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For Memorial Day weekend my friend Kasey came out from Chicago for a visit – we got to do some catching up, get in some shopping, eat some seafood, and soak in the sun.

Baby Mallard

We had a picnic at Evergreen and saw baby ducks and snapping turtles.

Can't believe Mom let me get this close

Played a string of candlepin and a few bucks worth of pinball.

Candlepin

Caught the sunset at Prout’s Neck

Sunset at Prout's Neck

Picked up lupines and local food from the farmer’s market – including some tasty greens from my favorite farmers.

Lupine Lady

Hula Hooping Skills

We did some shopping for clothes in Freeport.

Twinsies

And some shopping for shellfish in Portland

Selecting Steamers

Caught a game at the ballpark (the first time I ever saw the Seadogs win!)

At the Ballpark

Beer at the Ballpark

Made a fabulous local feast – including  Mr. Cleaver’s scallops, Kasey’s lobster and clam chowdah, and my first (quite successful) attempt at crab cakes

Ready for his closeup

Crabcakes

Local Feast

Lobster Tail

A trip to the chilly beach and a slightly warmer lighthouse.

Braving the Icy Waters

And don’t worry – Mr. Cleaver didn’t miss out on all the fun – he just didn’t make it into all that many pictures!

(and thanks to Kasey for the great time and the use some of your photos – you’re welcome back anytime)

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Jazz Hands

This Thanksgiving, Mr. Cleaver and I had the pleasure of hosting my big brother Luke and his lovely wife Jen for a few days. I think we crammed two days worth of activities into each one, showed the family some Portland-area highlights and had an all-around good time.

Becky's Diner

In Action

Capturing the Throw

Buying Peace Fleece at Knit Wit

My Guys

A Motley Crew

In Motion

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As if the Common Ground Fair on Sunday wasn’t enough, this Thursday I skipped work an hour early and Mr.Cleaver and I headed to the Cumberland County Fair.

There were cute kids on rides (check out the tongue action on this “Biker Chick”):

Biker

Up to the Super Slide

Fair Food for Dinner:
Fry Lover

Prize Winners:
Handspun Winners

Baked Goods

Cute Animals:
My Egg

Please Release Me

Supper Time

Pancake the Cow

4-H Pig Races (worth the price of admission alone):
Aaaand they're off!!

Snack Break

an International Ox Pull
Ox Pull

and sneaking it all in before it started to rain.

Ominous Winds

With a rainy Saturday, the Mr. and I took a trip over to Westbrook for Candlepin Bowling and $2.25 worth of Pinball:

Maine is Candlepin Country

Down the Center Line

Focusing