Island Sounds & Sights


Because sometimes we need more than just a visual:

Did anybody get any snow on Friday? We got a little bit. I think the bridge got even more than us, as it closed down for a couple hours in the morning due to falling ice.

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But it’s always fun to see snow on the island during a time when you think we’re all done with it.

I was once told by a friend that the island would not be the same in the summer after I’ve lived here in the winter. The businesses open up, the tourists come back, every plant and tree starts to bloom, and the island comes back to life again. Maybe I haven’t lived here long enough to know what he’s talking about, as I still welcome all of those things. After all, I’ve spent all of 28 summers here, and that’s what I know, what I’m used to. But I can tell you what I’m going to miss from this winter…

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I’ll miss being able to run for an hour and be alone the entire time, not running by anyone, and being alone with my thoughts. I’ll miss knowing that every time I do pass someone on the street, it’s always someone I know. I’ll miss the idea that I can stop at any moment, and hear complete silence. I’ll miss being able to count the hours in my day that are empty, and finding out that I have a full day all to myself.

I’ll miss the solitude.

But you know what I’ll be looking forward to this summer?

…. lilacs! 

I can’t wait. Lilac, lilacs, lilacs. It’s all I can think about! I just can’t wait to see them. The new greenery that’s popping up is a nice change at this time of year, but nothing beats that extra pop of color that the lilacs bring. I am even going to try some planting myself… well, maybe not with lilacs. But with snap peas, cucumber, tomatoes, maybe plant some flowers around the yard. I’ll be doing my best to use my green thumb this summer. Hopefully they all turn out okay.

One last thing… I guess there IS something that I’m not really looking forward to in the summer… maintenance! My bike is in dire shape, and needs some fixing. I still haven’t fixed my kickstand, or replaced my missing pedal with a new one. Looks like I’ll have something to do this weekend!

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