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IT’S COLD, NO OXYGEN, BUT REALY A BEATIFUL PLACE August 23, 2016

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We got here Thursday afternoon, Temp was in the high 60’s, warmer then we were expecting. Till Monday the temps were in the high 60’s and not bad. Nights are in the low 40’s. One does not venture out in those temps.

Monday afternoon it rained in Telluride. It snowed on the peaks. This morning I can look out the living room window at a 14,000 ft. peak and there is still snow on the top.

Oxygen is just something one must get used to. I may be to old to start that process. The grandkid was born in Vail at 7500 feet. She has lungs that would be the envy of a free diver. She runs and bikes and never gets out of breath. Grandpa is a block behind trudging along taking a deep breath every 4-5 breaths. If I try not to keep up with an 8 Y.O. and stay off the hills I may survive. Telluride is at 8,ooo Ft. The ski area is centered around Mountain Village which is at 10.000 feet. Between the two towns is a ridge at 12,000 feet. You take a gondola for free from one town to the other and over the ridge. I have posted pics on my Facebook page.

The weather here is like Tampa with 35 degrees less temp. The mornings are sunny and it rains about 3pm. When it is not raining, it is very dry here. I am afraid to touch my noise, may get a nose bleed. I am afraid my skin will dry up and flake off. All this is why people move to Florida.

I am hiking as much as possible. We took off to see a mine Saturday. The mate gave up about ½ way. Now that is a first. I have been doing my yoga and that has helped my knees and hips. I was doing good and would have had no problem going to the mine and back…, I think. This afternoon we are going to drive up there. It is a showery day, and we would get rained on hiking there. Before that we are to go to the local museum. It is housed in the old hospital and has part of the hospital restored as it was in the 1800’s. My daughter says it is scary. The rest is mostly old mining equipment.

We are thinking about going out to the Moab desert for a couple days. It is not the season to go out to the desert, so we are having a hard time finding a motor home to rent. It is also hard to find a hotel open. They are closed for the hot season, or something. If we do not make it there, there are other places to see.

We got here Thursday afternoon, Temp was in the high 60’s, warmer then we were expecting. Till Monday the temps were in the high 60’s and not bad. Nights are in the low 40’s. One does not venture out in those temps.

Monday afternoon it rained in Telluride. It snowed on the peaks. This morning I can look out the living room window at a 14,000 ft. peak and there is still snow on the top.

 

Oxygen is just something one must get used to. I may be to old to start that process. The grandkid was born in Vail at 7500 feet. She has lungs that would be the envy of a free diver. She runs and bikes and never gets out of breath. Grandpa is a block behind trudging along taking a deep breath every 4-5 breaths. If I try not to keep up with an 8 Y.O. and stay off the hills I may survive. Telluride is at 8,ooo Ft. The ski area is centered around Mountain Village which is at 10.000 feet. Between the two towns is a ridge at 12,000 feet. You take a gondola for free from one town to the other and over the ridge. I have posted pics on my Facebook page.

The weather here is like Tampa with 35 degrees less temp. The mornings are sunny and it rains about 3pm. When it is not raining, it is very dry here. I am afraid to touch my noise, may get a nose bleed. I am afraid my skin will dry up and flake off. All this is why people move to Florida.

I am hiking as much as possible. We took off to see a mine Saturday. The mate gave up about ½ way. Now that is a first. I have been doing my yoga and that has helped my knees and hips. I was doing good and would have had no problem going to the mine and back…, I think. This afternoon we are going to drive up there. It is a showery day, and we would get rained on hiking there. Before that we are to go to the local museum. It is housed in the old hospital and has part of the hospital restored as it was in the 1800’s. My daughter says it is scary. The rest is mostly old mining equipment.

We are thinking about going out to the Moab desert for a couple days. It is not the season to go out to the desert, so we are having a hard time finding a motor home to rent. It is also hard to find a hotel open. They are closed for the hot season, or something. If we do not make it there, there are other places to see.

