Not Coyote Ugly, Kinda Cute, Definitely A Cougar That Knows Her Way Around.

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Real Estate Agent with MOOERS REALTY ME Broker License 106759

aroostook county maine farm land

My Sunday afternoon date I have known since knee high to a grasshopper.

She's good with kids. The divine Miss M.

She's a worker, has all the "attachments" and knows how to use them.

Likes the outdoors, not race horse sleek and beautiful but industrious.

Dependable.

You can work with this gal and the lady rarely complains, whines.

Might gasp, cough, wheeze, whirl or stall but usually my own fault. I'll admit my mistakes in the relationship. But a minor adjustment brings her back to life, back on task. This is the "cougar" I am some kind of fond of, spend time with on a Maine farm. Born in 1953, older than me but that age difference does not seem to interfere with our relationship. She has been a back bone partner to farm chores, operations with planting, cultivating, hoeing, harvesting crops. Even plowing snow with chains on and sporting a winter wind break "jacket". Or pulling a rock picking cart. Not a parade piece, she is a working lady who seldom leaves sight of the farm. She was brought home shiny red new, even ran on LP gas for a spell maine super m farm tractorin the 1970's but converted back to factory settings she was born with.

A real home body, home spun and simple built beauty like the girl next door. What what did you think I was blogging about from the headline?

This Aroostook County farm gal is not high maintenance. Will run all day long on five gallons of gas.

Has taken me all over back forty acre fields, up and over hill and dale over the years. And now my boys jump on her seat, pull back the throttle and go back and forth, up and down rows with the "M" as the divine miss on the Maine farm. This past weekend's "date" to bush hog around the farm buildings of the place I grew up in with my three older brothers.

I enjoy the "farm dates" with "Super M", the Maine deer leaping across a field, bald eagles and hawks over head that dive bomb for lunch on the little field mice who scurry when the mower passes overhead.

Being on a Maine farm is a spiritual, humbling, sobering experience. As the sunsets complete another day, I think of earlier family generations that did the same "dating", courting and sparking on the farm with iron ladies. Another day of hard work put under their belt and get up, do it again tomorrow weather permitting. Ever spent time on a International Super M Farmall tractor? Or a John Deere, other brand? Maine, once she gets in to your system, there is no turning back. Get here quick as you can. Own some, enjoy some.

I'm Maine REALTOR Andrew Mooers

Comments (10)

Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Andy.....I have a subdivsion all laid out on that farmland.....oh, if I could only have that here!!!!  we're all out of land....we have a landfull of large parcels remaining.....

Aug 10, 2010 01:25 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

300 acres is plenty. Actually have an eight lot subdivision for country homes mylared, all town approved, soil / perk tested/pinned. But can not bring myself to actually selling a piece of the farm. Maybe one of the four kids, cousins will want a piece of the family farm and guess I'll wait.

Aug 10, 2010 01:31 AM
Mark Brian
Silver Star Real Estate LLC - Anderson, SC
Anderson SC Realtor

Without a doubt spending time with your Divine Ms. M has got to be a great stress reliever!

Aug 10, 2010 01:45 AM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

Although I believe that Farmers should make the decision as to whether to subdivide or not....I do miss seeing all the Farms that are now growing houses in our area....thank goodness we still have plenty of land around...and it is so beautiful lately...the wheat is golden....the corn sways so gently....and the mint is so very fragrant!   Although I am a true city girl...I love a great drive into the country!!

Aug 10, 2010 01:57 AM
Larry Story ALC
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Beneath it all is the Land, Covering all of NC

Andrew,

While I do not have that kind of relationship with any of my outdoor equipment.  I do have the same relationship with some of my kitchen equipment (former chef) or my computers and Ipad.  My wife often says that my Ipad is my girlfriend. 

Aug 10, 2010 01:58 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Andy, Pretty cool post.  I'd love to see the bald eagles!

Aug 10, 2010 01:59 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

You're a good man, Andy.....that's a fine use of your land.

Aug 10, 2010 02:11 AM
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA
e-PRO,GRI,CRS

Andy, need to have someone get a picture of you on the Divine Miss M!

I can understand your not wanting to subdivide, unless for family.  It is a gorgeous piece of property. What state is that?

Aug 10, 2010 02:15 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Mark, you can do your best thinking, dreaming on a tractor, or even mowing the lawn. You can see what you did too. As long as the old gal keeps moving. If she stops, usually the sediment bowl designed for a third grader to figure out simple is the cure. Nothing ever major or too technical on Divine Miss M.

Deborah, when you watch Farm Aid everyone says "They took our small family farms, we want them back". You test postive for farm appreciative. Those that don't, don't talk with your mouth full of food that comes from who knows where.

Larry, machines can have names, temperaments, become like our right arm, dependent on them. I would rather sweet talk the M to keep going girl, almost done than cluck cluck and use the reins to make a team of horses do the same thing. Old time farmers worked their tails off, died young, had lots of hernias, stooped backs, but their families were sacred, like the ground, the out buildings.

L&B, everyone has a hobby. If you want a garden, we'll till you a couple acres. That'll be enough with high test Caribou loam that generates over 220 barrels of spuds (a barrel is 165 pounds) per 208x208 acre plot. Pretty neat.

Barbara, winter supply of potatoes on their way.

Mary, would keep the rest of the 300 acres but the 8 lot deal was more of maybe one son who is pretty talented with a hammer might want to build, and family along one of the long road frontages. Still getting used to the idea. Not for the money, just to have family enjoy the farm as much. It becomes part of a person's heritage and get pretty attached. I'll work on that buff image of broker andy without the tie, not wearing the "R" the hardest working letter in the alphabet. Today is brought to you by the letters M and R.

 

Aug 10, 2010 05:21 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

Andy, That's some serious taters!  My parents do pretty well with the West Virginia dirt.  Great potatoes there too!

Aug 10, 2010 01:51 PM