We’ve had the annual “Tenants Harbor Porch Event” with whatever tasties the Produce Lady has on hand, which this year were cherry tomatoes, pickling-cucumber slices with cracked pepper, skunk (white cheddar) cheese, tuna salad, herb popcorn, and brownies. Charlie found excellent crackers which were expensive at the Good Tern coop but cheaper and virtually the same at Hannaford’s, and we featured the RB house wine which is usually white, dry, and crowd-sourced (think of last year’s “chicken wine”), but this year was beta tested with the NC crowd and, based on quantity consumed, was apparently acceptable, but not outstanding. I liked it, but I mostly like wine so dry, it is almost tasteless. (When I remember what kind it was, I’ll let you know. The label had a shade tree.) The kayak swampings and subsequent drinks of diet ginger ale may have distorted the quantity-drunk indicator, but such are the ways of lab-less research.
We’ve had a potluck wine event — “We’ve got a bottle of wine and can be there at six.” “I have excellent crackers and a new brick driveway path and will meet you on the porch.” We’ve distributed the end-of-season perishable leftovers, and had the until-next-summer visits with friends who walk by. Family and Minneapolis friends and fellow summer-people and have come and gone, and Charlie is here to winterfit the house and me. In theory, we’ve closed Roseledge Books — that is, we took down the OPEN signs — but those Regulars who know we’re still here, come in anyhow, which is good. And the webcam will be on until morning.
I’m trying to look at everything one last time, but today that means fog, big-time, thick fog. It rolls in and out and always blocks the boats, but it can’t hide the smell of the sea. (A quick webcam check will confirm the fog.) It’s not cold and so, far no bugs, so tonight we’ll have Tenants Harbor General Store pizza on the porch with the rest of the open wine and diet ginger ale. The summer has been cool, but mostly sunny and dry. Roseledge Books saw more Regulars and sold more books than last summer, which is GREAT! Thank you very much. Now I can start to curate my collection of choice books (or book choices) for you all to critique — yes, and sometimes buy — next year. It makes cold winter in Minnesota pass more quickly.
Tomorrow night I will sleep in Minneapolis, choose my withdrawal reads with care, and let you know if they rate coveted RB shelf space next. summer. Sigh.