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Noticing…

Bare branches. Cold winds. And a resilient Christmas cactus. As I prepare to spend Christmas alone – not unusual for me — I’m noticing things more. That’s the thing about being “on the outside, looking in.” (Which is how I often feel, especially at holidays, and I know I’m not alone there.) You notice things…

Last & Second Chances

Nov. 30, 2022. November is most known for the Thanksgiving holiday. This year, I’ll remember it most for its last and second chances…at gardening, paddling, hiking, blading and renewing relationships. I missed the traditional gathering because I was traveling, but received many reminders to be thankful. One doesn’t need a big family dinner for that.…

Falling Back

Nov. 4, 2022. Late fall is a time of falling back — with our clocks, and sometimes our habits. It can feel like back-tracking. It’s harder to pull myself off the couch. My mind goes to snacks. The ever-earlier sunset brings a mild sense of dread. I know how this goes and I know what…

Change Is Good

Why leave a place you love? Because it’s so great to go back, and you never take it for granted. I love my rustic camp on the northern border, on the shores of Huron Bay. But I left it last month for the east coast, then the west coast, and back to the east coast.…

Harvesting Seeds

In three months, I might see a tiny sprout. In three years, I might be able to plant it. In three decades, it might look like a tree. By then, I may be dead. But the seeds I’ve planted will develop roots and grow tall. Eventually, some will create new seeds, and then new trees.…

Memory Gone! Or Full?

It’s one of those fears as you grow older. Am I losing my memory? You lose track of your keys and — BAM! — the fear jumps up again. My memory is intact…I think. (I can’t remember how I know that. 😉 ) But this blog’s memory is gone. Or, rather, full. Might that be…

Many Moons Goes To Bed

Our floating home isn’t floating any more. After her 6,200-mile journey through 19 states followed by 2+ leisurely months in her home waters, Mainship Many Moons has been lifted from the water at tiny Pequaming Marina on Keweenaw Bay. She still flies the gold burgee that identifies her as a “finisher” of The Great Loop.…

The Fence

Our first construction project at Camp Many Moons stretches over 90′, rises about 10′, and is made of local hemlock. Our fabulous new fence! And we put it up all by ourselves. So satisfying. Why a fence when we live remotely, you ask? Because it isn’t that remote. Yes, we have 300 feet of waterfront,…

Happy Land Lubbers

Mainship Many Moons left Camp Many Moons over a week ago and sits in a marina about 8 miles’ drive away, awaiting her lift-out date. We miss seeing it anchored off-shore and spending the night on board. But we aren’t mourning. So much to do — and fun to have — at the camp which…

Many Moons’ Last “Loop” Leg

Mainship Many Moons has completed the last 32-mile leg of her 6,200-mile journey which I call “The Great Loop-Plus,” as she returns to the marina where it all began. Captain/Skipper Jeff and Navy Captain/First Mate Mary feel rather sad by this “last leg of the journey.” The boat doesn’t seem to care. Funny how that…

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