Swing Set

Feb 19, 201306:04 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

Prophets Come in Many Forms

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On our coldest day, we made this big pot of chicken soup. I am an expert at making homemade chicken soup, chicken and dumplings and Hungarian Goulash, and I may have outdone myself with this variation of my grandmothers age-old recipe.

I boiled two chicken leg quarters in eight cups of water, added some pepper and chicken bouillon and a can of carrots, including the juice. I deboned the chicken after an hour and added four packages of Ramen noodles, along with the seasoning that comes in each packet. Then came the secret ingredient, catsup. Yes, catsup. I squirted about half a cup of regular old catsup right into the pot. This took place of the tomato paste that we didn't have on hand, which is in my grandmother's recipe. It gives the soup a nice rich color and really adds to the taste. Try it sometime.

Today is the day we plan on venturing out. We were going to take the dinghy, but our water tank is low. We aren't making as much water as I would like because the 12-volt battery bank that supplies the water maker isn't charging with the wind generator and we don't need to run the diesel generator just to make water. It's easier to just cruise over to a nearby marina and take on water than it is to run another wire to the other bank of batteries. We need to dump trash anyway.

We've been getting some good comments and emails about the blog, with people saying that our exploits are an inspiration to some people that want to do this very thing. Those comments make my writing the blog worthwhile. Sometimes, I feel like the blog is just a way to say, "Hey look at us, how much fun we're having!" I don't like to give that impression.

We get requests from folks who want to see our Facebook page, but generally we decline those requests. I use our Facebook page to express views that would not necessarily be acceptable to the general public, so we keep it separate. Some readers want to share phone numbers, but that's not something we do much of - talk on the phone - unless we need to talk to someone that finds the blog and wants to meet nearby. We don't relish talking on the phone to people we don't know. We like meeting people in person better. Usually.

Anybody want to visit? Please realize the limitations of our not being at any specific location. Just finding a place to pick up passengers for a daytime cruise can be problematic. We also aren't travel agents, and don't know where the best hotels or resorts are, because we don't use them. We might be able to squeeze an overnight guest onto the boat for a night or two, but space is tight on Swing Set for people and for their "stuff." We'd love to have a continuous succession of overnight guests if our boat was bigger, but it's not. It was great getting visitors in Key West, because everyone had their places to stay and we were at a dock. It was perfect. If we ever get settled into a specific location for any length of time, we'll be able to plan on having visitors a lot easier.

Why the picture of Holly sleeping? Because we get requests to see more pictures of Holly. Nobody ever asks to see pictures of me, and that's OK.

I almost forgot. I bought an app months ago called Boat Beacon. It's supposed to show ships and other boats in our area. I haven't used it for that, but I've found a good use for the app. It has an anchor alarm that can double as a theft alarm. If I use our iPad to set the alarm and leave it on the boat when we leave, the alarm will send an email message to my iPhone if the boat moves further than a predetermined setting. This can give us some peace of mind about the anchor dragging when we are away from the boat. The app is only a few bucks, so it's worth it if it works. We might try it today.

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