No Place Like Home: Text Messages from the Captain

 

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I was blessed with a visit to California to hold grand-babies. Just so you know, I had all the fun for us this week, and I have the text messages from the Captain to prove it. Here’s a look at a few of the too many pictures that I took.

2015_09_22 Hanging with Monta

2015_09_22 Hanging with Monta

2015_09_22 Hanging with Gabby

2015_09_22 Hanging with Gabby

2015_09_24 Zoo Day, Merry-go-round, Animals come close

2015_09_24 Zoo Day, Merry-go-round, Animals come close

2015_09_28 Food Court fun, Monta gets "samples," Selfies w/ Gabby, Train ride, Sushi

2015_09_28 Food Court fun, Monta gets “samples,” Selfies w/ Gabby, Train ride, Sushi

2015_09_28 Mexican food night out

2015_09_28 Mexican food night out

My only trauma for the week away was getting a free pass to the zoo, because I now qualify for the senior discount.

2015_09_24 First Senior discount!

2015_09_24 First Senior discount!

But, when someone gets to have all the fun, someone else gets stuck on the boat taking care of the animals and all the boat stuff that has to be done every day. It was simply a terrible week for the Captain, and I have the text messages to prove it.

Tuesday, when he returned from taking me to the Orlando airport, he had to take Nyah for a walk on the beach. My first text was his bottle find…Chinese or Japanese? Very cool.

2015_09_22 What language is this?

2015_09_22 What language is this?

By Wednesday morning, the “where do I find it” texts started to arrive.

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I found it heartbreaking that I wasn’t totally necessary. Can you believe he can plan a meal or two and cook? Wow! All by his-self, I am so proud.IMG_8160

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Not only dinner, but breakfast!IMG_8163

 

He sews button too, double wow!IMG_8164

But all good things come to an end, maybe he burnt a finger or something, cause the horrible pics of my favorite restaurants started to come in. Without me! I can’t believe it!IMG_8165

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Of course, there was motorcycle riding.IMG_8167

And sea glass finds.IMG_8168

And a new cell phone, because the old one failed, when somehow it got wet on the return boat ride from Captains BBQ.IMG_8169

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More motorcycle riding with friends and eating out and neighbors who felt sorry for him and cook him dinner.

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Again…more proof that he can cook…others ate and lived to tell. But still a few “where do I find it” questions. I have to keep my necessity somehow.IMG_8176

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My visit went quickly and the Captain is still a romantic at heart, my proof, his final text messages before I returned. He is so sweet and special, I’m a lucky lady and blessed to have him. A wise young lady once said, “There’s no place like home.” I agree, even if it floats.IMG_8178

 

Home is Where?

Home is where Nyah keeps watch

Home is where Nyah keeps watch

I love those little plaques that say things like, home is where your heart is, or home is where someone runs to greet you (with picture of a running puppy.) The one that didn’t fit the past two weekends was, home is where your WiFi connects automatically. Ha, I shut it off and returned the router when we left, and you know you’re a visitor when the WiFi doesn’t work.

It is nice that we are beginning our trip close enough to be able to see everyone. This mamma is happy when she gets to see all her little (and not so little) chicks and I got to see all but one. I’m really not sure how I will deal with the emotions when we go further away, and I was equally unsure how emotional I might be going home, only for a visit.

The day before we left, Josiah and Sami came to visit us, he had a few days off from his tour schedule. We had another fine day at the sandbar and dinner at Captain’s BBQ. Disclaimer: sunscreen is made available to all visitors.

Josiah and Sami 2015_07_07

Josiah and Sami 2015_07_07

Wednesday, it was off to home for our first long weekend. The main event was a wedding, but Russ was able to have a rendezvous with the Harley, just to make sure she was running well. I’m not sure the total mileage, but my estimate comes in at close to 500 miles for the weekend, which included rides with Lew, Darryl and Gigi, and myself, as well as several additional loner trips to Jupiter and Ft. Pierce! I have no pictorial evidence of these adventures, but there was a late night cleaning and polishing session, which is always necessary after riding.

Fortunately for me and my butt, Jennette and baby Gabby came from California, to save me from too many Harley miles in such a short period of time, and so we could all attend the nuptials of Litasha and Evan. It was a hectic weekend, but we managed to have lunch and a beach visit with my mom. Here are our four generations of girls!

Four Generations, Joyce, Jennifer, Jennette and Gabby 2015_07_10

Four Generations, Joyce, Jennifer, Jennette and Gabby 2015_07_10

The wedding was fabulous. Here are pics of the bride and groom and my best friend, Peggy and our daughters, we have been friends since these two girls were bumps in our bellies. I wouldn’t be me if it wasn’t for this lady’s friendship and love all these years.

#peacewedding2015. Jennifer, Jennette, Litasha and Peggy 2015_07_11

#peacewedding2015, Jennifer, Jennette, Litasha and Peggy 2015_07_11

 

In other news, Pop Pop does hold babies.

2015_07_11 Russ and Gabby

2015_07_11 Russ and Gabby

Sunday, we were blessed by attending church at First Baptist Jensen Beach with all the “home” kids and Russ’s mom, then an afternoon get-together with family and friends.

Family 2015_07_12

Family 2015_07_12

Monday, sadly, Jennette and Gabby had to return to California. Russ decided to ease his sorrows with an afternoon of therapy at the Tattoo studio. This is another amazing piece of art by Peter at Indian River Ink in Jensen Beach. Russ says he’s done, but don’t hold your breath on that please.

