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Mar 9, 201309:51 AM

Swing Set: Cruising Full Time

It's All Coming Together

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We have ordered some DVDs from Amazon and now have a movie library of 26 good movies. Watching streaming videos takes up too much data transfer space, and we always run out before the end of the month and have to pay extra. If we really get sick of a certain movie, we'll use it for bartering to get something later that we haven't seen yet, or are willing to see again. Normally, we don't watch a movie more than once. I mean, "Gone With the Wind" was a great movie, but we've only seen it once. Isn't that the one where everyone dies at the end?

Our Eva-Dry dehumidifier that we bought on Amazon in Key West is really doing a good job of eliminating mildew in the boat. It has really been effective, and I would recommend to anyone living in Florida, on a boat or a home, to be using a dehumidifier. Ours doesn't use much power; in fact, it doesn't even register on our Magna Inverter control panel when it is on.

Holly got a haircut yesterday morning, a chore that we try to do once a month or so. She still fidgets some, and I'm still afraid I'll nick her. We may forgo as many haircuts while we are in the Bahamas. Veterinarians to repair clipper damage will be nearly impossible to find.

Yesterday, while waiting for SALT to call, I tried to run an antenna wire to the bridge from the salon and was unsuccessful. For two hours, I tried everything I could think of, using my arms and a steel fish tape, to run a wire but just couldn't do it. I buttoned up everything and decided to approach it at a later time. About an hour later, we were enjoying the late afternoon sun and I wanted to listen to some music and our outside speakers wouldn't come on. I took the panel apart behind the stereo and luckily found a loose wire, but where was it supposed to be attached? We have a switch near the stereo, so we can either have sound on the outside of the boat, or not, and this is where I found where that loose wire was supposed to be attached. I plugged it on the terminal, cable tied it for security in the future, and we were in business. I mention this for a couple of reasons, but one is to say how having a switch to turn off the outside speakers comes in handy when you want to listen to surround sound for a movie or listen to the stereo inside the boat and not disturb your neighbors at a harbor or at a dock.

The other day, we found a canvas bag floating in the harbor and it turned out to be something resembling a pillow, but had two vest-type life jackets inside of it. It took us a couple of days to locate the rightful owner, and when they came by to pick it up, they left us a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio in way of appreciation. What better to have with wine than a nice Italian dish?

With the help of Chef Bar Ardee, we made lasagna for our dinner on Friday night, along with some garlic bread, the last of the loaf of Cuban bread we bought earlier in the week. The lasagna was made mostly entirely from canned goods. In a glass dish, we layered some canned beef ravioli, then some canned spinach and cottage cheese. Then, another layer of ravioli, spinach, cottage cheese, until we got to the top, and used some mozzarella too. Sliced egg on top is something my mother always did, and I'm not sure how Italian this part is, but we like it. Baked in our convection oven for about 30 minutes, sprinkled with Parmesan, and served with the bread and the wine made for a delicious, quick meal.

Today, we have friends arriving and staying at a nearby resort for the next week. The annual Seafood Festival is being held at the City Park right next door, so we'll go to that this afternoon. The event is billed as the largest "happening" in the keys, second only to Fantasy Fest, which is held in Key West in the fall. I suspect this event is quite a bit different from Fantasy Fest, however. Sadly different, I may add.

We did get the results back from my physical the other day, and the nurse said "everything was normal." I don't know how broad their definition of "normal" is, but I guess I'd rather hear that than anything else.

We are also waiting to get our eyeglasses that we ordered, and we have a dental appointment on Tuesday morning. It seems like the longer you stay in one spot, the more things you find that you need to have done. We aren't sure how long we'll be in the Bahamas, so we're trying to tie up as many loose ends as possible. But when you think about it, life is nothing but a succession of loose ends isn't it?

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