IT IS TIME August 15, 2016

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That is a good thing. We will be heading to Colorado to meet the grandkid on her own turf. Daytime temps are in the 60’s. I have not been in that cold of an environment for over 3 years. I am not looking forward to that part of the trip. We have been digging out our winter clothes and seeing what fits and has not rotted away. We should be able to handle the 60’s. Nighttime temps are in the low 40’s. That will be a challenge.

I tried on my blue jeans. First time I have had long pants on in a long time. I have seen a sweater back behind my tee shirts. I need to dig it out. I have a couple long sleeve tee shirts. A couple sweet shirts and a light jacket. That’s it folks. Shoes are a joke. I own one pair of deck shoes. I have another old pair of shoes that are some what rotten. I wear them when hauling up the anchor and rinsing the mud off the chain. They stink and make your feet stink, BAD, but serve there function. They stay way back on the aft deck. I am going to have to buy another pair of deck shoes…, maybe when we get back.

We are going hiking. That will be interesting. We are also going for a swim. At a hot spring. Also we are looking at going in the Moab Desert in Utah. We are going to rent a motor home for us old folks. The rest like camping. Like sleeping bags only. The grandkid likes that stuff. I always felt that if one was going on a vacation, why on earth would you go if you must leave the comforts of home? Carrying your home on your back, sleeping on the ground, eating food that only a marine could love. Going behind a tree. Hoping that what ever is in the tree does not want you for a snack. I know there are many of you that think camping is great fun. That is good, your keeping all the people that make camping gear in a job. Keep up the good work.

My adventures have always been around water and sailing. Since being back I have done my best to keep the marine industry going. So far we have done our part for the air conditioning people, now working on feeding the water maker builders. I have not even mentioned the medical community. The removal of cataracts is only a month away. We also have to get the windmill people out. It runs but does not pivot. If they have to bring it down, I want to work on better balancing the blades…, maybe.

My pump rebuild projects are becoming a pain. Two of them I can not get apart. I will have to use the Dremil to cut off a bolt head on each pump. Then get the bolts out and replace them the pump heads. I have rebuilt my freshwater pump and can not fine a small air leak. It is on the intake side of the pump. It is so small, it does not leak water. When the pump is running, you can see air bubbles coming into the discharge hose. There are no bubbles on the intake side. That is driving me nuts. I have had that pump apart so many times, but still the same thing. There is one more thing I can try, but when I tried to do that the other day, I could not get the pump back together. The others are finding a hardware store that sell real stainless steel bolts in the sizes I need.

Next week I probably will not write this. By then I may have froze to death, died of lack of oxygen, fallen off a mountain, knees just fallen apart, or other fun thing that my little mountain girl will lead me into. The kid, when there is no snow to ski on, is into rock climbing and repelling. She is 8 years old and has developed biceps and triceps. I am looking for something to do when we have to get off the boat, but I don’t think it is rock climbing. It does sound like fun. Have to work on my pull ups. If I can even do any. Maybe I should add get a heart attack to that killer list. I am looking forward to this. Not the killer list, but trying to keep up with my mountain girl.

TOMORROW IS THE DAY August 8, 2016

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The mate should be back on board by about 3 P.M. tomorrow WAHOOOO!! It will be nice to have someone to talk to again. Also my cooking is getting boring. I have a small group of things that I can prepare. That means I get one type of meal per day per week, then start the process over again. Last Thursday was grocery and laundry day. I was forbidden to rent a car for the day till the mate got home. That is fine by me. She will probably want to add some thing to my list. I hope so. I am getting tired of my menu. Laundry is fine. When we rent a car, we can get the laundry done.

