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Title: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 16, 2011, 12:10:50 AM
Afraid the next couple of weeks will be somewhat sketchy for internet. We are finally leaving Grenada  :yippee:  :'(  one of those I hate to leave / happy to be sailing again situations. Always sad to leave the friends and our newly acquired, illegally adopted extended family.  :(
Also means I won't be able to see you all every day. I do so enjoy PB and everyone on it....even the little knocks!  :2funny:
Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas season, and all the best for the upcoming year. Will do my best to keep in touch.
Better have internet for January.....or else! Lloyd may have to learn to duck fast!  >:D
 :hug:  :-*  :-*
 :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Maryna on December 16, 2011, 12:40:29 AM
 :gl: with your travel and Merry Christmas to you.  :hug:

 ;)



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Post by: thegrindre on December 16, 2011, 01:14:01 AM
Happy sailing.  :wave:
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Post by: C.Bodine on December 16, 2011, 06:33:59 AM
Val, I hate to see you go, even for a little while!!! :'(   It's going to feel like something just isn't quite right! Hopefully, you will be able to drop in occasionally! Be safe and have a wonderful Christmas!  :-*
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on December 16, 2011, 07:26:33 AM
Hi Val,
Wherever you're headed, I hope you enjoy the ride.  Your life sounds so exciting and adventurous.
I hope Santa doesn't miss the :boat:    :2funny:
I'm looking forward to seeing your cheery presence here in the new year.
Have a Merry Christmas.   :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: olivia power on December 16, 2011, 08:31:13 AM
Happy sailing Val, try to keep in touch, you brighten up the site whenever you post.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family.  Keep :painting:
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Post by: nolan on December 16, 2011, 12:47:44 PM
You have a great Xmas too Val, safe journey  :flowers:
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Post by: Anya on December 16, 2011, 03:00:46 PM
Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas my sweet Paint Basket buddy, :flowers:  :flowers:  :flowers:,

I'll miss you, hurry back and happy  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on December 16, 2011, 07:59:02 PM
Safe sailing and may you you be blessed with pleasant weather with just enough wind to keep you going.
A Merry Christmas and a very Prosperous New Year to you and Lloyd.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Leana on December 17, 2011, 12:40:52 AM
Val, you will surely be missed.  Happy  :boat:, may you truly have a fabulous journey and super weather.  Enjoy a Merry and blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you soon  :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

Sing along...

"We wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas, we wish you a Merry Christmas.....and ...a... Happy New Year...  :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 18, 2011, 12:05:26 PM
 :thankyou: one and all!  It seems the weather Gods have decided we should stay in Grenada for Christmas. We departed Prickley Bay yesterday and moved only 7 miles to St. Georges to get ready to clear immigration and start off on our new adventure. STOP We spent the night anchored with 3-5 ft. swells and gusty winds. The weather is forecast to deteriorate further with seas to 10' and 30 knot winds. Soo.....back to Prickley Bay where it is calm and serene. With a bit of luck we may be able to leave Christmas or Boxing Day. Ah well, it will be fun to spend some extra time with our illegally adopted family!
Plus...the internet is still working here!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on December 18, 2011, 12:45:19 PM
 :clap: 4 the Internet
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on December 18, 2011, 06:48:43 PM
I'm glad you're not out there on those rough waters, Val.
It's nice you're still showing up around here.   :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 19, 2011, 02:07:21 AM
I've been plotting our course in hopes of being within internet range for the w/c course...they all think I'm right 'round the twist! They just don't understand how important this is...well...to me anyway.   ;D  Nolan & Dennis may have some idea I think....I may have left a hint or three over the past year.... :whistle:
Thankyou for your thoughts Lillian, it is nice to be in calm water again. We won't feel much of the disturbance in here, very well protected from these northerlies.  O0

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 27, 2011, 10:20:07 PM
Finally left Grenada on Boxing day. After spending 9hrs. battling strong headwinds and large seas we stopped in the lee of Union Island for the night for a much needed kip. Spent yesterday in much the same conditions and made it in to Admiralty Bay, Bequia (St. Vincent & the Grenadines). So peaceful after all that bashing about!
Looking as though we'll be sitting out another few days of nasty weather (high winds and seas). Getting a bit crowded in the anchorage as everyone coming in looking for shelter.
Perhaps I'll be able to get a day or two drawing/painting in........
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on December 28, 2011, 10:22:28 AM
I envy your temperature Val.  It's  :cold: here.  Snow is falling, pretty to look at but not nice for travelling.

Nice to see you here.  Keep safe.   :1hug:
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Post by: Val on December 28, 2011, 02:29:17 PM
Despite the wind and seas it is nice and comfy tucked up in the bay. Our days still reach about 82-84F, the nights are a  :cold:  chilly 67-69F.  The water is a lovely turquoise with lots of turtles and fish for company on my swims. Must stay closer to the boat with the water chopping up. Still lovely.
I've never been a good 'winter' person Lillian, don't mind the snow so much....if only it was warm!  ;D Don't like the cold.
May go on walkabout tomorrow with my camera and see if I can catch some interesting photos for you. Internet seems pretty good so I'll have a go at uploading tomorrow. Keep warm.  :wave:
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Post by: Kelley on December 28, 2011, 02:58:10 PM
Terrific news Val!  Can't wait to see the pics.  Hope to see some of your work, too.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 28, 2011, 03:10:30 PM
I have to admit it Kelley...I have been a bit slack in doing any work lately, I did manage to get most of the outline done for a portrait. Now I must pluck up the courage to have a go at it. I did make a challenge out of it, so now I must keep up my end.  :eek:   :faint:
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Post by: Kelley on December 28, 2011, 10:11:02 PM
 C'mon Val.  Gotta see more of your work.  No time to slack.   ;)  show me something... anything.
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Post by: thegrindre on December 29, 2011, 12:09:37 AM
I spent 4 years in the Navy and loved the sea. Didn't care all that much for the Naval structure of the military but floating around in the Pacific was a lot of fun to me.
I do understand 'boat life'.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 29, 2011, 02:18:26 AM
Thanks Rick...we just installed a new main and pack...2 full days work. Part of the reason our departure from Grenada was delayed. I swear I work harder now in retirement than when I had my rigging company!  :heeha:
Spent almost 3 hours yesterday just to get checked in with immigration. The line was incredible...mainly due to the time of year (loads of charter boats)...and the sea conditions.
Amazing the number of people that think we just bob about, sipping on pina coladas and cuba libres all day....that might be nice....
Must make a note for more free time in 2012.  ;D

OK Kelley...I'll post the drawing I started Christmas morning. It's my first building!
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Post by: nolan on December 29, 2011, 01:22:19 PM
sounds good Val  :)
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Post by: Leana on January 01, 2012, 04:24:45 AM
It all sound pretty exciting to me... you are on such an adventure (even with all the nitty gritty 'pains'... awesome  :yippee:
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Post by: Kelley on January 01, 2012, 10:30:14 PM
Got it Val.  Excellent! :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 03, 2012, 01:27:07 PM
 :boat: Well, we are finally off again. Checked out of Bequia and sailing for St. Lucia at 0600 tomorrow morning. The weather has finally improved a bit so time to move. We will spend one night in St. Lucia and then off Thursday morning for Martinique. Will be there for a few days and hope for internet. On the upside....they have a REAL art shop!  :yippee:
 :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on January 04, 2012, 06:21:02 AM
Wishing you smooth sailing and a safe journey Val.   :)

Head straight for that art shop  :boat:   and shop to your heart's content!   :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Leana on January 04, 2012, 12:09:42 PM
Wishing you a safe journey Val... enjoy and have a fabulous time at the artshop... hope you find all you need ... and more :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 04, 2012, 03:29:49 PM
We arrived in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia this evening after a rather 'exhilarating' 12 hour sail. Took some snaps of the Pitons as we sailed by, will post some of those once I get them loaded. Will be off to bed shortly, has been quite the day. I'm getting a real dislike for weather forecasters  :tickedoff:  Its fine to be a bit off the mark, but honestly!
Will spin you a yarn a bit further up the road.
A minor repair and off to Martinique tomorrow morning.
 :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 05, 2012, 02:45:24 AM
I look forward to those pictures Val. Glad you've arrived ok. Hey, those weather people must have a right laugh giving out toned down forecasts!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on January 05, 2012, 12:22:32 PM
Even with all the technology they still give us "thumb sucks" :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: thegrindre on January 05, 2012, 08:33:32 PM
For what it's worth, of all history and recording of weather forecasting, they are only right about 49% of the time... And that's a fact, BTW.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 06, 2012, 12:19:33 PM
Arrived in Martinique yesterday afternoon. Internet is very poor...not much better at the cafes. Going to go and wail away my woes with a reggae band tonight at one of the pubs. Lloyd is shopping for earplugs!  ???  Likes the reggae....not certain about my version!  :yippee:
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Post by: Kelley on January 06, 2012, 06:02:22 PM
Bob Marley had his wailers. Lloyd has his.   :2funny:
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Post by: Val on January 07, 2012, 04:00:22 AM
 :doh: Aw gee Kelley... just when I thought you loved me!  :'(    :2funny:  :2funny:
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Post by: Kelley on January 07, 2012, 04:11:35 AM
Sorry Val, couldn't resist  >:D

 :-*  Hope this makes you feel better.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 07, 2012, 04:22:37 AM
Could never be  :tickedoff: with you Kelley... you're one of my top art mentors!  O0
Did manage to get a kiss on the cheek though!  >:D I know, I have been accused of being a bit crafty at times!   ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kelley on January 07, 2012, 12:09:03 PM
 ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 16, 2012, 01:25:51 AM
We're off again....hope to move up to St. Pierre today or tomorrow. The old cafe closed there last year so will have to wait and see if there is new internet available.
I was so thrilled to be able to see some of the flowers produced from the w/c course on the forum page.  :clap: Congratulations to all who made the attempt....they're wonderful.....can't wait until I can see the classes. I'm so excited for you all.  :yippee: I've completely botched two of my paintings I was working on so will start again....have lots to keep me going until then. If nothing else I'm there in spirit....keep our  :smart:  :smart: on their toes!  >:D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: C.Bodine on January 16, 2012, 04:24:16 AM
Hope to see you on here again soon, Val! Logging on here and seeing you here is like getting a phone call from an old friend!  :) I know you are looking forward to the replay.  Can't wait to see your rendition!
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Post by: Kelley on January 17, 2012, 11:27:55 PM
Be safe. Talk to you again shortly Val.
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Post by: nolan on January 18, 2012, 01:02:47 PM
safe journey Val
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Post by: Leana on January 18, 2012, 02:17:34 PM
Val... see you soon and safe  :boat: ... miss you  :'( when you not around.  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 18, 2012, 03:30:34 PM
Thank you one and all, since leaving Martinique, we arrived in Portsmouth, Dominica for a quiet overnight sleep and left this morning and arrived in Deshaies, Guadeloupe this evening. Have seen some rough 8-10' seas and strong gusty winds. So far our mishaps have been small. We had one wave board the boat and come right over the top of the bimini drenching me in the process! Thank goodness Caribbean water is warm  ;D  Will most likely head out again tomorrow morning for Nevis & St. Kitts. That will be a late arrival. If the weather holds, we hope to make St. Martin the next day before the weather closes in again. There we will get to stop for a few days...that will be nice. Perhaps I'll find internet there and be able to join you all for a class...THAT would be brilliant!  :yippee:  :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on January 18, 2012, 08:15:17 PM
Safe sailing Val.   :1hug: 

Hmmmm, I wonder what that salt water would be like if you used it in your watercolor painting???  I'm thinking it might give you some interesting effects.   :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on January 26, 2012, 01:19:34 AM
I love reading about Val's travels. It's such a rare experience to hear about. Thanks Val for keeping us posted  ;)
Have a safe journey  :hug: :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 29, 2012, 06:33:21 AM
 :yippee: Hello All!!! We have been in Sint Maarten/Saint Martin for just over a week and I have finally found internet that seems to work....most of the time. Still quite slow but I'm online.
Will try and see if I can get on to the w/c course this afternoon....so exciting! Still haven't seen the first 3 but will give that a go as well. The few paintings I've been able to see look fantastic!  :clap: Cheers one and all, you are doing splendidly.  :clap:
So much to catch up on, but will do my best as it looks like the weather once again will hold us hostage. Not such a bad place to get stuck....french bakeries....dutch chocolates....  :licklips:  and now PaintBasket!!  :yippee:
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Post by: C.Bodine on January 29, 2012, 06:37:19 AM
FRENCH BAKERIES......DUTCH CHOCOLATE....... :faint:  :'(
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Post by: Lillian on January 29, 2012, 10:02:01 AM
Yummmmmmmmmmmm!!!

Nice to see you!!!   :yippee:
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Post by: Val on January 29, 2012, 12:06:53 PM
 :wave:  Hi C and Lillian .... mmm mmmm good! I look at the chocolate and pastries as just rewards after our hard push to get here. We had some rather exciting sailing on the way up.  :heeha:  I took a couple of short video clips which I'll try and post once I figure out how.  :D  Having a new stern rail made as the old 'lifelines' just weren't up to snuff.
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Post by: Lillian on January 29, 2012, 01:15:00 PM
I'm happy you made it safely to port, Val.   :1hug:
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Post by: C.Bodine on January 29, 2012, 01:45:28 PM
 :o Sounds like maybe you do deserve a french pastry WITH lots of dutch chocolate! Glad you made it safely into port.

I'll take  :peace: cannolis with chocolate cream,  :pray: ! 
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Post by: nolan on January 29, 2012, 03:31:37 PM
now you're making me hungry  ???
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Post by: sapphirelynn on January 29, 2012, 06:09:37 PM
oh oh, chocolate and pastry, no skimpy bathing suites for a while  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 30, 2012, 03:55:44 AM
 :2funny:  Afraid I'm a bit beyond 'skimpy' ..... don't want to frighten the natives!  :faint:
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Post by: sapphirelynn on January 30, 2012, 08:53:32 AM
well we were all 20 once  ::) 
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Post by: Leana on January 30, 2012, 09:25:31 AM
ooo Yummy... sounds absolutely delicious ... I am  :envy: Val... have an extra one for me please. ;D
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Post by: Val on February 14, 2012, 07:17:00 AM
Missed another lesson, painted half of a painting, new stern railing installed, unexpected visitor, missed anniversary, caught the rat, burial at sea, finally found internet, still can't view video! That is what I've been up to lately! Are we having fun yet?  You bet!  :2funny:
Running about getting last bits and pieces,  :run:  trying to get ready for the overnight crossing to BVI (British Virgin Islands). Weather is looking pretty good so we'll try and get over before the weekend. Maybe they'll have internet for the next lesson  :pray:
 :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on February 14, 2012, 01:50:47 PM
Val, sending wishes for smooth sailing, also for perfect internet connection.   :flowers:
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Post by: nolan on February 15, 2012, 10:39:55 AM
Sounds like you have been having fun  ;D
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Post by: Leana on February 15, 2012, 11:40:27 AM
Never a dull moment in the life of Val... a thought just crossed my mind  ::)... Val> it sounds like a great title for a book of all your adventures  >:D
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Post by: Val on February 15, 2012, 01:03:25 PM
Well, I can honestly say life is never boring!  :goofy:
I've just met a couple from Europe who are in the flower business. We were discussing where we were going and when I told them Guatemala, they said that more flowers come from Guatemala than anywhere else in the world. I'm going to have to practice, practice, practice my flowers. So looking forward to painting exotic flowers and the Mayan ruins.   :yippee: I might never get by the Cosmos lesson!!  :2funny:  :2funny:
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Post by: Lillian on February 15, 2012, 02:05:54 PM
Val, may your stay in Guatemala be ever so inspiring!   :)
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Post by: nolan on February 16, 2012, 11:29:26 AM
This trip is definitely going to be great fun.  :clap: I hope you will post us a lot of photos so we can "join" you  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 16, 2012, 02:45:30 PM
Will do, have lots of pictures alreaady. Will load them as soon as I can.  O0
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Post by: Val on February 21, 2012, 02:26:56 AM
Hello All ... Arrived in Roadtown, Tortola, BVI early Sunday morning. Now in Soper's Hole (historic Pirate's lair) and will be checking out of BVI this morning and moving over to USVI. Internet is terribly slow here so will have to see what's been going on later.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on February 21, 2012, 05:47:57 AM
I hope you are enjoying good sailing weather.   :boat:

I keep going to Google maps to track your voyage.

Be safe. 

Hopefully, you'll come into some good internet connection soon.   :)
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Post by: sapphirelynn on February 21, 2012, 08:37:07 AM
Lucky you...I love to garden and am always pushing the 'zone map' and trying plants not really  meant for my area.  Some times I get lucky and we have a mild winter and some years...oh dear, lots of fatalities, this year was mild so a few of my new aquisitions have made it..will be looking forward to your pictures
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 21, 2012, 01:09:18 PM
Lillian, the weather has been marvellous the past few days, I have a couple of new sunsets at sea photos to post and a sunrise as we entered into the BVI. I will try and post them this evening.

Sapphirelynn I will definately post some florals for you, there are many beautiful plants and flowers, will have to dig out a few of those until we get to the 'really' exotics!

Internet here in St. John (USVI) is better ... so will try to post the photos.

 :wave:
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Post by: sapphirelynn on February 23, 2012, 08:10:32 AM
Val  :thankyou:  that would be great.  Today here it is windy and rainy and tomorrow's prediction..stormy.. enjoy your lovely weather...But signs of spring are on the way here, snowdrops are blooming, daffys are up a few inches, some birds are starting to return...Yeah
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Post by: NHC50 on February 23, 2012, 09:09:43 AM
Val glad to hear you are having fun. The weather here is sunny, but the wind today is gusting at 40 mph. So i have to be careful when i go out that i don't get blown away.  :2funny:
Nina
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Post by: Leana on February 24, 2012, 03:35:27 AM
Val... fabulous that you are having fun.  How long are you staying there.  Looking forward seeing the photos  :heeha: Happy  :boat: and  :painting:
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Post by: nolan on February 26, 2012, 10:50:48 PM
Glad you made it safe and sound Val :clap:

You must have 1000's of photos by now
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 27, 2012, 06:13:14 AM
I look forward to your beautiful sunset pics Val. Anything like your last ones and we are in for a treat 'cos they were proper nice ;)  :yippee:
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Post by: Val on February 27, 2012, 06:58:42 AM
Upload didn't work this morning, might have to try it very early tomorrow.....0200?
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Post by: Lillian on February 27, 2012, 11:45:31 AM
Ahhhh Val!  Trouble with your magnetic field???  :confused:    :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Not so very funny, huh?  But you're such a sport about it all!   :angel:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 10, 2012, 01:15:50 PM
We arrived in the Spanish Virgins this afternoon, Isla Culebra off the east coast of Puerto Rico, one of our favourite spots. Will be spending the next few days getting ready for some longer runs.

We will sail about halfway down Puerto Rico to a harbour called Ponce. From there it will be a 5 day trip to Jamaica. Due to our delay in leaving USVI, we will have to forgo a long stay in Jamaica...guess we'll just have to sail back up there next year!  ::)  The delay being caused by waiting for my new #14 sable bright ... I'm such a brat!  >:D

From Jamaica it will be another 4-5 day run down to Honduras where with any luck we can spend a couple of weeks in the offshore islands before heading in to Guatemala for the hurricane season. Hope to catch up on some of the new works....looking good!  O0
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Post by: Lillian on April 10, 2012, 02:20:02 PM
Hi Brat!    :2funny:

I just followed your route on Google Maps. 

You have some traveling ahead of you!

Be safe!  Stay out of the hurricanes!

Here's hoping you have good internet in Guatemala.
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Post by: Leana on April 11, 2012, 12:14:15 AM
Just goes to show an artist's priorities... delaying the trip because of a brush  :D 
:envy: Oh man, how I would love to be just a fly on the wall of your yacht... simply just to enjoy the trip with you  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Enjoy the few days in Isla Culebra ... and wishing you well for the longer trips ahead.  Yes, I ditto what Lillian said about the hurricanes... safe  :boat:

 :1hug:
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Post by: jennylynn on April 11, 2012, 05:17:42 AM
val keep safe keep well 
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Post by: Val on April 17, 2012, 05:03:26 AM
Well, we're off again. Will be leaving this afternoon for Ponce on mainland Puerto Rico. Should arrive there sometime tomorrow morning. Not certain of the internet situation there so might not get back on until we arrive in Jamaica. That will be about a 5 day run depending on weather. So should see you all again in about two weeks time.

Dennis....Hold My Seat in case I don't get a chance to book in for May classes! You know I'm a-coming!!!  :2funny:

 :wave:
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Post by: Lillian on April 17, 2012, 02:54:04 PM
Smooth sailing, Val!  Enjoy the journey.   :1hug:
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Post by: nolan on April 20, 2012, 12:59:20 PM
safe  :boat:
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on April 20, 2012, 01:55:17 PM
I hope you can get back on Val. Have a safe journey/sailing to Jamaica if not.
 :hug:
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Post by: NHC50 on April 20, 2012, 03:01:25 PM
Have a great journey Val. will miss you.  :1hug:
Nina  :flowers:
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Post by: Leana on April 23, 2012, 01:13:17 AM
Enjoy the trip Val and safe and smooth :boat: ...
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Post by: C.Bodine on April 23, 2012, 04:10:27 AM
Be safe! Enjoy your voyage!
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Post by: Val on April 27, 2012, 05:11:05 AM
 :wave:  Thanks for the well wishes everyone.  The trip from Puerto Rico to Jamaica took 5 days and nights. Was a bit of a battle most of the way and the last 17 hours was horrendous.  :fight:  Huge seas and high winds really   :fight: us up. Arrived yesterday, took the whole day to check in. Will get some well needed sleep today and then fill you in with some stories and lies!   >:D   :2funny:
I cannot believe how beautiful it is here, and that's only what I can see from our little anchorage. If I wasn't so cross-eyed tired I'd draw you a picture!   :D  Later guys.   :yawn:
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Post by: sapphirelynn on April 27, 2012, 06:24:46 AM
so Glad to hear you arrived safe and sound though a little tired. Now if that had been me I'd be a little thinner too! No sea legs here :envy: I'd be green but not with envy :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Lillian on April 27, 2012, 08:36:54 AM
Thanks for letting us know you're safe.  Rest well.  I can't wait to hear about your adventures.

Enjoy your time in that beautiful place!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Leana on April 27, 2012, 11:15:39 AM
Happy to hear from you Val.  :yippee:  Love your updates and so grateful that you are safe :1hug:.  You must enjoy your stay there...especially the much needed catching up on sleep.  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on April 30, 2012, 12:12:47 PM
great to hear you are safely there. Now you have told us how beautiful it is, but we don't believe you - you need to prove it with photos  :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 30, 2012, 03:03:53 PM
I was out traipsing about today and did get a few photos....forgot to empty the card   :eek:   :tickedoff:  Will resize and post some. Will take many more before we move down the coast. Plus as an added feature I'll post a few from our trip.    :envy:    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 10:20:26 AM
Must spend some time and sort these photos!   :eek:  So many.   :-\
The first 2 are from Puerto Rico, the third was taken enroute to Jamaica after the seas started to die down. The last is of Navy Island in Jamaica, once owned by Errol Flynn.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 01, 2012, 10:34:50 AM
 :oops:  Forgot navy Island!   :blush:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on May 01, 2012, 04:21:41 PM
Puerto Rico looks beautiful, I could go on holiday there  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 08, 2012, 02:49:03 AM
We're off to Kingston for boat bits today, and visit Bob Marley's house. Looking forward to that. then a trip up to the top of Blue Mountain where the world famous Blue Mountain coffee is grown. Personally, I'm going for the photo ops!!   :2funny:  Might have a cuppa while I'm there   :whistle:  Hope to have some exciting photos to share when we get back. Yes, I did remember to charge the extra battery and I put the BIG card in the camera...all set.
 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on May 08, 2012, 06:32:03 AM
Enjoy!  Looking forward to seeing the pics.   :envy:  not quite as good as seeing the real thing.  Lucky you!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 09, 2012, 04:54:07 AM
Lillian... it was quite the ride! I'm glad we had a driver or else we'd still be trying to make our way along the mountain roads!   ;D
Hopefully captured some vistas for you, will load onto the computer later and have a look at what we have. Most had to be taken from the moving car as no where to pull off or stop.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 14, 2012, 03:28:56 AM
 :wave:  Just a note to say we are in Ocho Rios and will be moving down the coast to Discovery Bay in the next day or so.  Should be in Montego Bay by weeks end and getting ready for the last long run down to Guatemala. Sorry I missed the lesson yesterday, this is the first time we've managed internet since we left Port Antonio. Hoping for next week's lesson before we head off.   :boat:
Looking forward to seeing all of your wonderful creations then.   :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on May 14, 2012, 04:36:44 AM
Missed you in the watercolor class, Val.  It was another great lesson.  You'll love it!

