BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE…….

BURRRRR  – even here in the panhandle of Florida —  lows in the 30’s  last night and again tonight.   Guess we should not complain, as most of the rest of the country is experiencing the fluffy white stuff coming down in many inches.

FINALLY  —  We departed Mobile on this past Wed. and cruised across the big Bay to Homeport Marina where LULU’s famous restaurant is located.   This is the restaurant owned by Jimmy Buffet’s sister.  WELL —- of all the nerve — they were closed that evening for the employee Christmas party.   So, we decided we would stay a second night so that we could partake of the restaurant fare, along with friends Susie and Butch.   It was a fun evening.

Having had my salivary glands all whipped up for a “cheeseburger in paradise”  experience, I must say, I was disappointed that the cheese burger was rather ordinary.   Thinking burgers off my grill are better!!!  HA   Nothing ventured, nothing gained.   We can, though,  say that  “we have been there and done that”!

Yesterday, Dec. 9th (Friday), we cruised from LULU’s place along the Gulf Intracoastal waterway East to Florida!   It was very cold and windy, so once out of the marina and well along the path, we vacated the fly bridge for a warmer environment at the interior helm.   aaaaahhhh   much better.

WHAT THE HECK??????    Depth finder readings started going all over the place…..12ft, then a reading of 418.2, down to 145, back up to 268ft., back to 9.8……THIS went on ALL day.   Paper charts and electronic chart plotter showing the proper depths of 10-15 feet.   UGH  —- oh yeah,,,,,by now Y’ALL should know this —IT IS A BOAT!!!!   SO, the plans were revamped and we pulled into a marina in Pensacola early yesterday afternoon.   Ted , the harbormaster,  was able to locate a repair  person to come yesterday afternoon to take a look at this.  Hank attempted to clear the transducer without any luck.   Our good fortune? — it is a weekend, so no other help coming until Monday AM when a diver will see if the transducer is fouled.   In the meantime, a new one is on order for backup installation if needed.  We are here until at least Tues.   Could we travel onward?   Yes, but it is not wise.  Marinas are very scarce once we leave the Pensacola area, and cruising without a properly functioning depth finder is NUTS!

Not to be sitting around here pouting like a couple of 2 year olds – we rented a car today and went shopping, got hair cuts, made a run to the adult beverage store, etc…..THEN,,,,foodie man, Hank, sought out the oldest oyster bar in Pensacola, SHUX, where  we enjoyed a great late lunch of raw oysters while watching the first half of the Army – Navy football game.     YUM

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SHUX  — LOUSIANNA OYSTERS

 

SO SMALL TOWN AMERICA  — CHRISTMAS PARADES WITH SANTA.  Pensacola is having theirs this evening.   This one was in the suburb of Theodore, outside Mobile,AL.    Are y’all getting in the spirit????

CLICK ON THE PHOTO BELOW TO SEE SANTA!!!!

 

Stay warm and safe everyone.

 

IT HAS BEEN ALMOST A MONTH******

Today is Tuesday, December 6, 2016.

It has been well over 3 weeks since we arrived here in Mobile, AL.  We had planned to have some routine maintenance done on Salt Lick while here for a few weeks.   Alas — those things did NOT get accomplished.   We DID get a battery/charging system replaced along with installation of a water/pressure hose for the engine and a thing called an impeller!

Plans to travel to New Orleans have had to be scrapped — much to my great sadness.  The weather fairies are up to NO GOOD , as we have had tornado watches and high winds and rains.   What can I say —- this is a boat!   🙂   🙂

Back to sharing some happy moments.   We have not just been staring at each other in this very small space for the past month.   HA   We went to Houston, TX for Thanksgiving.  Had a lovely time seeing daughter Katey and her beau, Robert.   Also enjoyed dinner out with Robert’s parents, Joe and Marie, that following Sat..

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THANKSGIVING   2016       KATEY AND ROBERT

Hank stayed in Texas for a week of work while yours truly headed to the Gulf Shores area of Alabama ( across Mobile Bay from where Salt Lick is docked)   to meet up with childhood gal pals.   Laughter, tears, walks, talks, hugs, dinners, snacks, sleep, —–repeat all the above for 4 days!!!   Then leave and collapse on one’s own sofa for at least 2 days.   Don’t you just LOVE LIFE????

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OUT AND ABOUT IN FAIRHOPE, AL.     L-R      LINDA, JANET, BECKY, SUSIE, JEANNE, BUNNY AND SHARON.

Some of these “chickies”  have known each other since  kindergarden!!!!   We like to believe that we are still the coolest dollies around  –  even with the physical signs of aging!!     As Lucketa, who has since died, would say     “CHICKENS ARE HOT”!

Meanwhile , back on Salt Lick, Felicia comes by to visit on a regular basis.   Great dock cat!  Likes to make herself at home.

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HANK AND FELICIA BONDING!!!

TOMORROW WE HOPE TO SAY ADIOS TO DOG RIVER MARINA.   FLORIDA HERE WE COME.