Nova Scotia

Hill and I are celebrating our 2 year anniversary today. We don’t know that it really is, we’re just guessing. Oct 1st seems like a nice date. Easy to remember. We’ll be heading down the coast a little way to have dinner with some friends, and watch the VP debate. We’re hoping for high comedy.

So far we’ve had pretty glum weather up here. Gray every day. It’s definitely a different place than it is in early September. All the colors are more muted. Some of the local weeds that we like to eat (lamb’s quarters namely) are all gone, but the cranberries are in full swing. The mussels are taking over the islands. Can’t eat them fast enough.

It’s interesting to be up here in recovery mode. I’m really not the man I used to be (wonder if I ever was). More physical work goes into a day up here than back in the city. There’s water to haul, lots of in and out of boats, lots of scrambling around on rocks. And I notice the difference from last year. I’m not complaining. Not surprised. Just sayin’. Life hasn’t been all that physical for the last couple of months. A lot of curling up in the fetal position and etc.. Strangely that’s not all that restful. I think you get better rest when you’re a little physically tired out to begin with. It’s doing me wonders to be up here, I think.

The radiation burns are pretty well healed up at this point.  I’ve still got a certain amount of discomfort from the ex-tumor itself, but it gets a little better each day.  While N.S. is paradise for me, I am pretty excited to get back in the shop.. to get back to work.  The orders are piling up.  Current wait time for a bike, with a little surgery time accounted for, is about six months!

The other day, Hill and I took a walk to back harbor.  A year (plus a few weeks) ago I did the same walk with my mom and step-father, and we discussed the feasibility of becoming a frame builder.  It’s hard for me to believe that one year later I could be in such a different place..  that one year ago, I didn’t even know how to weld.  It’s a crazy life.  And a hell of a lot of fun.

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  1. Trevor

    congratulations on two years (more or less) Ezra and Hillary! If you guys can make it through all this stuff, the next 50 years are going to be a breeze 🙂

    enjoy the hell out of Nova Scotia, and your strength return quickly.

    trevor

  2. Valancy Jane

    I’ve had a year like that too. I hardly recognize myself, and I like it.

  3. Eunice

    happy anniversary to you two! i find it wonderful that you have a fantastic retreat to seek r&r…everyone should have one of these (I’m going to one next weekend in the mountains…).

    totally understand what you mean about things being different. going to the same places you haven’t been to in a while seems to be different every year, even if you think that you haven’t changed much. and also about life being crazy…i’m not sure i could have seen myself working with dogs but now i really can’t imagine anything else. i also didn’t think i could ride a bike three years ago, either. 🙂

    anyway, enjoy rest of your time in nova scotia. and thank you for the photos.

  4. john

    congrats on the anniversary. give Hill a squeeze for me. and Putney, as always. we need a coffee/lunch moment soon. i miss you.

  5. troze

    Congrats to you and Hillary! It never even occurred to me that you hadn’t *always* been together 🙂 Your photos suggest that the two of you go together like peas and carrots – all yummy smothered in butter… I love food analogies 🙂 So glad that N.S. is great!

    Funny, I was east this summer (about 1 week before I learned of your news) after 8 years. Interesting how much had changed, but how much was still the same – I visited family and the family part was as soft and sweet as ever! But that visit sure did highlight how much my life has changed.

    Anyway, sorry I’ve not commented – I’ve been busy and being busy seems like a lousy excuse, but things have been unusually hectic – yet you remain a daily part of my prayer regime!

    Here’s to the good times yet to come!

    -j, r, s & z

  6. Charles Boyd

    Thanks for keeping your blog up and posting your photos throughout this period – you have a compelling life and, really, it reads like other great diaries from the past like Gilbert White’s – it really is interesting to find out each day how you are doing and what you are up to. Congratulation to you both on your anniversary – may you have many, many more.

  7. Artur

    Congrats on your 2 years anniversary!! Love your pictures on flickr of Nova Scotia, I have no doubt you will get all the necessary energy for the K.O. round with cancer and to get some work done on your bikes!! All the best…

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