Warmer Weather at Last

It has been an unseasonably cool March in Florida. In my 13 years of existence as a Floridian, I don’t ever recall so many cold fronts following on the heels of another dropping highs into the 50s and 60s and lows into the 30s and 40s. Now, to all my northern friends, this may seem like a little bit of whining about a little bit of nothing… but, it has been cold! I believe the final plunge of arctic air made its way into Florida this past week. The weather forecast for the next ten days is for highs in or near the 80s and lows in around the low 60s. Ahhh!

Yesterday, we took advantage of the warmer weather to take our friends, Jim and Marcie, out on a day sail with us. Jim and Marcie live aboard a beautiful Island Packet 380 in Regatta Pointe and will be leaving this next week for a trip around Florida, to the Bahamas, and wherever else. Hopefully, they make their way back here in the next year or so. We will miss them. They have been our closest friends at the Marina in our short live-aboard lives. Neither of them have ever been out on a catamaran and expressed an interest in experiencing sailing with two hulls rather than one. Fortunately, I was off yesterday and we were able to go out.

Jim and I as we make our way down the Manatee

Jim and I as we make our way down the Manatee

Marcie and Cindy under full sail in the Bay

Marcie and Cindy under full sail in the Bay

The four of us sailing along at about 7 knots with 14-15 knots of wind

The four of us sailing along at about 7 knots with 14-15 knots of wind

It was a very pleasant day which was topped off by a birthday party on E-dock for a friend, Margaret. We enjoyed adding a few more friends from E-dock. The day was finished off with Jim and Marcie on Beatitude for a delicious dessert which Cindy whipped up, along with a quite palatable 2007 port.

The Birthday Bash

The Birthday Bash

Beatitude from a new perspective (The end of E-dock)

Beatitude from a new perspective (The end of E-dock)

Today, Cindy and I celebrated the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth at All Saints Church in Lakeland. It was truly wonderful!

Beautiful Stained Glass above the Altar

The Resurrection Window above the exit at the back of All Saints

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