Finally …

… weather, schedule and available services came together over the weekend.  While only down the creek a bit, at least it was out of the slip. Checked out the engine and got the holding tank pumped out – first step.  Sails up next weekend!

First outing 2013

Poplar Island Progress

What a great restoration story!

See pictures and description of the restoration of Poplar Island. Tremendous progress has been made in about 15 yrs, from a beginning when only about 4 acres of the original island remained.

Follow the link below for an outstanding photo essay…….

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                                 Photo by Steve Droter

http://www.chesapeakebay.net/blog/post/photo_essay_poplar_island_restoration_brings_critical_habitat_back_to_bay

Point in time…..

2011 DMV trip - Ingram Bay

Sometimes we feel it coming. Other times we notice it looking back. Rarely are we aware at that particular point in time when our thinking about life – ours in particular – shifts.  But, if we’re paying attention at all, we eventually do notice. And, it does happen whether we notice or not – sometimes more than once.

Much of what is written about the cycle of life and dying has become trite and repetitive. Characters change, circumstances change but the message is constant. No one gets out alive. What interests me are the answers to the “so what?” question and how those answers change. What do we do with the time allotted to us?  I was prompted again to think about it, and capture those thoughts, by an internet friend’s posting …

“The worst that could happen to us is that we have to die, and since that is already our unalterable fate, we are free; those who have lost everything no longer have anything to fear.” Don Juan Matus

A good reminder. Don Juan’s creator, author Carlos Casteneda, is a favorite of mine. Much of what he teaches resonates with my own views of life and living. The above quote sums it up succinctly. And for those who have faced dying up close, it carries even more relevance.

Others have observed that things come to us when we need them. Or at least we notice and give them currency at important junctures in time. I discovered Casteneda and Don Juan’s teachings at one of those junctions. In retrospect, it was arguably my ‘point in time’ when I began looking at life differently. The consequences of such a shift are not trivial, nor are they instantaneous. It takes time to internalize such a change and make it real in our daily lives. It is a cascading process, one change leads to another and then we notice we are not the same person we were – sometimes a pleasant acknowledgment, other times a rude awakening, occasionally frightening. I see this process as my mission in life. “Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished. If you’re alive, it isn’t” – Richard Bach.

The best we can do is to live our lives consciously, thoughtfully, and aware that the time we have is uncertain.  Don Miguel Ruiz (‘The Four Agreements’) offers good counsel, “Always do your best.Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstances, simply do your best and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.”

Early Successes!

Don’t ya love it when you turn on something that hasn’t been run in a long time, and it works – first time?!

Starting a diesel engine after a long, cold winter is one of those surprises awaiting us in the Spring. Well maybe not the very first try, but on the second turn of the key my diesel fired yesterday, and ran smoothly as it warmed up. Small victories……

For me, firing the engine is approaching the last item on my Spring re-commissioning list.

The cabin got a thorough cleaning last week. Gear and supplies have been sorted and organized in the various storage areas. Instrumentation and all lights have been checked to be in working order. Got a rigging inspection done and will have the rigging tuned this week. Outboard has been re-mounted on stern rail and the dink re-inflated.  Main sail and cover bent on – just waiting on a new head sail due this week.

Now just finalizing the ‘to do’ list of small tasks, and waiting for water to be turned back on at the slip so hull and deck can be cleaned.

Need to make a trip up the mast for a small repair …… looking for volunteer to crank the winch 🙂

At least it’s a great view from up there……