Waitin’ and Anticipatin’

Days came and went, and by July 23rd we still did’t have a closing date for the new Kindred Spirit. We were waiting for the repairs on the Mariner to be done and closing papers to be finalized, while anticipating all the things we will need for the trip home on a boat we were don’t really know yet.

While we were waiting, anticipating, and packing ,we have found plenty to do.

Al is alway busy making things and fixing things. He has done crown molding and a tile backsplash in neighbors’ homes. He makes things for our children’s homes and the grandchildren. In no time at all, he made this Lego carry box for our grandson Aaron.

~The Lego carry box for Aaron ~ I'm still trying my hand at weaving

~The Lego carry box for Aaron
~ I’m still trying my hand at weaving (going slower that I had hoped!)

Together we made this glass lamp. Bought it at a discount and then took the rope off and pried off the top so that I could fill it with sea glass, shells, and coral.

Our glass lamp project

Our glass lamp project

In need of a land activity, we are enjoying bike rides. There is an especially nice path along the old Farmington Canal.

Bike helmets make such a fashion statement.

Bike helmets make such a fashion statement.

The Farmington Canal Linear Park bike path

The Farmington Canal Linear Park bike path

Charlie, our "grand-dog" spent 10 days with us while his "parents" were on vacation.

Charlie, our “grand-dog” spent 10 days with us while his “parents” were on vacation.

Al participated in the Shennecossett Yacht Club “Dock Races” again on the team for D Dock.

Bill gives the race instructions to the teams.

Bill gives the race instructions to the teams.

At this point in time, Al was still considered to be the “sail” part of the two-man team, which had to be one sailor with one power-boater.  Hmmm… what happens next year? Can you rally take the “sail” out of the man?
syc race 1 syc race 2

Al still gets a chance to do some sailing during the SYC Dock Races.

SYC race 3

swimming retirevers

Two Golden Retrievers swimming along side the race course. What stamina they have!

Another summer treat was meeting with friends from our Bahama trip. Miss Maggie, a Grand Banks 36, brought Bruce and Tracey and their Golden Retriever, Maggie May, all the way to Connecticut from North Carolina. We had a delightful visit and dinner with them.

~ Miss Maggie on the mooring ~ A toast from Bruce

~ Miss Maggie on the mooring
~ A toast from Bruce

On the same weekend, our friends on Magnolia, (Morgan sistership, remember?) arrived at Shennecossett Yacht Club as they passed through southern New England on their way north.

Miss Maggie and Magnolia stop by Shennecossett on their trips north.

Miss Maggie and Magnolia stop by Shennecossett on their trips north. It’s nice to see a Morgan out there on the mooring again.

We had a Bahama reunion/potluck barbecue at the yacht club. Magnolia’s freezer needed defrosting before their land trip to Ohio and we all benefited. 🙂 Yum! Although our boats had all met at one point or another on our respective Bahama voyages, all four boats were never in the same place at the same time. Until now. Well, except that our boat isn’t there.

The Bahama gang reunited - Anthony, Annette, Dave, Sue, Al, Michele, Dan, and Marcia

The Bahama gang reunited – from left to right Magnolia -Anthony & Annette, san cles -Dave & Sue, Kindred Spirit – Al & Michele, and Cutting Class -Dan & Marcia

Rockin' Captains

Captains Al, Anthony, and Dan, sitting on the  porch sharing sailing stories and mechanical tales.

What a feast we had!!

What a feast we had!!

Ending with Rum Cake, officially known as "Great Guana Cay Rum Cake."

Ending with Rum Cake, officially known as “Great Guana Cay Rum Cake.” That’s all that was left. Rumor has it that some folks ate it for breakfast the next day????

A day trip to to southeast Connecticut by car kept our minds off our delayed ownership of the new boat.

A stop at Abbotts in Noak for lunch. Clam chowder and shrimp & corn bisque, followed by crab cakes. This was actually a taste test. Although the crab cakes were good, they did not compare at all to the ones in the Chesapeake Bay!!

A stop at Abbotts in Noak for lunch. Clam chowder and shrimp & corn bisque, followed by crab cakes. This was actually a taste test. Although the crab cakes were good, they did not compare at all to the ones in the Chesapeake Bay!!

We enjoyed the view form our picnic table, overlooking the Mystic River.

We enjoyed the view from our picnic table, overlooking the Mystic River.

A stop in Mystic and a stroll over the bridge and down the street.

A stop in Mystic and a stroll over the bridge and down the street.

A stop at Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream is a MUST. Their Lemon Chocolate Kiss is to die for!

A visit to the Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream shop is a MUST. Their unique flavor, Lemon Chocolate Kiss, is to die for!

And then there are the grandchildren!

July 4th weekend visit with  ~ Alicia and Ella ~ Papa and Aaron play with the toy sailboat int he sink.

July 4th weekend visit with
~ Alicia and Ella
~ Papa and Aaron play with the toy sailboat int he sink.

9 week old Caleb is already anticipating our next boat, and seems to know we are heading to the Chesapeake to get it.

9-week old Caleb is already anticipating our next boat, and seems to know we are heading to the Chesapeake to get it (see his shirts??)

GOOD NEWS!!  We are loading a cargo van and heading to Maryland tomorrow (July 26th) to bring this Mariner Orient 38 home to Connecticut.

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