Opening Up Our Maine Cottage

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It’s that time of year again. We celebrate the New Year three times. One is the opening up of our summer place in Brunswick early in May. It’s still too cold to enjoy fully, but the anticipation of the summer ahead makes up for any shivering. We will start staying in earnest towards the end of the month. In the meantime, I truly don’t know if I am coming or going .

We are never sure what we will encounter after leaving it unattended all winter. Well, not entirely unattended. Some years, the mice and other critters make a winter home of it, leaving us with by now abandoned nests full of half-eaten acorns to clean up. Nothing like the raccoon that invaded one of the cottages we rent out. What a mess! Somehow the animal had crawled down the flue of a unused chimney and pushed out the protective cover. I ended up having to cement up the hole.

I’ll be back after a few days.

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