So much has happened since we returned to our home port in Maryland on October 11! We spent the month visiting as many of our friends and family as we could. Fiona and Jack were so happy to be reunited with their classmates and cousins! We completed a few boat projects -- new eisenglass on the upper deck which will make that area a wonderful place to spend time when in are in warm climates. I got new dishwasher drawer! No more water-hogging full-size dishwasher! Many thanks to our friend, John on Siren's Call who built the perfect drawer underneath of it so I now have pot & pan storage! Yeah! I removed the carpet (yuck) from the bathrooms and gave each 3 coats of floor paint. After even more discussion, we have decided not to change Morning Star's name after all. Keeping the name saves us time and money and the name has grown on us. We did get the hailing port changed on the stern.
We survived Hurricane Sandy while we were there. Our dock at Rich Neck on Tilghman Creek once again proved to be a safe haven from the storm. K. (with help from his brother Sean & our friend Oscar), did a great job of securing her from every point. We stayed on Morning Star throughout the storm. She was cozy and safe. We took in a bit of water from the sideways rain, but that was it. We were very fortunate the storm didn't come ashore where it was first predicted to.
The hardest part of our time in Maryland was saying goodbye to our beloved family home, Rich Neck. The time had come to put the house up for sale in the Spring and by Summer's end we had a contract. The contract 'went hard' as they say while we were home. Settlement will be in mid-December. 30 years of memories. K. and I were married on the property. Our pets are buried there. It is the most beautiful point of land in all of Maryland. K.'s father cleared the land himself. So, our hearts were beyond heavy as we did a final walk-through this morning and tears flowed by the buckets as we pulled away from the dock for the last time.
New adventures await. . .