I’m whatever the opposite of a foodie is. I’m not much interested in the preparation, consumption or culture of food. It takes too much time. I especially dislike eating in restaurants, which can chew up hours of daylight. In the summer I live on a diet of protein bars. Not only do I lose weight, I waste very little time with the pesky business of food.
However, I have some genuine gourmets staying at my house this week, drawn in part by the fame of the mid-coast restaurant scene. They wanted to go out for breakfast. I doubted they would be satisfied with a dollar menu item from McDonald’s and I know you can always get something nice—and fast—at the Belfast Co-op.
It was a beautiful day at Stonington, the harbor singing its siren song of “paint me, paint me.” However, I had arranged to meet my family in Acadia, so north I went. After lunch I planned to set up at Thunder Hole to paint while they hiked and biked.
A few raindrops as we ate sandwiches began to coalesce into a blowing fog. “Let’s go up Cadillac Mountain and see if we can get above it,” I suggested. No such luck; the peak was blanketed in white.
We proceeded to Thunder Hole, where it was raining and only slightly foggy. I was choosing my spot to paint when my husband pointed out that the thunder we were hearing wasn’t the roar from Thunder Hole but actual, atmospheric thunder.
I will paint in rain—to a point—and I like fog, but I’m afraid of electrical storms, particularly when using a metal pochade box.
“To heck with it,” I said. “Let’s go walk on the sand bar at Bar Harbor. The tide’s almost out anyway.” Which we did, and which was lovely.
I have a painting board from my pal Jamie Williams Grossman that I urgently want to test. “I can sneak in a quick painting this evening after I get home,” I told myself.
It wasn’t until I was driving home that I realized we’d get there after 7:30. If I were alone, I would skip dinner, but the six guests in my house might get fractious. So we stopped for supper in Lincolnville. I didn’t get home until 9 PM, and painting was off the table.
Oh, well. They leave tomorrow. I can paint anytime, but time with my family is precious.
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