MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER

Here we are at 6 weeks and counting living on the “HOOK”. Life is certainly an unexpected event almost every day. Today for instance we beat the storm back by a second. You never know in FL when the sky will open up and drown ya. We did however, get soaked on the way to the dinghy dock, waves were quite big for the inlet and going over them caused water to splash all the F over us. By the time we got to the dock we were both pretty wet. Had to go in for distilled water for the batteries. Got to keep them little suckers happy they are our life line for the generators which run the electricity. Went to Toojay”s Jewish deli for lunch the best sandwiches in Vero. Hit my favorite TJ Max and then food shopping. Back on the boat enjoying the sound of raindrops on the roof. Better then on my head. We had the best luncheon at Maureen & Bob”s, Sunday. Linda, John, Peggy and Ken joined us for a great time all around. Everyone is looking terrific. So good to be with them, laughed our asses off as usual. Linda summed it up pretty well “we still find each other hilarious”. Don is happy making sauce so it will be pasta for dinner. He makes a great sauce, uses sausage, something I never did. My sauce has meatballs and pepperoni love it both ways. Maybe his better because I don’t have to make it. We still have 2 weeks left in Vero and it will be sad to leave here, especially Maureen & Bob. Got to spend so much time with them and looking forward to another stay over before we leave, that will be next Monday. Then we are off to Don’s brother Tony for Thanksgiving. We’ll rent a car and drive, stay over through Saturday and then plan to visit with Peggy and Ken on Sunday before we return the car. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Love, hugs and kisses.

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NOVEMBER 4th FORT PIERCE

We ran out of water last night, have you ever brushed your teeth with beer “the breakfast of champions”, another unique experience living aboard. Vero Beach has no open marina slots so we boogied down to Fort Pierce for a night of luxurious living, electricity without the noise of a generator, lights and wifi. How about that folks, we will spend the night here and head on back to Vero tomorrow. Did I mention this marina has a pretty good restaurant, no buses required. Ah the lap of of easy living. I for one am not getting on another bus while we are here, I don’t care what we need, this is my time of rest. We’ll eat in the restaurant and have a few martini’s, no dingy, no bus, get a buzz on. Then it’s back to living on the hook. We’ve been at this for over a month and I am happily surprised that I am still enjoying myself. It was questionable at first, not really knowing how long I would last without missing my home. The boat has become home and I am really happy to be having this delightful experience. You never know what the day will bring. Surprises all around and playing dolphins to entertain us. Life is good.

RIVERSIDE THEATER

What a magical night we had last evening. We got tickets to see a Hank Williams
review at the theater in Vero. Dinghied over to the dock at the Riverside Cafe. I had crab cakes and Don had ahi tuna expensive but so worth it. We each had a cocktail before dinner, not curtain time yet, so we imbibed in another after dinner.
They make an excellent martini by the way so if you ever find yourself in Vero stop in and enjoy. I was a little nervous about getting on the dingy at night with Don’s help I managed. This was not a good dock, the fingers(boards you tie up to) we’re very narrow. You felt like one misstep and in the drink you’d be. It was a beautiful night with stars everywhere, the sky a sight to behold. They call Vero Beach Velcro Beach because so many boaters come here by boat and end up buying. Real estate is do able but more then we want to spend because we’d want to have nearby access to a marina. The free bus is a god send and we are out and about everyday. We’ve met so many other boaters living on the hook from all over the country, Canada and New Zealand. This is a wonderful adventure my friends, so happy to be able to share it with all of you on my blog. With love, hugs and kisses to all, I’m signing off

NOVEMBER 4th – FORT PIERCE

We ran out of water last night, have you ever brushed your teeth with beer “the breakfast of champions”, another unique experience living aboard. Vero Beach has no open marina slots so we boogied down to Fort Pierce for a night of luxurious living, electricity without the noise of a generator, lights and wifi. How about that folks, we will spend the night here and head on back to Vero tomorrow. Did I mention this marina has a pretty good restaurant, no buses required. Ah the lap of of easy living. I for one am not getting on another bus while we are here, I don’t care what we need, this is my time of rest. We’ll eat in the restaurant and have a few martini’s, no dingy, no bus, get a buzz on. Then it’s back to living on the hook. We’ve been at this for over a month and I am happily surprised that I am still enjoying myself. It was questionable at first, not really knowing how long I would last without missing my home. The boat has become home and I am really happy to be having this delightful experience. You never know what the day will bring. Surprises all around and playing dolphins to entertain us. Life is good.

