I don't like hurricane season, remembering all too well the mess that Hugo left here. I hope that friends in NC, Virginia and New England will be safe from the storm. I know that there is a price to pay for living along the coast, especially on the barrier islands. Building a house on shifting sands has its problems.
It may be a weekend on land because rocking on the boat at the anchorage isn't much fun. It's also supposed to be hot tomorrow with temps around 96. It's hard for the old "heart" dog when temperatures are above 90 F. Back to summer temporarily, I guess.
On the dog front, one of our girls, Clarabelle, has been sick. It started as a cough but after extensive tests and x rays, there is fluid in the lungs and in the chest cavity, but no definitive diagnosis. It could be congestive heart failure or pneumonia. She is on diuretics and strong antibiotics. She is eating and drinking well which is good. I am encouraged but still concerned. She is a sweet heart. Our dogs are like our kids in many ways.
I am waiting to close on Sojourner. She is still up on jacks at the boat yard. I am looking forward to doing quite a few things on her once she is out of the yard. I'll be putting down new non-skid on the deck, adding a coat of high gloss varnish on the teak interior, and getting a new dodger and mainsail cover made. It will be a beautiful hole in the water that I toss money into. That's okay because who doesn't like to spend money on a beautiful lady?
I'm going to go to the noon meeting today. It is mostly pure Al-Anon at this meeting. I have lately found myself gravitating to those meetings where Al-Anon is spoken and recovery in that program is strong. I believe in our singleness of purpose and don't want to see our meetings diluted by those who don't carry the message. I have read bloggers who write about fears that AA is being diluted. I often feel that in those meetings where the message appears to be more AA than Al-Anon.
After the meeting then I will get some more things done around the house. The seeds are partially planted in the garden, but we will put more in today. The garden is coming along. It is exciting to think about having fall vegetables and making good things that have been shared by fellow bloggers such as Mary at Letting Go and C & C at My Recovery. Think broccoli, kale, collards, turnips, beets, mustard greens, carrots, red cabbage, and lettuce.
And here are some photos from the back yard this morning. The golden hour was too hard to resist.
|Golden orb weaver web|
|American beauty berry|