Such a mouthful that word is! This is the year I turned 70, becoming a septuagenarian, a person who is from 70 to 79. Ugh. I rather dreaded it. However, I decided that it would take me a week to transform into this septuagenarian person (Hmm, I suppose that it actually took 3,640 weeks to reach that status.)
With a birthday in September, it is often spent on the water. Two of those years we left for the Bahamas on my birthday, 2013 and 2015. My birthday request for 2022 was to go back to Block Island for a week in September when it would be quieter, just like three months ago in June. There are 10 blog posts about Block Island over the past 9 years of writing this blog so this post will be more birthday-based than Block-based. 😉
It was a lovely September Friday as we left for Block Island.
September’s full moon, the Harvest Moon, reached its peak on September 10th at 5:58 am.
Al has been working on another project, this time for the dinghy. He decided that the dinghy would be safer and easier if there was a bar to grab (Does this have something to do with being septuagenarians??)
Back to Saturday and more fun in the sun.
The sunshine of Friday and Saturday faded on Sunday, leaving cloudy skies and humidity. We stretched our legs with a walk.
The weather wasn’t awful so after lunch we dinghied over to the Coast Guard beach with Marcia and Dan. It is always fun to watch boats come and go. We sat there for a short time with brief periods of drizzle and then decided it was time to head back. But first, we all dinghied out farther where we thought we saw some seal heads poking up.
We had fun watching for the seals and it seems that they were just as curious as we were. If they had cameras they would have been trying to “shoot” us too. Most of the photos were too shaky (bouncing dinghy) or too far away, but I did get a few close-ups.
They didn’t look like the typical harbor seal we see up here. We asked at the BI Maritime Institute and learned that these are gray seals. “Gray seals are distinguished from harbor and harp seals by the distinctive shape of the head. Gray seals have an elongated snout with a flat or slightly convex profile, in contrast to the shorter, concave, “puppy-dog” snout of the smaller seals. In some areas of Canada and the British Isles they are sometimes called ‘horsehead seals.'” (Marine Mammals of Block Island)
Monday, September 12th – the BIG Day. Marcia started my day with egg sandwiches.
Next for this birthday girl was to open the silver birthday ball from my sister, Lisa. We have been passing this back and forth on our birthdays for years and years. Each year we search to find something small enough to place in this silver ball.
The afternoon had been rainy, but paused long enough for us to have dinner and get back to the boats.
Tuesday was a day of near constant rain and wind.
It was nice to be rafted on a town mooring so that we could chat from time to time, in between napping and reading.
The rain cleared out and brought a beautiful sunny September day on Wednesday, although the winds were still on the boisterous side. Time for a walk into town. As we walked through town we noticed that most of the businesses were decorated in anticipation of the second annual Pride weekend. “The mission of Block Island Pride is to remind people that “All Are Welcome” to live and visit the island.
The goal for the day’s walk was to visit North Light Fibers a micro yarn mill at the 1661 Farm, just up the road from the Manisses. We toured the yarn mill there in 2019 and recently stopped by in June with Don and Cindy (Limerick.) (I still can’t find any old posts about the fiber mill. Can posts disappear??? I’ll drop a few photos in here.)
From the website — “Our goal is to make world-class handcrafted artisanal yarns from exotic fibers and demonstrate that year-round manufacturing can work in a highly seasonal location like Block Island. We love working with fibers and making the yarn 100% on Block Island – from washing and dying to carding, spinning and finishing as well as producing hand knit and handwoven garments and home décor. “
Marcia and Dan gave me a gift certificate 😃 so I was like a kid in a candy shop here. Sven was there and very helpful in discussing my yarn choices.
North Light Fibers is right in the middle of the 1661 Farm, where you can find exotic animals and gardens of flowers and vegetables. The exotic animals include alpacas, camels, llamas, Scottish highland bulls, kangaroos, emus, yaks, sheep, goats, zeedonk, a turtle……
Lots of walking that day……. which meant that Al …..
The winds from Wednesday calmed down enough to pack a picnic lunch for the beach.
There was one other item on my BI to-do list for the week – have a ‘Gansett sitting outside at The Oar. We aren’t Oar fanatics, I can take or leave the place, but I really wanted to sit outside, drink a beer and look out over the harbor. It wasn’t hard for everyone else to indulge this birthday wish. 😉
Friday and it was time to depart early and head home.
My birthday week-long celebration did not end on Friday. After packing and then unpacking, doing laundry and groceries at home, my children had a family dinner for me on Saturday.
So, here I am, 70 years old, and I am ok with it. I’m kind of surprised. You really can’t do anything about getting older; it just happens, ready or not. When things I can’t change have happened to me, I just step up to it and do the best I can. Here I go – septuagenarianhood!