Friday, June 19, 2009

Spot Messenger

I just got the Spot ( which allows you to "check in (with lat and long), call for help but not an emergency, call for 911 with geostat to the emergency responders anywhere in the world including the Coast Guard. It connects through satellites and sends an email for checkins and can track progress over 24 hour periods. Right now there is a 100% REBATE of the purchase price. See their site for details.

We went to visit Melissa and Jeff yesterday. Click on the title above to see what Spot sent us. Zoom on the area near the Green Arrow (our lat and long) to see a street level shot of their house.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


We got all excited about the "opening" of Cuba until I checked it out.
According to the US State Dept.(click link above):
"In addition to the appropriate general or specific license, persons seeking to travel to Cuba, via aircraft or vessel, must obtain a temporary sojourn license from the Department of Commerce. Temporary sojourn licenses are not available for pleasure boaters. Additional information is available from the U.S. Department of Commerce at Pursuant to an Executive Order issued after the 1996 shoot-down incident, boaters departing south Florida ports with the intention of entering Cuban territorial waters also must obtain permission in advance from the U.S. Coast Guard. The U.S. Coast Guard provides automated information at 1-800-582-5943."

Monday, June 1, 2009

FW: Yesterday

Lew & I worked on the boat Friday. Today I'm doing things at home.
I never get as much done as I'd like when I think of things in the AM. However, I did take a walk of a little over a mile and I will be going to exercise class in about an hour. I guess that is good enough.

We had a fabulous time yesterday afternoon with Jim & his two women. Riley is 4.5 and such a hoot!!! We all went over to the boat for a little while. Yesterday I spent about 10 minutes finishing up one small project there then enjoyed Sarah & Riley. Then us girls left the guys there with Jimmy being hauled up the mast to retrieve part of the torn jib. It made for entertaining photos but what a lot of work!
When all that was done, we enjoyed dinner and cake here in honor of Jim's 38th birthday last week. It was a great day!

Thought you'd like these pictures.