Fri. Sept. 7, 2012: I Love Riding the Ferry!

Friday, September 7, 2012
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Neptune Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Cloudy and muggy

Yesterday was a really terrific day out on Martha’s Vineyard — I’ll have photos soon! Up at 5, had to do some things at the desk first, On the road a little before 7 — I was sure I would miss the 8:15 ferry, since I got caught behind every slowpoke on Rt. 28. But I made it, with 5 minutes to spare.

The ferry ride over was GORGEOUS. The weather was perfect, the water calm. 45 minutes of pleasure.

My friends were waiting for me at the Vineyard Haven dock. We went over to the Black Dog for breakfast. They had the blueberry pancakes — I had them last time I was there, and they are the best pancakes ever. I had an apple fritter, which was about the size of my head! We wandered around to thrift shops — I got a solid brass door knocker in the shape of a grandfather clock! It’s adorable. I’ve been looking for a door knocker since we moved to the Cape. I love it. And, of course, I’m always on the hunt for demitasse spoons, but didn’t find any. Found a baby spoon that can pinch hit if necessary. Wandered into bookstores and little other stores in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs. Had lunch at Linda Jean’s in Oak Bluffs. I bought a lovely candle by one of my favorite manufacturers in one store, and a lovely silver and aquamarine seahorse necklace in another. We hung out at the house overlooking the water, and I made the 5 PM ferry back — another lovely ride on a beautiful evening.

Even got back in time to vote in the district primary!!! And my person won, so I feel like my vote mattered! 😉

Relaxed in the evening, and the mind turned to some of the more frustrating elements I’ve been dealing with the past week. Fortunately, one of the outstanding clients paid — let’s hope the other one does soon, and that the checks that are due by the end of this week and early next week come in on time.

Iris dived under the covers this morning in the bed. Violet thought she was jumping on me, but landed on Iris, and there was much caterwauling, chasing, and carrying on. At 5 am. So much for sleeping in!

There was a good bit of damage to the garden from the storm. After I run some errands this morning, I’ll spend time in the garden. Hopefully, the rain will hold off long enough for me to mow the terraced back or I’ll need to hire people with machetes to come through!

The weekend will be devoted to the Jain Lazarus adventures — the short story, working on CRAVE THE HUNT, starting edits on OLD-FASHIONED DETECTIVE WORK. I have to schedule some day-long workshops with Fearless Ink, too, and look into a couple of grant application opportunities.

This morning, I parted ways with a client, and there’s a huge sense of relief. Gives me room to replace that client with a more positive match.

Have to finish the reading for the Sustainability Course, write my paper, do my project proposal, and take the quizzes.


Friday, June 3, 2011

Aquinah, Martha’s Vineyard

Friday, June 3, 2011
Waxing Moon
Saturn Retrograde
Pluto Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I got up very early yesterday, so I could take care of everything that needed attention before I left. I meandered to Falmouth, parked in the Palmer Ave. lot. The bus was there, so I got on and shuttled to Woods Hole. Bought my ticket, and they told me to get right on the ferry.

Once I was settled, I discovered that I was on the earlier ferry than planned! I called my friend, who, fortunately, was up!

View from the ferry

Then, I couldn’t remember if I’d rolled up the window in the car. I knew I’d driver with it cracked, and I’m usually very good about rolling it up when I get out of the car. I couldn’t remember; I couldn’t go back. I decided not to let it ruin my day. Either I left it cracked and would pay the consequences, or I was my usual reliable self and couldn’t let it taint the day.

My friend picked me up in Vineyard Haven and we toured around the island all day. It’s much bigger than I expected, and so pretty! We ate breakfast at the famous Black Dog — best blueberry pancakes ever.

She gave me an overview of the entire island. I liked pretty much everything about it.

I’m fascinated by this statue at Menemsha. There’s no plaque, so I’ll have to do some research.

The different colors on the water were gorgeous. I was great to walk on the sand, dip my feet into the ocean. We did a little shopping in Aquinnah (used to be Gay Head). We had lunch at Offshore Ale in, I think, it’s Edgartown. Mussels, calamari. clam strips, and Menemsha Ale.

I talked to every dog I met all day — couldn’t tell you about the people, but I met a lot of dogs! One lovely young lab slipped his harness and tracked me down inside a jewelry store! His owner came after him, and explained, as I held the dog so he could be re-harnassed that he wound up with the only labrador on the planet who’s afraid of water, and when the dog saw them walking towards the harbor, he freaked and slipped his harness. Poor thing! His person kept trying to reassure him, “I’m not going to make you go into the water. Don’t worry. But we parked in the lot over there. We have to walk that way.”

The Chappy ferry, to Chappaquiddick reminds me of the ferry in Cornwall — it’s basically a raft with a motor on it, and fits two cars. There’s no schedule. It just goes when someone needs to go back and forth!

The gingerbread-decorated houses in Oak Bluffs are astonishing. The detail in some of the cutout trim is just gorgeous, such as this one, of the carousel horses. When I walked towards it, I thought it was painted. It wasn’t until I was standing right in front of it that I realized it was cut.

I got a history of Cape and the Islands by Paul Schneider, which I look forward to reading. We spent so much time touring around that we had about a half hour at my friend’s house! It’s adorable, a beach shack from the 1930’s, just perfect for a Vineyard getaway, and with a lovely view.

Each of the communities has a very distinct personality, and the overall vibe of the place is friendly and sensible. It’s a little on the expensive side, but that’s island life, especially when you have tourists coming to spend money. There are lots of artists and garden centers and other things I hope to come back and spend more time visiting off-season. Getting there is so easy, and the Steamship Authority is organized, low-key, and the most reasonably priced of the ferry systems. The ferries are very comfortable, with both indoor and outdoor space.

View from my friend’s house

I just made the 6:15 ferry back at Oak Bluffs, was shuttled back to Falmouth to the car, and off I went home. Yes, I HAD properly closed the windows and locked the car!

Stopped to pick up berries and a bottle of wine on the way home. Got home a little after 8, showered, changed, checked email, and relaxed. I got some color, although I was diligent about sunscreen. It doesn’t hurt, so I’m not going to worry about it.

This morning, I was up early again, tended the garden. The pumpkin blossoms opened this morning, which is very exciting! It was so cool overnight that the heat kicked on.

I vacuumed, cleaned the bathroom, set out the garden statuary, watered what needed to be watered, and set up the breakfast spread.

My friends and their dog arrived a little after 9:30. I’d corralled the cats up in my bedroom. The dog was so happy to play in the yard and run around. She’s a big black lab, and just as sweet as can be. We had breakfast and caught up.

Now that they’re gone, I’ve started the dishwasher, and I’ll catch up online. Then, I’ve got a press release and an article to get out the door today, along with some other writing.

And yes, it’s three days until the release of ASSUMPTION OF RIGHT from Champagne Books!


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