04/02/2012, St. Simons Island, Ga
Repair efforts continue on SeaQuell. We repaired the batten pockets on the jib and fixed the leech line as well. Robert went up the mast yesterday and fixed our light in the correct position.
We celebrated ou 11th anniversary in St. Augustine--- did a little shopping at Sailor's Exchange and had a wonderful lunch at OC White 's. Dinner/ drinks with Joe and Pat on the dock while watching a little basketball.
Yesterday afternoon we listened to a live band by the pool here at the marina. This happens every Sunday afternoon from 3-6 pm. After drinks and music, we headed down to the village for dinner at Iguana's. Good burgers and beer.
Robert is flying up to Charlotte, NC this am for a business trip. Maggie and I plan to ride bikes and walk. May spend some time by the pool this afternoon. The weather is beautiful--- can't wait to get out and enjoy!!!
03/27/2012, St. Simons Island, GA
We are having so much fun here. Still doing some work on the boat, but making time for fun as well.
We have been able to do many small repairs at lunchtime each day.
We have a new TV antenna, not yet installed, but run up the halyard for a temporary fix, and the TV is working well. We can actually catch the local news station now.
We have made cushion covers for the cabins-- one completed and one still in the works. More silicone on the final leaky hatch ( i say final with great caution, just awaiting the next rainstorm).
We are having some issues with the fridge/freezer, but new parts arrived yesterday and we're hoping to fix those later in the week.
We went for a sail with 7 of our friends on board on Sunday. Winds were about 20 knots for most of the day-- We had a great time. Sailed around Jekyl Island. LOTS of dolphins sighted. Good food, good drinks, great folks. We have some issue to work out with the main overpowering a bit. We only had in one reef-- should have used 2, but overall a good sail.
One of Robert's co-workers is in the area for business and is staying aboard with us for the next few days. We went to dinner at Nacho's last night. Man, they serve a great margarita!!! The food was excellent as always, and I have leftovers for lunch!!
It's a little cooler today and Maggie and I are going to explore a little more. Planning to bike a bit when it warms up a little.
03/19/2012, St. Simons Island, GA
We had another great weekend . I LOVE this life!!! We may never return to reality again.
We tried to do a few repairs yesterday, but didn't get too far with that. We were able to diagnose a few issues and order the parts to fix them. We did install a new faucet head in the galley sink.
Had a great dinner on our boat-- invited our new friends from the dock. Steaks, and lots of sides. Lots of liquid refreshment as well and I'm kinda feeling like I may have overdone it with the vodka tonics. It sure was fun though.
It's back to the daily stuff today-- Robert is working and I plan to clean and cook .Maggie and I will probably go for a walk later-- the weather is beautiful again today, so we want to spend some time outside. The salt air and sunshine sure makes me feel good!
03/17/2012, St. Simons Island, GA
What a fun day!!!! We rode our bikes from the boat landing to the beach ( about 7 miles) and hopped in our kayaks and paddled down river for several hours.
Very peaceful and quiet paddle-- saw a few jellyfish, some turtles, some jumping mullets and lots of waterfowl.
Had a great lunch at The Beachcomber ( a little sandwich / burger shop). Good conversation with folks there. Good cold beer too!!
My shrimp alfredo I cooked for dinner was a little disappointing. Robert liked it, but I made the mistake of adding the mushrooms too early and they overpowered the sauce. Oh, well, I'll just have to try that one again.
Maggie went to bed as soon as we got back to the boat. I think all our activity wears her out. She was a real good girl on our outing. She loves riding in the cart behind the bike and likes to kayak too.
Planning to do a few repairs tomorrow, so gotta get some rest tonight.
03/16/2012, St. Simons Island, GA
The past couple of weeks have been a blur.
Robert has been travelling with business--first to Nova Scotia and this week to Greensboro, NC.
Repairs continue on a daily basis--we try to do a few minor things every day.
We are starting to have a little time for fun, though.
We had a great time last Saturday night-- drinks on a neighbor's boat and laughter well into the wee morning hours. Guess the dockmaster knew what he was doing when he assigned our slip-- seems we landed on the "party dock". We are making new friends quickly and have shared meals and lots of good times with them.
Last Sunday, we went for a bike ride around the island and down to the beach. The scenery here is lovely-- lots of spanish moss/tree lined roads and lots of bicycle paths. Robert had a flat tire on his back, so he had to walk about halfway back to the bike repair shop. After just a little bit, we were on the way again.
I had my hair cut yesterday at the salon, right here on the marina grounds. Pretty sweet, huh?
Planning potluck dinner on the dock tonight--- gotta make a bike ride to CVS for insect repellant for our outing tomorrow-- kayaking!!!!! More later
03/05/2012, St.Simons Island, GA
What a weekend!!! We are still working our butts off trying to repair/replace lots of "stuff". This weekend was quite rainy-- poured Saturday night-- right into my sleeping bag! I slept right through it- noticed upon awakening yesterday that I was quite "chilly"- only later did I realize how wet my sleeping bag was.
Robert found the leak- we had recently installed a new wi-fi antenna and the water was coming in around that area. Silicone is my new friend. We should own stock in it.
We also detected a huge leak in one of the front windows-- again- more silicone!!!!
We slept warm and dry last night with no evidence of other "spouts"
Robert is away on business- in Nova Scotia, so Maggie and I have been cleaning and scrubbing. Actually, Maggie is sacked out in her bed and I'm doing all the work.
Today is laundry day- met a very nice lady in the laundry room. After chatting a bit, it seems we have some mutual friends. It's a very small world- especially in the cruising community. She and her husband are from Ohio, but spent some time in the New Bern area. It's lots of fun meeting new people and sharing stories- makes laundry a much less mundane task.
The weather is gorgeous !!!! A little cool, but sunny and breezy- I have all the windows open, letting in lots of fresh air. Planning to get some reading done when chores a finished. Looks like another wonderful day!!!