Friday, November 30, 2012

Testing the tender

Took out tender for a test drive.

St. Michael's

We can see the St. Michael's Marina from our boat.  We are docked at Higgins Yacht Yard.  They also operate the Two Swan Inn and Cottages.  We like the small garden and brick walkway of the house for sale.  The trees along the side  of the house are also pretty.  We are wondering if they are Joshua Trees.  Behind Meandering Joy, we can see The Crab Claw Restaurant.  It is closed for the season as are many things.  The restaurant is great.  We ate there about two years ago on our first visit to St. Michaels. 

Higgins Yacht Yard

Thursday, November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

November 29, 2012

First thing Thursday morning Kevin showed up with a hat on ready to take us out to get fuel.  Steve headed up to the fly bridge with a hat also as we headed just 200 yards away to fuel up.  Fueling was not anywhere near as difficult as I imagined.  We learned to wash down the area near the fuel tank prior to fueling to keep any spilled fuel from soaking into the teak floor.   Pumping out the holding tank was not very difficult or dirty either.  I decided that having a pair of gloves for these specific tasks might be a good idea. 

After fueling, we headed out to the Chesapeake Bay.  I drove while Kevin helped Steve with the Noble Tec system.  We headed back in after a while and docked port side in so that we could take out the tender which is on the starboard side.  Barrie dropped by and invited us to lunch in the Burr office.  The Lisenby's and Ricketts' had arranged a BBQ lunch for all the staff at Burr.  The invited all the boat owners who are here also.  We met two other Fleming owners as well as more of the staff. 

After lunch we started our dinghy lesson.  Taking down the tender/dinghy was fun.  I like the davit and how it works.  Steve loved driving the tender because he could go fast and scare me.  I think it will be more fun in warmer weather when falling in the water won't be nearly as hazardous to my health. 

After the excitement of the tender ride and returning the tender to her place in the fly bridge, we settled into the pilot house for a lesson on chart reading.  Kevin took us from Turkey Point Island to Beaufort, NC on the charts.  He pointed out places that will need to be avoided and places where there will be a cross current that can push us out of the channel.  We finished up at 4:58 so that we could make it to a Christening ceremony for Providence at 5:00.  It is kind of nice that we can make it to a ceremony in 2 minutes and be on time. 

The Christening ceremony took place in the cockpit of Providence.  The ceremony included scripture, a presentation, and a prayer.  We were all inspired by the ceremony.    Barrie and Mary invited us aboard to christen Proud Mary and then we moved on to Meandering Joy for yet another christening. 

The unexpected blessing of this ceremony was very special to us as we prepare to leave the safety net provided at Burr. 

We headed off for dinner after the ceremony.  Mike's Restaurant and Crab House in Riva on the South River was our destination.  Mike's sits on the water and can be accessed by boat.  There were not boats at the dock on this cold night.  The inside was warm and decorated for Christmas.  I chose the crab cake sandwich and French fries.  It was perfect with very little breading and loaded with crab meat. 

We made a quick run to CVS for Nyquil for Terry and then to the Sweet Frog for frozen yogurt.  Sweet Frog has a sign posted stating "sweetFrog was founded on the principles of Christianity and our belief in bringing happiness and a positive attitude into the lives of our consumers.  At sweetFrog, F.R.O.G stands for Fully Rely On God-and we hope to be an example of that in every community." 

The frozen yogurt was a sweet ending to an even sweeter day!

Isaiah 58:11  Isaiah 40:11

Needing God is the key to knowing God.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Her name is...

The lettering was applied while we were home for Thanksgiving. We think it looks great.

November 28, 2012

November 28, 2012

There are some breaks in the clouds where light is beginning to poke through.  I hope the cold gray cloud that hung over us yesterday dissolves today.  Some of the final work on the boat was finished or begun on Tuesday.  The Portuguese bridge door was retrieved and varnished.  It should be hung today.  The hardware was installed on the lazarette doors.  The only kink in finishing things up seems to be the DirecTV. The new receiver/DVR doesn't want to talk to the satellites in the sky for some unknown reason. 

I spent the rainy Tuesday cutting drawer liner to fit into all the drawers.  I got all the drawers organized from our first week of living here.  It seems that we threw things into drawers without much thought as to how and where we would need certain items.  We think we have the pilot house better organized to suit our needs.  I also tested out the new washer which works perfectly.  

Rather than spend the day aboard, I headed to Annapolis for some shopping.  I found a Hallmark store that put me in the Christmas spirit.  Another store I discovered was Fresh Market.  It is a beautiful grocery store.  The layout of the store reminded me of an outdoor market with tables filled with fresh vegetables and unique Christmas items.  It is somewhat like the Whole Foods or Earth Fare at home but better. 

