and side of the house. But, it had an abundance of knotty pine and one good viewing spot in the kitchen.

One other thing it did have that we hadn’t expected was heat. It was usable year round. Our original thought had been to only spend summers in Maine but since there was heat we started making the trek up on weekends in the winter.

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#AtoZChallenge | M is for Mist and a Magical Transformation

Winter mist is probably my favorite winter scene. It arrives unexpectedly and makes everything it touches eerie and surreal.

“Mist is tiny droplets of water hanging in the air. These droplets form when warmer water in the air is rapidly cooled, causing it to change from invisible gas to tiny visible water droplets.”1

When the conditions are right, it creates a magical landscape. It also has this amazing way of draining color from the scene. All my photos in this post are color but the mist seems to wash most of the color away leaving behind unsaturated wondrous images.

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