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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fishin'
A photo essay by Marianna
February 19, 2008, 9:52 pm
















Nature Study
Oysters
February 15, 2008, 11:24 am

The Walrus and The Carpenter
Lewis Carroll
(from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)



The sun was shining on the sea,
Shining with all his might:
He did his very best to make
The billows smooth and bright--
And this was odd, because it was
The middle of the night.


The moon was shining sulkily,
Because she thought the sun
Had got no business to be there
After the day was done--
"It's very rude of him," she said,
"To come and spoil the fun!"


The sea was wet as wet could be,
The sands were dry as dry.
You could not see a cloud, because
No cloud was in the sky:
No birds were flying overhead--
There were no birds to fly.



The Walrus and the Carpenter
Were walking close at hand;
They wept like anything to see
Such quantities of sand:
"If this were only cleared away,"
They said, "it would be grand!"


"If seven maids with seven mops
Swept it for half a year.
Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
"That they could get it clear?"
"I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
And shed a bitter tear.


"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:
We cannot do with more than four,
To give a hand to each."



The eldest Oyster looked at him,
But never a word he said:
The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
And shook his heavy head--
Meaning to say he did not choose
To leave the oyster-bed.


But four young Oysters hurried up,
All eager for the treat:
Their coats were brushed, their faces washed,
Their shoes were clean and neat--
And this was odd, because, you know,
They hadn't any feet.


Four other Oysters followed them,
And yet another four;
And thick and fast they came at last,
And more, and more, and more--
All hopping through the frothy waves,
And scrambling to the shore.



The Walrus and the Carpenter
Walked on a mile or so,
And then they rested on a rock
Conveniently low:
And all the little Oysters stood
And waited in a row.


"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings."


"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,
"Before we have our chat;
For some of us are out of breath,
And all of us are fat!"
"No hurry!" said the Carpenter.
They thanked him much for that.



"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
"Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,
We can begin to feed."


"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
Turning a little blue.
"After such kindness, that would be
A dismal thing to do!"
"The night is fine," the Walrus said.
"Do you admire the view?


"It was so kind of you to come!
And you are very nice!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"Cut us another slice:
I wish you were not quite so deaf--
I've had to ask you twice!"



"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!"


"I weep for you," the Walrus said:
"I deeply sympathize."
With sobs and tears he sorted out
Those of the largest size,
Holding his pocket-handkerchief
Before his streaming eyes.


"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.

Poetry Friday
Splash!
February 10, 2008, 6:51 am



Sometimes...




you just...




can't keep...




him dry.


Diving
Bon Voyage, Veronica
February 5, 2008, 1:43 pm

Bon Voyage, Veronica!

Have a wonderful time back in Northern California!



Yes, my dear sister has changed coasts again, first from Maui to California, next from California to Florida and now back to California. She has requested lots of Beach Boys songs for the next few weeks untill Spring begins warming the Sacramento Valley. So for my California Girl I send warm thoughts of The Girls on the Beach.

The girls on the beach
On the beach you'll find them there
In the sun and salty air
The girls on the beach...

The sun in her hair
The warmth of the air
On a summer day
As the sun dips out of sight...

An Exciting Award
February 1, 2008, 10:50 am






The S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen has been included in the Top 50 Homeschooling Blogs by College Degree.com I'm honored and pleased as punch to be included in such a wonderful group! Check out the other 49 Blogs, it's a fabulous listing full of interesting people.

A Little Spicy, A Little Exotic
January 27, 2008, 8:38 pm

Couldn't resist this late Sunday night after working all day at the Bar... Sunday Boater's Potluck... No Football...




You Are Miami



Sexy and beautiful, you turn heads wherever you go.

A little spicy and a little exotic, you're fully aware of your unique appeal.

Totally high energy, you keep the party going early into the morning.



Famous Miami residents: Anna Kournikova, OJ Simpson, Enrique Iglesias

What American City Are You?

There is that Flava again, Never a Bland Moment on the
S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen!

Meme
Let's Go Fly A Kite!
On Trumbo Naval Air Station
January 18, 2008, 7:37 am



With tuppence for paper and strings,
you can have your own set of wings.
With your feet on the ground,
you're a bird in flight!
With your fist holding tight,
to the string of your kite!




Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!




When you send it flying up there,
all at once your lighter than air!
You can dance on the breeze,
over 'ouses and trees!
With your fist 'olding tight,
to the string your kite!




Let's go fly a kite
Up to the highest height
Let's go fly a kite
And send it soaring
Up through the atmosphere
Up where the air is clear
Oh, let's go fly a kite!


Written by Robert B. Sherman for the movie Mary Poppins.



