"What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace."
from Washington Post
Back from vacation and rarin' to get back to work...NOT! Boy did that week go fast. But, we accomplished a lot. We went sailing twice with friends, got to the beach a couple of times, saw family and friends, ate ice cream, bought a trailer...you know, the normal things one does during a week's vacation.
I am posting a couple of pictures of the trailer Ed bought and has placed in his sister Kathy's park in Bass River on Cape Cod. Uncle Alan and Marianne stayed there last summer for a while so they are familiar with it. We are still in the process of setting up and I will bring things from home like dishes, etc., when I go back on Wednesday. Ed decided to extend his stay a couple of days and continue to work on getting it set up inside and out. He won't be back until next spring, probably, but I get to use it whenever I want to! It will be open until some time in October and I can go down on weekends. Ed's brother Bob will be spending some time there in September while he continues to recuperate from his surgery.
Floor Plan of our Trailer
This is from a brochure but is almost identical to ours. Cable TV in both areas makes it just like home.
We have a king sized bed and a nice desk for my laptop.
While we were on the cape this year, we reconnected with some of Ed's old high school friends. Pete Taylor one of Ed's best pals in high school and my first real boyfriend, and Alex Kennedy, one of Ed's old Dennisport pals. We haven't seen either of them for about 40 years, so it was quite a reunion to say the least.
Pete has a lovely home in Cotuit and a real nice sailboat that we were invited on a couple of times. We went to lunch a couple of times with him. He has had some tough times in his life but seems to be doing great now. He has a 22 year old daughter who just graduated from college recently and is living in Hyannis. He, Ed, Chuck and I had a wonderful time reminiscing about Uncle Rolf Road. Just like me, he fondly remembers our years together and has always held a special place in his heart for our family. He drives through the old neighborhood whenever he finds himself in the area. He has recently begun dating a Sudbury girl whom we enjoyed meeting very much. Her name is Maureen Connors and she grew up on Old Lancaster Road, just around the corner from us. We have many mutual friends and/or aquaintances. Pete hasn't really changed very much. He is still a charmer and it was wonderful to see him.
We had a beautiful day sailing in the waters around Cotuit. Pete is a very competant and safety conscious skipper.
And Alex Kennedy is a most interesting guy. I didn't know him that well back in the "day", but he and Ed and Pete were friends.
Alex was the only one in the group when I knew him that drove. He had a little Fiat and was very proud of it! He went on to school at Ole Miss, BU, Brown, NYU, to name some of them. He speaks fluent SPanish, Portuguese and Russian, and probably more languages. His father had worked for the State Department and Alex followed in his father's footsteps, to some degree, working in the Reagan Whitehouse and for George H.W. Bush. He has great stories of foreign intrigue. He worked on speeches for Reagan and met lots of dignitaries. He is VERY Republican. He has a lovely home with a wonderful view of Bass River.
His family history is central to him, being a Nickerson and a member of the family that founded the Dennis area. Although he is a Virginia resident, with a farm that is leased by the folks at Quantico to keep their horses, he has some wonderful stories about old Cape Cod and the area. He has been back in Dennisport for a few years while tending to his mother who passed away recently. He is now intimately involved with the revitilization of Dennis. He and Ed had a ball looking over the old yearbook and catching up. We had a wonderful time at his home that is filled with all kinds of interesting things from his political days as well as from his parents' years of traveling.
We had a fantastic vacation and look forward to the next one already!
Til next time, have a wonderful Monday.