Tomorrow I will be out of food. That is unless one wants rice and chicken breasts for the foreseeable future. I do rice and pork chop with a heavy coating of Barbeque sauce. The excess sauce goes good with the rice. Not bad. Wednesday we will have to make the grocery trip. I have a good stock for lunch, and I can survive on Toast for breakfast. By the time dinner rolls around on Wednesday, we should be back from the grocery store. I ate out twice in two months. One was last Friday to help have a meal for this Tuesday night. My two meals were at the pool bar at the Yacht Club. Both were very good. One was a poor boy shrimp basket the other was a French Dip. Both were very good. I think I did very well in only eating out twice.

Our hot windless days went away Saturday. There is this tropical low sitting in the Big Bend area of Florida. It never really got itself together, so we get an almost feeder band with wind in the 20’s for a few minutes. But, it rained hard till about 5 pm. Now there is only a heavy mist. Sunday was a little lighter then today. Tampa is very flat. That means the streets flood. Big time.

We have 3 leaks. One by our sink in our stateroom. We have had it for 4 years. To fix it we would have to pull the mizzen mast. All the time we were cruising it had stopped leaking. I think that was because the humidity caused the boat to swell and that sealed it up. At least that is my theory. Now with the air conditioning on, the boat has dried out and we have the leak back. Now there is one in the forward head. Fixing it was one of my projects I did over the last two months. It is still there. I am really stumped on that one. I found a place where I thought water could come in and calked the hell out of it. Looks like I missed. The last one is buy the depth and speed gages. I replaced the depth gage in the Bahamas. It appears that it needs more calk. Even when we had the tropical storm right after we got here, it did not rain like it has for the last 2 days and none of these leaks were around.

The Olympics are on and our wifi does not have it running. I will have to check it again. I can’t imagine that the 2 bars that have TVs do not have it on. They run on the same wifi that I get, so if it is not up I may have to visit the bar tenders.

I tried Saturday to talk to someone about how to get it on, but only got the chef. She is from the old country, I have not figured out which old country, but we have a very difficult time communicating. Plus, I knew when I tried to explain what had to be done to get it on the wifi, we were way beyond her pay grade. So, I check with the BBC news every few hours and get updates and some 30 second film. I tried CNN, but they are to busy beating Trump to a pulp. They did a little blurb on Michael Philips getting his gold. If you did not know that he was a swimmer, you would not have known why he got his metal. They did not even mention that he swam with 3 other on his team. They did not even mention their names. What a bunch of jurks.

Guess I better check on the Olympics.

STILL HERE August 1, 2016

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That could mean a couple things. First, I am alive and here on the boat, still waiting for my beloved mate to come home. That will be cool.   One of the others, Sunday night there was an electrical storm that went on forever and was a major electrical storm. Early Sunday my son came and picked me up to go fishing. Therefore, I spent the night at his house. My boat lays about 10 miles east of his house. The storm was just east of Tampa about 6pm. Big dark cloud with a lot of lightening in it. This thing started growing. From our distance you could see it grow from 40 to 50 to 60k feet. As it grew the lightening expanded.

Where the kid lives he is maybe mile from the Gulf. They had a little rain about 3 weeks ago. Before that was maybe another 3-4 weeks. Well he got some rain. Not enough to write home about.

At 8 to 9 it was maybe at its peak. The lightening was constant. I am sitting on his couch and looking at the lightening and have the radar on the iPad. It was worry some. In fact I had a dream about the boat getting hit by lightening and sinking. When I got back to the boat I am walking down the dock crying and there is a group of people waiting by the slip. There is the Fed EPA, the state EPA, some other government people. Then there were home owners and their lawyers, all wanting to sue for my polluting the waterway. I remember the judge saying I had 0 money left then and forever. I woke up. When I got back to the boat it was there like I left it.

