2009 Log

12/16 to 12/31/2009


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Another Adventure is in Boca Raton for the holidays. Ruth is back in WI to see our family while I care for the boat and Buddy.

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12/16/09 - Today dawned sunny and stayed that way. I worked inside AA (got to love that A/C)most of the day on a mainsail stack-pac for The Great Catsby. It went smoothly and should be done tomorrow.

John's house batteries remained warm (125F) even though there is no consumption or charging. The charge has dropped to 11V overnight. I figure the batteries will be fully discharged by tomorrow morning.

My new blood pressure meds have me pegged at the values of a thirty-something. I'm keeping a log for our Doctor. I must be adapting to the lower pulse rate... getting my drive back.

12/17/09 - Rained again just before dawn. By 10am the dock was dry and I could layout the stack-pac for the final fitting. I just finished the marking and taping before the showers restarted.

By 4:30p the stack-pac was nearly finished. I have a few tabs to sew on but want to lay the unit on the dock so I can ensure they are located properly side-to-side (or is that side by each). Heavy rain and strong winds are rocking the boat. Good time to do a little reading.

12/18/09 - It poured all night as gusty wind rocked AA in her slip. It's unusual to get tossed around in this well protected little canal. We started the day with a tornado watch that covered the lower third of Florida. No tornado but more rain than I've seen in years. My host's swimming pool flooded onto the patio as the sky literally dumped water into it. The water in the canal is the highest I've seen it; a combination of strong winds, tide and rain brought it to within a foot of the dock decking.

I helped John reassemble a couch Nell reupholstered. It looks great... very professional!

After our Doctor's visit I'm dieting by cutting portion sizes (that means a lot of meals of leftovers). I'm getting pretty creative at changing the looks and taste of yesterday's dinner. Unfortunately there are not a lot of foods packaged as a meal for one.

I talked to Ruth for quite a while today. She's staying at daughter Amy's; enjoying her time with grandson Lofton. She notes that winter is a great cure for hot flashes.

12/19/09 - Beautiful sunny morning! Still windy though, 10-15 with gusts to 20.

Today was a little project day. I finished the stack-pac for The Great Catsby, helped John modify an electric fireplace to accept a remote controller and laid out hatch and seat covers for a catamaran. It felt great to feel like myself again and have a clear head and energy. Whoopie!

Got a very nice Christmas card from Ruthie today. Nice surprise! I snuck one in her purse before she left... yah, we still get mushy.

I took our dinghy to the 31st annual Boca floating Christmas parade, anchoring at the end of the canal to John & Nells. You could hear it coming up the 6.5 mile ICW route... the first unit was a fireworks barge. What a show! Miles would have loved my seat as the barge passed 100' in front of me. There were over 40 units ranging from 35 footers to 90 footers with thousands of lights and live music. They put on a great show. I tried to capture it in photos but the combination of night, moving floats and bouncing dinghy were too much for my digital camera. I posted a few of the least ugly shots to give you an idea of the extent of the decorations.

12/20/09 - Overcast and 55F this morning with wind gusts to 17... no snow! If the NE had gotten all the rain we received as snow they'd be buried to the second story!

I worked with John on their north fence, the one we install the new gate in. We are vinyl cladding the metal fence to create a wall that looks like adobe.

Tonight they had the block party in the cul-de-sac of Waterway Lane. I'd met most of the neighbors in prior years and around the neighborhood so it was fun to get to enjoy an evening with them. Nell's daughter, sister, nephew are all visiting - full house!

Watched the final seconds of the Packer game... after a great 4th quarter it sure hurt to loose in the last 3 seconds. Don't think I can stay up late enough for the Viking game.

12/21/09 - High overcast today and cool (52F) though it is suppose to get to 65F (Appleton is slated for 28F). Ruth is in Pewaukee visiting daughter Angie and her two children.

Found out the Vikings got slaughtered last night, glad I didn't stay up for the game. I spent most of the day working on covers for woodwork and hatches on David's catamaran. The covers are working out well so far, tomorrow will tell the story. I'm trying to get the cat done before Christmas.