Happy and safe sailing  :boat:  Enjoy the beauty.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 19, 2012, 02:30:50 AM
Thanks Lillian, we are off to Montego Bay today to wait for our weather window. With a liittle (lot) of luck I may have internet from the yacht club for Sunday ....  :pray:  hope to see you then.
Manana   :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on May 19, 2012, 04:38:35 AM
I'm  :envy:

Hope to see you in the class!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 23, 2012, 01:19:54 PM
No internet last Sunday   :'( 

We are still in Montego Bay, Jamaica waiting while a tropical storm moves by us. Hope to get underway to Guatemala Friday or Saturday. Waiting for seas to lie down a bit. I guess I'm going to miss the next class as well. So will see you all again in June.   :wave:   :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Leana on May 24, 2012, 01:39:39 AM
Val... always looking forward opening this discussion.  Love all the updates.  Happy you staying put, waiting for the storm to pass and seas to settle.  Happy  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 05, 2012, 04:44:42 AM
 :yippee:  We made it!!  I am on borrowed internet at the moment until we get ours sorted so mustn't stay too long. Am sitting with tea and listening to the Howler Monkeys. Not sure as yet if I'll be able to watch the lessons and videos...net looks pretty expensive here. I have purchased the other tree lessons regardless...perhaps I'll get to watch them in my old age!   :2funny:  Break out the rocking chair!   :2funny:  Hope to be back online shortly. Can't wait to see all of your brilliant creations.

I LOVE BEING BACK!!!  :yippee:   :clap:   :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: NHC50 on June 05, 2012, 05:21:01 AM
Hey Val glad to hear you are back. It will be nice to see you on here more often.
Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 05, 2012, 05:28:08 AM
Val, it's been a while now, missed you around here.
I'm wondering, will you ever take up residence on dry land????
I'm glad you are enjoying  :boat:  The only snag is not being able to get good internet.
Most important thing is that you keep that boat afloat!
Happy sailing, happy  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Anya on June 05, 2012, 05:57:02 AM
Val, so wonderful to hear from you. What an exciting life you have!

Hope you'll be around more. Would love to see any new art you have been working on.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on June 05, 2012, 07:18:14 AM
val like the others really missed you being about!!   glad to see your back, missed your great sense of humour
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Honeysuckle73 on June 05, 2012, 02:43:00 PM
  :welcome: back Val Glad to have you here again. 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on June 06, 2012, 11:54:38 AM
you have been awfully quiet, let's hope your net works fine there
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: C.Bodine on June 06, 2012, 01:06:59 PM
Glad to hear from you, Val!  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Leana on June 07, 2012, 01:30:42 PM
Val, welcome back... always great seeing you around.  Glad you are safe and sound.  Now just to get the internet sorted  :D  :gl2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 08, 2012, 06:44:20 PM
We left Montego Bay, Jamaica at 0600hrs., 25th of May, and Arrived in Tres Puntas, Guatemala midnight of 29th May. I was up 0300 and getting things ready to cross to Livingston to check in with customs and immigration. Couldn't understand why nobody else was up....just me and the Howler Monkeys!   ???
After checking in we began our run up the Rio Dulce to Texan Bay for a couple of peaceful days   :heeha:  before we continued upriver to Mario's Marina which will be home for the next 5 months through hurricane season. The trip up the river was amazing! I have some wonderful photos to post to give you an idea of what it was like coming up through the gorge. Astounding! I hope I get to see those tree videos soon .... the jungle is phenomenal! Flowers are incredible, 'Birds of Paradise, Orchids .... all growing wild! Water lilies.... and the most colourful butterflies I've ever seen ....   :parachute:     :-X
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 09, 2012, 04:40:13 AM
Wow!  Val, you are really on a fairyland adventure!

I'm really looking forward to seeing your pictures.

When you stay put for those 5 months, do you think you might, just might have good internet reception?

At least, you should have a chance to do some artwork.

Maybe you can show up in the class tomorrow?   :gl:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on June 09, 2012, 02:05:03 PM
sounds idyllic, looking forward to seeing the photos
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 10, 2012, 07:57:58 AM
Have selected a few or more   ;D  to downsize and post. Just looking for an EASY program to do it....I sure miss Picnik. The old site recommends Lightbox(?), haven't been able to find it. Anyone know anything about it?   :help:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: musika on June 10, 2012, 08:59:40 AM
You don't say what operating system you are using, but for Win7 I use
http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/ (http://imageresizer.codeplex.com/)
You install it then right click on an image file and choose resize picture.
It is based on the original Microsoft powertoy image resizer for WinXP which you can find under powertoys on the lower half of this page (if you use XP).
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-xp (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/windows-xp)

The advantage is that you do not have to be online to use it.
You can also batch process by selecting a group of files and right-clicking on one of them.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 10, 2012, 10:20:24 AM
Wow! Val, your journey sounds very adventurous. It's great to know you are back safely and, I@m looking forward to seeing if you are able to post a few pictures.
Welcome home!  :welcome: :hug: :yippee: :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 10, 2012, 01:43:50 PM
Thanks Musika, I'll have a look at that program tonight. I am using Win7.   :thankyou:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 10, 2012, 01:46:39 PM
I'm about to find out how expensive the internet is going to be here. Hoping to see the lesson today and see what the end result is ... $$   :cost:  $$   :o    :2funny:  Hoping it won't be too enormous.  Thumbs.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 18, 2012, 03:05:22 AM
Sorry folks.... I have finally been sorting and resizing some photos to post. Still have the earlier ones from Jamaica and ?? that I couldn't post earlier. Will pop them over in the reference photos a few at a time and hope they inspire a few scribbles and brush swipes!   ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on July 18, 2012, 08:03:28 PM
I'm looking forward to a few glimpses of your adventures, Val.   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Riya on July 28, 2012, 12:19:34 PM
Hi Val, I've just read the whole topic:  :)  Wow!  :heeha: Val, your journey sounds very adventurous.

I think you have a terrific live  :boat: around the world and see al those beautiful exotic countries, flowers, animals....but also all those heavy storms, high sea ...I am happy that you are in a safe harbour and calm waters, for this moment. I hope we will 'see'  each other in one of the lessons. I've just joined my first lesson with Nolan and Sunday my first with Dennis. Your sunset photo's are beautiful,  :smitten: I just love sunsets, and the others looking great too.

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 28, 2012, 03:21:26 PM
Have sorted a few photos from Guatemala, will try to upload them to the reference photo section....after I have a quick look about!   ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 12, 2012, 06:24:56 PM
HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!  It's 2023hrs. and we just returned from Copan, Honduras. This was a true adventure! We got lost getting there, saw some of the most beautiful parrots and toucans, the Mayan ruins were stupendous, and the Guatemalans wouldn't let us reenter the country...  Will tell you the tale in segments, but want to see what you've all been up to while I was gone. Lots of photos to come.   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on August 12, 2012, 09:32:17 PM
 :welcome: back, Val

Sorry you missed the class today.    It was a good one, well, as usual, but these are such lovely flowers.

Aren't the painting-alongs awesome?  Every one of them!

I'm looking forward to hearing about your adventures.  It sounds like you had a fabulous and memorable time.

Let us know how you are, ok?  I hope your back is doing better.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Riya on August 13, 2012, 01:19:21 AM
 :welcome: back, Val.
I'm so curious to hear more about your adventures  :boat:  :party: :run: :knight: and to see some of your photo's  :coffee:
I hope your back is doing fine  O0 and didn't give you any troubles on your trip.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 13, 2012, 06:54:24 PM
Thanks Lillian & Rita, my back is doing much better. Actually got out today without aid of my hiking stick.

Just finished loading all the photos onto the computer. All 945 of them!!   :heeha:  I guess it will take a while to sort through this lot!

Will start the tale of adventure tomorrow.   >:D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: musika on August 14, 2012, 12:30:16 AM
Ooh! Can't wait.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 14, 2012, 06:46:41 AM
Just going to sort a couple of photos to pop in and we'll begin.   ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on August 14, 2012, 11:10:43 AM
Val, I'm looking forward to seeing what you've got there.  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 14, 2012, 01:11:03 PM
Dear, dear....the computer gremlins are  at it again.   :(  I moved the photos from the camera to the computer, but the folder is empty. Will have to do a search for the photos, this happened once before, they are there somewhere...just not where they are supposed to be.   :banghead:

We started off early last Thursday (9th) in the launcha to town to pick up the van. Our driver is also the manager for the marina we are staying in. Couldn't ask for better.
We set off and were doing very well until we couldn't find our cutoff to make the turn toward Copan. Now the villages here in Guatemala can be very spread out in places, and we just happened to be in one of them spread out places. Road maps are not all that useful either...most have no names, and a lot are just dirt tracks. After a while we came upon a couple of cowboys   :cowboy:  (you'd like it here Mary!) who got us back on the right track.
A few hours later we arrived at the Guatemala/Honduras border. Marco, being Guatemalan and therefore fluent in spanish looked after immigration for us but seemed a bit concerned that they wouldn't stamp us out of the country. After assurances that it was fine we walked across to the Honduran immigration who after paying a 'small fee' were allowed in and given a lovely little red stamp with no date on it. Once again we were a little concerned but with assurances all would be well we loaded back into the van and headed off to the town of Copan and our hotel.

More to come......
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 08, 2012, 03:22:10 AM
 :oops: Guess I forgot to finish the story.  :blush: I promise to do that as soon as we get back to Guatemala.

Yep, the boat is back in the avatar....we're moving again. This trip is a short one to reset our visa for Guatemala. We must leave the country for 72hrs. So, we are sailing up to Belize for a few days, then back to the Rio so we can finish repairing the watermaker, and I can finish servicing the winches.
Unfortunately that means I'll most likely miss Sunday's lesson.  :'( Is that a collective sigh of relief I hear?  :2funny: I'll be back for the following one so don't get too excited.  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on November 08, 2012, 10:18:18 AM
roll on the next chapter, val this is like reading a good book !!  I'll miss you val on sunday's class as I'm sure everybody else will  O0    who's gonna make us laugh  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 09, 2012, 03:42:31 AM
Thanks Jenny, have fun on this lesson, it's one I really wanted to see...oh well, will just have to wait and fight through the replay.
We'll be off in another hour or so, making coffee to entice the 'kid' to get up and moving!  ;D
See you all in a few days.  :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on November 09, 2012, 03:51:48 AM
Val, I just heard on the news this morning about the earthquake in Guatemala.  I'm so busy, just catching bits of the news in morning and at bedtime. 

Happy sailing!   :1hug:

I won't be in the class on Sunday either, two all day sessions at the college this weekend.  Replays are wonderful things!   :yippee:

I'll be tuning in to Paintbasket as much as I can.  I want to keep up to date with your adventures.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on November 09, 2012, 04:42:41 AM
Save travels Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on November 09, 2012, 07:55:18 AM
yes keep safe val  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 16, 2012, 08:35:32 AM
We're back on the Rio and PAINTBASKET !!!!  (https://gt.Quebles.com/content/129715/1514231.gif) (http://gt.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)K

Should be sorted out and back to normal(?) by Sunday....  :yippee:   D-Day!!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on November 16, 2012, 08:54:36 AM
missed you val  O0 looking forward to seeing you at class on sunday,  don't know if you realize but this will be the last class of the year  :(  till next year anyhow  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 16, 2012, 09:07:26 AM
 :'( WHAT?  :'( What about D-Day?  :confused: What will I do?  :faint:

See you Sunday  :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on November 16, 2012, 09:49:45 AM
Good to see you back Val!!  :1hug:

After Sunday it will be time for me to play catch up on all my missed lessons.  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 16, 2012, 09:56:49 AM
OY!! I have so many to do I'll be lucky if I get up to date by New Year!  ;D Just have to find a way to keep everyone else off the net so I can get the replays...  >:D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: V on November 19, 2012, 01:25:09 PM
Welcome back Val! No wonder it was quiet  when you were gone  ;D . Glad you're back.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on November 20, 2012, 05:37:39 AM
..and  :welcome:  back from me as well, Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 20, 2012, 06:23:53 AM
 :thankyou: Vjah and Dianne.... I just can't believe that it's really that quiet when I'm not here.  :coolsmiley:

It is nice to be missed though...for something!  ^-^       :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 21, 2012, 03:17:38 AM
  :wave:  Well, I'm off again, just for today. Going down to Quirigua to celebrate the beginning of the new Mayan era. It only comes once every five thousand years, so I figure I might not make it to the next one...this is my chance!
No human sacrifices this time, but very exciting just the same...be thinking of you Tony   >:D   :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on November 21, 2012, 08:05:52 AM
 ;D

Have fun Val-sounds ominously fun!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tania on November 21, 2012, 10:01:59 AM
Thought of you when we were in Belize and Honduras last week - I kept looking around at all of the privately owned boats imagining that you could be in one of them :D!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on November 23, 2012, 07:03:48 AM
Once every 5000 years???!!!  Glad you aren't going to miss it.  What an interesting life you lead!   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 23, 2012, 07:10:46 AM
It was amazing! I've got some lovely costume photos I'll post this afternoon. Must go buy more internet time....story of my life  ;D

When we got back from Belize the company had changed all of their pricing and plans...basically knocked off US$2 per week, but cut the gigs in half!  >:(   Getting more expensive by the minute!   :o
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 25, 2012, 03:39:41 AM
Sorry folks.... seem to have the internet sorted out for now  ::) will get those photos up for you.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 25, 2012, 05:55:37 AM
OK...let's see if it works this time!  :crazy2:

Just a sample of photos from the celebration Mayan 13th B'aktun which occurs on Dec. 22, 2012. It signifies the beginning of a new Mayan calendar. This occurs once every 5,000yrs.  There is a lot of mysticism surrounding the Mayan calendar by clerics, scientists and of course the doom's day group. Lots of info is on the net for those interested....I find it fascinating. This is a tiny sampling from the celebrations.

Here are a few of the costumes from the 13th B'aktun.


More to come........
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Leana on November 25, 2012, 09:02:45 AM
Oh Val  :heeha: , you are certainly living your dream.  What an awesome privilege to be able to attend such a celebration  :clap: . The photos are really beautiful and so colourful.  Sounds like you had a whale of a time  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 25, 2012, 09:19:38 AM
Now I know where your penchant for brilliant color in painting comes from! Some cultures just celebrate color more than the 'Minnesota Lutheran' sort of culture I hale from. The most vibrant expression of color we are known for is church basement jello. However, you must not believe everything Garrison Keillor says. (Public Radio personality, not sure if he is international or not.) This is really an exciting adventure, and your photos are beautiful.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on November 25, 2012, 09:22:45 AM
wow val how lucky you are to be able to see this celebration, good job you went to this one,you might have missed the next one  :2funny: brilliant photo's val   O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on November 25, 2012, 10:07:38 AM
Fun stuff Val!  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: firehoser75 on November 25, 2012, 10:51:47 PM
WOW Val  :clap:
Traveling the Caribbean by sailboat..... what a life. Friends left Vancouver late last year and are now on the west coast of Nicaragua. They are planning a canal transit and then, well you may see them!
I have enjoyed your posts and like many others here, enjoying living vicariously through you.
 :gl: and enjoy, and keep the rest of us informed,
Tom
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 26, 2012, 03:10:17 AM
Leana, Sarah, Jenny, Natalie...Glad you are enjoying the adventure. I'll have another go at posting some more photos. Such a nuisance when these electronic marvels won't work as advertised!  :D ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 26, 2012, 03:18:30 AM
It's a wonderfully exciting life, if I do say so myself! Tom, you must keep me posted on your friend's whereabouts. Always fun to meet new people. A couple just arrived 2 days ago, returning to their boat for the cruising season. They are from Alberta and spend the summer months in Canada, and the winter months here.
I'm not sure I could do that....I get a bit  :eek: starecrazy(?) before the plane even sets down!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 29, 2012, 09:33:25 AM
Here are a few photos of 'Penelope' Pelican. A stowaway we picked up in Los Aves, Venezuela. We had to herd her off the boat as we left Venezuela for Bonaire....it was either that or get her a passport!  ;D




Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 29, 2012, 10:25:01 AM
Penelope is a hoot. Can't believe how much your friends interact with you. Perhaps that is the result of having more outdoor living space and fewer walls. Love it.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: firehoser75 on November 29, 2012, 10:40:46 AM
Hi Val,
I understand that obtaining a "last minute" passport this time of year can be "challenging"??  :2funny:
Penelope is actually quite attractive, but I imagine she can leave some unwanted "cargo" behind, at least once in a while. It looks like you are on board a cat. Other than an 18 foot hobie cat, I have never sailed on one. The hobie was a riot in bigger winds. My friends are now back in San Salvador (apparently taking Spanish classes, which is probably a very good idea), before resuming their cruise. Their boat's name is NautiMoments (a Hunter 41 Deck Salon). I am following them on their blog.
Enjoying your posts from the Carib.
Tom  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sarah (arch) on November 29, 2012, 12:59:08 PM
Oh so you meant that kind of cat. :blush:  Couldn't figure out why your cat, as in soft furry variety would have a big trampoline. :idiot2:  Might not be art, but I am learning a lot from these guys Dennis and Nolan! :2funny: 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 29, 2012, 01:18:45 PM
Apologies Sarah ... I forget that you 'dirt' dwellers aren't all up on our terminology!  >:D    :2funny:

Unwanted cargo to say the least Tom!  :heeha: We are aboard our Fountain Pagot Venezia 42 catamaran. I have a photo of her as an avatar when we're underway. Will have to find it and post it here.


Here she is. This was taken a few years ago while still undergoing her refit .... which continues to this day!  :D

My husband is Canadian, hence the little Cdn flag on the port spreader. PJ carries the BVI flag as she is registered there under my British passport.
 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: firehoser75 on November 29, 2012, 03:54:16 PM
Well Val,
How did a nice, sophisticated Brit like yourself ever get caught up with a "Crazy Canuck"?  :2funny: Oh well, at least he likes to sail. What a beautiful boat she is. You should be very proud of her, and I am sure she gives you a great home in the tropics!  O0 Can you spell jealous?
Anyway, I don't want to hijack this thread and divert it totally to sailing. >:D
I saw a boat in Xtapa (sp) that the pelicans had taken residence on. Oh what a mess all that "cargo" made!!!
Fairs winds and smooth seas (well relatively),
Tom

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on December 20, 2012, 05:00:27 AM
PJ is beautiful, especially set admidst the rainbow.  I didn't know you are Brittish.  I must miss a lot of posts around here.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on December 20, 2012, 05:04:00 AM
Oh, I do remember seeing these pics of the pelican.  Such a delight to experience wild life up close!
 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 27, 2013, 04:17:29 AM
Update!

After abandoning Lloyd & PJ back in December due to family situations, it looks like I should finally make it home by mid May. Just in time for the beginning of hurricane season  :crazy2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on April 27, 2013, 04:41:59 AM
Oh Val!  That's wonderful news!  I'm so happy for you and for Lloyd!   :yippee:
Also glad things are settling out with all the family concerns.   :hug:
Hurricanes?  Hmmmmm, ......  well, at least you'll be warm   :sweat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 27, 2013, 04:57:20 AM
A few things resolved, but far from settled I'm afraid. I've pretty much exhausted all I can do...we'll just have to wait and see. I'll continue my battles from home.

Thank you for your kind thoughts and words.  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Bev S. on April 27, 2013, 05:54:45 AM
Hurricanes  :eek:  on a boat  :eek: :eek: :faint: !!!
Oh well, I'm sure you and Lloyd will sail through and find another rainbow! :gl2:  and :1hug:
We Canadians, are not only crazy, but are made of stern stuff, able to weather whatever life flings our way!  At least I keep telling myself that. . . . .  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 27, 2013, 06:22:09 AM
Roxy, good thing you Canucks are tough! Poor Lloyd has been in a whirlwind for the past 40yrs. since meeting up with me!  :2funny:   
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Bev S. on April 27, 2013, 06:57:36 AM
Roxy, good thing you Canucks are tough! Poor Lloyd has been in a whirlwind for the past 40yrs. since meeting up with me!  :2funny:
40 years.............. now that's a man of steel! :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on April 27, 2013, 08:22:27 AM
Glad you're going "home", Val... I know both you and Lloyd will be thrilled to be back together and back to normal once again!  Hang in there!

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sarah (arch) on April 27, 2013, 11:03:26 AM
It'll be fun to see Lloyd readjust to having watercolors here, graphite pencils there, pastels leaving colorful dust, ink? oh yeah, live classes, forum posting--a hurricane in human form.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on April 27, 2013, 12:10:35 PM
...a hurricane in human form.

 :2funny: :2funny: Glad you are on your way home soon!  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on May 13, 2013, 02:37:10 AM
sail, sail, sail your boat, gently over seas...

Just read this thread, what an adventure. (specially the internet finding part ;) )

Have a safe journey home!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 13, 2013, 05:21:58 AM
Thanks Germa .... should be able to book a flight home by the end of the week. Things are finally looking up.
 :yippee:

Internet!!!! Oy the stories I could tell you......  :pullhair: :banghead: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 23, 2013, 11:46:49 AM
Guess what?!!!!  :heeha:   I'm finally GOING HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  :yippee: :dance: :yippee:

 :flight: Flight is booked and confirmed....leaving Thursday morning at 0615. Will be home Thursday night if all goes well.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on June 23, 2013, 11:52:12 AM
oh i'm so pleased for you val  O0  you must be ecstatic  :yippee:   have a safe flight home  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on June 23, 2013, 06:35:52 PM
VAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Do you remember how to swim????????????????????????????????
 
Where is the boat now... are planes really landing near there?? :2funny:
 
SOOOOOO, SOOO Happy for you!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :1hug: :1hug: :1hug: :1hug: 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) :-* :-* :-* :1hug: :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: lynn p. on June 23, 2013, 07:23:59 PM
Oh Val, This is the best news I've heard all week. Lloyd will be meeting you with five dozen roses :flowers:  or maybe just with your flip flops and sun tan lotion :cool2: .  In any event, I know he will be  :cloud9:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 24, 2013, 05:55:58 AM
Thanks for your well wishes Jenny, Dianne, and Lynn.   :yippee: Can't wait to get back, just not looking forward to the 5 hour  busride once I land.  :thumbdown:   I suppose that's the price one must pay to live on a river surrounded by jungle!  ;D I can almost hear my howlers and parrots...not really mine of course, I just have a habit of illegally adopting all living creatures around me.  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 24, 2013, 07:09:32 AM
I'm adding my well wishes, too, Val.  Sounds like you are headed back to a unique paradise.  Sounds like you will be surrounded by lots of inspiring things to paint.