Oh, that meant no fresh water pumps. I have 2 spare fresh water pumps. In 2-1/2 years we were on the last working one that was not working very well. Well , one is total trash. The others 2 needed rebuilding. I did have a kit for one and put it on and it had an air leak on the intake side I could not find forever. To get to the pump is either going under the water heater or over the generator. Either way tears up your hands and arms. I have installed and removed it at least a dozen times. I have strange burses on my arms and blood blisters on my hands. I finely got the air leak defeated. I started on this project Friday afternoon and finished Monday noon. I have rebuild kits for the other pumps. One is to be here any day, the other is middle of August. Oh well, today I have water.

For those of you who have been on board, you know I built a clock for the mate that has Westminster chimes. Not something you run into on a boat. Yea, different. But the mate likes Westminster chimes. Well the Chinese works do not like salt air. The first works lasted a good 15 years. Not really at sea. The last one lasted about two years at sea. Well the new works got here today. The footprint is different. Got to do some modification to the inside of the clock. This meant taking off the face of the clock. Not an easy thing to do. But it is off and tomorrow I will take the saw to the body of the clock insides. Wish me luck.

STILL HAVE A BIG SMILE July 25, 2016

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Yea, can not believe how much that week bothered me. My blood pressure went high. Now I are back to my nice low blood pressure. My ear is getting to look like normal. It had a large low scab. I am cleaning up after breakfast one morning and something fell out of my ear and into the sink. Scared the life out of me. Thought some critter had taken up residency in my ear. After closer examination, I realized what it was. Enough of this, I will not tell you how I would use my high intensity LED head light to stick behind my ear and see all that was progressing. It would just bore you.

This week has been filled with very hot mornings, 80+ degrees followed by thunderheads by early afternoon and storm by mid afternoon. I am not a big fan of lightening unless it is night and a hundred miles away and you can watch it while sitting outside. This stuff is on top of you. First the wind wall of maybe 30 kts. Then the thunder rolls in with the big lightening. Big and close. The funny part is next to no rain. I need rain. There is a mangrove island just outside the marina. It is the roust for sever hundred crows. About sunset then come and sit on the house roofs around the marina. As the sun starts down they swarm around and land over in the mangroves. About 6 am the process reverses…, almost. Instead of landing on the houses, they land on the sailboats and large yachts. Thank God for the awning. Without rain, I need to hose it off every 2-3 days.

I did get the varnish coats on the wood that I needed. It is just to hot to put on the Bristol. You can thin it with Acetone. That’s a joke. For you ladies, Acetone is the main component of fingernail polish remover. It evaporates very quickly. The Bristol will have to wait till September or so.

The mate is coming home on the 9th. I am counting the days. Then in about 10 days later we go see the Grandkid. Looking forward to that. I have never been to Telluride. It looks really nice, even though it has no ocean by it.

We will see what the grandkid can show me. I have a feeling it will be mostly up and down. I saw on Facebook some of our acquaintances that did a 10 mile hike somewhere in the mountains. For those cruisers that remember my hiking skills, 2 miles about put me under. If I would keep up with the Yoga I may get better at hiking. When I keep it up my knees and hips do not bother me. Hiking in the mountains may be over the top. I will end on that.

YESTERDAY WAS A VERY GOOD DAY July 19, 2016

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A week ago I went to a dermatologist to have the spots checked out on my arms and this thing growing in my ear. Looked like a wart. Got some strange sounds from the dermatologist, and the “we will take a sample”. They did and then you begin the 7-10 days of raising your blood pressure while worrying. Well yesterday I got the phone call saying I was all clear. That was one of the happiest days of my life. Do not want any part of the big “C”.

I smiled so much during the afternoon that my face hurt. I had a couple good matinees and was so happy I could not go to sleep till about 2 am. That was after watching an old western. Good guy wins a gun fight with the bad guy on the main street of town. The final seen. That’s the way their suppose to end.

Been working on the bright work that never got finished last October. The varnish is done. I also repainted the depth marks on the anchor chain. I had the chain re-galvanized before we left 3 years ago. It is all worn off and the chain has a lot of rust on it. Digging the chain out and laying it on the deck made a mess. I have some hull cleaner that is very good on removing rust. Yesterday I spent better then half the day scrubbing my deck. That was the first major washing with fresh water in over a year. Now I have washed the deck since we got back, but not to that extent. The deck needs repainting, but it is clean.

