Monday, March 26, 2012


Along with FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and doubt)... We got a bad case of it. Can't hardly sleep at night
We've lived in this house for almost 20 years, rebuilt it to our specifications, and love every tree and bush, but we're never here anymore. So we're doing the only logical thing. Right? We hope so.
Of course we can have all the FUD we want, we have a contract that makes it a done deal.

Now on to the second cause for anxiety... What to do with the stuff, and it's good stuff.
Do we want to stay in Memphis? Plenty of good reasons to do so. Mother in Law, old friends, and a thriving business, although the latter doesn't need me much anymore and most of what I do can be done online.
If we do keep a place in Memphis we don't want a house... It would need maintenance and yard work which is the reason for selling Rocky Point. We think we want a condo. Maybe one downtown, but that would mean going from total seclusion in the woods to becoming urbanites. Yikes!! Are we too old?
Maybe one in East Memphis, but are we too young for that? I'm not, but in my mind I am.
Maybe one in Florida, we love Stuart, but we're not sure we want to be full time Floridians... not that there's anything wrong with that, we're just not sure.

And so are the days of our lives...

So today we're going to look downtown. Drove around that area Saturday to get a feel and honestly it didn't feel that good to me. Mel liked it because of all the restaurants. She loves to eat out.
To me it seemed a little touristy, but I'm told you learn where to hang with the locals that the tourists aren't aware of. Who knows? We'll know more this afternoon.

One thing we're sure of is... We're ready to get back to Istaboa. We truly love that life.

Some say, "why don't you just become liveaboards"... and we are for most of the year, but we also like a home to come home too. That's one of the things that makes the cruising life so good. When you leave the boat for a while, you can't wait to get back.

Oh well... I'll quit whining. We're lucky to have options, we're healthy, and we have each other... that's what matters. Oh yeah... and two great pups.

Muddy in Montgomery
His first road trip.

Went out to take pics of Radar and Muddy around our yard that's blooming to beat the band. I will post those when I get them processed.
Speaking of blooming, we're both eating Antihistamines like crazy. Being in the tropical climes of FL and the islands allows these Tennessee allergies, that you didn't even know you had, to run amuck.  Pine trees are demons. Give me Palm trees please.

So that's what's up... We'll keep you posted.



Saw this on the net today... This would be interesting in the islands. Could you imagine crossing the Gulf Stream? Better be fast.

Monday, March 19, 2012

That's a thought...

Looking at Doonesbury this morning and came across this video.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A bit belated, but seems we Americans have turned it into a weekend.
Yesterday we took the pups over to the Pelican Cafe for a lunch of Corned Beef and Cabbage. Flagler Park was very crowded with vendors selling any and everything green. Green Popcorn? Folks were having fun waiting for the big parade which we didn't stick around for.

Green Champagne?
Speaking of Flagler Park.... a few days ago we were walking the dogs in the park, off the leashes, because it's not ever crowded and such a nice clean park. Muddy was walking next to me and Radar was still within his 100' perimeter of comfort. (Radar never strays far from our side.) All of a sudden I see a little Yorkie running full blast on course for Muddy. Radar also sees this and before the Yorkie gets too close, Radar has intercepted him and letting him know to leave the little one alone. We found it interesting that even though Radar still refuses to allow Muddy to get close to him and he pretends to hate the little guy... He was first to protect him. Reminded me of my big brother... when I was a little kid he would take up for me only to turn around and smack me.
The Yorkie incident turned out to be a non event and all the dogs got along just fine, but out of the side of my eye I see a lady staring at us with a look of outrage. I figure this is just my imagination and we all walk on. Then this lady starts screaming at us to, "put those dogs on the leash." 
I think she's kidding, but now she's really becoming animated and still screaming. Now she's saying, "those dogs are dangerous, it's a state law!"
I look at this lady like she's nuts and tell her, "it's okay there good little dogs, they won't hurt you."
She won't have it and continues to scream. So after an exchange of views, we walk away with the dogs still unleashed.
On the way back through the park, now we have leashed the pups, we pass a couple of young fellows who tell us they confronted the women and told her she was, and I quote,  "A crazy bitch". Then we pass a crew of city workers setting up for St. Paddy's day and they tell us the same thing. They say we can walk our nice little dogs off the leash in their park any time we want. "That batty old woman must have forgotten to take her meds today." is what one fellow said.
This cracked us up. Free the puppies!


It seems a lot of our friends from the West Coast of FL are running across the Lake.
We had dinner with Rick and Dep... Crew Broulee. It was nice catching up with them. Their plans are similar to ours so we will probably see them again along the way.
The next day Donnie and Marilyn with Cloe showed up to meet the new pup. They're heading over to Port Lucaya for a month or so. Also nice to see them again.

Waiting on the new A/C that Cruisair is giving us under-warranty. It's been a bit hot, but not too bad. Still, it'll be nice to have A/C in the salon.

So that's about it for now...



Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not a good picture

But look at this boat!  Iphone pic so it's not very clear.
It has a wind mill for a drive.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Report from our friends in the Exumas

Our dock buddies, Jeff and Cathy aboard Lyric, made it to the Exumas. Though the weather isn't great they seem to be having a good time.
Nice pics...
 Cathy's dad flew into Nassau and has enjoyed a week of cruising in the Exumas.

Glad they're having fun.
Wish we were there.



Friday, March 2, 2012

Muddy Report 3-2-12

Well, it seems like the boy's alright. He's quite the social little creature; loves children, loves other dogs, loves pretty much anybody who'll pay attention to him — and that's about anyone who sees him because he's so cute.

Won't run far from our side as we walk him and Radar in the park, but he doesn't like this bright Florida sunshine. I think it hurts his eyes, he doesn't have a hair visor like Radar's yet.
Like Radar he loves the warm water and doesn't mind a bath too much.

Yes, he's even starting to win Radar over. Radar actually played with him for a few minutes.

I know, we go on and on, but the first few months of a pup's life with his new family is pretty much full time training and it's very important (and time consuming) to do it correctly if you want a happy and well adjusted family member. We've raised a lot of dogs.

So anyway... That's what we've been doing.

Mary and Cleevey, our good friends from Memphis, stopped by a few nights ago and we had a very tasty lobster dinner at Sailor's Return. They're in for my big birthday party in New York City so those plans are starting to firm up.

I've been putting Istaboa in ready to run mode. Not much to fix, just things I want to try on the next trip.

So that's it.... Puppies and chores... and friends.

Life is good!