Safe travel ...happy arrival.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 24, 2013, 07:23:21 AM
 :thankyou: Mea. Yes, the Rio Dulce is a very unique paradise in so many ways. So looking forward to exploring more of Guatemala this year.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on June 24, 2013, 01:49:32 PM
looking forward to the updates Val  :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tousabella on June 24, 2013, 03:42:05 PM
WHOOOOOOPIE!!!!!!!!  I am so happy for you, Val. It's been a long haul for you, and I know everyone will be so happy to see you.  Take care....look forward to hearing from you real soon.  I put your boat "approximately" on the river on my google earth, so 'I can see what you see when you sail'. Tell Lloyd to forewarn the puter guys on the wharf to look out for Sundays!!!  The Lady has returned!!  Hugs.
 :cheering:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on June 24, 2013, 04:02:38 PM
Val, I am so happy for you.  Have a safe flight and bus trip home and please keep in touch.  God bless, Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: polliwag on June 24, 2013, 06:20:39 PM
Woo Hoo!!  Them monkeys be a howlin' come Thursday night!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Ray3 on June 25, 2013, 12:54:33 PM
All the best Val hope your back with on the message board soon  :gl2:


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 25, 2013, 06:11:22 PM
Oh Val!!  I'm delighted to hear this good news!!!  ...so happy for you!!!   :yippee:


Best wishes for safe travels, a happy reunion with hubby and monkeys, etc. and may you always have internet connection.    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 25, 2013, 09:49:10 PM
I'm looking forward to the updates Val ;) Be good to the critters on your return 'cos there lurks fierce ferocious fish in them there waters. I've even heard there's some prehistoric creatures that feed on 'Cods Whollping' women!  :fight: :yippee:
Have a nice time now my flying thunder girl!  :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jrhall036 on June 26, 2013, 04:49:40 AM
Woo Hoo!!!! Val's coming home!!!   :yippee:  Safe travels, my dear!   :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 26, 2013, 10:29:18 AM
Only another 11 hours and I'm on my way!  :yippee:   Thanks guys, I'll be sure to let you know when I arrive there. Hope customs is happy about all my artistic contraband!  :whistle:      ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on June 26, 2013, 02:38:28 PM
Have a safe trip and a big welcome home Val.  Be sure to let us know that you have arrived safely, Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 28, 2013, 12:36:39 PM
:yippee: I'M HOME !!!!!   :yippee:

Arrived back last night....very long day of airplanes, taxis, and bus.  :yawn: 19 1/2 hrs. nonstop.

The howlers greeted me this morning, was wonderful to sit on the transom step and watch the sun come up over my mountain, how I have missed being here. There was nothing to do but sit and have a gentle cry and let the peace and beauty of this place wash over me and engulf me. I'm home.  :blush:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jrhall036 on June 28, 2013, 12:53:50 PM
 :bigwelcome: home, Val! It's wonderful to know that you arrived safely. Get some well-deserved rest, and come back to us. We have missed you!   :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tania on June 28, 2013, 02:02:01 PM
 :yippee: I am so happy for you! :clap: :clap: :clap: Sorry that I never got my act together!!! :1hug: Soooooo where are you anchored and where are you headed first? :D  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 28, 2013, 10:38:18 PM
19.5 hours! Wow! You deserve to be basking in the morning peace, beauty and tranquiity. I'm not sure if you are allowed to she'd a tear tho because, that's my place to make you boo!  ;)
It's great to read such joy in your words Val, it's like being there with ya. Now don't forget to wash the dishes lady!  :knuppel2:  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 29, 2013, 05:08:52 AM
Thanks Jani, there's no place like home....even if it does move about quite a bit!  ;D

Ta Tania, not to worry. We'll get together next time. Must come back up there in 2015 to renew licenses etc.  :tongue:

Tony you little scruff! One of these days I'll box your ears, but then I'd have to give you a scratch...can't be upset with you for long...yorkies are just too cute!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on June 29, 2013, 05:31:36 AM
wow val 19 1/2 hours, but you sure must have been elated when you got home  :yippee: your message I'm HOME had me  :'( it was like we were all sat there with you  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 29, 2013, 05:47:34 AM
 :-*   Jenny  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: MSWcrane on June 29, 2013, 06:59:38 AM
Welcome Home Val   :yippee:  (I am not quite sure where home is for you).

Glad you made your long trip safely   O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 29, 2013, 07:11:25 AM
 :thankyou: MSW, at present home is approximately 17 miles up the Rio Dulce in Guatemala. We'll be staying up here for the hurricane season. We may catch the odd tropical storm, but well safe from most hurricane's reach.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 29, 2013, 02:42:49 PM
 :party:   :popcorn: :dance: Home at last!   :boat: Wonderful news, Val!   :yippee:


I'm elated for you!   :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:  And you even have internet!   :twothumbs:


I'm sure you are rather travel worn, but now that you're back with your familiar mess of brushes and paint, will we see you in class tomorrow?  Or are you planning to kick back and listen to the monkeys howl?   :D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 29, 2013, 02:44:20 PM
Class is definately on the list for tomorrow .... actually .... it's the only thing on my list!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 29, 2013, 06:03:16 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:    :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap: :yippee:


See you there, Val!   :twothumbs:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on June 30, 2013, 07:24:25 AM
Welcome home honey.... ehhh... Val!!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 11, 2013, 07:01:09 AM
We arrived in Honduras after a 20 minute launcha ride to the bus station, followed by a 9 hour busride which could take a day to describe! Bus had no A/C, and sounded like the driveshaft was ready to fall out. Would have loved a loan of your Morgan Tony! Walked across the border, got our paperwork sorted, and hopped a chicken bus into Copan. Lloyd shared his seat with the chicken!  :2funny: Will send photo of the chicken when we get home. Lovely girl!  :2funny: Fun and games in store today I'm sure. Internet is somewhat limited. Stay tuned.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 11, 2013, 07:42:44 AM
Val,

You do plan to write a book of your fabulous adventures, complete with illustrations, I hope.  I think some of us live out our traveling dreams through you.

Have a safe adventure.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on August 11, 2013, 08:51:31 AM
We arrived in Honduras after a 20 minute launcha ride to the bus station, followed by a 9 hour busride which could take a day to describe! Bus had no A/C, and sounded like the driveshaft was ready to fall out. Would have loved a loan of your Morgan Tony! Walked across the border, got our paperwork sorted, and hopped a chicken bus into Copan. Lloyd shared his seat with the chicken!  :2funny: Will send photo of the chicken when we get home. Lovely girl!  :2funny: Fun and games in store today I'm sure. Internet is somewhat limited. Stay tuned.

 :2funny:
We really do travel with you Val, and you recall lots of memories so I can retravel my own travels, reading about your travels. (do you still follow me?  :2funny:)

Had a bus drive once in Malta, where the bus driver started his shift whit a pray and asked us to  pray too since his bus was a bit rickety.  :sweat:
Can't wait to see Lloyd's companion. ;)

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 11, 2013, 10:53:03 AM
Hmmm, a book eh? Might be a consideration Mea. Perhaps in a few years time.

Germa, I totally relate to your story.  :2funny:

We visited the butterfly farm this morning, fascinating place. Got there just in time for the release of some newly hatched butterflies. Going to the Jaguar spa this afternoon. They are a series of natural hotsprings. Maybe they'll cure all of our ailments... wouldn't  that be lovely!     ::) If it works, I'll send a bottle to you Dennis!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on August 11, 2013, 11:27:25 AM
What a splendid idea!  A book titled PJ's Adventures!  And complete with illustrations by Val!


I can't wait to get my hands on that!  Count me in for the first copy, Val and be sure to sign it for me too!   :yippee:


...see you in class...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 14, 2013, 02:40:59 PM
Home at last!!!!!  :heeha: Oh my does it feel good....there's my brushes...and my easel...and my boards...my backpack...yes I'm really home!  :yippee:

Have been on the road since 0400 this morning, it's now 1635 ... loooong day. Feeling a bit frazzled so just looking in briefly and will see you all later.  :wave:

Quite a few photos to go through...I've a good idea for September's drawing challenge...  :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on August 15, 2013, 11:23:52 AM
Just sat down and read the thread.  Welcome, home.  :)

Ten foot seas and 40 mph winds in a 32 foot boat (ok, so I lost ten feet).  I would think it would be a might difficult to cook while you're upside down.  Gimbals on a stove can only do so much.

Life at sea isn't relaxing pina coladas on the pool deck.  It's lots and lots and lots of work.  Maintenance has to be done as do repairs.  Improvisation can come into play. At least, in a fleet, there are a multitude of resources to draw from--although needed parts might not be available.  Such as one ventilation motor bearing in the Commodore's vent fan (we were flagship) was bad and unavailable.  The bad bearing eventually took out the one bearing we could get.  We changed that bearing three or four times during an 8.5 month Meditterranean Cruise.  The methods we used were downright primitive--multiple people and brute force.

The galley on an Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG--the newer DDG's incorporate FG (Fast Frigate) which has one, possibly two helicopters) didn't have gimbals and were fixed mounted.  It does get interesting when the top of the two stacked ovens has a heating element burn out and you've got to get that oven on the deck in pitching seas.  It took 4 of us, along with a big pry bar, a good amount of time to get it on the deck.  Be darned if I can remember how we got it back in place.

On a cruise ship the unseen crew does most of the hard work. Crew is always limited and you go with minimum numbers and maximum effort. On cruise ships things are set up to maximize the number of guests. Many cruises are limited to a maximum of seven days.  The reason for this is after a maximum of ten days fresh anything's off the menu.

After a week at sea, you'd have to look at your shirt to know what your name was--if you could focus enough to read it.  The longest I recall being awake at one time without getting a chance to lay down (you may be too exhaused to sleep) was 36 hours.  Another guy mentioned an incident. He was walking across the mess deck (galley) to take the mid-watch generator watch in Main Control.  There was a bulkhead mounted clock which read quarter till.  He didn't realize the Electrical Officer was right behind him and muttered; "Right at 100 hours".

The officer heard it and asked him to repeat what he said.  The guy was trapped and had to repeat it.  The officer went down to electrical berthing and woke the E-6 and told him to stand the guy's watch so he could get a chance to rest.

I was 22 when my contract expired and looked 30.  My nerves were shot (shaking) and other things were all screwed up. Believe it or not, laying down for a couple hours before taking the mid-watch makes you more tired than staying awake.  Navy coffee has its limitations.  The new guys start out in the after engine room.  We'd do push ups on the deck.  There was also a ladder going to the lower level, which was in range of the shound powered phones cord.  Timing things with the roll of the ship, we'd do pull-ups and chin-ups, to try to stay awake.

Things are much worse for Val and Lloyd, two people have to do all this work--including navigation.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Ray3 on August 16, 2013, 12:20:43 AM
 I think if Stoney and Val got together a wrote a book between them it would be a best seller in no time with Val on here adventure and Stoney writing on what goes on below deck fantastic   So nice to have terra ferma under ones feet   Having been on many Crusies you tend to take for granted nothing goes on below decks in the crews quarters thanks for giving us a glimps of life below decks
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 16, 2013, 04:58:57 AM
It has been described as "cruising is nothing more than fixing pumps in exotic places." Fixing 'things' is a constant chore, the intense sun and salt water is very hard on everything. If you're not fixing or replacing something, you're cleaning, mending, or polishing something else. The maintenance is constant. But, if you keep on top of it.... :heeha: what a life you lead! Most times it's only a few hours a day but there are times...  :tickedoff:      :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on August 16, 2013, 07:01:49 AM
Glad you are home with all your art supplies Val!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 16, 2013, 07:52:02 AM
 :thankyou: Natalie. It sure is nice.  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on August 16, 2013, 11:10:06 PM
Well what an eduction on the amount of work behind the scenes and, the dedication of those involved!  :o
Val, all that energy expended could be put to far better use, namely, popping over here and cleaning my car, serving the engine, sorting my Motorhome out, scrubbing the bodywork and replacing the worn out parts! I promise to let you have a tea break after 48 hours continuous 'work' (I use the word 'work' lightly!).

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on August 21, 2013, 04:00:41 PM
I think if Stoney and Val got together a wrote a book between them it would be a best seller in no time with Val on here adventure and Stoney writing on what goes on below deck fantastic   So nice to have terra ferma under ones feet   Having been on many Crusies you tend to take for granted nothing goes on below decks in the crews quarters thanks for giving us a glimps of life below decks

[chuckling]  A news documentary I saw after I got out of the USN indicated, by law, a federal prisoner has the space six sailors occupy.  About a year and a half or two years after I got out I read in the newspaper the USN had to side-line two ships.  There wasn't enough people to crew them.  At the time, I was an E-4 getting paid for over four years of service.  I was working 90+ hours a week (maybe a couple hours lay down time here and there) and getting paid $20/month more than I would have on unemployment.  Don't recall if that was before, or after, taxes.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed my job.  It was being treated worse than a dog after crapping on the carpet.  A few months after I got out one of my bosses wrote and told me I got three times the work done of anyone else.  I laughed.

Military personnel are in lines many times a day.  They're in chow lines, lines to get access to their locker to get dressed in, ship's store lines, lines to shave in the morning, liberty boat lines, taxi/bus lines, you name it lines.  Then civilians don't understand why retired military folks are allergic to the damn things.

A ship at sea might have 'water hours' where the showers are on for a couple hours a night.  Between generator watches and equipment breaking there was a time between two and four weeks I couldn't get a shower.  Heck, I couldn't even wash my hands.  The ships service laundry was suspended for a time due to a lack of fresh water.  The best I could do was rinse my hands in a drinking fountain before chow.  After a time, there's no point in changing clothes.  You'll want to keep something clean for when the fresh water problem was solved. 

There were two water evaporator systems making fresh water from salt on board.  The fresh water was primarily for the four 1,200 psi boilers, any extra was for the crew.

In an emergency, you can't run on board.  The best you can do is an extended stride as lots of things stick out of the bulkheads (walls) and the ship is rolling/pitching at various degrees.

You can feel the thrum of the engines through the deck.  We cruised at 17 knots.  I was told we could hit 27 in an emergency, but then all four boilers would have to be replaced.

On an 8.5 month Mediterranean Cruise (Med Cruise) a tuned piano would be 'limp spaghetti' in comparison with the crew's nerves.  Everyone tried hard to cut each other slack as people deal with massive stress differently. Three times in my life I've, literally, seen red.  One of those times was from pain, a couple years after I was retired.  One I don't recall why at the moment while the other one I do. 

An individual was on a streak of relieving me 15 minutes late when it came to taking the mid-watch (12-4 A.M.) or the 4-8 A.M. generator watches.  I flat told him not to be late again.  He made a smart ass comment.  I set my stuff down and he saw my face change.  He turned white, and got the heck out of the engine room for about ten minutes until I had a chance to calm down.

Everything in sight was a sea of red.  If he hadn't left the engine room, I either would have killed him or put him in the hospital.  He would have gotten some good old-fashioned 'wall to wall counselling'.  There's all sorts of solid steel to 'bounce off of'.

Well, the intent would be.  How much damage he took would depend on how long it took the other people in the engine room to pull me off of him.  He never was late again.  A few weeks after the cruise ended he did apologize for his actions.

Things have a tendency to get very very very weird in massive and never-ending stress situations like this.  I think the longest we were at sea without pulling into a port was two months. I think it usually was a maximum of six weeks.

It probably was in August when the second promotion exam was administered fleet-wide.  Who knows how long we were at sea.  For everyone; "the lights weren't on and there wasn't anyone home".  On generator watch you can read tech manuals (the fastest way to fall asleep) or write letters.  Once an hour you write down generator readings.

You're there, primarily, to take care of things when things get into an emergency situation.  Events aren't often, but they aren't unusual.  Our emergency diesel generators (one in the bow and one under the fantail) were shot, which made things even more difficult to get main power back.

The test is given (in your profession) on the mess decks.  You've got a set amount of time to complete it.  I fell asleep three times (and they don't wake you) while taking it).  I passed, with good scores, but the first cycle is when the most are promoted.  Very few are promoted in the second cycle.  I didn't take the test the first cycle as I wasn't planning on re-enlisting.  I took it the second cycle for the curiosity factor.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on August 21, 2013, 04:02:47 PM
It has been described as "cruising is nothing more than fixing pumps in exotic places." Fixing 'things' is a constant chore, the intense sun and salt water is very hard on everything. If you're not fixing or replacing something, you're cleaning, mending, or polishing something else. The maintenance is constant. But, if you keep on top of it.... :heeha: what a life you lead! Most times it's only a few hours a day but there are times...  :tickedoff:      :2funny:

Yes, its a 'deluge', and you've got to figure out a way to solve the problem(s).  It sounds like you've not been 'pooped' while at sea.  That's good.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on August 21, 2013, 04:31:49 PM
About every year and a half each ship has an OPPE  (Operation Propulsion Plant Examination).  You DON'T fail.  There's no other ship to take your place.

The month before a MTT (Mobile Training Team) comes aboard and they run drills.  All power generator switchboard panels were color coded.  Red was critical systems.  Yellow were lesser systems, and White were "it don't matter" systems.

Steam from the boilers turns the turbines (engines) and through reduction gears the generators.  If water in the boilers get too high, or low, you've problems.  If water makes it to the 12,000 turbine blades you'll have a 'bomb' going off.  Low water in the boiler (via sight glass for either) require the particular generator to be taken off-line.  This means the generators are over loaded and you've got to turn off non-critical breakers to get the load back to where it should be.

If the forward boilers are affected the generators in Main Control are taken off line.  This means the aft generators are powering the whole ship in an over load condition.  So the person on watch 'strips their board' of non-essential loads until it gets back to a normal load.

So the drill was; "High Water in the Boiler".  I punched out both generators and looked at the watt meters. Way too high.  I reached for the first 'white coded' circuit breaker and turned it off. The timing was perfect.  I turned it off and the ship went black (no electrical power at all).  The emergency battle lanterns provided light.  Both I and the trainer's jaws had dropped and we looked at the breaker I had turned off.  I had turned off the shit pumps. We both looked at each other in disbelief, then I'm flying, turning off every breaker which wasn't red coded.

I think, based on the garbage emergency generating system we had to work with, it would take three or four hours to get power back.

Within two minutes the temperature in the boiler rooms would hit 160 F.  All we could do was give them one vent motor, on low.  Its like trying to illuminate a football stadium with four candles.

We had simulated 'high water in the forward boiler(s)'.  At that point there was an actual situation with the after boiler room.  So they punched out their generators.  It isn't good to have to punch out the generators under load, but you do what you must in an emergency.

The emergency diesel switchboard cycles per second (hertz) meter couldn't go below 56 Hz.  The US uses 110 VAC at the dangerous 60 Hz.  The UK uses 220VAC at the far safer 50 Hz.  So power was at 56 Hz, or below.

The reason 60 Hz. is dangerous is its closeness to a person's heart beat.  60 Hz. causes hand muscles to clutch at something while 50 Hz. pushes away.  That's the easiest way to explain it.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on August 23, 2013, 01:36:54 PM
I read this last post on my iPhone's tiny screen while on holiday and, the last sentence was very useful for conversation I've had recently about electrical Hertz! It's very interesting to read the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz and how you are grabbed at 60Hz! That will make for further knowledge to my nephew taking his apprenticeship!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 28, 2013, 03:08:01 PM
I'm going to attempt to load a few photos from our trip to Copan, Honduras. I'll just give you a one line description.....should they load!  ::)   Here we go!  :heeha:

The chicken on the 'chicken bus' that nipped Lloyd's ankle.


Wild Macaw at the ruins.


Group of wild Macaws at the ruins.


If these come through ok, I'll post them in the 'free reference' section under Rio Dulce, Guatemala 2013.

Will post a few more tomorrow.
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Post by: MSWcrane on August 28, 2013, 04:17:23 PM
looking good Val, nice Pix
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Post by: jrhall036 on September 03, 2013, 01:23:10 PM
My goodness, Val. Those scarlet macaws are gorgeous! Is this a normal sight? Do they always fly together in flocks like that? I can't get my birds to be in the same room with each other, much less forage for food together, without a fight starting. My birds are always so jealous of each other. 
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Post by: Val on September 03, 2013, 02:47:51 PM
We will often see them in pairs, they are monogomous and should one die the other stays alone for the remainder of it's life. So the singles we see are usually fairly young or old. On occassion we will see a small grouping, but rare. At the ruins they put out large feeding trays and this group seems to get along well...most of the time.  ::)
After a good feed they come to these rocks and clean their beaks on the rocks...the odd one has been known to throw stones!  :heeha:
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Post by: Val on September 13, 2013, 02:38:15 PM
Disaster has struck!  :eek: PJ is missing her starboard rudder! The shaft sheared off about 1/2" below the hull.

Not sure if it happened enroute to Guatemala, or our short trip up to Belize. The water here in the Rio is quite murky due to all of the runoff from the mountains and tributaries. We discovered it when we were doing a check on the steering system. We run the engines in gear, and turn the rudders while watching the propwash. Port side is perfect, starboard side was????? nada.  :o

Put on mask to have a look....no rudder. Had a diver go down this morning to check it; just as we feared, no rudder. Waiting to hear back from France about cost for new rudder and shipping..... and I worried over shipping a few art supplies!!!

Don't know what will happen as yet. Just have to wait and see.

Will be taking the bus up to Antigua for a few days to stay with friends. I am so sad.  :(    :'(
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Post by: doina on September 13, 2013, 03:01:57 PM
I am so sorry to hear of your misfortune. Thanks God is the boat with problems and not YOU! Back home we have a saying: As long as you can fix it with money, is no problem, is a nuisance. What you can't fix with money... IS A BIG PROBLEM. I know it is not easy to have the expense, but be happy that you're healthy and in one piece. Doina
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 13, 2013, 04:36:53 PM
Oh, Val, I am sorry to hear that you are rudderless.  That is not good news.

Hope it's a quickly fixable condition. 

Keep us posted.

aloha

mea
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Post by: jennylynn on September 14, 2013, 03:45:27 AM
val so sorry to hear your" rudderless"  hope it can be fixed soon and not too expensive either !! keep us posted  O0   enjoy your stay with friends
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Post by: Val on September 14, 2013, 04:07:59 AM
Thanks guys... looks like I may be in the middle of a three... first the rudder, now my computer I bought last January won't turn on.  ??? Oh well on the bright side.. only one more to go!  :yippee:
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Post by: jrhall036 on September 14, 2013, 05:11:26 AM
Goodness Val! You've had a stroke of bad luck, it appears. Here's a 4-leaf clover  :gl2: and hopefully it will help. Sending you good wishes for a speedy fixin' !   :1hug:
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Post by: Germa on September 14, 2013, 05:45:37 AM
Ouch, hope number 3 isn't too bad, think you've got enough for this moment.

Take a deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep breath, don't forget to breath out... and try to relax.

 :gl:
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Post by: Val on September 14, 2013, 06:28:07 AM
Thank you Jani, much appreciated. Only one way to go!  ::)

Just happy there is no damage to the hull, as far as we know. No leaks so that is good. Besides, with the wonderful people around here...it's impossible to not be happy.  ;D
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Post by: Fencepost on September 14, 2013, 07:36:53 AM
Sorry about your double trouble, Val. Just know that #3 is not inevitable. Miracles do happen!  :angel:
I recently experienced the panic of a computer that would not power up. I tried everything without success and was seeing $$$ and all my precious work flying out the window. Then I noticed that the little LED that shows that am on power from the wall plug was not lit. My power cord had died, not the computer! Cheap fix! (I had a spare for travel) Hoping something simple for you, too!
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Post by: Val on September 14, 2013, 07:45:47 AM
No such luck Judie, battery is fully charged. Won't work with or without power cord. I think it's the power button. Worst luck is.... there is nowhere around hear to have it seen to.  :(
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Post by: Fencepost on September 14, 2013, 08:48:54 AM
Val, I thought my battery was fully charged since I leave it plugged in most of the time. But when the power cord failed, the battery got drained without me noticing. Is there someone who has the right power cord you could borrow for a test? If it's something internal, it's a job for a pro. That's what you get for going primitive.  :2funny:
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Post by: Val on September 14, 2013, 09:23:54 AM
Already did that, swapped my power supply for another identical. Mine works on theirs, theirs works on mine. I guess it's just going to be one of those intermitent things until it fails completely. Will email the manufacturer and see if they have any suggestions.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 14, 2013, 09:37:30 AM
Had a similar problem with my Fujifilm camera.   Only had it a month and it would not turn on, even after trying several sets of fresh batteries.  Called tech support and a man with an Indian accent said to send it to New Jersey. I am now awaiting a new or repaired camera "within 10 days."  I hope.  All this international intrigue for a $69 camera!!

