One of my favorite Dar Williams songs is “The Ocean”…it seemed especially relevant to me when we moved near Belle Isle Marsh and the Harbor. While I adore mountains, the ocean has always been a constant in some way throughout my life. We’ve been going to Cape Cod for over 25 years now, one of my first memories is getting bitten by a crab while splashing into the Atlantic Ocean…and every time I go over the Sagamore bridge, I visibly relax.
Now, living near the water, I’ve begun to appreciate other things. Today, the most important was that there was almost no ice to navigate while getting to the car. It stayed warm enough here, probably because of the ocean, to not hard freeze everywhere. There is literally no ice in front of my house…nor is there any salt melt put down. I love it.
I also love the fact that on some nights, foggy ones especially, I can smell the ocean at our house. There is nothing like going out onto your back porch with a drink and some good conversation, smelling the ocean and watching planes fly over your house.
Unfortunately, I do not have time to go walk by the water today 😦 Our teacher gave us 3 chapters of reading! 3! In the first week! Geez 🙂 and I have to clean up the house. Its amazing how much dirt gets tracked in with boots.
Well, our little party was a success…only 1 car got lost and ended up by the airport. They were also the car that had a person slightly freak out when they went through the tunnels under the harbor and who asked every few minutes “Is that an airplane?!”
Too bad about the Patriots, though. The Jets suck.
This morning, I was smart and called the snow line for work before getting too awake and discovered there was an hour delay. Love it!
Went back to bed for an hour and got up, ate two bowls of cereal, put my layers on (love my gore tex pants!), and trekked into work. Found out there were two people who showed up early, which is good because our automatic door opened up at 9 AM.
Spent about 2 hours at the front desk talking to a lot of people from Austrailia, and then got the news at 11:55 that we were shutting down. Got home about a half hour ago and am in my pjs waiting for the Patriots game to begin.
I wish all days could be like this…go in an hour late, work for 2 hours, and get paid for 8! Love it!!
No, not me (for once).
Our house is shaking like a 3 year old girl next to a scary monster.
And is making our tree shake.
And my computer desk and monitor.
Broke out the flashlight…might not get to watch “White Christmas” tonight if some wires fall down.
Possibly the last storm of the year has finally arrived here in Eastie a few hours later than the weather people predicted. Its been going strong for about 2 hours and with the setting sun, the sky has turned a lovely shade of purple with large swaths of white streaming by.
I have been productive today already! Ihave a few presents that need to be made, mainly a blanket for my nephew’s puppy doll and onesies for my new niece who will arrive in May. Soon, the tree will go on and I might nip out to the back porch to sip some of my cider once the wind dies down a bit. The storm is supposed to have a wicked tail, though, that is going to hit coastal areas fairly hard. They really mean Gloucester and Ipswich, but its entirely possible that it might here too.
I’ve also gathered the stable food stuffs from the pantry that we aren’t going to eat. Salad dressing, green beans, corn, tomato sauce…all are not being eaten by us and can make someone’s Christmas a bit better. Now I just have to figure out when I can donate it before the holidays (There is a food pantry down the street at a Church).
If the weathermen are to be believed, I will have about 0-12 inches of snow outside my window by Saturday morning. This will be our first significant storm here in Eastie, might be putting the car up on the non-emergency road tonight so we don’t have to worry about it.
However, I have:
- hard cider
- christmas presents to make
- 3 new books from the library
- 2 emergency radios
- gore-tex pants from work
- fixings for cookie making
I think we’ll be ok. It helps that we only have a very small area of shoveling that must be done, also. Hopefully, the boy will be let out of school and we can have a snow day together! That would be so awesome.