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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
Home Again
August 19, 2008, 11:05 am

Hal and I are back on the S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen this morning, see the sunshine in the picture? Yay! Now if the wind would only die down just a tad, it is still elevated at 20 or 25 knots, I'd guess.

It'll be back to work for Hal this afternoon, the combat divers are still heading out today so he needs to be there and I plan on doing some cleaning and polishing on the innards of this vessel while he's away.

Oh, I did want to update on the shelter situation last night; all of the landbased folks could return home around 6pm and the boaters were then spread out into other rooms. We ended up in a great setup, one kitchen area stocked with coffee pot, microwave and blender, one bedroom with TV, one living room with a 2nd TV and a couch and desk. It was nicer than the rooms we rent on Homestead's Base when we head for the mainland!

Thank you for all the lovely notes and phone calls over the past few days. They meant the world to me!

The Boat is Ready
August 18, 2008, 12:26 pm

We've just arrived at the shelter on Boca Chica. Two nice rooms off of a little kitchenette common area are shared by 2 couples. I've noticed they've been keeping all the marina folk together and all the land-based people from Sigsbee together.

It felt great to get a shower here and clean clothes too! We worked so hard getting the boat ready, here's the before picture...

...and the after!

We had to help our neighbor move out of her slip into a single so we both could center up. The bimini was stripped off, most things below decks were secured and then we taped up all possible seams that might have the potential to leak in a driving rain. The dinghies were taken to the mangroves and tied off and slightly filled with water so they wouldn't flip in high winds.

All accomplished in incredible heat and/or dribbly rain over the past few days. We'll be hunkered down here for awhile, so far the winds haven't gone above 50 or 60 mph but the rain has been incredibly heavy!

Nature Study
Fay, aka the Joker
August 17, 2008, 11:16 am

The official message board for the marina.

The first notice and a scrawled update from Saturday.

The Sunday 1200 Update.

I hope you can read them, no time to rewrite the notices!

Secrets are Sweet Sometimes
August 15, 2008, 12:42 pm

I'm back! Did you miss me?

I so wanted to share my plans to be gone but I could not do that without ruining those plans completely. You see, Marianna and I snuck off to Kansas City to surprise my sister Michelle on her birthday! There we were calmly sitting in a Mongolian BBQ place waiting, waiting, waiting for her to walk in the door with her fiance, Cory, who was totally in on the secret, of course. Once we saw the car pull up Marianna and I dissolved into giggles and had to hide behind the menus. Peeking out we could see the cute couple waiting for the hostess to seat them. Each table they were taken to was unsatisfactory till there was just one left in that area - OURS!

Michelle finally looked at us and was she ever shocked!

It was a superb beginning to a wonderful trip because not only were we celebrating her birthday but also her engagement to Cory! Loads of bridal magazines were marked up, yards and yards of silks and satins were slipped over her head and I think we might even have convinced her that certain non-poofy veils are attractive and charming!

I'd love to share loads of pictures with you but that camera has stayed in the Midwest with a certain junior photographer who opted to extend her summer vacation a tad. When Marianna returns I imagine she'll have a few grand tales to tell of her own! Till then the single photo I can share was sent to me by Michelle 3 days before she sauntered into that Mongolian joint.

Isn't it lovely?

In other news, my InBox has raged out of control, if I owe you an email please know I'll be trying to tame that monster in the next week!

Ignatian Chicken & a Tomato Salad
August 1, 2008, 4:32 pm

Mary M has a lovely post over at Catholic Cuisine suggesting a Feast in honor of Saint Ignatius.

We enjoyed the Chicken with Parsley and Garlic so very much that I thought I'd share a few of the photos today.

Basque styled recipes seem to call for lots of parsley - yum!

Marianna got into the act, smushing the garlic, parsley, olive oil mix onto the chicken breasts enthusiastically.

Still smushing away.

Lovely evening to grill, if one ignores the mosquitoes!!!

The additional herbal mix was tossed over a sliced tomato for a refreshing salad.

And then I stopped taking pictures and ate.

Thanks, Mary, it was delicious!

I'm all at Sea with this Recipe!
My Datebook, July 30
July 30, 2008, 4:24 pm

Stop by Peggy's for more entries.

Outside my Window...
Girls are swimming. I was just up there reminiscing on how I used to sit on the very edge of the boat in my deck chair waiting for something tragical to happen to my little swimmer, something involving large jaws. :) Now I pitch carrots at any swimmers for their snacks.
Carrots float.

I am thinking...
about restringing my guitar for the first time and my sister has me terrified to do it - thanks, Vanessa!

I am thankful for...
Marianna, she was a trooper today and completed so many tasks while I was at work. You are Awesome, Girl!

From the kitchen...
One of her tasks actually, country-style pork ribs in BBQ sauce that we'll finish on the grill. They smell divine right now!


I am creating...
this entry! Truly, I began this on Sunday anticipating getting it up before work on Monday, tried to finish it after work on Monday night, shelved it when dh came home, he had the computer on Tuesday and now I guess this Daybook should really be called a Weekbook! LOL!

I am going...
to town tomorrow for a huge shop, I've been creating that list and planning menus and even debating on the merits of a small cooler for the trunk vs. those silvery bags that are supposed to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Any opinions?

I am wearing...
a jean skirt and my only Anthropologie shirt which I alternatively love or hate depending on how well I tie it. It is a teal and green on white tropical print all tie shirt. It ties at the shoulders and at each side and is made so well, nicely lined with sequins in the center of each flower. But untill I get it tied just right it is gap-y and tug-y and annoying as all get out. Once it is tied right it is so perfect I am constantly tempted to make 6 additional ones for each day of the week.

