Not a quiet Winter

wharf in snow

We have not had much snow in Georgetown so far this winter, but last weekend a storm swept through the area and left its mark.  The wharf looks pretty quiet, but there are still a few lobster boats in the harbor, and we have enjoyed some wonderful gatherings with folks from town.   Tomorrow is the monthly community pot luck at the Community Center which is just down the road.   And, the Tuesday night open mic  event has started again at the Robinhood Meeting House.  So, we are not lacking for things to do!

We still go to the beach from time to time – even when it snows…  and so do the crazy surfers!  reid state park winter

It was really cold at the beach –  like  -10  wind chills, but on the way to take this picture, we passed some cars with surfboards laying by them and folks inside trying to warm up.

rsp waves The tide was out, but the surf was pretty whipped up – I bet they had a good time.   We only lasted about 10 minutes before heading back to the car!


And, after dreaming about a house in Maine  since we bought land in Phippsburg back in 2014, we decided to bite the bullet and charge forward.    For the past few years, we have been gradually clearing a spot for a house, but  now the big machines have moved in.  It is amazing how much can be done  quickly with the right tools.


if the weather cooperates,  we may have a foundation in before the town closes the roads to heavy vehicles –  an annual event when the ground starts to thaw and the roads begin to heave.  The truck ban can last a month or so.   We have our fingers crossed.    At some point in the future, I will take a picture of the house which should look something like this

house plan

we will  see!   keep posted.





It’s all related…

ImageThis morning I wrote about my trip to Maine.   After making an offer on a piece of land in Phippsburg and having it rejected and then resubmitting it a couple of weeks later and having it accepted,  we are moving forward in the purchase process.  My fingers are crossed that all will be well and that we will close by the end of May.   So, what about the picture of a house under construction, you might ask.   That is the house that we are currently building.  It has been a 4 year process of working during the summers and vacations and gradually getting to the point where we can enjoy living there when we are on break from school.   And, within a month, around the same time that we close on the property in Maine,  we will be moving to this house after living in a dorm for the last 13 years.   The dorm has it’s highlights, but it will be very nice to be in our own home after so many years!

This brings us to bad habit number one..  ( my bad habits, of course)  I typically begin  new projects before finishing old ones which means that I am constantly drawn in different directions.   I probably should have been working on the exterior of the house this past weekend, instead of traveling to Maine..  but even warmer weather is on the way..  plenty of time for exterior work 🙂

In addition to working on the house, the major adventure for the upcoming summer is supposed to be a boat trip to Lake Champlain.  It has been 6 months in the planning stages..  but reality began to sink in on the long ride home from Maine yesterday.   If our next project will be a small house in Maine, doesn’t it make a lot more sense to have the boat there?    On the way up to Maine on Saturday, I crossed the Hudson River at Newburgh NY and looked down at the water, thinking that in a couple of months I would be cruising at 6 mph under this very bridge…   on the way home yesterday  I confronted the reality that  I probably would not be headed in this direction at all, but instead, would be sailing up the coast..  into NY Harbor and then through Hell’s Gate into long island sound..  and continuing on till reaching the coast of Maine.  

On the bright side,  it means a lot more sailing whereas the trip up the Hudson would have been mostly under power..    And, actually, Maine was the first destination that we considered as we talked about moving the boat last summer.   But,  we may never make it to Champlain and all that it has to offer the cruising sailor.  The big draw of Champlain was that my daughter lives near Burlington, a great town to visit..   so we will miss the opportunity of spending time with her and sailing with her on the lake.   Hopefully, she and her boyfriend will find time to visit us in Maine instead…

So, even life at 6mph can be complicated, and, as often is the case, it is our own desires and dreams that are the sources of the complications.   In the end, I am imagining that we will build a small place in Phippsburg which will become the focus of many summer adventures for us and for our kids and their families.   And if that happens, it will all be worth it.   One way or another, however, this summer will include a trip on Adagio, and that will be a dream fulfilled…   jt