Sunday, May 7, 2017

Weekend Washout

It has become an annual tradition to participate in a charity bikeride, MS Ride the Vineyard, on the first weekend in May.  Our daughter, Melissa, and Charlie and Jack Furtado braved driving in drenching rains to get to the Vineyard this year.  The rains did not let up and we decided to not peddle in the rain, no matter how important the charity.

Dinner at the Lookout
Friday night dinner at the Lookout did not provide the usual spectacular views of the harbor but the food and company were enjoyable.  Because Saturday was a washout for the bike ride, we spent the day indoors.  After one of Barry's yummy breakfast sandwiches, we spent some time working.  Jack has a big video project that he is editing.

We needed to get out of the house so another indoor activity was in order. After a 2 hour wait, we enjoyed bowling 2 strings at the Bowl and Bistro.  Back home, we watched the Rangers playoff game and got ready for our big night out; dinner at State Road Restaurant.  It is a special establishment in West Tisbury, intimate and quaint.  We enjoyed a wonderful meal that included items that were foraged on the Vineyard.
Dinner at State Road

After Melissa, Charlie and Jack caught the ferry to leave the Vineyard, our middle daughter, Liz, and our granddaughter, Grace, got off the ferry for Grace to play a lacrosse game at MVHS.  We went to watch her play on both the Dartmouth U15 and U13 teams.  Grace scored 4 goals today!  True to form for this weekend, it was cold and sprinkling while we watched the game.  We took our "two girls" to dinner after the game before putting them back on a ferry.

The only good thing to all this rain...Wendy finally raked and threw down grass seed in the front yard.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Painting Reboot

Owning an historic gingerbread cottage in the Martha's Vineyard Campground means becoming a painter.  When we purchased our cottage eight years ago, we started by painting the front of the cottage.  This year, we must paint the porches again.

While waiting for our ferry, we met this cute little lady who is always looking for a handout.  Wendy shared her graham crackers (and alittle skin) with her.  After demanding more by pecking Wendy's sneakers, she moved on to her next new friend.

Before we could start our work on the front porch, we had several loads of laundry to do.  Our cottage has a washing machine but no dryer.  We use a clothes line behind the cottage.  Air drying clothes and sheets are nice but not towels.  We joke about exfoliating with stiff towels after showering!

We spent the whole day scraping, sanding and priming the front porch of the cottage.  We focused on the porch rails, inside and out.  Our goal is to prepare it for painting at a later date.  Working as a team, Barry scraping and Wendy sanding, we were able to get the first floor porch done.  We still need to do the upstairs porch.  Barry took inventory of the color paints that we have for the porch, we need 4 colors with 3 different sheens.  Typical, we are missing a couple of colors which we will need to purchase.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A New Season Begins...

2017 Opening of the Cottage

Ferry Ride
It has become a family tradition to open the cottage during April school vacation week.  Our three grandchildren (Ryan, Gabby and Grace) join us for the week as we open the cottage and enjoy the quiet campground before the hectic summer season.  This year was no different.

We journeyed over on the ferry on Monday, April 17.  As soon as we pulled up in front of our cottage, unpacking our full car began.  We carried over food, drink, linens, suitcases and more.  Gabby and Grace went to work putting the bedrooms together.  Wendy cleaned the kitchen and fridge and unpacked the food.  Barry and Ryan did the heavy lifting, unpacking the car, moving the rockers onto the porch and shifting items into our storage unit.  In no time, the cottage was up and running for business.

Our week was spent splitting days between work around the cottage and fun.  We cleaned the yard, washed the bathrooms, and vacuumed the house and car.  On the one nice day, we went for a walk in the woods.  We had hoped to hike a specific trail that had an Indian burial ground but never found that trail.  So we hiked a trail that was poorly marked causing us to get "lost".  The trail in West Tisbury had beautiful stone walls running through it, a pond and stream.

