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6/29/15

Away From Off Grid Prefab House, We Are Off Grid Sporting: SAILING Through Cousin Time...


The week wore on, with good news and bad news: I am sad to report that the week it was supposed to submit its permit,
the Dogtrot Mod in the Northeast is no longer a go. The urban Philly apartment-dwelling client with children abroad realized that her prefab house in the middle of nowhere dream wasn't the best fit: the acreage too much, the lot, although beautiful, too remote, the field too daunting to mow, the bugs... much less that she was then farther from her children, than closer.

I am glad she made the right decision for her, as excited as I was about seeing another Dogtrot Mod erected.

The good news is that the local contractor liked our prefab house kit product so much, he is already talking to another client to do it instead!

It was one of those weeks where you wake up at five and just... think.  Thinking about our own overwhelming logistics...
We are fencing, building a run-in, cutting down an old rotten tree at the In-Town Ramshackle, worried about our off grid solar battery bank...
Running around like a crazy fox.
Too little time, too much to do...
(This fox is now used to all the sailors, which is why he's out & about.)

None of these things are too big in life's big scheme, and I can't complain.
But that didn't stop me from worrying about all our renovation / homestead projects.
I awoke, and then there was this:

It's all good.


It's clear that sometimes this family might be stretched thin.
And I might be losing my mind with all this Family Time and Cousin-ness.
But seeing the delight of the children, as they are surrounded with over 140 fellow Pipsqueak sailors, all heading out onto the bay... makes this crazy back-and-forth from the bay to the prefab house in the summer worth it.

"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
 ~ Mark Twain

Pip 1, who is always surrounded with girls (as nice as they are!), finally found His Pack. It helped he was the dark horse cantering in from nowhere to then win three races in a row... that did break the ice...

Suddenly I see him smiling and laughing loudly with a bunch of rowdy boys... happy.
So many sailors one can only photograph half
of the group at a time!
So. We are sauntering through Cousin Time and Sailing Season- this weekend, the Junior Olympics. 
Winds over 20 knots, gusting to 25, it was challenging- but the Pips did great.
Again, Pip 1 won 3 of 5 races.
He is grinning. 
Looks like a good summer ahead.
Cousins.

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