VERO BEACHING & LOVING IT

We’ve been here at the Vero Beach Municipal Marina a little over a week. There is a free bus service that takes you all over and we have certainly been taking advantage of that. Miracle Mile on the bus stop has everything, TJ Max, great deli, West Marine, etc. if you only went this far it would be great. However, there is a transfer station with 11 buses and you can go anywhere free of charge. Loving it here in Vero Beach. We are on a mooring ball, which is getting easier to do, for a month, may be longer, probably until the first of Dec. We spent last weekend with Maureen & Bob at their home in Vero. Maureen”s mother and my mother were roommates at st. Peter’s Hospital when we were born. 14 years later we met up at SPHS 9E, Miss Clark’s homeroom and have been friends ever since. Life is crazy that way, fortunately for us we have been lucky and beyond in our friendship. It was really good being with them, enjoying homemade cooking done by other then ourselves. Even Bob got in on the act and made delicious perogies for dinner Sat. night. There is a theater on the bus stop and we have tickets to see a Hank Williams Review next Tue. Evening. Having the bus available right at the dingy dock makes this perfect for us. We’ve been out and about everyday. Yesterday to Waldo’s Restaurant, a funky place on the ocean. Then we wandered the shops and God help me, don’t you know I found a place where all the cloths were imported from Italy and France. Did some damage, found this darling dress I had to have. Love it and can’t wait to wear it. Already have it planned, we will be having a luncheon at Maureen’s with Linda & John, Peggy & Ken and us, the dress will be making it”s debut at the luncheon. Really excited to get together with these people. We women are all friends from our high school days. So blessed to call these women my friends. With that I’ll sign off from the NOMAD. Peace!!!

PS How about my updated picture reflecting my “au naturale hair”?

Heading South Again

Spent 2 days in Daytona Beach at the Halifax Harbor Marina. We got to have dinner with Mary Don’s friend. Ate at the Mc K Tavern, beer was really good, food OK. Mary used to live on a sailboat until 3 years ago when she switched to a motor boat. They say old sailors go motor, it’s true in these two instances. Both of us loving the transition to motor with so much more room. We actually took the bus to Walmart to do some shopping. Funny experience, not having been on a bus since high school with the #14 going up to Livingston Ave. Caught this bus in front of, name escapes me, a department store on George st. where everyone caught their bus home. Now we are in Coco Village Marina, planned to anchor out tonight but the wind was horrific and not good for anchoring so we got a spot in the marina $125,00 per night. Pricey but a lovely marina, with in walking distance to town. This little Village is so much fun, great restaurants, cool shops, one of my favorites on the east coast of FL. Had dinner in town and enjoyed a few draft beers. Tomorrow we plan on having breakfast and do some shopping then head down to Vero Beach. We plan to spend a month there.
Waiting at the Bus Stop

ST. AUGUSTINE, FL

We spent a wonderful week here in this historic city the oldest in the USA, established in 1556 ( I think). My BFF also lives here which made it especially great. Got to spend time with her, Eileen, she drove us where we had to go and also lent us her car to do our food shopping. Don and I actually hooked up to a Mooring Ball in the south field. What a challenge, took 4 tries. I was ready to give up on the third and head for the marina and a slip.. Because they only had slips without electricity, Don decided to try one more time and luck was with us. Don’t know how much you know about hooking up to a mooring ball but take my word for it, not easy especially with a 48 foot trawler. Sail boats are much easier, so they tell me, this was my first experience with a mooring ball and I know it won’t be my last. Now the first day we are here we get the dingy down and motor into the marina. Getting off and on the dingy, pretty much hate it. Picture having to step down about 2 feet onto a boat in the water rocking away, ya, hateful. No handholds either. Balance is pretty important and age steals this away from ya. I’m managing. We did the tourist thing on St George street with all the shops and galleries. Did some damage but got really pretty things I won’t see myself coming and going in. Just have to find a place to wear the most expensive outfit I bought. So pretty had to have it. Do I have shoes, NO but that will come. We had the most awful pizza advertised as St. Augustine’s best. If ever you are here don’t get the pizza, terrible. We sent it back once and they made us another one almost as raw as the first, but we ate the top off with the very end of the crust and managed. Don’t know what they thought when they got the pizza back in the kitchen minus topping. Other people actually ate this crap, cannot be from NJ or NY. Eileen and I got some girl time in on Wed, this was fun. Don stayed on the boat and graciously let us spend the day together just us girls. We did pedicures and shopped, had a delightful lunch at this bagel shop. Eileen knows the owner, she’s from North Jersey, can’t go wrong with that. Lunch was delicious. The week went too fast and we spent our last night here eating at A1A brewery. We found this place the first day and the beer is the best draft on the coast. Really good food too. Good bye St. Augustine see ya in the Spring. Love this place, so much to do and the marina had a shuttle service back and forth from the mooring field to the marina. Loved that, kept me off that dingy challenge. Love to all from RO’s Blog. Goodnight and God bless.