Elizabeth joined us on her birthday, April 19 and we went to dinner at the Ale House to celebrate.  Because the weather was cold and rainy, our fun activities turned inside.  The kids enjoyed playing board games, working on a jigsaw puzzle, rides on the carousel, games at Ryan Family Amusement and eating ice cream from Ben and Bill's.  Despite not being very good bowlers, we especially enjoyed bowling at the new bowling alley.

The family tradition is alive and well and lifelong memories created.

Friday, August 16, 2013

A Visit to Gay Head Light

During the first weekend in August, our friends Bryan and Cheryl Dempsey came to Seas the Day for a
visit.  On a beautiful Sunday morning we went on a Vineyard version of a road trip.  We went to breakfast at the Right Fork in Katama, a ride to Gay Head Light in Aquinnah and a stop at the Artisan's Fair in Tisbury on the ride home.

The highlight of our Vineyard road trip was the stop at Gay Head Light.  It was a crystal clear day and to quote the song, "we could see for miles and miles".  We looked out over Vineyard Sound, Noman's island, and the Elizabeth Islands.  We could look beyond the islands and see the southcoast coastline.  The landmarks most visible were the Fairhaven windmills and New Bedford waterfront area.  Fortunately, we were there when the docents opened the Lighthouse for visitors.  As MV Museum members, climbing up the lighthouse stairs was free and we took advantage.  The views were breathtaking!  We could have stayed up there all day but finally made our way down to continue with our road trip.

Yes, it was Sunday morning and we were not in church.  However, climbing that lighthouse and enjoying God's handiwork was just as much a religious experience as if we had been in church pews.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Daly Visit

The weekend of July 20th, our friends Rob and Jane Daly came to visit our little gingerbread.  Despite living in New Bedford for years, this was Jane's first visit and Rob's first since a school visit!  So much to show them in just two days!  Impossible!

We did the usual walk around Oak Bluffs, Edgartown, dinner on the porch, time on the beach and Back Door donuts.  We attempted to go to the Portuguese Feast by walking the 1.5 miles to the Portuguese American Club in the blazing heat to have a cacoila sandwich for lunch only to learn it didn't open for another 3 hours!  Ouch!  Lunch from Tony's helped ease the blow.

The highlight of their visit was breakfast at the Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven.  As we sat  sipping coffee and eating our yummy breakfast, Spike Lee walked into the restaurant!  Celebrity sighting!  What fun.

We had a wonderful time sharing our little piece of paradise with Rob and Jane.  I think our love of this special island rubbed off on them.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Independence Day

With July 4th falling on Thursday this year, an extra long weekend was in order.  The Arruda's joined us for the holiday weekend.  The weather was hot and humid but we managed to have a wonderful time.  Enough fun to motivate Ryan, our grandson to stay 3 days longer.

In true Americana style, the Campground held a Children's Independence Day Parade.  For the second year in a row, Ryan and Gabby participated.  This year, we were able to get into the spirit more and decorate our scooters.

We spent time at the beach, hanging on the porch, going to the MV Historical Museum, having dinner at the Ale House, visiting the harbor, going to Ryan Amusements, eating ice cream and more.  Of course, we were able to find time to paint and work on the new bathroom!

This year we had a new member of the Arruda family join us, Rocco.  He is a 5 year old dachshund that was adopted this spring.  Rocco adjusted well and seemed to enjoy hanging on the porch watching the visitors go by.  His picture was taken repeatedly...a star is born!  It was interesting that Rocco was not interested in the skunks, rabbits or squirrels!

Gabby and Rocco

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Back of the House: Done!

This spring, one of our projects was to redo the back of the house.  There were a variety of projects on the back that needed tending to:

- Fill in the shingles in the space that had black tar-paper from a chimney that was taken down over 20 years ago.

- Power wash, prime and put 2 coats of Shaker stain on all the shingles.

- Paint the trim along the roof-line, around the window and door the Halifax blue

- Paint the screen door the Tamale red, including newly painted hinges and new pulls

- Install a new back door light

With the help of Mike Mitchell, we are now able to say it is done!  It totally brightens up the back of the house and alley-way.  Our neighbors have asked if we put up new shingles!  Two sides down, two to go!