"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."
Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


FINALLY last weekend was our time to launch our boats onto the lake.  

My boat was a fairly easy launch.  David and Michael got it from the top of our SUV and carried it down to the lake.  The fact that it weighs over 150 pounds didn't stop them.  Within minutes of launching, I was on the lake
rowing to my heart's content.  I was pleased that the rowing skills I'd honed in summer camp a million years ago remain.  It's like riding a bike, you just remember how.  This is a very special rowboat, having been built by a man and his two sons in a boat-building class at a local university.  Those boys are grown and no one was using the boat, so onto Craigslist it went, and then onto our lake.  It is mahogany and is awesome.  It reminds me of the vintage Chris Craft used in the filming of On Golden Pond... only easier to maintain.  

Then it came time to launch Dave's power boat.  Dave, Chris and Mike towed the trailer and boat to the launch across the lake, with me staying at the house to help with the first docking.  It seemed like a long time that they were gone, and then finally a phone call came into my cell phone.  The battery in the boat went dead at the launch, and a decision was made to launch it anyway, with Dave paddling the boat and Christine on board to offer moral support.  

The plan was that Mike would drive back to their house and bum a ride from a neighbor to go tow them in.  Well, communications broke down and it turned out a kind boater on the lake offered to tow Chris and Dave home.  Unfortunately that good news did not reach Mike, who was racing to their rescue with a neighbor.  Whoops.  That neighbor dropped Mike at our dock, where we awaited those happy boaters.  And, along they came.  
Well, it wasn't a pretty launching but it got the boat to the dock.  

Obviously Dave and Chris thought it was just another good time on the lake.  

Confirms the answer to that question "which are your two happiest days as a boat owner?"
Answer:  "The day you buy the boat and the day you sell it."

I'm so glad my boat doesn't have a motor!


  1. Any day on a lake is a good day!!!

  2. Makes for a good story! LOL
    Is that Miss Bella walking the runway?

  3. But, a great day on the lake was had by all!

  4. Yup, that's the infamous partially blind Miss Bella walking the dock, heading out to stand by Mike and give Christine a proper greeting. I'll have to take a picture of those two head to head, as they share the same beautiful hair color! Chris and Mike have embraced our pack and accept them as they are, a task above and beyond the call of family!

    It was really amazing the way Bella learned about the dock. We didn't coax her or entice her on, we just let her be Bella. And, before long she knew she had to brave it, as Cassy thinks it's so much fun. We watched as she learned, taking a step and sniffing left and right and forward, another step and the same. She now knows exactly where the edges and ends are and, as usual, if you watch her you'd never know that she is missing a bit of her sight. She is an amazing, brave dog, who is well supported by Cassy. And, she forces Cassy to be silly sometimes... somehow a great match.


Some day, I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways, of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.