Tuesday, June 30, 2009


This is Katie, Lisa's daughter.
She's asked me to post a blog for her explaining how she's sorry she
hasn't had the time to post blogs or update her facebook for the past
few days because we have been pretty busy with moving, Packing, Unpacking,
Cleaning, arranging and so on.
Besides all that today we finished completely cleaning out the old
house (With the help of my aunt and uncle who flew in last night from Florida) and we have few rooms set up.
The kitchens my favorite so far though.
We don't have sophie over here yet and frankly I enjoy not having dogs around (And personally I could live without Sophie)

I'm sure as soon as she has more time she'll post a massive post with about fifty million pictures and such.

Until then.

~Katie Gurney

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Last night, I attended a cooking class, put on by this sweet girls,(holding her precious chicken ) mother.

I've known Lori for years. Since High School actually.

Cooking classes, well, can be boring. Yup, boring...

Even when the instructor provides coffee,

a beautiful table setting to dine at,

while she cooks with the back drop of a gorgeous kitchen recently remodeled by her very talented husband

(my dream fridge. LOVE IT!!!)

But girlfriends, if you think we were bored last night, honey, you'd be wrong! Sooo wrong!

Lori is the most fun, funny, talented, wonderful, person anyone could know! Not only does she cook amazing dishes, she makes you laugh the whole evening so much, you rethink not wearing your depends.

She even has her good friend/neighbor Jen help her out when the apple gets stuck.

She cooked and cooked.

And cooked and cooked.

We laughed and drooled, laughed and drooled!

"Wait a minute, did I just make 8 summer salads?"

You did Lori, you did.

If I say we ate like pigs,

would you hold it against me?

Because really, we couldn't help ourselves. And just when you think your belly couldn't be any more full, and all you want to do is veg for a bit... the music begins.

and so does the dancing!

Dancing at a cooking class you ask? Yup we sang and danced forever and a day.

This is my second class I've attended. You know I've already signed up for the next one! You wish you could come don't ya!

La, la, la, la, la, la, La, la, la, la, la, la, La, la, la, la, La, la, la, la, la, la, Those were the days, oh yes, those were the days!

I love you Lorilee Albergetti!

La, la, la, la, la, la, from Maine

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


I am so NOT motivated to do anything today. And believe me, I have plenty to do. All of the rain we've had, day after rainy day has just caught up with me I guess. I am glad that I had to get up and out the door this morning for 7:30, to meet with these folks.

This is "the strategy" for the two hour donut pass out to area businesses.

Volunteers from church handed out 250 dozen donuts this morning as a way to say "Hello, we're Element 3 Church, and we would love for you to join us for a block party this Wednesday!"

Linda and Al are always there to lend a hand.

There is a church group from Georgia that traveled almost 40 hours just to spend the week with us and help out.

MaryEllen is handling food for this event.

We all gathered at Hillmans Bakery to load up the cars,

I grabbed these four helpers from the Georgia group. Dylan, Mitch, Morgan, and Kevin. They rode with me.

They were so good at greeting people. Being friendly, and giving them a big Jesus smile

They often got a good response. After all, who doesn't like free donuts?

Oh yeah, did I mention it rained.

This is my group with my brother Tod. He and his wife own a local business. He says he doesn't smile anymore. Must be the economy. He's always good for a big brother hug and an I love you!

Some merchants even opened up a little early for us.

Others were waited on (in the rain of course), until they got back from dumping their morning garbage.

I'll be spending more time with these four in the next few days. Lots of "Yes mam's and all that southern politeness this mother loved. Very sweet, polite kids who love God and are willing to take time out of their summer to share Him with others.

And in spite of all the unusual rain, they all said they still like Maine!!! Me too!!!

Hugs from Maine

Monday, June 22, 2009


Often when I'm making suppa, I turn Barefoot on. It kinda feels like I'm over at her house. In her fabulous kitchen. Cooking with her. (I know, don't tell my peeps. They already think I'm a little crazy. Their teenagers. What do they know?!)

She's so easy to be around. Her in her comfy shirts, all cotton/rayon like. So casual, welcoming. And shes barefoot! A girl after my own heart. (Hey, I wonder if she has one of those scrub brushes for her feet? Hummmmm...)

So I was cooking spagett, (you know from a jar. Me, not Ina ), and I just got this craving.

for this,

I remembered I had some in the fridge. (mine, not Ina's) My peeps hate this so I actually have something of my own that they don't touch. EVER!!! Blue Eyed Husband doesn't take kindly to it either. Yeah, lovin that!

