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Page 6 THE QUODDY TIDES 25 December, 2015 A & A A A A ! A A A A A A A A A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR US Route 1, East Machias 255-3827 Open 7 Days Gulf Gas & Oil Full-Service Propane Refills Lunch Counter Fresh Sandwiches Full Line of Groceries ATVs & Snowmobiles Welcome The New Friendly Perry, Maine 853-6610 Open one-half day on December 24. Closed December 25-27. A "A" " "A A AA A A PLEASESUPPORTYOUR LOCALINDEPENDENT PHARMACY Eastport Dreaming on winter's wings by Jo Tilley The cusp of the year is upon us, when the shortest day spreads its wings and be- gins the long flight back to light and warmth. Tucked away in our pantry and freezers are the fruits of those strong wing strokes that coaxed the seeds and plants to bloom during the past spring, summer and A fall. Does any gardener ever tire of open- ing a jar of apple sauce or grabbing a bag A of blanched green beans that taste just as good as fresh when flash-fried in a hot ~-~ pan? Or how about the Christmas Day A treat of homemade bread slathered in but- ter and piled high with pear conserves or deep red cherry jam? And then there is A the thick, sweet flesh of the winter squash A made into a tangy Thai soup or the gar- ~- licky zucchini mash frozen up in great A ~_ quantities -- we're talking about zucchini -" after all -- that goes so well with every- thing, including itself. Nothing on this planet stays still, even Walkers We P arrnacy DO YOU NEED: Canes Ostomy supplies Catheters Wound dressings Nebulizers Incontinence pads and under pads? are able to bill your Medicare/Medicaid insurance with little or no cost to you. Flu WE OFFER: shots Shingles shot Pneumonia shots Tetanus shots and many more. No appointment needed. It's easy to transfer your prescriptions to us from another pharmacy. Call 207-853-9200 / 853-9201 and we do the rest. We are happy to call your doctor and get refills for your medications before they run out. We are truly your local independent pharmacy and proud to know all our customers by first names. We appreciate your support and look forward to serving your medication needs. when it appears to be doing so, including those of us inclined to tea and torpor by the woodstove. It's a grand time for the gardener to imagine and draw plans from dreams, to take an aerial view of the back quarter and design something new amongst the tried and true for spring. Inspi- ration comes from all those luscious garden and seed catalogs wending their way through the mail system and landing with glad tidings on the doorstep. Inspiration comes from the bright summer taste of fro- zen raspberries, blueberries and peaches thrown into a breakfast smoothie or warmed up and spooned over yogurt. There's noth- ing like the reward of our labors as an incentive to do it all over again next year. So where are we with our dreams of grandeur in the garden patch? There's a trellis awaiting a climbing honeysuckle, the non-invasive Dropmore Scarlet, to complement the two stands of bee balm in the orchard. A patch of the garden, which has been a work in progress for four years now of building up the soil, is ready to be planted with four honeyberries -- blue velvet, berry blue, blue moon and tundra. They are similar to high-bush blueberries but without the acidifying fuss. And then, just for me, the gardener who could stand by a fragrant flower for hours busily in- haling, are two fragrant abelias. We have one already. When it's in bloom weeding in that area becomes delightful. The veggie patch is gradually morphing into a permanent framework of perennial herbs and plants with beds that rotate an- nual plantings. Two grapes are being trel- lis trained; a rhubarb patch has been expanded into an "L"; thyme, garlic chives, French tarragon and lavender plant's are starting a perimeter outline that will be expanded over the next few years with additional perennial herbs. Sage, which is doing very well over in another section, will be transplanted in the spring to add to the perimeter defense against the creeping crabgrass. And then there's the front of the gar- den, the roadside swath, the place that is in the public eye. We'll be starting to build a bed or two for future plantings. While it's not a large space, the postage-stamp green- sward still feels too big. Perhaps it will start life as an annual wild flower garden until the soil has been built up enough to support something more permanent. We shall see. We have all winter to dream. Karen's Diner & Korner American Restaurant Open Monday-Sunday 6 a.m.-9 p.m. 439 Main St., Calais 454-0500 relaxation therapeutic massage Art and Megan 60 Water St., Eastport, ME 04631 We are open Mon, Wed, Fri 9am-6pm; Tue 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-3pm and closed Sundays Phone 207-853-9200 / 853-9201 Fax 207-853-4002 Lindemanis, LMT downeastmass g i om 848 US Rte. 1, Pembroke, 853-4083