Me, Myself and I

Beatitude and I are in Annapolis, MD, while Barry is in Maine for orientation to work a few shifts at their hospital. One reason I didn’t go is because it was only for a short time. The second reason was that the hospital was paying for his flight (we would have to pay for mine). Thirdly, Barry would be gone most of the day while there (1-11). Port Annapolis Marina is a nice marina and we are tucked inside on a dock not far from the facilities. I have Beatitude all to myself, WITH air conditioning, so I saw no problem staying behind. (Although, of course, I miss him!) Barry does most the writing of our blog (he is so diligent and a great writer!), but occasionally I get the urge to write something too.

While Barry has been away, I’ve done some things that needed to be done like CLEANING! When we are on the move, I just do some basics like cooking, dishes and gathering trash… small jobs. Having the windows open much of the time, dust covers everything, and there have been tons of flies this trip, and Barry has been gracious to leave their corpses everywhere. I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels getting this place back in order again!! It’s nice to have the time on my hands to do whatever I want to do, when I want to do it, and catch up on stuff like Bible reading, prayer, crocheting, reading, FB, phone calls, texting, writing letters and cards, painting, checking the marina out, movies, movies and movies!!!!

Today is different for me because it is Sunday. The marina has a shuttle schedule, so I took advantage of it today and went into town and church. I called an hour ahead to tell them I would need the shuttle for the 10 am run as the service I wanted to attend started at ll:15. I am glad I had time to spare because we didn’t get moving until 10:15. I am not accustomed to going off on my own very often. Barry and I are always together (and I love that), so I was a little apprehensive. It all turned out great though and I am so glad I got out of my comfort zone.

Annapolis Courthouse

Annapolis Courthouse

The church I attended was the church in the circle, Saint Anne’s Parish. It actually was in the middle of the road where cars went around it in circles (a round-about)! People have been worshiping at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in the circle for over 300 years! In 1694, the new Governor, Francis Nicholson, laid out a City plan that included a pair of circles placed on the highest ground. One was for the State House and one for St. Anne’s Church.

St. Anne's Parish, The Church in the Circle

St. Anne’s Parish, The Church in the Circle

The apse and altar of St. Anne's

The apse and altar of St. Anne’s

Because of the Anglo-French wars and a shortage of materials it wasn’t finished until 1704. Being the only church in Annapolis before the Revolution, St. Anne’s was so well attended that in l775 the church was pulled down to make room for a new, larger one designed by Joseph Horatio Anderson, architect of the State House. On Valentine’s Day in 1858, a fire accidentally gutted the interior of the church. The present church, which rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the second St. Annie’s Church, was built in 1859 (except for the steeple, which was delayed by the War Between the States… it was built in 1866 and at the request of the City of Annapolis, and the Town Clock was placed there). It was a very friendly church and I felt blessed to have had the opportunity to worship with them today.

St. Anne's Tower where the Town Clock has been housed since 1866

St. Anne’s Tower where the Town Clock has been housed since 1866

Stained-glass window depicting St. Anne (grandmother of Jesus) instructing her daughter, St. Mary

Stained-glass window depicting St. Anne (grandmother of Jesus) instructing her daughter, St. Mary

This kneeler was directly in front of me in the pew.  Pretty cool since we're sailors!

This kneeler was directly in front of me in the pew. Pretty cool since we’re sailors!

After leaving the Parish I walked across the street to Reynold’s Tavern, which was established in 1747. It has gone through many types of establishments until the year 2000. Jill and Andrew Petit purchased the building, and it now operates as a tavern, much like it did some 270 years ago. Reynolds Tavern consists of four levels; the Pub in the Cellar displays the stone foundations of the building, a walk-in fireplace, and the existence of the Rumford Broiler, all dating back to the 18th Century. The first floor tea rooms are very much as they were originally built. The second floor has hotel rooms: two prestigious suites and one single bedroom. UNFORTUNATELY, I could not be seated in the dining area until 1:30, and my ride was returning at 2:15  I was about to leave when the host said there was seating outside in the front or in the patio in the back if I wanted to be seated there. I opted for the back and I am so glad I did.  The food I ordered was delicious!  I had an iceberg wedge and Baked Brie.  I had never tasted baked brie before, and it sounded so good… creamy brie wrapped in puff pastry, served golden brown with Khalua cream sauce laced with brown sugar, pecans and golden raisins….and it WAS!! YUM! I brought half of it back to the boat for supper.  

Eating on the back patio of Reynolds Tavern

Eating on the back patio of Reynolds Tavern

May seem like a weird combination (Iceberg wedge and Baked Brie), but it was delicious!

May seem like a weird combination (Iceberg wedge and Baked Brie), but it was delicious!

After my meal, I walked downtown, finding my way to the Mariott where I was to be picked up.  It is such a quaint town and reminded me of the New England towns with it’s two-story brick buildings closely built together.  Stores were opened and people flooded the streets.  I stepped into a couple stores on my way through.  Motorcycles were parked in groups here and there… not sure what was going on there.  I arrived just as my ride was pulling up to the curb! Great timing! I had a wonderful time in town and now I am settled in for a nice evening of R&R. One more day and Barry will be back. And, then, my sister is coming on Wednesday!  Until then, carpe diem!

Walking the Streets of Annapolis

Walking the Streets of Annapolis

New England-looking buildings

New England-looking buildings

I love flowers on the windowsill!

