It’s Monday in Maine

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Monday, Monday……….. it’s Monday in Maine!

Starting this week, I’ll be doing a Monday feature called “It’s Monday in Maine”.  Posts will be all about this amazing state, so I look forward to sharing beautiful Maine with you.  When most people think of Maine, they think of lobsters, lighthouses and our rocky coast.  And the Maine coast is both beautiful and rugged but there is so much more to Maine.  It’s a very diverse state with lots of things to see and do.

John Deere B Tractor, Maine, Maine snowstorm, winterin Maine
Bill’s Tractor Barn and John Deere B tractor are covered with snow after a winter snow storm in Sherman, Maine.

Right now, it’s winter in Maine, and in very northern Maine where I live,it has been a very cold winter with lots of snow. We have had a couple of blizzards in the last few weeks, and in December we had a devastating ice storm that left us without electric power for 5 days just a week before Christmas.  It was like living in a third world country.  Thank goodness we have a couple of wood-stoves for back up heat.  I don’t want you to get the impression that I totally dislike winter.  It is incredibly beautiful, and there are lots of fun things to do this time of year. Although we have had some very cold days with temps getting no higher than -4F and nights going down to -28F, those are the rarity and not the norm. So today I’d like to share the beauty here on our little farm and the wildness of some of snow storms.

We have a 1400 foot driveway that takes us to a partially paved road that eventually connects with Route 158.  In other words, we are out of the main stream, so when a major snowstorm is predicted we have to prepare to be snowed in for a few days.  Although we have our own plow truck, a 4 wheel drive with a snow plow on it, we can’t always plow the driveway ourselves. A lot of the time, the driveway drifts so full of snow that in places it is 4-5 feet deep.  The old plow truck can’t move it.  So we have to hire a contractor with heavy equipment to come in and dig us out. However, his first commitment is to the logging companies to keep their roads open for business so we are last on his list.  That means that we are in here snowbound for up to 3 days.  I always plan ahead and stock up at the grocery store.  Actually it’s kind of fun! I do worry that we would be in big trouble if we needed an ambulance but other than that being cut off from the outside world isn’t all that bad.

Winter in Maine, Winter near Baxter State Park, Winter near Mount Katahdin
Somewhere in this picture is our driveway. The mouth of it, where it connects to the Gallison Road, is just beyond those very distant hazy trees. This was the same big blizzard that dropped all that snow on Boston…the Blizzard of 2013
Snow in Maine, Blizzard of 2013, Winter near Baxter State Park, Winter near Mount Katahdin
The storm is cleared and Bill has begun to plow. He has to work his way up to the Gallison Road to clear the driveway. That’s what winter is like near Baxter State Park in Maine.

We are about 25 miles to the east of Mount Katahdin and Baxter State Park. It’s very beautiful country but in the middle of a winter snowstorm, like the Blizzard of 2013 pictured below,it is a wild and wooly place to be.

Mount Katahdin, winter in Maine, Blizzrad of 2013, Baxter State Park
These trees are along the edge of our lawn at the edge of the forest. Beyond those trees is a spectacular view of Mount Katahdin when the weather is good.
Mount Katahdin, Blizzard of 2013, Maine Blizzard, Maine Snowstorms
Standing on the front porch looking west in the height of the Blizzard of 2013 as the snow drifts in amongst the spruce trees at the edge of the lawn.
Mount Katahdin, chicken house in snowstorm, blizzard of 2013 in Maine
It isn’t an inviting trip but Bill’s girls must have their corn and water so he will have to trudge through the storm to see his biddies, on a farm near Mount Katahdin.

After the Blizzard of 2013 in Maine


Winter birdbath, blizzard of 2013 in Maine
The birds won’t be splashing in the birdbath today. The blizzard of 2013 left us about 18 inches of snow.


Sherman Maine, Mount Katahdin, Katahdin valley, winter spruce trees
The trees are flocked with snow like a Christmas card in the Katahdin Valley in Sherman, Maine.

Be sure to stop back next week for another “Monday In Maine”!


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  1. says

    I love your photos! I’ve been to Maine and it is a beautiful state! Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
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  2. says

    Oh, everything looks so beautiful! I want to make it to Maine one of these days. Thank you so much for sharing a part of our great country with us at A Bouquet of Talent. :)

  3. says

    Such snowy beauty, at least from here. (Surely a different story when you’re the one shoveling it.) I’ve never been to Maine — or anywhere out east, for that matter — but would sure love to visit … in the fall!

    Thank you again for joining the GRAND Social! Delighted to have you join us!

  4. says

    Sheryl, Congrats! You’ve been featured for this wonderful post on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!


  5. says

    Beautiful! I’m so glad you’re doing these posts on Maine. My father’s entire family is from there…generations…and I’ve met NONE of them. I hope that one day I’ll get to get back there and see what our ancestral stomping grounds look like!

    Thanks for linking up!

