Monday, October 29, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Even with not feeling well, my Dad still went out fishing this past week. THIS is where I get my love of fishing. It started in the cold north. Lake Erie and the Niagara River were my original fishing grounds as a child. Dad took us fishing all the time. I learned to bait worms on my hooks. I have a lot of fond memories of fishing. We also took vacations in Canada where we girls learned to catch minnows with oatmeal and fish in the boat houses. Our other favorite vacation spot was in Maine where we spent hours catching crabs with old fish heads tied to a string. Our record was something like 118 crabs in a single day. Our rental was next to a Seafood Market and we would pick out fresh lobsters for dinner. Those were great days, weren't they Dad?
Now, my parents are semi-retired on the great Lake Lanier and enjoy fishing almost weekly. One day, Mom and I were talking outboard engines and I thought to myself, "Gee, not many girls can do this with their moms." My Dad and I compare fish tales -the one that got away.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Ree the Pioneer Woman has her romantic & rustic Marlboro Man (see link to the right). But I have Capt Jack, who can steam up windows too. A face of character. A heart of gold. Determination. I couldn't help myself asking him to hold up a second to capture this shot. He is buffing the new paint job and he is dusted all over. Who says my man isn't buff? Maybe we just have 2 different definitions of buff.
He ain't a cowboy but he's a Florida boy through and through.
And he gave me a carbon copy of himself, as a gift.
Robin, not Ree
We will have plenty of time to reflect on our next steps as it is raining today. There is a chance that we may end up having a break in the rain by afternoon. I must say, I'm liking the shine on the boat. You can even see yourself in it.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Here is Capt Jack early Wed morning. Boat was washed & dried. Then we ran a tack cloth over it for any miniscule debris. I got to play human stapler and bind together 2 big pieces of plastic w/ metal pieces. We tented it next.
Paint takes 6-8 hrs to dry. We did a little more work on the trailer and currently, Jack is cleaning up the garage now. I'm not sure what is in store for us tomorrow. Here are the options 1) buff out the newly painted area 2) paint the underside.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Jack may have to work tomorrow so there won't be any progress on the boat for another day or two. So.... I thought I'd continue on with another series of gardening photos.
Here is a little bit better photo of the front of the garden. Half-row Lettuce in front w/ a small patch of green onions. Cauliflower behind that. Stepping stones. Then, Carrots, followed by herbs (back right) and Peppers (center) & Tomatos (bottom right corner).
Behind everything else are these Br. Sprouts which are going to grow over 3 ft tall before they are ready to harvest. I placed the stakes in the ground for when they begin to need support from all that weight.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Sometimes you simply can't fight God's timing. Maybe next week will be better humidity for painting anyhow. The weatherman said we broke heat records and the humidity was like that of a rainforest. We're having unseasonably warm October weather.
See http://www.raisingfishermen.blogspot.com/ to see what we had for early dinner.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Here is our plastic tent to prevent overspray from hitting anybody's property.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
To keep on the theme of fishing & sea life, I've decided to call it Raising Fishermen. We hope you decide to join us over there too. There is a link to it in our right-hand column.
As for the boat, the update is that we plan on sanding & doing fiberglass repairs on Wed & Thurs and if all goes well, paint the exterior on Friday. We are praying for low humidity, 80-90 deg temps, no wind and no rain for the best conditions to paint.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The first thing I want to say is Thank you to God for keeping everybody safe and alive during this process. This was NOT an easy process. Jack and his friend are professionals with large equipment and aircraft. They both have lots of experience with boats. Please do not attempt this if you are unsure of what you are doing.
First picture has the hoist w/ 2 chains to the back end for a safety. They also used a 3 ton jack for moving the boat off the rollers. Wooden blocks were inserted to stand the boat up on the back end. Out safety hoist was 'chucked' to stabilize and was left in place through the entire process.
