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Cape Coral Fl to Titusville Fl
12/26/2008, Back at the Titusville Municipal Marina

Friday, December 26, 2008

I'd have loved to have stayed another day but we needed to be off chasing life again. We made it to Tarpon Springs to go to Hot Wire for our Wind Generator (so we can make more energy without using fuel). Cute place - they were having some sort of festival at the sponge docks and by the time we got there and got the wind generator, we didn't have time to make it to Orlando so called ahead to let them know we'd be there Monday instead and stayed for an early dinner at the Lime and Coconut. They have a deadly Mojo Pork sandwich slathered with garlic so hopefully I didn't breath to much on Wayne after that! What a variety of sponges there were along the docks and storefronts. Off again to Titusville where they have signs posted all over the marina "Do not pet, feed or water the Manatees". Ah the allusive manatees - maybe I'll get to see one before we leave Titusville. I'm told that they hang out there in the lee part of the marina eating the sea grass that wash in there. Tomorrow we start shopping and provisioning while we have a car. Rumor has it that pop, beer, and well.... Everything... is more expensive there. So we'll buy as much as we can store on the boat before we head for the Bahamas. We also need to hook up the wind generator and do some minor repairs and boat work before heading offshore too but for right now we need to focus on buying anything heavy that we don't want to carry (while we have our wheels).

Christmas Group Shot
12/25/2008, Cape Coral, FL

Here's a group shot from Christmas. I had a terrific, loving day...

Family time
12/24/2008, Cape Coral, FL

Wednesday, December 24th and Thursday, 25th 2008
Cape Coral Fl

Okay - for the holidays I kind of slacked off with my journal - it's been busy and hectic so I'm piecing it together now that it's over and we're on the ICW again (01/02/09). Wayne's at the helm and I am finally, on the computer in the cockpit. The pic here is of my bro Wendell and sis Diana

It was incredibly nice for Christmas. Temperatures in the upper 70s/ lower 80s. I really enjoyed staying at my brother/sis's place for Christmas and feel blessed that I could share the holidays with my siblings this year. It meant a lot to me... I was so glad to see that Penelope made it here - the airports were all backed up at home (with the winter storms) and so many were left stranded at airports. It was great fun to shop for and make dinner with Di and Penny. Every thing came out wonderfully! I couldn't believe how big the Grand kids have gotten. My grand niece Kaylee is a teen now! Wow what changes they've all gone through and Melissa has another beautiful baby girl! Lonnie has turned into an awesome young man with beautiful daughters (very photogenic) and Nikki's little girl (Reilly) is going to be a heartbreaker (like Kaylee) when she gets older. She's 5 years old and can read dang near anything you give her (cereal boxes, directions to put things together, etc...)! I adored having her read her books to me. There were parts where it said the character sang so I did the singing parts for her and each time it came up to "sing" she waited patiently for me to sing to her. It was a blast - she's an amazing young lady! It was great fun listening to her and singing to her and seeing her giggle at me! We talked to Aunt Joyce and everything sounded okay back home. I hope that her and James are okay - I think of her often and wish they could have been here but they were definitely with us in spirit. Laura, Nate, Allie - sorry I missed your calls but hope your Christmas was terrific! Chris (my perpetual senior) - if you're following this - thank you for your call - I hope that you'll be graduating this summer and I hope I can be there to see it! I know you can do it - you have so much writing talent - don't waste it - do something with it! I'm busy chasing life right now. Don't wait until you're in your 50's to chase life - now is your time - chase life while you're young - you'll get so much more out of it!

So anyhow... I got an emotional uplift with family; good eats, hot showers, nice bed, and got to watch Iron Man and The Hulk in high def with surround sound! I hope all our grandkids got their cards (back home) for Christmas and were able to get something they liked and our kids enjoyed their Christmas too - I missed making cookies but wouldn't have missed being with my brother and sister this year for the world. I didn't know how much I needed this. Mom I miss you - you were always my Christmas... I'm so very grateful to have Wendell, Penelope, their families and Wayne with me for Christmas this year - it was a very special 2 days for me Thanks guys I love you!

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