Coloring the Canvas

Screen Shot 2014-03-21 at 1.50.06 PMMarch is the month when my thoughts turn to the changes I wish to make to the outside of my home. Anxious to be outside in warmer temperatures, I begin looking more closely at my home as I turn in the driveway. Is it time for me to repaint the front door? How is the stain on the deck holding up? Where might I plant some new flowers? Will I give a vegetable garden another go of it this year?

With yet another winter storm in our forecast (oh please, let it go out to sea?), those of us happy to have seen spring mentioned on our calendars at the very least, continue trying to be patient as we look out our windows and see more white. We long to see the pale pink buds on the trees, and the green shoots of daffodils sprouting in our garden beds, but alas, the white canvas reminds us winter is not done with us yet.

However, when our souls need that splash of color, we can find it easily enough in our local hardware stores. A bright color of paint can be therapeutic when applied to a decorative piece, such as a chair or a small table, or we can be more brave and redo the walls in a bathroom or the family room. Of course, sometimes, as in the children’s story If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, making one change can lead to subsequent changes. One painted wall might beg for a new framed picture which could lead to rearranging the furniture which could lead to a decision to purchase a new ottoman and so on. But change can be good for the soul and, additionally, if you are thinking at all about putting your house on the market, the alterations we make to our homes can help its market value or at the very least, increase its attractiveness to the buyer.

If you are itching to make some changes, whether big or small, give some thought to the resources in your community that can help. The local libraries can point you to books and videos which can help you with the Do-It-Yourself projects. Local hardware stores carry impressive color pallet paint chips and supplies for when you’ve chosen your color. Your neighbor can surely give you the name of a reputable handyman, professional painter, plumber, or electrician. And soon our floral and tree and shrub nurseries will be advertising garden supplies.

It’s not too early to begin planning the work and the joy of spring here in southern Maine! As the snow begins to fall and as we reach for the fleece comforter, let’s turn our attention to the colors that rejuvenate our spirits. I promise you, they are coming!

–Written by: Anne Freeman Walker, a resident of Naples, Maine for the past 22 years.

Thompson Lake in Oxford, Otisfield, Casco, and Poland, Maine

Lakefront spectacular on Thompson Lake in Oxford, Maine

Thompson Lake is eight miles long, nearly two miles wide, and covers an area of 4,419 acres. Its maximum depth is 121 feet, its mean depth is 35 feet, and its water qualiy is rated as “excellent” by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, its higest rating. After Sebago Lake and Long Lake, Thompson Lake is the largest lake in the area.

Located northeast of Sebago Lake and just 45 minutes from Portland, Thompson Lake is bounded by the towns of Poland to the south and east, Casco and Otisfield on its west shore, and Oxford on its south end and east shore.

Because of its size and water quality, Thompson Lake is very popular with boaters, fishermen, and lakefront property owners. Recreational boaters can enjoy all kinds of water-related activities, while fishermen will find ample supplies of brook and lake trout, pickerel, largemouth bass, salmon, and perch to wet their line on.

Lakefront property owners love Thompson Lake because homes on this lake retain their value and always garner more than their share of attention when put up for sale. At the southern end of the lake is a full service marina and boat launch.

If you crave a big lake experience without so much of the big lake boat traffic and activity, Thompson Lake might just be the lake for you.

Take a look at all of the lakefront properties currently for sale on Thompson Lake and throughout the region by clicking here.