Wednesday, July 19, 2023

Icing on the Cake

SpaceX  Starlink Mission

Vandenberg SFB

7/19/23 2109



Mmm, cake.


The lovely cake was made for us by The Man's sister, Janet.


Monday, July 17, 2023

Vet Call

A week ago I had to euthanize Zeke and Bitsy.



For the last couple of months they've been kept in the pen and fed forage and treats instead of grazing the property. They seemed to enjoy their retirement and receiving three meals a day. The limited activity seemed to help Zeke's aging body systems and Bitsy's severly arthritic joints.



Last Monday though I had to call the Vet when I found Zeke in severe respiratory distress. He was suffering.

And, sadly, it was Bitsy's time as well.  Her quality of life was in question.

It was a relief to have their suffering come to an end but so heartbreaking to let them go.


Zeke     Feb 2012 - July 2023

Bitsy    May 2014 - July 2023

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Hello Nell

Two weeks ago I finally got to meet Nell. She's The Man's, er, our boat.**

We purchased Nell over a year ago and though she's been in California since last August I had not seen her yet. The main reason being Nell is docked in Ventura which is 2½ hours away, a heck of a lot of driving for a day-trip. 

Though now with the longer daylight hours The Man agreed we could go for the day. The Marina was having a Swap Meet which I thought might be fun. The Saturday before Father's Day we were on the road headed south.



We pulled into the parking lot at 10:30, the Swap Meet was just a handful of guys with old stuff, nothing we needed or wanted though we did get a donut from the Marina staff for showing up.



Before we headed to the boat The Man gave me a tour of the Marina facilities. The Laundry room and the Women's bathroom were spotless.



The Lounge was temporarily closed for repairs so I wasn't able to check out the lending library or the comfy chairs.


B-Dock you need a key to enter and exit.

Nell! She's a real beauty. Built solid - bigger, beefier, and beamier - than I had imagined.


A home away from home, very cozy.

The galley, V-berth, and head in the foc'sle.



We had our lunch on the aft deck.


We took a walk around the harbor (no boating this time) and before too long it was time to head home.

We got home at 7pm, it was a long day of driving back and forth but I'm glad I finally got to meet the lovely Nell.

**The Man found Nell on Bainbridge Island, Washington (after a year of searching) and we purchased her in April 2022. We took the opportunity to keep the boat in the Pacific Northwest till August 2022 so that The Man could take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of exploring the Puget Sound from Olympia to the Canadian border on his boat, Nell.