Life, Travel

COVID Diaries Week # … is anybody even counting anymore?!*

Lets see, when we left off in late March, COVID had just arrived. Which really seems like a lifetime ago. Overnight, life seemed to change for everybody. Everybody, that is, except for people who are introverts, like me. There hasn’t been a whole lot in my day-to-day that has had to change. Hailey and I still cherish our routine of…

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My COVID Diaries

Well, 2020 was off to a great start! Paul’s quadricep tendon was healing great after his Christmas surgery (in spite, as his doctor noted, of him ignoring everything she told him to do) and I was in a groove both in my professional and personal life. As he was starting to feel a better – as in, able to cruise…

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Life

The Big Surprise … wait for it…

Sarah / December 8, 2019

So about mid-October, I got another wild hair… I convinced Emily that Dad only turns 80 once, and since he does seem pretty sure that France is as far away as the moon, it would be special to surprise him for his birthday – and while we were at it, we could celebrate Thanksgiving, her birthday, Christmas and Chris’s birthday.…

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Gather ye rosebuds while ye may…

Sarah / October 1, 2019

I wrote a recent blog post on receiving that faded, old tupperware with Paul’s cigars. When I finally came to terms with the reality after Irma that all else was gone, those were what I wanted back. Their sweet smell was life, and happiness, and love, on Poet Warrior, who I loved. I still haven’t decided whether I wish Paul…

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Cigars – and love and life…

Sarah / August 13, 2019

That faded old Tupperware is where Paul always kept his good cigars on our boat. The really good ones… like the ones that are too good to actually smoke. I think there is one in there that Morgan Freeman gave him. We lost the boat in Irma almost two years ago, and that crushed us both. We both still desperately…

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Lessons in Refuge Living

So on my third day here, we set out on our first adventure – a two night hiking trip to one of the many remote mountain refuges. Being a newbie, I had much to learn about refuge living.  I chose the Refuge de Loriaz for our adventure. Loriaz has been in its current site since the 1600’s, and the current…

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Travel

Skidding to the finish line…

This year, the flight gods decided it would be fun to throw in an obstacle to challenge my perfect record as Crew Chief. I planned this trip for a whole month – which is about 28 days longer than I usually plan trips for, so I was ready! Since Emily and Chris moved to France about six weeks ago –…

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Roots … and vines

So last Christmas, the Baker family enjoyed a really special Christmas all together for the first time in several years. For Paul and me, it was our first Christmas in the new house, and our first Christmas with Gus … who REALLY likes Christmas, it turns out. After we finished opening presents, Emily announces, “We’re moving to France.” So while…

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Introspections

Life with Paul…

Sarah / November 16, 2018

Paul has just returned from Poet Warrior – his first trip since Hurricane Irma.  The storm hit on a Wednesday, and while I will never know for sure, I think he was one of the first to get out of the Islands, on Saturday.    In the days after the storm, as looting and the realities of scarcity and desperation…

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Every Day Life

One … no, wait … Three Blind Mice

So now that I’m back from Europe, I’ve told myself that it’s finally time to finish moving my stuff out of storage.  On Sunday, I brought home a bunch more boxes.  I got to moving stuff around and realized a few hours in that I had bit off more than I intended to, so I was exhausted. Near when I…

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