Here we are a couple hrs later. Having all these rollers and tandem (2) axel (wheels) trailer increased our difficulty. The trailer also provides a certain amount of 'safety catch' and once, the boat dropped onto it. It took my heart about 15 min to stabilize.
What you don't see is that we also had a 20 ton jack and my hair graying through this process.
In the bottom part of the 2nd picture, the guys have given up on the rollers, which are to be removed when converting the trailer to a wooden bunk style. So, those back rollers were cut off about the 3rd to 4th hour of the process.
When I came back from my walk, the blocks were repositioned and we sent John home for rest. Jack and I cleaned up the area. We retarped (blue) that entire boat to prevent rain from leaking in. At this point, nobody is allowed in the boat.
Last but not least..... my poor garage. It has taken the brunt of this project. I have made a list of the equipment and boat pieces that have taken over any footspace. This doesn't even include the stuff that I moved back to the shed.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
PRAYING tonight for Renee's adoptions to go through the Ghana courts tomorrow. May your light shine upon all.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Here is an overall view of my garden from the 2nd story of our boys' fort. Click on it for better view.
I started these plants from seed. The Brussels are very slow growing but they look strong at this point.
One side of my row of Cauliflower looks better than the other although there is no reason for that. They too look good.
My first green Bell Pepper is ready for picking. It is probably over 5" long, but not really filled out. My yellow Bell Pepper plant has 2 small peppers starting.
Not much progress is going on with the boat until Thursday & Friday. The weather here has been perfect & low humidity. The blue sky and lack of wind gave Jack and I both serious fishing withdrawls today. I'm sure it was a good day to be on the water. For now, I have to settle for playing in my garden.
www.FloridaGardener.com can be very helpful if you're trying to begin a garden in the Sunshine state. They say that October is a great month for strawberries. Where in the world am I going to put strawberries? I need strawberries. I use strawberries almost daily in my smoothies.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Sunday, October 07, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Above is one of my all-time favorite pictures of Jackson, our beloved boxer. Jackson has been with our family for over 7 years. He is my 3rd child in many ways. He thinks he is human and has little understanding of a dog's life. It has been very rewarding to have him be a part of our lives. One couldn't ask for a better companion.
I suppose, that's why it's been so hard to come to grips that my boy is getting old. More than old. He's sick. We saw a specialty surgeon vet on Monday who gave us some ideas of what we're looking at. After I heard the diagnosis and prognosis, I had to let that go emotionally and then spiritually. It took time but I had to do it to restore my relationship with Jackson. He doesn't want me to pity him. He is still full of life in his heart. He's still #1 cat chaser (never harms) in his mind although it is no longer wise for him to sprint. He still wants face to face hugs with his mom and dad, although it is no longer wise to stand on his back legs. He still wants people food in every bowl of food from now until the end. He still needs for mommy to spend those quiet moments rubbing his ears, his chest and his boxer bum. He still needs somebody to wipe up those 6" long drool-sicles from his mouth.
In the midst of his full body massage today, I saw a dog that didn't feel pain. He didn't collapse into a split. He merely repositioned himself time and time again for another workover. He's not ready to let go of his body nor tired of living each day. I have the same boy I had before I walked into the vet's on Monday morning.
The best thing that I could probably do for my dear friend is to listen to him and what his needs are. Sure, there are a couple little things that I need to do now, but mostly, this is the time to listen. The best way I can honor "regarding the life" of the Proverb is to let Jackson make all the calls and for me to consider every day a gift from God. I am called to love him through the good times and the bad.
But let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy, because You make a covering over them and defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You and be in high spirits.
Here is a picture I took of Jackson today, quite content with life and the curiousities that it holds. I have found peace and joy residing back in my soul again. God fills me with His strength and gives me hope in each day, regardless of any timeline or any bumps in the road.
Back to the sea next time,
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I cannot tell you how good it feels to get to this day. It arrived much sooner than I thought. The outside of the transom was done being fiberglas filled & sanded. It's time to load the spray paint gun.