2021 February Commodore Column: “Bright Spots”

Small rays of light, sparkles, bright spots. What are the things that can keep us going through the dark days of winter and the pandemic? When I look at the cover of the 2020 PTYC Roster, I am reminded of all the bright spot boat trips of the past, and that there will be more to come. In 2020, there were 3 new family members and we kept nearly the same board and officers to carry us through the pandemic. As eager as we all are to gather beyond Zoom, we still need to wait and see what events will be possible in 2021. With all this in mind, the Board decided to reuse the 2020 Roster. A bright spot for us, since the roster can be a bear of a project! We will provide some updated inserts to accompany your new 2021 membership cards when they are mailed out, and Ilona will work her magic on a printable 2021 membership directory to access on our website.

Another literal bright spot is that I am just starting to notice our daylight hours are getting longer again. With this very windy, wet, but mild winter, my garden seems confused. Little patches of brightness are scattered around, even at the end of January. The pink primroses are in full bloom and the yellow roses actually never stopped blooming. Here on our Marrowstone Island bluff overlooking Admiralty Inlet, we watched pleasure boats pass by, mixed in with the usual container ships, tugs and barges over a sunny MLK weekend. In just a few short months, we’ll be ready to be out there too … but first, a haul-out for bottom painting. A shiny, bright boat bottom every few years is a must for keeping Rain Shadow in tip top shape.

Sometimes brightness can come from changing the routine, so we’re creating a little wintery brightness by mixing it up with a trip to the ocean in our land yacht (RV) for a few days. OK, at 17 feet it’s not a yacht, but it is cozy. Very cozy, with two Doodle dogs! Since making our beach reservations, of course the weather is turning to a brisk cold snap. My favorite homemade soup should take the chill away. After all, bellies need “bright spots” too. It’s quick and easy, and great for boating too!

SAUSAGE & KALE SOUP SAUSAGE & KALE SOUP
5 ½ cups chicken broth
3 carrots, grated or long ribbon peels
4 potatoes, cubed bite size
4 cups kale, tough stems removed, chopped

Brown the sausage in a large heavy pot. Add the broth, carrots, potatoes and kale. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Just before serving, add the cream or half and half until just heated through. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes (if using) over the top. Serve with a crusty bread! Brown the sausage in a large heavy pot. Add the broth, carrots, potatoes and kale. Cover and simmer until the potatoes are tender. Just before serving, add the cream or half and half until just heated through. Sprinkle salt and red pepper flakes (if using) over the top. Serve with a crusty bread!

Commodore Debbie