yep...the time has come. On Saturday it becomes official....boat widowdom for 2006.
Dear Husband had to part with the Arr!! so that the transmission could be overhauled during the winter. When the boat yard worked on it, they discovered that the support, or housing, for the transmission had cracked, and it had to be replaced. They let DH have the boat back long enough for the annual scraping and patching, varnishing and minor repairs to be done, and then it had to be returned to the boat yard.
By Saturday, the yardies should have put the boat into the water, taken care of the loose wires and tested the engine. Dear Husband will collect it, and motor twelve miles north to the mooring. I hope for his sake that the rain we had today, and expect to carry over to Friday, will have abated before he takes the wheel. It's going to be COLD out there. He doesn't need for it to be raining, too.
When the boat yard was located on the Chicago River, I enjoyed the trip upriver in the spring. It was astonishing to motor though the glass canyon, and see Chicago's magnificent buildings from an entirely new perspective. Now they have moved south along Lake Michigan, so the trip is not quite as much fun.
Dear Husband is always eager to get onto the water and get squared away. After all, he's been waiting all winter to return to the water. So, the very next day after the boat returns to the lake we celebrate Mother's Day. Next weekend, we celebrate our granddaughter's second birthday on Saturday. In June, there's a family reunion the day before Father's Day. I wonder if he will get to sail at all that weekend.
Don't feel too bad for him, though. Once we get into summer proper, he'll leave here on Saturday morning, and we won't see him until Sunday evening. He hires my nephew to mow, and everything else has to wait until October 15, and the end of the Chicago sailing season.
I've been making a list of things I want to do on the weekends while he is away.... The Sandwich Antique Faire, the bookseller's fair in Chicago, a number of movies coming out shortly, the Farmer's Market, perhaps the Art Museum. I want to QUILT!!! I plan to put the frame back up in the living room and watch reruns of Gray's Anatomy, House, M.D. and Boston Public, while I improve my quilting stitch. I'm starting to collect "summer" books, and there's always weeding...
I'm a boat widow.