Thursday, November 27, 2008

thanksgiving on Harmony

Here is a turkey recipe that also includes the use of popcorn as a stuffing. When I found this recipe, I thought it was perfect for people like me, who just are not sure how to tell when poultry is thoroughly cooked, but not dried out. Give it a try.

15 lb. turkey
1 cup melted butter
1 cup stuffing (Pepperidge Farm is good.)
1 cup uncooked popcorn (ORVILLE REDENBACHER'S LOW FAT)
Salt/pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush turkey well with melted butter salt, and
pepper. Fill cavity with stuffing and popcorn.

Place in baking pan with the neck end toward the back of the oven.

Listen for the popping sounds. When the turkey's ass blows the oven door open and the bird flies across the room, it's done.

And, you thought I didn't cook....

Actually we just had our nap after a fantastic (100+ boat) "potluck" turkey dinner at Velcrow Beach. Unbelievable!

Sunday, November 23, 2008


This story has a happpy ending although it didn't start out that way. I bought some duct tape which didn't stick, even to itself. I emailed the company, Shurtape, and Roy Cox got back to me. After an email (he asked if I had bought it in Lowes) I received a brand new roll sent to me in St Augustine. Well, I finally got to use it and it is really good stuff. Thanks Roy. Thanks Shurtape.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Harmony in Vero Beach

Velcro Beach

I am so content I could purr. We're moored in a field that can handle about 120 boats or more, in a lovely protected area off the ICW. We have a resident osprey that sits on a dead branch about 20 yards from our boat. Its sweet whistle delies the fierce predator that it is. The pelicans entertain us daily with their clumsy splashes for fish and a stunning white egret adds a note of grace to the rich green of the mangrove island next to us. Too bad its "hacking cough" call is the opposite of its elegance. The weather has gotten warmer so we can get out of bed and put on just a sweatshirt. No more stocking cap, two sweatshirts and a wool scarf! On the map it is Vero Beach, about 70 miles north of West Palm Beach but to the boaters it is "velcro beach". No wonder boaters stay here for the whole winter! It is inexpensive and there are services that are amazing. The Marina is in a grove of old oaks with their Spanish moss waving gently in the breezes.

We are a five minute dinghy ride from the dock and then a 15 minute free (!) bus ride from an excellent shopping area. There is everything from a West Marine to a TJMaxx. There is even a crafts store so I can get a few simple art supplies! The bus requests a donation and I wish people would be more generous. Most people just take advantage of the free ride. It is even possible to transfor to another free bus route and go to a Sam's Club or Walmart, for instance. When you are boat bound, good shopping is such a treat.

It is so easy to make friends here! For two nights we've been rafted up with Bravo 2, another catamaran. They left this morning, anxious to get farther south because they are taking advantage of every weather window to get over to the islands. Eventually they are going down the Windward chain and then over to the Azores! I am really in awe of Wendy and Graham. That is an ambitious plan for any couple sailing alone. They will miss the festivities this week. Lew and I are looking forward to Thanksgiving here. Last year 150 boaters participated in a pot luck dinner. There is a sign up sheet at the lounge, near the showers and laundry room. I actually brought a few canned goods so I could participate in whatever happened to be the festivities for this holiday. For the December holidays we will be back in NJ.

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For those of you who know what a hellish trip most of last winter's adventures were, the news of this experience couldn't be better. Sure, we've had a few nasty situations but they don't last long and they don't seem to be as dire as last year. Most of this experience has been terrific in some way. The fun of it is that the good things are as unpredictable as the scary parts last year. Now if I can just get to a point where I actually do more art than a few (very satisfying) drawings, I will really be a happy camper. (Lew seems pretty happy, too, now that his stomach problems have abated.)

Please let us know what is happening in your life, snow and all!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Catamaran Harmony in the cold

Here we are just south of the Melbourne Bridge and it is really cold.
View Larger Map The wind should go down from the 15-20 it has been all day but start up again tomorrow. It is only 30 milew to Vero Beach where we will stay for a few days.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

harmony at the shuttle

Hello all,
The following is my attempt at sharing with you one of the most memorable events of my life. Unfortunately Lew was back at the boat still dealing with stomach problems. But he had a clear sight of the launch from our deck. He's feeling a lot better today.

Endeavor lifts off!
After waiting for weeks and hoping that the weather would not delay the launch, thousands of people sat on beaches, in parks and on boats to watch one of the most spectacular pyrotechnic shows of all time. There were cars from virtually every state looking for space to park. By 3 PM, all along the waterfront of Titusville, west of Cape Canaveral, hundreds of people had staked out their area with deck chairs, coolers and blankets. Cars, SUVs and motorcycles were lining every available road near the Indian River. T-shirt vendors were selling out fast and you could get hot dogs and barbeque for a quick meal. This had to have been the tail gate picnic to beat all tail gate picnics. I wonder how many people were outdoors somewhere, watching. There are countless places all around the Kennedy Space Center area where people could gather.