So here I sit, across from Barefoot, cooking spagett from a jar, eating Pepperidge Farm Coconut Cake.

Good thing she's so easy going. Love ya Ina.

I think I'll get a second piece.

Hugs from Maine

411 GOD

I want to share with you this site that has blessed my socks off! (Well, I wear flip-flops, but same thing).

It's called 411 God. Here is the sites description,

The 411

What 411God.net is all about.

What if God came to you? What if He helped you know what to do? What if He gave you confidence about your future? How ‘bout if He called you on your cell? Would ya answer?

God speaks. He wrote a book and He wants you to know it....Here's a chance for you to get it on your terms.

Check it out: it's a minute of Bible on your phone.

Now, when their cell phone rings, people everywhere can listen to God's Word and start to know Him better. Would you help us make it happen?

This sweet new service is called 411God. The Bible read just for you. The way you understand it; when it’s cool for you. Morning—noon—night. You set the time. Your phone rings....You answer—you listen.

Simple. Convenient. Understandable. Life Changing.

We’re all busy people. So, get the Bible on your phone with 411God.

So take a moment and check it out. I love it!

Hugs from Maine

Sunday, June 21, 2009


I took another "my style" quiz over at Sproost. Take a look at how it came back

Traditional Country
Even if your backyard isn't acres of farmland and you don't actually have a chicken coop, your house sure brings you back to a time when that was the case. You love spaces that feel casual and lived in. Furniture is practical and comfortable, and yet at the same time its very stylish. The best part of country style is how much it highlights collection and found objects. Antiques here, garage sale finds there and Aunt Milly's hand-me-downs throughout. Unique items that used to serve very practical purposes are now on display, and their history seems to permeate the home. Each space in the home seems to invite friends and family to come in and stay a while. There is a true sense of home felt throughout

Yup, thats me.

Hugs from Maine

Saturday, June 20, 2009


It finally stopped raining here today in the state of Maine. Seriously, even I was getting a little overwhelmed with all of it. I tried to get things done in the garage. Sift through junk/stuff, keep, throw. Erica came over at a break in the mess, and said, "Lets bring something over to the "new" place. Lets have some fun!"

She knows me well, (twenty years ). She knew I needed a little fun. We grabbed some things, put them in back of 24 year olds car, and off we went. Just 3 streets over!!!

Don't they look great? The twins with their sister in the middle. You can almost feel the people before us sitting in them... rocking, chatting. Enjoying the evening air.

I was so excited to see how easily these two pieces fit into the space.

This table has to be one of my favorite pieces! I've always wanted one. My goodfriend Melaine spotted one at the meat store the other day and got on the cell to me to let me know. It is an industrial table, and boy, is it sturdy!

I can't wait to "pretty it up". I'll keep you posted.

Hugs from Maine


I spent the afternoon with 13 year old and her friends cleaning out the garage yesterday. They were so sweet. Everytime I'd look around at all we had to do, get overwhelmed with the task at hand, they would say something like, "It's O.K. Miss Lisa, we're making progress." They even stopped at one point, held hands and prayed for me. I love 13 year olds friends. They are precious. Truly precious.

In the midst of all of the stuff/junk, I found gold. Yup, real gold. At least to this mothers heart. It is a letter written by 18 year old when he was quite a bit younger, and signed by the rest of the peeps. It was my Mothers Day "card". Here it is,

It says...

I love mom because she always helps me when I need help. You do all the kinds of things that make me love you. One thing you do for me, when I ask you, "Can you do this for me? " And, you like my friends. And the thing that I probably like the most is that you home school us and you like being with us.

Love, Matthew, Katelyn, Zack


Gold I tell you. Priceless gold.

Hugs from Maine

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Last Saturday was a beautiful morning for garage sales. I mean look at this beauty. Isn't she awesome. (Blue Eyed Husband scuffed her up a little when he loaded her in the suburban. But hey, I'm not complaining.)

And sitting right beside her, the twins. These are original but the gentleman that sold them refinished them. I just love them. They were only $15 each.

I love this old step stool. It spoke to me. I think it was saying, "Lisa, please take me home". Yup that was it.

And even though this might look a little ruff around the edges, it came from a clean house, and it was only $5. I found a white bedspread to throw over it.

And another great find at the same garage sale was this. I'll put it out this winter with berries and ice skates.

Hugs from Maine