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W.A. Coolidge Company is a full service construction company serving the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Northern Massachusetts. The owners, Wayne A. Coolidge and Wendy A. Wentworth Coolidge have been partners for over 30 years. We specialize in high quality residential and commercial building, renovations, and restorations.
The Coolidge Company is about flexibility, innovation, and results. Our company will focus on your precise wishes in order to deliver cost-effective solutions to any project. We strive to offer superior quality by using and overseeing the best and reliable subcontractors and suppliers in the area. We believe that every project that we undertake will be completed within a timely fashion as if it was our personal home. We offer first class craftsmanship and attention to detail from start to finish. We want to make your dream project a reality along with providing a fun and memorable experience.
Built-ins can be transforming, like how these built-in bookcases bring an elegant ambience to this sitting room. (Rye, NH)
Post Pandemic Dinner
By: Wayne Coolidge
A couple weekends ago, Wendy and I went to visit with our daughter Melissa, her husband, Derek, and our two grandchildren, Granger (7) and Ellie (5). With all the adults having been inoculated, we invited them out to eat for our first restaurant visit in over a year. It felt great to get out again and experience how it was in the ‘good ole days’ before Covid.
We went to the Dockside Restaurant, which is in an oceanside port in Belfast, Maine. We got a table on the deck, which overlooked the harbor, as the evening settled in. Being on the coast, Derek and I decided to order the large Fisherman’s Platter. With a beverage, rolls, and a side salad, we knew that it would be too much food- but we decided to go for it. The kids ordered mac-n-cheese.
When the food arrived, I made a general statement that if anyone wanted some of my food, they were welcome to it. Ellie quickly spoke up, “I would like some french fries.” So, I gave her a handful. Granger said, “What are those?” “Baby shrimp,” I said and had him try one- he loved it. So, I gave him a handful. I noticed Ellie had finished her fries, so I gave her another handful. “What are those?” Granger asked. “Scallops,” I said, and I had him try one- he loved it. So, I gave him a handful.
Overlooking the boats in the harbor, the conversation, the setting sun, and everyone else enjoying the food was all making for a fun time. I finally settled in to eat my food when I noticed that Ellie was out of fries again, so I gave her all the ones I had remaining. Granger then inquired about the clams, which he tried, but was not such a fan. “I really like the shrimp better.” So, I gave him the remaining ones that I had. Ellie finished all her food and was soon standing next to me. “What’s that?” she asked. “Haddock,” I said. “Oh, we have that at home, I like it.” Next thing I know I am hand feeding her bite after bite until there is only one small piece left. Was I wrong to be selfish? I did not get any fries, no baby shrimp, only a couple scallops, and now no haddock?! I quickly ate the last bite.
The next morning at breakfast Derek exclaimed, “I didn’t feel that good last night, I ate too much.” That’s funny, I felt fine. I was looking forward to breakfast though because I was a little hungry. Melissa made eggs, hash, and english muffins. This is going to be great, I thought, when I suddenly noticed both grandkids. One sitting on each side of me- staring at my plate…
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Tip of the Month: July
Organize and declutter your kitchen shelves. Take time this summer to go through your kitchen cabinets and shelves to remove anything you don’t use. Put it in a box and either store it away in the garage or donate it. By clearing your counter space and making more room in cabinets, you’ll have a more relaxing atmosphere for casual cooking in the kitchen!