It’s been a busy, but fragmented summer, but I don’t mean that in a negative way, just descriptive. We never took any “long” (a week or longer) trips with the boat. We mostly spent 2-5 days on the boat, then were home for a few days again, or visiting family here and elsewhere. And that was just fine for this summer – we will have plenty of “boat time” very, very soon.
So, in tune with a fragmented theme, here are snippets from our summer on the water and on land, in no particular order:
Boat rescues and mishaps (not ours, thank goodness!!)
House Guests – We had house guests for 5 weeks – Adam, Steph and Charlie lived with us while they were between houses. It was a lot of fun to be together and be able to help our kids out like that. I really enjoyed and appreciated that time together.
A Summer Clambake – What would a summer be without a New England clambake?
“Once in a Blue Moon”
We made more trips to Watch Hill/Napatree this summer than anywhere else. It may be “local” and not necessarily exciting, but with good friends, it can be near perfect!
“Once in a Blue Moon??” What does that mean? One definition of a “blue moon”, the more modern one, is when there are 2 full moons in one month. A full moon occurs roughly every 29.5 days and on the rare occasions when the full moon falls at the very beginning of a month there is a good chance that a Blue Moon will occur at the end of the month as well. Although called a “blue” moon, it isn’t blue. The Summer of 2015 had two full moons in July- the 2nd and the 31st. We were at Napatree with Mary Jo and Dean, on Jallao, for the blue moon on July 31st.
The next Blue Moon is not until 2018 when there will be two Blue Moons (using the definition of two full moons in one calendar month.) One in January and one in March. But the next summertime Blue Moon won’t occur until August 2023. “Once in a blue moon” is a common way of saying not very often or rare. I will leave it up to you to decide if the frequency of blue moons qualifies as rare. Personally, I like the phrase “once in a blue moon,” especially now that I have watched a Blue Moon rise over the ocean while sitting on the beach with my husband and friends.
Come On Board!
A benefit of staying close to home this summer was that we found time to have guests join us on the boat. Two family visits were extra special – Tim and Amanda were the first overnight guests, while Caleb, with his Mommy and Daddy, had his first boat ride. (blue words are links to those previous blog pictures.)
We have “dirt dweller” friends who also enjoyed time on the water with us.
Because we were home more often this summer, we spent time with our children and grandchildren, here and there.
Without a doubt, it is hard to leave our family to cruise for 8 months. To me, It feels even more difficult this time than two years ago. With phone calls, FaceTime, email, texts, and two flights home for in-person visits, I hope I can overcome the homesickness and heartache. These little people grow up so fast. But……. this is an adventure that can’t be postponed for too long. Life is short – so off we will go!