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Conversations from the dock.

6:08 am this morning. Setting: me on the dock with a cup of coffee; fisherman slowly trawling by, lines out, waiting for a bite. Me:  "Hey, are you bringing me dinner?" Fishermen: "Sure if that's what you want!" And for the next 17 minutes or so, a conversation continued in simple one or two word sentences with me sipping coffee on the dock and the fisherman continuing to look for bass. Fisherman: "Do you fish?" Me:  " Nope.  Can't be quiet that…

I am only back a week

It has been a week since we returned from our vacation on Skaneateles Lake.  The beauty, peace and serenity of lake life have been replaced with the cold, hard facts of real life.  Bummer.  Humor me as I  recap my week for you,  both highlights and lowlights. I thought I had accounted for feeding the fish with one of those "extended feeding tablets" that is supposed to supply enough food for 2 weeks.  Well, sadly we have come to the…

Relegated to the back seat

My daughter Amelia turned 16 on Sunday.  At 8:00 am Monday morning, Chip took her to the DMV.  We have a teen driver and thankfully our house on the lake is walking distance to Anyela's Vineyard. A lovely 2011 Dry Riesling is in my hand now as I write this overlooking the lake;  my family continues the driving lessons with Amelia and  Izzy and I rest easy. For the past three days, I have been reduced to the back seat…

I’ll take it where I can get it.

My family and I are on vacation this week.  We left behind all the driving and carting back and forth from crew and the usual stresses of home, I hope, to come to the lake. Everything is better at the lake, right? We sleep better, eat better and relax with abandon, hmm. Both fortunately and unfortunately I had some free time this afternoon to read a trashy novel and get some sun on the dock. I maneuvered my chair at…

Kidnapping is a strong word

It's more like "husband-napping". Let me explain. In 1988, we moved to Syracuse prior to our wedding in 1989.  Chip took a great job there and I followed looking to settle in and do the same.  It was a tough period and as my friend Janet says sometimes, 'a dark period' in life.  One day I decided we needed a break from it all and some couple's time so I packed our bags and told him we were going to…