I was caught in a maelstrom for 24 hours as the boat swung at anchor. I didn't get much sleep during that night, listening to the wind whistling. I rowed to shore after the wind dropped to around 20 mph. The walk on the beach was invigorating in the cold. And the next night, I made a camp fire, cooking some boiled peanuts and sitting with my dog until the fire was embers. It amazes me that this island is near one of the most popular destinations in the country, and yet, I had the entire island to myself. It helps that it's only reached by boat and that most people aren't quite as adventuresome as I am.
It was good to be home though. I took a long hot shower, getting rid of the smell of wood smoke and diesel fumes. I would like to bottle the smell of the salt air though. I wish that would not wash away. It is a smell of the outdoors, the sea and the wind.
I've had several people email me that I am fearless. I don't feel fearful on the boat. I feel the most peaceful there actually. My fear seems to come about when I am back on land, surrounded by traffic, obligations, responsibilities, and demands. Maybe it's not really fear but unnerving to think that I have to be doing something productive while I'm at home. I know that is a mindset from years of conditioning of working at a demanding job. I sometimes have to remind myself that I don't have to do anything on a schedule anymore. Old habits are hard to break though.
My C. was really happy to see me. Her new medication is helping a lot. She is joking and seems much less stressed. It's good to see the funny side of her come out again. Humor cures a lot of things and definitely is good for our relationship.
Just in case you want to see some of the work that we have done on the interior of the house, I've included a few photos. We are at a stopping point for now and will resume after Thanksgiving. Mostly all we have done is painting and furniture placement. We did add wainscoting in the dining room and foyer. Amazing what some different colors and a little carpentry will do.
|Foyer--added wainscoting and equinox pendant|
|Hallway to master bedroom wing|