Thursday, June 30, 2016


After my divorce, a friend asked me how I could be so happy.... so soon. When someone tells you that they don't feel love for you anymore, how can you argue that? Just accept it and move on.

You never know what tomorrow will bring.  Maybe happiness, maybe sorrow.  It might be a pivital point in your life.  That day that everything, I mean EVERYTHING in your life changes, and will NEVER be the same.  How will you handle it?  It's not so much about what happens to you, but more importantly... how you handle it.  You can cry and say, "why me?"  But, after you've had time to grieve, you must dry your tears and raise your head high.

Someone was going through a tough time in their life, and stated, "I know it will be better on the other side, but I have to go through a lot of shit to get there."  Her friend told her, "well, get your waders on and go for it."  While that statement was funny, it was very enlightening.  Do what you have to, to get through your tough times.

"Be bold and courageous.  When you look back on your life, you will regret the things you didn't do, more than the ones you did."

I have adopted that motto.  In the past, I limited myself by thinking - I can't do that!  But now, when I have that thought, I then ask myself - why not?  I am taking one day at a time, and trying to enjoy every minute of that day. I try and not stress too much over things, because lately, things just seem to fall into place.  Someone bigger than me is watching over me.  And God, I thank you!

Saturday, June 18, 2016


1.  It's hard to cook for one.

2.  A house full of furniture is not needed: one TV, two chairs, a folding table, and a bed is really all you need.

3.  Happiness is over-rated.

4.  The problem with getting attached to someone, when they leave, you just feel lost.

5.  It's hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember.

6.  Solitaire can occupy at least an hour.

7.  It's sad when you aren't as important to someone as you thought you were.

8. Netflix is my new best friend... it's always there.

9.  Love does NOT conquer all.

10.  I can finish off a bottle of wine in a single night.

P.S. No bottles were harmed in the making of this post.

Monday, June 13, 2016


The other day I took off work early and stopped by the Boater's Resale Shop in Kemah, TX. The location of the shop has moved, and is very close to my work. I went in to just look around, see what they had. I've never seen another place like this one. You enter the door and it is floor to ceiling used boat stuff. You can literally spend hours in there.

When I first started sailing, a friend had a copy of Campbell's Guide to Cruising Texas. I wanted one, so I looked online. Couldn't find one, they were rare, but if found, would cost about $150. That is way out of my budget, so I never looked again. Today, there was a copy at the Boater's Resale Shop, and only $5. I quickly grabbed it. Amazon now tells me they could sell me a used one from $99 to $250. Mine is not the newest edition, I am assuming, but I HAVE ONE!!!

Looking farther into their collection of cruising guides, I found one for the Florida Keys. I had to have it too. The picture on the cover is of Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas. I recommend you make a trip out there if you visit Key West. A huge boat called YANKEE FREEDOM makes a trip out there everyday. It is worth the money and your day.

Sunday, June 12, 2016


My memory is not the best, and has caused me heartache in the past. When I was young, my grandmother jokingly said I needed "remembering" pill, but I would forget to take them. That was funny, but there is a lot truth to that statement. I buy several vitamins, and have even purchased a daily pill box to hold the doses. Half the time I don't remember to take them.

That was a wonderful trip... we should do it again!

Fifteen years ago, I started a scrapbook filling pages with pictures from adventures of my life. I envisioned me old and gray, sitting in a rocking chair thumbing through my scrapbook and reliving those adventures I didn't want to forget.

In the last three years, I was busy living this life, and hadn't taken the time to record it in my scrapbook. For the last few weeks, I have been trying to catch up on this recording of history. I don't want to forget any of it. But this has been more therapy than anything.

The last page has been filled, and I can close the book on the last 15 years of my life. Will I start another scrapbook for my next chapter? I don't know, maybe....

Sunday, June 5, 2016


If you have lived and experienced life for any length of time, you carry some baggage. The older you are, the more baggage you have. Life events will leave an imprint, whether good or bad. This effects future relationships.

Baggage comes in different sizes. There is the small toiletry kit. This
bag holds your basic needs. This one is a must. The backpack holds more, is easily carried and accessed, but behind you and doesn't get in the way of your daily activities. A duffel bag carries still more and even though it might have wheels and follow behind, you have a firm grip on it, and it will slow you down at times. The spinner will stay next to your side and in view at all times and can trip you up. The steamer trunk is a real burden. It cannot be carried alone, you need a helper to get it moved. It is more like an anchor.

Even though we have this baggage, no matter what the size, we do not have to open it. The steamer trunk can stay locked and stored in the back corner of the storage unit. It all depends on how we manage our luggage. Do you carry it with you all the time? Do you open it and take out every article and inspect it daily? Is your hand always in your bag searching for that rogue sock?

I have baggage like everyone else. After I have packed my bag, and I admit that sometimes it takes a while to get it all in there, but then I lock it and throw it in the back of the closet. I keep the good memories in my backpack. I like to sift through them occasionally. They make me smile.

What kind do you have, and where do you store it?

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Of all my posts, the post about this boat has gotten the most visits. A few days ago, I thought I would stop by and see the progress on her restoration. In 2012, the boat was purchased and her restoration was estimated at four years. It has been four years. Of course I don't know what's going on down below, but I couldn't see much progress on the outside. There was no one present, so I couldn't ask questions.

My loyal followers will remember s/v Kairos, the boat that took me across the Gulf three years ago. Several months back, I read that she was being sold. I assumed Bill would use the same broker that he purchased her though. Sure enough, there she was in all her glory. I really did like that boat, and if I was dripping in diamonds, she would be mine.
I have good memories on that boat... and some scary ones too.

She is a very comfortable and capable boat. If anyone is interested in her, contact Little Yacht Sales at 281-334-6500. Here is a link to the posting, then scroll down to "Tayana 48 center cockpit 1999":