Bradd, Maeve and Echo arrived around noon. Great to see them again. We've got a few projects to get done together the next couple of days before they head out again. I had lunch and supper on Sampatecho as we caught up with each other. Buddy is in 7th heaven, Bradd is back!

12/22/09 -  Another cool overcast morning. I feel sorry for John & Nell's Norwegian guests, this sure isn't warm sunny Florida. At least there's more than 3 hours of daylight. Buddy wanted to give Nell a gift and John suggested a firewood carrier. I sewed one first thing in the day and presented it. John came up with the dowel rods... it looked pretty good.

I worked on canvas for the cat but wasn't really happy with the way the sewing machine was working and decided to tear it down. It always had a propensity to shred thread and skip stitches which I overcame by not seating the needle fully. Setting it about 1/16th inch off it's seat gave good results. I figured it was time to correct the problem and adjust it so the needle could be properly seated.

I thought I pretty much had the machine ready to test when I went to bed.

12/23/09 - A beautiful day, breezy yet nice and warm. My first test of the sewing machine revealed it still had the same problems. I worked on it until late morning, finally getting it working right. I think it came from the factory with a bad set-up but Matt and Eric worked with me to get it running smoothly.

Ruth and Angie sent me some great shots of the kids having an early Christmas with Ruth and Angela. Wow, are they growing up fast!

A couple hours with John finished the fence, then I went back to the cat projects. The machine ran well and I was able to finish the parts.

I had supper on Sampatecho; Patrick, Lara, Echo, Maeve & Bradd were all aboard. I had the chance to wish them all a Merry Christmas. Kewl!

12/24/09 - Warm blustery morning with clouds building... feels like Christmas.

Quiet day today, I cleaned up the saloon putting the sewing gear away just to get a break from the clutter. That done I filled our water tanks and read a book. Nice doing nothing for a day.

Buddy spent the day in the cockpit holding court with anyone who passed by. She was in her glory... sun, a breeze and adoring people.

I spent Christmas eve on Sampatecho with Echo, Maeve and Bradd. We made it an early night as they had an early run to the Miami airport on the 25th.

12/25/09 - Merry Christmas! Scattered showers, like WI, blustery, like WI and warm, like FL. Ruthie called to wish me a happy holiday, filling me in on her eve with family - she had a great time!

I read the book River Horse most of the day. It's the story of a 1995 crossing of the United States in a small power boat. Interesting, but having run many of the rivers he used I find his description rather dramatic. With 18 - 30 inch draft he's feeling threatened by shallow water in places we took Another Adventure through without a concern - but then, that doesn't make much of a story.

John & Nell hosted a fabulous Christmas dinner last night. Had a house full of guests, most of whom I know from other encounters, and enough food to feed a continent.

12/26/09 - Boxing Day dawn clear and warm. I worked on covers for the aft teal seats on Camira, David's catamaran. I had them finished by later afternoon even with breaks to go to West Marine and work on putting bearings in a wind generator with Bradd. Very productive day!

12/27/09 - Ruthie will be back in two weeks. Sure miss her but this has been a year with a lot of separations so I'm getting use to her being in WI. Buddy does her best to keep me entertained.

I started the shade fly for Our Way only to find that I'd only ordered half the material I needed (I'd laid the project out in 2 halves then only ordered for one). Monday I'll order the rest.

Working on a small project Ruth wanted done. I applied a layer of epoxy and glass in the morning.

Helped Bradd & Maeve test headsets during the afternoon and accepted a dinner invitation aboard. I brought mashed potatoes. After dinner while we were relaxing over a drink we found that their hot water heater was leaking into the engine cooling system. Not good news. We isolated the heater from the cooling loop and the pressure water loop before removing it from the boat. They now need to install a replacement. We had the same issue on AA a year ago. Yah, it's like owning a house.

12/28/09 - Light wispy clouds high in an azure sky, balmy breeze... yah got to love winter!

