Thunder, lightning, big winds and rain!

What a great combination eh?  Glad we’re tied to a dock!

We are somewhat protected from the north west winds which are currently gusting to over 20 knots.  We are securely tied to a dock, sitting in between a 44 foot Sea Ray and a 46 foot Irwin sailboat.  In fact, I think I can smell Ron’s pipe as I write!  Vanilla flavoured tobacco…..Ron and Linda are from the Kemah, Texas area, and great folks.  They own the Irwin, a good, heavy sailboat.  We haven’t met the owners of the Sea Ray, Ron says that they also are from Texas somewhere.
Between Erwin and SeaRay

Between Erwin and SeaRay

Trolls under the bridge

Trolls under the bridge

The weather has really gone for a ……no, no snow like some of you have had already, but we did experience a moderate quantity of lightning and thunder last night about 5 a.m.  So, it was time to get up and check things out on the boat, throw the companionway hatch back and have a gander outside.  No Leonid meteors to be seen…too much rain and cloud!  The small electric heater that we purchased in Gore Bay this past summer is keeping the boat nice and toasty warm, and it is much quieter than our reverse cycle air/heat.
I get the feeling our Weems and Plath barometer is not telling the whole truth, it is currently showing a reading between “change” and “fair”.  Fair?  It certainly isn’t fair, and we hope any change is for the better, although the forecast is for gale force winds tonight.
We will be leaving Alabama this week, probably on Friday, and heading back to Pensacola.  We’ll return to Palafox Pier and Marina, where we will have the opportunity to entertain some of our sailing friends from Ohio, and also some friends from Amherstburg, ON.  We’ve got company coming to visit! Yahoooooo.  Our time at Palafox will also allow us the time needed to complete the full enclosure and have the diesel fuel Racor filter system installed. Then we should be ready to head south to the Ft. Myers area, and hopefully stay at the Burnt River Marina for a bit.  A nice change of scenery, and it should be much warmer down that way.  I will have to ensure that we purchase the spare air conditioning water cooling supply pump before we depart Pensacola, the last of the spare pumps that we should have on hand for our travels.
Beth was out shopping yesterday with the gals from Texas while some of the guys viewed a movie at the local theater here.  We watched Keanu Reeves new thriller John Wick.  An amazing amount of blood, bullet casings and fisticuffs.  Good, mindless entertainment.  Beth was able to finally get us a couple of fold up chairs for the boat, which will be put to good use when we have “docktails” which of course is the boatee version of cocktails.  There just isn’t anything quite as grand as swapping stories/lies, imbibing great liquors and food, whilst sitting at the end of a dock in the sunshine, watching the sunset and dolphins swimming by.  The day before yesterday, there was a dolphin so close to the stern of the boat, that had I been sitting on the swim platform, I could have scratched it’s back.  What a great sight!  And no, I wasn’t “sent to the swim platform to be punished”, I just happened to be back at the stern when the dolphin happened by.  We also viewed a manatee swimming upstream, another great sight to see.  There are also Osprey here around the marina, so there really is no shortage of wildlife to view.
Note from Beth: Although it’s been too cool for bugs, they were eating us alive a few days ago – especially the “No-See-Ums”. So I looked up a recipe for homemade bug repellent on Pinterest and got to work.  
Made a lotion to keep the No-See-Ums and Mosquitoes off us

Made a lotion to keep the No-See-Ums and Mosquitoes off us

Ingredients

Ingredients

The Lotion

The Lotion

I used therapeutic grade citronella oil, Coconut oil and Witch Hazel. I’ll let you know how it works when the bug come back out. 
So, lazy day today, rain and high winds will keep us onboard and either “surfing” the internet, or reading a book.  Time for a day off!
Keep your stick on the ice!
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One thought on “Thunder, lightning, big winds and rain!

  1. GREAT HEARING FROM YOU GUYS. KEEP SAFE LOVE MITCH & DENISE
    NOT TO MUCH HAPPENS HERE. OUR TOWN HERE IS BACK TO NORMAL? NOW THAT TOURIST SEASON IS WELL OVER. THE SNOWBIRDS FROM THE PRAIRIES ARE IN.
    SO WE HAVE A POPULATION OF ABOUT 5,000 . ONE MAIN STREET & 2 TRAFIC LIGHTS AS OF LAST SUMMER. PUT THE BIKE AWAY EARLY. NOT IN THE MOOD. BUT WE ARE ENJOYING THE
    CHALLENGER. FUN TO DRIVE. WELL TALK LATER LOVE MITCH & DENISE

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