Hope you get booted up fast, Val.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Fencepost on September 14, 2013, 10:22:14 AM
Val, maybe your computer needs a dusting of Viagra so it can "turn on".  :2funny:

Mea, isn't it a royal pain dealing with electronics? Gotta' love and hate them!  :angel: :tickedoff:
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Post by: jrhall036 on September 14, 2013, 02:40:57 PM
 :heeha: JUDIE!!!  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Val on September 14, 2013, 04:14:24 PM
Val, maybe your computer needs a dusting of Viagra so it can "turn on".  :2funny:

    :stress:    :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: polliwag on September 15, 2013, 04:46:47 PM
Just learned of your troubles, Val.  So Sorry!  Hope you're back in business soon with both your boat and the computer.. Not good to be without either!
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Post by: Val on September 15, 2013, 04:53:03 PM
Thanks Dianne, I think we stand a better chance at getting the boat put to rights....not so sure about the computer.  :tickedoff:   I'm almost afraid to turn it off in case it won't turn on again!  :faint:
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Post by: Germa on September 16, 2013, 12:35:17 AM
I never turn of my laptop... Just a restart sometimes, to install my updates.
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Post by: Val on September 16, 2013, 04:43:58 AM
All of our electricity comes from the boat's house batteries, so do have to be careful about leaving things turned on. What I did try last night, is leaving it turned on in sleep mode on it's own battery. Hardly used any power so I'll let the battery run down through daytime use, plug it back in... and do the same tonight. I guess we'll see how long it will last!
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Post by: Germa on September 16, 2013, 11:40:23 PM
Quote
What I did try last night, is leaving it turned on in sleep mode on it's own battery.

That's how I leave mine on, doesn't seem to use much more power than turn it of in the evening and turn it on again in the morning.
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Post by: Val on September 20, 2013, 02:25:13 PM

In answer to the question of 'What is that in your avatar?'

At the age of five I wanted to grow up and be Blackbeard's daughter...when in St. Thomas with my son he snapped this photo of me and my surrogate dad! AAaaaaarrrrrgh!  :2funny:
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Post by: ncwren on September 20, 2013, 04:47:36 PM
Hoping for an upturn in your travels!  :-\

It's nice that you are around gracious people-priceless for sure!  O0
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 20, 2013, 06:57:18 PM
Well, now I understand you much better, Val.  You have that adventurous spirit from your "dad."

Please don't make us walk the plank!!


Nice photo of you, by the way.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Germa on September 21, 2013, 01:52:09 AM
You're sure you're not Pippi Longstocking?
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Post by: Val on September 25, 2013, 05:28:40 AM
WOW! We have had some serious storms come through of late.  :o I actually managed to photograph some of the lightning the other afternoon.  :heeha: Tried again yesterday late afternoon but the wind was so strong, couldn't stand outside in the cockpit and hold the camera steady.
Just thought you might find this interesting. I might even try to paint it!  :painting:

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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 25, 2013, 06:26:38 AM
Wow, great photo, Val.  Sure looks like a close storm.



aloha

mea
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Post by: JayJ on September 25, 2013, 10:46:50 AM
Stunning photo!
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Post by: Val on September 25, 2013, 12:23:26 PM
Thanks Mea and Zayn, it's a little less than 1/2 mile across the river .... funny thing is....it gets a lot closer!  :eek:
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Post by: Tania on September 26, 2013, 10:18:38 AM
Great photo - look forward to seeing the  :painting: version!
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Post by: Leana on September 26, 2013, 12:02:32 PM
Val that's an awesome photograph  :clap: :clap: :clap:  glad you took it rather than me... it would not have come out well from photographing it from under the bed  :whistle:  I really really don't like thunder and lightning...especially not lightning like this  :eek: ...very brave of you.
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Post by: Val on September 26, 2013, 04:03:46 PM
This may sound a wee bit mad...  :crazy2: ... but I have been trying for years to get a decent photo of lightning. Just one of those things that is very difficult to do with an ordinary camera. Happens so fast.

I've always been fascinated by storms, clouds,  and lightning. I can watch it for hours.

I remember a few years back when we were coming back south after being in the Chesapeake Bay for a season. We had left Great Sand Cay, Bahamas, heading south to Luperon, Dominican Republic. It was a gorgeous day, and we along with a few other cruisers were enjoying the morning beachcombing. I kept getting the feeling we should be moving, so we went back to our boat and got an updated weather download. Things just weren't feeling right to me so we decided to head out and arrive in the DR the following morning. Some of the other boats received their weather from a paid 'weather guru', who told them they should wait until the following day as the seas would drop down and they'd have a more comfortable sail with light winds. I said I didn't agree and we raised anchor and set off. The smallest boat (24') in the group pulled anchor a couple of hours behind us and decided to follow us down.

We didn't have much wind and the seas were minimal, just a slight swell running. While Lloyd was sleeping we had a severe electrical storm for about 3 hours. I decided it was best to let him sleep through it as he doesn't do well with lightning.  :whistle: When the rain finally came it was so heavy I couldn't make out our bowlights. Finally had to wake him to help me keep watch as I couldn't see where the ships were once the rain started. We only had minimal electronics back then, I wouldn't be without my radar and plotter now! We had little to no wind throughout the whole trip down, took us 16 hours. The smaller boat that followed, being slower, arrived 5-6 hours behind us and had a noneventful trip all the way down.

The next day the other 3 boats started out on their overnight sail, they had storm conditions within hours after leaving Great Sand Cay. One boat ended up in a cove by the Haiti, DR border; one made it in to Luperon with escort; the 3rd received quite a bit of damage and had to be towed in. They had 50knot winds, with 10-15 foot seas most of the way down. We kept putting calls out to them, and kept 1hr. radio checks to chart their positions until they were within reach of safe escort. Each of their trips was 24+ hrs.

Sometimes it is just best to follow your instincts.
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Post by: Tania on September 27, 2013, 07:00:05 AM
WE so often ignore those nudges, eh?  :)
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Post by: Val on October 07, 2013, 03:17:10 PM
Here's a little fellow I met while in the Mayan Ruins in Copan, Honduras. He tried to hitch a ride on my backpack. I didn't think Lloyd would appreciate him, so brushed him off.

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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 07, 2013, 04:41:16 PM
Eek, a tarantula.


My Val, the company you keep!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on October 07, 2013, 06:09:43 PM
Val, you should write a book about your adventures.  I was just reading your post about your trip after raising anchor and setting off from the Bahamas for the Dominican and beating the impending storm.  I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat reading it. I found it scary but so interesting and how lovely to keep track of all the other boats by plotting their positions and making sure that they were safe.  What an interesting life you have.


As for the tarantula.  My skin crawls just looking at the picture.  I am very, very scared of snakes and spiders. I can really do without them.  You are so brave.   Patricia[size=78%]  [/size]
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Post by: Val on October 15, 2013, 04:36:27 AM
PJ is on the hard.  :( We will be out for 1-2 weeks while we have our new rudder built. This is going to seriously infringe on my art time.  :'( Oh well, one must do what one must do. Hopefully closer to the one week and not two!  :)
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Post by: Tania on October 15, 2013, 05:24:30 AM
Awww does that mean the cocoa pod is on hold? I was SOOO looking forward to seeing it!  ;D  Maybe you will just have to take your sketch pad, pencils, etc... and do it from memory! :2funny: :2funny:  Seriously, hope it IS closer to 1 week than 2 and that you can get right back to your artwork! Hmmm maybe a little  :knuppel2: to keep them working overtime! Or give them the  :'( story that it makes you a bit  :idiot2: if you can't enjoy your  :painting: !
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Post by: Val on October 15, 2013, 05:30:50 AM
 NO, nothing on hold....just lots of interruptions and not a lot of time.  :eek:   Still 2 weeks to go...the 'pod' will appear!  :eyesclosed:      :2funny:
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Post by: Tania on October 15, 2013, 05:53:48 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: Yay!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 15, 2013, 07:09:00 AM
Val,

Bummers!  Hate to hear that you are rudderless.  Hope things get fixed soon.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on October 15, 2013, 01:22:49 PM
Have you ever had one of those mornings where you might have been better to wear blinders? 8)   This is one. Climbed down the ladder to a frightening sight!  :eyesclosed: As the bottoms are drying....our anti-fouling paint is peeling and falling off in great sheets!  :faint: When we painted the bottom before leaving Grenada, we tried a new product. Looks like it was a bad mistake!  :cost: Don't have the budget this year after dealing with the rudder and trying to help with family back home. Guess I'll be doing a lot of bottom scrubbing for the next year!  :excercise: :strong: There is am upside to this...maybe I'll get to meet some freindly little sharks that aren't camera shy!  ::)
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Post by: Happychappy on October 15, 2013, 04:08:28 PM
Val, I am so sorry to hear of your problems ... I tell you, if it is not one thing, it is another .... we just have to weather the storm and carry on as best as we can.  My thoughts and prayers are with you and Lloyd and I hope all will be rectified very soon and that it doesn't cost you an arm and a leg.  Patricia
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Post by: Tania on October 15, 2013, 06:42:30 PM
 :heeha: :o  Oh my - "friendly little sharks" and "costing and arm and a leg" - may there be NO connection here!  :sweat: :whistle: ;D  Praying tomorrow brings more positive news!
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Post by: Fencepost on October 15, 2013, 07:04:21 PM
Wow Val!  :o You've had quite a stretch of bad luck! Hope everything is "ship-shape" in the near future. Life just has to quit interfering with your  :painting:   :2funny:
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Post by: Happychappy on October 16, 2013, 04:13:40 AM
 :sweat:  Oh! Crumbs, Tania, I never gave the sharks a thought and didn't mean "costing and arm and a leg" in that sense!!!  Oh! My word, never even connected the two.  Anyway, I lifted Val and Lloyd up in prayer last night so they are covered.  No worries.  Patricia
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Post by: Val on October 18, 2013, 10:56:02 AM
 :2funny: Oh Patricia....  :2funny: you are too funny sometimes! Of course I know you didn't mean it in that sense. I think this is the first really good laugh I've had all week!  :heeha:

 :knuppel2: Tania, don't scare Patricia like that!  :2funny: Sorry Patricia.  :flowers:     :2funny:
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Post by: Tania on October 18, 2013, 11:36:56 AM
 :blush: Oops! I don't think anyone took it seriously - at least I hope not! I just couldn't help myself! >:D  BACK in your box you dreadful person you! Oh wait, was I looking in the mirror?... Oh no! :help: me! Val is gonna beat me up!
Dear sweet Patricia, I am very sorry for causing you alarm! There.  :sweat: Now Val can put away the  :knuppel2: cuz I am being a little  :angel: !
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Happychappy on October 18, 2013, 12:41:43 PM
No worries Tania and I didn't take offence at all but when you mentioned the connection "I thought "Oh! My word, what have I said".  I have a very keen sense of humour and love to laugh and can see the funny side of things. Anyway, like I mentioned previously, I have got Val and Lloyd covered and no harm will come to them.  I am just sad that they have had such extra expense. Life is tough without having added problems.
 
Anyway, Val, I am pleased that you had a good laugh and I am thankful that you took what I said, the way it was meant. 
 
Patricia 
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on October 19, 2013, 09:01:24 PM
My big Fish are always on the lookout for an opportunity. It seems they may be in luck! Lunch bunch could well be on the way for my hungry Killer Wales! Val, you best keep polishing!  >:D :o ;D
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Post by: Val on October 29, 2013, 03:54:15 AM
It has been a wacky 2 weeks! We were hauled out to have our new rudder made. While carrying the boat up the yard...the travel lift had one wheel go into a sinkhole! Sunk down 1 1/2 feet! My heart skipped a few beats as PJ slipped sideways in the slings  :faint: Took a bit, but managed to get through and have her safely blocked in the yard.  :sweat:   No breeze and the heat was oppressive with having a wall of trees behind us. Worked through the days and managed to get a couple of lessons painted.  :yippee:

Yesterday was finally launch day! I think we set a record for the longest launch in history!!  :eek: Some of the 'trained' mechanics in these out of the way places are not as sharp as your dull 4B's!! After almost 6 hours in the lift, we finally had the chance to get back on board to see what the problem was. One of the steering quadrants had been put on upside down! The wires on the other quadrant had been reversed. Soo, when the wheel was turned...the rudders went in opposite directions instead of turning the same direction!  :doh:    :faint: After we explained what was wrong, it was put to rights, got lowered back in the water, and we finally motored downriver back to the marina.

By but it's nice to be afloat!  :boat:    :party:   CHEERS!!  :beer:     O0
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Post by: Germa on October 29, 2013, 07:34:13 AM
Oh boy, does this remind me of that one moment where I had my hb on the phone, in big trouble on his job. There was this new landing gear of a plane and how he tried, no matter what he did; when he turned the wheel to the right, the wheels of the landing gear went to the left;  he really needed a break of it.
I couldn't help him of course, just told him to put a sticker on the wheel; 'for turning to the left, turn wheel to the right'. ;)

Glad you're floating again Val!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 31, 2013, 02:41:44 AM
Val

Glad you are back in the water.

Have been away since Oct 22.  Return to Hawaii next week.

Looking forward to getting back to painting and PB.

Aloha


Mea
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Post by: doina on October 31, 2013, 03:43:41 AM
Thanks God you're back on your elements now  WATER! Doina
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Post by: Val on October 31, 2013, 04:37:37 AM
It was so lovely to wake up to the sound of my Howler Monkeys yelling across the river! Funny the things we miss!  ;D
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Post by: Tania on October 31, 2013, 05:17:48 AM
 :2funny:  isn't that the truth!  ;D
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Post by: Val on November 06, 2013, 06:24:27 AM
Well, we're off to Punta Gorda, Belize tomorrow for 4 days. Have a friend driving us to Puerto Barrios to catch the launcha. The launcha is an open boat 25-30', and have a sunshade...usually. Weather looks good so the seas should be down, and the trip is normally 1-1 1/2 hours across. If things kick up it can be a rather long, exciting ride as Lloyd can attest.  :envy: He had a rough crossing while I was up north. 3 hours and 2 very seasick people, one fellow was unconscious upon arrival and Lloyd had them call an ambulance for him.
We'll be back to the Rio on Monday.
See you then  :wave:
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Post by: Germa on November 06, 2013, 09:28:17 AM
Have a good journey and lots of fun Val!
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Post by: jennylynn on November 06, 2013, 10:11:07 AM
enjoy your trip val and I hope the sea was nice and calm for your trip over  O0
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Post by: Tania on November 06, 2013, 02:12:17 PM
Happy  :boat: , Val!
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Post by: ncwren on November 08, 2013, 08:02:38 AM
Happy sailing Val!
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Post by: Val on November 11, 2013, 01:57:03 PM
Thank you guys for your thoughts and wishes.  :flowers:

We arrived back this afternoon, with an easy run down the coast. The trip up was a wee bit 'boisterous' to say the least!  :eek: Hotels are not my cup of tea, so nice to be back on the boat.

Passports are all stamped, visas extended, now to get Lloyd's passport looked after.....
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Post by: Tania on November 11, 2013, 02:24:55 PM
 :yippee: Great to have you back!  :1hug:
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Post by: Val on November 26, 2013, 01:20:39 AM
Well, we're off agian! We are off to Guatemala City today to get Lloyd's passport renewed. He's never been there so he's got lots to look forward to,  :whistle: 5 hour busride, Cdn. Embassy....me in the art shop....  >:D :2funny:

Should be back Thursday or Friday. Well, it's 0316 here, time to go pack and boil the kettle for tea, and make coffee for Lloyd. If I wave it under his nose it just might be enough to revive him for the journey ahead...he's not a very early riser.  :sleep:

 :wave:
 
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Post by: Tania on November 26, 2013, 06:16:00 PM
Have an awesome trip!
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Post by: Germa on November 27, 2013, 07:44:41 AM
Be back on black Friday!  :yippee:

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Post by: Tony (ASM) on November 28, 2013, 10:18:48 AM
Be back on black Friday!  :yippee:




 :2funny: :2funny: Great advice!  :clap:



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Post by: Val on November 29, 2013, 12:46:33 AM
Arrived back yesterday (Thursday) afternoon. It is 0232 Friday morning and I really must try to sleep  :yawn: have not slept past 2 days... too cold and noisy in the city. Nice to be back in a warmer climate, although it is pretty chilly here as a large cold front swept through most of the country. If you are not used to wearing long pants and socks with proper shoes.... they tend to make you walk a bit funny!  ;D

Will fill in more about our adventure with the 'misplaced' art shop after I get some kip!  :D Night all  :wave:
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Post by: doina on November 29, 2013, 05:27:41 AM
Welcome back safe and sound! Doina
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Post by: musika on November 29, 2013, 06:49:52 AM
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after I get some kip!

Oh boy, sometimes I got confused, reading this English stuff... this is what a kip is in the Netherlands:

Met rijst, please. One of the favourite meals I had in the Netherlands.
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Post by: Germa on November 29, 2013, 09:18:27 AM
Quote from: Val
after I get some kip!

Oh boy, sometimes I got confused, reading this English stuff... this is what a kip is in the Netherlands:

Met rijst, please. One of the favourite meals I had in the Netherlands.

 :2funny: :2funny:
That sounds like a real Dutch meal  >:D  :2funny:
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Post by: Steven on November 29, 2013, 12:06:42 PM
Hmmm, good thing you are not Irish... they think kip is a brothel.... >:D
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Post by: Val on November 29, 2013, 02:21:38 PM
 :doh: Boy, it's one thing to lose the meaning when changing languages ... but I'd forgotten just how things can get twisted even in other english speaking countries!   ;D

Now then, in my sleep deprived state, I apparently led poor Lloyd about two miles in the wrong direction. So we trudged back and in all actuality... the art shop was only about three blocks from where we were staying!   ::) :whistle:

Needless to say, Lloyd needed a it of a sit down once we arrived at the shop. So he sat outside while I went in. Every time I asked the clerk to show me something, Lloyd would wave his arms in the air and wildly shake his head. Which, set the waitstaff into fits, including my clerk. Each time I looked outside he would just be sitting calmly looking about.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, as the case may be, they didn't have much of what I was looking for. They only had two tablets of W&N pastel paper, which contained 4 sheets each of various colours. I didn't know if coloured paper was a good idea, so I left without it. I did manage to get a small can of fixative, not Daler Rowney, but It will hopefully suffice, and a couple of small tubes of burnt sienna watercolour. Not a bit of ultramarine blue to be found! Guess my palette will be changing shortly! Lloyd was quite relieved at my unusually light purchases ... but ... we go back again in a few weeks to pick up his passport ...  >:D ... and they may have more!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on November 29, 2013, 02:46:06 PM
 :welcome:  back Val, I hope you were able to get some much needed "kip".  I went hysterical with laughter at your story about Lloyd sitting outside the Art Store waving his arms for I could just picture it all.  I guess he thought you were buying the entire store.  He has a treat waiting for him when next you go back for they may have more supplies in by then!!  Anyway, good to know that you are back.  Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on November 30, 2013, 05:49:02 AM
Hmmm, good thing you are not Irish... they think kip is a brothel.... >:D

I had to use google translate  :angel: >:D :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: C.Bodine on November 30, 2013, 06:09:19 AM
 :D :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 12, 2013, 07:42:40 AM
 :eek:   I see I should have checked back here sooner!  :2funny: Honestly, you people are a royal hoot!  :2funny: In future I shall try to stick to Canadian English without the English-English coloquialisms.  ::)

I am headed off once again come Monday to the metropolis of Guatemala City to retreive 'is Lordship's passport. (I tried  ;D ) I shall make sure I have my camera with me this time. Can't believe I forgot it last trip.

There is some sort of parade in town this afternoon, hoping to get in for some photos. Unfortunately it has been raining most of the day and expected to continue so it may get postponed. Ah well....I can always scribble and paint!  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 14, 2013, 12:00:39 PM
Went into town yesterday to buy our bus tickets. As we pulled into the dock the dinghy motor started to smoke.... uh-oh, no water coming out.  :eek: Had to have one of our friends come and tow us back to the boat, naturally it decided to pour buckets on our heads.

So, today we've got the motor in the cockpit pulled to bits, cleaning, greasing, reassembling and just hoping the water pump is all right. If we're lucky it was just the old impeller deciding to retire. We'll know tomorrow when we give it a test run. Oh the joys!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on December 14, 2013, 03:17:31 PM
Oh, the joys of the simple life, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 19, 2013, 07:25:38 PM
To update.... the dinghy motor worked fine.  :yippee:

Unfortunately we didn't make it to Guat. City as I came down with ??? something.  :thumbdown: Have been very ill all week but managed to keep upright today, so on the mend. Lloyd also was hit with it, fortunately for him not as severe.

Worst luck is it cost us $200 in hotel and bus fares..... and we still have to get up to the city for the passport.  :faint:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: lynn p. on December 19, 2013, 07:41:01 PM
Oh NO Val.  Hope you feel better soon.  This is the only part of your very exciting life I do not envy.  Take it easy.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 20, 2013, 04:56:34 AM
Thanks Lynn, coming back slowly. Since this is the first time in years that I've been really ill I count myself lucky. I never used to get the flu either. Always struck me odd that my sister and mum would go and get their flu shots every year, I've never had one, and they were the ones that got flu. Go figure. Guess it's payback for the past 20-30 odd years!  :tongue:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on December 21, 2013, 01:04:04 AM
I really don't know how flu feels, but when my hb has the flu, he sure is very ill.
Glad you're coming back and hope Lloyd is getting better soon too so you guys can go get that silly passport.

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Post by: jennylynn on December 21, 2013, 01:54:09 AM
flu is awful  :(   hope you and Lloyd are feeling better  O0
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Post by: Lillian on December 21, 2013, 11:40:32 AM
 :wave:  Hi Val,


Sorry to hear you and Lloyd came down with a bug.  I'm glad you and your dinghy are about ready to float again.


Merry Christmas you two!   :santa:    :1hug:


Enjoy the tropics.  You don't want to come to Southern Ontario right now!   :cold:


 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 21, 2013, 12:41:56 PM
Germa, Jenny, and Lillian  :thankyou: for your good thoughts.  I survived a trip into town today to pick up some groceries. The pickin's were getting pretty thin around here. Now just going to sit and watch Nolan and Dennis draw for the rest of the afternoon!  :heeha:

You're right Lillian, I wouldn't want to be up there at the moment.  :cold: Just worried about my son, things have not improved any since I left.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on December 21, 2013, 01:46:51 PM
Oh Val, I was missing you but then thought you were sailing the high seas.  Now I have just read that you and Lloyd got hit by the flu bug.  How awful.  I  :pray:   that you both get better quickly and that everything here at home with your family is going to be O.K.  Just as well you are not here for it is freezing and absolutely lousy weather.


Have a good Christmas and may the New Year be filled with everything that your heart can desire.  Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 21, 2013, 04:52:43 PM
 :( I think the flu bug would have been easier. Oh well, on the mend now....just have to take it slow and easy for a few more days. (A very difficult thing for me  :whistle: )  But.... I made inroads into Dennis' landscape drawing course this afternoon  :heeha: surprised myself .... guess it will be chicken noodle soup for late supper (  :2funny: )!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on December 21, 2013, 06:28:54 PM
Good to hear you are on the mend Val.  Nothing wrong with Chicken Soup for Supper especially when you are getting over the flu .... not that I eat it but my family do (I'm a vegetarian).  Anyway, you take it easy for a few more days and you will feel on top of the world before you know it.  Lovely to read that you are making inroads into the landscape drawing course.  Good for you.  Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 21, 2013, 06:38:07 PM
I was a vegan for over 30 years.

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on December 22, 2013, 09:24:56 AM
Wow Val, a vegan for 30 years!!!!  I am not a vegan as such for I eat food in which there are eggs but I don't eat the flesh of animals/birds and I have been that way since a child.  My family were all big meat eaters but I was the exception.  Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 22, 2013, 10:17:18 AM
My family were all big meat eaters but I was the exception.  Patricia

Me Too!! I spent more time sitting at the table until bedtime than I like to think!  ;D   After I had my son I developed a blood disorder. I still am not much of a meat eater, saltwater fish, chicken/turkey. I do have to admit I enjoy a good dose of oxtail now and again. Won't be seeing that for a long while now.

