Friday, February 9, 2018

Back On The Hook

I am married to a Get ‘er Done kind of man.  He has rushed through his to-do list like a mad man.  I am proud to call him mine.

Let’s see, well we had our 15th year anniversary.  We almost forgot it, but Google Calendar and Facebook reminded us in time to have a bacon cheeseburger over at the Shack.  See I’m a cheap date, sometimes.

We then left Tijax Marina to get back on the hook.  Unfortunately, we discovered we had a stow away.  Yes, a RAT!.  

The next day we hauled out at RAM Marina to have a quick bottom paint job done.  While on the hard we bunked with some friends.  I was hoping that Rat would find his way off the boat or get caught in the trap Steve set for him. But no luck, he actually did get caught once but destroyed the trap escaping.

We were back in the water in a few days and I purchased a cage trap and poison.  It was time for him to be removed off one way or another.  He was getting very brave after destroying the trap.  Our first night back on the hook he ventured out of the engine room across the counter while we were eating dinner.  Let me tell you, that was NOT cool.  I dislike really only a few animals and Rats are one of them. A childhood story thing.  

So got some gloves on, mixed up a combination of refried beans, some chicken off the one I just cooked and poison.  I put it inside the cage and set it.  Went back to eating my own dinner.  Within ten minutes he was in there, except his tail.  UGGG

He ate his dinner then proceeded to attempt to destroy the cage..  
 Sorry had to throw in pics of my GMan

Well I’m sure I will receive an animal cruelty award and I won't get a house sitting job caring for rodents because he was escorted off the boat right then.  Yep into the water.

So he is gone and we have not seen signs of another.  We still are sleeping slightly in fear but it is getting better.

Now we will wait for a nice weather window to sail to the Honduras Bay Islands.  Weather has been pleasant here but wind is coming from the wrong direction.  

Our French kitty is needing our assistance for a few days so that makes it a pleasure to wait for a perfect window.  I am the Boat Diva.. hahahah

Everything is checked off Steve’s list except installing the autopilot. This time waiting will allow him to complete that job. He doesn't seem eager to conquer that job at all.  Maybe reading this will encourage him.

Well that is it for now my friends, remember to please be good to yourself and to Others.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Rain in the Jungle

What do you know, it is raining in this Guatemalan jungle, but it hasn’t slowed Steve down much.  He seems to be able to juggle socializing and rigging like a professional.  He has finished replacing all running and standing rigging as well as all the life lines.  He has also replaced the sump pump for our shower, put up the new suncover and has been my taxi driver.  

We had a few days last week where the rain caused him to stop all work outside.  On those days we accepted an invitation to join 9 other cruisers at the Monkey Bay Jungle Cabin. We were fed and entertained in a lovely cabin where all but me passed out happily.  Schooner and I had a lovely tumble down the stairs from the loft.  Hahah  bruised up my arm but I am alive and well.  I found it hilarious since I was the only one who was sober, yet I manage to fall down the stair.  Anywho, it is a lovely place and I highly recommend it as a rental if any of you land lovers need a place to stay down here.  

Other things going on in our lives of any interest is I am kind of cat sitting.  A couple on a boat in the marina next to our’s needed to travel to Guatemala City for medical treatment.  I volunteered to check in on their cat, Florentine, while they are away.  Steve is my taxi driver a few times a day so that I can clean the cat box, feed her and give her some attention.  Florentine is a well traveled French cat, much like Schooner.  She has traveled by land, sea and air all over the world.  She has been a pleasure to visit with each day on her lovely boat.

We are almost ready to push off the dock and head over to have Saga Sea hauled out for a quick bottom job.  Then we will watch for a good weather window to head to the Honduras Bay Islands.  I am looking forward to getting some sea air through the boat to completely air her out.  

Oh I guess I didn’t really talk about the new sun cover and cockpit cushions we had made.  Steve is in love with a fabric called Weathermax.  He has used it for a few things aboard and decided to use it for a few more items.  We shipped the material here so we can have the upholstery guy here that made our cap rail covers make the sun cover and cushions.  We have some material leftover so we will see what else we can replaced. It really is a great product, very durable, water resistant and easy to clean.

