A quick update…

I have to apologize for my lack of posting.  Between house stuff in Seattle, and finishing the unpacking up north, I haven’t had much to say lately.  This morning I’m headed up to Stuart IslandDsc_0035 (across the channel and west a bit) to visit some friends, and since it’s one of the islands without ferry service (or other utilities), I’ve rented a boat from Mitchell Bay Landing for a few days.  I’m hoping to get a picture of the house from the water later this morning, before heading up.

The painters are (nearly) done and office furniture arrived this Monday, so I’ve been able to begin the final unpacking of boxes and books.  The office is shaping up nicely and already I’m spending more time there than camped out at the dining room table, which passed for an office previously.  It’s nice to be unpacking all the books now that the walls are (nearly) finished; for one thing it’s great to have my books available, and I have to admit it was getting old pawing around stacks of boxes in the garage.  Soon I’ll be able to empty out the garage enough to actually park a car in there. 

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The weather has turned decidedly chilly and grey, and it’s clear that autumn is really here.  There are still sunny days, but they’re accompanied by chillier temperatures and a bit of wind.  A hard rain last night prompted me to finally take down the umbrella on the deck furniture, and I suspect that evenings spent sitting on the deck will be much fewer now, and mostly accompanied by sweaters and long pants, rather than my usual shorts.
 

But the autumn has its compensations; the island is getting a bit quieter, and within a few weeks the tourist traffic will probably be down to a slow trickle.  In a week or so my firewood will get delivered, and then I can start having a nice fire whenever it’s cold in the house. 

I’ll be back next week with more.