"Friday, November 29th. Comes clear as a bell and mighty cold. Henry showed mighty little enthusiasm about bailing launch. Boat pretty well iced up, and 100 yds. up creek was my good old enemy, new ice. Away by nine with dead calm and launch tucked astern. The sun got up and such a change. Off mitties and mufflers, coats and even jackets......Out of the North River and out into Albemarle Sound so dazzling bright in that southern sun."
It was colder on this date in 1912 when Nenry M. Plummer and his son Henry Jr. left the North River, at the southern end of the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal which passes near my home, and entered the Albemarle Sound. We have no ice today, only a hard frost which is burning off with the rising sun.
There is the possibility of sailing this weekend. Yesterday the forecast showed temperatures in the low 50's, light winds and sunshine for Sunday. Now it shows a chance of rain in the early morning and then clouds. I will wait and see, but it there is a chance for a sail I will take it. Almost no wind in the forecast, but anchoring out with some sun, a sandwich and the nfl on the radio sounds like a nice way to begin the last month of the year.
Because of work schedules, both mine and the oldest daughter's, we are celebrating the holiday today. Willie Bird smoked turkey, scalloped potatoes, blistered green beans and sausage/artichoke/homemade crouton/parmesan dressing. All of that will be followed by an apple crostata with crystallized ginger, which is being assembled in the kitchen by the wife as I type.