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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Monday, November 30, 2009

Moving Right Along...

Jim, Jim and LLLLucy are now in San Juanico.
Sort of the bottom of the middle bight hops.
Tomorrow the long stretch to Bahia Santa Maria.
Then on to Bahia Magdalena.

Still in Ventura.
Saturday I spent hours washing and scrubbing the exterior of the boat.

Still spots of grime, dirt and pigeon poo.
Death to pigeons!

Sunday I spent on the interior of the boat.
Scrubbing the walls.
Changing sheets.
Washing the window coverings.
De-molding the starboard hull.

Killing pigeons.
Scrubbing the overhead.
Hanging the Christmas lights.
Throwing away old food.
Organizing things.
Blah, blah, blah.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Passage II" Passaging Down The Bight

Yay for the single side band once again.
Sure makes staying in touch with Jim easy!
When he did the trip down with Dave & Kellie on "Sweet Lorraine", I had to go over to Ariel's boat at 6 am to use his ssb.
Talk about not convenient.
And talk about giving the neighbor's something to talk about.

They left Turtle Bay this morning, heading for Asuncion.
About 50 miles.
They already have about 15 knots of wind on their stern.
Hopefully it doesn't pick up too much for them.
We had 35-40 knots of wind last night (all night long) here in the Ventura Harbor.
Not so fun.
Apparently it is going to continue here...
There are white caps behind my boat at 8:30 in the morning...

Anyway, they have three stops planned for the next three nights and my have to hide out for a day or two in one of them.

San Juanico.

Deja vu.

Friday, November 27, 2009

G Dock in Bahia Tortugas

Well the gang's all here there.
Except me.
"Passage II" (the boat Jim is on) arrived in Turtle Bay yesterday afternoon after a nice beam reach down the Dewey Channel.
Gotta love light offshore winds!
Marathon sleep for Little Lovely Lucy Lowe, Jim. C. and Jim D. last night.
And today?
They get to play with "Nuki Nuki" "Char Ann" because they are anchored in the bay too!Plans are to go into town.
Taking me Flat Heather in for photo ops.
Then Thanksgiving dinner on "Passage II".
The five of them: LLLLucy, Jeannine, Jim, Jim and Jim.
Jim B. should go by his other name today, "Phil" to lessen the confusion.
"Hey Jim, would you please pass the potatoes to Jim?"
"No Jim, not that Jim, this Jim."
Reminds me of that movie, "Heathers".

And me?
Washing the sheets.
Maybe scrub the floor.
Make a chafe guard for the transom out of a fender I dumpster dove for.
Work on getting out of this slight depression I am in.
Thanksiving wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
My chemo sick sister was sick in the restaurant yesterday.
And on the way back home.
So what to be thankful for?
Uh cancer attacking a second sibling?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

While The Cat's Away...

The wife will play.
The wife (that would be me) will not cook meat.
The wife will eat popcorn or salad for dinner.
The wife will watch chick flicks.
The wife will not have to converse once she has left the office.
The wife will not have to make the bed when she gets up, because it's pretty much made when she gets out of it.

So where is the cat Jim?
He is onboard "Passage II" probably anchored at Cedros Island South of Ensenada and North of Turtle Bay.
Hanging with Jim C. and Little Lovely Lucy Lowe.
Helping them out.
Keeping them safe.
Preventing the exhaustion that comes with double-handed sailing.
Being waited on hand and foot by LLLL.
Listening to all the books he downloaded to his phone.
Showing them the Baja Coast.
Going downwind (yay!).
Checking systems.
Drinking a few beers while at anchor.
Enjoying some quality time with awesome friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

High School Reunion!

Oh yay ~ or oh no, a bunch more years went by!
My five year nope that's not right, my ten year no, twenty year oh crap it was my thirty year high school reunion.

Yep, I am officially old I had a blast!
Friday night was a cocktail party at Aloha (how convenient one of our classmates is an owner of Aloha!) with great appetizers, awesome service, loads of laughter and a lot of fun!

So let's just look at pics.
Lots of them.

Christy & Nancy.

Liz & me. See how nice she is being to me?
She was making up for being such a turd to me in high school!

Ah, finally someone Jim knows ~ Chuck, our stockbroker.
We keep him real busy with our $32 we have in stocks...
Chuck married LaDene, who always had the locker above mine.
She was tall.
I was short.
We would trade if I got the top one.
Worked out.
She must still like me, because they gave us a ride home that night.
After I lost her slippers.
Long story.
Ignore this part.

Uh who else was there?Crazy David Ortiz, Tall LaDene, Ron, me (I had tall shoes on, which is why I had LaDene's slippers on later) & Nancy.
I have two of my all-time favorite people on each side...

Then we went to The WaterMark with Dianne.
Jim had a Scotch on the cool lit from inside bar.