I worked on Ruth's project in the morning and most of the afternoon with Bradd on Sampatecho installing a new hot water heater. Marine hot water heaters are a treat to put in as they are heated both by hot water from the engine's heat exchanger and by shore power. The potential for leaks in the approximately 20 threaded joints made the project tedious. However we finished up with a dry system and hot water though I think I missed a good how-to magazine article.

I supplied a marinated pork tenderloin for Bradd to grill and Maeve made the rest of supper. A very enjoyable evening. With all systems go they will likely leave for Cuba tomorrow.

12/29/09 - Cool and sunny, not a cloud in the sky. Sampatecho left, Cuba bound, this morning. I am soooo jealous!

I worked all morning on the surprise for Ruth. Got to wait for materials now.

Quiet day, spent the afternoon and evening reading a book titled "Influenza". Very interesting history of the development of the medical profession and the battle to understand influenza.

12/30/09 - Cool with high fluffy clouds - still t-shirt weather though.

John & I got down to business on the east patio drape system; hanging the suspension system in all four arches. this system includes the bars that serve as the drapery rods and the lines that allow the bars to be lowered for removing the drapes.

Ruthie has learned to text so I've been getting little notes from her during the day... no dear, I won't forget you.

12/31/09 - New Year's Eve Day; the end of 2009! The year began it's departure with a sullen look, a large tired gray cloud that hung over Boca fringed in blue sky. As the day progressed it became sunny and warm with a light breeze... a perfect Florida day.

With Sampatecho gone I was able to move Another Adventure, creating more room for John to depart later in the day for a fishing cruise with their guests.

I went shopping with John, picking up the last fitting for the watermaker and a few groceries. While Our Way went for a fishing cruise I worked on Ruth's surprise.

I had New Year's eve dinner and celebrated the beginning of 2010 with Nell, John and family. We had an excellent dinner and a thoroughly enjoyable evening. I can't remember the last time I've been up this late. Ruth and I texted back and forth a few times, wishing each other well. At midnight fireworks went off all around us as folks welcomed a new decade.

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The Boca parade was led by a fireworks barge, okay...

Hey, that's nice...

Ohhh, even nicer...

Hey, this is great!


Sorry about the camera, but look at the amount of work that went into this mid-sized float...

Santa shook like... on this smaller unit

Boat Bimini Twist by the author of the Bimini Twist book series

Just look at the lights...

These folks go all out. First prize is a grand, best in the parade gets a grand and a 4 grand vacation at Atlantis (Bahamas).

Blue cover protects finished teak seat slats on the bow of Camira.

Aft seat cover on Camira.

Hatch covers finished the job off

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View our 2009 Logs

Boca Raton, 1/1 to 1/15/09 Boca Raton, 1/15 to 1/31/09
Boca Raton to Miami, 2/1 to 2/15/09 Miami/Boca/Lauderdale, 2/16 to 2/28/09
Boca Raton to Nassau, 3/1 to 3/15/09 Nassau to Staniel Cay, 3/16 to 3/31
Staniel Cay to Nassau, 4/1 to 4/15/09 Nassau to Boca Raton, 4/16 to 4/30/09
Boca to Norfolk, 5/1 to 5/15/09 Norfolk to Annapolis, 5/16 to 5/31/09
Annapolis to Newport, 6/1 to 6/15/09 Southern New England, 6/16 to 6/30/09
Southern New England, 7/1 to 7/15/09 Southern NE to Kittery, ME, 7/16 to 7/31/09
Kittery to Northeast Harbor, ME, 8/1 to 8/15/09 Northeast Harbor to 5 Islands, ME 8/16 to 8/31/09
Snow Island to Newport, 9/1 to 9/15/09 Newport to Annapolis, 9/16 to 9/30/09
Annapolis, Annapolis, 10/1 to 10/15/09 Annapolis to Beaufort, NC, 10/16 to 10/31/09
Beaufort to Cumberland Island, 11/1 to 11/15/09 Cumberland Island to Boca Raton, FL 11/16 to 11/30/09
Boca Raton, FL, 12/1 to 12/15/09  
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