June 19, 2016
Patty was up and outside to take sunrise pictures by about 4:40 and stayed out there until probably 5:15 or so. I’m guessing at the times because I only vaguely remember her getting up and coming back to bed later and didn’t actually look at the clock. Together, we slept in for another hour or more before we got up for coffee and breakfast of fruit, yogurt, and granola.
It was a windy morning but sunny and comfortably warm, a good day
to work outside. Patty headed out on the Gravely to mow the top the hill lawns and I got the weed whacker, shovel, hoe, and rake to take a crack at uncovering the helipad north pointing diamond and “H” symbols. They are laid out in brick sections that are just visible beneath grass and accumulated soil. From the lighthouse catwalk, the shapes can be deciphered but we felt like a little archaeological excavation was in order to entice the Coast Guard to visit us by helicopter soon (preferable, not on our day off-island!).
The “dig” was slow going and I’d only gotten part way around the diamond while Patty was close to finished with the riding mower work when a family came up the lighthouse trail around 9:30. It was a mom, dad, and four kids – all of whom had been here several times except for the dad who had not been here before. Patty took them up to tour the lighthouse while the kids sang “99 bottles of beer on the wall” and checked out the colors from the lens reflecting on their hands, faces and hair.
Afterwards they visited the museum while I took a break and did a few quiet things like raking up the dirt and clippings I’d accumulated. When they headed down towards the South Trail for a hike (with a snake skin the young boy discovered), Patty finished the Gravely work and I got back to the helipad.
We stopped for a break and a lunch of left over nachos and leftover potato salad from dinners the past couple of nights. Afterwards, Patty got the push mower and push mowed the top of the hill areas by the time I finally wrapped things up at the helipad. Actually, she came over and helped me with the final raking
and sweeping to clear off the bricks and then went up to the lighthouse to take some “after” pictures while I finished weed whacking around the house and sidewalks. Patty also took a few minutes to paint some of the bell platform supports black which the
Wednesday Warriors asked us to do if we had the time.
As the afternoon went on, the wind was picking up to a constantly strong wind with higher gusts. With a good amount completed outside, we moved inside and
took it easy for a while, listening to the wind, and reading. Patty made another batch of granola and also some chocolate covered peanuts and almonds. Man, they are good!
We had fish tacos for dinner with leftover swordfish, tomato, lettuce, onions, jalapenos, cheese, sour cream, corn tortillas, and a Mexican style coleslaw (vinegar-based with a little kick). We ventured outside briefly to catch sunset and take the flag down but the wind was really strong at that point and we didn’t linger long before coming back inside.
Visitors – 6
Favorite Moment(s) – watching baby seagulls flying together and glowing in the dusk sun