Digging in on Seguin

Monday, September 28, 2015

It’s Monday and another beautiful clear day so outdoor chores and projects seemed to be the order of the day.  There had been a little rain overnight so the lawn would have to wait a couple of hours.  In the meantime, we dug into weeding the stone walkway leading up to the back door anteroom of the tower.

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Taking a short coffee/tea break on the front porch, Cyndy noticed a snake orgy going on just below.  (All the snakes on Seguin are horny; oops, I mean harmless.)

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The Friends of Sequin Island Light Station bought new mowers this summer and they are really high tech.  Getting on the riding mower (a Gravely ZT zero radius turning mower) is taking your life in your hands but once you get the hang of it, it’s almost as if your brain is running it.  So if you end up in the bushes, is it a senior moment?  It does a 360 practically on a dime.  You get into it like an amusement park ride but unfortunately, there is no seatbelt.  (In the manual it says that this mower is capable of amputating hands and feet and throwing objects.  Do they mean me?) Then you pull together two handles like the bar on a roller coaster: one for each hand, turn it on, and you’re off!  There is no foot break.  Each hand does right and left forward and back respectively.  What a trip!

And the new push mower is a dream as well.  Unfortunately a rock popped out of nowhere and bent the blade and that’s when the workshop comes in handy.

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The lawn this time of year has some dry spots, but newly mown, it really looks nice.

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Candy did some weeding in the garden alongside the kitchen.  Nothing much came from the big circular garden surrounded by rocks this summer.  There are a few zucchini blossoms and T’Ann planted some wild flowers.  Last May when Larry first saw it he thought it would make a great fire pit.

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We felt good about the work today; Cyndy really wanted to take a dip in the cove but by the time we got down there the sun had gone behind the trees and it was breezy.  Those are two things that discourage wading into 61 degree seawater.

But we did have the energy to put together dinner using some venison Ethan had left us.  On the menu was venison and beef shepherds’ pie with roasted beets.

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We decided to read after dinner for a while before game night but we both fell asleep for three hours and finally got up to hit the hay.

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