We are now on island time.
The destination is a familiar place. In fact, we fell in love with Hutchinson Island in the early nineties when our family spent time here during several consecutive summers. It was a great place to host ‘mommy camp’ as our daughter called it and we all have fond memories of enjoying family time and simple pleasures here.
Our positive memories of this place, all those summers ago, was one of the many reasons we moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Martin County prior to our early retirement in 2006. Our recently sold home (of twenty years) is a half hour from this island and Malcolm and I have come here often throughout the years.
My favorite beach, which is just behind the House of Refuge Museum is a bike ride away from our little bungalow and our favorite place to watch a sunset on the river is here too. People come here to relax and enjoy pleasant surroundings. We will be doing that too, but mostly we will be experimenting with change.
As you can see in the gallery of past and present photos, this island is all about making the most of its natural resources; water and sunshine.
Terri’s Sunday Stills challenge this week is sports and hobbies and I can’t think of a better theme for our first two weeks on the island. Golf, tennis, bird watching, bike riding, bridge walking (yes, that’s a thing), kayaking and paddle boarding make up the myriad of activities we enjoy here.
Our daily routine includes a bike ride, breakfast at the newly renovated Seaside Café, (thank you Martin County Parks System), followed by an afternoon beach walk, dinner prep and a robust game of Rummikub. Mixing in a round of golf, tennis game or bridge walk complete the week. It is a pretty easy lifestyle.
Social interactions have been frequent and fulfilling. We cooked dinner for a couple of friends, (severely scaled back from our usual company meal) met up at a local beach bar with another couple and hosted my MIL for her 92nd birthday (simple but elegant dinner) during our first two weeks here.
I have been reading ‘Stupid Things I Won’t Do when I Get Old‘ by Steven Petrow. After two weeks, I am only half way through it. Not because I am not enjoying it, but because I am. Like a nice glass of wine, or a piece of exquisite chocolate, it is the kind of book that should be savored. Laced with humor, wisdom and personal experiences, it shares a message that many of us may need to hear. With chapters like, ‘I Won’t Pass up a Chance to Pee’ , ‘I Won’t Avoid Looking at Myself Naked in the Mirror’ and ‘I Won’t Turn My House into a Sweat Lodge’ it will resonate on some level of discomfort. This book is not a novel and does not need to be read in chapter order – just pick one and dive in.
Birds…lots of birds and a couple of new TV shows – The Big Leap (Fox TV), and Only Murders in the Building (Hulu). Leap is about a reality show which features mostly untrained dancers with big dreams and how the shows producers manipulate the characters to create drama. Only Murders stars Martin Short, Selena Gomez and Steve Martin – enough said. You will have to tune to see how that happened.
Our little two bedroom, 1200 sf townhouse by the sea, is great for a vacation, but we already know that we want more space in a future home. The floorplan is fine, but a ‘one butt kitchen’ just won’t work for us!
Sometimes the romantic notions we carry around in our heads don’t match up with reality. And, that’s fine, as long as there are no impulse decisions to reflect that confusion. The best thing about this home-free time is that we can physically experiment (just like Goldilocks) until we get it right.
Until then, we will continue to refine the list of our wants/needs and take one day at a time as we keep a watchful eye on the market.
Travel Update: our Vrbo host cancelled the home we had rented in Nantucket (didn’t know that could happen) for Thanksgiving week, so we have spent the past couple of days canceling and rescheduling Ferry transports, and relocating that trip to a home on Martha’s Vineyard via a Real Estate company rather than Vrbo. Truthfully, it does say in the fine print that a host can cancel 30 days prior to arrival, but seriously, who does that? Especially for a holiday week.
Anyway, we are back on track and busy planning the road trip to Boston, where we will meet-up with the kids and ferry over to Martha’s Vineyard for the holiday week. We are entertaining stops in Asheville, North Carolina and Annapolis, Maryland with a possible third stop somewhere along the way. Since all our road trips have themes, (like these) this one will be appropriately titled; Counting our Blessings.
Until next time…..