Don't tell anyone...but most of my dinner meats end up fed to the local strays  :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on December 26, 2013, 05:29:37 AM
I understand perfectly Val for I think once you have been a vegetarian, especially for a lengthy period, it is difficult to eat meat after that.  It just turns my stomach.  I am totally happy with vegetables and fruit and don't feel as though I have been deprived of anything.  I can't even cook the meat, I have to leave that for my husband whose name is also Lloyd.  (Seems quite a common name in Canada).   Anyway, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that your New Year will hold everything you and your family could possibly wish for.  Take care and God's blessings,  Patricia 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 26, 2013, 07:00:47 AM
Still under the weather I'm afraid. One of our neighbours brought us a Christmas dinner care package last night. Hopefully we'll be in better shape for the New Year's arrival. Cheers everyone.  :drink2drop:    :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on December 26, 2013, 02:57:19 PM
I'm so sorry to hear that, Val!   :(   That bug is a hanger-onner.  I hope you can  :knuppel2:  it soon.    :1hug:


How wonderful to have friendly, caring neighbours! 




Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on December 27, 2013, 05:03:59 AM
Oh Val, I am so sorry to hear that you are not quite right yet and hope that it will soon pass so that you can start enjoying life.  It is horrible when you are feeling low.  However, it was lovely of your neighbours to think of you and to bring your a Christmas dinner care package.  Just shows that there are still caring, good people around. God bless them for their kind thought.  Now you concentrate on getting well Val for we have a lot of  :painting:  to do.   


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 27, 2013, 06:03:34 AM
Thank you Lillian and Patricia, appreciate your well wishes.   :flowers:

I think I'm through the thick of it now.... just another day or two of being a sloth and I should be right as rain!  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tania on December 29, 2013, 06:34:11 AM
The viruses floating around this year are brutal! Praying you are feeling 100% soon! :1hug:
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Post by: jennylynn on December 29, 2013, 08:12:58 AM
hope your feeling much better val and ready for the new year good wishes to you and Lloyd  :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 06, 2014, 09:01:55 AM
Getting sick at sea (versus being sea sick) isn't fun. On my second ship almost everyone caught some sort of bug, with high fever.  Mine was 105 F., and I still had to work instead of getting a rack pass (a rack pass means you can sleep during the day as you're very sick).  I was told I'd need one more degree of fever to get a rack pass as there wouldn't be enough people to run the ship!

I hope the 'bug' has been left miles behind in your wake.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 06, 2014, 09:53:33 AM
Thanks Stoney, just a bit of a cough now and again. I've never been this sick for such a length of time. (3 weeks) Don't know what that bug was but I sincerely hope I never meet with it again.

We're off to Guat. City (again) tomorrow morning, returning Wed. afternoon. Hopefully we'll make it this time!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 07, 2014, 12:23:04 PM
Thanks Stoney, just a bit of a cough now and again. I've never been this sick for such a length of time. (3 weeks) Don't know what that bug was but I sincerely hope I never meet with it again.

We're off to Guat. City (again) tomorrow morning, returning Wed. afternoon. Hopefully we'll make it this time!

Three weeks (shudder).  That's some nasty stuff!

The sea is one hefty and nasty 'desert', you certainly can't drink the water.  I'm sure you guys have an extensive 'bug out' bag.

Recently saw a documentary on a guy in a boat off the Canary Islands who had to abandon ship.  He spent 75 days at sea and drifted through the shipping lanes to the south west.

He had two inflatable solar stills to go with his CO2 activated enclosed raft.  The stills rotted two days before he approached an island and was rescued by some fishermen.

He had six cans of water and not a lot of food.  He was anything but prepared.  Sounds like its best to take what you have and double or triple it.

The DDG I was on was about two days out of the Canaries when they came across an over-turned sail boat, think it was about 30 feet.  Don't recall if it was single hull or catamaran.

The ship sent a diver to investigate and didn't find any signs of life.  The find was radioed to Norfolk, VA., Navy HQ., and then sunk by small arms fire as it was a menace to navigation.

A lightening strike shattered either the transmitting or receiving radio antenna.  Another time a wave blew out a window on the Bridge, but not where any equipment was.

Prior to that another DDG got a Bridge strike which shorted out their navigation system.  They had to follow us around for a couple of weeks.

The bad thing is you can do everything right and still end up in the hurt locker.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 09, 2014, 05:44:58 AM
We arrived back from Quat. City after a 6 hr. busride. 5 hrs. going up, 6 hrs. coming back, in a 36 hr. time frame. I do not want to see the inside of a buss for a loooong time!  :eek: Slow going as lots of rain and heavy fog as we came down through the mountains. It is cold here! In the 60's F range!!! We were fortunate in that I kept our lighter winter jackets. The boat was cold and damp but a nice hot cup of tea for me, and a pot of coffee for Lloyd and we were in heaven. Quite easy to please we are!  ;D   The trip was a success, we picked up the passport but unfortunately had no time to visit the art shop  :'( .  I had really been hoping to pick up some ultramarine blue w/c, and pastels. Maybe there is somewhere in Belize which will be our next stop. Hope to be leaving within the next two weeks!  :boat: Just waiting on the arrival of two new alternators. Should be here early next week.  :yippee: Weather all over the Caribbean has been very rough and stormy this season, I wonder what has happened to our weather patterns? Just can't plan around them anymore.  ???

We are extremely safety conscious Stoney. No fear there.  O0

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on January 09, 2014, 06:45:12 AM
Yes, by all means, Val, please stay safe!!!   :1hug: Glad you got the passport and you're back on the  :boat:


I hope you can get that blue pastel! 



The weather patterns are indeed strange this year.  You think you're cold?  Well be thankful you're not in Canada! 


We've been in the midst of a 'Arctic Vortex', a very cold arctic air mass.  And we've also had sustained high winds, blizzards and folks without hydro in lots of places.   :cold:


There have been lots phrases going around with the theme "It's so cold that..."


These are true "it's so cold that" stories--


1.  A prisoner escaped prison and returned because it was too cold.
2.  Niagara falls has actually been freezing!!!


The vortex followed a mild spell and freezing rain.  Now we're about to approach another mild spell and a huge melt and more rain, hopefully not freezing rain.


It is treacherous under foot.  Hubby fell and bruised his hip severely!  Thankfully he did not break his hip.  His head even hit the ground but thankfully he remained conscious!


On the up side, the last few days have been cold, windy
but lots of sun and the daylight hours are getting longer.  :yippee:


I wish you calm waters and good internet connection for the pastel classes when they start up


...that is, if Nolan doesn't get his wires crossed!   :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 09, 2014, 07:28:34 AM
I have seen Niagara falls freeze. there is still water running behind, but it is like a curtain of ice from top to bottom. Very spectacular when they put the lights on it at night, much more than when it's running full in the summer. The trees all just sparkle with ice from the mist blowing up and freezing on the trees. We once skated on the lawns amongst the ice covered trees there.

Glad hubby is ok, do be careful it is treacherous at times I know.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 10, 2014, 03:20:22 PM
Well, I'm back in reclined position with fever and sore throat. There was a very sick little girl on the bus coming back and well.....just had to help where I could. Lloyd kept a little boy entertained the whole trip with games on his android.
My love took pity on me and set up a board beside me on the bed so I can watch art videos and communicate!  ::) Seems to think it's a necessity for me.....go figure!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on January 10, 2014, 05:13:43 PM
Oh! Val, please take care of yourself.  I can just imagine how you must feel.  Blinking rotten!!  I know all about it, for years after coming to Canada, I was in bed for a week at a time every February with this darned flu and thereafter got flu several times during the year, until I happened upon a book entitled "The One Minute Cure" by Madison Cavanagh. You can go on line and research it. I haven't had a cold in more than 3 years.   Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on January 11, 2014, 12:44:10 PM
Ahhhh, Val, get well soon!   :1hug:   Glad you have a kind and caring hubby  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 11, 2014, 12:51:05 PM
Thanks guys, no hugs....trying not to spread this bug around.  :stress: It is a tenacious little sod. I'll beat it...  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 15, 2014, 12:03:36 PM
Well, I'm back in reclined position with fever and sore throat.
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Drat!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 15, 2014, 12:04:30 PM
Thanks guys, no hugs....trying not to spread this bug around.  :stress: It is a tenacious little sod. I'll beat it...  :knuppel2:

Handing you a flail..... ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 15, 2014, 12:32:19 PM
 Thanks Stoney, needed a chuckle.  ;D   I'm up today, see if I make it through the whole day  :sweat:   tried drawing and had to pack it in, the eyes just aren't seeing the values properly, not seeing the colours properly either so painting was a wash. Say, that's rather comical! Painting.....a wash....   :2funny:   Getting better every day  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: MSWcrane on January 15, 2014, 04:32:35 PM
Val, At least your 'wit' has not been affected with those germs, you still make us Laugh   :2funny:

Sending you warm wishes for feeling better quickly  :flowers:   Maybe a few glasses will help :party:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on January 15, 2014, 06:40:07 PM
Sorry you're still not up to par, Val!   :1hug:


I just wish you hadn't passed the bug on to my hubby, he's such a baby!!!!   :tickedoff:    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 15, 2014, 06:42:04 PM
Nicked!  :whistle:       :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 16, 2014, 02:38:09 PM
Thanks Stoney, needed a chuckle.  ;D   

Hey, That's what I get paid the 'big bucks' for... ;)

I'm up today, see if I make it through the whole day  :sweat:   tried drawing and had to pack it in, the eyes just aren't seeing the values properly, not seeing the colours properly either so painting was a wash. Say, that's rather comical! Painting.....a wash....   :2funny:   Getting better every day  O0

Cuing up an old Chicago tune from Chicago 6; "Gettin' Stronger Every Day".

For the last five days we've had ice fog and temps of 18-22F as the high.  The night before we had rain which iced the doors to my truck.  They wouldn't open.

So, I had to get a ride from Daughter and Son-In-Law into town to the VA Clinic to catch the DAV (Disabled American {Military}Veterans to a higher level facility for a couple medical appointments.  My wife then had to drive into town later that afternoon to pick me up.

Since I've got to get into town for art class tomorrow afternoon I though I'd try a different method to get into the truck, since the doors were still frozen.  The bed of the truck has a cap on it with a hinged window.  I've got small plastic bags which are twist tied around the window latches and locks to keep the locks from freezing.  I figured I'd open the slide window in the back window of the cab, start the truck and get the heater going.  That window was frozen shut, too.

So aimed a propane heater at the driver's door to thaw it out.  That took about 10 minutes.  I was able to knock the passenger side door open from the inside.  I've got the truck running with the heater and defroster on to thaw everything out.  After about a half hour I'll open each door and spray the door gaskets with Silicone Spray.  I'll hit the slide window tracks, too.  Hopefully, that will stop the problem.

It's been several years since I've had one door freeze and it's never been both doors and the sliding window.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 16, 2014, 02:41:38 PM
Val, At least your 'wit' has not been affected with those germs, you still make us Laugh   :2funny:

Sending you warm wishes for feeling better quickly  :flowers:   Maybe a few glasses will help :party:

The warm wishes will have to include a few tots of Captain Morgan, based on her situation.  She'd best cock her leg properly!  :D

"Yo Ho Ho and a bottle of Rum!"
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 16, 2014, 02:43:09 PM
Nicked!  :whistle:       :2funny:

Your Knickers got nicked, or Commando?  {Never mind, I don't want to know}  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 16, 2014, 03:35:13 PM
 :doh:   No Stoney.... not knickers, knicked. Means I got found out giving Lillian's husband the 'bug' !  :2funny:

Knickers indeed!  :nono:        :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 18, 2014, 10:13:18 AM
:doh:   No Stoney.... not knickers, knicked. Means I got found out giving Lillian's husband the 'bug' !  :2funny:

Knickers indeed!  :nono:        :2funny:

OOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo {Big Grin}
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: MSWcrane on January 18, 2014, 12:22:25 PM
Thanks for that info Val.  It's so much fun finding out what some of the 'foreign' words mean, usually not at all what I thought  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 18, 2014, 01:02:53 PM
Sue, it's so easy to get in trouble when so many different backgrounds are involved!   :stress:    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on January 19, 2014, 12:42:15 PM
Sue, it's so easy to get in trouble when so many different backgrounds are involved!   :stress:    :2funny:

(chuckling)  Word play can be great fun when you do know what specific words/slang is.

Having experience in a culture and having a bit of fun involving someone who's not familiar with that culture can be fun, too.

Back in '98 a bunch of people from around the world met in Edinburgh, Scotland for a time frame set around one particular date.

A few of use rode along in a car to a small shop to get some food stuffs.  The aisle routed in a 'U' shape and there was a tabloid rack on one wall.

A lady from the US was ahead of me and glanced at the rack.  I told her to pick two publications and look at Page 3. 

The startled 'deer in the headlights' look, and dropped jaw, was my reward.  Others chuckled at her response.  It was all light-hearted fun.

To answer the obvious question; "how did I know?"  Twenty years before I was at the Scotland USN sub base.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 01, 2014, 02:05:52 PM
We'll be underway come Monday morning.   :boat:   Will be incommunicado for a few days until we get up to Placencia, Belize.

See you all in class Sunday!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 02, 2014, 01:28:20 PM
Well, internet will be packing in soon. :'(     See you in a few days!   :wave:         :boat:


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Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: doina on February 02, 2014, 01:52:12 PM
Have good winds  :boat: safe sail! :peace: Doina
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 02, 2014, 02:13:40 PM
Travel safely, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 08, 2014, 03:49:03 AM
Just looking in on the thread to see wot Val is up to. Setting sail I see! Always running away when I get on these thread  :knuppel2: 
Have a safe journey Val (unless I send you some strong wind!  >:D [size=78%])[/size]
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 14, 2014, 12:02:23 PM
 :knuppel2: Thanks for those strong headwinds and big seas Tony ..... we have had quite an adventure getting here. INCLUDED legal and  illegel entries into both countries, both engines down, close encounters with reefs undersail, and 8 days for a trip that should have taken 2 at most! Story to follow!

FUN? WOW!!!   :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 14, 2014, 12:42:36 PM
Val,

Glad you are safe now.  Sounds like quite an adventure.  Looking forward to hearing this story.

Happy Valentine's Day.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: doina on February 14, 2014, 02:30:54 PM
Today I just search for your posting. It seemed that it was to quiet here. I am glad that you're safe. We're ready to hear your adventures. Welcome back, Doina :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 15, 2014, 02:36:14 PM
We started down the river and spent the night in Texan Bay, just a short run to give us time to check and make certain everything was running properly. All was working as it should, so took Lloyd over to the little village restaurant for a birthday lunch. Spent the evening just watching and listening to the sounds of the jungle and  little village around us. So nice to be at anchor again.

At 0730 the following morning we raised anchor and continued down the river to Livingston to  check out with immigration and customs.  Just before noon we were cleared and on our way. We had an uneventful trip up and anchored at Punta Gorda at the south end of Belize to check in with immigration, customs, agriculture and port captain. After taking an unprecedented 2 hours to check in, we hurried back to the boat to get underway and make for our anchorage at New Haven. The wind had picked up and seas were running under the boat at 2 1/2' when we got back to the boat. We started battling our way to windward and knew we had no choice but to motor into it in order to make the anchorage by dark. Not a good idea to be winding around reefs in the dark. The next thing we knew, the starboard aft cabin had filled with smoke and there was a billowing cloud coming out of the engine compartment!  :eek: I shut down the engine and we continued to battle our way onward. In short order we knew we could not make the planned anchorage in time. We settled on a closer anchorage, but the seas and winds kept building, and once again we knew we could not make safe anchorage.  :eyesclosed: We set course for clear, deep  water and motorsailed into the blow and looked at our options. We had no idea what had happened to the one engine, too rough to even get into the compartment to get a look. So... it seemed obvious to me we should sail back down to Guatemala waters where we knew we could safely get into the open roadstead anchorage at Tres Punta, be able to sleep and see what was what in the morning. So the decision was made and we arrived and anchored in that blessedly calm water just past 2200.

In the morning we assessed the situation. The water muffler had completely melted!  :faint: We checked what we could and decided nothing was to be done at this point, and we would sail back up to our original destination of New Haven, Belize, since we had legally checked out of Guatemala, legally checked in to  Belize....and now had illegally left Belize and illegally anchored in Guatemalan waters. So, to be legal again, off we went and had a pretty good motorsail back up to Belize. The seas had died down, but as seemed to be usual this trip, the wind was on the nose. We made our way around the reefs and anchored in New Haven later that afternoon. Whew!
We did have company of a couple of other boats on the way up who kept company with us in the event anything untoward happened.

Next installment to follow.......  :boat:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 15, 2014, 03:04:45 PM
Yikes, what an adventure so far!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: doina on February 15, 2014, 03:49:27 PM
Wow!!!! That's an adventure!! I am glad you both are safe, Doina
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Post by: Happychappy on February 15, 2014, 04:43:59 PM
Val, Praise God that you are safe.  I have been so worried about you and have asked forum members (through Ray3's Pastel Encourager site) if anyone had heard from or about you but never had any replies.  Anyway, all is well that ends well.  Take care and so very relieved and pleased that you and Lloyd are safe.  Patricia
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Post by: C.Bodine on February 15, 2014, 08:04:14 PM
So glad you guys are safe, Val! Sailing around the tropics sounds wonderful until you hear about these kinds of challenges! :-\
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Post by: dennis on February 16, 2014, 08:20:29 AM
Now you have ME in suspenders  :heeha:
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on February 16, 2014, 01:33:59 PM
:knuppel2: Thanks for those strong headwinds and big seas Tony ..... we have had quite an adventure getting here. INCLUDED legal and  illegel entries into both countries, both engines down, close encounters with reefs undersail, and 8 days for a trip that should have taken 2 at most! Story to follow!

FUN? WOW!!!   :heeha:


 :2funny: :2funny: >:D :boat:


Ya see Val, when you are a naughty girl, you get punished!  ;D
Hey, I just checked on Google Earth to see where this lush land of golden sands and honey was. New Haven? Looks a deserted shore with expectant Pterodactyl & Tyrannosaurus lurking in the palms! You're just sunning yourself and pretending to be riding those sea monsters! 
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Post by: jennylynn on February 16, 2014, 01:46:01 PM
tony  :2funny: :2funny:

val you really have been missed the forum isn't the same without you  O0  glad to hear that you and Lloyd are safe, waiting for the next instalment now  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: MSWcrane on February 16, 2014, 02:21:44 PM
Val, as you can see from all the above posts, YOU WERE MISSED   :bigwelcome:  Back!  Glad you are both safe  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: lynn p. on February 16, 2014, 04:11:13 PM
Oh Val, so glad you are safe.  I have dreamt about you wonderful life many times, until this very mount, Yikes :heeha: :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 18, 2014, 02:07:51 AM
The final leg.....or is it?  :confused:

After spending a comfortable, yet blustery night, we prepared to set off along with the other two boats north to Placencia. Fired up our remaining engine, raised the main, and started heading out. As we turned up the channel and headed for the channel between the reefs we naturally hit headwinds and had to continue motorsailing with the main. As we turned up through the reefs we were able to let out the headsail. Still not the best angle of wind to sail unaided, so it looked to be another motorsail until we could round the point and fall off to a better angle. All was going well..... or so it seemed.  :boat:    :eek:

The sails were set close hauled and we were doing reasonably well into 2' headseas and 18kt. headwinds. We had just let out a sigh of relief as we cleared the reefs and headed out. Then we heard it.... an engine alarm... the low oil pressure alarm. Not what we wanted to hear. Then the alarm stopped... ok, maybe it was just one of those things where a tap on the glass sorts it. Nothing else heard, no engine lights. Let's keep going. Five minutes later the alarm blares and the panel lights are on!  :eyesclosed: Shut down the engine!!!  :sweat: We are still sailing reasonably, and decide to call ahead to the boats ahead to see what the wind angle looks like at the point. The wind is heading them and they are motoring with main...unable to use headsails. aaaach!  :doh: I look at Lloyd and we both know... we have to go back to safe harbour and try to assess what has happened to our remaining motor. We advise the other boats of our intention to sail back in through the reefs and anchor in New Haven to sort things out. This of course meant we'd have to sail PJ onto the hook and hopefully the wind would be strong enough in the harbour to set the hook. We tacked about and started to sail back in through the reefs. Now as is always the case, the wind decided now would be a great time to die down a bit. I started to puff a bit at the headsail  :whistle: to help it along...which doesn't help at all, but tends to make one feel better!  :2funny:
So with barely enough wind to keep the sails full...... we approached the gap between the reefs......  :boat:

More to come.......  >:D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jennylynn on February 18, 2014, 02:13:48 AM
oh my!!  and there was me thinking, after the last instalment , all was well  :idiot2:  don't be too long with the next instalment will you I'm left  :hang: and it's not nice  :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 18, 2014, 08:17:37 AM
This would make a great TV docudrama!!  What a cliff-hanger!  Better than who shot JR!

Yikes.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Lisafromoto on February 18, 2014, 11:02:01 AM
Oh dear!  I went back a page to see what I had missed after reading Mea's comment and now I am waiting with baited breath  :sweat:
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Post by: stoney on February 18, 2014, 11:49:16 AM
YIKES.  Fire, or flooding, is the last thing you want at sea.  Hope none of the engines were harmed.  Dodging reefs at night isn't something anyone wants to do.
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Post by: MSWcrane on February 18, 2014, 01:16:03 PM
OMG!!! :surrender:  Please post the rest of this 'Adventure'
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Post by: dennis on February 18, 2014, 08:59:37 PM
Some people have all the fun, while others just have to sit in front of their easels and battle with oils,watercolours and pastels :heeha:  Ah! well!!...........


Just glad you both are safe O0
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Post by: Ray3 on February 20, 2014, 12:34:29 AM
Val my heart is in my mouth and that's not a good place for it to be in the suspense is killing me and also all of us lets us know what is going to happen  :sweat:  I cannot do any  :painting:    Ray
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Post by: Val on February 20, 2014, 03:50:53 AM
There's a little rhyme that comes to mind at times like this.... 'If it's blue you're going through  :heeha: , if it's brown you're going down  :o .'  Colour variations in the water can be somewhat tricky at times, but with the light behind us I could pick out the subtle.. and not so subtle changes. There was that lovely ultramarine blue we love to see out past our port bow, under us a little more green. Someone must have dropped a dollop of viridian in there.  ;) Just about a hundred feet off our starboard bow.. well, that was definately brown hard stuff.  :eek:   We just kept hedging PJ up to port as much as we could toward that luscious blue, just ghosting through as 1.5 - 2 knots, the little wavelets barely helping to push us through. As we finally reached a point where we could turn down toward the second reef, I guess old Neptune had had his fun and released us with a blustery gust and sent us flying down the channel toward harbour. PJ was like the rejuvenated old horse heading for home! Now we just had to hope the wind would be kind and allow us to sail up into the bay and sail her onto the hook. Lloyd had never sailed a boat onto the hook before, I had done it numerous times on monohulls oh about 40 odd years ago. Never tried it with a cat, well... no time like the present to learn. I explained the procedure to Lloyd and he got things up front ready to go as I tacked PJ up the bay. We were flying! Water was reasonably deep throughout the whole bay so we could tack almost shore to shore. I positioned her about center of the large bay, turned her into the wind and as Lloyd dropped anchor and payed out the chain, I furled in the headsail and got the main positioned ready to drop. As soon as PJ settled and the main started to flog, down she came. Now to get the bridle on and see if the anchor would hold. We were fortunate to have 24kts. blowing on the nose and as she tugged and swung down on the bridle we knew we were hooked. Safe and sound, time for a celebratory libation!
The final leg is coming up...... the run(?) to Placencia Harbour.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 20, 2014, 07:47:49 AM
You and Lloyd (and PJ) are so resilient!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: MSWcrane on February 20, 2014, 08:45:18 AM
OMG there's more...   :help: :help:
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Post by: jillh on February 20, 2014, 07:07:44 PM
Well now you have me hooked.  Looking forward to the next installment.
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Post by: Lisafromoto on February 20, 2014, 10:00:10 PM
You have another artist talent... Telling a great story, lots of suspense and adventure.   :clap: looking forward to the next instalment.

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Post by: Happychappy on February 22, 2014, 04:20:13 AM
Crumbs, I feel nauseated just reading what you have had to go through.  No thanks give me terra firma any day.  Thank the Lord you and Lloyd are safe and that is our main concern.   Patricia
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Post by: ncwren on February 23, 2014, 09:46:10 AM
 :P ...just wow!