After a late lunch or early dinner at 5:00, we headed back to Annapolis with our Fleming friends-Terry & DeeDee, Barrie & Mary.  We saw the new James Bond movie, Skyfall.  It met all expectations for a 007 film.  It was loud, action packed, and filled with close-ups of Daniel Craig. Judy Dench was great as M, and I like the new Miss Moneypenny.    

We are trying to leave Burr sometime at the end of the week.  If all goes well today, we might go out and anchor late this afternoon.  Kevin will probably go out with us and find a spot where we can put out the anchor and stay overnight.  He would take the dinghy back into Burr leaving us at anchor, alone, in the dark, at night.  Sounds like we baby birds are about to be kicked out of the nest.  I am ready to leave and head toward Jacksonville, not because I haven't enjoyed our stay here, but because we have become more comfortable with Meandering Joy and it is time to begin our venturing out to new places. 

1 Peter 5:7, Ephesians 3:16-19, Psalm 102:21-22

Paul's prayer for the Ephesisans is beautiful:

            I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how  wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you  may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fresh eggs for breakfast

Fresh eggs from the Shove family! Just love the bright egg carton.

November 27, 2012

November 27, 2012

My favorite time of day on the boat is early morning.  I love watching the sun come up and the people of the marina across the way start to move around.  I feel as if I am watching a village wake up.  I am usually up before Steve.  At home, he is usually up and moving first. There is no sun coming up this morning.  It is raining.  Our first day on the boat with rain.  Steve got up in the middle of the night because he thought the rain sounded like mice chewing through the hull.  Yikes--if I had known that, would not have been able to sleep.  The world is covered in a blanket of gray as I look across the water. 

We plan to take the boat out today to fill up with fuel and use the fuel polisher.  I think a fuel polisher cleans the fuel.  We are also going to learn how to pump out the black tank.   Mick plans to work on the television again today.  I found out last night at dinner that Dee Dee also likes to watch "The Five" on Fox News.  She invited me over to watch it too if our DirecTV is not repaired by 5:00.   I may go on over even if our television is connected--I have discovered a kindred spirit.  

Colossians 3:15, Acts 9:18, Revelation 19:3-6, Psalm100:4-5
I continue to read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.  She writes today that "A life of praise and thankfulness becomes a life filled with miracles."  I suppose there are many miracles that I have overlooked because I have been too caught up in my own thoughts and worries. 

November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012

Our rental car pulled away from the house at 5:00 this morning. It was dark and cool but not cold.  There was minimal traffic until we hit Fredericksburg where there was both construction and an accident.  It was a relief to take the Davidsonville Road exit of Hwy 50 toward Edgewater.  Beautiful farms align this road.  The rolling pastures are painted with an assortment of green grasses.  The scenery makes this country girl feel at home.  Turning onto Turkey Point road, I began to look for Meandering Joy.  We could see her from the bridge as we passed over.  Her name had been applied to the transom.   We were excited to see what all had been done while we were away.

We unloaded quickly so that we could return the rental car by 4:30.  Ray and Kevin volunteered to return the car for us so that we could unpack our things and get them settled on the boat.  We continue to be impressed with the thoughtfulness of the people I now call the Burr family. 

Mick was working on the satellite television when we stepped aboard.  As I unloaded the groceries, I saw he had left us some eggs in a bright pink egg carton.  He and his family have chickens.  We will try these for breakfast in the morning. 
Ray returned after taking our rental car and handed me the keys to the Burr van to use if we needed anything. 

Mary dropped by to ask us to join the Lisenby's and Rickett's for dinner.   We ate at Plazuela's, a Mexican restaurant, which serves the hottest salsa verde I have ever eaten.  Our new friends shared stories of their Thanksgiving dinner and the adventures they have had in preparing their boats while we were away.  Steve and I are like sponges soaking up all the helpful hints they are sharing with us.  We are thankful for their friendship and the experiences they share. 

Psalm 118:24, Psalm 116:17
This is the day that the Lord hath made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.  I need to make this my motto and the first thing I think of when I get up each morning.  Imagine what a life that could be to rejoice daily. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

November 24, 2012

We had a wonderful time shopping in downtown Athens yesterday.  Caroline, Lainey and I showed Janet around our favorite shops. We all wished that Katy and Jessica could have been with us.  Katy had to work and Jessica had a job interview in Virginia.  We stopped by Siri Thai for some chicken pad Thai and spring roll before heading off to the mall.  It was not as crowded as usual, or the crowds just didn't bother me because I was happy to enjoy the day with my girls no matter what insanity may have been going on around us. 
Ephesians 5:20, Psalm 118:1, and Psalm 89:15

 Be thankful in everything.