December 2021 Island Trip – Day 7

A threatened wind storm (gale warnings promising gusts to 50 knots) didn’t materialize in any serious way on the Island overnight. It rained impressively, flooding the dip in our road before it meets the main drag. Closing up went easily, and faster, with two of us. My DH had a chance to chat with our […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Day 6

We chose the color for the lower barn’s new roof today, a medium grey, and gave a the roofer a material deposit. This will be a very expensive endeavor, but far cheaper than allowing water infiltration continue to rot the building’s sheetrock, rafters and window framing, where a sweet solo mushroom is growing. The roofer […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Day 5

Today was a lot less goal oriented. I loaded the smaller darkroom cabinet with Stella overflow/supplies, and moved the wire shelves that previously housed those items into the darkroom space. We made a town trip to support the hardware store, do a little Christmas shopping, and pick up a couple things at the grocery. I […]

Road Kill

We stopped at our AN’s today to deliver some Christmas goodies, and ended up visiting for a while. Among the many subjects we touched on, one was road kill. Specifically, that my mom, in the last year or two she lived here, would go out road kill gathering in order to feed the ravens! Our […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Day 4

After winning the competition for sleeping in (past 11AM!) we got an incredible amount of work done on the lower building. The header is in and reinforced with brackets. Walls are firred out for sheetrock repair. Both cabinets have been moved out of the darkroom and into the main building. Some tools and supplies have […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Days 1 & 2

Despite incredible systemic ferry problems, including lack of crew, we rolled onto our intended ferry as one of only nine vehicles. In the 40+ years I’ve used this mode of transportation, this was the emptiest ferry ever! We spent day one nesting in Stella, and eyeing our lower barn project. There is something about getting […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Day 3

We’ve been sleeping in. My DH has about two years of sleep debt to catch up on. Yes, our daylight is shortening, and daybreak comes later and later, however there is nothing like aircraft aluminum to keep the light out!! Today was grand in a country kinda way. The electrical part of the lower barn […]

December 2021 Island Trip – Days 1 & 2

Despite incredible systemic ferry problems, including lack of crew, we rolled onto our intended ferry as one of only nine vehicles. In the 40+ years I’ve used this mode of transportation, this was the emptiest ferry ever! We spent day one nesting in Stella, and eyeing our lower barn project. There is something about getting […]

Obits

In getting my mother’s obituary to my parents’ college, the college sent me a copy of their magazine that ran my father’s obituary. I asked them for this specifically, knowing that my mom and my dad’s first wife had collaborated on dad’s obit. I never saw it before this week when the magazine arrived. The […]

An Unexpected Thanksgiving

Thursday morning started with a very clear indication that I was having a diverticulitis attack. Three-plus hours in the ER, blood work, and a CT confirmed that I am a very good diagnostician. The good news is that it’s not a horrible case, and I hadn’t lost appreciable blood. I’ve been a couch potato ever […]