Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
|Spending time in Tallahassee with dear friends that we haven't seen in years. We took the fun up high, to the adventure course in the trees above the Tallahassee Museum.|
|After the parade, the girls and I went to Wakulla Springs. Yes, Janele swam, in mid-November. We are the snowbirds that I used to gawk at when I was a kid!|
|Thia was determined to catch one of those tiny fish in her water bottle. She was successful, and I was successful in convincing her that we really could not care for a pet fish at this time.|
|We took the river tour too. We saw a lot of manatee, some gators, and birds galore. All the years I lived in Tallahassee, I had never taken this river boat tour. I am glad we did on this visit.|
|Of course, we couldn't end the day without getting an ice cream!|
|Janele enjoyed the leisurely float from one end of the state park to another.|
|Our first dive, in a pool, outdoors, in November! it was great fun, but hard. This early holiday present is going to make us work!|
|Just getting the gear on is tough work and not done alone.|
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
As part of our homeschool curriculum, the girls have each chosen a subject to teach to the family. Thia has been teaching us Spanish, and Janele chose to teach art. Having taken Spanish in high school, I find Thia’s lessons easier, though they are interesting and she likes to add a bit of fun. Janele’s lessons are a different beast all together, for me.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
While wandering around a local antiques store here in High Springs, FL, I was talking to Thia about what sorts of things we'd like to put in our home, after we settle. I was mentioning different rooms, and her comment went something like, "Wow, that's like 5 rooms."
I suppose all of this time we have been "living smaller" has had an effect on her perspective. Compared to what we've had in the past, and to that of many of our friends and family, 5 rooms do not make a very big living space.
Monday, November 11, 2013
We started our day at the Tallahassee Veteran's Day Parade, and followed it with an afternoon at Wakulla Springs State Park. There, we got to see a lot of manatee, and alligators, and birds. Thia caught a tiny fish in her water bottle (let it go), and Janele swam in the springs. We topped it off with an ice cream!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Thursday, October 31, 2013
We spent time walking the docks, looking at all of the boats around, there was every kind. One in particular was about 35 feet, a sailboat with a very friendly couple living aboard. They invited us onboard to chat. We talked about living aboard, and our newly hatched plans. We traded information, and have kept in touch some since then.
From that conversation, I was introduced to the National Women's Sailing Association, a group based in Marblehead, MA of women who are passionate about the sport, and cruising. For each of the last 4 years, I have attended their annual conference in Marblehead in June, and met some amazing people there: women who have raced sailboats, singlehanded across the Pacific Ocean; who have circumnavigated the globe; who race in their local yachting club; as well as those who live aboard. I have met women working in every facet of sailing: instruction, reporting, competing, and the all important installation, maintenance, and repairs of the countless systems onboard boats. These are women who love the sport of sailing, and want to share it with as many others as they can. They are a great resource, and have been some of the first people I call when figuring out what I need to do next.
In Marblehead last June, I ended up meeting Elaine Lembo, with Cruising World Magazine. She gets to report on all the big races, as well as what is going on in the world of cruisers. We talked for a while. I told her about our plans to set sail, and confided how frustratingly slow our preparations were going at the time. I had remembered some of the articles she had written. We stayed in touch, and agreed to meet up again at the Annapolis Boat show, this time we would be there on FORTUITOUS.
Elaine had said she might like to write something about what we were doing: how we had prepared, managing all of the transitions, adjusting to boating life, so when we met in Annapolis, and I told her how our plans had changed, she was clearly surprised, but she still wanted to write about us. She asked Thia and I about what we were doing, and what led us to where we are. The following link is her take on our story: Cruising World: A Dream On Hold?
I think she got there in the end.
Monday, October 28, 2013
We're getting the boat ready for winter storage, and fixing up some of the woodwork. I think some of it hasn't been touched in 30 years. When Thia saw me heating and scraping, she asked if she could take a turn. Sure!
Turns out, after the first 10 minutes, the job loses its luster. She's hanging in there, though.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|Sorted, and ready to go!|
I will backtrack here, as I haven’t written anything about our trip since Thia’s birthday, where we started running toward Annapolis, after that crazy, graham-crackery, waxy, rainbow bread.
|Near Philadelphia, our first attempt at rigging for water collection. Needs Improvement.|
|This is how we keep track of our water use.|
|Happy 13th birthday, Thia, with key lime pie! It was faux, but it was still yummy.|
|In front of Independence Hall, Philadelphia.|
|In the Ben Franklin Museum, Philadelphia.|
|Attempting to catch fish in the Sassafrass River. It was quite windy, and they weren't biting.|
|Thia and Fowler having fun in the evening. He is really good at making her laugh!|
|Working hard, giving the hull a good scrub down!|
|Now it is cold, so we bake!|
|It is wonderful when friends can visit.|
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
After a few days of chasing down "fixable" problems with not a lot of success, today we tackled the problem of the air conditioning, now that we can generate power. I am not sure how many years it had been since the filter had been cleaned, but it is clean now, and I must say, it feels fantastic!
Friday, October 4, 2013
We arrived to find an already crowded anchorage. It is well protected, and it was apparent we were not the only ones thinking this would be a good place to wait out the approaching high winds and small craft advisory. We found a spot, near a boat from Montreal that had left Atlantic City the day before we did. After getting the anchor down and set, it looked like it was holding, but we were cautious, so didn’t leave the boat that evening. If we needed to reset it, FORTUITOUS requires both of us.
|No groceries, but Dairy Queen in hand is not a bad way to wait for the tide to come in.|
|Janele wanted to be buried in the sand at Cape Henlopen. Thia obliged, making her a mermaid.|
|Pre-birthday beach fun with the girls, at Cape Henlopen.|
|Happy Birthday, on the run. What better way to celebrate than throwing a line out the back, waiting for the fish to catch it? They didn't, but we did see some dolphin.|
|Birthday evening family fun. Janele, Thia and Fowler, with what was a great moon in the background. All week we were treated to amazing views of the harvest moon rising each evening.|
|I didn't even get to light the candles in the bread, they melted so fast! Happy thirteenth birthday, Thia!|
Friday, September 27, 2013
|Janele trying on clothes at the vintage stall in Atlantic Highlands, NJ|
|He is one of the Weird Science band members. he rocked a pair of neon, animal print leggings!|
|Thia petting stingrays at the Atlantic City Aquarium|
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
|Launching FORTUITOUS, again, at Scarano Boat Builders in Albany|
|View of the castle falling into the water on the Hudson River|
|From Liberty State Park, Manhattan skyline|
|Took the dinghy to a beach in Atlantic Highlands|
|Boat School includes a morning check of all the systems and weather/tide/window information.|
|11! How did that happen?!?|
|"Madonna" gave Janele her bouquet after their show|
|Outside the Atlantic City Aquarium, in the middle of a sundial.|
|Always safety first on FORTUITOUS, right, Thia?|