Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Here is St William.

the Church of the Resurrection and the most amazing cross I have ever seen.  Definitely a Resurrection cross


The sanctuary at St Cecelia's was so-so but this beautifil separated alcove for the tabernacle was wonderful.

This blog is going to be a lot of work.  I obviously need to do some editing of pictures before I post them.  I'll try to do better on the next ones.  sure hope we're not in Ft Myers for church this Sunday!
Blue Cheese Coleslaw

I think that worked!

And the final theme closer to my heart than stomach is art, architecture and music in the Catholic Church.  What I'm finding is lots of variety around a pretty fixed liturgy and lots of amazing art.
The best music so far was St William Church on St Simon Island with a good choir and music selections.  There is music outside of OCP.  The snare drums with organ and piano we're pretty cool at St Ceceli's in Ft Myers.  I think I hit the early "quiet"Mass at the Church of the Resurection though their Gloria was really fun to sing.  I'll just show pictures of the architecture below.
    Well we're still waiting the the boat and playing a lot of golf,  but that;s not really such a bad thing.  Though John is frustrated with the boat yard and I'm just anxious to get going and tired of camping out at Days Inn. So I thought I'd introduce some minor themes we'll be exploring around "The Loop".
     First of course is golf.  We've played so great and not so great courses in SW Florida.  John remembers courses better than I do so I'll have him do a guest post at some point on the topic,  But basically they all have a lot of water and jungle which eats balls.  Especially when they tell you not to go looking for them because of the snakes in the jungle and the alligators in the water.
      We will be investigating lots of restaurants and local foods  too. Of course seafood is top on the menu in Florida, though there are more cattle in Florida than any other state.  I love seafood, but never been a fan of mussels until we had some of the most tender ones at Duffy's Sports Bar at Stonybrook Golf Course.  They completely changed my ideas.   I think I have finally gotten straight the difference between squid and octopus.  I sort of thought they were interchangeable, but the grilled octopus was great and not as greasy as most fried calamari, squid, at The Lighthouse Waterfront restaurant and Bar.  But the dish that sent me to the internet to try to find a recipe was the Blue Cheese Coleslaw at the Blue Point Oyster Bar.  I think I found something close to it that I'll try to post here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Here is some more.

This should be the link to videos of hauling the boat out of the water.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I think it will be a while before I figure out editing a video so I thougt I'd just put up some as is.  If the narration sonds like a pre school teacher, its because I'm generally thinkin of my grandchildren when I'm making the videos.
Into the sling
Its going to take more than a little time for me to figure out how to edit my videos so I thought I'd post some of them as is.  These show the boat getting hauled out of the water for work on the propellors, rudders and bottom painting.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

      While John is working on getting the boat ship shape for our trip, with the help of Olsen Marine in Ft Myers, Florida, I have been struggling with setting up this blog.  I think his job has been easier, but when my daughter Catherine said she made all of her students have a blog, I figured maybe I could navigate the issue and get started.  
       The short pre history of the trip.  John's idea, but it sounded like fun as long as we could play golf along the way and I get to navigate on land, i.e. places we stop, restaurants, activities.  
So in April of 2016, while I was in London visiting my daughter Maria and granddaughter Laila, and Justin too, John and his buddy went boat shopping in Florida.  A whirlwind 500 mile trip around Florida came up with really only one boat we thought would work.  LoQueSeA  (good name to change) a 37 foot Great Harbor trawler he found in Jacksonville.   It was big enough for John and me to live on for a year, and in pretty good shape. So we bought it, spent two days taking it to St Simons Island, GA  for the summer and Went back to playing golf in Colorado.
        We were glued to the weather reports as Hurricane Matthew blew up the east coast in the fall, but fortunately the boat survived the hurricane and was almost ready to go when we got back in November.  We headed out of the marina, only to find that there was something wrong with the propellers.   So we sat waiting for  (I'm told that refrain will be sung over and over again in the next year)  Diver Dude (see pictures) to show up to scrape the barnacles  off of the propellors,
    Once on our way we had a great trip south along the Florida coast.  We viewed a lot of damage from Hurricane Matthew, played golf at the LPGA home course in Daytona, visited the Kennedy Space center and came across the Okechobee Canal and Lake and the Caloosahatche river to Ft Myers.  We left the boat with long list of issues with Dominic and Olsen Marina and headed home for Christmas.  
      Back in Ft Myers in early February "we are waiting For..." for the boat to get ready.  Actually,  for us another way to sing that song is, "So we are playing golf."..until the boat is ready.  So far, beautifl weather and three rounds of golf and maybe we'll be able to leave the end of next week.
     Now I'm going to try to make a YouTube video of the boat being hauled out of the water.  
If it works I'll post it here.