Friday, July 06, 2018

WHAT? Hurricane Beryl???

Well, it is that time of the year...


OK.

This forecaster has a nice calm voice and does a good job. Check out his website for video tropical weather updates: https://www.tropicaltidbits.com/



It seems like Beryl may not be anything for us to worry about as she will probably fizzle out but nevertheless we will still prepare for a storm.

So It Goes

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Happy Canada Day

We would like to wish our neighbors to the North and also our Canadian friends around the world a happy Canada Day.


Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fête de la Musique ♫

What a great way to start off the summer. I wish we were in Paris today.

We attended the first Fête de la Musique in Paris back in 1982. We just walked all over the city enjoying the scene and the music. We even saw Joan Baez at Place de la Concorde.

Today is definitely a day to crank up the tunes and have a Pastis.

Although, I must confess that it is a beautiful day in the Virgin Islands...

So it goes! Enjoy...

Friday, June 15, 2018

National Beer Day

National Beer Day in the USA is April 7th but if you missed it or if you want to celebrate again, today, June 15th, is National Beer Day in the UK.


Enjoy...

Friday, June 01, 2018

Blowin' In The Wind

It's the first day of June and we all know what that means... another 6-month period of potentially windy, nasty weather.
 
Keep a watchful eye on the weather and don't wait until the last moment. It's much better to clear the decks than have the wind do it for you. Prepare for the worst. If the storm passes you by that's great! Don't think of it as wasted effort.

If a neighbor is having problems securing and preparing their boat, give them your assistance because they are a danger not only to themselves but to YOU. Also, never be smug :)

Speaking of "Blowin' In The Wind"... this classic folk song came on yesterday evening as we were having our sundowner.

[Verse 3]
Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind
The answer is blowing in the wind

Blowin' In The Wind - Bob Dylan - Live on TV, March 1963

So It Goes...

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May 23rd is World Turtle Day

This is from https://www.worldturtleday.org
American Tortoise Rescue, a nonprofit organization established in 1990 for the protection of all species of tortoise and turtle, is sponsoring its 17th annual World Turtle Day® on May 23. The day was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

RVG windvane self-steering gear

We have been getting many inquiries concerning our post from many years ago that had information about the RVG windvane. The files were on a website that we took down.

We know how difficult it can be to find stuff on the internet so I have uploaded the files to another website to help out our fellow cruisers...

As the good Doctor says, "Allons-y !"




All About Boats : September 12, 2008


I've noticed that there are quite a few postings on the web looking for information about the RVG self steering gear / windvane.

We have info in jpg files and pdfs. The jpg files are smaller but look and see which best fits your needs.

JPG images:
PDFs:
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PDFs:

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PDF:
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PDFs:
Hope this will be helpful to someone.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Hurricane Irma: 8-month anniversary

Can't believe 8 months have passed since Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma hit the Virgin Islands on September 7, 2017. It pretty much had no affect on us in St Croix compared to the VIs to our north. We up anchored and ventured over to Salt River to ride out Irma which was good preparation for Hurricane Maria which struck the night of September 19-20, 2017.


Wow! sums it up pretty good.

Hurricane Maria was #10 in the top ten list of most intense hurricanes ever.

The official beginning of 2018 H-season is only 24 days away.


Here's a YouTube video that was posted yesterday by News Of St John


Prepare early and check on those folks that are around you.

So It Goes...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day

Today is April 22nd... Earth Day.

I'm too angry to say much (idiot politicians, etc).

So please just do something no matter how small that will improve the state of our planet.

Perhaps: Drive less by planning your shopping trips (1 trip that includes 5 stores instead of 5 separate trips, for example). Use public transportation, or better yet, walk or use your bike. Pick up trash along your stretch of roadway. Be aware of packaging. Do you really need a straw (unless for a cat toy)

So it goes...

Friday, April 13, 2018

It's Friday, and the 13th

Yes, it is Friday the 13th but don't worry, focus on something else.




How about the fact that it is National Scrabble Day? I play Scrabble on my tablet a few times a day so I will definitely be celebrating.

Also, I have noticed that the first Friday 13th of the year is "National Blame Someone Else Day". This holiday began in 1982.

And, it is National Dolphin Day eve.

Enjoy!


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Happy St Patrick's Day - Recipe

Today is St Patrick's Day, March 17th

Ireland.com is a wonderful resource for all things Irish. Check out this link to St Patrick's Day recipes. Which I have incorporated into this post.

Irish or not, the world goes green on St. Patrick’s Day. But with such a range of delicious traditional foods to choose from, you don’t have to think emerald-colored when it comes to your St. Patrick’s Day party menu.

Here is a delicious-looking salmon dip.

Cliff Academy: Lesley Keogh's Smoked salmon pâté

The west coast of Ireland is famous for its quality traditional smoked salmon. Beautiful served on its own, you can also give it a twist with this simple pâté recipe.