I need to put a few coats of Bristol on the wood that I just varnished. Maybe Thursday. Tomorrow is my once every 3 week rent a car and do all the shopping and laundry. This is not as lengthy as last time so I will start at 9 am and try to get back before evening rush hour. Last time I got hung up in rush hour. This is a bigger town then I am used to and has a lot more traffic. Retired people are not suppose to be out in rush hour traffic.

Another strange thing about this place. When we first got here the slip had huge oysters growing on it. They were large enough that the boat could actually scrape against them. I borrowed a big scrapper, the kind you Canadian friends use to break ice, and broke them off. The rules for the marina say that you are to have your bottom scrubbed monthly. I never heard of such a thing. This weekend I put the dinghy in the water and noticed that the bottom of the boat was full of oysters about the diameter of a quarter, The prop looks like a basketball. Time to call the diver. I would like to get it cleaned by the weekend. Would like to go sailing.

Yes the mate is still at her sisters. Less then a month to go. I am ready to be a husband again.

THURSDAY, NOT MONDAY, HMMM July 14, 2016

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I have 1 of 2 TV’s working. Last night I watched the ESPS. The wrestler has a good writer. Monday I spent the night at my son’s. Tuesday and Wednesday I do not know what I did after dinner. That’s when I write this thing. Blog….

Anyway, last week was check out Ralph week. I am still working on the outside boat projects, but time to meet new docs. First was the dentist. Told you about that.

Also mentioned I went to the eye doc. Cataracts in September.

Monday was the Dermatologist. Yea this bothered me. I got a thing, shall we say growth in my ear. Come on it looks like a wart. Don’t worry. I will do that for you. I have not taken blood pressure meds for 2 years. My blood pressure has been where your heart doctor would do cartwheels. Till Sunday. I felt like it was high, I was stressing about Monday. Yea it was high. I tried to chill. HA.

I’m in the waiting area. One of the things I have noticed when in public places in mid Florida that we did not see in Pensacola is people a lot older than I am. That is good because I was abscessing on being old. Finding people walking around and talking and driving normally is nice. Till this guy sits beside you in the waiting room that has 25% of his face rapped up…, and it is seeping. The blood pressure probably spiked again. Well other then the ear thing, I have had several spots on my arms, and skin tags that I never had before.. All right, They say my “skin has matured and it is beginning to bloom”. PLEASE….

Then she walks around with a Nitrogen gun. “You have some pre-cancer thing”eys. They get zapped. Told that I need to be checked once a year. I can do that. The ear, that gets a long “hmmmm”. Did not like that. Got numbed, biopsied and cauterized. “7-10 days”. What ever. If a regular MD was near me I would probably be on high blood pressure pill again. Her biopsy, she probably got to the second layer of skin from the wrong side of my ear. When home I took my head light I use when working in the engine room. Held it behind my ear. The hole she took out would hold a 4 inch diameter ear ring. So now I live at the low end of high blood pressure for someone in there 50’s. So they say.

Remember the auto-pilot. It drowned. They could not get it to power up. I could get it to power up. but could not go to standby or off. Because time have changed, to have an auto pilot, I need a new system. That is a chart plotter, auto pilot, radar, weather instrument, fluxgate compass, and course computer. Now if I get that, not really knowing the real price. They give me a $1900 rebate. If that is 20%, that is $10 grand. That ain’t going to happen.

Yea, I am still surviving as an old bachelor. I can still cook. Another month

THE FORTH WAS THE FORTH July 6, 2016

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Well survived 2 weeks, then my son picked me up for a 4 day 4th weekend. Wahoo. First he picked me up to take me to the eye doctor. Cataracts are a coming, there coming indeed. Well, I new that before we left 2.5 years ago. This doc said yes they are there and you see them, but many of his patients do not come in till they almost can not see.   I am sorry, but I was blessed with much better then average site. I got used to being able to see what others have never seen. I want to keep it that way. I also have this dream that we are going back to the Bahamas right after Christmas. Got to keep the old bod together for a while yet.

