Staying busy

3 1/2 weeks to go. It’s time to get serious about leaving. Time to empty the boat of things we don’t need and add the things that we do need. That involves going through every nook and cranny and sorting things out, stocking up groceries, and going up the mast to repair wind gauge. Plus much more. ¬†Unfortunately for the next 3 weeks, we will spend 2 of them in North Georgia while Keith works his last shifts at Gordon Hospital. That gives us about a week to get things ready. We’ve kinda been working on it so it shouldn’t be too bad.

our dirty little secret, aka our quarter berth, storage space before we organized it

our dirty little secret, aka our quarter berth, storage space before we organized it

Keith doing a little mast climbing

Keith doing a little mast climbing

Keith at the top of the mast.

Keith at the top of the mast.

Keith's big catch

Keith’s big catch

Last week, we made ourselves Florida residents. We wanted to do this last year, but I was overwhelmed with the paperwork and put it aside. This time we made ourselves do it. It turned out not to be as bad as we thought. And very impressed with how smoothly it went. The DMV was a much better experience then we have ever experienced in all our years in Georgia.

Our dirty fishing boat after doing some cast netting for shrimp/bait

Our dirty fishing boat after doing some cast netting for shrimp/bait

It can’t be all work, so we find time to have a little bit of fun. The fishing here is great. The redfish are abundant, as well as the sea trout. We also like to catch our own bait. Keith will take the little dinghy out and catch shrimp to use as bait. He also puts out a bait trap to catch mud minnows. Sometimes he will catch big fish in the cast net and we use them as bait.

Hopefully this time next month we will be in sunny Florida. Fingers crossed. Life is good.

A productive day fishing

A productive day fishing

Our theme song

As we get ready to go, I’m reminded of a song by Fastball, ¬†that my daughter shared with me once and said it sounded like our theme song. Here’s the lyrics:

They made up their minds And they started packing
They left before the sun came up that day
An exit to eternal summer slacking
But where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

They drank up the wine
And they got to talking
They now had more important things to say
And when the car broke down they started walking
Where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

[Chorus:]
Anyone can see the road that they walk on
Is paved in gold
And it’s always summer
They’ll never get cold
They’ll never get hungry
They’ll never get old and grey
You can see their shadows wandering off somewhere
They won’t make it home
But they really don’t care
They wanted the highway
They’re happier there today, today

Their children woke up
And they couldn’t find them
They left before the sun came up that day
They just drove off and left it all behind ’em
But where were they going without ever
Knowing the way?

I have to say, this certainly sounds like us. Life is good.