Summer, 2016   1 comment

 

Rainbow in Solomons, MD

Rainbow in Solomons, MD

Wow, we cannot believe that our time on the Chesapeake Bay is almost over.  This has been a very fast and busy summer for us.  We returned to the Chesapeake in May and we have been occupied with travel, boat preparations and repairs, medical appointments, and of course, spending as much time with our granddaughter and her family as possible.  We threw a dart at the calendar and selected around 26 September to depart again heading south.  Which means, we have to get started on inventorying the boat and making any final preparations before pulling away from the dock.  So, where has the summer gone…..

First, we took a road trip to southern Alabama to visit with Terri’s sister, Paula, then spent two

Enjoying the summer

Enjoying the summer

weeks in Orlando just chilling around the pool of our timeshare.  This was our first time in two years of returning to Brewton, Alabama, our home town, and guess what, it has not changed much.  But, it is our home town so to visit with Paula was a good time.  Of course, Paula is pretty good at playing Mexican-train dominoes so we had a mental workout.  Orlando, in June, is pretty hot so we laid around the resort pool, read books, and absolutely just chilled for two weeks.  Our time in Orlando was marred with the tragic nightclub shooting so it was good to be returning home to the Chesapeake Bay.

Rigging maintenance

Rigging maintenance

A long way up

A long way up

While we were gone for three weeks of vacation, our boat was hauled out of the water, and our marina started the process of making our boat home pretty again with bottom painting and waxing the sides.  Last January, we sustained some minor damages to our jib sail and our canvas while in Eleuthera, so we ordered a new jib and had a new bimini, dodger, and connecting piece installed.  Of course, nothing is simple on a boat as we found our jib roller furling damaged…so, $$$$ later, we have a new roller furling installed.  We must say with a new roller furling and new jib sail, they work much smoother and they do look good.  So, how do you spell BOAT again…Break Out Another Thousand….oh well, we can’t take it with us so we might as well spend it on what we enjoy!  Terri also started a project to sew new “chaps” that cover our dinghy.  Chaps

Terri's new chaps

Terri’s new chaps

They work good

They work good

cover the tubing on our rigid inflatable dinghy and protect the boat from sun exposure.  Our marina provided Terri an air-conditioned room with two big tables to do her sewing work.  Our old chaps lasted three seasons in the Bahamas so these, made out of thicker and more durable sunbrella material, should last a while.  Of course, nothing goes exactly right as planned and we had to do some minor maintenance and adjustments to our big sewing machine to get the project started.  Terri often refers to our Sailrite sewing machine as the “beast”; it is big and sometime finicky, but when it is properly working, it does a great job sewing through multiple layers of material.  I suggested Terri could start a small business making chaps for other boaters to supplement our income but she reminded me I could “$#@!$%^” with my suggestion.  Bottom line, her chaps’ work really looks great….just don’t make any sewing suggestions to her!!

Our summer has also been filled with our annual medical appointments.  When we retired, we kept our doctors in Virginia so, making a medical appointment involves departing Solomons, Maryland early and driving almost 90 miles to Dumfries, Virginia.  Last summer, we were able to do back-to-back medical appointments thus shortening our transitional time but this year, we have one appointment one day and another next week.  So, we have made several trips back and forth.  But, at the end of the day, we are both diagnosed to be in good health and that’s all that matters.  We have always said we will continue to cruise as long as we are in good health and enjoy what we are doing.  We are still having fun so we will go south again in September.

I wear my sunglasses

I wear my sunglasses

Emma and Terri

Emma and Terri

We have really enjoyed trying to spoil Emma, our granddaughter, this summer.  Emma is at such a good age, she will be four in November, to interact with us.  She loves to visit us at our boat and is quick to point out this boat and that one as they pass by us.  Some of her favorite things to do is to be pushed on swings and playing on the

Her first sail

Her first sail

teeter-tooter.  We took her out for her first sail.  Emma loved sailing the boat in circles while pointing out small islands near the Patuxent River and wanted to go to “Pirate Island”

Having fun on the boat

Having fun on the boat

referring to the kid’s show called Peppa Pig.  She also loves jumping on the bed and trying to hide under pillows when we come and find her.  Additionally, she is taking swimming lessons and

Jess and Emma

Jess and Emma

reminds us she is a big girl now.  We will really miss her when we are on our travels but we will try to skype as much as we can.

Swimming with Papa

Swimming with Papa

Well, that is it for our summer.  We hope you had a good one as we certainly did.  We will try to update our blog more often.  So, until our next update…….

sunset at our marina

sunset at our marina

Bill and Terri    

Posted September 19, 2016 by svsecondoption in Uncategorized

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  1. Safe travels Capt. Bill and Theresa! The chaps are just amazing. Your Emma is a beauty just like her Mema!!!

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