All in all, though, 2013 was pretty good to us. It gave us prolonged stretches of mild to really nice weather that allowed us to reach the farthest realms of deck and replace old and rotted wood. It gave us pretty good health (relatively speaking) to continue our work and lives in a manner we choose.
We have much to be grateful for. As we stumble under our tarps and listen to the thundering threnody of rain coming down, we remind each other of the weather extremes so many other folks are suffering through right now. It could be worse.
And finally, we are reminded that, in the words of Van Morrison,
Precious time is slipping away. Between the achy mornings when it's hard to get out of bed, and the sadly declining health of our
Carmen is an important part of our life on Moontide. To help keep her able to get on and off the boat, we built her a Christmas present of a new boarding ramp. It's handy for us, too, getting aboard with armloads of gear.
We wish everyone a prosperous and healthy New Year!