Today it was the dentist. Technology has moved on. They have digital x-rays. First visit, you get x-rays. As soon as they take the shot, it shows up on the computer right beside you. Then you get the lecture about what brushing has done for you for 2 years without cleaning. Then what flossing would have done for you. Then what 2 years without a cleaning did for you. Not good. Then there is this deep cleaning. They go back into your gums and scrape out that growth of stuff that would have been taken out before the last year. I have had some of that done on a tooth or two in the past. Not a pleasant experience. A shot of Novocain hear one there and next to no pain. Then you get the digital ex-ray after the fact. No pack or what ever. Cool. Pay your bill and move on. Till about 3 hours later. Then you realize they pried your gums open to scrape the stuff out. The Novocain is gone, time for stiff drinks. Well not really. What is always worse is eating that first meal. You know you are stuffing food in all those nice clean places.

The 4th weekend. Much better then the dentist. I did the eye thing Friday. Then my son drove me to his house. A nice end to dilated eyes. Eyes were back to normal by mid afternoon. Saturday morning we were off to fish by sun up. We went out into the Gulf right off the beach for several miles fishing for Tarpon. Not something you eat, but a great fighting fish. About 10 am we headed to the secret Tarpon hole. Tarpon rolling all over the place but they were not hungry. It is getting hot. Time for lunch and planning for the afternoon venture.

Mid afternoon we took off for an island that marks the south side of the Tampa Ship Channel. The tide must be going out at 5 knots. We motor up and in towards the beach. Shut down, cast your lines out and drift out with the tide. Get out where you want to go, bring in your line and move back to the start. Drift Casting. I must mention that my son did catch a cat fish at the secret spot. And, I did see a lot of Tarpon there.

It’s the third or forth trip out on the tide. My daughter-in-law is spending her time netting crabs. Our bait for the Tarpon. I get a hit!!! It is heavy, goes where it wants to, yes, yes, yes. A couple minutes later my son says,” it has to be a shark”…. Na. I am not reeling this sucker in, it feels more like winching him in. He is finally coming up. good 3+ feet long. 10 feet, 5 feet, 3 feet, very visible. He comes up close enough to grab and opens his mouth and the bait fall out of his mouth. And he is gone. With catch-and-release, you have to get the leader knot up to the furthest out guide on your rod. The resident fisherman on the boat, my son, says the knot was not there, therefore is was not a catch. Bull. He was close enough I am not putting my hand in the water. What ever.

Sunday my son gets called in for a case. That what happens when you have surgeons who are on call and have nothing to do. My son got back about 10. We went out to eat lunch and then off to the county reefs. These are old barges that were sunk in the 50’s to make fishing reefs.

Off we go, about 20 miles out. Still not much wind and the swells are coming from 90 degrees to 180 degrees. It is like being in a wash machine. Really slam the boat getting out there. Tried different speeds, different directions, different trim. Still hard slams when the waves got together. Coming back was a lot better.

Conclusion: There are no fish in this part of the Gulf. We did not even go out on the 4th. It was in the 90’s by 9 am. Plus we had a pool party to go to that afternoon. The party was great. I would be happy to go fishing again…, after there have been some fish seen and caught in the last 48 hours.

Next Monday it is the Dermatologist. I heard they get paid by the pound of flesh they take out of you. This really does not sound good. After that I probably need a good general physical. Have not had one of those in 3 years. Get the blood test and see how the numbers are going up and down.

