In September and October, there is no finer place to be than Maine. The asters are in glorious bloom by the side of the road.
And many of the trees are a blaze of color. In autumn, I give thanks that I was born in Maine and have chosen to stay here.
Yesterday was Clif’s birthday and yet again we threw caution and carbs to the wind. We went to the Red Barn for some of their delicious fried seafood—scallops for Clif and shrimp for me. Very tasty.
I am sorry to report that masks and social distancing seemed to be optional, which meant we weren’t quite as relaxed as we might have been. Because we were outdoors, we weren’t terribly worried, but why oh why can’t people wear a mask when they pick up their orders and/or keep their damned distance?
An interesting sign of the times. The Barn has invested in bubbles for small groups to gather. They plan to install heaters so that outside eating can continue into November and December, when the glories of fall have passed and Maine weather is usually pretty brisk.
On their Facebook page, the Barn has stated that they have a cleaning regimen to make the bubbles safe for customers.
We’ll probably pass on using one of the bubbles. Our dietary regimen and our budget pretty much preclude eating out most of the time. But I know that many restaurants are struggling during this pandemic, and the bubbles might be a safe way to extend the Barn’s on-site dining during the pandemic.
On his birthday, Clif found something in our local grocery store that made him very happy—a low-carb beer that actually tastes good.
This is the trick for staying on a strict diet—finding substitutes that taste good so that you don’t feel deprived. Clif and I have managed to find many replacements for high-carb, high caloric treats. (Of course, we also eat lots of fruit and veggies and other healthy food.)
I just ordered a tin of chocolate mint tea in the hopes that it might satisfy my sweet tooth (teeth?).
And if any of you have suggestions, please chime in.