"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Monday, August 08, 2011

Two Guests

Over a week ago, I adopted another deer mouse. This one was much younger than the previous one.

It slept through the day and ate in the evening. It was such a sound sleeper than I called it Rip, for Rip Van Winkel.

On Thursday my childhood friend (Larry Hamilton knows her real name!) made her annual visit to New Hampshire.

She had her first dinner at La Carreta in Manchester almost as soon as she de-planed.

The next day she and I and the two dogs came to the lake cottage. We stopped along the way at the Pick Your Own fruit farm.

First we picked blueberries.

Then we picked raspberries.

The day after that we went to lunch at El Centenario in Wolfeboro, then shopped at the famous annual Huggins Hospital Fair. After we exited the book tent with our purchases, they announced that everything for sale was half-price. So I got a DKNY merino wool skirt for $2.50 (just marked down from $5.00), and a little purse for the same price and an electric clock AM-FM radio ("tested ok") for only $1! She found some flannel pajamas for $1.50. I hadn't been to the fair for several years (during which we donated stuff but didn't attend) and forgot how amazing it is!

Yesterday we made two pies, they finished baking by the time the Chap arrived from church. (In the photo he took we're wearing the super-cute aprons she bought for us...she brings hers along so we can both wear them while cooking.)

We went to East of Suez for dinner last night. The goat cheese rangoons were everything I hoped, and the Pad Thai was amazing. The Chap and Larry's wife both had Phillipine dishes, pancit noodles and chicken adobo.

Last night the deer mouse seemed to be showing an interest in leaving its temporary habitat. It also became apparent that Rip was a she. So we started calling her Ripa.

This morning we took her to the same place where I released the other mouse.

She climbed up her stick and darted off into a pile of brush.

This was our road trip day, a circumnavigation of Lake Winnipesaukee. (The Chap was dog-sitter and took the girls back home to the Lodge.)

We drove down the Bay and up the other side, arriving at the Tamarack exactly at lunchtime.

We both ordered lobster rolls. It was the most claw meat I've ever had in a single lobster roll!

In Meredith we shopped. And shopped again in Moultonborough at the old Country Store. And lastly in Wolfeboro, where we bought matching t-shirts. When we returned to our dock for adult alcoholic beverages and sunset views, we had a photo op.

For supper we had salmon scrambled eggs with leftovers of the salmon she cooked for me on our first night at the cottage.

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