Saturday, August 31, 2013

Island Retreat: Robinson Point Light House, Isle Au Haut, Maine

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The highlight of my summer was visiting the remote island, Isle Au Haut, off the rocky coast of Maine. Staying at a lighthouse was on my mother's "bucket list" and I had the blessing of being her companion on the three day trip.

We stayed at the Robinson Point Lighthouse, Keeper's House Inn on the shores of Acadia National Park. The fully functioning lighthouse is owned by the town, while the keeper's house is privately owned, and off the power-grid. 

First views of Robinson Point from the mail boat.
Osprey nest near shore as we approached the island.
We arrived by ferry-the mail boat-from the main land which was an adventure in itself. On the boat was the daughter of author Linda Greenlaw, boat captain of "The Perfect Storm" fame, who was bringing a book to her mother to get signed. Another woman on the boat, was headed to the island to fill the pulpit of the only island church.

Our stay at the Keeper's House Inn for three days and two nights was an amazing retreat. It was so great to be "unplugged" for a few days. Although rustic in many ways, the inn was refined and the accommodations were very comfortable with a cottage type atmosphere of casual elegance.

The hospitality was wonderful and the meals were superb! We dined with gas lamps and candlelight each evening. Hors d'oeuvre were served at 6 pm and an elegant gourmet dinner at 7 pm with sunset views of the lighthouse! After an enjoyable meal and visiting with the other guests we retired to our room and read our books by candlelight and flashlight! It really was fun! We listened to the sound of the ocean from our window as we drifted off into sweet slumber.

Pictured are Isle Au Haut Post Office, Isle Au Haut Rural School, docks,
Black Dinah Chocolatiers sign, Island Grocery, Isle Au Haut Public Library,
Acadia National Park Ranger Station.

We biked into town one day and brought a picnic lunch, provided by the inn. It was great getting to experience a little bit of island life and learn about the culture of the islanders, a population of 73. It is so remote that their small community has to create their own entertainment. They were planning their annual talent show and road race. The woman who owns the only grocery store on the island was the chair person for those events. The one-room school house is attended by those in K thru 8, which has 3 students enrolled. High school students receive their education off the island so they must board. The post office is the size of a tool shed. There is a chocolatier who is famous for her homemade chocolates. Chocolate is a necessity no matter where you live. And we found the beautiful public library and I was invited me to send them some of my books!

Union Congregational Church built in 1857.

Isle Au Haut means high island in French. The Union Congregational Church rests upon one of the highest points of the island and was quite a climb to get to. Services are held in the summer, while in the winter worship is provided by the Maine Seacoast Mission who holds services aboard a boat.

Lobstering is the main industry on the island. It was amazing how a lobster boat would appear out of the fog as if out of nowhere. One of the first boats we saw up close was named appropriately, Perseverence, which speaks to the tenacity of the hard working fishermen. We ate our lunch one day from the rocks high up in the forest overlooking a cove. A lobster boat came to check their traps and I zoomed in with my camera. You can actually see one them tossing back a too small lobster. The shells were everywhere, even in the forest, apparently the food of some of the birds and wild animals.

It was wonderful exploring Acadia National Park where we enjoyed the flora and fauna of beautiful Maine, including some close up views of deer who were even found in town. One jumped out of the sea grass as I was approaching the shore.

What I think I may have enjoyed the most was the relaxing time we had enjoying the views from the lighthouse property which included fog, mists, sunshine, and sunsets. It was spectacular and certainly inspiring!

Built in 1907, Robinson Point Lighthouse was the next to the last traditional
lighthouse built in Maine and was automated in 1934. There were two keepers,
Frank Holbrook (1907-1922) and Harry Smith (1922-1933). It is currently solar powered.

Now I have the lighthouse fever and hope to visit some others.

Have you ever visited a lighthouse? Which one(s)?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Photo Journal: Surreal Comfort

Quilt from an antique store in Maine, by Carla.

