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Old 12-02-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport Maine
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Default Winter Hobbies

Most of you know that mensaguy and I love to yard sale, estate sale, auction in the summer. Now that it's coming on winter, it's hard to find those wonderful sales. But, we bought our new floors for the Eastport house last Saturday at an architectural sale here.

The house is slated to be torn down in January and it's close to the same age as our house in Eastport. The Urban Renewal Commission in that neighborhood owns the house and they decided to sell all the house details. They sold the front porch columns, the baseboards, mantles, crown mouldings, windows, doors and we got the oak floors which for the most part are in very good shape. This is a four unit apartment building made over from a two dwelling house back towards the turn of the last century.

And the best part is that we bought the period flooring for $600. Bad news is that mensaguy has to take it up himself on Saturday.

So, what do you do in the winter that makes you happy or helps your pocketbook?
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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i like to snowshoe with the kids.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Ellsworth
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Snowshoe and cross country ski with the dogs. Go to wine tastings. Cook elaborate meals. Read in front of the woodstove with as many animals as can fit in the chair with me. Take a weekend trip to Portland to window shop and try a new restaurant. Go to the huge Marden's store in Waterville.
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Sittin' on the rocks at the bay...
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This winter I'll be finishing up the rehab of my dads house in Ft. Lauderdale (so I get to hang with Mermie, yay!) But while I'm still home on the Cape, I'm working on a traditional rug hooking... a 3' x 4' rug for the floor area between my kitchen work area and the eating area.

The pattern was from a jigsaw puzzle I bought back in 94 (a woven basket with fruit). Inside the box, they had the line drawing for the rug. I took it to a place in Camden and they blew the drawing up for me. Searsport Rug Hooking co-owner Julie, helped me pick the wool colors to work with my decor. It's going to be beautiful when it's done. Check with me in December 2018 and see how far I've gotten with it. lmao
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Sittin' on the rocks at the bay...
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HaPpY bIrThDaY CoRgIs!!!!!

Hope your day is extra special my fellow Sagitarrian!!! Enjoy your cake and ice cream!
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Van Buren
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Ice Fishing with my Father, Alpine skiing, x-country skiing, hiking deboulie mountain, snowshoeing with my dog (Sadie), and snowmobiling of coarse! The kids just love the outdoors as well so it makes my winters that much more fun!
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Old 12-02-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I don't think I do anything that saves money. I need to finish a braided rug I started almost two years ago. We put children in plastic containers and fling them down steep banks, ice fish, snow shoe and snowmobile. There are a million things to do in the winter! I spend a lot of time curled up in a chair by the fire with a couple of seed catalogs and books.
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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I don't think I do anything that saves money.
Amen to that!

I love to go ice-fishing myself. Also our German Shepherd, Jana, reverts to puppyhood in the snow! Really funny to watch.

What I enjoy the most about winter is...going out on the back porch when the snow is falling hard. It makes such a soft sound, you can hardly hear it. To me, it's the best sound of the season.

Then DW will call me in "to finish cleaning up the dining room where you left all that stuff" or some such. Ruins the whole mood, ya know?
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:41 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Most of you know that mensaguy and I love to yard sale, estate sale, auction in the summer. Now that it's coming on winter, it's hard to find those wonderful sales. But, we bought our new floors for the Eastport house last Saturday at an architectural sale here.

The house is slated to be torn down in January and it's close to the same age as our house in Eastport. The Urban Renewal Commission in that neighborhood owns the house and they decided to sell all the house details. They sold the front porch columns, the baseboards, mantles, crown mouldings, windows, doors and we got the oak floors which for the most part are in very good shape. This is a four unit apartment building made over from a two dwelling house back towards the turn of the last century.

And the best part is that we bought the period flooring for $600. Bad news is that mensaguy has to take it up himself on Saturday.

So, what do you do in the winter that makes you happy or helps your pocketbook?

Is that the house by Michenor Street that's almost falling down? I might find some stuff for here.
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Old 12-02-2008, 03:48 PM
 
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NOthing to save money really but I love to start a new quilt project, and on snowy days, I love to cook up a storm.
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