May 1, 2009
Today Barry prepared for a scout campout. We cleaned up the boat. Barry discovered that we had water in the engine so he changed the oil. It was a really messy job. When everything was cleaned up we sailed over to Peanut Island. Barry got the food ready and I babysat it until the scouts came. Melody and Orrin had a lot of fun playing at the beach then Barry helped me anchor the boat off of Peanut Island. It was a tight fit between two other boats but we made it. This is the first time we have anchored in a different location. I can get Internet here. I sent out a bunch of e-mails then called it a night.
May 2, 2009
Finished up the scout campout on Peanut island and we played around with our bimini shade cover and determined that it does not go to our boat. It doesn’t fit anything. At least we have a frame for a bimini cover. We motored over to the Ohlson and tied up along side to do a final clean out. Everything is on Jamaica Fairwell now. We discovered that I lost Melody’s life jacket at Peanut Island after we moved up the ICW (inter coastal waterway) to the Indian town bridge. It is about 10 miles north of Phil Foster. It is also a lot closer to the church building. We grounded into the sand twice and had to pull the boat sideways with the dinghy to get it loose but after poking around with a long stick we found the cut to get to where we wanted to anchor. We towed Jamaica with the dinghy and then threw our anchor out.
May 3, 2009
We made it to the truck in one dinghy trip, with all of the boy scout stuff and the family. Church was nice. Toilet is not working right.
May 4, 2009
Did laundry at Meghan Shurtz house. Meghan gave me a dishtowel and I sewed a utensil holder out of it for our boat. I am excited to use it and get some of my counter space back and be a little more organized. I might do one more for my knives, but might do a magnetic strip instead. For dinner we were invited to a barbeque and some fun playing volley ball with the Nortons and friends at a park. Melody caught a frog at the end of the evening. She loves frogs. Melody also climbed trees and played with some of the girls. Nortons are coming over tomorrow night for some cruising up and down the waterway. This whole next week looks beautiful for sailing to the Bahamas. The Seas are two feet or less, with steady winds. We are not quite ready to go yet. We want to fix the headsail. It has a cover sewn on that is ripped and needs fixed. We would like to track down someone in the ward that has an industrial machine.
May 5, 2009
Barry fixed the toilet today, and he finished with perfect timing for our friends to arrive. Sheyla, Justin, Nina, and Loitha came tonight and sailed around while the sun set. I served them a yummy dinner that worked out perfect because we had meat that needed to be eaten. They had a great time and played cards on the cockpit table.
May 9, 2009
We sailed out the Jupiter inlet and out into the deep blue ocean. The seas were really calm. The water was so clear and florescent blue. We sailed south to West Palm Beach inlet. There were also tons of fishing vessels out. It reminded us that we should get a fishing pole and start catching our dinner. We were sailing against the Gulf Stream Current and a southeast prevailing wind. So we crammed a 10-mile trip into 20 miles. We learned more about tacking and how much we can beat to the windward with our boat. We eventually turned our engine on to reach our destination before nightfall.
Marcello gave us two child life jackets after he got pulled over by the coast guard for not having Adult life jackets. It is exactly what I prayed for.
May 10, 2009
Mother’s day was wonderful. A special program was put together for the women in the ward. We were fed a wonderful lunch and watched a video of the service project we took part in last month. The Bishop of our ward hand wrote a individualized letter to each of the women reminding us of our unique role and responsibilities. We also filled up on water and cleaned out the bow water tank so now we have all 150 gallons at our disposal.
May 11, 2009
Today we picked up Meghan Shurtz , her kids, and her brother and sister in law and we took them over to Peanut Island. It was a gorgeous day for sailing and snorkeling. It was a very fun, and relaxing day. Sometimes we are working so hard to fix the boat or clean things up that it is really nice to have friends over so we can take a break. After dropping our friends off at Phil Foster we drove to the Nortons to do laundry. We ended up staying the night and playing a different version of Risk into all hours of the morning.
May 12, 2009
Today Sheyla drove us to Phil Foster and joined us for a day in the sun, jumping off the boat and snorkeling off Peanut Island. Melody is really loving the water and is getting better and better at swimming. Today I pulled her behind the dinghy and she had a blast. I got a turn to snorkel and loved seeing all the tropical fish. There were barracuda, small jellyfish that don’t sting when you touch them. I also saw tons of tiny baitfish. It was beautiful. After I dropped Sheyla off I put Orrin down for a nap and put away laundry. The Nortons came back out in the evening to sail around Peanut Island with us. We saw a fisherman catch a big fish. It looked like a yummy dinner. We met a couple from France that just got done crossing the Atlantic in a boat that is smaller then ours. They have family here and will work through the hurricane season then head south to Costa Rica. We told them we also planned to go there next fall. We hope to have them over soon to take a look at our boat and give us advice.
May 13, 2009
Today I got a ride from Sheyla Norton to Meghan Shurtz house to use the Relief Society’s sewing machine. I am sewing a shade cover that came with the boat but doesn’t fit the boat. Barry worked most of the day helping Marcelo with a huge remodeling job, then came and picked up the kids and I to head back to the boat to grab his scout uniform and measure and mark the shade cover I was working on. When we got to Phil Foster Park there were all kinds of cop cars and helicopters and ambulances. There was some kind of accident with a capsized boat and illegal immigrants. The sheriffs said they were bringing in a lot of dead bodies, and they wouldn’t let us in at first to get our dinghy. We explained that we live on a boat and moving our dinghy off the dock would get it out of the way. They made a few phone calls and then let us through. I moved the dinghy quick and picked Barry and the kids up at the east bridge. We were only at the boat for a short time then left for scouts. We picked the sewing machine up from Meghan’s house so I could continue working while the kids played in the nursery. We are making great progress and Barry is going to get some insulation board from the work site he is working on to help bring the noise of the engine down.