Good Times

Woohoo! Three days have clicked off the countdown timer since I started the countdown! Only a few more hundred to go!

The view from our bed each morning upon awakening! Not bad!

The view from our bed each morning upon awakening! Not bad!

We have now been liveaboards for a little over a month, now. I think I speak for both of us when I say that we really are enjoying living aboard. We are really thankful for a comfortable boat equipped with all the necessary conveniences. We’ve stayed overnight in Lakeland on numerous occasions when I’m working several days in a row, but I find that living out of a suitcase gets a little old quickly. Perhaps, the commute is the lesser of two evils. We’ll probably decrease our overnight stays and see which is better.

In the meantime, we’ve enjoyed hosting additional friends in our new home. On the 19th, we had two families on board with us, eleven souls in all. Fortunately, we had 12 life-jackets on board and didn’t have to go out and find more (By law, one must have one PFD, personal flotation device, for every person on board.) We sailed out into the bay for a bit, anchored at DeSoto Pt. for lunch, went ashore to the DeSoto National Memorial and returned to the Marina to play a few games and relax. What a great day!

The Crew at their safety briefing from Captain Doc (as my wife has now named me).

The Crew at their safety briefing from Captain Doc (as my wife now has named me).

The Ladies: Cindy, Louise, and Deena

The Ladies: Cindy, Louise, and Deena

The Captain and the Admiral

The Captain and the Admiral

George and And Dan Securing the Mainsail in its cover

George and And Dan Securing the Mainsail in its cover

The whole gang at the Holy Eucharist Memorial honoring the 12 priests who accompanying Hernando de Soto on his 1539 landing in the U.S.

The whole gang at the Holy Eucharist Memorial honoring the 12 priests who accompanying Hernando de Soto on his 1539 landing in the U.S.

The mangroves along one of the walking trails

The mangroves along one of the walking trails

The dinghy "taxi" ride back to Beatitude

The dinghy “taxi” ride back to Beatitude

Back at the Marina, around our salon table playing games and having dessert

Back at the Marina, around our salon table playing games and having dessert

Yesterday, we were blessed to spend the day with Dwayne and Georgia Brown. Due to our “severe” winter weather (Windy and a high in the mid-60’s), we chickened-out of going sailing and instead relaxed in Beatitude most of the day. Dwayne was kind enough to lend me his fishing expertise and accompany me in search of some fishing gear. I am now the proud owner of Shimano Blue Water Fishing Rod and Shimano Tyrnos Reel loaded with 350 yards of 40 lb. test line. Now… for a chance to use it.

Georgia and Cindy

Georgia and Cindy

Barry and Dwayne.  The Browns refreshed our memory on how to play Euchre.  It must be noted that Barry and Georgia emerged victorious!

Barry and Dwayne. The Browns refreshed our memory on how to play Euchre. It must be noted that Barry and Georgia emerged victorious!

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