I am reading...
just finished The Rivan Codex.

I am hoping...
to browse through that Anthropologie site. I caught a glimpse of it when I linked above - the Enlightenment of Lace - yes please!
Sign me up.

I am hearing...
Vivaldi - Summer, and the A/C providing lots of white noise to hide the lobster mobsters gunning their engines on this first day of lobster mini-season. Idiots.

Around the home...
Baby's Breath and Roses. I love my husband.

One of my favorite things...
A night out with my dh. We split dinner at a new place and then caught a movie all by ourselves. For once I didn't research the movie to death, we just spontaneously chose to go. For our spontaneity we were treated to a movie that had obviously been filmed during the writer's strike.
Plot lines? Who needs 'em!
Closing huge storylines that have left people pondering for years? Let 'em wonder for years more!
Little green men? MIA!
Great special effects? Substitute inane conversation!
(see above writer's strike...)

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Today - the feast of a Doctor of the Church, St. Peter Chrysologus, known for his sermons (now called "the golden word" for the wisdom contained within) one of his symbols is a beehive. I plan on drizzling honey over berries tonight.

Tomorrow - St. Ignatius of Loyola. I did not know a cannonball struck him in the leg putting him on bedrest where he read good books and turned to God rather than a brilliant military career. I happen to have some bon-bons tucked away that we just might have to eat tomorrow as they totally remind me of cannonballs being black and round and the whole idea makes me smile. Gotta do the things that make ya smile!

And finally, Lammas! Keep it easy and eat some bread - yum!

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:

Have a lovely day!

Sketch Tuesday
July 29, 2008, 12:37 pm

Marianna has been enjoying submitting a drawing for Barb's Sketch Tuesday assignments this summer.

Go check out this week's slideshow.

Take a guess as to which sketch is Marianna's.

Confirm your guess here!

Consider submitting a sketch yourself, next week's topic is to sketch something with wings.

Save on Gas Money; Key West edition
July 27, 2008, 9:06 am

I think this qualifies as an only in Key West moment.
Do you?

April's Shower of Photos
Bird on a Wire
July 20, 2008, 10:05 am

The white crowned pigeon is back for the summer. Only occurring in extreme southern Florida this bird is large and eye catching. It has a tendency to fly with its head carried higher than other pigeons, resulting in a profile reminescent of a Viking ship prow.

It's preferred food is the Poisonwood Berry and its preferred sitting location is on a wire. The result is long hedges of poisonwood along the electrical and telephone wire routes.

The white crowned pigeon was famously painted in the Keys by John James Audubon using a branch of the geiger tree from the home of Captain Geiger in Key West. Here's the painting .
I wonder what the birds sat on before wires? Clotheslines?

The flutter of blue pigeon's wings
Under a river bridge
Hunting a clean dry arch,
A corner for a sleep--

~Carl Sandburg

Nature Study
My Datebook, July 15
July 15, 2008, 11:59 am

Stop by Peggy's for more entries.

Outside my Window...
Wind and waves, the boat is jerking today!

I am thinking...
About really changing up our ed plans for 8th grade. I'm trying to listen closely to Marianna this time around and she seems to be telling me to challenge her!

I am thankful for...
My 3:15 appt to pick up my new glasses!
ETA: Aaargh! Just cancelled!!!

From the kitchen...
Grilled Chicken Breasts marinaded in Raspberry Chipotle Sauce over lettuce tonight.

I am creating...
A little fun with Kathryn!
They don't come more succinct than this. All answers to be a single word. No more.

1. Where is your cell phone? Planner
2. Your significant other? Awesome
3. Your hair? Honey
4. Your mother? Literary
5. Your father? Mathematical
6. Your favorite thing? Candles
7. Your dream last night? Sewing
8. Your favorite drink? Lemonade
9. Your dream/goal? Guitar
10. The room you're in? Saloon
11. Your church? Catholic
12. Your fear? Hadephobia
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Published
14. Where were you last night? Domicile
15. What you're not? Magician
16. Muffins? Cranberry
17. One of your wish list items? Rug
18. Where you grew up? Colorado
19. The last thing you did? Grammar
20. What are you wearing? Cut-offs
21. Your TV? Non-existent
22. Your pets? Non-existent
23. Your computer? Lovely
24. Your life? Incredible
25. Your mood? Varigated
26. Missing someone? Perchance
27. Your car? Pontiac
28. Something you're not wearing? Hat
29. Favorite store? Anthropologie
30. Your summer? Torrid
31. Like(love) someone? Yes
32. Your favorite color? Cerulean
33. Last time you laughed? Today
34. Last time you cried? Winter
35. Who will repost this? ????

I am going...
to wash dishes. Again. Oh joy.

I am wearing...
Faded cut-offs and a white tee with turquoise flowers on the hip, my new tiny miraculous medal on a beaded necklace and jangly bracelets.

I am reading...
A Victoria. Again. :)

I am hoping...
To figure out this new speedflash thing that Hal bought me.

I am hearing...
Chopin's Polonaise for Piano #6

Around the home...
Beads, bracelets, pendants, anklets, locket, chains, chains, chains! I just untangled a monster mess of a jewlery box.

One of my favorite things...
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries...any berry!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
A trip up the Keys late in the week, perhaps even meeting up with a friend somewhere or a visit to Bahia Honda perhaps!

Here is a picture thought or two I am sharing with you:

First go at Bowlingo


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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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