October Ends Coffee Share

Good Morning, Everyone

It is officially autumn here on the south shore of Long Island. The air is crisp, the trees are shedding their leaves, and the days are short (soon to be shorter). It’s a good time for a fresh cup of coffee. Pour your brew. Let’s catch up.

If we were having coffee together, I would tell you, we are getting stuff ready for winter. We scheduled Bella Vela, the catboat, to be lifted from the water next week. We got an easy sail on Saturday. It will have to sustain us until the spring. The sprinklers will be blown out this upcoming week as well. The tomatoes are about done. I made one last tomato pie this week. Matt has been pickling peppers and the turmeric leaves are telling him it is time to pull out the roots and see what grew all summer. 

If we were having coffee I would tell you, my little town, Sayville, is decorated for the Halloween. I drove down main street and saw the high school kids painting the storefront windows.

It sparked a memory.

 When I attended the same high school, painting the store windows was the thing to do (at least in my crowd). Mr. Rivers, the art teacher who believed anyone can be an artist in their own way, organized the field trip into town. Student artwork was selected, paints, rags, and smocks toted, and a gang of “artsy” kids walked into town for a full school day afternoon of painting and fun. I did not have the talent to design and draw, but I could color in the lines with the best of them. 

If we were having coffee together, I would add that the annual Boat Burning at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville happened on Friday night. This has been an event for 32 years. Someone donates a wooden boat that has probably been living as a rotting lawn ornament for several years. Volunteers stripped the boat of all metals, and remove the engine and fuel tank, and the fire department prepares the hull for a safe burn. It is an epic bonfire. A band plays, food trucks sell their ware, and there is a raffle to sell a gorgeous small craft wooden boat built by museum volunteers. Friday night was perfect with low winds, and cool but not cold temperatures. Matt and I got there early, and saved space for our friends and family. Very FUN night. 

If we were having coffee together, I would report that things are humming along on the book front. November 7th is the pub day for The Wishes of Sisters and Strangers. I put together a booklet called Who’s Who is the Award Winning Becoming America’s Stories series. It is a yearbook styled cheat sheet of the major characters in the books. You can download it FREE right HERE

Before I pour another cup, I just want to say that although I keep my politics out of the coffee shares, I just want to remind Everyone to vote. Voting is the way to use your voice. Vote for those who aim to lead their community with integrity and empathy, in contrast to those who follow the noise and their personal agendas. 

SO, how was your week? I hope it was Funtastic!

Great BIG Thanks and appreciation go out to Natalie the Explorer who keeps the Weekend Coffee Share percolating.

Have a good week, Everyone. Make it Funtastic!

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8 thoughts

    1. Colors have bee. Slow and drab here due to the summer drought ,but short cool days remind us October is gone, her come November.


  1. When I saw your photo I was afraid a crime had been committed! I was so glad to see that it was an organized event. What a fun memory of painting the store windows.. How awesome that it’s still being carried out. Maybe the alumni can join them one year? 🙂

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    1. Ooh, that would be fun to paint with the kids. They did invite chorus alumni to sing Handle.Messiah at the holiday concert. I did it a few times.


  2. Wow – Antoinette – I never knew that boat burning was a thing.
    Sounds like a wow-kind of fun.
    Great luck and wishes for the book release. I predict a huge success.
    I appreciate your reminder to vote, but my wife and I are so depressed about it.
    Our vote hasn’t meant much in California, which was bad enough but the last presidential election had so many problems that we no longer trust many of the states or courts to keep corruption out of the vote count. – We’ll vote, but our faith in the system has dropped from our having the best elections in the world to now we’re down there with many 3rd world nations where it’s more of a show with the winners and losers all predetermined.
    Maybe this round will be better.

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