Welcoming Winter? (in Portland, Maine)

I’m leaving the ‘?’ because we’ve really only had a handful of “winter” feeling days, so I’m not sure if we’re welcoming him or not. And yes, winter feels like a man. Summer feels like a lady. I don’t know why.

Anyways, I’ve got a month’s worth of photos to randomly update about, so here we go in chronological order…

“What’s the most inexpensive and satisfying boat project you’ve ever done?” asked no one. Since you asked, here it is:

New sailboat cushion upholstery

We reupholstered our upper cushions, FOREVER ELIMINATING the dreadful droopy velcro awfulness. I don’t know what it is about cushions that won’t STAY IN THEIR DAMN PLACE, but I swear those droopy cushions bothered me more than most boat-related tribulations 🙂 The new ones cost approximately $18 to construct and they don’t fall down, forever placing them in my “favourite boat project” category.


“How’s the jewelry going Leah?”, you might wonder… to which I would respond “AMAZINGLY WELL” and “PLEASE CAN WE PLAY SHOW & TELL?!?”

(apologies to all my friends who actually did have to play show and tell with me… you are all the best)

Bright Beyond Belief - Smoky Quartz Ring

Bright Beyond Belief - Red Garnet Ring

Bright Beyond Belief - White Sapphire and Silver Necklace

Bright Beyond Belief - Golden Citrine Earrings

Jess and I upped the jewelry game, taking it from a side hobby to a real, live, 4-day (!!!) craft fair. Where we rocked matching shirts and gorgeous gems, of course 🙂

Kruger girls rocking the craft fair

Kruger girls rocking the craft fair

(When I visit my sister in Vancouver I try to make up for the lack of sister-hugs by stealing the love every chance I get)

Kruger sister love

“What else did you do in Vancouver, Leah?”

So glad you asked! I found snow (which had – up to that point – been missing in Maine)…

First snow was in Vancouver

And hiked up a mountain to chop down a tree with my dad and Poppa… this year we managed to NOT choose an 18′ tree, much to my Grandma’s relief 🙂

Cutting down the Christmas tree with dad and Poppa

And I even dragged dad out cross-country skiing… where he promptly left me in the dust (powder?) as I huffed and puffed my way up the hills behind him…

Skiing with dad

Skiing with dad in Silverstar

“How’s the weather been in Maine, Leah?”

Oh my new favourite topic! Or favorite, I guess, since we’re now talking about Maine 😉

Well up until yesterday it had been downright balmy! Necessitating UHAUL parking lot selfies (we’re not moving, we just fill our baby boat propane tanks here)

Still sunny in Maine!

Christmas on the boat was very sweet…

Christmas aboard - simple gifts

Christmas aboard - a baby lavender tree

With great blue skies…

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And short-sleeve selfies…

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A dozen crabs…

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A half-dozen lobsters…

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And more ridiculous blue skies!!

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But then the cold came…

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And then the snow came 🙂

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Now we get to *really* find out if our bubble does its job or not…

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SO FAR, so good 🙂

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And the blizzard didn’t keep us from walking to the cheap theatres for $5 Tuesdays, so I can’t complain 🙂

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So winter, you’re welcome for now, but don’t stay for too long, k?



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