Christmas is behind us. That means its getting closer til we can finally depart and head south. I am very glad that we were able to spend time off the boat at our daughter and son in laws house for Christmas. Our son drove down from Knoxville to spend Christmas Day with us. Our youngest lives in Alaska with is wife and 2 dogs. We face timed on Christmas morning. So in a way, we were all together.
face timing our kids in Alaska
Keith worked 5 days leading up to Christmas while I visited my sister and my mom. He will work some in January and possibly some the first of Feb, but after that, its all systems go! Or so I think.
I posted last time that we would be taking the boat to St Mary’s and having it pulled so we can paint the bottom. Well it turns out I’m the last to know things. Seems like the Captain has decided to put it on hold until June after all. I’m good with this. That just means we can press on with our plans to head south.
Until then, we will hang out here on Jekyll Island and enjoy the warm winter we are having.Every year Jekyll Island hides these glass orbs. They are hand painted by various artists. Everyday they hide 4 orbs somewhere on the island. Its like an adult version of an Easter egg hunt, only better. We were here a few weeks last year and I searched high and low to no avail. This year I am determined. My bike is ready to go. I want one of those orbs!
An Orb on Jekyll Island
Its finally getting close. Close enough that we now need to start getting things in order and getting ready to leave for the winter. We spent part of Saturday pulling stuff out of our storage spots and reorganizing. We changed some things around to make better use of our space, and make some things more accessible. But also to make space for supplies. Soon we will need to make a trip to Sams and stock up on paper towels and toilet paper. Can you believe its been a full year since I’ve bought them? I stocked up pretty well last year. I’m told these kinds of things are expensive in the Bahamas, so we try and take what we can store up.
cleaning out all the cubbie’s
reorganizing our cubbies
And lets not forget ziplock bags. I use them for everything. Having cardboard boxes such as cereal boxes, are not good to have on board. I’m told it attracts bugs. That’s not something I want to learn the hard way, so I take their word for it and don’t chance it. So as soon as I buy groceries, I get rid of all cardboard.
Getting rid of cardboard
If we get a good weather window in January, we will take the boat down to St Marys boatyard and have it pulled so we can repaint the bottom. We had hoped we could wait until June or July to have it done with some other things, but it can’t wait. Bad things grow on the bottom of your boat if you don’t keep it clean, and having the right kind of paint on the bottom of the boat will make it easier to clean and slow down the growth of stuff that likes to live on the boat. Hopefully we can get it done quickly. Once its done, we will look for another weather window and head south.
The bottom of a friends boat, before he scraped and painted
Until then, we will enjoy Jekyll Island some more, go see the kids and my sister at Christmas and enjoy this great weather we are having in December.
Merry Christmas to all. Life is good!
Otter decorated for Christmas