It was the summer of 2005 and we were almost ready to open our house on the artists mecca of Deer Isle, an island that had once been the home of such notables as John Steinbeck and Dan Fogelberg. We had decided prior to even building our house that it made economic sense to rent it out from June through September to weekly vacation renters.
We encouraged Brian Burgess to have the house ready by the end of June so that we could rush up there, enjoy the cottage for a week, and have it ready for the first group of vacationers. Our good friends Gay Chessell and Bryce Kobrin generously offered to fly from California to help us set up our new home. Our son Brian Wilson and “adopted” daughter Nadia Hernandez also offered to help. A week isn’t long but with all these hands, we figured we would get it done and have time to play.
Bob and I had been preparing for this day for quite some time. We had shopped for a set of dishes, pots and pans, flatware, towels, and all the items one needs to make a house comfortable. We had decided on purchasing two futon couches so as to provide additional sleeping arrangements. Finally towards the end of June we packed a truck filled with miscellaneous furniture and items and our son Brian bravely and altruistically volunteered to drive it up through the night, unaccompanied except for our black Labrador Morrigan.
Nadia, Bob, myself and our other two dogs rode up the next day in an overstuffed car. We had done quite a bit of shopping online. All those items including sheets, comforters, night tables, etc. were delivered to Brian and Heidi Burgess’ house and they arranged to have them taken to the cottage. Heidi was surprised at how many things we were able to obtain from Overstock.com. I highly suggest it to those of you who are looking for reasonable furniture and bedding.
We loved the way the Tiffany lamp looked hanging over the large country table Bob had made for the dining room. His pictures on the wall made it all the more interesting.
We had our appliances delivered by Sears. We found we could shop for them in our local Sears and then have them sent out of the Bangor branch to the house. Unfortunately the dishwasher did not work. Bob and Brian removed it, loaded it into the Ford Explorer and drove it 1 ½ hours to Bangor to get a replacement. Sears does stand by their appliances and we had no trouble getting this taken care of.
The Persian carpet was a nice addition to the living room and the maroon covers on the futons livened the place up.
Prepared with shopping lists we had thought of almost everything however we found there were still many items that needed to be purchased. Ellsworth is approximately 45 minutes away and we made a few drives there to pick up supplies. We did make time to relax and enjoy ourselves, our family, and our friends (well, actually we consider them our chosen family!).
Still we had time for a lobster dinner at the Eaton’s Lobster Pool Restaurant on Blastow’s Cove in Little Deer Isle. This is one of those homespun, simple restaurants – great blueberry pie, the steamers and lobsters are fresh and delicious and the views at sunset are unbelievable! It’s an affordable and delicious Maine tradition and as good as it gets.
Finally the house was finished. We had one bedroom with double beds, another with a full sized bed, and the master had a queen sized bed. There were plenty of white sheet sets and white towels.
Just in time for the 4th of July parade! This parade is the hit of the season and everyone on the island – year round residents and vacationers alike – all join in the fun. Half the town is in the parade and the other half are spectators. It’s a hoot and if you are on the island, please make sure to join in the fun. Then later go down to the Stonington pier and watch the fireworks.