03/12/2013, La Paz
I think its because I haven't sat in a 'hair salon' in several months... or at least one that has English printed
celebrity... trash magazines. Maybe it's because all of the magazines in the grocery check out are in Spanish. As I think about it, I haven't really noticed magazines of any kind in the grocery stores. How refreshing!
Whatever the reason, while walking past the book exchange in our cruisers club house this afternoon, this magazine ended up in my hands as I was walking down the dock! Since it says "Star" No.1 for Celebrity news" I should be in "the know" in a few short minutes! However, having not had a television for almost 12 years now, and not paying any attention to who's who in the movies and at the theater, it'll be all new reading for me. I don't know, and really don't care who these people are. It's just a diversion - trash reading at its best!
I'll be back after I find out about Demi and her new boyfriend, Drew's new baby and oh, no, not a 300 million dollar divorce! I'll read this then use it to line the bottom of the birdcage-- if I had one!
03/11/2013, La Paz
Early on in my live aboard life I adopted the 2 use rule: Every tool, or gadget had to have at least two uses in order to remain on the boat. For the most part we've kept to that rule with very few exceptions.... we've gotten very creative in justifying the 2nd use!
These little Glad containers - Ziploc makes some also, are my favorite for today. They're 4 ounce in size so they work great for small bits of chopped veggies, a bit of left over sauce, a bit of this or that, containing screws, nuts or bolts while a project is being done... see there are four uses! However, today, my favorite use is as an ice cube!
Thanks to Bill and Lisa on SV Beyond Reason for the idea, we now keep 8 or so of these little containers in the freezer for ice cubes. As our food stock in the freezer goes up and down, so does the number of our ice cubes. Keeping your freezer full of 'something' rather than air also makes it more efficient. I also store my 'freezer bags' that I use to keep cold things cold when shopping, in the freezer. See? A second use for those as well!
So, I'm writing this and enjoying a 4oz ice cube which will last to the end of my bottle of Topo Chico - soda water, and a fresh squeeze of lime...ahhhh... life is good!
03/10/2013, La Paz
The crew of SV Vida Rica practice docking for the first time! em> Ok...so it wasn't actually the Tour De Baja, but it was a blast to watch, and photograph. The event was part of the Dias De Familia, or Day of the Family that was held here in La Paz. They close down the main street, have a carnival/fair like day, along with music and of course a couple of speaches by prominent locals. I have to admit I did not attend the speaches or the music part, as I wanted to get some fun shots of the bike races. There appeared bto be several classes, both age and experience used to make up the grouping. I found out too late to attend, but there were also some mountain bike races that I would have loved to cover...oh maybe next year. As the heat begins to return to the Baja, we're reminded of projects that were planned in anticipation of this years heat. One of the upgrades we'd decided to do was to swap out our galley fan. Last week when I asked Jeanne what she wanted for her birthday, there was really nothing she wanted (except the Flanaria) that I could go buy her. What she really wanted came as no surprise to me, I for those of you that know her, it would not be for you. She wanted a day in a kitchen. Actually, she wanted a day in a kitchen preparing a full dinner party. Now I had to ask myself.....she wants to spend a day cooking, and all I have to do is go eat her amazing food? DUH is that a no brainer or what?
Ever since my 'dinner party/ birthday cooking day' I've been down and out with a NASTY, nasty bug of some sort. I'm much better now. Aside from an occasional coughing fit where I sound like I'm going to be turning myself inside out, I'm so much better.
the smiling family doing their un naming/re naming ceremony
During this time, Tom, as well as many others, have been helping new friends with their very first boat. Kevin and Jan and their daughter Hannah, 9 and son Jordan, 17, purchased a 40 Columbia and are learning everything - and I mean everything! They've never owned a boat before. But with a great attitude and smiles on their faces they dove right into the adventure... and the multitude of what at times seems like endless lists!
Now that I've been up and around, I've stopped in occasionally to see what project was underway or what new discovery had occurred. Every time that I've seen them, they've always got a smile on their face, it might be an exhausted and slightly grimy one, but a warm, bright smile none the less.
The other day I was returning a dish that had been lovingly filled with chicken soup when it came to me. Kevin was up on the deck preparing to wash his sails. After a discussion on the why would you do that and why nots and mostly the futility of trying to get them clean, the topic moved on to storing them - Leave it hanked on? bagging it? down the side? We ran through the scenarios of each and decided that on a future day, he'd pull out the old, but still usable mainsail cover, and we'd see if it could be made into a sail-bag. While I was there at least two other people stopped to ask about 'this' project or 'that one'. Kevin just kept the hose on the sails.
Today seemed like a good day to stop by and check out the material situation. Jan and I went up on deck and re flaked the sail and pulled out the old cover. We could make it work. Then she remembered a 'bag' of extra fabric. "Well, what's this? ", I said, 'Look's like a sail-bag to me!" That was the quickest sail-bag I've ever made! Also, the windlass now has a cover and the instrument panel, too. Cross that one off of the list!
Now the whole time we were up on the deck messing around, talking about lines, halyards, routines, Tom and Kevin were pulling old 'mystery' wires and running new ones for lights, battery systems and other things. Kevin , while pulling wires from the cockpit locker pointed out a long metal tube that had yet to be identified as to its use. I thought it looked to me like an emergency tiller, as Eagle has something similar. We haven't tried it out yet, but we're pretty sure that's what it is. There will be another day to try it, and locate the other parts...put it on the list for later. Kevin and Jan shared a brief look that to me said, will it ever end?
Several of you reading this right now are in the process preparing your boat for seasonal cruising, or perhaps a longer journey, maybe even joining us. Many of you are not boat owners and are arm-chairing our adventure. Maybe you own a house that you're working on. Many of you have written us and asked specific questions about how to do something, or what were our experiences, as you work through your own lists. I haven't found a boater, sail or otherwise, that wasn't willing to give an opinion or advice. At times unsolicited, unwanted and maybe overwhelming.
