2015 July|August

Our new version of Step-off pad, no shoes beyond this point

Our new version of STEP-OFF PAD, no shoes beyond this point

Welcome to July and August. We have now exceeded “vacation status” and have new and exciting things to learn. Getting acclimated to living aboard is coming with a few challenges.

Strainers that disintegrate and how to organize everything from a shopping trip to Sams, without the convenience of the freezer at the house, are just a few of the new challenges we have had to work through. I am compiling a nice list of live aboard work arounds and Russ is working out maintenance schedules for keeping filters, strainers and such clean and working. Troubleshooting quirky sounds is also on his list. There was a wee whining from within the engine compartment after cleaning a strainer, yep, it was Pepe Le Pew, who went exploring and got himself locked in. I hope to come up with a post or two about our “systems,” but not this week.

Lest I lead you to believe that our life is all work and no play, here is proof otherwise.

We went to scope out how riding our bikes into town for the July 4th would work out and ended up taking in the view of the fort from a shady spot under the oaks. There might have been a nap too, but we can’t remember:

Lazy St. Augustine afternoon 2015_07_01

Lazy St. Augustine day 2015_07_01

Nyah loves sharing the beach:

Nyah sharing the contents of her hole with me 2015_07_02

Nyah sharing the contents of her hole with me 2015_07_02

We made some new marina friends:

Juvenile sea turtles eating around the floating docks

Juvenile sea turtles eating around the floating dock 2015_07_25

The Captain grills some great ribs:

Captain does ribs 2015_07_25

Captain does ribs 2015_07_25

Kayaking to Faver-Dykes State Park:

Faver-Dykes State Park 2015_07_27

Faver-Dykes State Park 2015_07_27

Once in a Blue Moon it is nice to stay up late and sit on the beach:

Blue Moon 2015_07_31

Blue Moon 2015_07_31

I had a great time having lunch and spending the afternoon catching up with my best friend Pam, from high school. We haven’t seen each other for way too many years. No sisters were lost on this afternoon adventure, amazing:

Pam and I, 2015_08_01

Pam and I, 2015_08_01

Nyah is really an undercover secret agent and her mission is to keep us out of trouble. Fortunately it’s a secret mission, she’s not aloud to give out any details, so don’t ask:

Secret agent, Nyah on Sandbar duty 2015_08_05

Secret agent, Nyah on Sandbar duty 2015_08_05

With no room for a surf board, the Captain decided to bring a boogie board for a little exercise and entertainment, bigger waves would be helpful:

Boogie Boarding 2015_08_08

Boogie Boarding 2015_08_08

I’ll keep my dog, thank you. How would I ever find another to put up with all this? And who would Russ play with?

Nyah being a good sport 2015_08_21

Nyah being a good sport 2015_08_21

O’Steens speaks for itself, we are only sad that you weren’t here with us:

O'Steens 2015_08_08

O’Steens 2015_08_08

Then, there were our two weekends at the Lake House. The oak tree took a full on lighting strike. It traveled into the house, overloading the breaker box, disintegrating a breaker and knocking out the power. With no power, the fridge was a lovely treat (I’ll spare you the picture and you’ll be glad that computers don’t have smell capabilities yet.) We lost the stove and a microwave, but were very blessed that the damage wasn’t worse:

Lightning Adventure at the Lake House 2015_08_15

Lightning Adventure at the Lake House 2015_08_15

Will Albert be coming to film soon?

Gulls 2015_08_06

Gulls 2015_08_06

He is still my hunk:

My hunk 2015_08_06

My hunk 2015_08_06

We have been having a great time getting to know our marina neighbors, Steve and Cindy from Island Finz, and Georgette and Gary from 2 G’s, among others. We had another great marina potluck dinner. The star attraction being Alaskan salmon, caught and grilled to perfection by Gary from 2 G’s, unfortunately no photos of the night’s hoopla were taken.

Our daily trips to the beach for dog walking and sea glass collecting round out our days and we can’t believe how quickly the time passes. Thanks for following our blog, we are having a great time and appreciate hearing from everyone. Praying each of you enjoys each day and are working on living your dream.

Don't let that storm get you 2015_08_20

Don’t let that storm get you 2015_08_20

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “2015 July|August

  1. Marc Abell says:

    Just catching up with ur blog and it is great, very entertaining! I am lovin retirement also, it is going so fast. Keep updating us and enjoy! Marc

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