A bittersweet week, last. The joy of a book released. An anniversary of a lost parent. Many matters weighing on my heart. Seldom shed tears. Many colors and textures to my feelings. And the comfort that comes from a peace that passes understanding.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Adventures of the Heart

Heart path, image from Pinterest
I'm in need of a little burst of  inspiration so I decided to boost my creativity with a fresh look to my blog and a new website to debut soon. I'm a very visually inspired person so color is always a perk for me. Function is important, too, so part of my revamping this blog is to follow a new schedule for this long neglected blog. I've been blogging for about 8 years so my lapse due to my long wrist injury couldn't be helped, but lets see if we can revive this with some fresh ideas.

Writing to Distraction has the new name, Adventures of the Heart, that better reflects where I am now in my writing journey.

Mondays: Writing Scrapbook ~ This day will be focused on my writing and research. Conversation is encouraged so feel free to ask me a question. Be sure to return for my reply.

Wednesdays: Photo Journal ~ Posting my photography and graphic design with a brief thought about the image. I hope it will inspire you. Comments will be closed for this quiet, inspirational, day.

Fridays: Feature Fridays ~ Highlighting Faith, Family, Friends, & Fiction. Think of it as a visit with a friend. At the end of the post I'll ask you a question. So please be sure to share your answer.

If you aren't following my blog or networked to it yet, please do so you can join me on my "Adventures of the Heart."

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Release Day of Pattern for Romance!

 Sometimes God's pattern for our lives can lead us somewhere unexpected.

Honour Metcalf’s quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager’s niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own.
When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton, comes to her aid. Joshua risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence but even that might not be enough.

 "With an obvious passion for her era and a beautiful insight into her characters' world, Carla Olson Gade has penned a love story that sucked me straight back into the days of our nation's founding. With political unrest as a dynamic backdrop and faith and love in the fore, PATTERN FOR ROMANCE is exactly what a historical romance should be!" ~ Roseanna M. White, author of the Culper Ring Series

"Five stars, two thumbs up, and a quilting needle."
~ Amazon review from Becky Bookworm

 To help celebrate, my friend Patricia Iacuzzi at Hope Inspired Stories has made this beautiful museum quality doll of Honour, the heroine from Pattern for Romance. She will be giving away a prize package that include the Honour doll, a crocheted cross bookmark, Pattern for Romance, and a copy of  Cynthia Howerter's God's Provision in Tough Times.

I hope you'll stop by for a chance to win this special giveaway!

For more chances to win a copy of Pattern for Romance you can find me at:

A Pew Perspective
Barn Door Book Loft (this weekend)

Read Pattern for Romance's Introductory Letter to the Reader
at Christian Fiction Online Magazine.

Pattern for Romance is available
in print or digital format

Cokesbury - only $8.18

Please help me spread the word by tweeting and posting on facebook!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tea, Quilting, History, & Books

I'm chatting about Pattern for Romance which will officially release in 10 days, though you can find it on Amazon right now! I'd love for you to join me and have a chance to win some of the wonderful giveaways including my novel, a tea cup, and a box of cinnamon!

Quilting a Novel at Ritty's Adventures in Writing with Rhonda Rittenour.

Bringing History to Life Through Story at Fresh Fiction

Interview at A Christian Writer's World with Author, Lena Nelson Dooley.

At ACFW Fiction Finder you'll find my featured Interview with Paula Mowery.

And Christian Fiction Online Magazine is hosting my Quilts of Love novel with the introduction to Pattern for Romance.

I hope you'll stop by for a visit!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Special Deliveries

My author copies of Pattern for Romance have arrived and the book is now available for order on many online book stores! I can't tell you how long I have been waiting for this special delivery. The labor was long and hard, especially with the encumbrance of my wrist injury. I couldn't wait to open the package and hand the first one to my huz with its special dedication to him.

We've had another special delivery in our family recently as well, our first grandson, Holden Bradford Gade. What a special joy he is, beyond belief!

And now that he is 3 1/2 months old, Nana is putting him to work to help tell everyone how they can get their hands on my new novel!

Christian Book Distributors
Barnes and Noble

To learn more about Pattern for Romance in the Quilts of Love series from Abingdon visit HERE.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Tea Party Celebration for Pattern for Romance

Join me at Colonial Quills to celebrate my August 20TH release of Pattern for Romance along with my friend, Lori Benton, and her debut novel of Burning Sky! Great GIVEAWAYS!