From Cold Florida to Warm Nova Scotia
17 December 2010 | crew in Halifax / boat in Vero Beach
Beth / 13 C on Tues but 0 C now (32F)
Thanks so much to those of you who have left comments on the blog and on Facebook. It truly warms both our hearts to hear from you.
Speaking of warmth - all the warmth there was in Florida was in people's hearts on Tuesday morning! We reluctantly dragged ourselves out from under the down comforter at 6 am. Brrrrrr..... Graham (Bonnie Lass) warmed up his outboard motor and did us the exceptional favour of ferrying us ashore in the frigid morning. It was 27 F and there was frost on the car windshield. I flew to Halifax and arrived in 13 C (55 or so F) and drizzle while Jim went to Ottawa and moaned that it was considerably below freezing, with snow and ice and wind ( -23C on Wed he says!)
We're fortunate to have good neighbours and friends in Vero. While we will not be living on the boat, it will not be left unattended. It's just like any neighbourhood anywhere - except that this one has a lot of transients!! Good transients!!
I caught the Airporter Bus into Halifax, and the wonderful driver delivered us straight to our own streets instead of the closest hotel. Ahhh - I am always so delighted by those people who make that extra effort. What a treat - a half block walk instead of 4. When I called the hospital to see how my dad's prostate surgery went (Yes - it happened two weeks later than the initial appointment) the nurse said, "He's doing fine and he asked us to be sure to let you in when you get here!" So I added a few warm things to my suitcase, hopped in the car and drove 3 hours to Moncton just in time to say good night!
The last couple of days have been spent mostly in Moncton, NB, and I brought Dad home to Amherst on Thursday afternoon. He came through just fine, and is going around the house watering his plants as I write this on Thursday evening! Jim flew from Ottawa to Halifax on Thursday, and is gradually thawing out - although it is not as balmy as it was.
It feels wonderful to be back here for Christmas. Yet, as I picked up a prescription at the friendly Pugsley's Pharmacy this afternoon, I had no hesitation when Beth, the pharmacist, queried, "Tell me, how do you like being on that boat?"
"I Love It!!"
The pic is of a fellow carrying a Christmas tree at the Vero Farmers Market - dontcha love it? T-shirt and Christmas tree?