Day 212, Year 10: Happy Mother’s Day
Date: Sunday, May 10, 2015
Weather: Partly Sunny and Windy, High in the 60’s, Fog in the Evening
Location: Quissett Harbor, Falmouth, Massachusetts

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers I know. I had a lovely day and hope that you did as well. Heather, Jed, and boys returned from their Scout camp-out this morning and called to invite us over for a late breakfast. Jonah made a card for Heather at school and drew a picture of her making pancakes for Mother’s Day. He wrote out very plainly that what his Mother would do on Mother’s Day was make pancakes, and so she did. We had pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and whipped cream. Yummy! Mark and Jed worked on the old blue Ford Taurus trying to get it running and Heather and I did some yard work. While I was in the backyard, I got a special delivery from Edible Gifts. Justin, Jo, and kids sent a bouquet of chocolate-covered strawberries. Yummy, again! Mark and I took the boys to the boat for the afternoon as they were absolutely dying to play with the new Lego sets and do a little ‘practice’ fishing. We then returned to Heather and Jed’s for a Mother’s Day dinner on the back deck. After dinner we talked to Justin and Jo via Skype video and got to see Ziggy and Coco. So one way or another I got to see my children and grandchildren, making it a very happy Mother’s Day for me.

The return trip to Windbird tonight was not the high point of the day. We drove the old car home and it had a couple of problems along the way. First the left front brake caliper was sticking, probably just rusted in place, but it heated up as we could tell by the smell. We stopped to check it out and that’s when Mark could feel the heat on the left front. I kept exercising the brake as we continued on and it finally broke loose. But the other problem was a little more worrisome. Something is causing the car to vibrate, sometimes a little, but sometimes a lot. Maybe vibrate is not the right word as at times it felt like there was a lump on one of the tires. But we stopped again to check that and found nothing. So we bumped along and felt lucky to get home in one piece. Then things got worse. It was so foggy tonight that we could see almost nothing as we headed the dinghy in the direction of Windbird. Mark thought he had turned on the mast light and since there was only one dim light in the distance, we headed for that. We motored slowly until we got close enough to a boat or a mooring line that we recognized and then we adjusted course and headed on. It was a little frightening. I could see how you could get totally turned around and never find your way home. We were very thankful when we found the red buoy that is not too far from Windbird. At that point we knew we would make it. After we got on the boat we realized that we could have turned on the navigation software on Mark’s phone if need be. So from now on when fog is a possibility, we’ll either come home before dark or make very sure Mark’s phone is fully charged. Now we just have to figure out what to do about the car situation. If we want to buy a car we are going to have to somehow become Massachusetts residents. Living on a boat doesn’t count, so we have to get creative.

150510 Day 212 Cape Cod, USA–Mother's Day