Well the sun is out now, I need to get my herb seeds started and fix some lunch.  Until next time my friends, be good to yourself and OTHERS.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Getting Squared Away

Hola Peeps, well time is steadily moving forward and we are attempting to keep up.  We took advantage of the delay in the delivery of our shipment by visiting with friends and squaring away Saga Sea’ systems.  Steve also got back into his fabulous bread baking.  

When we first arrived in the Rio Dulce, three years ago, neither of us saw the charm of the culture.  We see the culture here as a bunch of expats living among the locals only on the surface level.  They deal mostly with the locals that profit from providing services to the cruisers/expats.  

When we walk down the busy street of Fronteras, we are not met with smiling faces or daily greetings unless they want to sell us something.  It may be because the street is so busy with foot and vehicles traffic but we are left with a cold emotional feeling.  Basically you go to town to do your business and get out!  

The word fronteras means borders, so Fronteras town seems to be a sort of border town, yet it is not bordering two countries.  What it does border is the Rio Dulce, which means sweet river.  Fronteras has been built next to the bridge that crosses this river which I believe is one of the only spots vehicle traffic can cross.  So this attracts lots of the people from the neighboring villages for commerce reasons.

In the past, we enjoyed visiting places that we could get to know the locals and their culture.  To tell you the truth that type of place is difficult to find, but we did find it in Honduras’ Bay Island, Guanaja and Providencia Colombia.  The other places have been congested commerce or tourist driven cities.  

This is basically our third time here, and the place is growing on us.  We are learning to appreciate the Rio for what it is: learning where to find things helps tremendously.  Friending the regular visiting cruisers, the expats that decided to stay full time, and the locals that provide services to the cruisers has made us much more comfortable and welcomed here in the Rio. We can simply enjoy the Rio with its beauty and wonders, which it is magnificent.

I love the jungle and mountains with all of it’s creatures and profile.  Steve enjoys white sandy beaches, but I love it all.  Taking adventures up narrow rivers excites me.  The narrow branch rivers here have really sprouted a lot of vacation yacht storage and homes, so others seem to appreciate them as well.  

Okay, enough of that..  So our shipment arrived on Wednesday, all 22 boxes.  We were a little disappointed but not surprised when the shipping service here tried to raise the price that was stated on her info sheet, by $600. Yeah…  So we agreed on a little more but we only paid an extra $160 verses $600.  

We were able to use the launch service here at the marina to transport the boxes over to our boat.  Once we got them all there we quickly unloaded all the boxes on the dock and tried to find homes for everything.  Much of the big stuff is wire and rope to replace the standing and running rigging and material for the new sun cover and cockpit cushions.   We quickly sent the material to the canvas guy we use here to get the material off the dock.  Steve has replaced all the running rigging and has started on the standing.  

When owning a boat something always happens that throws you off the current projects.  We have had two things come up that need attention that weren’t on the list of projects.  The first thing that happened was our cap rail was damaged from an ass that made a huge wake while speeding near the marina.  So for all you power boat people.. Slow the hell down when near other boats and people..  The boat next to Saga Sea got caught under the cap rail and broke off a piece of the beautifully varnish teak.. So that had to come off and sent to a carpenter because Steve is way too busy to fix it himself at the moment.

The second thing that has happened, a mast car for the spinnaker pole broke.  For non-sailboat people, it is an aluminum and stainless piece that slides up and down the mast and it stabilizes a pole that holds out a light weight sail (spinnaker sail) on the front of the boat.    The sail is used when light wind is coming from behind the boat.  So Steve is looking into replacing the piece or some how fixing it himself.. Believe me if there is a way he will figure it out, just like MacGyver.

Guess that is about it.  We are back to getting on track.  Back to keeping written records of our spending.  Back to worrying about important things in life, like clean drinking water.  Back to taking time for ourselves and others.  Next time I will try to take pictures of the items we brought back for Saga Sea and explain them all.  

Oh I forgot something.  I am sure this is just some sort of way for another site to generate more traffic but this blog was “Awarded” Top 75 sailing blogs by  I have proudly displayed it here on the blog.  

Ok Peeps, until next time.. Be good to yourself and OTHERS!