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Happy Birthday Tanner
Two fronts coming through this day
02/02/2009, Ft Lauderdale

Not only is it Groundhog day - it's my grandson Tanner's birthday. Happy Birthday Tanner! 6 more weeks of winter according Punxutawney Phil (the groundhog). I wonder who came up with that...

I hope you have a good one - found this pic on the web I thought you might enjoy LOL

02/02/2009 | Tanner Martin
Look out it's an ticked off Groundhog, and he isn't taken it anymore! Enough Winter - follow that boat into the sun!

Thanks for the birthday wish!
Another month gone...
60 degrees, windy, partly sunny
02/01/2009, Fort Lauderdale, Florida N26*07.132 W80*04.357

Sunday, February 01, 2009
Wow - February - the doldrums of winter approach. When at home I start looking forward to those Burpee Seed and Rose Catalogs as the snow and ice start piling up!

It didn't get as cold last night (no port/window condensation on the head) so it was nice to be able to get up and look outside. I was looking where the large catamaran was moored next to us and noticed that it was no longer there. There was a dinghy at the mooring so I thought, "oh they went out this morning for a sail" because sometimes boats do that. Then I noticed there was somebody sitting in the dinghy... It was Chris from Spirit - holding the mooring for Nelson "Last Boat" - their buddy boat that we'd met in Vero Beach. I yelled good morning to him and kidded him about really being in the doghouse with Marie LOL. Nelson showed up about 10 minutes later and they got all secured.

Not much happening today. It was a beautiful day out - sunny and cool temperatures. I made some blueberry muffins (found some awesome looking blueberries in town) to go with breakfast then we went for showers. I ran into a woman from our mooring field, going into the shower, from Happy Cat & we chatted for a while. I guess it was a little more than a while, because I could hear the shower cut off over on the men's side before I even got into the shower, so Wayne was waiting for a while& getting worried that something happened to me in the shower.

It was a beautiful day to be out and about. I watched people walking and jogging along the bridge and boats coming and going, then laid out in the cockpit reading while Wayne worked on one of the thru-hulls that has a drip.

We split a Cuban (sandwich) and read a bit, then I made sloppy joes for dinner - a Superbowl Tradition. Unfortunately the TV wasn't being cooperative and our picture kept coming and going with a lot of static so the TV went back off after the 1st quarter while the Steelers were ahead at 10 to zip. We're rooting for Laura & Greg's Cardinals but don't know the outcome of the game...

Another cold front is heading through tomorrow and it looks like an Arctic Front moving southward again.

A night of sweating ports
60 degrees, windy, partly sunny
01/31/2009, Fort Lauderdale, FL N26*07.132 W80*04.357

How cold was it last night? So cold we had sweating ports again. It got down to 40 so I had to wipe away the moisture on the windows to see outside again this morning. With this crazy weather coming from the north, I hope Elaine makes it down to Florida okay - they were supposed to be driving down and I think they had to pass through some ice storms to get here. See? All us Michiganders have cold weather following us down to Florida! It was a good morning to have Oatmeal and toast for breakfast then we kicked back a little before heading into town via the bus system. There was a boat store Wayne wanted to visit called "Sailor Man" - kind of a unique place. It's a part consignment, part new, part used items, store. It reminded me of a place called Uncle TB's back home except this place was tailored to all things nautical where Uncle TBs was anything - you never knew what you'd find there. Sailor Man was a pretty neat place and had a little of everything from ropes and chains to refrigeration units and nuts & bolts. We went to the West Marine and OMG it was the biggest one I've ever seen. They had everything there. Then we walked over to the shopping center to CVS and Publix and the shopping center was massive!

We got a good walk in today! I'm not used to all the car traffic - they have massive amounts of traffic here and some crazy drivers that like to honk their horns a lot (like it helps when everyone is sitting in a traffic jam due to an accident). I'm glad we're not driving here! It reminds me of New York traffic near the airport. Fort Lauderdale is a "hopping" place - very popular!

Spirit is moored a couple boats down from us - we ran into them when we were tying up at the dinghy dock and "Knot For Shore" was at the dinghy dock too. We chatted with them for a little - they're anchored back at the last river where the kids pulled off (the young lovers heading for the Bahamas to get married). It was nice to get to meet them - they're heading down for the Keys (Marathon) and like us - this is their first sailboat. They've now been living aboard for three years and this is their first trip down here too. We've both been discovering that the charts aren't the most accurate - depth wise.

The temperature is dropping again this evening - poor Wayne is shivering while grilling the chicken up top. It's supposed to be cold again tonight - all these record temperatures my goodness...

This mooring field that we're in belongs to the Las Olas Marina. The mooring field is primarily for small to med. sized vessels and the marina itself is designed primarily for the "mega yacht" class vessels (the slips there have their own parking slips and attendants, and other incredible amenities!).

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