...to pull in
...to get ready for bad weather
...to be cozy.
Summer is over, such as it was here in Seattle. The numbers are in: we had a total of 3323 minutes of summer this year, if you define summer as being above 80°. For those of you without a calculator handy, I'll do the math for you: that is a total of 2.3 days. For the entire year. As compensation, I find myself trying to identify with Brittany on s/v Windtraveler, in the Caribbean with goosebumps because the nighttime temps are dropping below 80°. Sadly, I am not having much luck.
I wasn't ready for this - I still had another 3 weeks of summer in me to spend, and now I can't... I have to pack them away for next year. Will they spoil? I don't think so... I hope not.
Despite the coolness, I must say that we had a very enjoyable sailing year, off the dock more than we have been in recent years, with the great majority of it under sail. But I think we are done, now. So, it is time. I need to go out and double up our docklines.
Storms are coming. Winter storms.
I can feel it.