11/22/2009, Ocala Florida
It's so hard to convince family and friends we miss them when we are rushing off after a couple of weeks back to the good ship Altair.
It didn't take long to make the decision to stay for Thanksgiving and go see our grandson who just became a third generation firefighter in Ocala, Florida. His first official job, his first home and his first visit from the 'grandparents' as a full grown adult.
The majority of the gang stayed in their big campers, we opted for the cushy hotel. We got all the benefits of a full fledged American turkey feast, the campground which was lush, the campfires kept us all toasty for a couple of days and best and most appreciated was the family reunion! We so miss everyone!
Happy Gobble Gobble Day to all our Family and Friends!
11/22/2009, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Miami, Florida
My honey didn't bulk, no wiggling out of it, no previous engagements...he happily joined me for the Ramble, Fairchild Garden's big annual event, with art, food and music sprinkled throughout the most magnificent botanic garden ever.
This is where my first art exhibit took place just months before the crunch to fit fit Altair for her big adventure! We were supposed to leave in 2007 and when that didn't happen I took a job at the Garden because my mural biz was drowning in Sunbrella, Easypoxy, stainless work, faux teak, to name a few projects on my "pink" list. I immediately found out who was in charge of the FBTG Ramble and was finally awarded the honor to paint for this festivals promotional package, t-shirts, canvas shopping bags. They gave me a booth and that's when I crunched for "Art by Becca" and painted 10 huge Botanicals in watercolor! It was a huge success because I sold a big close-up Royal Poinciana bloom to the CEO of the Garden! I was ecstatic!
To be back at the garden where we were members was exciting and to see old friends, both human and botanical was delightful!
Dudley and Bec
11/18/2009, Miami, Florida and Baltimore, Maryland
Whewwwwwwww... family, friends, doctors, dermatologists, haircuts, dentists, important documents, souvenir shopping, requests from Grenadian cruisers and now I'm flying north to the cold climes of Maryland.
I'm flying to Baltimore to see some of my family! My sister, Barb, my niece, nephew, and mostly my little great niece...I'm getting too old if I have to learn 'great' anything...Lily Marie Jones! 4 years old this past December '09. She's the latest in the Clark Line to date and I'm proud to introduce her.
That's what I did, chased a 4 year old, held, washed, told stories, watched cartoons, napped, wrestled, had bubble blowing contests with this creative, beautiful four year old. Just plain exhausted her out, ha!!! Four days with a four year old and I'm thrilled to have had this experience with her. She is a adorable and a petite tornado!
Kinda like cruisers, 79 year old and captains and health nuts! That's Dudley not me because I'm growing this not so adorable pot belly!
11/06/2009, West Palm Beach, Florida
We've visited with Miami FAMILY and FRIENDS with a FRENZY and fueled the love tank! Need to be back home for a full LOVE tank but will take all the love we can get right now on this short visit.
It's all about the KIDS! Now that's where the big holes in our hearts need refilling! Our only vehicle now is the Toyota PU truck which is with the kids in West Palm Beach! So Jim loaned us his comfy Toyota sedan...wow such luxury!
We really needed this! Thanks Universe!
11/01/2009, Our Townhouse in Miami!
When we last saw our home in August of '08, it was planted with a small Japanese Fern tree, lots of plants that like bright sun, and no canopy!
Now look...we live in a jungle! I planted with the hopes of blocking the headlights coming into our house from the street that does a 90 degree turn at our place. This way exceeds our expectations.
We lost a lot of the plants that needed full sun, but the gorgeous flowering vine that was on the port side of the driveway was my favorite! Booooo hooo...
My garden awaits the long lost voyagers! Or this greenthumbed author anyway!
10/31/2009, Grenada to Miami via AIR!
We had a long flight and it's sure 180 degrees from Sailing! Can't see a thing, miss the motion of the ocean and it's amazing that you can take 20 months to arrive and then thrive in Grenada, the West Indies, and only 3.5 hours to fly back home to Miami! Wow!
Jim picked us up at the airport and this is where we arrived...the Coconut Grove Sailing Club for Halloween! We were going to surprise everyone, but I made the mistake of contacting the "Channel" designer for the with the covert news, but the news was too much and word got out! The Halloween party was last night not this 31st of October! Oh well, it's good to be on US soil and better yet visiting our nearest and dearest at the Club where Dudley is a life member! Twenty five good years in good standing to achieve this and here we are!
Ohhhh, it's good to be home for family fix and our bestest friends are family too!