THE LONELY ONE AND THE BOAT June 29, 2016

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Believe it or not, the boat is tied to a pier and it still continues to fall apart. The auto pilot was doing strange things when we went to my son’s place a week ago. Part of the strangeness was water sloshing around on the inside of the control head like a partly filled aquarium. This is not a good sign. I took it apart an it had about a pint of water in it. The inside is all circuit boards, chips and other stuff I forgot the names of. Its’ only problem is you can not turn it off and on or disengage it’s operations. The button is a touch pad button. Part of a 6 button touch pad. I always understood that if something went wrong with the touch pad, you through it away. Someone in China is making billions of these things. I would think they would unplug and be thrown away instead of throwing away the whole $850 control unit.

Marine electronics are about where computers where 15 years ago. Well not quit as bad, but close. They are constantly upgrading with new faster, do more units that makes the existing unit old. The companies then stop supporting the old unit to help you buy a new one. Now this is a control head. It has a screen, like a watch, but bigger. A touch pad, and a dial. That is all. No brains. It is attached to a brain box that has an electronic compass in. I have not asked the price of that gem. Oh then the brain box is attached to another black box that tells my hydraulic steering what to do.

My control head is a model 5000. Today 5 years later the unit is a 7000. You guested it, none of the new stuff talks to the old stuff. Why? Sell more boxes. Mine does things I do not trust it to do without my standing beside it being very aware of what it is doing. There are a couple functions that it can do that I have played with, but would never leave it alone long enough to run to the john. It has been very good. We have sailed well over 2000 miles and it has steer probably over 90% of those miles. Probably 25% of those miles have been in pretty rough conditions. I just do not understand where the water came from.

As for me, the mate has been gone a week and a half. I am alive, all be it kind of lonely. I am probably eating to much food. In the last two years, we have cut down on our food intake. That has help me get rid of a rather large belle and keep it off. I am having to adjust how much I cook. I will be spending the Fourth at my son’s place. We are going fishing at least once. And to a party. It will be nice not having to work on projects for a couple days.

Happy Fourth!

 

FATHER’S DAY WITH A KID June 20, 2016

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Have not had a father’s day with a kid since they were in high school. We sailed from the YC to Treasure Island where my son lives on Friday. We had them on board for Sundowners and dinner on Friday. He has 2 boats, all be it, “fishing boats”, one is 33 feet and could well have a group on board for sundowners. They are going to the Keys in late July and they do sundowners down there. He has to learn more then just fishing. All was good.

Saturday I took advantage of having a driver and car. So number one son and I drove around to the boat store, hardware store, propane store, and I do not remember where else. The mate and I are into renting a car every two weeks for a day of shopping, laundry and what ever else. This was a good day for me without renting a car. I am trying to get supplies for rebuilding pumps, and replacing things that just broke or worn away. I have spent $500 on just stuff. Started making appointments for major things to be repaired. The wind mill, water maker and head repairs.

Then we spent Saturday and Sunday afternoon tracking his wiring harness in his big boat. He has some gremlins and no wiring diagram. We got the main circuits figured out. At least how they get from the batteries to the motors. There are things that happen on the way we can not find or know how they work. Little switches that combined batteries with hundreds of amp hours together. I know how that works, but not where it is happening. Frustrating.

One of the mates sisters fell and broke a hip. Therefore the mate is going to their house to be a care giver. Not so much for her sister, but the brother-in-law is an invalid and needs 24 hour a day help. So the mate may be gone for 6 weeks to help out. It is good that we are here to lend a hand.

When she leaves there, we will probably meet in Colorado to spend a week or so with the grandkid. This should be interesting. Her summertime hobby is rock climbing. I have a hard time finding oxygen a 100 feet above sea level. Hiking on the flat is hard on the old knees. Hiking mountains is not good. Have not been in the mountains for 7 years. I find at this age, 7 years makes a big difference. Got to keep up with the Yoga and maybe grab some weights for 6 weeks. May at least keep me alive.

Been promising some pics on Facebook. I have the pics, just have to get them posted. Will try that in a few minutes.

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