Glad you and hubby are good to go!  :1hug:
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Post by: Val on February 23, 2014, 02:42:08 PM
It took a few days to 'steal' the parts from the port engine to get the starboard engine back to working capability. We were working under the gun as the 'good' weather window was about to close on us if we weren't ready in time. Finally the afternoon arrived when it was time to test and start the engine.  :sweat:   It fired right up (with a bit of coaxing), no leaks, good water flow..... success!!  :yippee:   We had to leave early the next morning or risk being pinned down by rough weather for another 5-8 days. We were running low on quite a few food items and water so the decision was an easy one.

 According to the weather gurus, the wind should be in our favour from the ESE with following small seas all the way up to Placencia Harbour. Time to move.  O0

We were up early, tea and coffee in hand. Up went the main, fired the engine, weighed anchor and headed out.  It was a bit of a struggle out to the channel and we turned up towards the reefs giving them a wide berth as we passed. Out went the headsail and we started to move along nicely. We knew this part of the trip would be a bit rough until we made the point and could fall off, so motorsailed along the coastline.

As we neared the point the seas started kicking up as did the wind....from the wrong direction! As we headed up toward Placencia...the wind came with us staying even more on the nose!  :tickedoff: %*@# those blasted forecasters! We ended up once again battling our way having to motorsail into strong headwinds and building seas. We managed fine until we were within 4-5 miles of the harbour, the wind started gusting and we had to reef down the main and shorten the headsail. As we came back on the wind PJ took off like a bird in flight!  :heeha: Now this is more fun! The last few miles were knocked away quickly, and we arrived and anchored midway up the bay central to the fleet of boats already bobbing at anchor. What a wonderful greeting we got from all the boats that had been awaiting our arrival. A lot of new friends made, and reaquainting with old ones.

As the sun set on us that evening, we toasted PJ for bringing us safely through, had a sandwich and went to bed! Too tired to cook... Lloyd's used to that...after all I'm an artiste!  ;D

The End   (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125382/1512429.gif) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)

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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 23, 2014, 02:58:23 PM
Amen.  Glad you made it back safely.

These are chapters in your forth-coming book, right?  (Illustrated, of course!)

aloha

mea  (putting in my order now for an autographed copy)
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Post by: MSWcrane on February 23, 2014, 03:06:27 PM
 :party:  Glad you are both back safely   :yippee:
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Post by: doina on February 23, 2014, 03:11:37 PM
...and everything is well, when all end well! Welcome to the new home... doina :1hug:
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Post by: lynn p. on February 23, 2014, 05:27:22 PM
My or My you are an Artiste.  You paint a full mural with your words!!!!!  I could feel the total relief, taste the sandwich and savor the drink :)
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Post by: Lisafromoto on February 23, 2014, 07:34:52 PM
Wow what a great ending.  :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 25, 2014, 01:59:22 PM
Thank you for all your comments, and glad you enjoyed our adventure.

It looks as though I'm about to embark on another adventure starting today. I received bad news from my sister this morning and had to go to immigration, customs, and port captain, and check out of Belize. You got it, we are heading back to Guatemala tomorrow morning at 0600 hours. It should be an easier trip (if the weather gurus haven't lied...'again'  ;D ) and we should have help at the Guatemala end to get us safely through the canyon if we need it. Hoping we can make it under our own power but hopefully will have an escort arranged if need be.
Will be out of contact just for a couple of days.

So while I'm gone...paint, sketch, scribble, whatever else comes to mind. Be talking with you again soon.  :boat:
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Post by: jennylynn on February 25, 2014, 02:00:57 PM
take care val and sorry to hear you have bad news our thoughts are with you, have a safe and uneventful trip  O0 :hug:
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Post by: ncwren on February 26, 2014, 01:34:49 PM
Safe travels Val!
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Post by: lynn p. on February 26, 2014, 08:03:19 PM
Oh Val, Sorry for your bad news.  Safe travels.  I know you bring comfort and cheer to any situation.  Our thoughts are with you.
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Post by: Val on February 28, 2014, 12:54:43 PM
Thanks guys, we arrived late yesterday and managed fine on our own!  :yippee:   Mind... there were a few tense moments when the currents were a bit strong coming up through the canyon......    Laters!  :2funny:     >:D
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Post by: MSWcrane on February 28, 2014, 03:51:08 PM
Val, glad you made your most recent voyage safely... Thoughts are with you  :)
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on March 02, 2014, 06:27:10 AM
Just caught up with 'ya posts Val.
Sorry to hear about 'ya sister and 'ya having to travel back so soon. Anyway, it's great to hear you have arrived safely.  :hug:
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Post by: jennylynn on March 02, 2014, 06:35:09 AM
so glad you have arrived safely  :hug:
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Post by: stoney on March 02, 2014, 12:12:07 PM
At least you guys aren't getting bored.  :)
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Post by: JayJ on March 17, 2014, 01:36:37 PM
Cogratulations Val for being on newsletter Spotlight this week!
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Post by: Tousabella on March 17, 2014, 01:47:56 PM
Happy St. Patty's Day, Val and Lloyd. Hope you are enjoying wonderful weather and good network connections.
Congrats on the newsletter!  You are one special lady!
Have a good one.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 17, 2014, 03:04:45 PM
  Who mois??    :eek:  I shall go unplug his lordship from his computer and have a boo.  I don't like trying to work these  silly tablet keyboards.  :crazy2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: njnjgirl on March 19, 2014, 03:07:16 AM
That was a nice tribute to you in the Newsletter Val.   :coffee: I, myself, enjoy reading your comments and always appreciated your candor and encouragement.   :thankyou:
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Post by: Val on March 20, 2014, 12:54:40 PM
Thank you guys, wow....I'm quite, don't know what to say  (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50345/1508247.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)

That was quite the write-up in the newsletter.  I'm um.... (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50382/1508472.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on March 21, 2014, 04:35:08 AM
Much deserved, Val. You continue to be such a warm, gracious, and helpful part of PB.

I finally read through your PJ tales, and I am gobsmacked!  :o What an adventure you are having. Reminds me of the years that I lived in Africa, when every day brought something new and unexpected.

I hope your family concerns are resolving.
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Post by: Happychappy on March 24, 2014, 04:08:08 AM
Geez, Val my nerves are too bad ... just reading what you have to go through makes me break out in a cold sweat. Anyway, I pray that all is O.K. here at home and with you always.   Patricia
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Post by: Val on March 24, 2014, 12:56:00 PM
 :thankyou: Susan, yes not too often a day gets by without having me say 'ooo-ah' over something!  :o Whether it's flocks of White Ibis, glorious vistas, or my friend getting smucked with monkey poo!! Shouldn't laugh....  :stress: can't help it!  :2funny: Well he did want to see monkeys in the wild!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 24, 2014, 01:24:04 PM
Patricia, I have been told before that my chosen lifestyle is not for the faint of heart..... but it is exhilerating!!  :heeha: When it comes to living life.... I know no other way! WooHoo!!!  :yippee:

Things are still very unsettled back up north, but they say they are managing alright so far, and that I should stay down here with Lloyd. Sometimes it is very difficult to be so far away.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on March 25, 2014, 03:35:09 PM
Oh! Val, I understand completely.  Your chosen path is obviously right for you. When I think of you and your sea travels and what you sometimes have to face, I get such a good feeling that in a crisis, you calm down completely and take everything in your stride which no doubt instills such confidence in Lloyd too.   I take my  :urwelcome: to you for being so strong of character and a wonderful support to all whom you come into contact with.   


Patricia
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Post by: Val on March 26, 2014, 03:27:28 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia, all I can say is... I try.     :blush:  (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/) (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50345/1508247.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)
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Post by: Bev S. on March 26, 2014, 04:29:06 AM
I am late,  :blush:  but please accept my sincere congratulations on being the subject of that terrific write up in the latest Newsletter. . . . .couldn't have said it better myself!!! Kudos, kid!!! :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Mind you, I might have said a few things about other activities you have indulged in. . . . .ah-hem >:D ! Or not!!! Sincerely, GOOD ON YA, VAL! we loves ya!!!!!!!!
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Post by: Happychappy on March 26, 2014, 10:04:41 AM
Val, all I can say is that you do a darned good job.   Patricia
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Post by: Val on March 26, 2014, 01:47:14 PM
Bev, I have sooooo many pencils in the sharpener, paintings on the boards, drawing papers everywhere, pastel....well, we won't get into that other than to say, 'it's really quite colourful in the boat'  :whistle:      >:D     :2funny:

Now I'm doing the classes here.... (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50394/1508564.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)   I'm having such fun!!!! I really am trying to focus more on what is at hand, BUT...did you see that class Nolan did on ears today!!!!  :painting:    ::)      :2funny:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 26, 2014, 01:56:55 PM
Val - I need to echo what Bev said, a bit late with my congratulations but definitely heartfelt.  You are such an amazing part of PB - and you've helped countless of us with your astute observations and recommendations.  I know I've benefited enormously from your passion for art and to help other artists…and I know your students are benefiting daily as well.  You're also my idol with your life on a boat in tropical paradises. I'd love to be you, surrounded by water, beauty and tons of paintings.  I'm really glad you were recognized in the newsletter - you deserved that and much more...
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Post by: Val on March 27, 2014, 05:20:33 AM
Aw... Patricia, thanks ducks. You're a real sweetie.  :)

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Post by: Val on March 27, 2014, 05:29:19 AM
Sharon, Sharon, Sharon.... what am I to do? Just when I thought the fervor was dying down. Dear, dear.... I suppose I've no choice.  :surrender: I simply must give in.... I couldn't agree with you more!  :2funny:   

Really, thank you very much for your kind and generous words. I'm sure I'm not really all that, after all...I'm just doing what makes me happy.   :think:   The way I see it is, if I'm happy, then surely the rest of the cosmos must share in this happiness as well! So spread it around...just makes good sense to me  O0     :yippee:
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Post by: Bev S. on March 27, 2014, 08:23:35 AM
...did you see that class Nolan did on ears today!!!!  :painting:    ::)      :2funny:
Did I see it. . . . .every enchanting moment of it!!!! Now, I am busy shading the delicate shell like interior of some gentleman's (I am assuming he is a gentleman) Helix! Ohhh that sounds positively rude. . .  :blush:
I like the Intertragic Notch better though. . .that sounds like something on  . . . .a sail boat????
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 27, 2014, 10:58:46 AM
I like the Intertragic Notch better though. . .that sounds like something on  . . . .a sail boat? ???


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Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 01, 2014, 11:48:24 AM
Patricia, I have been told before that my chosen lifestyle is not for the faint of heart..... but it is exhilerating!!  :heeha: When it comes to living life.... I know no other way! WooHoo!!!  :yippee:
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   It could be said that you are 'living life' while many others 'exist'.
   During my military years it was the USN which was more exhilarating.  We wouldn't know where we were going until we got there and we had no idea when we were leaving until, possibly, a day before we left port.
   After a week at sea you'd have to look at your shirt to know what your name was-lack of sleep.  We'd have generator watch, normal work day, fixing breaks, doing maintenance and work as assigned.
   We'd also lose track of time.  You might sit down to write a letter (on generator watch) and think it might be, say, the 7th of a month and be startled to realize the date was the 23rd.
    I believe the longest we were out at a time was six weeks.  If memory serves the longest I worked without getting some lay down time (too exhausted to sleep for a couple of hours) was 36 hours.  There were many 24+ hours.  Another guy was up for 100 hours and was going to take a generator mid-watch when the Electrical Officer discovered this.  He ordered the E-6 to take the watch so the guy could get some sleep.
   Stupid mistakes happen when people are well beyond exhaustion.
   I do recall not being able to study (tech reading during generator watch is a great way to fall asleep on duty.  That gets hammered.)  I sat for the promotion exam on the mess decks and fell asleep three times.  They do not wake you up.  You've got a fixed amount of time to take the test.  I did finish it.
   In comparison, the USAF was a 'cake walk'.  Generally, the work day was eight hours.  There were times when it was twelve, but nothing near like in the USN.  Our work load kept us 'always behind the 8-ball'.  Just for 'tweak and peak' the back log was 95 hours.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 23, 2014, 04:30:43 AM
I understand the never knowing until it happens. Looks like we'll be off again for a little while!  :yippee:

We finally received our engine bits, now have all new exhaust hoses on both engines, new oil sending unit on port side, oil/filters..... and we still have time before hurricane season sets in!

Our goal this trip are the Bay Islands of Honduras. A brand new adventure!  :yippee: I love going to see new places and have new experiences! We hope to be casting off within the next few days.

I have been keeping an eye-out on the Whale Shark sightings, if I'm really fortunate, I'll get to swim with one! Another lifelong dream may be accomplished in coming weeks! I'm soooo excited!!!

   :heeha:    :boat:     :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on April 23, 2014, 04:50:50 AM
Happy and safe travels Val.  :boat:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 23, 2014, 07:56:55 AM
Have a safe journey!!

Look forward to hearing about what you experienced.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 23, 2014, 12:35:31 PM
I understand the never knowing until it happens. Looks like we'll be off again for a little while!  :yippee:

Way cool!

We finally received our engine bits, now have all new exhaust hoses on both engines, new oil sending unit on port side, oil/filters..... and we still have time before hurricane season sets in!

Bits and bits and bits and bits.  :)

Our goal this trip are the Bay Islands of Honduras. A brand new adventure!  :yippee: I love going to see new places and have new experiences! We hope to be casting off within the next few days. 

So you'll be at sea for a week, or two?

I have been keeping an eye-out on the Whale Shark sightings, if I'm really fortunate, I'll get to swim with one! Another lifelong dream may be accomplished in coming weeks! I'm soooo excited!!!

   :heeha:    :boat:     :yippee:

It was probably somewhere in the Med., I took a break for a bit and meandered up to the bow.  Another guy caught my eye and gestured.  Three dolphins were playing in the bow wave.  Synchronized leaps, tag, and one-after-the-other.  It might have gone on for ten minutes before they fell behind.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: MSWcrane on April 23, 2014, 06:56:14 PM
Val, I have been off the internet for a few weeks, up in mountain country with no service,  :o  so I have not read the article others are talking about.   I am sure it will be a good read as soon as I can find it.   ::)

In the mean time I wish you a safe trip and your dream of swimming with the whales.   :boat:

Best to you, who gives so much to all of us...    :hug:
Sue W
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 26, 2014, 04:38:44 AM
 :boat:   Hello all!  :wave:   My internet ran out just before we were leaving so didn't get to say toodles!  :doh:

We Departed the marina on Wednesday morning, and motored down to Gringo Bay to make sure the new engine repairs were all working properly, and no leaks in any of the new engine hoses or exhaust hoses. Success!!  :yippee:

We anchored in Gringo Bay for the night and departed at 0600 next morning for the trip down the canyon to Livingston to check out. That accomplished we set out for our overnight trip out to the Bay Islands of Honduras. First stop would be Utila the next day.

Raised the main (in hopes of finding some wind), and motorsailed out. We managed to make 10 miles when I noticed a change in sound in the port engine.  :o Lloyd checked it out, and well....no water coming from the exhaust!  :eek: Not again! I shut the engine down and we continued to motorsail on the starboard engine. We just had to wait for the engine to cool enough so Lloyd could get down and see what was what. We ran through every scenario to figure out what was causing the problem. All new hoses, new exhaust, new raw-water pump, new belts.....  As it turned out, it was the pump belt. A few years ago Yanmar (diesel) changed the make of the pumps they use....I believe the sheave size is somehow slightly different from the old pumps as we've had no end of trouble with the belts since they made the changeover. I will write a letter over this...they need to be told that when something works...DON'T mess with it!  :knuppel2: (rather like when you're painting!  ::)    :2funny: ) We got that sorted and continued on. We were fortunate that the belt issue happened when it did as things got a wee bit 'boisterous' as we ventured on.......

More to come....see you in the next chapter!  :eyesclosed: :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jillh on April 27, 2014, 09:37:01 AM
Hell Val!  Never a dull moment for you.  Pleased all is well.  Love reading about your adventures.
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Post by: Happychappy on April 27, 2014, 02:29:28 PM
 :sweat: :sweat: :sweat:  My nerves are finished just reading about your adventures Val.  I am a little bit long in the tooth for all that kind of excitement and thank the Lord that I am on terra firma.  Wishing you both well and a safe journey Val.  Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 28, 2014, 12:42:49 PM
:boat:   

[]

As it turned out, it was the pump belt. A few years ago Yanmar (diesel) changed the make of the pumps they use....I believe the sheave size is somehow slightly different from the old pumps as we've had no end of trouble with the belts since they made the changeover. I will write a letter over this...they need to be told that when something works...DON'T mess with it!  :knuppel2: (rather like when you're painting!  ::)    :2funny: ) We got that sorted and continued on. We were fortunate that the belt issue happened when it did as things got a wee bit 'boisterous' as we ventured on.......

More to come....see you in the next chapter!  :eyesclosed: :wave:

Change in sound is a big detector.  Even better is you saved the engine.  That's followed by 'interchangeable parts' don't.
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Post by: JayJ on April 28, 2014, 01:14:51 PM
That can quite nerve wrecking.....!wishing   u safe sailing Val!
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Post by: stoney on May 04, 2014, 08:27:16 AM
Just think of the electrically powered systems on a warship.  One time there were 4 or 5 electricians in the postage stamp sized electric shop discussing a problem.

As if a switch was thrown all discussion stopped.  After maybe ten seconds, without a word being said, the electricians moved swiftly (as 'swift' you can in narrow passageways filled with all sorts of hanging and protruding, things that can really screw you up.  At best, you've got an extended stride.

Maybe 60-90 seconds later the whole ship went black (lost all electrical power).  Can you think of what might have tipped these guys off as to the problem in advance?










One thing ships need is ventilation.  Ventilation motors run via (in the US) 440VAC.  That voltage is the first lost.  What happens is the motors start to slow down and there's a change in the background noise (pitch).
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 05, 2014, 04:52:08 PM
Sorry for the interruption folks.... where were we?  :heeha: Ah yes, as darkness fell the winds naturally picked up and the seas built. By midnight it felt as though we were in a washing machine! The wind being strong on the nose, the seas confused and coming from various directions. We motorsailed through the night, Lloyd catching a kip now and again when he could. I'm normally awake anyway so not too bad an ordeal for me, but I did miss my 3 hours sleep I normally get.  :yawn:
We had squalls passing around us which we couldn't see in the inky blackness. I could feel the change in the wind as it passed. As the sky started to lighten it was an eerie sight. The whole horizon was nothing more than a dull blood red glow. It continued as such until past 0700 and the sun was just a glowing orangy red glow through the haze. The wind had finally died and as the seas started to settle into a more natural rhythm we dropped the main and  motored toward the reef strewn waters around Utila. As we started to close on the coast and make our turn in, the swell increased to over 6'. We finally found settled water inside the harbour..... where it has been rough, bouncy, and swelly for the past 4 days!!!

Now we are off early tomorrow morning for Roatan. It is only a 30 mile run, but according to weather reports we shall have to motor most if not all of the trip as the light winds clock around to the east. Since that is where we are going.... I do hope we get in before it starts kicking up again! I am in serious need of a calm anchorage so I can finish some art work!!!  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on May 08, 2014, 03:28:03 PM
Calm seas where you aren't grabbing onto everything in sight to try to stay in one place!  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 09, 2014, 07:39:52 AM
It was a good start to the trip over... until the winds (as usual) picked up earlier than expected making for the last few hours being lumpy, bumpy, salty and wet! (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508203.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)  We are now anchored in French Cay, Roatan. We've had to sit tight with the boat for the past 3 days as the winds have been quite strong and expected to stay this way until middle of next week.  :tongue:
Had to do anchor watches 2 nights ago as winds were gusting to 43knots, one might refer to that as a real howler!  ;D Winds are pretty steady in the 25-30knot range through the day and a bit gustier at night, but so far not as bad as they have been.  Would really like to see it drop down to the teens and twenties, would make for a much more relaxing time. We are pretty well situated, we have reefs in front and behind, the main island to the north, and two very small islands on the south side, so no big wave action which is a blessing.
Unfortunately the internet here is too slow to run video, but is pretty good otherwise so no grumbling...well, maybe a little!  ::)
As soon as the wind drops a little I can get back to drawing. Painting should be possible....I'll fetch my paintbox and paper....... (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50390/1508536.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on May 09, 2014, 07:14:23 PM
 :surrender: Wow what an exciting life. I think i will stay  perched....... :eyesclosed: :wave:  be safe
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: lynn p. on May 09, 2014, 07:18:06 PM
Oh Val, What we all take for Granted!!!!  Don't know I could do what you do but I LOVE living vicariously :D !!!!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: JayJ on May 09, 2014, 08:54:14 PM
So wonderful to wake up to such beautiful surroundings.....however......i wouldnt last a day with all the excitement you go thru!whishing u all the best!:)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 09, 2014, 10:22:21 PM
Hope it stays calm enough for you to do some art work, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 10, 2014, 03:53:38 AM
Had to pass on the art yesterday, had to make some repairs to our old anchor bridle in the event our current one should fail. That way we would just have to attach the repaired one and let out a bit more chain. Always best to be prepared. So spent the time splicing the lines and cleaning up the chain hook.

By the afternoon the winds had picked up again so went through more photos looking for subjects. Too many ideas floating about  :D now I must narrow the list down. This art business is a lot of work!  :2funny:

Off to pick up a new battery, groceries, and internet time this morning before things get exciting again! Oh!.... and take more photos!   :2funny:    :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on May 10, 2014, 09:59:35 AM
The US Navy has professional manuals for each career field.  The BM 3 & 2 manual (Boatswain's Mate) would probably fill in knowledge holes in various categories.  It wouldn't take up much room.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 27, 2014, 05:53:17 AM
Another crazy night in the anchorage. We had checked our anchor bridle, made sure the decks were clear of anything that might blow overboard, and settled in to watch a movie. About half way through we took a hard hit on the port bow.  :o   Rushed outside to see we had been hit by one of the local 'ferry' boats (small barges with benches and side curtains, grossly underpowered) they use to take the cruiseship passengers over to Little French Cay to a day resort. Why they were even out in these winds at that time of night is beyond me.

We went and checked the bow as best we could by hanging over the bow with flashlights to make sure any damage was above the waterline. From what we could see it looked ok on that front. Big relief. Will have to launch the dinghy today and take a good look.

We went back in and just sitting down to finish the movie when I saw boat lights where NO boat lights aught to be!! The boat that was anchored in front of us was dragging down and about 30 feet off our starboard bow. Went running to the bow with airhorn and flashlights. He was a single hander who was trying to drive the boat, run to the bow and attempt to pull up the anchor by hand, then run back to drive the boat when the wind drove him down on us. He crossed our anchor chain so many times we felt sure he was going to take our anchor out as well. 

Lloyd went back and fired our engines in the event that happened, thankfully the anchor held. We couldn't leave the boat to help him as we had to keep watch on our anchor, finally a couple of other cruisers launched their dinghies and were able to help get him sorted and safely anchored (we hope) far from us.

We're still here this morning so this is a great day!  :boat:   Unfortunately we are in for more of the same for the next 4-5 days.   :faint:

Welcome to paradise!     :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 27, 2014, 07:54:33 AM
Wow, Val.  What a scary situation.  Glad you are okay and the boat was not damaged.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on May 27, 2014, 08:26:24 AM
What adventures you are in Val, no time to get bored with all that commotion.  I am glad you your husband and boat are safe.  Be careful, be safe.   Happy :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: jillh on May 27, 2014, 08:36:10 AM
Gee Val,  never a full minute with you folks.  What an aweful night you must have experienced.  A few more grey hairs this morning, I'm sure.  Anyway I'm pleased you and Lloyd are safe.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on May 27, 2014, 09:56:33 AM
Wow, Val, I can't take all the anxiety you guys go through.  You must have nerves of steel.  Pray that your boat is O.K. after being hit ... geez, what a thing to happen.  Anyway, I wish you calm, safe, sailing in the days/months ahead.


Patricia
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Post by: ncwren on May 27, 2014, 11:04:16 AM
 :o

I think I would end up with a potty mouth!  :whistle: Solo guy owes you breakfast!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 30, 2014, 05:23:02 AM
Here is the other side of what makes it all worthwhile.  :)   We moved into a marina to wait for a heavy weather system to blow through and I had four little visiters just now.....


