June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 13

My first order of business was to go to town and slay a list that included the hardware store, some family birthday shopping, and the market for dinner shopping for company tomorrow evening. I did a new thing upon my return… I rewired a light fixture from a standard 110 plug to a twist lock […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 12

The dump was the happening place to be this morning. It took 45-minutes to get in and out. One single person checks people in, runs the scale, and takes payment. Another directs traffic when necessary and drives the heavy equipment. I’m fairly sure I’ve figured out the structural stuff in the lower barn. Forensics take […]


Stella came with two screens. A smart 32ish” in the living room space, and a 20” in the bedroom, with a build-in DVD. They are both mounted on amazing articulating arms. We Never watch TV in the bedroom. The idea of a big screen in the living room is very attractive as a second screen […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 11

There is now an opening between the lower barn’s main space and the dark room! The good news is the electrical that’s in the way is ‘the end of the run’ for each circuit. This means we just have move the outlets in question to the east in each space, rather than figure out how […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 10

It’s been very windy all day, and instrumental in deciding that I can’t leave the awnings deployed when I/we’re not here. The only awning now open is on Stella’s protected west side. I’ve closed the roof vents to protect the actual vent lids, as they clatter in the wind (surely something that’s adjustable). The weather […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 9

Many, many things got done today, but the best thing was a neighbor, who did carpentry for me a few years ago, stopped by with his dad, and picked up my dad’s pottery wheel. He’s been bit by the ceramics bug, and I couldn’t be more pleased that the wheel is now in his care. […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 8

We set the alarm for 6AM in order to get my DH to the ferry without rushing. It’s a good thing he took the boat he did because word around the neighborhood is a ferry went down, causing chaos for the exiting 4th of July crowd for the rest of the day. Evidently town was […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 7

Today was pretty relaxed. We slept in, and had an outrageous breakfast of fruit salad and ceviche omelets. My DH took measurements of Stella’s pad, and together we figured out that a ground level solid patio will work better than a raised deck around Stella. We also figured out that putting the awning away is […]

June/July 2021 Island Trip – Day 6

The best part of today is that my DH is here. In his usual style, he launched into the list of Honey-Do’s I had for him, and now the awning is deployed on Stella, I have hooks in the kitchen, the bird house is attached to a tree rather than swinging in the breeze, and […]

Healing My Heart

My friend and neighbor to the east asked what the purpose of my trip was. Surely more than to mow! I started listing the things I hoped to accomplish. Our conversation tangented, as it often does. It came to me yesterday that one of the big reasons I spend time here is that it heals […]