Lew and I watched the event from different locations and these photos are from my digital camera. At about 6 PM I joined four other boat friends to sit on the banks of a small canal. The first photo shows the English students sitting in front of us, our "view" for almost two hours. A family from Denmark shared ground with the students. There were no radios nearby so we had no idea when the actual count-down started. However, at what must have been 7:55, there was a roar from the throng in Veteran’s Memorial Park, south of us.

The first photo of the launch is just a few small lights. In less time than it took to write that sentence, the sky was filling with the most spectacular bloom of white and golden light. While the next shots, and any I’ve seen in newspapers, show a round light, what we actually saw was more elongated. The launch rose up and up past the shrubs next to us and eventually curved to the north. It left a vapor trail that wafted into scallops in the evening winds, then disappeared entirely. The whole launch experience lasted about five minutes, maybe a little more. People hollered their celebration of the successful launch. We gaped open-mouthed at the enormity of the meaning of what we were seeing. There are people on that craft. They are simply going to work. Had the wind been toward us, we would have heard the blast and felt the rumble of the lift-off in our chests and in the ground.

Within minutes of the launch, everyone had picked up their belongings and was leaving. Having left my friends along the way, I walked the last few yards to Harmony in the dim light of the docks. Up in the sky, the vestiges of the vapor trail zig zagged their way across the almost full moon.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Harmony 2 days south of St Augustine

Like last night, we are nestled into a small creek going off the ICW. Last night we were at Fort Matanzas about 15 miles south of St. A Our location now

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Tomorrow we get as close as possible and Friday is the rocket shot at Cape Canaveral

Monday, November 10, 2008

harmony celebrates

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A day in St A

Any place is a good place from which to fish.
Ever wonder how the men get up on those high towers to fix the wires? Here it is and if you look closly you will see three men in the tower

Harmony in St. Augustine

For the cruiser: St. Augustine is a wonderful, historic place. Really good and inexpensive marinas around the back...upSan Sabaston. Skipper Bob talks about anchoring up there but there was not all that much room. If you anchor in the main anchorage, use two anchors about 120 feet apart to keep the boat from swinging too much in the strong currents which shift with the tides.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Catamaran Harmony in St. Augustine

That's right, we will be here for 2 days at the city marina just south of the bridge.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Harmony Letter

Hello Beloved Landlubbers,

It is 20 degrees warmer here in Fernandina Beach, on the dock, than it was getting through the lower part of S. Carolina and all the way through GA. It is SO much more comfortable now. Honeywind is moored across the water, close by. That Canadian couple (Pat and Emory) loved the marshes of GA. It is delightful to see this trip through their eyes. They are used to the foggy, rocky coast of New Brunswick and Maine. This has been heavenly for them. It is also fun to hear about our Revolutionary and Civil War history as Pat is learning about it. We have been finding ourselves at many of the same anchorages, docks or towns ever since leaving Norfolk on Oct. 8th. Yesterday Pat and I had a "girl’s day" in town, shopping from one end to the other. Christmas gifts were my excuse to take advantage of sales. But mostly we just ooohed and aaaahed over cute things we don’t have room for on the boats. Honeywind is a trimaran, which means a monohull with "wings". We expect to see each other again in St. Augustine in a couple of days.

Another treat yesterday was catching up with Tropical Impulse. Ed and Eileen are from our club in Keyport. They take their boat outside for many overnights so they make much better time than we do. They have been living aboard for 15 years and really know what they are doing. They were only on the dock for refueling and to pick up the mail they had forwarded here. After delicious scones that Eileen baked on board and some catch up on the news, she and I went into town while the guys did boat chores or whatever pleased them. (Someday I really have to get brave and use our oven!) I’m beginning to get used to the idea that we see more of Ed and Eileen away from NJ than at home. That is boat life! The next time we see them might be in Lake Worth, FL or even somewhere in the Bahamas.

Lew & I plan to take off toward the Jacksonville area this morning. It is overcast right now but this is supposed to clear so it should be a good day for being on the move again. We’ll probably anchor tonight then be on a dock in St. Augustine. We have to go to a dock again, even though we prefer to anchor, because our dinghy needs some attention before we can trust it to get us from a mooring field or anchor to a town dock. It hasn’t been run since last May. We’ll make sure it is fine, then have more options for our night stays.

Five days ago I was really ready to jump ship. The monotonous landscape as well as the long days of pushing to get out of the cold, as well as the 43 degree weather had "worn me smooth" as a good friend would say. It has gotten a lot better as the temps have risen. Also, this is so much more like a Vacation than we’ve had so far - at least since the Great Dismal Swamp, the Waccamaw River and Whiteside Creek. We’re looking forward to a few days in St. Augustine, one of our favorite stops last spring.

There is nothing like being in Florida on Election Day! What suspense!

We hope all of you are doing fine. Let us know your news.

Cheers from Florrie & Lew

Monday, November 3, 2008


Now at Fernandino Beach...Amelia Island at the north end of Florida. Rainy and at the dock. Spent a delightful day with Emory and Patty from Honeywind and Herb and Laura (a couple who emailed me about the blog and are looking for a boat for themselves to live on).

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Jekyll Island, GA

Almost through Georgia and it is still cold. We are anchored at Jekyll Island (click on the title above for a map) and tomorrow we get to Florida...God willing and if the creek don't rise.