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The winter of 2009/2010 was the snowiest winter we have seen in our little corner of the Chesapeake Bay in many a year and certainly more than the blizzards of 2003 (28") and 1996 (26"). With one storm in December (21") and two storms almost back to back in February that left nearly 50" on the ground and on our Catalina 310, # 323 Cheri Lynn, that sits serenely in her slip in Frog Mortar Creek, Middle River, Maryland.

This is our 6th full year of sailing. It is one I am looking forward to with great anticipation; more so than in recent years. Captain Hubby and I have experienced nearly unrelenting stress over the past 2-1/2 years due to a series of life events: a family loss; a significant house fire (and reconstruction); job loss (and the process of re-employment/career change); and my broken ankle with two subsequent surgeries all added to the trauma and the drama. These events, with their requirements, hemmed us in and cut in to our precious sailing time. While our marriage survived these stresses relatively unscathed, the stress we experienced made it harder for us to truly relax and simply enjoy one another, the companionship with others (when so accompanied) and just the pure joy of being on our boat whether under motor or under sail (though, under sail is generally the preferred method of locomotion!).

How do I know this? Well, Captain Hubby has recently been observed to be planning for our retirement (still a few years in the future) with the enthusiasm I first saw when he was deciding what boat we were going to buy shortly after he got bitten by the sailing bug in 2003! As with his previous planning efforts, he throws himself whole-hearted into his efforts, asking questions, searching the internet, talking to various folks, both on line and in our fleets and marina. He is excited about spending long periods of time on the boat (rather than the Cap'n Growly-Bear he became when we spent two weeks on the boat in 6/2008). Now our plan is to retire in about ten years, then, within one or two years, play "snowbird" down to Florida via the ICW and likely to the Islands (at least once) . Of course, Captain Hubby's renewed enthusiasm means I will have to improve my own ship handling skills to the point where I feel confident backing Cheri Lynn down the aisle and into our slip myself (I usually leave that part of the driving to Captain Hubby). The last time I backed the boat (in open water); the trail looked like an undulating snake. Ah well, I have time to practice, practice, practice! I just hope I don't have much of an audience when I do…

As much as Captain Hubby appreciated having his snow thrower, he would just as soon leave the cold behind as soon as he's capable! Me too!

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