Monthly Archives: August 2016

We Interrupt This Blog…

Things are hopping here at the moment and I don’t have time to write.  But the big news is we are selling our home in Texas.  Big yippees with a lot of tears mixed in!

Although we have been waiting a while for a sale, the transaction is occurring at lightning speed….. about two weeks from contract negotiations to closing.

I’ll catch you up as soon as things settle a bit.

For now, back to sorting, boxing, donating, etc.

Grr and Growl… I Miss My Swims!

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Hey y’all, it’s me, Captain.  MG said I could have the computer today since I have been a really good dog. Plus, everyone was really complimentary about my first sneaky blog, so I didn’t even get in trouble. (Big tail wag for that!)

Boy has it been hot and boring here in this marina. I don’t really understand why we are staying in one place for such a long time and I’m a little tired of it. But I keep my tail up and make the best of it.

With so much down time here, I have plenty of time sleep and think about the fun stuff we have been doing since moving onto Let It Be.  I really like boat life these days because I spend so much time with my humans.  I mean, they are with me so much more than when we lived in a house. So I guess if I had to choose between land life or boat life, I’m fine with giving up squirrel chasing on land and spending more time with “mom and dad” on the boat.

Probably my favorite time so far was when Hunter and Clayton came to stay on LIB with us. I know I mentioned it before but everybody was so glad to be together and we had such a great time that it is still my favorite time.

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I went to shore for walks with the boys and made sure they knew the way back to LIB.

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I also kept Clayton company when he was reading. I’m pretty certain that having me with him made the reading a lot more fun.

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Hunter understands that I get really hot with my life vest on, so sometimes he would take it off and just hold me. Gosh I love those extra scratches!

I will admit, I was a little tired on the days Hunter and Clayton flew those kite things and skimmed across the water.  I ran from one side of the boat to the other, barking warnings at them but they didn’t listen at all. I was so tired when they finished, I just plopped down on the front of the boat and went to sleep.

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I really love sleeping on the trampoline where the wind can cool me from underneath and on top! The wind just tickles through my fur and it is delightful!

Hey, I’ve learned a new job here on LIB. I don’t really understand why, but MG and Frank get all excited when they see these dolphin things in the water.  Every time they come to swim, my humans go to the front of the boat and watch those dolphins swim and jump. (Hello, I can swim and jump too!)   For some reason, Frank and MG always laugh and feel happy when they see those dolphins, so now I keep my nose and eyes on alert for them.

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These days, I am always the first one to spot dolphins and I sound the alarm if they are coming.  It took a few times for my people to learn why I was barking in the middle of the ocean, but now they know that if I bark “at nothing” to keep an eye out because probably there are dolphins…. It’s nice to have trainable humans!

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I just love running as fast as I can on the beaches. I pound across the beach, then I splash right into the water and cool off.  The water in the Caribbean was so pretty and cool.  But it’s also weird  because it tastes terrible!! I can’t figure out why and I keep tasting it when we swim. But nope, it always tastes salty!  Blah!

When I don’t feel like swimming but it is hot, I dig in the sand and find the cool parts down deep.  I just love to roll around and scratch in the sand.  It’s all wet and cool and sticks to me everywhere.

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This is my sandy raccoon look!

I love that sandy feeling but Frank usually sloshes me around in the water before we go back to the boat. What a waste! If he would just let me bring the sand back in my fur, I’m pretty sure the boat would be a big sandbox by now.

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When we first moved to the boat, mom decided to shave my belly hair because she thought it would cut down on the hair in the boat.  Oooh boy, that thing tickled my tummy.  You can see in this picture that it kind of made me laugh.  I liked it and I really liked all the attention. But there was just as much hair as ever, so we gave up on that.

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Phew, this picture really makes me miss the water.

When we were in the Bahamas, there were a lot of nice shallow places.  Sometimes we would go for a dinghy ride, then just stop in the middle of the water, not even on the land! Dad would drop the anchor and we would just walk around in the clear water.  That was really fun.  I could see fish swimming, but they always stayed away from me. It’s hard to run in that water! Look how pretty it is! 

Not all of our trips to land are fabulous.  Sometimes we get caught in a sudden rain storm. One afternoon, Frank and I had gone out for a nice paddle. It was cloudy which was kind of nice because it was like shady everywhere.  Well, I guess we got a little too involved in exploring the island because the rain started gushing down.  I hid in the trees, but dad was kind of stuck on the beach in the rain; so mom came and rescued us in the dinghy.

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One of MG’s friends took this picture of us.

Nobody got hurt and we laughed on the way back to LIB.  I was really glad we didn’t have to paddle back in all that rain.

One thing humans are always asking about is where I go to the bathroom. I totally don’t understand why people care because when we go for a walk, the humans never inspect any tinkle or poop spots! So why do they care? I mean really, who cares where you “go” it’s what you learn from smelling it!!!

