Returning from a fantastic eight days of cruising with Julie and Tracy, we have settle back into our routine. I’ve worked most days in the ER. This time of year (any time of year really, but this time of year especially) can be grueling. A 9-hour shift is extremely tiring and stressful. My spare time from January through mid-April of this year is devoted to studying for a class I am teaching on Wednesday evening at All Saints Church in Lakeland called, “The History of Christian Music.” This truly is a labor of love. It demands a great deal of my time, but I enjoy this subject immensely and I have a wonderful group of 20-25 people each week eager to absorb what insight I may be able to share.
On a day off, Cindy and I dug the 11 screens and 13 plastic cockpit enclosure panels out of one of the forward lockers and gave them a good scrubbing and cleaning. We then reinstalled them around the cockpit, allowed them to dry, and rolled them up into their normal position. We can completely screen in the cockpit for protection from flying insects, or enclose it in clear plastic for protection from the elements. I’m sure these will come in handy in our cruising future.
We were also blessed to have a visit from Dominique, the sister of our daughter-in-law, Fran, who is married to our son, Jeremy. Dom is considered a member of the family, and we are always pleased to spend some time with her.
This weekend, we are driving south to attend the Miami Sailboat show. Next week, we will haul Beatitude out for the first time since we’ve owned her. More to come later…