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S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Rays and Math Fun
Rain! Will the wall be delayed?
February 4, 2007, 3:49 pm

Stopped by to see the Whaling Wall today right as a huge downpour started, so we mostly saw people scattering to their cars or running for the Gallery Tent! All four sides are being painted and on the side of the wall that drivers heading to Key West will see, two large manta rays are taking shape.

In a completely unrelated topic, I found the most relevant 10 Commandments ever written. I'm afraid I should have had these for copywork as a child. But really, what is more fun than inflicting schooly things I should have done as a homeschooler on my own little second generation homeschooler?

The Ten Commandments of Math

1. Thou shalt read thy problem...carefully.

2. Whatsoever thou doest to one side of thy equation, do ye also to the other.

3. Thou must use thy "common sense", else thou wilt have flagpoles 9,000 feet high. Yea, even fathers younger than sons.

4. Thou shalt ignore the teachings of false prophets to do all thy work in thy head.

5. When thou knowest not, thou shalt look it up; and if thy search still elude thee, thou shalt ask thy All-Knowing Teacher.

6. Thou shalt master each step before putting thy heavy foot down on the next.

7. Thy correct answer does not prove that thou hast worked thy problem correctly. This argument convincest none, least of all thy Teacher.

8. Thou shalt first see that thou hast copied thy problem correctly, before bearing false witness that the answer book lieth.

9. Thou shalt look back even unto thy youth and remember thy arithmetic.

10. Thou shalt learn, read, write ,speak, and listen correctly in the language of mathematics, and verily A's and B's shall follow thee even unto graduation.

Maybe I should dig out my own journal and write these in now.

Wyland Update
February 3, 2007, 8:06 pm

A quick update on our favorite local artist.

Happy Birthday, Hal!
February 3, 2007, 7:06 am

A Sea Chanty for you on your birthday, dear Hal! Happy Birthday!

A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail,
And bends the gallant mast,
While like an eagle free,
Away the good ship flies,
And leaves Columbia on our lee.

Oh! Give me a wet sheet,
A flowing sea,
And a wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends the gallant mast

Oh, for a soft and gentle wind,
I heard a fair one cry,
But give to me the roaring breeze,
And the white waves heaving high;
The good ship tight and free;
The world of waters is our home,
And a merry family are we.

Wyland and Marianna
February 2, 2007, 6:45 am

Yesterday Marianna presented Wyland with a painting inspired by his work. He said it was quite good! While we were hanging out watching him paint, several of his crew came up and inquired if the painting was Marianna's. They said Wyland never praises a piece of art unless he truly means it.

I've posted Wyland as February's Featured Artist on the 4Real Boards with lots of interesting Art and Science Curriculum links. I'll post them here as well as time goes on, but the neatest one is the Live Web Cam. I see he is adding a blue section in the middle of the building as we speak!

The next 11 days are going to be great!

Wyland is here!
February 1, 2007, 1:19 pm

Adventure for today - up to Key Largo to watch Wyland begin painting his 95th and last Whaling Wall in the USA. More info available.
Look for updates here frequently, but not this afternoon as Marianna and I are outta here!

Tangled Up in Blue
January 31, 2007, 10:32 am, Aft Deck in the Sun

Kim at Starry Sky Ranch started a Color Carnival. Sounds like fun!

Sunsets would have to be way at the top of any list, followed closely by sunrises! The one above is sunset in the Everglades.

My own color montage:
Favorite sparkly bikini
Bejeweled bangles from sis
Beach towel
Comfy seat
Latest Lats & Atts
And creme de la creme - the Victoria featured Key West!!!

Marianna's latest painting.

Blue! Blue! Blue!

I could have added my blue sunglasses, bleu cheese, favorite skirts and shirts, even this blog is blue - LOL!

My Time
January 30, 2007, 10:26 pm, In the lovely sunny cockpit.

I'm taking some time for me today!

I have a date with an old, dear friend, haven't seen Victoria in years. We'll have so much to catch up on, I'll bring the Jasmine tea with a sliver of lime, a few strawberries and a new discovery - tiny key lime cookies. When I spotted these delectable morsels they immediately made me think of the wonderful friend who made this afternoon possible and her famous Lemon Snowballs!

Dawn, I can't tell you when I've had such a nice time! You are the sweetest thing to send me a copy of summertime Victoria. You made my day!
Thank you!!!

Rara Avis
January 29, 2007, 7:25 pm, The Everglades

Finally taking our friends advice, Marianna and I visited the Everglades last week. Can't believe it took us quite as long as it did to make the trek beyond US1 but I am so very glad we did!

We got so involved with looking at everything - Anhingas in breeding plummage, Great Blue Herons, Little Blues, even a Night Heron, and let's not forget the ALLIGATORS - that we were not too upset when the memory card filled up too soon and we found that the second card was back in the truck. More time for looking and less distraction from cameras, which were very, very distracting.

