Relaxing in Corpus Christi – Finally!

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Man, being retired is a lot of work.

Since our going away party, we have had a huge garage sale, given a lot of things to Cory and Christy, packed up the remainder, sold the house, and moved on board our boat.  That took a lot less effort to type than to accomplish.

For those that are interested, I did not get my TR6 completely reassembled, but I got close.  I actually DROVE it to some dear friends’ house (Chris and Mark Jameson) to store it until we return in May.  It was great to actually drive the car again!

After leaving Fort Worth and arriving at our boat and new home, we spent a few days getting her ready for a trip down the Texas coast.  We sailed about 200 nautical miles in an overnight passage to Port Aransas, Texas where we met up with Bob, Julie, Ed, and Cindy for a rendezvous.  They had sailed down on Saturday, the day after we got to our boat.  Since we had things to do to get ready, they got there several days before us.  We hung out for a couple days until they had to return for work.  Laura and I then brought the boat on over to Corpus Christi, which is about a 3-1/2 hour sail due west.

The Corpus Christi Marina is very nice.  Good security on the docks, great bathhouse, free wi-fi in the club lounge (where I am sitting in air-conditioned comfort), and located right downtown.  We walked to the cathedral this morning for Mass, which was really nice.  The traditional choir was very impressive, and the pipe organ really filled the cathedral with sound.  The cathedral is beautiful.

The weather is a little unsettled right now, so we plan to stay here for several days.  We will see some of the sights in Corpus Christi, probably visit the USS Lexington aircraft carrier, and try to relax and enjoy ourselves.  While I am sitting here in air conditioned comfort, Laura is on deck doing some sewing repair on the mainsail.  Then she will do some boat cleaning and then start cooking dinner.  There are always things that need to be done!  Did I mention I am sitting here in air conditioned comfort?

Steve (Sunday April 27)

Going Away Party – A lot of fun, but a lot of goodbyes to friends

On April 5 we had our going away party in Aledo.  We had somewhere over 70 people and we had so much fun visiting with friends.  Despite our efforts, some friends could not bear to come without bearing gifts.  Judie and Sheila brought very cute decorated volleyballs (Wilson and Wilsonette) for us to talk to while at sea.  Sheila also brought a very nice bottle of Texas whiskey distilled in Fort Worth that I plan on sampling as soon as Lent is over. Gary brought a really nice bottle of scotch, the Williams’s brought a blessing for the boat, and Jim and Elizabeth a bottle of champagne.  The Sheridans brought us pets for the boat (sea monkeys!).  Tom Moore brought a bracelet with WWTD written on it (What Would Tom DO!!!).  The Speers also brought a nice bottle of wine.  Someone else brought wine, but we missed writing it down, so we owe that person an apology.

Cliff Valentine gave us a very special gift – he wrote a song for us titled “Let’s Sail Away Together”.  I have uploaded it to YouTube, and the link is here http://youtu.be/NzYhD49Q6C0.  And yes, I’m wearing a captain’s hat my brother David bought me for Christmas a few years back.

Our daughter Christy recorded this on her iPhone.  She and everyone else there was so surprised that I was actually singing that she missed the first few seconds while getting her phone out.  Ken Mican played bass and Edmund Gutierez played drums.  Thank goodness Cliff sings so well that he covered for me.  We were very touched with the song and them playing it for us.

The party was so much fun!  Lots of friends and neighbors that we are going to miss!

Steve (April 13, 2014)