As I meditatively stack the smooth flat rocks and driftwood I gathered at the beach yesterday, I try my best to ready myself for the week ahead. More importantly for an appointment early tomorrow morning. But first, let’s go back to the beach….My friends Alicia, Justin, Jordyn and Logan moved down to Jamestown, RI from Providence a couple of years ago. We all missed them terribly, but Jamestown isn’t far and we’ve always had an open invitation. My youngest has been down many times. Finally, yesterday, I had the opportunity to join her. We arrived at their house and I got the royal tour. They’ve put extensive work into their renovation of what was once a fire-damaged 2 family abode into a wide open, loft-like, 2 story single family home. I love what they’ve done(I should’ve taken pics!) and came away very inspired as I love interior design and architecture.
Our friend Sean was visiting with his kids; Ethan and Sophia from Arizona( our first friends to move away) and we were all mighty hungry so Alicia suggested we head down to Dutch Harbor Boatyard to enjoy some fresh and local fish tacos from The Shack, brought to you by the talented duo that run Tallulah’s on Thames just over the bridge in Newport , RI.
With our bellies full, Alicia took Sean and I on a mini tour, with a quick pit stop for coffee and an outrageously good Espresso-Plum-Brandy Muffin from The Village Hearth Bakery.
Back at the house we gathered the kids, loaded the boogie boards, greeted more friends and drove down to Mackeral Cove Beach. Normally it’s a beach for residents and their cars adorned with beach stickers, but after 4pm it’s open to anyone! Great for us as it was still plenty warm and very sunny still. We dropped our bags and the kids ran right in.
I peacefully floated and breathed in the salty air. Thankful for this moment, my surroundings, my friends and my family.
While I was peacefully floating in the ocean, a recorded message called my phone with a reminder. Tomorrow I have my 6 month post op cat-scan. I don’t think much about my Cancer ( or I try not to) till right before my periodic scans and check-ups. I’m nervous of course, but I’m confident I’m still Cancer-free and have many, many beach days ahead of me.
Here’s to a continued great Summer, and to good health and happiness.