You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t written in a month or so. And by “month or so” I mean since May. Our move is getting closer, and we are getting busier. But here’s a run-down of what we’ve been doing.
We took a little vacation in May, and went to one of our favorite places, Montauk. It was our anniversary….35 years!!…so amidst all our other work, we decided to take the time to celebrate. It was wonderful! It was right before Memorial Day, so the crowds hadn’t arrived yet, everything was open for the season, and best of all, the prices hadn’t gone sky-high yet!
We stayed right in town at the Royal Atlantic, and truthfully, I’ve never seen Montauk so empty!
The fishing was a little off due to the long winter we all had, but the weather was just great, cool in the mornings and nights, and hot during the day. Just what we wanted.
Here is a view of the place from the beach…..
We saw the world’s biggest flip-flop in town:
Here’s the famous Montauk Lighthouse:
We also walked around the outside of the Lighthouse on the water side, the large boulders placed there for that purpose are really amazing! That was some good planning there!
And here’s a familiar sight when you gaze out to sea:
And if you were more adventurous:
We weren’t. We spent our time fishing from the safety of the beach and drinking margaritas. We also ate out every night. There’s a Chinese Restaurant in Montauk called Wok and Roll. If you bring them the fish you caught that day, they’ll cook it for you. They offer about 10 different ways they’ll prepare it, the place is very popular. We didn’t have our own “catch” to bring them, but the dinner was delicious anyway.
Earlier in May, I was busy helping our tenant move out. We have a little condo in town where my mom lived for six years before she passed away. Our tenant was pretty good, we had a few bumps along the way, but she’s on state aid, she doesn’t drive and she needed some help getting around to look at new apartments. The state also cut her rent allowance, and finding something acceptable was a little difficult. So, I’d take her around to look at apartments, and finally when we finally found one, we had to go back and forth for her to look inside the apartment, pick up paperwork, drop off her state papers, sign the paperwork, get back the paperwork for the state to look at, and pick up the keys. Could these things have been done in fewer trips?? I would have thought so. But no. All different trips to the apartment, which is not that close by, and we had to make “appointments,” we couldn’t just pop in for them to hand her the keys. Anyway, when she finally moved, we had to clean up the apartment to put it on the market. It’s a cute little place, it’s the first floor unit at the end on the right side…. and there aren’t that many condo places in this town, so hopefully it’ll sell soon.
My mom had wall to wall carpeting, so we actually never saw what floor was there. We were happily surprised to find a wood floor, which we had refinished! It’s looks really nice!
Our tenant was a smoker, so the kitchen cabinets were kind of messy. They cleaned up pretty well, I think:
Our realtor was very happy with the before and after, so she’s optimistic it won’t be on the market too long.
Also, in May and June, we made trips to Maryland, bringing down some “stuff.” Stuff you don’t want to pack up and take the chance it’ll get broken. But of course while we’re there, we get to enjoy the place! Our daughter Chrissy even came to visit during one of our trips there, and that was a treat! We all went fishing, and Chris wound up catching this stingray, which we later learned is one that they are trying to get rid of! It eats the crabs and oysters that are the livelihood of the watermen down in the Chesapeake and it’s tributaries. We didn’t know it at the time… we let him go.
We fished a couple of times. One calm day we spent out in the Chesapeake. We caught a few fish, some were small and we threw them back, but we had a few keepers. There was some interesting boat traffic:
John found a terrapin in our driveway, so he brought him down by the beach to show me. He sat there for a minute all tucked in his shell, and then ran as fast as he could to the water. It was hysterical! I didn’t think a turtle could move that quickly!
We enjoyed our sunsets:
And we enjoyed our dinner:
And of course, we’re also packing up and getting our house worked on. We just had the garage painted and epoxy put on the floor. It looks terrific, I wish we’d done it years ago! And…my cousin finally sold her house, so they’ll also be moving down in a month or so. Such excitement! Such a new adventure for the four of us! We can hardly wait!