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But, just to answer your question, here is a picture of the “grass” MG got for me to use on the boat. For the record, this does not fool me one little bit and I do not like it. But if we go on long sails, I will use it when necessary.  BUT only if we are on long sails. Otherwise, I still wait for Frank or MG to take me to shore so I can sniff and tinkle and poop like a proper land dog!

So there you have it, these are the things I dream about while staying at this marina. As much as I enjoy having land right here and plenty of sniffs everyday, I think the Islands are now in my blood because I miss the beaches.

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Guess I’ll just take a nap and dream about where we will go next.

Tail wags and doggie kisses to anyone who reads this. Be sure to stop by Let It Be and give me a little scratch if you are nearby!

 

Next Stop Williamsburg ~ Hey, I Know You!

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“Located on the Virginia Peninsula, Williamsburg is in the northern part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area.  It is bordered by James City County and York County.

Williamsburg was founded in 1632 as Middle Plantation as a fortified settlement on high ground between the James and York rivers. The city served as the capital of the Colony of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 and was the center of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution,” per the popular site Wikipedia.

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Williamsburg was our second stop along the Chesapeake History Sail.  Frank and I had a great time walking this incredibly well restored town.  My favorite part was listening to the costumed employees who engagingly recount the history by sharing their “personal” stories as if they were still living in the 18th century.

We had one exceptionally talented young woman who discussed “current events” as we ambled along the street. She pointed out homes of former residents as if they still lived in the houses and “gossiped” about what they were doing.  She spoke about voting rights (privileges) that were restricted to white, male, property owners over 21 years of age and delivered the information as if she were outraged that she had as much vested as others but had not right to vote.

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Having history told as a conversation as we walked the street allowed me to absorb the information while observing the beauty of the area. History is literally brought to life here and I would have loved to spend several days exploring Williamsburg and participating in all of the demonstrations!

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Frank reaches in to gage the temperature of the ice house.

We were surprised to learn that back in the 1700’s ice houses existed for the wealthier colonists. Apparently, during the winter, ice was harvested from frozen rivers, lakes or ponds and stored in an underground area, packed in straw and cloth.  We were told that the ice lasted well into summer! I received conflicting information about if the ice was used in drinks or just to chill bottles and such. Perhaps it depended on where the ice was harvested and how clean that water source was.

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Awww – they made me think of Hunter and Clayton.

Little boys and their guns! It doesn’t matter what era, the fascination exists! I spotted these two little boys absorbed with their “pop guns” in their world of make believe and I was reminded of my own two sons.  Of course I had to snap a picture!

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Speaking of “little boys”…. actually, Frank has a picture of himself in the stockade from a family vacation to Williamsburg when he was about 11 years old. I had to get this picture for his mom.

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No English Colony would be complete without a hedge maze! These gardens were popular in England between the 16th and 18th century and any young girl who reads historical romance novels will probably be familiar with this concept.  Though a bit small, the hedge maze in Williamsburg was fun to see and walk.

But the real surprise we received at the gardens was bumping into some friends from Texas!  We had no idea the Sullivan Family was nearby, but we ran into them at Williamsburg. So of course, we invited them to visit us on LIB.

Plans were hatched and the Sullivans agreed to join us for an afternoon sail and dinner on LIB. This is the first time Trinity and Arwyn had ever sailed and we loved having the chance to introduce them to it.

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Sullivans and Stiches with Captain front and center.

Our afternoon sail involved tacking up the York River which was pretty choppy especially since our wind angle was only about 40 degrees.  We tacked several times to move upwind and that gave the girls the opportunity to feel like real sailors by working the jib sheets.

I’m not sure they loved the motion of the boat while we were going upwind, but once we turned to sail back and LIB was on a broad reach, the boat motion improved and the Sullivan Family got a taste of why sailing is fun!

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Orthodontist and former patients smile for the camera.

Trinity and Arwyn are the first former orthodontic patients we have had on board Let It Be.  We spent many an hour teaching friends and patients how to wakeboard behind our ski boat, but this is the first time we have had the chance to share sailing with any of Frank’s patients.  I can’t think of two nicer or more game girls to kick off the experience!

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Trinity and Captain explored a bit on the SUP.

Once anchored back in Sara Creek, the SUPs were launched and some of the crew went for a sunset paddle. Captain refused to be left behind. She was certain Trinity wanted her company!

We are extremely flattered that the Sullivans were willing to take some of their family vacation time and spend it with us on LIB.  We truly enjoyed catching up with them, hearing about their impressive taekwondo accomplishments, learning what is current in triathlons in Coppell and discussing the latest news from our former hometown.

We had a wonderful time sharing our new lifestyle with friends from our Coppell life. Thank you Sullivan Family for including us in your vacation time!

 

 

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