23 February 2011
February 23, 2011
It’s another beautiful, sunny morning at Water Island. We returned from Puerto Rico two days ago and anchored in our usual spot. Right now it is about 8;45 a.m. Savannah and Nicole (Savannah’s friend that lives on Water Island) are playing the game, “Sorry” inside and I am sitting out back in the shade enjoying the quiet.
Our friend Larry stopped by this morning on his way to discard garbage nearby. The next thing you know Tom is getting his flip flops to go with him. Male bonding is a strange phenomena. Usually it sports and such, but today it’s garbage? I can just hear the silence on the phone if I called my girlfriend Wendy and said, “Hey, you want to go with me to the garbage dump today?” My guess is she would either think I’ve lost my mind or that I had a body to discard (ha ha).
Today at 2:30 my mom (Linda) arrives for her 12 day stay. Savannah and I will meet her at the airport in Charlotte Amalie. Then we’ll take a taxi to the nearby marina and catch the ferry to Water Island where Tom will retrieve us by dinghy and bring us around the corner to Island Spirit. Savannah has been counting the days for a month and I miss my mom too. Let the adventures begin!
This morning I was awakened by the excited shrills of Savannah yelling, “Barracuda, barracuda!” Sure enough, there he was about three feet in length lounging beside our boat.
Tom has returned from his male bonding moment and is sitting here on the back deck with me. The girls are jumping off the side of the boat and swimming. “Allure of the Seas,” the cruise ship that visited last week is pulling into port. Tom wants to hail them on the radio and ask if they are bringing all men again or maybe all women this time. I am now double dog daring Tom to do it!
In the past week Slugger was starting to get a bladder infection and recovered, Lexie again fell in the water when she attempted to board the dinghy and yesterday morning I was sure we had lost Beetlejuice to this beautiful ocean. After twenty minutes of frantic search we found him in a compartment under the boat where he apparently was exploring when the hatch was briefly opened and closed.