Monday, August 29, 2011

THE "L" WORD......

In boat ownership, the "L" word strikes fear in the heart of salty old sailors..... which is why it pretty much terrified me!!!

Not being a boat owner, you might ask, what the "L" word is?


Yes, I said leak, as in Titanic. As in water coming in... as in where is my life jacket??

Okay, I exaggerated a little.  We did have a small leak in a plug that was only leaking when the engine was running.  But it was eating away at my Captain.  He said he couldn't help but imagine the boat filling with water and sinking... only the top of the mast viewable. Ugh... all I could think was, 'and I spent all that time reupholstering it for nothing'.... double Ugh.

So, Saturday, we headed in to address it, and in spite of the bad back that Mark was nursing, he tackled it.  Now the poor man, had to contort himself into this hole, and reach way in there and bang the hell out of something.  And get this sticky black stuff all over him, and become way more bruised than I've seen him in a long time. This was partially caused by the fact that he was stuck... yes, I said stuck....

But, he fixed it, and all's well AND, he got out and can even stand up after. 

So, stop visualizing me  at the bow, arms extended singing the Titanic isn't going to happen.

Monday, August 22, 2011


It was Air & Water Show in Chicago this last weekend, and if you have a boat, the place to be is out on the lake.  I kind of feel like they put the show on just for the boaters. They zoom overhead, appearing to just miss your mast, altering the beat of your heart and amazing everyone.

We headed in on Saturday, in spite of the fact that it was really overcast and beginning to sprinkle. We had sunshine in our hearts... not for long.  Loaded up the Rover with Jessica and Blain, Corbin and Ally, Mark and I and enough 'stuff' to go around the world, a time or two.  It poured on the drive in. I mean REALLY SERIOUSLY NASTY poured. We kept driving.

Got in there, parked, marveled at the soaked people who were packing it in and going home.  What, have they no faith?? We meandered our way underground through the parking bowels of Chicago and popped out on Michigan Avenue and headed to a restaurant we've taken a fancy to. We'd have a drink, wait out the storm. Mark assured us, it'd just be another half hour. Right.

We drank our fill, and headed out, it was still a little drizzly. Made it to the entrance of our garage and it let loose again.  We waited, Mark stood by his 'another half hour' thing (we were now at 3 half hour increments of time).  But, lo and behold, was that blue out west? We headed to the pier.

Guys got the boat, and we loaded our stuff.  Heading out, the sun broke through the clouds and it became a beautiful day! The show resumed and because so many people gave up, we got in pretty close!! It ended up being a 'shorter' version of the Air Show but, we saw the fighter jets, and oh my, it is so brilliant to see.  Here's a few pictures to show you what you missed....

We headed in on Sunday, this time with my mom, Scarlett and Corbin.  Dan was in Florida, visiting his grandpa, and Ally had some stuff she needed to get done. My sister's family was going to come, but decided against it, so off we went. This time, the weather was perfect! Sunny, hot, breezy - delightful. 

My good camera, that had given me such great pictures the day before, really let me down... the battery was dead. I was so disappointed. I had my little one, that is actually a really good little camera, but not so great for catching a flying by jet.  There's no viewfinder, so it's hard to follow through the LCD.  Anyway, here's the few shots I did get from Sunday.

Mark can NEVER just sit still!!

We had a great time, but, as Mark said, we need to go back to work to relax!!

Too bad, I don't rest for the wicked.. or something like that.

Friday, August 19, 2011


I'm just a lame excuse for a blogger lately.

And, I'm really a lame excuse for a photographer too.  I've either forgotten my camera, or taken it, and forgotten to use it, or, chosen NOT to use it. So pictures in this post are sparse.

But, I've been busy, nothing extremely important... a lot of silly running, wasting time and just plain having fun.

So, a recap of the last couple weeks.... I survived my house guests.  Even though I KNOW that I won't die from having them, I still enter into it with a sense of dread. Unfounded, but there! At any rate, I lived through it, as I always do, and always will.  Maybe I need to analyze this with a zillion dollars worth of analysis??? nah.... 

We did have another little house guest... our granddog Jet came to stay while his parents went to Lollapalooza.

He certainly injected a whole lot of energy into the joint! My doglets were a bit snarly at the 'need' Jet had to play!  This also meant they had to share their chewies and toys. Sharing is NOT in their vocabulary.