Visiting the Everglades during the week is one way to avoid the school kid crowd but not the Birding Crowd! Oh no, the birders were out in fine camo-khaki plummage to walk the 4 foot wide paved trail and elevated board walks. Monstrous cameras on tri- or heaven forbid, mono-pods were swung about in blatant disregard for life, limb and entanglement with the other pods in the excitement of having an endangered Wood Stork walk by 3 ft away. The funniest part of it all was the birder who'd keep shushing everyone and then press her digital camera's button which was set for a very loud and annoying *chirrup*. Marianna and I couldn't help giggling!

To return to that all caps word above, the alligators were tremendous! Marianna was in reptile heaven, she even told me she could live in the Everglades, she felt so at home. I, on the other hand, will never feel comfy looking down at an estimated 17 foot long bull dozing in the afternoon sun.

Notes on the Snowy Egret by Marianna
Egretta thula
The Snowy Egret can be distinguished from the great Egret by its size being relatively smaller. It has a black beak, legs, and yellow feet are also differences between the two Egrets. During breeding season the Snowy Egret grows long thin feathers. The males usually group together with their heads pointing to the air calling, or they will fly in circles then suddenly tumble almost to the ground to attract a female. The male will pass the female twigs to build the nest. The nest is often located either on the ground to eight feet high. Three weeks later the eggs hatch. The baby birds grow till they start to flap and walk around the nest. A little while later the parents perch on the branches holding the nest when they feed the chicks. Thirty days later the chicks have grown their permanent wings they are ready to learn to fly, hunt, and survive.

Nature Study
and the Answer is...
January 26, 2007, 11:52 am

To clean my canvas!

I really didn't mean to leave you hanging, we had a few other adventures pop up that will be working their way onto this blog, I'm sure.

I suppose I deserved all the bird poo guesses as there has been a predominance of birds on this blog lately! But I really was scrubbing the cement to just give it a good general cleaning so I can spread out my canvas and wet it down.

Scrub it. I just used good old Joy, cleans well in cold water, is fairly gentle and I had it on hand.

Then rinse well and hang to dry. While drying recruit kid to help polish stainless steel supports and listen to unanswerable questions about the name of the object that should be getting a brisk rub down.

Why do they call it stainless steel anyway?

Now if it would just stop raining long enough for me to waterproof again! I'm looking for a dry day, with hot sun, no wind, and a 4-72 (!) hour window to dry the canvas. Why do I read the backs of bottles? I am so much happier just doing it my own, oblivious, way.

Neverending Chores that come around and around...
It's Four O'Clock, Do you know where your dinner is?
January 25, 2007, 7:01 pm

A frequent entry in my New Year's Resolutions usually reads like this:

I will not wait untill 5pm to plan and buy dinner as leads to evening focused entirely on food, but rather will plan, buy, and even prepare, food earlier in day.

I think this may be a common refrain for many people and Meredith at Sweetness and Light has decided to do something about it! A Menu Planning Carnival is in the works to help bust us out of our usual meal ruts.

I'm trying to eat out of our pantry more, use up some of that stuff and give us more room for planning for our voyage to Key West. So let's see what I think I could make this next week.

Sunday: I have three chicken breasts that need to be eaten so I think I'll make a foil packet for the grill with onions and either green peppers or yellow squash and zucchini over the breasts with Greek Seasoning sprinkled heavy over all. A side of mashed potatoes from the pantry will make this meal super easy.

Monday: Since I won't eat a whole chicken breast most likely, I'll take the leftovers and turn them into enchiladas today. Mix chopped or shredded chicken with refried beans and black beans (both from pantry) spread on wrap, roll up and top with Mole sauce (canned, in fridge, must use up because if it falls on my foot one more time it is going to be fed to the fishes.) Heat to bubbly then top with shredded cheese and heat till melty. Fresh Pineapple would be nice with this.

Tuesday: Pasta and clam sauce from pantry. Cook pasta, heat spaghetti sauce, add can of clams with juice (extra flavor!) and heat gently. Spinach salad with honey dijon dressing and cranberry-walnut topping. (from one of those autumnal salad packs that we didn't use the included dressing/toppings, get it out of my fridge!)

Wednesday: Spinach Salad with strawberries, apricots, and canned chicken (again with the pantry cleaning) and poppy seed dressing, hopefully using last of the jar of dressing!

Thursday: My famous camping soup. Take one can whole corn, drained, one can black beans, drained, one can diced tomatoes, not drained. Heat and eat. Top with sour cream or jalapeno cheese dip or green onions or shredded cheese or crushed chips...

Friday: Cocktails under the Tiki Hut: Shrimp cocktail would be lovely. Buy already cooked shrimp, Marianna will hang them about the edge of the martini glasses with an extra spicy cocktail sauce. Everyone brings something, perhaps Brushetta, or Veggies, Crackers or Chips and Dip, Quesadillas - yummy stuff to graze on!

Saturday: Our famous Bleu Cheese Burgers! Only with bacon too! And mine will have spinach on it as well, yum!

So there is the for the execution!

I'm all at Sea with this Recipe!

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S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen
Who: Capt. Hal, Jennifer, and our daughter Marianna, a great photographer!
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