Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A day in the life of a liveaboard, part 2

May is a month filled with celebrations - Cinco De Mayo, Mother's Day, birthdays, graduations, anniversary, and at the end of the month, Memorial Day. In the last seven days alone, we've had 4 potluck dinners/parties. Weather wise, the pollen was horrible this season. It was also unpredictable, swinging from spring one day to summer the next, followed by winter temperatures (low 50s) in between. Considering some places had wild fires (north San Diego), snow (Denver), tornadoes (the midwest) and flooding (mid-Atlantic), this is a minor inconvenience. We're happy and thankful the tornadoes did not make it across the Tennessee Valley.

Yesterday turned out to be such a gorgeous sunny spring day we grabbed the opportunity to take the boat out for a spin. And got several friends and a dog to come along for the ride.

a gorgeous sunny spring day at Lake Nickajack
Our adorable Simba enjoyed the ride

Beth's sister's RV at Marion County Park
view of the Marion Memorial Bridge from Marion County Park
When we returned to the marina, another delicious potluck dinner was awaiting us. Thank you Julie! After dinner, I fed the leftovers to the fish. I love watching the turtles. Several were around, and they even fought with the fish for the food!

 Life is good on the river.

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April showers bring May flowers

It must be spring.

Yesterday's rain brought fog to the marina this morning.
Cabins on the water
Here today, gone tomorrow. I saw these gorgeous cherry blossoms in a local neighborhood last week;  with the strong winds we've had, these fleeting beauties are probably gone.

I'm envious about my friend Evelyn's upcoming trip to Hokkaido, Japan, no doubt,  to see the magnificent cherry blossoms. I'm eager to see her pictures and hear about her trip. Hopefully, she'll find the time to write a guest post here ... This weekend is the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. You can see pictures of the beautiful cherry blossoms in our cousin's blog post -  cherry trees blooming in Paris, France. If you like blues music and find yourself in my favorite city, St Pete, the Tampa Bay Blues Festival, is on this weekend at the Vinoy Basin in downtown.

Let's go out and celebrate spring before it's all over! Have a great weekend!

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