A new addition to the Flotilla

Twenty-five years ago when we bought our sailboat and took our first cruise down through the gulf islands one thought came in my mind: Kayaking through here would be perfect. All inside waters between the string of gulf islands, nice and sheltered. From that time onward it was a desire to own one. Bob was not interested in having to paddle any where the wind could easily take him with less strenuous effort, and anyway our focus during that time was in becoming competent sailors.

The desire to have a kayak slowly crept back into the forefront once again and when a neighbor posted that he was selling his 17′ Current Design Solstice I jumped at it.

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Happy camper. Now to get Bob in one.

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Food Flash

A bit of cooking and baking did happen while I’ve been absent from posting, so here is a small sample of what I remembered to photograph~

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Pizza with chicken breast, goat cheese, tomatoes, zucchini, red onion, basil and parm.

 

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Pulled pork and crispy onions.

 

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Ratatouille. My favorite vegetable dish. Not my husbands. I make it anyway and he eats it.

 

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Awesome breakfasts. And there is an awesome blueberry scone.

 

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Mini cupcakes! Which I brought along to a girlfriends wedding shower.

 

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Sockeye! Oh and a fennel and radish slaw.

 

IMG_7354A veggie soup with tiny Occhi Di Pernice pasta. This soup was so good and just got better the next day. I’m on a Chimmichurri sauce roll here, that’s the green sauce, I put that $!^*t on everything. Except cake.

 

IMG_7286Chicken breast with yogurt/Dijon sauce and beans and tomatoes. My favorite sauce b.t.w.

 

IMG_7509Blueberry Pie. I made small ones. I know better. I ate them. Both.

I also did a catering event for 35 people for an island neighbour. It was a family get together on the beach and a variety of sandwich platters is what they wanted. Along with fruit and veggie platters and a big cake.

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There were sandwiches of roast beef, chicken, lox, croissants with shrimp and egg salad. There were wraps of beef, and of chicken breast, and veggie, there were veggie sandwiches on baguettes, there was hummus, there were rice wraps and lettuce wraps for a gluten, non dairy person.

13879471_10154192549665733_5878824867494023474_nOne of the fruit platters and 2 veggie platters and some special diet wraps on their way. Ah island life, my van was broken down so between my cart and their golf cart we got everything down the road!

 

Carry on

Well, that was a hiatus-unintentional, but somehow I think my mind decided it needed some time away from transcribing events for a bit. The “mom/elder care” stuff had to sift down and settle into a nice, neat pillow of contentment and ease, which it has since she has moved into extended care a month ago. I think I was bracing for more turmoil due to the move and so couldn’t relax to write; waiting for the next upheaval, upset, or meltdown. But it didn’t come and shows no signs of pending.

And  while it is heart wrenching when she asks about where her home is, and why can’t she go there and asking us, is this where I am going to live? For how long? She has gently come to understand that this is how it is now.

We have gotten her another iPhone too, since hers had gotten tampered with and broken while she was in the hospital two months ago. We didn’t feel we should replace it then because she really wasn’t doing well, and figured she wouldn’t remember how to use it anymore. But since leaving the hospital she’s back to her old self (well, she is 90), and had asked where her phone was.

My sister then resurrected her i4 and gave it to her. This lasted a couple of weeks before it was put through the laundry by housekeeping (who would think to look in a 90 year olds pocket for an iPhone?) so I brought my i3 out of the drawer and handed it over to my brother-in-law who installed a new SIM card and she’s back in business. My sister also bought a strap-on holder to go on the arm of moms wheelchair. No more wash-day mishaps.

We all still do continue to visit her as before and go on outings, but it does feel good to be able to call her when I’m not traveling up to visit, and she doesn’t feel disconnected from us knowing she can call anytime. It also carries with it some autonomy for her, and something to tinker with during the day.

My shoulders have lowered into their relaxed state and I’m breathing deeper ~