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Who: Wayne & Pat
Port: Jackson
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Staying Busy Today
Sunny, nice
10/15/2008, Annapolis

Bitter Sweet day, I already mentioned that though. The rest of the day today:

Breakfast - sausage, eggs, toast and homemade jam. Staying busy today. After breakfast and cleanup we headed for the dingy dock to cut the stainless steel tubing, then brought it back to the boat, fitted it, refitted it, adjusted the hole Wayne drilled, then headed to the hardware to replace the set screws we lost. Then it was grocery-shopping day before the powerboats take over.

Stocked up on groceries, and pop, and I thought I was going to die carrying it back to the bus stop. 3-12 packs of pop, plus all the groceries in the big bag (Steph's bag), plus Laura's bag, plus our back packs. The Navy Blue bus was irregular today, and I started worrying about my meats and milk getting warm but we managed to get back and stow stuff. Huffing and puffing. These 80 degree days are nice unless you're doing heavy lifting and working.

Finished putting the crosspiece up then dinnertime. Meatballs, salad, and hard crust rolls. Awesome meatballs...

Interesting observation. The Harbor Master is still working, but not working. We, are not working, but working... does this make sense? We're retired he's not. He's puttering around on his boat, and we are working on our boat... hmmm...

Called Aunt Joyce and checked in on her. She went to the Casino today and won :) Yay! That would have made mom happy :)

The picture is of the mooring/anchorage on Spa Creek taken from the bridge. Note the pretty Bayfield 32 & we're to the left of it.

Happy Birthday Laura & Mom from Annapolis
80, partly cloudy, muggy
10/15/2008, Annapolis, MD

While I've other things to post, they can wait. I need to say Happy Birthday to a couple of my favorite people that share the same birthday. Laura I hope you're home and recuperating from Disneyland. Happpppy Birrrrthdayyyy to you our little munchkin. I hope you have a terrific day :)

Mom, I miss you. Happy Birthday. If there were a casino nearby I'd play a few slots for you. I love you and wish I could have told you more often. I only hope that you know... I only hope that you knew...

Your Swee pea'

83, Sunny
10/14/2008, Annapolis

Clang, clang, clang, clang. The gates to stop traffic from crossing the bridge are coming down. 7 am and the sky is still twilight. The exodus of the sailboats in our anchorage and mooring field on Spa Creek begins. The show is over and the migration of southbound boats begins except for a few stragglers - our selves included. Our migration will continue soon enough, once we have our davits on, shopping done, and boat back in order.

After coffee and orange rolls, we decided to see how Sapphire had their davits set up and to invite them for breakfast tomorrow. They had had a busy schedule of visitors so we waited. But oops to late they were gone. Drats! Sapphire is the other Bayfield from Michigan .We were going to start out the same time as them last year, but it was not to be, and danged if they didn't beat us again. Hopefully we'll meet up again! So we cruised around looking at everyone else's dingy davits that were left in the marina, then came back and tried to put it all together. Once we had it figured out in our mind, (this was a process too) we started drilling the holes and discovered that it wasn't going to work correctly. Part of the stern railing was cockeyed so while our careful measurements to center it on the transom went superbly, but the davits didn't work out as planned. Sooo, back to the drawing board, it was a most difficult time but we think we got it figured out. With a few modifications we managed to get them up, minus 2 set screws overboard,oops, a rubber mallet overboard, oops, and a locking nut in the lazaret somewhere- oops. So we've now lost overboard, the above mentioned, some glasses, the end of a boat hook, a whole boat hook minus the rubber handle, a ballpean hammer, a screw driver, and we're still counting. So for those wanting to track us, follow the tools. Wayne has a new theory that there's a magnetic attraction between tools, boat parts and water.

We managed to get the davits up minus the crossbar before dark. The crossbar needs to be cut to whatever dimensions we have it set up for so that will be tomorrow. We hope to eventually mount our solar panels on that crossbar - it's an inch and a quarter stainless tube -Much bigger than our other stainless tubing on the boat.

Chicken legs for dinner tonight mmmmmmm.....

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