We got a kick out of him. We returned him, he slept ALL the way home in my lap like a baby, on his back, sound asleep.

His mother told me he was pretty exhausted the rest of the day but returned to his wild man self the next day.

I had lunch with my college roommate. Well, I use the term lunch loosely, we start at about 10:30 and go all day. There is always so much to discuss, much laughing to do, and of course a bit of shopping...oh, and if there's time, some eating. Funny how we meet now and then and pick right up where we left off.  Love her.. 

Last weekend, we headed to Milwaukee for our niece's graduation party.  She graduated from graduate school with a degree in Occupational Therapy.  She is Mark's sister's daughter; so we enjoyed seeing the family and hanging out. My whole crew went, and Scarlett brought Jet.  Once again, he was an energetic little weasel, having a great time with another furry guest!

Sunday began the week of 'Mark working from home'... (or as I call it vacation?) and we thought we'd hit the boat. Ah...not. Lake Michigan was seriously ugly. Waves that were unsafe, although sunny and warm, no sailing for us.  Monday...more of the same.  Tuesday we went shopping.  We 'needed' some stuff for the boat, and I had to get a shower present.

Tuesday was our anniversary. 31 years. That's a long time in today's world. Sad, but true. But, at any rate, we've managed to last it out! hehe.  And, those of you who have read this blog a while, might remember me mentioning that Mark may have some things about him that bug me...but...undoubtedly he is the BEST GIFT GIVER. I am seriously thrilled with this years gift. Some serious bling...and all girls, young and old love some bling. 

Wednesday we headed into Chicago, met up with Scarlett, drove around looking at neighborhoods, noting how Chicago really has some cool properties.  And also how the neighborhood can be FAB, and a half block away, frightening.

We stayed in there Wednesday night. Had a Groupon for Buddy Guy's that we needed to use.  Now those of you who don't know what a Groupon is, check it out... fun deals on fun things.

We'd never been to Buddy Guy's and really didn't know who was playing, but we had a great time. Mr. Buddy Guy himself was in the house and came up and did a couple numbers with the band.  If you're lucky enough to be there when he is there, you are in for a treat!! It was a fun night. 

Thursday we were joined on the boat by Mark's brother and his wife. We always have a great time together, and I'm ashamed to say this was the first time they'd been out on our boat this summer.  We just haven't had that many people on the boat this year. We've had a lot of stuff going on and weather issues and, we've been negligent in inviting. But we spent a lovely day sailing around, snacking, just enjoying.

So, that about sums it up. But.... (insert drumroll here).... this weekend is the Air & Water Show in Chicago. We are entertaining both days on the boat. So, I WILL take my camera and I will use it and I will stop being a slacker.  Honestly, I'll try.

One final note.... my city girl has opened an Etsy shop iamscarlett (something I need to do) and I'd like you all to have a peek.  She's talented in many ways, so don't be shy, shop freely! You won't be sorry!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


I've been cleaning like crazy.

Yesterday, I spent a 'full work shift' of 8 hours working in Corbin's room. Now, one might wonder what possessed me to spend a WHOLE DAY in there cleaning like I was hosting a surgery in that room.... Well, let me just tell you....

I'm having house guests....


if you remember correctly, I don't like house guests, at all. Now, let me say, it's NOT that I don't like THESE house guests, it's any house guests. I'm not choosey. 

We have other currently empty bedrooms, but, Corbin's has a queen sized bed in it, so it's the most comfy... it was also the most in need of serious help.

After the day of cleaning, I felt the need to do a little redecorating, so I felt compelled to go shopping.


Not only does his room have some new accoutrements, but so do I.  A girls gotta have a little something after wrestling a queen size mattress to afix a dust ruffle ~ right?


So, don't even ask me if you can come stay here, I'm not in the mood.


p.s. children who once lived and your girl/boyfriends do not fall into the 'guest' category. So feel free to come stay anytime!!! You can even bring your hounds.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Today, I saw this post on Facebook....made me sick.  Someone burned this poor dog... took pleasure in causing this animal unbelievable agony.

I'm sharing this story, so donations can be made, or in case someone knows who did this... This 'person' needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent. What kind of human being could do this? What possible pleasure could someone get from such cruelty? This poor dog, just an innocent puppy.

My sister fosters for this organization, they are a wonderful rescue.  IF you can, donate, please help this poor baby, 'Mandy'.  It's easy, just go here ~ even $1. is helpful!!