And the Tide Will Fall


In December, John, Gene and I went on a fishing trip.  Yep, in December.  In Maryland.  And that is precisely why we wanted to move here.  We have all the seasons, (personally I’d give up the cold for warmer climates if you want the truth), but winters are shorter.  However, along with some extremely high tides, (read “And the Tide Will Rise”) come some very low tides.  We found this out when we ran aground that day.  We were soooo close, but not close enough!

John braved the cold water to go get Gene and I some waders.  He’s the best!

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Here he is coming to rescue us:

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The only boat this is a problem for is the “Captain Joe”, our fishing boat named in honor of John’s dad. It’s bigger and heavier than the others, and it’s the one we take outside our river into the Chesapeake Bay to fish.  It’s a Glacier Bay so technically it’s a catamaran.   We saw one when we were out fishing one day, and thought it would be perfect for us because of its stability and because it has a “bathroom” – always a good thing!    So we began a search and found one online that was in a boatyard in south Jersey.  It needed some attention but we fell in love with it the minute we saw it.


So we bought him, fixed him up, and brought him home:

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Meanwhile, back at our low tide story, Gene is out there waiting for his turn to come in:

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John has to go back and forth taking off the tackle:

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I wish I could tell you that we caught some monster fish that day. We caught a couple small ones, but we let them go. (There are size limits.)  We enjoy catching anything but we’re always on the lookout for stripers (striped bass) – although we have to get used to calling them rockfish like they do here in Maryland.  For some reason we’ve had more luck catching them in Montauk:

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But we’re learning some of the tricks to catching them here:


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We couldn’t bring the Capt. Joe back into the dock till later that night when the tide rose again.  But he looked so nice sitting out there:

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Till next time.

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Property Improvement


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When John and I moved down to our “retirement” property full-time a few months ago, we decided to make a few improvements even though winter was coming and we might not be able to enjoy them until spring.  One thing high on John’s list was an awning for the back deck!  One of the reasons we fell in love with our property was the unobstructed view. Yes, shade is nice, but our property in New Jersey was surrounded by trees and was so shady it always seemed dark. Plus, raking leaves is not something we want to spend our time doing.   Our place here is the opposite, it’s BIG SKY country,  but along with that comes a summer sun that is so bright you need sunglasses inside.  Our awning will bring down the temperature in the back where we spend most of our time at least 10 degrees, plus I won’t have to spend my time squinting – always a good thing!

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Here’s how it looks from the inside:

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Nice and shady, huh?


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So with that project done, we moved on to what I would say was my number one priority:  finishing off the fence!  John and I both agree Robert Frost had it right when he wrote, “Good fences make good neighbors.”  After we were here all the time we began noticing that our neighbor’s dog was leaving us little gifts.  Gifts you don’t want.  And after spending more and more time cleaning up after a dog I don’t own, we knew it was time to complete the project!

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This part of the fence may look a little strange, but we cut it down this way so our neighbor’s view of the water isn’t blocked.  And it’s not the way we face when we’re looking at our view and sunset, so it doesn’t bother us too much.

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And here’s our beautiful gate:

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Ah, fences.  They are also a very good thing.

The third project which we are all excited about (and by all I mean John and myself, and Chrissy and my cousin Irene) is the garden!  Chrissy and Irene will have a spot for themselves and for our areas we’re going to put in raised beds and one waist-high bed for herbs.   John built it for me in December!  Yep, December.

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We were so naive then, thinking what a mild and short winter we were going to have.

Then the ice came.

I thought this was bad:

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Till we had this:

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It’s mostly melted now, although the cove isn’t completely unfrozen.  Soon though.  Very soon.  Spring in 8 days!

And that’s a wonderful thing!

American Flag Houses


We’re going to be out of the country on July 4th this year. It’s sad in a way, because I love July 4th!  I love watching the fireworks, any fireworks, but especially the TV shows from Boston and New York.  I can be in the comfort of my own home and have a great view!  Yes, not the same as in person, but I love it anyway.  Which do you prefer?  Watching in person, or on TV?    Anyway, John has a business trip to Prague, and I’m going with him.  I couldn’t pass that up, could I?  So in honor of the holiday, here are some interesting flag houses I found for you to enjoy:






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And last, the American Flag house that is probably the most famous, right from our future retirement city!  There were many stories about it around the internet, supposedly the owner, builder Brandon Spear painted it this color in protest because he couldn’t fly the flag on his house.  But that story is not exactly true.  He wanted to restore the home, but the windows he chose weren’t up to “historical code”, and the local building inspectors wouldn’t let him put them in.  The windows he was supposed to use would have cost one-third of the restoration budget!  So, since the building code didn’t say anything about what color the old Victorian should be painted, and as a sort of protest against what he said are unfair regulations, he painted one of his homes black, and one this way, with an American flag theme.

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It’s my favorite!    Hope you have a wonderful holiday!