Haapppy Birthday Bill
05 February 2009 | Ft Lauderdale, FL
Windchill in the 20s for us and -20s back home
It's days like this that I look at all the boats, with cockpit enclosures, and wish I had the gumption to make one for Kolibrie. I didn't want to get out from the covers in the worst way this morning, but get up I did. I put on the coffee, started the sweet rolls for breakfast, and then proceeded to de-package the beef, and beef broth, scramble the eggs, and chop up the green onions and beef for the fried rice I am going to make for dinner today. That way Wayne could dispose of the garbage when he went to take his morning shower.
I couldn't rouse Wayne from bed with the temptation of hot coffee this morning - all he'd say is where's the heat, where's the heat? I thought you were going to get up and turn on the heat. So I kicked on the switch to the heat, only it'd been so long since I'd last done that, I flipped the switch the wrong way (to vent) and wondered why, after 10 minutes, the air coming out wasn't warm. I then discovered the error and switched it the other way - but it wouldn't come on. I guess that's one way to get the Captain up. "The heat doesn't work!" He got up and turned the thermostat up a notch and that did the trick. Duhhhh... With temperatures in the 30s and wind chills in the 20s this morning, we both voted to stay another day, as opposed to standing up top and freezing our "everything" off to head for Miami. It's not like we're in a rush to get anywhere at this point (other than out of the cold streak that keeps following us down). Hey! I thought that these freezing temperatures didn't come down to S. Florida Wendell...
Well Bill - I see that it's colder where you are with wind chills 15-25 below zero so wish you were here on your birthday to take a walk on the beach. See those two empty beach chairs on Ft. Lauderdale's beach? One for you and one for Holly to sit and sip a pinacolada on your day... We hope it's a good one - stay warm (we'll try too), and Happy Birthday!
We took advantage of our extra day here to walk the beach again. It's really nice to see that they kept the beach area open and for public use. So many areas let people buy up the shoreline and fence it off so that only a very few people actually get to enjoy it (those that can afford to buy it). It's a very nice, clean area of sand and water with chaise lounges and umbrellas along the water. The sand stretches for miles and there are joggers and walkers that take advantage of the fresh air and salt water on one side of the road and other tourists that walk on the business side of the street visiting the tourist shops, shopping areas, restaurants and bars. The beach was pretty deserted today with only a few die-hards laying out, copping some sun. At a temperature that was a borderline 60*, it was too cold for the other 90% of the population.
Oh Hey Hannah! Just read our email and Congrats on your award! We have another budding artist in the family (upper 10% Wow)! Wish we could see the origami album - send us a pic!
Chicken stir-fry with beef fried rice for dinner and fresh fruit salad for later.