This is a Capuchin monkey. I met one of them yesterday on a walk....this one brought  his friends to introduce them to me!  ;D I'll post a couple more later. I'm not sure, but I think I got a monkey moon  :heeha: when I made them get off the boat.  :2funny:
Unfortunately my good camera died last week, no more underwater photos  :'( . Dug out my old little camera, pictures are not nearly as good. funny that my underwater camera took better landshots than this one.  :D
Will just have to make do. One of these fellows is so affectionate, of course he's the smallest of the lot!  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 30, 2014, 06:55:59 AM
I love your new friends, Val.  How cute.

aloha

mea
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Post by: ncwren on May 30, 2014, 08:30:41 AM
 :smitten:
Have you named them yet?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: May lynn on May 30, 2014, 12:12:17 PM
Dear Val;


It looks like you've already found one of the painting categories for PB's
next  monthly Challenge. ( your Capuchin monkey friend!!!)

Just a thought.

May lynn
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on June 03, 2014, 02:03:17 PM
Here is the other side of what makes it all worthwhile.  :)   We moved into a marina to wait for a heavy weather system to blow through and I had four little visiters just now.....

[]

This is a Capuchin monkey. I met one of them yesterday on a walk....this one brought  his friends to introduce them to me!  ;D I'll post a couple more later. I'm not sure, but I think I got a monkey moon  :heeha: when I made them get off the boat.  :2funny:
 []

If it was in the morning, wouldn't it be 'the crack of dawn'?  :D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 08, 2014, 11:41:52 AM
 :wave:  Hi Val!


I've read back a bit on your thread as I wait for the pen and ink class to begin.


Looks like PJ's adventures have been pretty adventurous.   :eek:   So glad you are safe and your feet didn't get wet.


I love your capuchin monkey.  He sure is a cute little guy, makes up for your mis-adventurous adventures, huh? 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 11, 2014, 01:28:19 AM
Thanks Lillian, however it does seem we may be in the thick of it again!  :faint:

We left the marina and made a short 13-15 mile run down the coast to West End in preparation for heading back to Guatemala. Now it seems we have a strong possibility of something forming just to the north of us. They are predicting winds upwards of 30 knots for a few days beginning this weekend.  :eek:   Aaaaaach!

This is not a safe anchorage to be in for the blow, so we are watching closely and if necessary will have to fight our way back up the coast to French Cay and tuck back in for the duration. Naturally it will be against the 20+ kt. winds and 5 ft. seas, and the 2 kt. current. Was a lot easier getting down here than it will be getting back. Hopefully it will not develop and we can get ourselves over to Utila and on to Guatemala.

If we do have to go back I know 3 little monkeys who will be glad to see me and my grapes!   :2funny:
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Post by: Bev S. on June 11, 2014, 01:34:07 AM
 :eek: Yikes, sounds like hard :boat: ahead!!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on June 11, 2014, 04:18:45 AM
I don't understand what that all means Val, but the jist of it is a bumpy ride?  :tongue:

Safe travels and safe harbors!  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on June 11, 2014, 04:54:50 AM
Be safe Val.  Good sailing.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 11, 2014, 07:03:01 AM
Val,

Hope you make it safely. 

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 11, 2014, 12:48:20 PM
Well, here we are back in French Cay at Fantasy Island marina. Weather at this point is very unstable, so decided it best to come back and wait it out. We could be here for a week or more.

The trip back was a bit nasty. 35+ knot winds, and 6' steep seas on the nose  :tongue: .  Off to see if I can catch some of the drawing lesson.... laters!  :banghead: :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 11, 2014, 05:28:50 PM
No shortage of excitement in your world, Val.  Stay safe!   :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on June 12, 2014, 05:43:52 AM
Wow I don't know  if I could handle this kind of adventure,  :boat:  i was sea sick on a cruse   ship imagine on a yacht.  Be safe Val.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 17, 2014, 04:49:56 PM
Sorry I haven't responded sooner, have had some bad news from Canada and must fly back this Thursday. I'll be back online once I get there and have had a chance to sort things out.

See you all soon.

Cheers, Val    :wave:   

:flight:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on June 17, 2014, 04:52:53 PM
Val, my though are with you.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 17, 2014, 05:38:22 PM
So sorry you had bad news, Val.   :1hug:


Welcome back to Canada.  Safe journey.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on June 17, 2014, 08:10:53 PM
Sorry to hear you have to turn back so soon. I hope everything is ok.  :1hug:
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Post by: BeaSue on June 18, 2014, 05:12:05 AM
Blessings, Val, in this difficult time
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 22, 2014, 10:45:36 AM
 :flowers:  Thanks much everyone. Mum had a fall and has broken the top of the humerus in her shoulder. She will have to go in to the hospital Tuesday and have the top of the humerus replaced. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. She is in surprisingly good spirits considering the pain she is enduring....and having to put up with my sense of humour  :whistle:

Again thanks for your good wishes, have seen some absolutely brilliant work this week. Still another week for those challenges!   :knuppel2:    ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on June 22, 2014, 11:19:12 AM
Your a good daughter Val-prayers for your mum and your family!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on June 22, 2014, 12:59:46 PM
Prayers for your mother's healing and recovery from such a painful injury. It sounds as if mother and daughter both have good spirits and positive attitudes. I have added her to my prayer list.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on June 23, 2014, 09:50:56 AM
Great that you can be with your Mom, Val.   :1hug:


 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  Prayers for your Mom's speedy recovery.




Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Daisyblue77 on June 23, 2014, 10:06:17 AM
Val  .......  Sorry to hear about your mom's fall.  Prayers for both of you.     :smitten:
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Post by: C.Bodine on June 24, 2014, 07:03:00 AM
Val, so sorry to hear of your mother's accident.  :-\  Thoughts and prayers going your way.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on June 26, 2014, 01:24:18 AM
Val! What have you been up to?! Your poor Mother subject to your teasings!  :fight:
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 26, 2014, 07:56:06 AM
Nice to hear from you Val,  my praiyers are with your mother and family.  Take care and keep that positive attitude.
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Post by: JayJ on June 26, 2014, 08:46:32 AM
Wishing your mom a fast recovery Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 27, 2014, 03:57:31 AM
Ta so much for all of your kind wishes and prayers. Mum is being kept heavily sedated at the moment, makes for long days at the hospital. Hopefully should be able to start reducing the doses and get her starting on solids.

I'm just looking in at the moment, you are all doing such wonderful work, and the competition in the challenges is getting really tough this month!  :clap: :clap: :clap: Be seeing you soon.

Love & Cheers,
Val
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on June 27, 2014, 04:10:08 AM
Heavily sedated is not good.  :-\   Hopefully she is on the mend and pain free soon.  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 28, 2014, 02:00:02 PM
Hi Val - just read this about your mom - sending prayers for a fast recovery and good wishes that your hospital visits aren't too boring…it's sometimes harder being the family member than the patient in these situations…keep us posted!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 28, 2014, 02:00:30 PM
Hi Val - just read this about your mom - sending prayers for a fast recovery and good wishes that your hospital visits aren't too boring…it's sometimes harder being the family member than the patient in these situations…keep us posted!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on June 30, 2014, 03:33:11 AM
Hi Val, just seen this news and I am so sorry to hear about your Mom whom I hope is doing much better now. I thought that I had not seen too many posts from you lately and just put it down to you being somewhere with no available internet service.  I shall add your Mom to my prayer list for sure. Take care now and our thoughts are with you.  Patricia    :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 09, 2014, 02:34:22 AM
Hello All, just a quick update.... 0600 and heading to hospital. Mum has been put in isolation as they believe she has contracted the 'hospital superbug'.

Just when I thought I'd be able to join in the class today (heavy sigh).  The fun just never ends...  :tongue:

Maybe see you in the next class  O0    :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on July 09, 2014, 05:31:02 AM
Oh my goodness. What dreadful news, Val. I am so very sorry and I send her prayers for a good recovery.
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Post by: JayJ on July 09, 2014, 05:42:41 AM
Sorry to hear that Val....sending good thoughts your way and whishing your dear mom a speedy recovery!
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Post by: Fencepost on July 09, 2014, 06:45:38 AM
Oh, Val! I'm so sorry.  :'( Hang in there!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 09, 2014, 06:59:57 AM
Oh, Val - sending postive thoughts that your mom recovers from this superbug quickly.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: sally13 on July 10, 2014, 02:12:54 AM
So sorry to hear this, best wishes for your mother. :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 11, 2014, 09:09:27 AM
 :sweat: Whew.... mum was given the all clear from the 'superbug', and we moved her down to the rehab floor. This is where we hope to get a time frame on her recovery.

Her dietary file hadn't made it down to the 3rd floor yet... so.....  >:D I went back to the 4th floor and raided their fridge!  ^-^
The 4th floor was sad to see us leave..... apparently they enjoyed my humour!  :heeha: Who'd have thunk it!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on July 11, 2014, 09:50:50 AM
Oh, what gratifying news.  :sweat: indeed!!! Now she can focus on her rehabilitation, and the rest of you can finally get a better night's sleep. Thank you for keeping us posted, Val.   :smitten: to you!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on July 11, 2014, 10:07:54 AM
Really happy for you and your family.  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 11, 2014, 12:22:41 PM
Great update, Val! Keep 'em coming. And we've missed your sense of humor on PB!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: NHC50 on July 11, 2014, 04:51:07 PM
Glad to hear your mom doesn't have the super bug. Things are looking up for you. You are missed Val.  :1hug:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Germa on July 12, 2014, 06:26:33 AM
Hope your mom's recovery goes well now Val! Take care of yourself too!  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on July 12, 2014, 05:53:36 PM
Val   :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 13, 2014, 02:54:53 AM
Thank you for all your thoughts and wishes. You've no idea how they continue to bouy me up.  :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 13, 2014, 03:00:20 AM
Val,

Have had limited access recently so just learned of your situation.  Wish you and your mom well.   PB is not the same when you are not posting.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tony (ASM) on July 14, 2014, 07:35:12 AM
I'm rooting for 'ya Val. I hope 'ya Mum gets better soon. Sending her some paint brush kisses!  :painting: ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Harwant on July 14, 2014, 07:48:48 AM
I have not been on the forum for a while. Just learnt about your mother's illness. Glad to note she is in recovery mode.wish her a very speedy recovery . Take care Val. All the Best.
Harwant.
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Post by: Happychappy on July 26, 2014, 03:45:05 AM
So happy to hear that your Mom is doing better Val.  Haven't been on the forum for a few weeks and so am behind in everything.  However, good news to hear that things are improving for you and your Mom.  Patricia
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Post by: dnaleri3 on July 26, 2014, 05:58:43 AM
Just came to this part of the forum and heard about your mom. Hope she is doing better and not in as much pain. Thoughts and prayers go out to your mom and the family for a speedy recovery.
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Post by: Val on July 26, 2014, 07:14:28 AM
Haven't updated of late, things have not been going well with mum. At this point looks as though I'll be here until sometime in September. Could be longer.

My son had a muscle spasm in his back and leg a few days ago and fell down some stairs. Took him in to the doctor's, now waiting to hear from surgeon.

Also received bad news about my dearest friend and sailing buddy that she is in hospital with a double brain aneurysm. She underwent surgery yesterday, next 5 days will be critical.

That's my three, I'm done.  :tongue:

I may not be commenting much, but I am reading and catching up on the posts. Fantastic work everyone, will comment when I get more free time.  O0 On the upside...my sister's house is safe from me and pastels for a while longer!  ::)     ;D


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Post by: mea hamo pena on July 26, 2014, 07:46:54 AM
Val,

Sounds like you've had a tough spell.  Hope things improve for all.

Thoughts and prayers go out to you.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 26, 2014, 08:03:42 AM
Oh, Val - that's such a lot of challenges to have on your plate at one time. I'm so sorry. Please know that we're all here for you. Please try to find time to take care of yourself. Sending lots of hugs!
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Post by: ncwren on July 26, 2014, 09:50:24 AM
Stay strong Val.  :1hug:
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Post by: JayJ on July 26, 2014, 09:53:51 AM
Like they say ...when it rains,it pours! Sending positive thoughts your way.I love that through all the challenges, you always find something to smile about! :)
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Post by: doina on July 26, 2014, 04:28:53 PM
So sorry to hear about your problems. But as you said: is 3 and that's it. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. Do not forget to take care of yourself.  :hug: :hug:
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Post by: jillh on July 26, 2014, 06:14:14 PM
Gee Val.  Sorry to hear of all the challenges you are facing.  I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
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Post by: nolan on July 27, 2014, 01:34:03 PM
from here things can only go up O0 :flowers: :hug:
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Post by: sally13 on July 27, 2014, 03:01:32 PM
Gee wizz Val, thats enough I think. You are right, thats your 3 so it should be looking up for you now. My thoughts are with you. I hope everyone gets well quickly.
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Post by: Danielle123 on July 28, 2014, 03:26:26 PM
Val i am sorry that you have to go through such hard times,  thinking/praying for you and your loved oned.  Take care. 
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Post by: Lillian on July 28, 2014, 06:04:19 PM
Val!  :1hug: :1hug: :1hug:
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Post by: Germa on July 29, 2014, 12:34:04 AM
I join with Lillian:  :hug:
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Post by: Daisyblue77 on July 29, 2014, 03:12:13 AM
Val .......    So sorry to hear your mom and son are going through difficult times right now. 

What a blessing you are to them.

Take care of yourself Val and know your Pb family care for you.   :hug: 


 
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Post by: Lisafromoto on August 10, 2014, 09:04:56 PM
Hi Val, just had a catch up on your adventures. I am sorry to here about your difficulties and troubling times.  I hope they are all sorting themselves out by now and things are on the up.  Thinking of you and wishing you the best  :hug:
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Post by: Val on October 28, 2014, 11:27:57 AM
Just popping in to say hello and have a boo at what you've all been up to....I see you've been keeping up with your studies  :clap: I've still got 8 pages to look through!!!!  :faint:

I'm back to scribbling for a bit, will post when I can. Have had internet difficulties, so visiting and using theirs to have a gander. Congratulations to those of you who got signed up in time to be test bunnies for Nolan's new project, it sounds fantastic so I have put my name on the late list.....I am so jealous!   :envy:

I've just heard the weather and they are calling for snow on Friday....and flurries on Saturday!!!  :eek:    :cold:   this just can't be happening!   :eyesclosed:  I didn't order this!!!   :tickedoff:

At this point, all I can say is I'm hoping to be home by Christmas  :santa:    :faint:

Be seeing you all soon!   :wave:

Sorry for the late reply to those who sent their hopes and wishes, they do seem to be paying off!   ;D   :yippee:   Mum is settling in at last and doing quite well. Now....to get her house ready for sale.   :run:
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Post by: ncwren on October 28, 2014, 01:51:37 PM
Hope you are home by Christmas!
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Post by: nolan on October 28, 2014, 02:49:00 PM
glad she is settling in well Val :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Tania on October 28, 2014, 04:26:41 PM
Snow?? Seriously?? Brrrrr! Coming back from Florida on Sunday, hope it warms up by then!! PM me if you need some elbow grease after the weekend!
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Post by: Happychappy on October 29, 2014, 03:19:43 AM
Val, so pleased to hear that circumstances are improving for you and yours.   You have been in my thoughts and prayers.   Patricia
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Post by: jennylynn on October 29, 2014, 05:00:13 AM
val so sorry to hear of your troubles but glad to see that things are improving, it's good that your mum is settling. not so good as regards the snow though  :(  but hopefully you will b back home for xmas  O0
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Post by: V on October 29, 2014, 05:18:38 AM
Val, happy that your mom is settling in and doing well and wishing for continued recovery.
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Post by: NHC50 on October 29, 2014, 05:39:22 AM
Sounds like you are busy, busy, busy. Hope the house sells quickly. Stay warm.  :2funny: :2funny:

Nina  :flowers: :1hug:
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Post by: Stevieb1960 on October 29, 2014, 05:46:57 AM
Glad to hear things are improving but as usual it takes time for things to return to normal good luck with the house sale, brrr snow that's not good, my thoughts are with you
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 29, 2014, 08:20:16 AM
So glad your mom is doing better and that going home is getting closer. But ick about the snow!!! Stay warm and safe and continue I keep us posted!
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on October 29, 2014, 11:25:00 AM
Just looking in to see how things are progressing and, to say to Val your buddies are looking out for 'ya kid ;)  :hug: :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 29, 2014, 01:41:59 PM
Val,

Just got home and am trying to catch up on everyone's doings.  Glad things are progressing for your mom.

Take care and keep the snow there.

Hope you'll be singing "I'll Be Home for Christmas" soon.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Lillian on October 31, 2014, 08:56:29 PM
Well, here it is well after midnight and I'm still not sleeping.   :yawn:
I felt pulled to Paintbasket, just popping in to have a quick peek around.
Val, I hope things fall into place quickly for you.  Good to hear your mom is doing better.
You've been a very good girl and I think  :santa: will give you a special present this year. 
Don't mess up now!   :)   
There's a chill in the air, Christmas will be here soon.  Maybe you can hitch a ride with Santa.  :1hug: :flowers:
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Post by: Val on November 01, 2014, 08:00:58 AM
 We had snow flurries this morning!   (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508199.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)   And I thought the summer here was cold!!!  So sad, the flowers have all died, the leaves are almost gone.... (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508204.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)    Oh woe-is-me.....  Gosh I'm a real sad story aren't I?     :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 01, 2014, 08:28:49 AM
UGH! S-N-O-W

aloha

mea
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on November 01, 2014, 08:40:05 AM
Val! I know you are just gonna grow to love snow. You just gotta chill out in it! Build a Snowman and call him Yorkie then, throw rocks at it!  :2funny: 



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Post by: Tousabella on November 01, 2014, 10:48:14 AM
Hey Val...did you go Trick or Treating last night?  LOL  You and your family are sure in my prayers. Love ya tons, and sure look forward to your posts.
By the time you get back home, you'll have to introduce yourself all over again to Lloyd!!  LOLOL   What fun!
Pray you'll be all settled with your business there and soon be on your way back to the sun.
Take care, dear friend, and bundle up well.
Big big hugs......
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Post by: Val on November 01, 2014, 12:10:29 PM
UGH! S-N-O-W
aloha

mea

I'm with you on that one Mea!!  O0

Thanks bunches Bella   :1hug: As a matter of fact I put on a witches hat, mussed the hair, cackled and scared the living daylights out of some youngsters! In a nice sort of way of course!  ::)     :2funny:
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Post by: Val on November 01, 2014, 12:13:11 PM
Just looking in to see how things are progressing and, to say to Val your buddies are looking out for 'ya kid ;) :hug: :flowers:


Ya know?..... that might just do the trick for me  :heeha:   just a quick sketch of your mug, tack it on the snowman...... and     (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508200.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)   let it snow!!!   >:D
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Post by: Val on November 07, 2014, 06:38:28 AM
I decided to have a w/c day yesterday....I wouldn't call it brilliant!  ::) Have been away from them for too long.... so will just have to get out the wellies and jump in!  :tooth:
Just got word my new glasses are ready for pickup (yet again) tomorrow!    :yippee: The ones I had made in September just weren't working out very well for me.       (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50125/1507044.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)     Very difficult to work while holding my big magnifying glass, talk about colour your world!   (https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512040.gif) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)
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Post by: ncwren on November 07, 2014, 07:35:44 AM
I love your new avatar Val.  O0
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Post by: Tony (ASM) on November 07, 2014, 07:41:59 AM
Just looking in to see how things are progressing and, to say to Val your buddies are looking out for 'ya kid ;) :hug: :flowers:


Ya know?..... that might just do the trick for me  :heeha:   just a quick sketch of your mug, tack it on the snowman...... and     ([url]https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508200.GIF[/url]) ([url]http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/[/url])   let it snow!!!   >:D



Hey you! watch out lady because before ya know it, I'll be Jack Frost nipping on ya nose proper hard with an icicle!  :knuppel2: :fight:
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Post by: Val on November 07, 2014, 12:04:45 PM
(https://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508205.GIF) (http://www.Quebles.com/Hotmail-Tools/Emoticons/)
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Post by: Tania on November 07, 2014, 05:06:19 PM
  :cold:  :1hug: Hang in there!
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Post by: Mariep on November 15, 2014, 09:11:31 PM
Beautiful pic Val!!! :painting: :painting: :painting:
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Post by: Val on February 18, 2015, 02:22:10 AM
Just caught up on my thread....must check back more often!  ::)

Mum is back in the hospital and I am back to long days at the hospital. Will check in and respond as much as I can. Keep those paintings/drawings posting. Fantastic work guys!  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 18, 2015, 08:47:37 AM
Val,

Sorry to hear about your mum.  She is so lucky to have such a devoted daughter.

Anything we can do to help on the PB side, give a yell.

aloha

mea
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Post by: ncwren on February 18, 2015, 09:50:22 AM
 :1hug:
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Post by: Tousabella on February 19, 2015, 07:09:51 PM
Sorry to hear about your Mom.  Hope she's doing better. You are sure in our thoughts, and in my prayers every nite.
Take care, dear friend.....n don't freeze your touche out there!!  (We should be having that kind of winter, but somebody screwed up....the bananas n kiwi's are growin'!!)   :2funny:               Well, almost, anyway!
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Post by: Val on February 20, 2015, 12:08:01 PM
Thanks guys, you are all such a treat! I mean that in the nice way  ;)    ;D
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 20, 2015, 12:17:06 PM
Oh Val - I'm so sorry to read your latest update - especially since you were hoping to return to the tropics soon.  Keeping fingers crossed your mom improves, quickly. And here's a group hug from us at PB  :hug:
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Post by: Bellarina on February 20, 2015, 12:45:26 PM
Val, sorry to hear about your mum.  Will keep you in my prayers.
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Post by: Lisafromoto on February 20, 2015, 05:37:38 PM
Val thinking of you. I have been back and forward to the hospital, an hour away, every other day visiting my father-in-law since December 15th. Very tiring and stressful.
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Post by: JayJ on February 20, 2015, 09:16:16 PM
My thoughts  and prayers with you Val and Lisa!
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Post by: Val on February 21, 2015, 03:20:00 AM
Thank you all  :hug:   

It is tiring Lisa, with only one car I have to drive my sister to work in the morning and pick her up in the evenings as well. I swear I'm turning into Stirling Moss! (race driver from years back) 
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Post by: Happychappy on February 22, 2015, 03:36:42 PM
Val and Lisa, Just seen this thread and I will lift your Mom and Father-in-Law up in prayer for a speedy recovery. Gosh, what a trying time it is, first with my daughter, then my sister and now hearing about your loved ones.  Rest assured, I shall be praying for your strength and comfort too.    Patricia
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Post by: doina on February 23, 2015, 11:08:21 AM
I am so sorry to hear about your mother and father-in-law. I'll pray for them and for you for strength. I remember how hard it was with my mom 4 years ago. Val and Liz, please take care of you first to be able to take care of them. :hug: :1hug: :hug:
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Post by: Val on February 24, 2015, 11:21:16 AM
Thanks Patricia and Donna.  With any luck mum may be discharged discharged tomorrow.  :pray:
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Post by: nolan on February 24, 2015, 11:41:46 AM
 :clap:
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Post by: ncwren on February 24, 2015, 01:23:25 PM
 :yippee: Great news Val!
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Post by: Val on February 24, 2015, 01:35:31 PM
 :(  May be a bit premature, have had to put her back on IV,  still hopeful.
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Post by: Danielle123 on February 24, 2015, 02:24:46 PM
Sorry to here about your mom back in hospital Val.   
Lisa hope all is well at your end. 
Thinking of you both and my prayers are with you.

