Sunday
June 5, 2016

Surf is building
Surf is building

We started off the day with a breakfast of bagels with Philadelphia Cream Cheese and coffee. Forget the Wheaties, this the real breakfast of champions! The weather forecast for today was for fog, clouds, and eventually rain and wind. The forecasters nailed it perfectly today.

After breakfast, I made a video of the Whistle House while Patty cleaned upstairs. We took the shower curtains off and soaked them in the tub with a little bleach and vinegar to see if we could get them back to their original clear appearance. See, we have a little iron in the water. Now, we’ve told this to lots of friends and family when explaining that we have to bring potable water from the mainland and that we don’t have laundry facilities. Almost everyone responds with something along the lines of “oh yeah, I have hard water too…lots of iron.” Sometimes, they’ll add that it smells like sulfur or rotten eggs.

Well, we don’t have the smell, but when we say there’s a little iron in the water, what we really mean is the water is

Flock of seagulls
Flock of seagulls

brownish. We don’t drink it but we use it for showering, washing dishes, and washing our work clothes and rags. I was using it to rinse my toothbrush until it started turning it brown and I stopped. Showering in it is kind of like the shower scene from Pyscho except it’s brown instead of blood red water going down the drain. It’s fine with your eyes closed thought. Except for the fact that Patty says she can’t get a comb through her hair, we don’t really notice it but we have friends coming to visit on Wednesday. So, we thought it would be nice to try to clean the shower curtains and give the tub a scrub-a-dub-dub. It didn’t really make a difference in appearance but it is clean. I promise.

Lunch salad with sliced up pork.
Lunch salad with sliced up pork.

We must have done some other stuff but neither of us wrote down what…if we don’t write down what we did, did we really do anything? If a tree falls in the woods…. Whatever.

Ok, I do know we had nice salad with left over sliced up pork chops. I know because one of us took a picture of it. The chops had a marinade (described in an earlier post) with ginger and we happen to have a ginger salad dressing that went perfectly with the salad.

Mixing cookie dough
Mixing cookie dough

In our relationship, Patty does almost all of the cooking and I do most of the cleanup. Patty is a fantastic cook, often improvising, she uses a recipe as a suggested list of ingredients but doesn’t really follow the instructions. Her approach to cooking doesn’t work so well with baking so she doesn’t often bake. One of my goals while here is to learn (or try to learn) to bake. My professional background is computer programming so, as

Baking cookies.
Baking cookies.

you might imagine, I do follow rules so I figured there’s no reason I can’t follow a recipe. To that end, I found a recipe for oatmeal raisin cookies that we had all the ingredients to make. The end result wasn’t too bad if I might brag a little. Patty gave me a few tips along the way but I think I’ll give baking bread a shot next. Or maybe I’ll wait to see what others think of the cookies before I get the big head. I think we’ll give some to Ethan and leave a plate for the Warriors on Wednesday. Stay tuned.

Patty made a big pot of chili yesterday, or maybe the day before, and we had that for dinner. She used leftover pot roast that Michael had made and it turned out really good.

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Drinking water from the mainland on the left, tap water on the right. Just a touch of iron.

As always, she chopped up some fresh onion and grated some  cheddar cheese to sprinkle on top. We even accompanied the meal with a bottle of red wine that we had with us. For those of you that know us, I’m sure that comes as a shock. For those of you that don’t, we generally don’t drink anything but beer. And especially don’t usually drink wine. But, we had the bottle with us to give to a friend we were visiting on the way to Maine and forgot. So we lugged it out to the island in one of

The wind is blowing hard.
The wind is blowing hard.

our bags. Faced with the choice of lugging it back or drinking it, we drank it. It actually wasn’t bad. What’s happening to us out here?

In the afternoon, a thick fog rolled in and blanketed the island which is why I decided to give baking a shot. Around 5, things started clearing but the wind picked up substantially and by around 7 it started to rain. Rain hard. Until we went to bed, the wind was whipping and the rain was pelting the windows and roof. It was an awesome sound and feeling. Just about the time we went up to bed (maybe 11-ish), the winds dropped and the rain stopped almost instantaneously.

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Favorite Moment(s) – standing on the front porch during the storm with gusting winds and sheets of rain pouring down (and sideways).

Sunrise – 4:46
Sunset – 8:11

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