A few easy-fun Kite books we are groovin' on:
The Dragon Kite
Henry and the Kite Dragon
Dragon Kites and Dragonflies
Kites

We may be entering a Demi phase just in time for the Chinese New Year on Feb. 7, 2008!

Other awesome Dragon/Kite/Asian Demi Books:
The Boy Who Painted Dragons
Grass Sandals
The Dragon's Tale: and Other Animal Fables of the Chinese Zodiac
The Legend of Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching
Happy New Year!

Great Interviews Online:
Papertigers
Answers.com

One of my favorite Canadian Bloggers, Becky at FarmSchool has the Poetry Round-Up today. Go. Enjoy!

Poetry Friday
Marianna recommends the title ME MEME
Cormorant between the docks and the mangroves.
January 16, 2008, 1:50 pm

I feel like a brain dump today. I have a million posts swirling in my brain and the wind is gusting to 20-30 knots (I'm guessing) high enough to heel the boat over and keep it there for 5 seconds or so.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE ?
My middle name is a multi-generational name.

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
Months ago, I think.

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
When I take my time.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
Refried Beans, I'm afraid I'm entering a meat is gross phase!

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
One

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Sure thing!

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?
I'm afraid I just might.

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
Nope. My sis and I had them yanked at the same time.

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
Are you nuts???

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
Oatmeal currently.

11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
No. Flip-Flops have no laces. No backs either - Ouch! I thought I could wear cute flats to work the other day and my poor, poor heels that hadn't seen a real shoe in 5 years are still protesting!

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
Physically strong? Emotionally strong? Mentally strong? Am I overthinking this question?

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Cookies and Cream, tastes like California.

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
Usually I read their shirts. Aren't all these walking billboards amazing?

15. RED OR PINK?
Definitely Red.

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF?
My newly painted lavender toes, definitely more of a red polish sort of girl - as my husband immediately said when he spied them!

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
My family sprinkled far and wide, when will you all come see me???

18. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
Denim with sky-blue patches and the aforementioned lavender toes.

19. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
An apple and provolone cheese.

20. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
Fairy Music from Past Times.

21. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
Scarlet.

22. FAVORITE SMELLS?
Vanilla and Coconut and Salty Sea Air.

23. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
My husband.

24. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
Hockey. I'm learning to watch football this year. It is best in the snow, I think.

25. HAIR COLOR?
Honey.

26. EYE COLOR?
My driver's license says green.
Marianna says they are greyish teal with orangish-yellow near the pupil. So there.

27. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
Yes, love, love, love contacts!

28. FAVORITE FOOD?
Bleu Cheese and Strawberry Spinach Salad sounds delish right now.

29. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Absolutely happy endings.

30. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
Enemy Mine with Hal.

31. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
Blue.

32. SUMMER OR WINTER?
Summer, my blood is too thin for winter anymore.

33. HUGS OR KISSES?
Kisses.

34. FAVORITE DESSERT?
Ice Cream, so many fun toppings and flavors!

35. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
The Endurance

36. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
The Rocky Mountains

37. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? No TV and we didn't watch a movie either.

38. FAVORITE SOUNDS?
The slap of the water on the hull.

39. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
Rolling Stones.

40. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
Korea.

41. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
The ability to pull together a meal from nothing. This continually amazes my sister and, I think, stresses her out. She likes a hunk o'meat and a predictable pile of veggies with a starch neatly beside it on the plate. I tend not to cook this way, isn't that right, Veronica? LOL!

42. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
St. Luke's in Denver.


Thank you, Elizabeth, for A Little of This, A Little of That!
Just what I needed today...

Meme
The Hermit Crab Out Loud
January 11, 2008, 1:34 pm

An Ode to the Most Unique Hermit Crab We Have Ever Found...

The Hermit Crab


Once I looked inside
the darkness
of a shell folded like a pastry,
and there was a fancy face??"


or almost a face??"
it turned away
and frisked up its brawny forearms
so quickly


against the light
and my looking in
I scarcely had time to see it,
gleaming


The complete poem by Mary Oliver may be found (and recited!) at Poetry Out Loud presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The entire Poetry Friday round-up can be found at The Book Mine Set.

Poetry Friday
A Mini Reunion
January 8, 2008, 1:57 pm

Our beloved friends traveled from Orlando, Hollywood, and all through the Keys for a Sunday Meal of Cajun Fried Turkey and all the fixin's back at Blue Waters Marina.


Jerry, Sandy, Marianna, Joe, Marie


Marianna holding Ratpunzel, JoAnn and Ray


Croc wearing boatin' babes, Christian Sea and Sophia.


Celtic Conch serenading the setting sun.

We love you all so much! What a wonderful evening, so hard to tear ourselves away and realize we have to drive 100 miles to climb back on our boat rather than 100 steps.

Sailing

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