I love flowers on the windowsill!

My 1st “home party” on Beatitude

It all started when I went to a “thirty-one party” at my dear friend’s house, Louise Hawthorne Foss.  (FYI – Thirty-one is a company that was started 10 yrs ago that has become quite popular and sells items such as totes, bags and purses that can be embroidered and personalized.)  When I was at this party, I saw some friends I had not seen in a while.  As we talked, several mentioned they would love to see the boat. The problem is that our boat is over an hour away from our previous home. Well, I thought, what better way to get several ladies to come aboard than to have a thirty-one party on Beatitude!!  My first home party on Beatitude!

At one point, the party was almost cancelled because of conflicts in some of the ladies’ schedules, but I decided to go for it!  Thankfully, I had 8 attend  –  six newcomers and one who had been on Beatitude previously.  It was so exciting to show them around the catamaran!  Most had never been on a catamaran (and one I knew of had never been on a boat!).  I learned my lesson from previous experiences to check the tide before setting a time for them to climb onto Beatitude. It was perfect!! The high tide had occurred at 11:45 am, and I had made the party for 3:30 pm.  By the time we were saying our goodbyes, it was low tide, and we could practically step off the boat onto the dock.

Strawberry shortcake, veggies, lt ranch dip, hummus, pita chips, thin pretzels, fruit bowl......YUM!

Strawberry shortcake, veggies, lt ranch dip, hummus, pita chips, thin pretzels, fruit bowl……YUM!

Diane and Louise relaxing in the cockpit.

Diane and Louise relaxing in the cockpit.

Our friend, Jeannie, was our thirty-one representative

Our friend, Jeannie, was our thirty-one representative

Fellowshipping around the table. Deanna who is seated next to me on my left was a childhood friend I had not seen in probably 20 yrs!(?) She lives in a nearby town I found out thru FB!

Fellowshipping around the table. Deanna who is seated next to me on my left was a childhood friend I had not seen in probably 20 yrs!(?) She lives in a nearby town I found out thru FB!

I think Julia found a bag she wants to purchase! (and it matches!)

I think Julia found a bag she wants to purchase! (and it matches!)

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Needless to say we had a WONDERFUL time of fun, food, fellowship and (cant forget!) shopping.  Barry was working, so I am thankful that there were no incidents or accidents on my watch. 🙂  Time flew by, and after several hours, it was time for them to drive their hour back home (Thanks to Louise and DeAnna for carpooling!).    I was happy my friends were able to see where I lived. An added blessing was that the party was successful, and I was able to get some good deals on useful items for the boat (Hopefully Barry believes that!! haha)

Deanna's kids, Lucy and Robert, enjoying the front of the boat (bow)

Deanna’s kids, Lucy and Robert, enjoying the front of the boat (bow)

Lucy having a good time!

Lucy having a good time!

Julia should be invited to every party! she is a case :-)

Julia should be invited to every party! she is a case 🙂

Here is the gang who were able to make it to the party: Julia, Louise, Diane, Cindy, Deanna, Jeannie and Lucy (Robert is taking the picture)

Here is the gang who were able to make it to the party: Julia, Louise, Diane, Cindy, Deanna, Jeannie and Lucy (Robert is taking the picture)

Louise decked in her sailor apparel.

Louise decked in her sailor apparel.

Home Sweet Home

When we were contemplating purchasing a catamaran, I was set on a brand new one.  I was afraid of taking on other peoples’ problems (as in buying a house), and I was a little leary of the word “used.”  However, when Barry finally convinced me to agree to look at a couple of used boats, I was pleasantly surprised!  There were additons on these boats that I liked and added features that we would have had to buy, or probably would not have been able to buy if we had purchasd a NEW catamaran (such as water maker, oversized generator, TV in salon and owner’s berth, extra shelving in owner’s cabin, and a custom made mattress, to name a few). We were also able to buy a bigger sized cat if we were to buy a previously owned vessel.  THAT was appealing to me 🙂  We bought our 2007 Lagoon 420 and moved aboard a couple of months afterwards.  As the months went by, we had a fun time investigating the nooks and crannies, finding items such as replacement parts for the boat, miscellaneous gadgets, a hand vaccuum, and a table ironing board…it was like Christmas!

We have been on Beatitude now for a year and a half, and it is home to me.  One of my favorite activities I enjoy is going to the cockpit as the music is playing through the speakers and read, paint, work on the computer, etc., as I enjoy the outdoors.  There’s nothing like it!  I still have a lot to learn and have to admit I am a little apprehensive about “the unknown,” but I am determined to look ahead! I am  reminded of the saying I wrote in my first post, “WE CANNOT REACH NEW HORIZONS IF WE FEAR TO LEAVE THE SHORE.”

Living on a used boat, there are some things that need a “facelift”.  One item was our coffee table.  The veneer was coming off of it, and it was an eyesore.  This past week Barry bought some wood and figured out how to make us a new coffee table!! Not only does it look great, but it is special to me because he made it.  As we continue to make Beatitude our home for the next several years, we will continue to make some changes here and there, but overall it is a haven where we appreciate our blessings and our opportunity to travel in a way we never imagined.

Barry shaping the wood for the table top.

Barry shaping the wood for the table top.

Staining the wood.

Staining the wood.

Voilà! A new coffee table!

Voilà! A new coffee table!

Ready for you to come visit! :-)

Ready for you to come visit! 🙂