  6. says

    I have never been to Maine, but it is on my ‘want to’ list. Beautiful snow pics! We have had an unusally cold Winter with lots of snow here in UT also. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  7. says

    As a child, I fell in love with Maine on a family vacation. I like to tease my husband (who hates cold weather) that when he’s too old to argue with me anymore, I’m going to drag him to a homestead in Maine where I’ll finally have the cabin of my dreams. Thank you for this new feature of yours, since it will give me something to pine after. I’m subscribing to your RSS feed so I can follow along!

    • Sheryl T says

      I grew up in New Hampshire but my husband was a union carpenter and that caused us to move around New England a bit. We first lived in Maine for two years back in the 1970’s and I always say it was the best years of our marriage (until now). Maine is so incredibly beautiful and so diverse. Most people think lobster, Kennebunkport, and lighthouses when they think of Maine but there is so much more to it. Pristine lakes, millions of acres of wilderness, mountains, quintessential New England villages…a lot to see and enjoy.

  8. says

    How nice to meet you and how absolutely beautiful your pictures are. What a magical place to live. I’m from Colorado and have never been to Maine, but would love to. I look forward to more peeks into your lovely part of the world. Found you at the Grand Social at Grandma’s Briefs.

  9. says

    Hi found you thru “flour me with love” and I am born and raised in the good old state of Maine. BTW I was at a wedding in Houlton over New Years and we visited Sherman Mills to visit the Amish store. I am following along with Linky stop over and visit me. I have a blog called and I bake, and bake. Our son is a park ranger at Baxter State Park so we do visit frequently. Your photo’s are pretty but I am so ready for spring/summer. Wish Mother nature would go play with spring and leave winter alone. Nice to meet you Sheryl. Come visit Andi

  10. says

    Beautiful pictures… Some of them look like the pictures I have taken around our home in upper Michigan.. We have received around 150 inches of snow in a month, but luckily the sun has come out and some of the last big storm snow is melting.. To get ready for the next. Found you through Let get social Sunday and following you through Linky.

  11. says

    Your photos are gorgeous. Maine looks like such a beautiful place. I’ve always wanted to visit. Maybe one of these days . . .

  12. says

    Wow, I was bummed that we did not get enough snow (we are so dry). I am not sure we are ever truly happy.
    At least the snow is gorgeous! Beautiful photos.

  13. says

    I love this! I a,mfrom Maine, though southern Maine but I miss it so much. Even though I just love in Massachusetts it is still not the same. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Maine pictures. :)

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  14. says

    Your pictures are just spectacular. While I hated living in the snow of Michigan it is beautiful — especially the spruce trees all weighed down in it. Just stopping by from the Say it Saturday Linky Party — glad I did. Hope you get a chance to do the same!

  15. says

    Beautiful photos. The next time I’m out plowing and shoveling, I’m going to think that there is someone who has a longer drive than we do to keep clean. :)

  16. Bonnie says

    How I love Maine … but have never been there in the winter. Living in Quebec we have pretty much the same big storms and pristine, white vistas. Thank you for sharing!

  17. says

    Hi Sheryl, Your photos are beautiful. Maine is such a lovely state. Enjoy your remaining days of winter. Spring will be here before you know it.
    Have a Wonderful Day,
    Pieced Pastimes

  18. says

    My goodness, that is some snow! What a beautiful place to live. We used to get some good snows here in West Virginia but over the past 20 years our snowfalls have dwindled away. I enjoyed the visit and look forward to seeing more of Maine’s beauty.

  19. says

    These pictures are absolutely breath taking. I know it was rough there for a bit, but my goodness. I would love it if you would share this inspirational post at our WIW Linky party. I hope you can join us!


  20. Beth J says

    Wow! Sheryl haven’t seen snow like that in a long time. Like the blizzard of ’78. Oops my age is showing 😉 I’ll have to call my cousins in Greenville see if they’ve shoveled out yet!
    You probably know my cousin John from when you sold art in Greenville.
    John Morrel, Morrel lumber company?

  21. says

    I enjoyed that post very much. I love seeing what the world look like where bloggers live. The pictures were very beautiful and a little surreal to me.

    • Sheryl T says

      They sure are. Last summer we had only 3 days that got up to 90. Most of the time its the low 80’s during the day and it always goes down into the low 50’s at night. Where we live we get beautiful breezes out of the northwest all day. Just glorious! Now you really should go visit your family in Maine!:-)

  22. says

    Wow, it seems like so much fun! I am from Virginia Beach, so our idea of snow would probably look like dust to you!lol.. :) What a beautiful place! Blessings, Lauren,

    • Sheryl T says

      At this time of the year, I begin to want to visit a place with just “dust”! When we go south to visit family and friends back in NH, it seems like the tropics! LOL

  23. says

    Hello new friend! Stopping by from the Oldie but Goodie link party, and now following you on Pinterest.
    Your photos are just beautiful, I grew up in Maine and these photos make me miss winter at my grandparent’s up in Roxbury – so lovely :)
    Have a great Tuesday!

    • Sheryl T says

      Doesn’t Maine just find a place in your heart and stay there forever. This is my adopted state but I love it so much!!!


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