Dear Reader (as Stephen King likes to say) ~
My deep apologies for my lapse from contributing to my blog these past two weeks. I have been off the grid in the most literal sense – travelling throughout New England en route to my very rural summer setting – and surprised at how difficult it can be to find a spot on the grid with which to connect to you. In a nice town about 7 miles outside of Boston – no Verizon, no AT&T connection. In a harbor directly across from New York City – nothing. In rural Maine? Wait for Time Warner to show up as “season” begins and the “summer people” arrive, even though I scheduled my installation 7 weeks early – but then there was that tree that needed its branches trimmed, along with a re-schedule.
For all my thoughts on time, balance and planning, sometimes the world overwhelms me, mostly with logistics. Yes, I could have written several blogs ahead, but moving my entire infrastructure and maintaining my client work maxxed out my time, especially as one new client insisted on beginning the day before I was leaving.
Anyway, enough of all that. I am sorry to have dropped off the grid, especially without warning. My optimism assumed I could continue to write and connect as before – it is 2010 after all and the grid should be everywhere in America, yes? So beware such assumptions if you hit the road this summer!
Here is the simple story: most summers my husband and I spend the season Down East in coastal Maine, on Mount Desert Island, in a tiny town 7 miles outside a small town. It is a 45 minutes’ drive to a big town where we might get a prescription filled. Our sailboat lives nearby in Somes Sound http://bit.ly/aDa3MM, even though we live in California. Maine is the most beautiful sailing landscape in the country, and we come here for the short season. I work from here, and sail as often as work and weather allow. My clients are blessedly generous about working remotely for these months, and as they are all in technology, we use the tools available to stay connected (once I have infrastructure, that is)
So, I am set up in my little camp (more on that in later posts, perhaps) and will now resume my usual posts, but perhaps only two per week until after Labor Day. I will take some of that balance I believe in, and sail a bit more than I write. In September ~ back to a full schedule.
Thank you for following these posts – I am grateful for your interest, and appreciate your comments and patience. Perhaps you have had interesting travel, or tales of the grid you’d like to share?