Pelican Ketch

Pelican Ketch

Yes, those are pelicans roosting on all the different lines. I guess they figure, why go fishing, when you have humans who will bring the fish to you. When I shot this photo, I was just going for the boat, I didn’t see the birds until later. I wonder how the fisherman negotiate going out on deck? Could be a shit storm. 

We are go for launch! Our papers are in order and our painter is queued. I have the task to clear out our cosmic debris from three of our most lived in rooms, the kitchen, our bedroom and the computer room. The plan is to tackle the first two rooms and then do the computer room last. The idea is to get the most impactful work done first and out-of-the-way. We spoke to our neighbor Caroline, whose workman we are borrowing. He is finishing up an even bigger job in their place. She mentioned that after all this they want him to install new kitchen cabinets. If he does a good job for them, we’ll do the same and get a new kitchen for cheap.

Wait, wait, wait. What about a new stove? Our stove is the only appliance that we have not replaced in the thirty plus years living here. How about some new linoleum too? Sure, sure, sure, I see where this is going. First though, I have to move a lot of crap. Rob the painter, told us that we didn’t have move the big stuff, like we did when he painted the living and dining rooms. So, three rooms should be easier than two. Right? We’ll see. Stay tuned.

Sailing Home

Setting Sail

We’ve sailed home, across a river of asphalt, while navigating eighteen-wheeled shoals. It seems colder here than I remembered. An ice storm struck last night, closing school today, but we were already safely tucked into our own bed again. I’ll eventually, have to go out and fetch the paper, but that can wait a bit longer.

Our last night on the road was spent in Nashville. We had dinner with Rey and Becca there. They both seemed to be doing well, working hard, building a life together. After dinner we adjourned to their apartment and played a new board game, the Castle Of Mad King Ludwig. In this game, each player attempts to duplicate the original Mad King’s success and build their own Neuschwanstein. While technically a board game, it plays more like a card game, where luck is a big factor. I came in last, but Anne got second place.

If they come and visit Saint Louis, I know just where to take them. Shannon, our Gyrotonics instructor, told us about a place called Pieces, a board gaming parlor in Soulard. If it were not for Mardi Gras, I’d check it out this weekend.

We had a grand time this trip. It was nice to dress in t-shirt, shorts and sandals. In Atlanta, spring was well underway. The magnolias were in full bloom. Even Tennessee showed early signs of spring life. So, can spring be that far away for us here? The five-day forecast is not too encouraging. There is even a low one day, with a minus sign in front of it. It will eventually come. Just be patient, which is easy for me to say, having just returned from Florida.