2015_07_13 Tattoo before, during, and after

2015_07_13 Tattoo before, during, and after

Weekend two was filled with a little side adventure with Ashley and Damien and their families in the Ocala National Forest and at Juniper Springs.

2015_07_18 Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest

2015_07_18 Juniper Springs, Ocala National Forest

205_07_19 Early risers get Nutella & PB Pancakes with Nanny. Canoeing with Pop Pop is exciting

2015_07_19 Early risers get Nutella & PB Pancakes with Nanny. It’s all Puppy Love with Nyah and Torch. Canoeing with Pop Pop is exciting.

We have had a wonderful two weeks filled with family and friends. Returning to the boat was a great reminder that home is where you make it, and we are glad to be making it on-board for now.

 

 

This Week

Purple Starfish on Marineland Beach

Purple Starfish on Marineland Beach 2015_06_26

My hope is that we don’t lose you this week, things are settling into a nice little groove, including the afternoon thunder storm…every day. With all this monotony, we hope you stick with us and continue to enjoy our adventure, because there is still a trail to blaze.

We started this week with a visit to Hammock Community Church, where Rev. Dr. Doran McCarty, gave us a great reminder of what happens when we think ourselves too important. Needless to say, living in a small space without humility isn’t easy, thanks for putting up with me, honey. I love you!

We have been getting out in the early morning to walk or ride on the beach. Amazingly, no alarm clocks were snoozed even once in the process, I swear!

Russ and Nyah, early morning bike ride on Marineland Beach 2015_06_23

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Russ and Nyah, early morning bike ride on Marineland Beach 2015_06_23

Russ and Nyah, early morning bike ride on Marineland Beach 2015_06_23

The sandbar at the Matanzas inlet lured us back for a couple of hours of floating in the cool water.

Nyah chasing jet ski, shadow selfie, "can I float too, daddy," Matanzas Inlet sandbar 2015_06_24

Nyah chasing jet ski, shadow selfie, “can I float too, daddy,” Matanzas Inlet sandbar 2015_06_24

We are loving the hard sand here and rode our bikes a few miles south to Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Rock climbing never gets old, even the short stacks, and Nyah loves being Queen of the mountain.

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Rock pillars, bike riding heaven, Queen of the mountain, time for a selfie stick, rock climbing, cooling off. Washington Gardens State Park 2015_06_26

 

We rounded out our week with a great visit with Lew and Lavern. Lunch at our new fav BBQ place, and a failed attempt to visit Fort Matanzas due to a looming thunder storm, gave us lots of time to catch up.

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Lew, Laverne, Jennifer and Russ 2015_06_25

A little dinner from under the boat never hurt the budget, I’m sure we are going to like this part of the adventure.

What's for dinner? 2015_06_26

What’s for dinner? 2015_06_26

We ended our week by squeezing in one more sandbar visit with our marina neighbors, Barbara and Emilio who sail Kurkuntela, from Saint Simons Island, GA.

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Thanks for sticking with us, come and visit while we are still close…we’ll try to coordinate appropriately for one of these not to happen.

Afternoon thunder storm 2015_06_22

Afternoon thunder storm 2015_06_22

 

 

 

 

We’re Retired?

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Sunset, ICW Marineland, FL 2015_06_19

Our first week has us asking, “we’re retired?” This is definitely a paradigm shift and I’m not sure who is having a bigger one, the newly retired, or me. I keep thinking that I am on vacation and will have to return soon, but as of today, we have been gone for two weeks, and Russ hasn’t worked for a month (just kidding honey.) We talked with an old salt, Duke, here at the dock the other day and he said it took him a while to get used to being retired, so here’s to getting used to something new.

We had time to visit with our son Damien, and daughter-in-law, Julie, on one of his days off…a Tuesday! We had a great time at the nearby sandbar and had fabulous BBQ at Captains BBQ at Bing’s Landing. Here are some shots from the sandbar, we were too busy stuffing our faces to get any BBQ selfies.

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Jennifer, Damien, Julie and Russ, Sandbar, Matanzas Inlet 2015_06_16

Sandbar fun, Mantanzas Inlet 2015_06_16

Sandbar fun, Matanzas Inlet 2015_06_16

On Wednesday, Russ couldn’t sit still, so he moved the boat around in the slip to face the other way. It’s a much nicer view looking out into the harbor and intercoastal, but it seemed like a lot of extra work to me.

 

No Ka Oi bow out, No Ka Oi, stern out 2015_06_17

No Ka Oi bow out, No Ka Oi, stern out 2015_06_17

We have been taking lots of walks on the beach with Nyah, she has met several doggies to run around with and loves splashing in the surf. I did some writing this week and had an article accepted for publication. We stuffed ourselves with Judy and Tom one evening on their awesome Chris Craft cruiser, docked next to us. Bike riding, a little kayaking, and sunset watching (see Russ’ photo above) rounded out the week. We’re not sure how we will like this retirement thing, I guess we will just have to keep testing it out.

 

kayaking 2015_06_19

kayaking 2015_06_19

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads and Happy Father’s Day to Ira Baringer, we hope we make you proud and we hope you are looking down and enjoy seeing us on our sailing adventure, we miss you!

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Ira Baringer, Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL 2010