Ion 100 days until Splashdown. (May 1, 2018-Hopefully)
Everyday between now and then we will have to do a an activity/chore that’s related to The spring launch of Obsession and our 2018-2019 Sailing Adventure. Cosmo will help me document these activities on FB.
Since November 1, 2017 we have been enjoying life in the condo. Here’s a review of how the condo has lived up to its hype.
10. WE HAVE GAINED WEIGHT!
Yes, the pot roast and roast chicken dinners, the soups, the toast, the English muffins, all have contributed to this. and, don’t forget the Reese’s. Oh well, it’s a new year, right? Off to the exercise class I go.
9. OUR ELECTRIC BILL IS THROUGH THE ROOF!
Well, compared with using solar/battery power and what our single renter used it is high. But, yes, we had piles of laundry to do when we first got here, and I put all dishes and utensils and pots and pans in the dishwasher for a good washing. That electric meter was twirling and whirring for days. Not to mention the oven and stove use for cooking.
And there was still laundry waiting to be washed and dried.
8. ICE IS OVERFLOWING.
The ice maker works just fine. In fact, so good that it is overflowing in the ice bin. We can’t use it fast enough. Wish we could save it for August. Outside the temperatures were so low that there was a sheet of ice covering the bay too.
Don’t put this ice in my drinks.
7. OUCH, HOT SHOWERS,
We have the best showers here at the condo. Not only is the water continuously hot, but we don’t have water savers on our nozzles, so the pressure is strong. I’ll be missing my shower in August.
6. DAVID, WHERE ARE YOU? WHAT DID YOU SAY? I CANT HEAR YOU.
OK- this could also be because of our age, but we do find ourselves trying to talk to each other when we are in different rooms or even on different floors of the condo. So much space. But it is a good thing.
5. ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Not only is the King size bed comfortable, but we have a beautiful bedroom overlooking the bay and have enjoyed the view - watching the storms, the ice, the sunsets and water traffic has been fun. We do miss the coal ships that used to deliver across the river at least once a week.
4. LET IT SNOW!
Winter isn’t even half over and we’ve experienced snow and ice storms, a blizzard, high winds and frigid temperatures. David is the Treasurer of the condo association and signs the checks for the snow removal company. Worth every expensive penny. We only had to shovel out Perrin’s and our car. (Perrin stayed with us during the blizzard).
3. LIGHTS, TREE, SNOWMEN AND DROP CREEK.
Yes, we have lights-on our trees (2), on our wreath, in our windows, on our deck, lighted snowmen, and of course in Drop Creek (Snow Village). I love lights. Some are solar and battery operated, others are electric. I even have one that plugs into a usb outlet. The tree has hundreds (at least 3 strands of 100 lights) and David now has a Cable Car/Trolley that runs through Drop Creek. We started decorating right after Thanksgiving, and although at this writing the trees are down, we still have the snowmen and Drop Creek to enjoy for awhile.
2. WE FAILED. EXERCISE IS A DIRTY WORD.
Refer to #10 above. We have also found Blue Apron. So we aren’t eating out as much. The meals are good and easy to prepare. Less pizza, less subway, less burgers. Just good food -yeah, right! That Treadmill is still calling-I think I can hear it.
- THE FAM-DAMILY CHRISTMAS DINNER
We hosted Christmas Dinner. No kids table. A great day, a delicious meal and a good time.
We took a road trip to Williamsburg via Sandy Hook, Cape May and Annapolis over Thanksgiving. We traveled down the Jersey Coastline, crossed Delaware Bay on a Ferry, walked the quaint streets of Annapolis and stayed overnight in a darling B&B, wandered around Colonial Williamsburg, and enjoyed a sunset from our hotel overlooking the beach in Cape May. A preview of next fall’s haunts.
Sandy Hook Beach. The waves were huge! That’s the Atlantic Ocean off the Jersey Coast. Maybe someone will take a picture of Obsession
out there next fall.
Approaching the Delaware Shore aboard the
Cape May - Lewes Ferry
Walking the streets of Annapolis. Looking forward to being a visiting yachtsman in this quaint city
One of the many wreaths decorating the doors of the houses in Williamsburg
The “streets” of Williamsburg.
Sunset from our beachfront hotel in Cape May
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade-move over! Fall River is renown for its Children’s Christmas Parade complete with local high school marching bands, and Balloons. It did not disappoint. And to think, it’s only a 5 minute walk up the hill from our condo!
Frosty was almost decapitated!
David has already converted the garage into a workshop. It will serve as a temporary sail loft, an engine repair shop, an electronics repair shop, a wood working shop and then finally our moving aboard staging area. We are so lucky to have this protected and warm area so convenient to us.
As disappointed as we were about having to delay our trip one more year I am reading more and more that this season cruisers are not only experiencing some difficulties due to the hurricanes but also colder weather and windiy conditions. Someone once said this trip is a magical experience. We are looking forward to experiencing that magic this fall and next winter.