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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
No More Pizzas
New view from the foredeck looking aft.
October 23, 2008, 4:32 pm

Delivered that is!

Our $13.99 special 3 topping with free order of breadsticks ended up costing us $26!!!

$20 minimum (I don't remember a minimum of $20 before)
$5 delivery fee (that's skyrocketed)
+ tax
One Happy Mama actually


I don't have to drive into town in the rain during Fantasy Fest.
I guess it is all worth it!

But we're still not ordering for delivery anymore.
Pick up after events - sure.
Delivery and a scalping? Not!

10 Things I'm Loving Right Now
October 22, 2008, 1:35 pm

Inspired by Soule Mama today...

Right Now, I am:

feeling... the boat rocking ever so slightly now

enjoying... the sound of lashing rain

wondering... about costumes, whom shall I be this All Saints??? Marianna chose hers today.

family... the time spent with my Aunt Joyce and Uncle Steve

listening... to the new Pink Martini, especially enthralled with Ojala...

drinking... Jack O'Lantern Chai

watching... Hamlet or An Ideal Husband tonight, both highly recommended for our turn of the last century studies.

loving... the bookmark Marianna made

wanting... to kiss the captain of this vessel

looking... out the ports at our wonderful, wonderful new location - yep, we've moved! Pictures to follow, I promise!

An Achievement
October 19, 2008, 11:18 pm

One more stupendous announcement from the California contingent of our family occurred last week. Vanessa was accepted at Stephens Collegewith enough scholarships to make your jaw drop! Congratulations, Vanessa!

She looks good in maroon and gold, doesn't she?

Love you, Vanessa!

Wordless Wednesday, the Mom, Football and Seafood edition
September 17, 2008, 11:03 pm

Local Lobsters

Stone Crab

Delicious and so sweet!

Stuffed Crab

We miss you already!

Mom and Ike
September 11, 2008, 9:02 pm

Quick update:

Mom's tickets were changed from Tuesday evening Ft Lauderdale to Orlando Monday evening, we were able to pick her up easy as pie.

We all hung out and had a wonderful time at the Doubletree at the entrance to Universal. (I want to remember that hotel, great prices and location.)

The evacuations were lifted finally and we were allowed back into the Keys yesterday. Mom, Marianna and I are staying in the Upper Keys at a friend's house, Hal is back on the boat and has reported that the S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen came through Hurricane Ike with winds in the 70-80 mph range with no damage.

We can only hope that Texas and the rest of the Gulf Coast experience a similar Ike.

Another Weekend, Another Hurricane
September 5, 2008, 4:31 pm

Ike this time.
We're evacuating to Orlando.

The Hurricane Grotto
August 30, 2008, 1:13 pm

Candles are flickering away at the Hurricane Grotto today. Bands of intense rain and wind are pushing through every few hours today. Yet, even as we deal with the reality of Hurricane Gustav our eyes turn to the east and Hanna. Have you ever seen one hurricane fuel a second? Watch the satellite.

ETA: Pictures and links aren't loading properly today. Sorry!

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!

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!

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.

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