Crabbing

Two days of highs in the low seventies, and I am doing everything I can to cool the house down before tomorrow, with a predicted high in the 80s. I am done with summer. So, so done … and yesterday, when we three piled in the car to pick up Sparks’ crab pots, it suddenly–like, turned on a dime–seemed like everything else was finished with summer, too. The large-leaf maples were turning gold. The ferns and bracken were coppery-bronze. The sky was overcast and rain threatened, tremulously, to begin. The rain that won’t stop until it’s summer again.

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Hello, small deer. (Can you see him?)

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Hello ocean, hello mountains

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Hello adorable Scandinavian-red house

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Hello wild sweet peas

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Hello rose hips

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Look what I found

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Sparks drops his pots from an inflatable dingy. It’s surprisingly sturdy and commodious–he and my dad went out in it and managed to pull up a pot.

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Good luck, sailor

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A dozen games of Uno with the kid while we wait. She’s a shark, by the way. Any time it seems I’ll win, she declares it Opposite Day, meaning that if I win, I actually lose.

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Finally her daddy is rowing back

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HHHEEYYYYYY. Three legal crabs. That’s a five-gallon bucket, by the way. These critters are nothing to sneeze at. Sparks and I gorged ourselves on boiled crab meat dipped in butter, and had enough left over for appetizer-sized crab cakes the next day. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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One thought on “Crabbing

  1. I’m also done with summer! You definitely live in a beautiful place. Try to stay cool tomorrow. Autumn is right around the corner.

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