Saturday, February 6, 2016

Oh the Places You'll Go!

I haven't really gone anywhere, but when a friend is in town for not long enough, it is like taking a island fast mini holiday in your own backyard. This is absolutely the time of year to do just that, as old friends are here for extended stays and the weather is glorious. All for making the heart light and happy. 

Though we usually DO sit under palm trees on the beach and drink rum all day, there is that occasional side of work to be done while having fun. In my case, it's trying to get all the bits and pieces that are involved in moving my houseboat to its eventual home, which for me means coordinating very good friends for the hard work. Moorings, solar, plumbing, outboard engine,'s like putting together a kid's toy starting on late eve of the celebration day, 'so simple a child of five can do it!' and finding out you are not five anymore and where the hell did part B go?

The fun far outweighs the above. Lucky for me!

But first, my daughter Sarah is in New Orleans and lovingly torturing me.
This is from Felix's. They got crawdads too. Oh, mercy!

Old friends

I have no idea who these people are but they looked like they were
rowing in from St. Thomas

The moon has glorious and the planets still aligned
Celestial Chuck called us up to the top of the steps one night to watch the International Space Station do a fly by It reminded me of old days when he could empty out any bar on Culebra with his 1 minute warning, all of us eyes up in whatever direction we were supposed to look. This night was one of the brightest and longest any of us, including Chuck, had seen in a long time. These are the good old days.

He always has the best tee shirts!
I've finally moved on to the houseboat (Know Mas), ready or not. Soon it will be moved to its own mooring but for now there is all I need to consider it homey camping. I swear one day I want to run a store on Culebra where you can buy a pillow. Or two.

First morning view from my front door
Another day, another happy hour. How happy can one be? I don't know but finding out is a pretty good way to spend some time.

How lucky to see so many people in one photo that I dearly love!

And a rainbow to go with it!
Oh, and a landing craft too. 

Buck Mulligan. If you read James Joyce's Ulysses, you'll remember him.
If you didn't, here is one description.
I'd imagine the owner of this vessel to be a pretty interesting person.

Happy happy joy joy! 

Linda and I decided to eat at the Krusty Krab. 
I'd had lunch there (conch salad, excellent) but not dinner. We weren't the only ones who'd decided to do the same. This place is so Culebra that one of the dinner guests ended up waiting tables; the place was full. Wow! Hope she gets free dinners forever. 

I had the catch of the day and it was really delicious.
If I can't be picking blue crab, I can pick snapper!

Linda had the shrimp creole. Also really good,
with enough to fill her up and have lunch the next day
In the early morning light

When there is little to no wind, it's a mish mash out there!
Walking is always good except when it isn't, which just means wrapping my head around making it good. Plus, getting rides is a great way to catch up with people I don't see very often. Once the dinghy is operational (that means, once the engine is happy), it will be fine transportation, but in the meantime, there are sights to savor.

Can you say poignant?

It's that time of year again. This particular tree just gets crazy better every year

The orchid tree is blooming away

What you can do with all those wine bottles
 In the late afternoon I was reading when the world went glowy. 

This morning dawned bright and clear, clear enough to see El Yunque. 

Once again, we can almost see cars on Vieques

And from the top of a hill, it's just another gorgeous day in Paradox.
Remember to mix your work and play, it does a body good.

Have a putsomesalientinyour Saturday. Do something significantly sublime.


  1. Congrats on being afloat once again!

    1. Thank you! You know how good it feels.

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    1. And they were. The other fish dishes were grouper fillets.