2022 Life Logs, Day 216: Harder, Not Easier, But Successful in NC and ME
Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Weather: Mostly Cloudy; High 88, Low 70 degrees
Location: At Home in The Fairfield Inn, Mooresville, NC

Things here in North Carolina got harder today, not easier. My niece Jennifer took a sharp downturn and hospice is now thinking she has only days to live, not weeks. My sister, her other daughter Janet, a loyal and trusted family friend, and myself had a very stressful two and a half hour meeting with an elder lawyer this afternoon. There were more issues than we anticipated, but in the end, I think we got most everything taken care of. That’s the important thing.

Heather, Jed, and Ollie sailed from Tenant Harbor to Boothbay today. Here’s what Heather wrote today: “Jed and Ollie found the most amazing maple cream donuts in Tenants Harbor this morning. We got back to Boothbay this evening. Lots of motoring into the wind, but a couple of lovely hours sailing across Muscongus Bay this afternoon – 6+ kts for a while. We have also uncovered issues and needed repairs at every step, but I estimated two steps forward, one step back but Jed said he thought it was more like three forward, one back. Ollie has been unfailingly awesome–helpful, self-sufficient, never complained. We are all exhausted. But things are good.” Heather has been assuming the role of captain, but she sent a photo of Jed at the helm today and all I could think when I saw the photo is that we have another Captain Graybeard. I had never noticed that Jed’s beard was gray before. For Mark’s 71st birthday, Heather and family and Justin and family planned a pirate’s birthday sail to Tarpaulin Bay with the original Captain Graybeard. Now we have a successor. We just have to get Jed a pirate’s hat!

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