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

 

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:

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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

 

 

 

Leaving the Dock…Finally!

 

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And we are off. The final packing seemed to take forever, but with the water line lying low from the weight of all our stuff, and a bit of rain, we pulled away from the dock at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday morning, June 7th.  Here are some highlights of our first week out.

 

This was Pepe Le Pew’s first sailing adventure, and after the first day, he felt right at home. He enjoys stalking the deck all night long. Of course, Nyah has felt at home sailing since she was a pup, all she wants is to take a nice nap.

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Russ also said farewell to a few of his favorite plants on our way north. Bye, bye, St. Lucie and Cape Canaveral!3d097d27cf11468dafc6a42921f1822c

 

 

baa24b5a123c4d41ba4d118118dbdd6aWe were hoping to spread our adventures out a bit, but Wednesday seemed to be the day over-flowing with them, we got caught in an afternoon storm, with wind gusts up to 50 knots, and Russ had to drive into the wind to keep us from being washed away. After de-watering the dingy, we had a great sail to the Mosquito Lagoon, where Russ caught the biggest catfish I have ever seen. The sunset was the perfect reminder that even a bad day can end well.IMG_1547

 

 

 

 

 

 

The only sunrise we saw this week, (yeah for not having to set alarm clocks any more) was on Friday morning. We left Daytona Beach early to get past the Memorial Bridge’s lock-down for rush hour traffic. And it was so sad that we had to pass by Daytona Beach Harley without a stop…we just couldn’t get any more stuff on-board. 70b81ffc2a4e4450927c57169422f5ba

We had a fine motor sail into Marineland Marina, are all tied up and ready to get the relaxing on, or at least a good shrimp dinner at O’Steens!IMG_1616 2015_06_13 Osteens Shrimp