Exciting mail



It’s big. It’s flat. It’s……..



Flat Stella!! A visitor from my *first-cousin-twice-removed, Claire. Stella comes from Chicago and is hoping to have some adventures on Islesford before she heads to her next destination.

Of course, the first thing I showed Stella, yesterday, was where I drill my rocks.



We thought about going outside, but there was a mix of snow and rain and Stella forgot to pack a raincoat.



Stella asked me about the garden, and I told her we would check it out on Thursday if the weather was okay.

Today was sunny and reasonably warm for a January day in Maine. 45°. Very cold weather is predicted for the next few days, so this was our last chance to harvest the rest of the carrots I planted last summer. It’s kind of unusual that the ground is not yet frozen.






Some of the small carrots were a little rubbery. I guess they had frozen and thawed a few times. But a surprising number of them were still very good. Stella was impressed.



3 1/2 pounds of carrots in January! Pretty cool!



Tomorrow, Stella and I will ride the mailboat.

*Oh, yeah. First cousin twice removed, means that Claire’s grandmother and I are first cousins. Her father Joel, is my first cousin’s son. So Joel is my first cousin once removed. His daughter Claire is my first cousin twice removed. Get it? Once or twice removed has to do with the generational relationship.  The offspring of first cousins are second cousins. As in, my sons are second cousins with Joel. They would be second cousins once removed with Claire.  This always used to confuse me until I learned it at a family dinner party, years and years ago. It was my father’s first cousin Bobby who explained it in a way I could remember. (She would also be my ………….can you figure it out?)

(First cousin once removed. )


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9 responses to “Exciting mail

  1. OMG! YEARS ago, I had a visit from Flat Stanley, courtesy of my niece! I cannot begin to tell you of the memories that just flooded my brain when reading your post!!! Thank you for that! BTW, I never was able to catch on to “generational” relationships!


  2. Zsash

    Flat Stella is having a great time! I hope Flat Stella or Flat Stanley want to visit Oregon some time! I’ve always wanted to host one of them, too.

    Phew – I’m glad you and I are just plain first cousins! But let’s see, are Meg and Kat first step-cousins once removed? My off shoot of the family tree is rather interesting!


    • Barb Fernald

      Correct as usual King Friday! You win a prize! I wonder if Claire and Joel and Ann have considered a visit to Aunt Zsash for Stella? Seems like the obvious next place to visit.


  3. LOL. Stellaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

    I had flat Stanley once. I too showed him my jewelry studio! I am sure she will enjoy the mail boat. The best fun!


  4. Susan White

    Too bad Flat Stella couldn’t go to GCI to meet Hitty!
    I can never get the cousin thing down…you are amazing. All those carrots…zowie!!!xo


  5. Gail Collier

    Flat Stella sure is having an adventure on Islesford! We are amazed that you harvested carrots in January. Thanks for all the effort you put in to this and thanks also for explaining the cousins thing once more! Maybe now I’ll be able to remember it. Cousin Gail


  6. Oooh, I never thought I’d envy a flat girl, but how lucky is she to spend some time on your island? Awesome. We had Flat Stanley spend the weekend with us last year and it was a lot of fun. Enjoy!


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