Clam Rolls On

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The short vacation back home lead to a shortened work week, which I loved. The clam roll at Lenny and Joe’s, where we ate dinner our last night in Connecticut, lead to heart burn for Etta, which she did not like.

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My chefs welcomed me back to Chicago with a taste of delicious caldo de res, a traditional beef stew from Mexico, which will be featured on our upcoming seasonal menu at Xoco. I ate the whole thing.

Grass Island Sunset

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Our last day in Connecticut, Etta and I tackled a list of chores for Yaunter. We moved rugs, cleaned windows (I made her promise not to climb any ladders!) and repaired technology.

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I love her so much, and am so lucky to have her love in my life. Aunt Judy is my East rock.

Fishing with Glenn, part 2

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Going home makes me realize how much I love my elders. I wish it was possible to visit Glenn and his world more often.

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Glenn graciously gave us a green terrarium and small plant to bring back for Aunty.

Ham Shack

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Glenn has the antennae and control room to operate a ham radio, a skill he has mastered over years of practice.

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He said, “Believe it or not, I get nine on air tv channels with this old antenna. No cable bill here. Note the mast mounted preamp on the right. Channels 2,4,5,7,25,38,44,56,and 68.”

Up on the Roof

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Etta and I climbed to the widow’s watch above the third floor of Glenn’s house, to watch the August sun set.

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She offered me her chicken bone but I was full.

Campfire at Dusk

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Glenn cooked slow-cooked ribs for us, from a pig raised at his neighbors farm and seasoned wonderfully.

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Glenn also made chicken confit, and fresh squash from his garden.

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His friend Kim came over and we enjoyed telling stories and listening to music beside a campfire at dusk.

Backyard Hiding Spot

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Glenn had a hand in the celebration of 250 years since Winchendon’s founding: some even say he saved the day.

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The boat carrying all the fireworks launched into Whitney Pond from a ramp he allowed the town to build on his property.

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Whitney Pond, all natural and beautiful, is enjoyed by more folks than ever now that the bike path running along its shore has been completed.

Backyard Berries

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Winchendon is beautiful to visit at all times of the year, especially with how warm the wood stove keeps the house in winter.

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For seasonal treats, its hard to beat August.

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The blueberries are so thick this year, Glenn invested in a blueberry rake.

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Aunty stayed on at home with the dog, so we brought Winchendon to her in the form of backyard berries.

Back Home in Winchendon

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Etta and I drove the rental van up to her dad’s place, where she grew up, on the Massachusetts / New Hampshire border. Winchendon was also home to my grandfather, Bop Bop’s, best friend Tap.

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Etta missed her dad and the chickens. I just missed Glenn.

Ruth J. Flanigan

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As a kid, my family used to take us to Shady Glen for ice cream. We would eat our treats out in the parking lot. My sister, cousin Amy and I would then roll down the steep grassy hill. These days, I prefer my milkshakes in a glass.

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Inside the restaurant, there are these amazing murals depicting elves on the coast. There are caves, shipwrecks, hamburgers, French fries, and ice cream treats. These elves, being elves, help themselves to whatever they like. The art is attributed to Ruth J. Flanigan and C. E. Kirk, from 1977. If anyone stumbles upon this post, and has more information, please share it in the comments.

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