Ingredients
  • 8oz/225g smoked salmon
  • 8oz/225g cream cheese
  • 1 tsp horseradish sauce
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • A few sprigs of dill

Method
  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend. It’s as simple as that!
  • Serve with a crisp green salad or some watercress for a shamrock-style effect. Don’t use shamrock – as pretty as it looks, it’s not actually edible. Watercress makes a good edible substitute.

Not into fish?  How about Beef & Guinness Stew then?

Wineport Lodge: Beef and Guinness Stew

This is a classic Irish dish that is perfect for feeding a group of people. With the distinctive flavor of Guinness, it makes a good alternative to Irish stew.

Ingredients
  • 2.25 lb (1kg) of stewing beef (shin, flank or rib, trimmed and cut into 1" (2.5 cm) cubes
  • 1oz (25g) flour
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 carrots, sliced thickly
  • 1 large or 2 small parsnips, peeled and cubed
  • 1 pint (600ml) Guinness, or beef stock
  • Quarter bottle (225ml) prune juice or to taste (optional)
  • Bouquet garni or mixed herbs
  • Half celeriac or 3-4 stalks celery, trimmed and cubed
  • Half an orange, left whole (optional)

Method
Season the beef and toss in the flour to coat. Heat a little oil and butter in a heavy pan and brown the meat in batches, then transfer to a casserole dish. Add the onions and other vegetables, and sweat gently for a few minutes in the same pan.

Transfer to the casserole dish. Add any remaining flour to the pan, stir to absorb whatever fat is left, then cook for a minute before stirring in the Guinness (or stock and prune juice if using). Add the liquids to the casserole (enough to cover the main ingredients) as well as the bouquet garni or mixed herbs and the orange. Season, stir to mix well, cover and cook in the oven for about 2 hours, or until the beef is tender.

Remove the orange and bouquet garni, check seasoning, and add two prunes soaked in Guinness (optional). Serve with mashed potatoes and garnish with chopped parsley.

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, 
May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
- Irish blessing

So it goes... Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

The Doctor's words still ring true

This clip was for the new year of 2017 but The Doctor's words still ring true for 2018... Maybe even more so with this past year of weirdness and the future to come.


How many of us can fit in the TARDIS?

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Hurricane Recovery: More airline seats

Great news for tourism and folks who travel about...

Three Airlines to Expand Service
With the latest flight additions, the U.S. Virgin Islands is now being served by approximately 13,000 seats each week – 9,000 to St. Thomas and 4,000 to St. Croix (not including intra-island service).

Read more here: https://stcroixsource.com/2018/01/30/three-airlines-to-expand-service-to-st-thomas/

Listening to: Getting Better


Monday, January 08, 2018

VI recovery - A bit more every day

I was happy to read this morning in the St Croix Source that an additional 1,762 customers have had power restored since January 1st. Restoration levels now stand at 92 percent on St. Croix, 99 percent on St. John, and 91 percent on St. Thomas.

This year the three street parades of the St. Croix Crucian Christmas Carnival were combined into one. Saturday's parade honored recovery teams that worked in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It saluted visiting linemen, WAPA (Water And Power Authority) workers, and the Red Cross, incorporating blue tarps, neon vest colors, and hard hats into their schemes.



Thanks to everyone.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Bye Bye 2017

Welcome 2018... It's time for change
Best wishes for a happy new year
 

Friday, December 22, 2017

I love our new watermaker - Seawaterpro

In the beginning of November when we arrived back at our mooring in St Croix after Hurricane Maria, we were unable to fill up our jerry cans with water. We had been filling up at the "Mile Mark" dock but it washed away in the storm. We even tried St Croix Marina but no luck.

Fortunately we had bought a reverse-osmosis watermaker this past summer from SeaWaterPro.com.  It is easy to set up in the cockpit and we run it with our RYi2200 Ryobi inverter-generator. We have the generator at "full-tilt boogie" and do not use the eco setting so it will always deliver full power to the high-pressure pump and not trip its fancy ground fault-detecting plug (this happened twice on eco mode).

Here's a YouTube video about this unit:


Wow, clean, fresh water and pretty much hassle free. Much better than rowing over to the gas dock and waiting to access the water which we would then have to filter once getting it back to the boat.

Mike, owner of SeaWater Pro, is exceptional and has always been patient with my questions whether by phone or email :)
  • Great price ($1495 for complete setup), 
  • Great service, 
  • Great water.
We have used our watermaker regularly since our return. We plan to permanently install this unit but right now it doesn't take long to set up and break back down and put away in our cockpit locker. We rinse the unit with about 5-6 gallons of freshly-made water at the end of each session and run it every 5-7 days.

Check it out... SeaWaterPro.com.

Doing the happy dance!

All the best...

Friday, December 01, 2017

Is it really over?