Then to some gen duh bar Goode.Then my face hurt from smiling and laughing.
Then home to prepare for night #2 ~ the official reunion!

To give Jim an "out" during the evening, I rented a hotel room.

There is something so decadent about renting a hotel room all of 4 miles from your home.

Ohhhh... bathtub!

Pre-reunion glass of vino in our room with Janet, Karl, Debbie, Chuck, LaDene & Jim.

Ok, more pics.
Jim & Debbie (who married my good pal, Karl) ~ sailors and cruisers too!

Rob, me & Nina.

She is another one of my all-time fav humans!

When she was six she spent the night at my house.
It was her first time not sleeping at home.
She basically cried all night.
She survived.
And apparently still tolerates likes me!

Uh, who else?
This is CeCe who crashed the party!
She was a year ahead of us so she just posed as Jennifer...

Oh yay ~ another crasher!
So to explain, there were two big high schools in my town, Buena & Ventura.
Makes sense, right as the hometown is called San Buenaventura?
Well, and the Catholic high school, but most of them had bailed by that time and were at public schools with us.
So both high schools held their 30 year reunions at the same hotel on the same night.
How cool was that?
One of my best rival high school friends, Dawn crashed!So my face was starting to hurt from smiling and laughing about this time.
Jim had left.
He was half undressed on the bed in the hotel room, tv on.
Beer open.

Nina, Charnell, Linda & me.

Debbie, Karl & me.

Nina & me.
Still a favorite.

Ron & me.
Another favorite.

Ok, this is really, really late.
We are all really, really tired.And our faces all really, really were hurting from smiling and laughing.
Which is why I have a grimace on my face.
Don't notice the flip flops please...

So much fun!
Huge, giant thanks to all who put so much effort and time and energy into making this such a great weekend!

Another Lemming Boat in the Major Boat Migration of 2009

Another one bites the dust boat from G Dock off to Mexico!

After the party for Don & Judy on "Wind Ryder", it was time for the party for Jim / Phil whatever his name is this week and Jeannine of "Nuki Nuki" "Char Ann".

They not only change the captain's name, but they change their boat name at whim as well.
They will always be known as "Nuki Nuki" on G Dock, but I will honestly try to refer to them as "Char Ann" from here on out not a chance.

Anyway, yes yet another party on G Dock, and we don't even live on that dock anymore!
Jim and Spamela Pam.

The people taking over the slip assisting in the departure of "Char Ann".
Pushy new people...
They will fit right in.

Jim / Phil whatever he is going by this week and me.

With Jeannine gone people will stop getting us mixed up from behind.

You know now many times that has happened?

Jim / Phil whatever he is going by this week even confused us at their party!

Well, sad to see them go, but happy at the same time!

Mexico be warned...
Here comes "Nuki Nuki" "Char Ann" the red boat!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Party for "Eyes of The Squirrels World"

This actually took place eons weeks ago.

A party for Rick and Karen who were visiting from Puerto Vallarta.
So any excuse for a party the best way for them to be able to see everyone ~ a party!

First of all, only a boater would dress this way...

No one living in a house would go out in public dressed like that.

Loads of people.
Loads of food.
Loads of vino.

Loads of people who either have been cruising, are going cruising or are still cruising.Peggy, Rick, Little Lovely Lucy Lowe, Karen, Tony in the background, Jim C., Wally, Linda, Jim D. and me!
G dock in Ventura West has the award for most cruisers.
Not that we are G-dockers anymore...
We are Anchors Way Marina private dock crane slippers!

But what a great group of people!

This picture was taken for Trouble Alex & Sue on "Maitairoa"...Tony, Peggy, Heather & Jim!
Someday the caption to a picture will be:
Tony, Peggy, Trouble Alex, Sue, Double Trouble Heather & Jim.
Can't wait for that one.
But it can't happen on a school night...

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cruiser's Forum People

Ok, you people arriving here from the cruiser's forum:
My apologies.
We had to come back to the USA and work.
We are not cruising right now.
But, if you are here to read about cruising on a cat, go alllll the way down the right side of this blog and click on oh, January of 2009 and read until July or August or until you pass out from boredom.
And if that doesn't bore you to tears you can read about our trip down the Baja in April of 2008.
And lots of island trips in 2007.
Honestly I do have cruising pictures and stories on here.
Pictures like this:

And this:And this:

You just have to ignore me since August.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Non-Stop Stuff!

Parties for people visiting from Mexico.
Parties for people leaving to go to Mexico.
Dinner with friends visiting from Mexico.
Us staying here.
30 year High School Reunion!Exhausted.
The boat is a mess.
Tools everywhere.
Parts on the counter.
Parts on the floor.
Sewing machine to take to the repair shop.
Things to donate.
Pictures to post.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Jim!
Details later.
Those MicroFleece sheets are calling my name.