Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Greetings 2013

  Christmas Letter 2013
Greetings from Kent and Linnea

Dear Fiends and Family,

                  Kent and I continue our honeymoon despite the creeping depredations of age, both in ourselves and in this old house.  It is hard to believe that it has been four years since our very first meeting on Christmas Eve 2009.   We remain grateful for our totally unexpected and unlooked for happiness together.  We have done a lot of traveling this year, mostly in the U.S., while the big project at home was remodeling the tiny bathroom off the master bedroom.  We were predicting a simple job, until Kent found rotting joists beneath the beautiful old tiled shower.  Everything had to go, including lots of tough steel mesh, rock-hard cement, and 1940s tile.  Kent spent several days crouching in the crawl space, putting in new joists.  The next project will probably be our kitchen, which now looks old and shabby in comparison with the new bathrooms.

                  We sailed in the Virgin Islands, backpacked in the Grand Canyon, celebrated Psyche’s graduation from Yale Nursing School, and sailed on Lake Superior with Kent’s sons Jake and Andy and the three granddaughters.  We enjoyed opera in Santa Fe and the Ring Cycle in Seattle, as well as many visits with friends and relatives both at home and during our travels.  Psyche and Linnea had fun on a mother-daughter road trip from Boston to Reno, Psyche’s Corolla packed with costumes for Burning Man, and essentials for her and Saad’s move to San Francisco.

                  In September we went sailing again, from Scotland to London with Lew and Ann Tucker on their boat Serannity.  We connected with several delightful and warmly hospitable English sailing friends from Kent’s past, and completed our travels with a five-day backpack along the Southwest Coast Path in Cornwall.
                  It has been good to be home for most of the last quarter of the year.  We cut our television cable and our Turner Classic Movie habit, and invested in a Roku box and an antenna, and have so far been happy with our choice.  Michael Mosley’s PBS program “Eat, Fast, and Live Longer” (http://vimeo.com/54089463) last spring, inspired us to try fasting two consecutive days a week.  We’ve done pretty well with this, except when we have been traveling and walking.  Maybe we’ll have some positive results to report by next year.  

                  We have lost several dear family members and friends this year, while others have faced difficult illnesses.  How important it is to celebrate each day, to cherish our friends and family, to be present in the moment, and to value what we have and what we can do.  In that spirit, we are grateful for the presence of each of you, and we wish you health, peace, and joy during this holiday season and during the coming year.

Starting our walk in Cornwall

                               Linnea and Kent                                     

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

From Sailboat in London September 20, 2013

We arrived in London on Tuesday afternoon, and have been going nonstop ever since. We leave for Plymouth via bus tomorrow. The Limehouse Marina did not have wifi, so communicating has been difficult.

We are having dinner with Ned and Kate and their daughters this evening at their home in Wanstead.

We have been thoroughly enjoying London, doing lots of walking.

The lights from the South Bank were amazing last night, and full moon to boot. This is not the London I remember from 10, 20, and 30 years ago.

Write! Hoping for news from home. We have another 10 days, and hope to walk for 6 or 7 of them. Sailing part of the trip is done. Staying on a boat just off the Thames has been great.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013