Day 336, Year 6: Packing Up Summer
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2011
Weather: Heavy Rain Overnight; Overcast Today, Temp in Low 70’s
Location: Eel Pond, Woods Hole, Massachusetts

We’ve had summer on Windbird for the past six years. Even when it was winter in the Southern Hemisphere, it felt like summer to us. But that is about to come to an end and today I decided it was time to pack up all of the summer clothes. Sometime during the first week of October (next week) we hope to make a run to storage in New Hampshire to deliver ‘summer’ and pick up a few things for winter. The problem is that we were both working full-time when we left and our winter wardrobes are a little fancy for working at West Marine and being a Granny Nanny. But we’ll pick through and take what will work for us. Then it might actually be time to buy some new clothes.

While I was cleaning out, I decided to take the eight chart tubes that are heavily laden with paper charts off the boat as well. We hardly used any of the charts as we relied on electronic charts, but we did have them just in case. I really can’t believe we lugged those heavy tubes of charts all the way around the world and never used them. But I guess you live and learn. And in my cleaning out frenzy, I actually got more writing done. So it was a good day. I didn’t go to New Bedford with Heather, Jed, and boys because I really wasn’t feeling up to it. This cold is just dragging on and on. But I feel better tonight, so maybe the two days of relative rest did some good.

I got a call from Justin this morning telling me turn on my computer and get on Skype so Ziggy could introduce me to a new friend. Once we were connected, Ziggy introduced me to Honey, his new puppy. Justin and Jo already have two dogs, Alfie and Lulu, but when they went to the Farmer’s Market in Santa Fe yesterday Ziggy saw this puppy and immediately fell in love. It’s a Chihuahua, named for the state of Chihuahua in Mexico, so I figure that if you live in New Mexico, you need a Chihuahua. Ziggy has fully adopted Honey and become his mother. We were on Skype video for quite a long time and it was great fun to watch him with the puppy. Justin and Jo are thinking of moving to a 20-acre farm north of Santa Fe that they visited yesterday and we spent a long time talking about that. It’s been a while since we have used Skype for those nice, long video calls were we can watch grandchildren play, so it was great to get back to that.

Tomorrow morning at 8 am the marine surveyor arrives to do an in-water survey required for our change in insurance companies. It will be interesting to see what this surveyor finds compared to the in-water survey we had done just before leaving for our trip around the world. I’m hoping those 39,000 miles weren’t too tough on Windbird. Except for the deck which desperately needs replacing, she looks great. Let’s hope the surveyor thinks the same.

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