Good morning, Everyone.
It is a beautiful morning on the south shore of Long Island. July is ending in a burst of self-inflicted busy-ness. Pour your coffee, and we’ll catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that I am enjoying my Wednesday nights sailing sunfish with a group of women. It’s been a long time for most rigging and navigating the little boats around leeward and windward markers. There had been a few mishaps, but we all come in safely to recap the ventures and laugh. I now sport a few new bruises as badges. I also sail with an all-women crew on Tuesday nights in a bigger boat. We have gotten very good at starting and usually finish in time to see the sunset.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you that my husband and I went to the Family Picnic at my cousins’ house yesterday. It was a beautiful day at their beautiful home along the bay. These past few years, my cousins have taken up the yearly tradition my parents held for over 40 years to gather the family for a summer picnic. Everyone brings their usual dishes (although this year I did not have time to cook Grandma’s Clam Chowder and brought mussels in white and garlic instead—not too many complaints). We played in the pool, got in some rousing rounds of bocce and silly party games, jet skied in the channel, ate (a lot), and talked and talked. I am truly blessed with an abundance of family who genuinely enjoy each other and put in efforts to be together.
If we were having coffee together, I would let you know that writing has been slow. I think I need to redo the storyline and reduce the crowd of characters in my middle grade novel. I joined Tammy Breitwiester’s Inner Circle Gathering. I hope to be able to share the ups and downs of a writer’s life and reboot my focus here. I did get Part 2 of The Boat completed and posted. At least I am getting a boat theme piece published each week.
If we were having coffee together, I would have to ask you to hurry up with that last gulp. I need to finish packing for a two-week stay at Davis Park beach across the bay. We rented a beach house and will soon be in the company of beachy friends. My daughters and grandkids will be joining us to fill the house and play in the ocean and bay. Very excited.
Have a good week, Everyone. Make it great!
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.