Spending the summer at Frog Mortar Creek with John, Linda, Dylan, Bob, Dora and Sailor (ruff-ruff) was truly fantastic! We all grew closer as friends and became extended family to each other. When it came time to part ways it was very bitter sweet. But we all know our paths will cross again soon. Thanks to everyone for a fantastic summer!
So, here’s a brief synopsis of the summer’s events:
August 18th – 22nd
Time for the last hurrah before Dylan headed back to school. So, John, Linda, and Dylan joined us for a several day cruise on the
Happy Birthday Barry! We invited a few friends and close family to a small gathering on shore at the Yates’ home for a birthday celebration. The celebration was also for John, as his birthday was August 27th. John and Barry are best of friends and are very much alike in many ways. Happy Birthday John and Barry!
August 31st – September 4th
It was time for another short cruise on the
Day sail! Yes, our extended-through-our-son’s-marriage family, John, Kitty, Len and Karen Rogers, joined us for a day sail. The winds were favorable and we enjoyed several very relaxing hours on the bay. It was great to catch up on our children’s lives and on ours as well. Karen graced us with a yummy peach pie to top off our chicken salad sandwiches. We’re so glad you could join us and we really appreciate your driving all the way from
Day sail again, how lucky are we? This wonderful family day graced us with Kim, Mike, Matt and Stephanie. I think Mike could have moved in permanently, as he enjoyed being on the water so much. The winds were quieter today than yesterday, which allowed some sunbathing on the front deck. The day was filled with endless conversations and munching on healthy (and some unhealthy) snacks. Well, we can’t be perfect all the time, can we? Thanks for joining us!
September 14th – 16th
John and Linda settled on their new found Hunter 41, “Jo-Lin-Dy”. Bob and Barry went along to
Let the projects begin!
We were now finally able to pull up to the Yates’ dock. Why now? Well, the dock had been under construction since spring and was just getting to the point where we could pull the boat in and begin some projects that required us to be tied up. Here’s a short list of the main projects:
- Added two batteries to the house bank to increase amp-hour capacity
- Fixed the leaks in the hardtop, removed windows, bedded new windows, rolled out truck bed liner down the middle of the hardtop to prevent slipping when walking up there
- Removed solar panels from the arch, tested and fixed connections, mounted solar panels on the hardtop
- Raised the height of the wind generator
- Removed and adjusted the enclosure to better meet our needs
Return of the Swab
In the midst of working on the projects, Swab Beth came for a week long visit and to attend Sean and Meredith’s wedding with us. We so enjoyed having her back aboard. But, she is off creating her own life now and will probably only join us for short visits in the future, such as when she can’t get to sleep because her bed doesn’t rock!
October 5th - The Wedding
The wedding was absolutely beautiful, as you can imagine. Aren’t our children’s weddings the most awesome experience in the world! We saw many friends from days gone by and enjoyed catching up on the latest with them and with family. There was plenty of fun, sharing and dancing to be had, and we did it all. Congratulations to Sean and Meredith!
Finishing the Projects!
Now it was time to really polish off those projects on the list and plan for our get away. Plans included the Annapolis Sail Boat Show. On the way to the show we rendezvoused with Rick and Jude Cunningham for breakfast. They had driven in from
Sharing with Friends
There were many fun trips to visit friends, fix computers and generally chat about cars, retirement and life. On several wonderful days we visited with Gary and Donna and only wished we’d had more time to spend with them. Next summer we’ll get out on the water and head to
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And there was the trip to
Barb took off for Mason Neck, VA to spend time with Isabelle and her 4 year old twin boys, Xylan and Nathaniel. Those boys sure kept us going with biking, running, swimming, and their own computer games! Oh, and they also came to the boat for a day of fun playing in the river.
October 14th – Farewell Dinner
It was time to say good bye until next summer, which was usually difficult because we never knew when we’d be back in the
So, to send us off in style, Carol put on a fantastic farewell dinner for the family. All were there, Carol, Mike, Dillon and Jimmie, Kim and Mike, Sean and Meredith, and of course us. Carol outdid herself once again with an awesome spread for our dining pleasure. We sat around and had those old familiar and wonderful family conversations.
Over the course of the summer we spent time with Carol and Mike on several occasions and enjoyed time for long visits, home repairs, and computer talk. We will continue next summer!