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Just got back from an eight night camping trip to beautiful Hunting Island State Park near Beaufort, South Carolina. I have always loved camping. And we are real campers–that means tents, and in this case no electric hook-up.

Now this tent is a palace and my husband, Michael, is wonderful to camp with, so organized, all I have to do is pack the linens and towels. But this trip laid us low… Temps in the high 90s during the day, only about 80 degrees at night and high humidity.

The only thing that made it bearable was the beautiful water–80 degrees and a wonderfully changing surf with two high and low tides per day. Michael enjoyed hunting for shark’s teeth every morning; he found over a hundred during our seven day stay.

But frankly, we were in survival mode most of the time. The heat limited our enjoyment of the wonderful seafood. But we had our favorite fried dill pickles at the MoonDoggies Cafe in Port Royal, wonderful crab cakes at Boondocks, and incredible shrimp and flounder at The Shrimp Shack.

So are our camping days over? No way, we set off for northern Michigan in seven days! And this trip will be graced with the awesome trifecta of daughter Sadie, and her friends, Katie and Zoe.

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(Post written July 12, tried to add a video of screaming motors, found out that costs extra, bummer.)

What do antique outboarders do when they get together?

Hangin' at Constantine

They hang out selling their stuff and flock like vultures as the trailers pull in…but there are treasures to be had!

Michael found one of the three motors he is still looking for and put in the judging tent. The motor pictured below, a 1949 Johnson HD25 2.4 hp engine won 2nd place for Best Original Antique Outboard.

Michael's prize winner

What do motor widows do? Most stay home. I like to schmooze, so its fun for me to meet all these guys who share this obsession. There are a few women and some girls and boys who are motorheads, too. I had a fun dinner conversation with a “Trekkie.”

I’m going to line up a few yarn shops to share with my partner on our travels. He can’t complain, it will be air-conditioned.

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I am writing this from Three Rivers, MI where my husband, Michael, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of fellow antique outboard motor enthusiasts who are attending a meet and swap in nearby Constantine. Tomorrow I will sit in the shade, reading or knitting, enjoying the sights (motors and boats), sounds (from the sweet putt-putts to the screaming of the racing engines) and smells (blue smoke and bratwurst). (Actually it is hot dogs and hamburgers, but I like alliteration and bratwurst.) I won’t be able to post pictures until after I get home, because I forgot the camera cord!

It is great to have a husband who has obsessions-antique outboards, aluminum boats, gardening, rocks and minerals. I was going to say that my interests aren’t as expensive, but I suppose if I added up my sewing, spinning, knitting and beading supplies over the years, I could give him a run for his money. (Yes, a bad pun.) His obsessions keep him busy and happy and if I go to the Constantine Super Meet, he will put in some time with me at a fiber destination.

Even though it can get beastly hot and humid here in the Midwest, I love the smell of clover in bloom, the sound of crickets and cicadas, the taste of fresh berries and sweet corn. This is our third year at Constantine and it has earned a place as one of our rituals of summer. I will be bringing you more of my summer rituals in future posts. In the meantime, why don’t you share some of your summer rituals with me. Leave a comment below.


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I am knitting again, after several years of a couple of projects just languishing in baskets. It started with a plane trip…

I had the great fortune to visit my dear friend, Nancy Nestingen Frost, in England last winter break. I was not looking forward to long waits in airports, where it is almost impossible to read at times because of the crowds of people and blaring TVs, so I decided to bring some knitting. Not only could I stave off boredome,  I could also make gifts for Nancy’s daughters, Lucy and Rosie. I went to my local yarn store (LYS) and bought some nice chunky yarn, Araucania’s Limari in two colorways, 507 (lime greens, yellows) and 552 (pinks, purples, navy).

I called the airlines three different times to ask about whether I could bring knitting needles and I was assured by all that I could. To be safe, I brought only wooden and plastic needles; I didn’t want to take a chance with metal. I also brought along Lorna’s Laces’ Shepherd Bulky ( Lakeview 504-turquoise, purple, light green) to make a hat for my youngest daughter Sadie, who was home from college. If I was knitting for others, I’d better come home knitting something for her!

I had a lovely visit with Nancy, her husband Peter, Lucy, and Rosie. I finished Lucy’s hat on the flights over and started Rosie’s hat on the coach from Heathrow to Worchester. Peter asked me to knit him a hat, too. That was a bit of a rush, but we went out and bought some worsted weight acrylic that I doubled.

Rosie and Lucy in their cozy hats.

The trip was far too short, but before I left, Nancy and the girls were all working on a knitting project. Lucy also made a dress and Rosie sewed a skirt. We are a productive bunch.

Rosie and Nancy knitting.

Rosie and Lucy

I also bought a firescreen, which is a ridiculous souvenir and a bit difficult to transport home, but that is a subject for a future post…

And I finished Sadie’s hat before she had to go back to school in New York City. I sure do miss my girls.

Sadie vampin' in her new hat.

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