2021 Life Logs, Day 54: Arrival in the San Blas Islands
Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 41, Low, 34 Degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
The outside temperature today reached 41 degrees F, but there was a bit of wind making it feel much colder. Most of the snow has melted, so I know it wasn’t as cold as it felt. Tomorrow is windy and Thursday is even windier. Both days will be sunny or partly sunny with a high in the low 40’s. Then on Friday it will be cooler, but with very little wind. I’ll bet Friday will feel the warmest since the winds will be lower. If that’s the case, I might take the day off writing and do some preliminary gardening work. I need to do a little shopping around to find the best organic compost available. One thing I learned in the gardening docu-series I have been watching is that you need to add 2 inches of compost to your garden every year. And I also need to add biochar that helps your soil retain moisture and Azomite rock dust that adds minerals. I had never heard of biochar or Azomite. So, I have some researching to do to even find out where to purchase these things. And, yes, I also need to order seeds. But purchasing these things can be on yucky, rainy days. I’ll do the outside prep work on Friday.
I titled yesterday’s log, ‘Stuck in the Netherlands Antilles’. Today I found out the Netherlands Antilles was dissolved as a political entity in 2010, so I can longer be stuck there. Today the Caribbean islands that were part of the Netherlands Antilles remain a part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The group is now commonly called the Dutch Caribbean. Who knew?
Today in my writing process, I made it to the San Blas Islands in Panama. I can’t wait until morning to write about the short but really exciting time we spent there. I’d like to think I might then get through the Panama Canal tomorrow, but that probably won’t happen until Thursday. Writing this book is a slow process. It is going to take all of 2021 to complete it. Right now, I am ignoring almost everything else in my life, but I can’t continue to do that unless I hire someone to clean my house, cook my food, do my gardening, walk my dog, and exercise for me. You get the picture. I am enjoying reliving each and every experience so much that I could literally just sit here and write non-stop. At least today I remembered to turn the lights on late in the afternoon so I wouldn’t be writing in the dark. I really don’t even notice when it gets dark, but I feel sorry for Shadow sitting in the dark wondering what in the world is wrong with me. The problem is that there were just too many wonderful experiences in The Voyage of Windbird. I know I can’t include them all, but it is difficult to decide which ones to exclude. Probably half of what I am writing now will eventually be cut, but for now I’m cramming it all in.