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It's Always An Adventure
Still here in the creek
Elizabeth
10/30/2011, Sarah Creek

Happy Birthday, Lyndall! Yesterday was pretty brutal for anyone sitting at anchor in a boat with no heat, with a dog who has "needs" and a dinghy whose engine HATES the cold. Did I mention the wicked wind? To be perfectly honest, we do have a little propane heater which we ran yesterday, and it's on right now heating up the main salon. It ran out of propane yesterday forcing us to take the dinghy over to the marina in the cold, wind & rain, borrow the marina car and trek over to WalMart for propane bottles and winter gloves for the captain. The best part of the trip was the the liquor store we passed on the way home. A little decaf coffee after dinner helped warm our bones and we watched "Captain Ron" last night on our computer which was pretty darned funny (we'd seen it long ago). Our berth is mighty cold though, the "I can see my breath!" kind of cold when we're lying there. I am definitely not a fan of cold, in fact as I get older, neither am I a fan of heat. Today was lovely which makes everything seem better. I walked Luna this morning, did 2 loads of laundry over at the marina while Ed worked on the inner forestay. Tomorrow the welder comes and Tuesday brings more crummy weather. We still can't decide what to do, when to do it or where to go. We'll figure it out within the next day or so. I think we'll probably be here another couple of days, but who knows?

Dinner tonight is leftover chili and the last of sundried tomato bread given to us by Leighia. Tomorrow I hope to finish up any grocery shopping and start cooking/freezing. I never got to it today. Or yesterday for that matter. I am still waiting for that hired help person to get here. I think he's tall, dark and handsome, but I might have imagined that.

Mitsy the kitty
Elizabeth
10/29/2011, Sarah Creek

This is Tranquility's Mitsy the cat, counting Maya's change. Maya was saving enough to buy my iPod Touch, which she got last night. Yay for Maya, yay for me, and thanks to Mitsy for her banking talents.

Fynn & Ed
Elizabeth
10/29/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

Playing Nintendo on Tranquility last night.

Shenanigans
Elizabeth
10/29/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

On Tranquility last night, Fynn found great delight in putting Ed's cap on my head, backwards. And then he and Ed had to take a photo which delighted him that much more. I am standing next to Mr. Skeleton who appears to have a headache. Earlier he was in a yoga pose (see the photo with Maya).

Halloween is almost here!
Elizabeth
10/29/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

My mother sent me an email this morning asking if we were taking up residence here. A girlfriend texted & asked how I could get them addicted to our blog and then not post since the 25h. "How cruel!" she said! So here is a post....just don't accuse me of being cruel, ok? :)

Why are we still here? Ed just finished installing the water maker yesterday afternoon and is testing it today. So far, not perfect but we are hoping all issues are resolveable. I hear plenty of mutterings from the Captain and they aren't of the happy variety. The welder's parts for our wind generator didn't come in on time and then the rain postponed his work yesterday. He has to complete his work before we can leave. The weather has turned ugly and forces me to bake banana bread, make chili to freeze for our longer passage, and curse when I can't find enough warm clothes. I think I left most of them behind, so I'll get used to wearing the same things day after day after day. Getting out of bed in the morning is the biggest challenge. If I had hired help, I would have them warm my pants and tops in the oven before venturing out of our flannel sheets. Then of course, they would take Luna to shore for "shore duty" getting THEIR butts wet in the dinghy, not mine. They'd probably be making bread and chili, too, while I finish the great book I'm reading.

Last night we had a pizza and file downloading/sharing party on Tranquility with the Murray's and Bentana's Judy and Steve. Luna stayed on Skylark after getting gasoline all over her hind quarters when the dinghy gas line leaked while I tried to start the engine coming back from a WalMart run. It turned out a clamp was missing; no big deal, except that we both got splattered. She got bathed and put to bed early which probably suited her fine. However, she missed an opportunity to torment Tranquility's Mitsy (kitty), and today they left for Hampton, VA. Judy and Steve had to put their beloved kitty Mary to sleep yesterday after 19 years with her. A sad day for them. They left for Hampton a little while ago, which means Skylark sits at anchor all by herself, beautiful but lonely. It's time to leave, but maybe not til Monday or Tuesday.

The photo is of Maya in her new red wig, thrift store heels and Halloween makeup. She's very theatrical, as you can tell.

10/29/2011 | nancyJo
Love all the pics! Maybe now you are wishing you had kept the pink pashmina shawl after all????? Happy Halloween. Love you and miss you.xoxo Stay warm. Soon....you will be living in paradise. :)
10/29/2011 | Kathryn Sain
Ditto what NJ said....paradise is around the corner and you'll be hot and tanned. This seems to have been your most fun anchorage with new friends and regular meals and evenings shared. You look so radiant and happy in your photos, and that warms and pleases my heart! xo
Skylark at rest
Elizabeth
10/25/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

Photo taken from atop Tranquility's mast by Cameron M.

Leighia
Elizabeth
10/25/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

New friend Leighia, s/v Tranquility.

Luna's buddy
Elizabeth
10/25/2011, Sarah Creek, Gloucester Point, VA

Luna and her buddy, Fynn. Such a gentle moment between friends. Photo taken by Leighia M.

10/26/2011 | Kathryn Sain
I love this photo.....friendship...I wonder who was happiest to have that moment..and it seems they both were...lovely.

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