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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
You have to watch the lines on your boat...
March 26, 2009, 8:56 pm never know what may crawl up them!

Look at this!!!

Who does he think he is?

Tryin' to board a vessel without permission?

What! There's an accomplice behind the piling?

Never say it's true!

Repelled at last.

Oh no! Here comes reenforcements!

Abandon ship, mateys!


A fine day was had by all when the Lapaz Crew joined forces with the S/V Mari Hal-O-Jen and swam under the screaming Super Hornets of the Boca Chica Naval Air Station.

Come back soon, you're welcome aboard anytime!

Wordless Wednesday
This was a 50ft power boat.
March 25, 2009, 7:39 am

Always close your thru-hulls.

What a Vacation!
March 14, 2009, 2:36 pm

Oh yeah, this is my life!

Laptop is fixed but I am finding it difficult to leave my hammock on the beach for some reason...

If you need me, I'll be on the beach.
February 28, 2009, 9:14 am

Our laptop appears to boot up and run beautifully except for one important feature - NO PICTURE.

Until this is resolved, posting will be infrequent.

To end on a positive note, it warmed up this weekend and new sand is being poured on our beach to replace what Wilma (that would be Hurricane Wilma of 2005 fame) took away. Beach chairs rent for $2 a day here. Any takers?

Seven Quick Takes Friday (vol. 1)
February 20, 2009, 10:14 am

I'm delving into the 7 Quick Takes waters this week, so much to talk about, none of which ended up with it's own post this week. So shall we begin?

1. My dad sent me flowers for St. Valentine's Day and they are still smelling bee-yoo-tifully! Mom made sure to select the fragrant option, they know me so well!

2. How excited am I by the news that Theresa is moving into my neck of the woods? Too excited to even string words together coherently! LOL! I can hardly wait to send the kids off with skim boards and snorkel gear and settle in under a palm tree with our toes in the sand for a good chat! :)

3. Speaking of news and changes, there is a bit of that happening here too. More on that later but it suffice it to say that it has kept us busy-busy-busy this week.

4. We had fog for days and days and days down here which never happens. In our 8 years down here we have had one morning of fog previously. Everyone flipped out.

5. But the sun eventually came out again and I recieved my very first sunburn of the year while scrubbing the deck.

6. I've been rowing my dinghy again when it isn't foggy and now my shoulder aches in the morning when I wake up. I'm telling myself it hurts in a good way, but seriously? Is there a good way to hurt??? Hmmph.

7. Marianna has had a fever off and on this week and is now coughing while napping, so odd for her, must be caused by that fog, don't you think?

Well, now that we're all caught up together, I'll send you over to see all of today's Quick Takes, with Jennifer at Conversion Diary. Make sure you say "Hi!" to her from me!

Wordless Wednesday
February 18, 2009, 10:40 pm

The sun setting over Stock Island as seen from our beach.

April's Shower of Photos
Happy Saint Valentine's Day!
February 14, 2009, 10:40 am

picture hosting

picture hosting

Outdoor Hour #2 - Using Your Words
February 12, 2009, 12:23 pm

Hurray! For the second time I've joined in the Outdoor Hour Challenges over at the Handbook of Nature Study! We're on a roll here - LOL! The second challenge is entitled - Using Your Words and I found a bit of timely advice -

"Nature study is for the comprehension of the individual life of the bird, insect, or plant that is nearest at hand."

Taking this advice, I continued with my daily observations of the flock of ibis that frequent the waters beyond the beach behind the boat.

An individual ibis.

My Notebook page on the White Ibis. I followed the assignment to come up with - One word to describe something I heard, Two words for something I saw, and Three words for something I felt. The result is a nice little poem of sorts.
Dabbling, Swaying
Cool Wet Sand

I rounded off the assignment with the optional journal entry, giving some info on the habits of ibis.

Marianna did a fantastic portrait of a Little Green Heron in one of my favorite poses. Isn't it great? I do love Little Greens. :)

Please visit the Handbook of Nature Study Blog to join in the fun!

Nature Study
My Datebook, February 9
February 9, 2009, 1:08 pm

Stop by Peggy's for more entries.

Outside my Window...
Sun! The Keys have been having an extended period of cold and cloudy weather. Yesterday afternoon the sun returned and we sat out with our faces lifted to it like little sun starved sweetpea plants. As a result I have quite rosy cheeks today and a dab of raccoon eyes to boot!

I am thinking...
about travel plans. Lots of traveling needs to be done, just trying to figure out how to fit it all in!

I am wearing ...
Black yoga pants and a green tee shirt, haven't changed for the trip into town tonight yet. :)

I am thankful for...
a new camera, so tiny it'll fit in my littlest purse or a pocket. Perfect for photos in town when we ride our bikes in!

From the kitchen...
Today we head into town for RCIA and Youth Group so we'll have pizza on the beach, I want to show Hal Truman's beach area. Tomorrow is Saint Scholastica's Feast Day and I think I can adapt her recipe to the crockpot as I work in the evening.

Towards a Real Education...
Totalitarianism in Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia; Research Papers with Cited Works; and our usual Spring focus on Birds! I'm eyeing Journey North's Weather and Songbirds Unit. It kicks in Feb. 25.

I am creating...
I'm wrapping up a project I've been working on since Christmastime. I want to get it in the mail to arrive by Valentine's Day but I don't want to finish as I've been having so much fun. Definite conflict of interest there!

I am reading...
The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

Around the home...
Nothing of interest! Marianna and I should get going with Valentine's decorations soon!

One of my favorite things...
The aforementioned crockpot. So nice knowing dinner is ready no matter if I'm the one working or if Hal is.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week...
Work Tuesday evening and Wednesday day shift, CCD Wednesday evening, Mass and choir on Friday and an orthodontist appointment too.

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

The tiny new camera.

Who turned off the heat?
I think even the frigates are fleeing further south!
February 5, 2009, 10:57 pm

From Wunderground:

... Daily low maximum temperature tied at Key West...

The maximum temperature at Key West International Airport on
Thursday February 5th was 55 degrees. This tied the record low
maximum for the date... last set in 1966.

This was the coldest maximum temperature observed in Key West since
Christmas day 1989... when the high temperature reached only 54
degrees. The coldest high temperature previously observed during the
current decade was 56 degrees... which occurred on January 24th 2003.

Our minimum temp as seen at the front gate was 44 degrees, at the airport, 48 degrees. I am so glad we have reverse cycle airconditioning! Most houses down here do not and folks resort to sleeping in odd places just to stay warm.


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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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