Hi everyone! Well it is July 1st and that should mean we are in full blown summer mode BUT this is NY and the past 2 nights have been in the 40s and the days only in the 60s. It's definitely our "winter" time right now.
We have had the strangest weather this summer. There was a 5.0 earthquake up in Canada and I felt it here (people thought I was crazy......I said just you watch the news). Then just two days ago an actual tornado touched down in Herkimer. Earthquakes and tornadoes......are we really in NY?
The weeds sure haven't minded all the wet and cold we've been getting. It took us 4 hours to weed the garden yesterday! It looks like a garden again! And we discovered we have yellow crook neck squash and zucchini started already! We did have some lettuce but the varmits got to it quicker than we did. And we have lots of tomatoes started already. We're competing with our neighbor who keeps telling us our garden is weedy and our plants are small.......I sure want to be the first one to hand out a ripe tomato straight to his door!
The black caps have been delicious so far, just a handful at a time. I'm sure if I saved all of them instead of eating them every day, I'd have enough to make jam with. But what's the fun in that?
I've been helping keep my dad busy trying to sell his junk. He could open a used store -- furniture, books, etc -- stuff that tenants leave for him to clean out. Thank god for craigslist! Gives him something to do and it gets the junk out!
We are still trying to pick up work. Only had one floor job so far and are keeping our fingers crossed that it will turn into more. I'm applying here, there and everywhere local to pick up work. You sure can't tell the economy is doing well here in NY. At least real estate is moving, a sort of good sign.
Sorry I don't have a new picture for you guys to see. I didn't expect to be updating the blog today but managed to get Phil to drop me off at the library for a few hours to get some stuff done.
Looks like tomorrow it's back to my farmer roots! We'll be helping a farmer get hay in tomorrow afternoon with my sister and her boyfriend. I can't wait to show Phil how PLEASANT hay chafe is!
We hope everyone has a wonderful Independence Day!
Well, home (land home...ha ha) at last! We spent a night at my brother's and then a night at my dad's and then we went to our place. Brrrrrrrr! We had 30 degree nights with only a 50s electric heater for comfort. Just a bit different than Mexico, we hardly noticed.
In the span of 3 weeks, we went from freezing & snow (yes it snowed after we got here) and then 90 degree days and rain! Wheweeee! Phil keeps saying but it's May! I say "welcome to NY"!
We are busy cleaning up the cabin, clearing out plants, planting gardens and fruit trees, trying to get work, hmmmm what else? Oh yea keeping varmits away from our garden and visiting with our neighbor and family! Wheeewwwwwww!
Now it's June and the garden is coming up and Phil almost has the kitchen cabinets done as well as the other projects we need to get done on the buildings. Good thing we're here for a few more months!
Will update when I can! Amazing that I can't find wireless internet out here in the boonies!
We did get out of Mexico at the end of April! We went by bus from Guaymas to downtown LA with several stops along the way, including to checkpoints. Just a note to anyone interested ---- don't try to take pictures at the federales drug checkpoint. That is just no bueno! (Glad I still have my camera).
We spent a week in California visiting with old neighbors, friends and family. We flew to NY on 5/5 (of course no margaritas on cinqo de mayo no bueno!) What a crazy week that was. Burbank, Ojai, Ventura West Marina, Anchors Way Marina, then back to Burbank! Thanks to all our friends and family who put us up and fed us for a night or two (or more)!
We just won't be able to keep up with the blog like we did in Mexico, so my apologies to all!
Hi everyone! The blog is finally caught up since Mazatlan. Hope you have enjoyed our adventures.
We are working hard on the boat and have decided to head home Sunday to California by bus (unless someone says hey I'll take ya!) We'll be there a week and then we have to head home to NY and make some money so we can do this again next year!
We have had so much fun and can't wait to show everyone all the pics and video footage.
Our view from storage is pretty....still have ocean view and some mountains to boot! It's been windy every afternoon but it seems it's getting colder. Jim had to layer up tonight and keeps saying he's cold. Wait til I tell him it's only in the 50/60 range in NY. HA!
We are lucky to have a water man come here with 5s and he even carries them up to the top of your boat. Now that's service! Jim discovered the tortilla man our 1st day here.....it's a truck with a speaker and plays the tortilla song (like an ice cream truck). And then, Jim's favorite delivery is the beer man. A local who makes beer comes by and sells his home made stuff. Jim likes it. Who wouldn't like beer delivered to your door? We went to the local farmer market yesterday and came home with some really good veggies and fruits. We got a 10lb watermelon for 10 pesos!Just some of the things we're going to miss!
Well the day here at the haul out staging was interesting. I could not get off the boat since the boat was a couple of feet lower than the dock. Mr Long Legs Jim got off a couple of times but then had to have me pull the boat over so he could climb down the dock and stretch over to the boat. A very interesting day of more storing and cleaning.
About 4:30 Gabriel and his workers came with the travel lift and turned us about so we could lift out backwards. Jim's got it all planned out so that next year he doesn't have to back the boat out of the dock! Smart man!
Now Jim helped hold the boat until the slings were on and I got to stay in the boat for the ride. I'm not too crazy about this ride. A boat swaying like a swing up in the air is not my idea of fun! But no worries! Gabriel's crew is fabulous and we were all set on our supports in no time.
I thought that having to climb a ladder tied to the rail would make me really ill (didn't like the stairs at Ventura Boat Yard) but it's actually ok. Maybe it's time for me to go up the mast? Maybe next year.....
Our last GPS coordinates of the season. So sad.
It rained some this morning and most of the day was spent cleaning up the boat, soaking lines, bringing stuff off deck and storing below. Lots still to do. We ran into town and got a few things and ran into a military ceremony of some kind. Kind of neat....don't know what it was all about but who doesn't like men (oops people) in uniform?
We got the ok from Marina Seca storage to come over tonight and stage at the haulout for pulling tomorrow afternoon. Mornings at 6 feet are no bueno for pulling your boat. Wonder why that is? Ha Ha
The wind picked up really hard this afternoon and we had to wait it out so we could back out of our slip. Jim went full board on the engine so we could get over there before the sun went down.
Made it just in time! They just cleared the boat they were pulling and we could pull right in.