Sometimes in order to not be overwhelmed by the length of the lists, or the complexity of the items on them, it's necessary to 'clean the sails' or 'scrub the decks' so to speak. If you won't allow yourself the time to just sit, after all that list is looming large, then perhaps holding the hose while water runs down the deck you allow your brain a chance to relax, and unwind, yet still 'checking something off of the list'. Did the sails get clean? Nope. But they're now salt free and Kevin feels better for doing it. After all we had a good chance to examine the sails, he spent some time on deck in the sun, and Hannah learned a new way to raise a sail.
What's my point in all of this? Is there one? Yes. It's that stop and smell the roses thing... take time, look around, stop and talk with a friend, sit in the sun, read a book.... enjoy the now.
Hannah made a comment the other day, that so perfectly summed up what I'm trying to get across. After a very tiring day of non- stop projects, Kevin, Jan and Jordan were in the cockpit with two other cruisers trying to solve another issue. Hannah, tired of all the work, came into the cockpit, with her sandwich, sat down in the corner, 'harrumphed', and quietly, but still loud enough to hear said...."some dream!"
Don't kill yourself on the way to living the dream!
03/07/2013, La Paz
03/06/2013, La Paz
We had purchased a marine grade 6" oscillating fan that was installed above the galley. It worked fine for a while, the oscillating part, then it didn't. The fan part worked just fine, suiting our needs very well. Then we were invited over to Nirvana one afternoon and in the process got to see their fan. Sounds like a new pick up line...... Hey, do you wanna come over and see my new fan/etchings?
It turns out it was a good move! We purchased a Caframo Sirocco # 807 fan for just under 80.00. It is 6" fan with protected blades, positionable to 360 degrees, non oscillating, but..... it has 3 different speeds that are all extremely quiet, and a timer for 2, 4 6 or 8 hours of running. It's pretty easy on the amps also - at the three settings 0.21, 0.27 and 0.34 respectively.
It moves more air, quieter than the previous fan. We'll most likely mount our oscillating fan onto an extra wood base and wire a 12v lighter adapter to it for portable access in the cockpit or around the salon for those really hot days in our not too distant future.
03/03/2013, Olivia's Casa
So on Wednesday morning she had arranged to have the use of Our dear friend Olivia's kitchen. I was spending the whole day doing a wiring project for some other boating friends, so I dropped her off and away she went.
At 4:30 I stopped working and headed for the showers. Jan and Kevin, whose boat I was working on were invited so they weren't too far behind me. Jerry on SV Moshulo was coming along with John on Time Piece. We formed a small convoy and headed to Olivias house, in order to be on time (a rarity here in Mexico) at 5:30.
When we walked in the door, we all knew immediatley that we in for a treat, because the smells that were coming out of the kitchen were amazing. The room was filling up, with what truely turned out to be an International event, with a total of four counttries being represented. There were six from USA, 3 from Mexico, 2 from Canada, and 1 from Japan!! Now how cool is that!!
The menu was as follows:
Triple Garlic Shrimp Appetizer
Secret ingrediant Lasagna
Fresh Green Salad
Fresh Garlic French Bread
Several bottles of red wine
and for desert...Flan!!
The salad makings looked simply amazing
Like any good dinner party, usually most of the social time is spent gathered around the kitchen. This was no exception, especially once the garlic Shrimp hit the counter. Served with slices of the french bread, dipped in the garlic/butter sauce...WOW!!
Dinner was served...and there was a lot of eager, smiling faces as we all sat down.
This is the point where I get to reveal the secret ingredient for the lasagna,....Jeanne's home made Italian Fish sausage. For the most part, the every one thought the lasagna was absolutely incredible....the rest of us thought that it might very well be the best Lasagna we had every had!! Just the right amount of cheese, spices, ...OK I have to admit right now my mouth is watering...and as you can see, there was to be no such thing as left overs in this crowd!!
Oh...and did I mention something about red wine? Nine bottles were sacrificed to the Lasagna Gods that night! And some very fine ones at that!!
And as much as I hate to admit it, but I was caught on film helping out Kevin with the dishes!! I figure the Ladies did all the work, we could sure help out with that part!
On behalf of Jeanne, we want to thank Olivia for the use of her beautiful home and kitchen. Her son Louis-Omar (hope I spelled that right) for putting up with a bunch of crazy boaters, even if we did make him eat great food and drink good red wine! And of course bour guests, Kevin and Jan, Jay and Irwin, John, Jerry, Isabelle and Adae
Ok...so it wasn't actually the Tour De Baja, but it was a blast to watch, and photograph. The event was part of the Dias De Familia, or Day of the Family that was held here in La Paz. They close down the main street, have a carnival/fair like day, along with music and of course a couple of speaches by prominent locals. I have to admit I did not attend the speaches or the music part, as I wanted to get some fun shots of the bike races. There appeared bto be several classes, both age and experience used to make up the grouping. I found out too late to attend, but there were also some mountain bike races that I would have loved to cover...oh maybe next year.
As the heat begins to return to the Baja, we're reminded of projects that were planned in anticipation of this years heat. One of the upgrades we'd decided to do was to swap out our galley fan.
Last week when I asked Jeanne what she wanted for her birthday, there was really nothing she wanted (except the Flanaria) that I could go buy her. What she really wanted came as no surprise to me, I for those of you that know her, it would not be for you. She wanted a day in a kitchen. Actually, she wanted a day in a kitchen preparing a full dinner party. Now I had to ask myself.....she wants to spend a day cooking, and all I have to do is go eat her amazing food? DUH is that a no brainer or what?