04/22/2013, Marathon, fl
What to do on a typical sunny day? Well ...Ed and I took his boat to the Marathon City Marina. The ultimate purpose was to pump the holding tank and just take the boat out for a sail.
We managed to complete one of the two tasks. ( Pump the holding tank.)There was not enough wind so we motored. It is was clear day with major storms for the afternoon. I was sure there were going to be major storms in the PM...nothing happened and I was kidded about the hail and storms that must be about to hit at any minute.
We had lunch while tied up at the city marina and watched as one of the residents of the marina was arrested . It is rummered that this guy has a history of threatening harm to important people like the Preseident.
I felt sorry for his pets that were lead off to the city pound. Afer all they did no harm, but in a way they went to jail also.
01/18/2013, Bayside Key Largo, Fl
Ed and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a dinner theater at Senor Frijoles, mile marker 104. It was part of the Key Largo/ Islamorada Food and Wine Festival.
The Keys Players, a theatrical troupe, presented the live theater. This is a community theater that has professionals who are very involved in keeping the tradition of live theater alive in the Upper Keys.
The play was interspersed with some great food. It started with pulled pork sopes and a nice clean Santa Ema Carenere wine. The salad was a combination of cheese, avocado, cabbage, tomatoes with a vinaigrette dressing. The wine for the second course was Vina Montes Sauvignon Blac from chile.
The main entree was an assortment of meats: lobster, steak, chicken, and pork. Assorted salsas and warm tortillas. The wine was a zinfandel from Sonoma County.
Dessert was a wonderful chocolate cake with a Flan baked on top. Yummmm
The play was the James D. Mystery High school 30 year reunion. The characters reunited with their old friends to see what everyone's become. Unfortunately for one of them, they will not live to see the end of the reunion.
The purpose of their fellow class mates, the audience, was to find the person who murdered one of their class mates.
We did out best to interview the characters during the distracting meal. Many of the clews must of gone past us while we were enjoying the food. They stopped by our table often to visit and talk about their fellow class mates. Ed and I had received enough clews that we were sure the murder was Cindy Crawfish the vamp. WRONG... it was Molly Ringworm the actress and the soap opera star of the Brash and the Brutal.
A good time was had my all and the prospect of future events with these actors looms on the horizon.
01/12/2013, Key Largo, Fl
The boat left promptly at 7:30 PM, from the dock next to the Caribbean Club mile marker 104.
In case you are not up on your movie trivia. The movie Key Largo was filmed at this bar. If you stay long enough you can see the complete movie at the bar. I would not recommend it... I have heard rumors that too much Humphrey Bogart can cause temporary brain damage.
Little known fact... the area now known as Key Largo was Rock Key before the movie made the area famous enough to change its name.
After a short trip along the hotel strip, good advertising, we turned around and headed for Gilbert Marina on the strip to the main land.
Tropical hors d'oeuvers were passed around by the crew. The bar was well stocked and the bar tenders willing to accommodate all requests.
After four sets of yummy hors d'oeuvers were passed around , another part of the ship was opened up to serve salads and hot snacks.
It was a pleasant trip, even for two experienced boaters, who watched the inter coastal markers go by without worrying about navigating to the next marker.
We were blessed with numerous dolphin sightings. they seemed to enjoy;y looking up at the crowd that was looking down at them.
On the more energetic side they had limbo contests for the younger crowd. It was enjoyable to watch but we opted not to play with the younger crowed.
01/12/2013, Key Largo, Fl
Island Time Paddle Wheel Riverboat
Next to the Caribou Club Mile Marker 104
The evening started with free rum drinks served in the typical Chiki Hut. Ed and I took pictures of each other during the sunset.
The group that gathered for the sun downers was an interesting group of snow birds and party types. Humm, not sure if we fit into either of those groups. Ed and I visited with a snow bird/ party group that tailored their Harley down from Sturgis, Colorado.
Boarding was at 7:00 PM Attached is the sunset photo.
12/31/2012, Coco Plum Marina
I was feeling blue and remembering the northern Christmas traditions of my past life. When I realized that the pine tree is not a true Christmas tradition, snow is not everything and Xmas spirit comes from the heart.
Picture the manger scenes of Christ when he was first born. It takes place in a warm area with palm trees. Thus I came to the conclusion that spending Christmas in the warmth of the keys with palm trees is pretty nice.
Colored lights look just as nice reflected on the water as they do in contract with the snow.
Empress was decorated with canes and while many of the other boats were strung with lights.
11/22/2012, Grassy Key, Fl
Gobble and more gobble. That is what I did at dinner. Had a delicious dinner of turkey and all the trimmings.
A good time was had by all at the Rainbow Inn Resort. Hideaway restaurant. one of the few old Florida places left. The staff is impeccable with their attention to detail, they treat you like a queen/king and the food is consistently of good quality.
Gourmet yet basic enough to be enjoyed by all tastes.
11/21/2012, Marathon, Fl
Having a wonderful birthday. In the past I would plan a big special event. This year it has been many small celebrations instead of one large party.
Ed of Key West, and Daisy his dog too, came over with a pizza and gift certificate to West Marine. Not to mention a very enjoyable evening was had by all.
I was told the card is because of all the happiness I give to others all year long. It says....
Do what makes you happy
Look to what lifts your spirit
Speak to those who warm your heart
Surround yourself with sight and sounds and people who make you smile.
Thank you Ed....
Another card from Jim and Kate Moncrief says...
An ode to aging
So what if your Crabby
A little bit flabby
Or take the occasional snooze
It's no bed of roses that everyone knows
It sure beats being dead!!!!
Jim and Kate are from New jersey... can you tell??? I can.... Love you both... thanks
Another card from my good friend Karla said:
Happy birthday to my Sister-of- the-heart !
Have a wonderful natal day
Happy happy happy
It was embossed with gold dragon files- her totem animal. Thanks for sharing a special card that I know was hard to part with !
11/17/2012, Marathon Al-anon
What is better than celebrating a birthday ?
Celebrating the same birthday twice.
My lovely group of ladies honored me by making me Queen for the Day. I was seated in the center of the room and showered with banners , given a sash that said Happy Birthday, and crowned with a sparkly tiara.
My gift was perfect ... they know me so well. They gave me a Beanie Baby that can serve as my boat crew. And a lovely broach that had a jewel for each one of the members of the group. Just perfect.
We went to a great tropical restaurant , The Island Fish House , at mile marker 54. I had one of my favorite dishes. Coconut crusted hog fish, deep fried of course. Yummm
We all hugged as we left... a perfect ending to my birthday.
Thank you Thursday morning ladies group. Al -anon