Sending a Message to the Universe

Oh great!

Not very original, I know, but it’s what’s going through my brain over and over after seeing a weather forecast for this upcoming holiday weekend. This tells the whole sordid story:

We are up the East Coast of the country, in Massachusetts. According to the weatherman on TV, this Tropical Storm Arthur may turn into a Hurricane and will clip the entire East Coast of the country on its way up through the coast of Maine. That includes us.

And all this on a weekend when having a nice 3-day weekend is imperative to people like Paul who will be spending two stints down at the harbor selling his lobsters on the holiday, Friday. He normally only sells in the afternoon down there, but this year we made up signs saying he’d be open on the 4th from 10-12 and from 2-5 for lobster sales. People with whom he spoke at last week’s Farmer’s Market told him that was great, they love to get lobsters on the morning of the 4th.

Now if we have a hurricane that day, things might not go so swimmingly for Paul. Drat! Mother Nature is not getting any brownie points from me!

This appeared in the local newspaper one year… Paul out in a storm getting lobsters for someone he promised them to:

Not fun!

Being a fishing family, we yearn for calm seas and as little wind as possible. Wind is our enemy. A hurricane is pure hell. It means moving boats down-harbor, pulling the dinghy out of the water possibly, so it won’t break free and disappear and sink. Not to mention keeping an eye on the big lobster boat, a significant investment, to be sure it doesn’t break its mooring and take off down the harbor on its own. It’s done THAT before! Remember when it broke free and ended up across the harbor at the Corinthian Yacht Club banging on the rocks where Paul had to row across and rescue it?

(Click HERE for the blog from that day, but the photos are not visible – they were moved to a new storage site.)

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What a nail-biter that was!

This could be the situation soon here! Fort Sewall in Marblehead during another storm:

We do not want a hurricane coming here! Do you hear that, Mother Nature? Are you listening? I am putting this message out to the Universe in hopes that someone or something will hear me! I am pleading…

No Hurricane!

The Sea can be a very large obstacle, at times:

Little Paul in his boat “Bollocks!” and the wide and angry sea.

Calm. We want calm.

I have been typing this blog entry while watching women’s tennis at Wimbledon. I am rooting currently for Angelique Kerber who is playing Maria Sharapova. Kerber won the first set and is now behind in the second set. Go Kerber!

That’s all I can muster now. I hope anyone who is in the path of this latest storm comes through it unscathed, including us. That is my wish for this week.

(Prices in the photo above are not current prices. For current prices on Paul’s lobsters, Click Here for his Current Lobster Prices page.)

Cheers for smooth sailing,

Bex & Co.

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10 Responses to Sending a Message to the Universe

  1. TopsyTurvy says:

    Reenie, hurricane season goes from June 1st to November 1st, so we’ve been lucky to go this long without one.

    Looking like Arthur might skirt North Carolina, now. They forecast it bowing outward as it passes Cape Cod, but that’s not supposed to be until Friday night/Saturday morning, so looks like you’ll be okay for 4th of July. You’ll probably see nothing more than scudding clouds and fickle winds during the day. Could even be a beautiful day over there. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and Paul.


  2. Bex! I’ve been MIA but think of you often. *smooch* It’s absolutely insane that hurricanes would be tuning up this time of year. I so hope for Paul and everyone’s sake that the forecasters are wrong.

    We’ve had more rain than usual, but I don’t mind that a whit since I’m not an outdoor person anymore – and my woods actually look prettier in the rain. It’s the accompanying lightening that rattles me – and my home sets higher than most in the area.

    Hope the weekend goes well. xoxo


  3. TopsyTurvy says:

    Hi, Bex! As you know, DH and I follow tropical weather in the Atlantic very closely. This year though we hadn’t been looking at it much because the water in the northern Atlantic is much cooler than normal so it’s been interferring with the development of tropical storms, so I was surprised when you mentioned Arthur.

    I looked at a bunch of info and basically Arthur is just spinning in one place next to Florida right now. The computer models show that eventually the expect it to travel up the coast somewhat out to sea from Mass, so that would be a good thing for you and Paul. Also, since the water is so cold up there this year that means almost no development of the storm. The weather folk are predicting a category 1 hurricane for tomorrow but then dropping back down to a tropical storm before it passes New York.

    Sending you wishes that Arthur remains a gentleman of small stature that keeps to himself!


  4. sandy freel says:

    WOW…nice photos of paul at work…he is so good to please the person buying..


  5. Eric Mayer says:

    First I’ve heard about this. I sure hope you don’t get a hurricane or anything near to one.

    When I was growing up my parents had a picnic grove and their biggest days were the weekends of Memorial Day, Labor Day and Fourth of July. The place was always so packed I wondered how the picnickers could be getting any enjoyment from the outdoors. Of course there too the enemy was rain. Too much rain on too many of those holidays would make for a bad summer.

    So here’s hoping the weathermen are wrong.


  6. Bonnie says:

    Perhaps the weather people are wrong as so often and you have smooth sailing there. Here we will just be hot.


  7. Rosemary says:

    What an interesting post, Bex. A slice of a lifestyle I know nothing about and find fascinating. Good wishes for the upcoming holiday weekend that calmer weather prevails.


  8. Bex says:

    Wow! Angelique Kerber just beat Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon!

    Woo Hoo!

    She’s not done yet. She has Genie Bouchard of Canada to play next. I like Genie Bouchard, too, and may even be rooting for her. But I do like Angelique and this win has just MADE MY DAY! First Serena out, and now Maria out!



  9. Susan Honthumb says:

    I hope you get those pink skies at night.


  10. Wishing Paul calm seas this weekend, and you a calm heart! Weather!


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