Saturday, April 18, 2015

Chilean Sea Bass -- 3/24/2015

So we are sitting around at Happy Hour with Joe and Pearl, and Joe says, "Let's go to Port A and spend the night on the boat."

"Sounds like a good idea.  When?"

"Tomorrow.  We could leave bright and early, so we have time to enjoy the day there."

I feel my panic button.  What time is bright and early?  

"9A.  You don't need to pack, as everything you need is on the boat."

Calming down, I agree I can be ready at that hour.

We sleep well and text them the next morning at 8 that we are waiting by our gate with a steaming cup of coffee for them to pick us up.

It is a pleasant drive to Port A and we experience a feeling of Peace as we climb aboard the Bluewater On Your Mark.  Soon we are lounging on the mid deck overlooking the turquoise water of the bay, watching boats, planes and people.  Pearl and I worry about a construction worker near the marina digging with a shovel and not wearing gloves.  He will be sorry.

How do you spell r-e-l-a-x-e-d?  So relaxed the only photos of this day are in my memory.

Dinner is at La Playa Mexican Grill with tasty entrees of Chilean Sea Bass, and of course, a nice bottle of wine.  We sleep well.

Morning brings a sunny start to the day and we are greeted with laptops and coffee.

During our morning walks, we leave our boat cards on the Nancy G, and wish Skip and Nancy could have been here with us.

On Your Mark

All too soon it is time to return to Port Isabel -- I forget why --

Find the dock cart filled with luggage and electronic devices heading for the parking lot....

As we drive home, someone comments about how much we enjoyed the perfectly grilled Chilean sea bass dinner from last night.

                                                                                                                         Photo Courtesy of unknown photographer
Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Tuesday - Thursday, March 24 - 26

Monday, March 30, 2015

Where There is Smoke -- 3/14/2015

Besides the friendship we enjoy at the Laguna Madre Yacht Club socials, we are privileged to have members who share their knowledge and experience in boating at the monthly meetings.

This month Commodore Chris gives a talk on using fire extinguishers, showing here a small one only as a prop. 

After an overview of different kinds of extinguishers, he makes a point that each month we should tap it on the floor to shake up the baking soda.

Materials gathered are diesel to burn, gasoline to ignite and an appropriate size fire extinguisher.  Oh, and the metal tub to contain the fire!  First, Chris shows us how to put out a fire on our boats.

Setting up again, he invites Caren to try.

Instantly Out!

Next, Lillian....

When my turn comes, I am amazed at how heavy this fire extinguisher is.  It looks so easy when others pick it up.

Success! and I put that heavy thing down quickly!

Now Herb's turn -- 

David waits for a big blaze.

Herb makes a point of why you must check your equipment regularly and know what you are buying.  The one in his demo does not extinguish the fire.

Still Burning

Erica shows her skill....

After that workout, we are ready for colorful and delicious paella Raul has prepared for the group.


Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Saturday, March 14, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015

Two Golden Retrievers and a Yellow Lab -- 2/26/2015

Pets like a walk in the morning, so David heads out early with puppy Trapper and is joined by Herb walking Annie, the older yellow Lab.  As they return, Herb takes pictures of 'our house' next door with the new snow from yesterday.

When we lived there the newspaper was always thrown to the area at the left of the photo, and Dr. Jake retrieved it each morning.  He had been known to retrieve the neighbors' newspapers when he found them.

We also had a Shih Tzu mix named Dr. Pepe LePew MD., who went out with Jake and usually returned without being chased.  

So many happy times in this neighborhood.

Herb next gets a photo of David and Patti's house with the roof and yard blanketed in the still pristine snow.  It has begun to melt on the driveway, leaving some icy patches.  At this point little Trapper is leading and is not seen in front of David.

He then takes a walk down the driveway behind their house to see the lake and fountain in the distant background.

While Longview is 'home,' we have many memories farther to the northeast in Texas, and take a drive today to enjoy the rare snow scenes along a hilly highway.

Over the river and through the woods....

The end to a perfect day is a visit by Randy and Dee, owners of a beautiful female Golden Retriever, Molly.  She was Doctor Jake's girlfriend, although she may not have known it.

The six of us enjoy recalling when we first got our puppies.  David got Gunner, a yellow Lab, Dee got Molly, and Herb got Dr. Jake C. Harleton MD.  As soon as the pups were old enough, all went to a group obedience school.  

The owners were trained.

It was hilarious.  Patti, Randy and I sat on the sidelines and very quietly giggled.  After each weekly training session, we had lunch at our favorite Italian restaurant.  When the six week class ended and all dogs were as perfectly obedient as they would ever be, we held graduation exercises in the circle driveway between our houses.  

Each owner demonstrated the commands learned in obedience school, and Bob and Myrna (neighbors up the hill) were invited to judge.  We were pleased to learn that Dr. Jake won "Best Male Golden Retriever;"  Gunner won "Best Male Yellow Lab;" and Molly won "Best Female Golden Retriever."  Bob presented them with certificates that we framed.  Our Dr. Pepe LePew MD received a "Purple Heart" certificate for putting up the puppy antics while they were in training.

Tonight, recalling our memories and thinking Italian, we make reservations at Uncle Joe's, and are seated in a private dining room.  Do they expect we would have too much fun to be in the main dining room?

Uncle Joe's is a BYOB, so we grab a couple of bottles as we leave David and Patti's.  We brought Secreto from Port Isabel, which has an interesting label. Sometimes I choose a wine beginning with the label.

Secreto - label - check!    Variety - Malbec - check!    Origin - Chile - Check!

After opening the bottle, I was especially happy to see Dee pass it on down the table to share with others!!!

Willie of Willie's Tug,
   and of Walldog, Willie and Jake
   Thursday, February 26, 2015