Today, December 1st, marks the first day of "it's not hurricane season". As survivors of both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria we are happy to see this day arrive. Maybe we'll have some ice cream.

Although, we will still keep a watchful eye on the weather... no surprises, please.

So It's Gone...

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fête de la Musique

It's that time of year again and I wish we were in Paris today...



What a great way to start off the summer :)

Enjoy!

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Powering electrical doo-dads

Today was an electrical odd-jobs day and I'm very happy.

Over the last year, I've been ripping our DVDs to store on hard drives. This is a more convenient storage method, plus we got rid of some weight, and recovered valuable shelf space.  Unfortunately, many of our DVDs had deteriorated. One damaged DVD could cause us to lose the entire series if we could not find a replacement for that particular season. When finished, we took all of our old DVDs to Gallows Bay Marine and put them on the free book exchange shelf for recycling.

We have SIX Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB5000100) and TWO smaller Seagate Expansion 3TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 (STEB3000100) as the 5TB drives were backordered at the time. The hard drives are duplicated for backup purposes.

These drives came with 110v transformer "wall wart" plugs with an output voltage of 12 volts. YES, TWELVE VOLTS! I bought some cables with appropriate-sized barrel plugs on one end and nothing on the other end to which Bob installed an Anderson plug today. The hard drives work just fine! Hurray, don't have to use the inverter to run the drives anymore.

Bob also installed our new Marinebeam LED tricolor/anchor/strobe masthead light. We're doing the happy dance!

Another tip is to check the output voltage on your 110v transformer plugs. When at ACE hardware, I check the different models of fans to check their power supply. We have three O2cool fans running directly off of 12 volts, as does our digital piano. If some item runs at approximately 5 volts, such as our AcuRite weather station which required 4 AA batteries, we would find a USB cable with the correct plug and give it a try.

Our Sony AM/FM/SW radio runs on 6 AA batteries which is 9 volts. When I have time, I'll see about using one of our power packs that outputs several voltages. Maybe it has different adaptors that might fit. If not, we can fit another socket with a standard plug. Pas de problème. I wonder where I put it :)

My next chore is printing out 2 pages to include in our boat papers. Fingers crossed...


Thursday, June 01, 2017

1st day of June 2017

The first day of June is another one of those special days for me.

Pre-1996, it was a time of anticipation of the coming summer days with all of the fun stuff that it entails. But now, it is the mark of the first day of "H" season with its perennial question of "what's in store for us this summer?"

This year, we have the worry of impending windstorms but we also have joy of beginning a new chapter in our cruising life.

This morning I googled "2017 hurricane season" to see what has been predicted for this summer. Some of the results ranging from 5 to 45 days ago said that it would be higher than average. But the more recent articles of yesterday and today are saying lower... I'm going for lower :)


This one is from yesterday's AccuWeather - 2017 Atlantic hurricane forecast: Possible El Nino to limit development of storms. That sounds good.

Wunderground had a blog post I like from April 6th 
 The CSU team cited two main reasons why this may be a below-average hurricane season:
  • A weak to moderate El Niño event is expected to develop by autumn
  • The tropical Atlantic has cooled over the past month, and the far North Atlantic is currently colder than normal.

As always, the CSU team included this standard disclaimer: "Coastal residents are reminded that it only takes one hurricane making landfall to make it an active season for them. They should prepare the same for every season, regardless of how much activity is predicted."

Got to finish coffee #3 and start doing stuff...

Have a good one!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Cats & Easter Weekend

Last weekend the cats got out their Easter blind and donned their bunny ears. Hoping to get some treats...

Easter cats

In the end, they had to settle for a bit of cheese :)


Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Spring !

This is a day I always look forward to... the first day of Spring.


It is a day of hope.

Enjoy!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Kitten Academy Makes Me Happy

Here is something that always makes me smile. The Kitten Academy's live feed 24/7 on YouTube. The screen is usually broken up into 3 or 4 segments for different viewing angles.


Click Here To Enlarge and watch on YouTube


Here's the blurb from their Patreon site:
KittenAcademy is a place for kittens to learn to cat.  If you're here, you probably already know who we are and what we do. Fundamentally, we are kitten foster parents, who work with local no-kill animal shelters to rescue kittens and mother cats from kill shelters and animal control. We care for the mothers and kittens until the kittens are old enough to be adopted, then we work with the shelter to help them get the kittens adopted to good homes. Everything we do is to help raise awareness for foster kittens generally, and to help get the kittens we foster adopted, specifically."
We also hope to be somewhat entertaining. Our most popular feature is our YouTube 24/7 Live Stream. But we also produce short videos on YouTube of the kittens and the Academy staff cats being cats and doing cat things. And of course, provide the Kitten Academy website where there is a blog, and additional photos of the kittens that have attended the Academy.

They recently were featured on the BBC's website:
I hope it is still working.

I hope this makes your day more enjoyable...