 :hug:
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Post by: Val on February 25, 2015, 01:26:31 AM
 :1hug:
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Post by: Val on February 28, 2015, 12:22:10 AM
Mum is out of hospital and recovering well. Thanks for all of your support.  :)
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Post by: Tania on February 28, 2015, 06:41:35 AM
That is great news! Glad to hear it! Hang in there! :1hug:
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Post by: ncwren on February 28, 2015, 08:55:53 AM
Glad to hear it Val!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 28, 2015, 09:20:37 AM
Oh, Val, that is such good news!!  Hope she continues to make progress.

aloha

mea
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Post by: jillh on February 28, 2015, 02:47:56 PM
Great news Val. 
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Post by: Happychappy on March 01, 2015, 05:04:52 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Val, I am so happy to hear the wonderful news for I have been praying nightly for your Mom and Lisa's father in law too.  Love good news like that.     Patricia
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Post by: Bellarina on March 01, 2015, 07:37:44 AM
Wonderful news
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 01, 2015, 07:48:06 AM
Great news, Val! Will you be heading back to the water soon?!?
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Post by: Lisafromoto on March 01, 2015, 10:55:28 AM
 Val that is great to hear  :yippee:  :1hug:

 :thankyou: for all the kind wishes and prayers from everyone for my father-in-law. He is finally on the mend and acting more like himself  :) we have a family meeting today to see where to next. Could be transition time in a care/home facility then back home or even straight home. Fingers crossed
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Post by: nolan on March 01, 2015, 11:29:40 AM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Happychappy on March 02, 2015, 05:18:55 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Wonderful news about your father in law Lisa.  We serve an awesome God.   Thanks for keeping us posted.   Patricia
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Post by: Lisafromoto on March 02, 2015, 10:32:53 AM
Thanks Patricia.  :1hug: he comes home on Thursday yay  :yippee: but still needs 24/7 care so will have someone with him during the week and then he will take turns visiting each of the 4 children for weekends. Have to sort out some tricky bits in my house  :-\ but great he is getting to come home finally and hoping it works  :)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 02, 2015, 07:50:17 PM
That's good news, Lisa.  Hope he recovers quickly.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on March 03, 2015, 10:59:45 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: Wonderful news Lisa. Thanks for letting us know.   Patricia
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Post by: Val on March 06, 2015, 04:33:37 AM
 :( Had to rush mum back to hospital yesterday evening. She's back on IV and seeing specialist today.
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Post by: ncwren on March 06, 2015, 06:34:49 AM
 :-\ I'm sorry to hear that Val :-\ -this has got to be wearing you all down.

Praying for you all.  :1hug:
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Post by: Annie. on March 06, 2015, 06:39:24 AM
 :1hug:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 06, 2015, 07:27:58 AM
Oh, Val, sorry to hear that.  Will keep you in my thoughts.

aloha

mea
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Post by: jillh on March 06, 2015, 08:32:11 AM
Thinking and praying for you and your mom , Val.  This can't be easy for you.  Stay strong.
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Post by: Bellarina on March 06, 2015, 09:31:12 AM
Sorry to hear this Val, stay strong
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Post by: Val on March 06, 2015, 03:57:19 PM
Thanks guys.  :hug:   
Seems Lloyd and I may have picked up a bug while at the emergency....fancy having all those sick people just hanging about!  :tongue:   
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Post by: doina on March 06, 2015, 04:33:07 PM
Val, I am so sorry to hear about your mother's health. Yes, In the ER you can get sick quick. Please take care of yourself. :1hug: :1hug:
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Post by: NHC50 on March 06, 2015, 05:04:00 PM
Wow a lot has been going on here. Lisa happy for you. Val sorry to hear about your mom. But she is in good hands. Thoughts and prayers going up for you. I was in the E R yesterday. I have been having this bad cold. Went to the doctor Tuesday got antibiotics, cortisone shot, and cough medicine. They thought I had the starting of Bronchitis. Went home took my medicine got up the next day. Felt pretty good. Next day Thursday got up felt pretty good. then at 11:30 am started coughing couldn't breathe. I thought I was done for. Husband took me to the ER they took blood, X ray, steroids shot, breathing treatment, Blood pressure 198/107 they gave me a high blood pressure medicine. I coughed from 11:30 am till 3:30 pm. The stuff in my chest would not come up so it caused me to cough. Finally got that under control. By 5:00 pm my blood pressure came down enough for me to go home. Oh that is not all they sent me home with more medicine. that has been my week. I am doing all right now. cross my fingers.

Nina   :flowers:
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Post by: Sherri on March 06, 2015, 05:19:56 PM
So sorry to hear about your mother.  Take care of yourself..  Hope you get to feeling better soon.

Sherri
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 06, 2015, 06:30:10 PM
Nina,

Hope you get better fast.  Sounds like you had a bad week for sure.

aloha

mea
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 06, 2015, 06:32:07 PM
You two take care of yourselves!  How dare the germs attack you when you have least want it.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on March 07, 2015, 12:49:43 AM
Nina  :eek: do take care, I haven't seen so many sick people in years! My sister says it's like this every year but there seems to be some particularly nasty bugs about this year. Hope you are better soon.

Mea, you are a love. Thanks for giving me a giggle at this early hour.

Thanks Sherri and Doina, hoping mum's stay won't be quite so long this time. Doesn't it figure the one time I (we) get sick is at the hospital?! Go figure.
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Post by: Annie. on March 07, 2015, 05:27:31 AM
Doesn't it figure the one time I (we) get sick is at the hospital?! Go figure.

People with minor bugs usually stay home, while those with nasty bugs land in emergencies with severe symptoms...  the overcrowded non-sterile ER waiting rooms are the worst place for picking up bugs.  Second is the mall, if you are one of those people that have to touch everything!

Makes more sense?

Wash hands, wash hands, and... wash hands. .  :knuppel2:
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Post by: ncwren on March 07, 2015, 09:02:02 AM
Ah Nina....get well! Sorry you went through all of that.  :1hug:

Watched a video on a slow motion cough once... :envy: ...might as well bathe in the viruses and germs!
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Post by: JayJ on March 07, 2015, 09:34:43 AM
Hope u and Lloyd feel better soon....wishing your mom a quick recovery Val!


You seem to have nasty week Nina.......hope u feel better now!

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Post by: BeaSue on March 07, 2015, 04:33:54 PM
Prayers and best wishes for your family, Val. Hope you can get as much rest as you need while your mom is in capable hands. Hugs!  :hug:  :smitten:
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Post by: Tousabella on March 08, 2015, 09:43:20 AM
Val, many prayers for your Mom, your family, and to keep you strong and well.  I'm so glad Floyd is with you. You don't dare get sick, lady......cuts into your paintin time!!  (what little you seem to have lately!)  We are sure all here for you in thoughts n prayers.  :hug:
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Post by: Val on March 08, 2015, 09:59:27 AM
Hospital is releasing mum this afternoon.... my niece and her husband are lending a hand. 
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Post by: Happychappy on March 08, 2015, 10:28:48 AM
Wow Val, just seen this post and I do pray things will quieten down for you and Lloyd and that your Mom will now be on the mend. It is a horrible time of year but Spring will be here soon and hopefully, with the warmer weather, people will be healthier.  You are all in my prayers.


Nina, hope you are feeling much better too.  What a thing to happen and it must be the worst, not being able to breathe. Praying that you are over it and on the mend.


Patricia
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Post by: NHC50 on March 08, 2015, 10:51:05 AM
Glad to hear your mom is being released from the hospital.  :clap: :clap:

Nina  :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 08, 2015, 10:56:28 AM
That's good news, Val.  Hope she makes steady recovery!

aloha

mea
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Post by: ncwren on March 08, 2015, 11:59:20 AM
Good stuff! I hope you guys can catch a break.
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Post by: Bellarina on March 08, 2015, 01:15:32 PM
Good news all around  O0
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Post by: Tania on March 08, 2015, 03:51:36 PM
Good news, Val! Praying things go smoothly! Do we dare hope it warms up a bit tomorrow?? :) missing Florida but not near as much as you are missing PJ!
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Post by: Val on March 09, 2015, 05:21:09 AM
You've all been so wonderful keeping my spirits up, now if only I could get my artistic side to meet that level!  :2funny:  Truly you all are such a gift.  :hug:

Lloyd will be returning to PJ in a couple of weeks  :(  Hoping things get sorted out here quickly and I won't be too far behind. I know it's only been since last June...but seems like years. Funny that.
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Post by: ncwren on March 09, 2015, 06:40:22 AM
Val you are a trooper!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 22, 2015, 08:54:58 AM
Val,

Hope everything is okay.  Haven't seen you on the Forum for a few days.

Check in when you can.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sherri on March 22, 2015, 10:41:40 AM
Agree with Mea - missing you Val.  Hope everything is okay!!

Sherri
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 22, 2015, 06:43:19 PM
Hope all is weel for your mom Val and for yourself.   Take care.
Nina I hope you got ride of this bad infection.
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Post by: Annie. on March 23, 2015, 03:15:53 PM
It doesn't fell right... I cross my fingers, Annie
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Post by: Val on March 24, 2015, 07:25:59 AM
Hi Guys  :wave:    Sorry for the unannounced absence, things were somewhat out of control for a few days. Friends down in NY state had me and Lloyd come down for 4 days as a bit of a retreat. I really feel more in balance, plus we got to pick up some late Xmas prezzies that had been sent to them!  :heeha:
I have so many new toys to try out I don't know where to start! I have a proper light pad to help transfer to my w/c paper, a portable camera lucida, and a pantograph!!!  :yippee:   I had been having a real time of it lately trying to sketch, enlarge, and copy/trace onto the heavier paper. Now I can see everything much easier so hopefully will be putting out more completed works!
We've had to sacrifice a few boat bits for a while, (I better get busy and sell some art!)  :2funny:
I just love this guy of mine to bits!!!!  :smitten:      ;D
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Post by: Bellarina on March 24, 2015, 07:29:58 AM
Sounds like some pretty cool new toys.
Glad you made the time for relaxing and visiting
Looking forward to your new creations.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 24, 2015, 07:47:23 AM
Good to hear from you, Val.  There's a spark missing when you are not around.

Happy to hear your have new art implements to help you create your work.  Wish you could have been with me yesterday for the Golden Paints demo.  We got so many prezzies!

Glad you had time to get away.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on March 24, 2015, 08:31:16 AM
Happy to hear you are back.  Your absence did not go unnoticed!

Nice new toys.
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Post by: ncwren on March 24, 2015, 01:11:33 PM
I'm glad you got a break and new stuff!  :yippee:

Mea is right-it's just not the same when you go quiet!  :1hug:
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Post by: Val on March 24, 2015, 01:22:18 PM
Robin, Mea, Annie, Natalie...  :thankyou: for thinking of me.   :hug:   I tried out the light pad today and WOW! This has saved me so much time, just wish I'd had a bigger piece of paper!  :doh:    :2funny:   I don't care....I'm going to paint it anyway.  :painting: Will just have to paint out to the edges. I'm so excited by this I can't make up my mind whether to pull out the w/c or the pastels!  :faint:        :eek:     :idea: Maybe BOTH!!!!!  :2funny:

Your brief respite is over!!!  :yippee: :goofy:    :2funny:
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 24, 2015, 05:47:21 PM
glad to have you back Val.  I was wandering if I should buy that camara Lucida, I was impressed when I saw it on youtub a while back, but I was thinking maybe it is just a caprice.

let me know how big you can make the repro, and if it is as easy as they say.
My husband downloaded something similar to my iPAD but I find it is not working well when I put my hand under to draw, also it is not clipped on anything.   
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Post by: sally13 on March 24, 2015, 06:51:10 PM
Lucky you Val, we love those sort of new toys.  Happy to hear alls wel :Dl
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Post by: Val on March 25, 2015, 03:21:51 AM
Danielle, here's the link to the one I have. It is the smaller version called 'Lucy', and I added the 'projector' accessory. I've only played about with the Lucy so far and it is very cool  :heeha:   I'll have a go with the 'projector'/enlarger to see how that works. We didn't know about the larger model which is more robust when we got this one. Seems to work fine, but I think I'd have gone for the larger, more robust model if we'd had the option. Lloyd bought mine through Lee Valley in Scarborough, ON.

http://www.ancientmagicarttools.com/lucy/ (http://www.ancientmagicarttools.com/lucy/)

Thanks Sally, I'll put up a post with my review after I have tried it out properly.
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Post by: Happychappy on March 25, 2015, 04:06:11 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Val, it is lovely to have you back with us, you are the life of our PB family with your wonderful humour which often has me screaming with laughter and I am so very happy that you received your belated Christmas gifts which will really be a blessing.  I too, would love to hear what you think about the Lucida. I have a problem with transferring drawings because my eyes are getting weaker as I age.  So I am looking forward to hearing your reviews.  Hope your Mom is continuing to do well.  I continue to lift her up in my prayers nightly.


Patricia




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Post by: Annie. on March 25, 2015, 05:20:46 AM
Woa!  That is a net toy.  The grid method works well for me, but it is time consuming. 
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 25, 2015, 05:58:10 AM
 :thankyou: Val, I will wait for your comment on the use of it.
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Post by: Val on March 25, 2015, 06:50:09 AM
Thank you Patricia, and I'm just glad you put up with me.   :flowers:     I understand the failing sight and hope your vision holds steady. I know  I'm not ready to give it up just yet, and I've let the whole universe know it!  ;D   After all.... Dennis and Nolan have so much more to show me!  :squareeyes:   Can't let them down now can I?!  :2funny:

Annie, you know I figure if I am ever going to put together enough artwork to have a show or sell.....I really need to pick up the pace here! From the little fiddling I've done with the Lucida, it is definitely a real time saver for me. I'll get a drawing done with it and post it for your perusal. I'll just need a day or three to get it all worked out. I think this is going to really be an asset for me. Of course I can still do my own drawing/sketching when I have time. I still like to get out and plein air when I can.

 :urwelcome: Danielle.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 25, 2015, 07:39:15 AM
Thanks, Val, for sharing that info.  I may get one.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on March 25, 2015, 07:52:07 AM
Hi Val and all,
Just exchange emails with a professional artist whose work is to 'perfectly' reproduce bones and fossils for scientific illustration.  She uses from nothing to a full range of technology to get her work done.  She think I should consider something like the Lucy to help me with still life... she suggest I do both a free hand drawing and one using the Lucy (if it gets good reviews; what she has experience with is professional and expensive) so I can compare and improve where I did not draw correctly.  So it could also be a great educational tool.

I see your point, if you need to be productive than all the best... as Nolan said it is the result that counts.  As long as people know they are buying originals, they could care less about the technique used to do the underline drawing.  I am not in that league yet  :2funny: still a lot of  :sweat: and  :painting: to do!

Will keep an eye for your review.  Actually, I should keep both eyes for it... I was told yesterday that I have cataracts in both eyes... and I was wondering what was that annoying dusty film that would not go away in my vision was!  :doh:  I am not emotionally ready to let someone come at my eyes with a knife... but I was warned, plan at least 12 to 18 months ahead when I wanted done to get on the waiting list.  Is it has bad in TO?
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 25, 2015, 08:59:16 AM
So glad to have you and your humor back on PB, Val! Delighted you took a vacation along the way - you've earned it. This is an interesting new tool you have - let us know if it really makes a difference. Can you increate the size of the image as if you were enlarging a print??
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Post by: Annie. on March 26, 2015, 06:07:00 AM
Val,
All those nice paintings submitted by ReginaN but no posting.  She signed on long ago...
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Post by: Val on March 26, 2015, 06:09:00 AM
Must be kizmet Annie! I just finished sending a message to Regina!!!  :2funny:
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Post by: Val on March 26, 2015, 06:10:35 AM
Hey Sharon!  Thanks for the welcome back... I'll definately let you know all the ins and outs of it. I'll even include photos!!  :heeha:
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Post by: Sherri on March 26, 2015, 12:18:16 PM
Val - so glad your back!!  We all sure did miss you!!!!

Sherri   :-* :-*
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Post by: jennylynn on March 26, 2015, 12:25:19 PM
hear hear yes you were definitely missed  O0 pb is definitely not the same without you, glad you had a well deserved vacation and hey brilliant prezzies  :yippee:  who's a lucky girl then  O0
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 26, 2015, 05:48:44 PM
Annie I just had my second eye done for cataract this November, do not worry it is not painfull, and you should not wait too long to have it done.
Sorry Val this is your space.
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Post by: Bellarina on March 26, 2015, 06:11:34 PM
Question. How does one know they may have cataracts?  Are there some symtoms?  I know that you can be tested.
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 26, 2015, 06:32:09 PM
My eyes were bothering me when watching TV, or  drawing .... i kind of had to close one eye, the screen was blurry..  I do not know if it is the same for everyone.  One should have their eyes checked up and not wait to long if they see a difference in there eye site.   Hope this helps.
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Post by: Tousabella on March 26, 2015, 07:24:56 PM
Boy oh boy....it's sure good to 'see you' back on!   :yippee:    I'm so glad you and Lloyd got a chance to "charge your batteries" and take some deep breaths.  You've been through so much this winter.
Have a blast experimenting with your new toys....sounds like great fun.
Many good wishes to you and your family....and.....I want to see your door!!!   LOLOLOL
Hugs, dear friend.......
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Post by: Annie. on March 26, 2015, 10:35:42 PM
Bellarina,
Classic symptom is a glare around incoming lights from cars or street lights when you drive at night.  Also one can have the impression there is a film of something over the eye, which blurs the vision as Danielle said, except it doesn't go away by rubbing or washing the eye.  Early cataract are mostly just annoying, but when it progresses it could be bad enough that one cannot drive or read anymore.  Surely not something that would make a painter happy.  It is a slow progressive condition, where the lenses get cloudier and cloudier.  Regular check up every 3years on average with optometrist is a good idea.
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Post by: Val on March 29, 2015, 01:00:45 AM
Thanks everyone.
We've all been put through the wringer of late I'm afraid. My sister may be losing her house, still looking for suitable accommodation for mum, car broke down Friday, got fixed, and then we were rear-ended in car accident yesterday.  :o   Spent yesterday afternoon in emergency, we are fine, just stiff and sore this morning. It's been quite the week.  :tongue:

Anyway, I am still working on that pastel stone wall  :D and breaking in between sessions to work on new w/c painting.
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Post by: Annie. on March 29, 2015, 01:20:49 AM
Oh boy!  Happy you are fine... but I notice you are not sleeping  :nono:
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Post by: doina on March 29, 2015, 03:27:54 AM
Oh Wow! what a week! I am glad both of you are O.K. Welcome back!  I am not too much on the site, but I miss your comments. :1hug:
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Post by: Bellarina on March 29, 2015, 04:40:55 AM
Oh my Val, I hope things turn around quickly for you, so much to have to deal with.  Take care my friend.
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Post by: ncwren on March 29, 2015, 09:00:22 AM
 :1hug:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 29, 2015, 10:47:20 AM
Gosh, Val, let's hope the run of bad luck is over.

Sending lots of positive thoughts for you.

Take care.

aloha

mea
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Post by: JayJ on March 30, 2015, 08:19:59 PM
Oh Val....I am sure the worst is over.
Sending positive thoughts your way!
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 31, 2015, 04:05:51 AM
Val, I am glad that you safe, hope all goes well with your family.  Sending positive vibes your way.    :1hug:
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Post by: Val on March 31, 2015, 04:42:30 AM
   Still having a few minor issues with my left shoulder and upper arm, if it doesn't let up will have to go see physician. Just a nuisance.

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Post by: Danielle123 on March 31, 2015, 04:45:37 AM
Sorry to hear that your shoulder is affected because of the accident, wishing you luck with the physician. 
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Post by: Happychappy on March 31, 2015, 07:11:27 AM
Crumbs Val, it never rains but pours hey!!  However, the worst is over and now you can look forward to a bright sun-filled future. I continue to lift you all up in prayer.




Patricia
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Post by: Val on April 11, 2015, 01:02:51 PM
Well, it's been quite the week (once again  :tongue: ). Moved mum to a nursing home over Easter weekend, the CCAC (who governs long-term-care facilities) called and we had 24hrs. to pack up all of her belongings and move her 2 hours east of my sister's house. Then back and forth getting things sorted and organized most of last week. Meanwhile I had to get my shoulder and arm seen to. So now am doing physio for frozen shoulder and muscle/soft tissue injury down the arm. I am not able to hold and use my brushes/pencils etc. very well. Won't be able to post anything new for a bit  :(

 :idea:   Maybe I'll just stick to abstractions for a while!  :heeha:    :crazy2:    :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 11, 2015, 02:07:00 PM
Val,

Hope things go well for your Mum in her new environment.

Yikes - only limited to abstraction.

aloha

mea
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Post by: sally13 on April 11, 2015, 02:50:26 PM
Wow Val, you are very busy with life lately. I hope mum settles well. I feel your pain with that shoulder, ive had frozen shoulder separately in each arm. Ouchhhh! When things are hectic you could sit and admire your lovely boat on pond painting, its sure to relax you. Keep well. :)
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Post by: Danielle123 on April 11, 2015, 06:00:10 PM
I wish you a speedy recovery for your arm Val.   Hope your mother will be better. Thinking of you.
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Post by: Annie. on April 11, 2015, 06:27:18 PM
Val, it is an opportunity!  Grab it!   ;)

Artists do different work when using their other hand/arm.  Maybe skip the dirty stuff that needs more washing after, but who knows where you will be in a few weeks... Also since you will put less pressure on yourself (physically and mentally) you may get very unexpected results. 

At the very least you will give those dormant neurones a great training.  :fight:

Of course also wish you a speedy recovery with physio.  Don't get discourage but depending on the problem, it could be a few weeks to up to 18 months to recover full range of motion.  The therapist should be able to give you a realistic assessment of time to recovery.

Promise to post your work, so we can encourage you   :1hug:
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Post by: JayJ on April 11, 2015, 08:40:04 PM
Hope your Mom settles down okay  and wish you speedy recovery Val !
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Post by: Bellarina on April 12, 2015, 01:22:46 AM
Sorry to hear about your shoulder.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 12, 2015, 05:26:34 AM
My dear Val - what a roller coaster ride you've been on. I'm very glad your mom found a new place to stay but I'm sure 2 hours away will be an added strain for visiting her more frequently. And your shoulder sounds painful. I say abstract away!! Throw paint on the paper and create your own Pollock! Most importantly, take care of yourself. 
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Post by: jillh on April 12, 2015, 06:20:28 AM
Val, I do hope your mom will be comfortable and happy in her new surroundings.  Change is never easy.  I agree with Annie,  while your shoulder is on the mend, take the opportunity to try things you might never have thought of doing.  Put a pencil or brush in your other hand and get creative and have some fun:)
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Post by: nolan on April 12, 2015, 12:44:36 PM
never a dull moment in your life Val, hope your Mum settles in quickly and that your arm sorts itself out just as quick :flowers:
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Post by: Val on April 12, 2015, 12:49:46 PM
Nolan, at this point dull looks rather appealing!  ;D

Thanks all for your good wishes.  :hug:
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Post by: ncwren on April 12, 2015, 03:36:27 PM
Oh Val.  :-\ :1hug:
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Post by: Val on May 21, 2015, 06:36:35 AM
Some GOOD NEWS at last!!!!  My passport arrived from Britain,  :yippee:   Just waiting for few other final documents....courier has been a nightmare. Unfortunately I can't leave until I receive the documents. Oh well, it will give me a chance to pick up my brother and take him to visit with mum this weekend.

Haven't had much chance to play with the toys yet.....seems every time I get them set up something else happens!  :faint: So I've packed them up ready to go. Planning on heading down to New Orleans (USA) area for a few days to visit with dear friend who is recovering from severe illness before heading out on the final leg to Roatan. Hope to be leaving Canada first week of June.....  :flight:    ;D
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 21, 2015, 07:39:23 AM
YEAH!!!

Hope all is in order shortly and you'll be safely home soon.

aloha

mea
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Post by: ncwren on May 21, 2015, 08:18:16 AM
 O0
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Post by: Bellarina on May 21, 2015, 08:39:06 AM
Awesome news Val
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Post by: Danielle123 on May 21, 2015, 06:43:23 PM
So where in Canada are you Val?
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Post by: BeaSue on May 22, 2015, 04:09:31 AM
Whoo-hoo!!! M :yippee:   :yippee:  :yippee:  :yippee:

This is terrific news, Val. Is Lloyd already there? I have been reading about Roatan, and it sounds so beautiful.

Re those travel documents, when Lou and I were living in Ghana, we had our air tickets, for our departure, shipped to us by DHL from Chicago. When the tickets arrived in Accra, they were stolen! We never did get them back, and had to get replacements. Then, when we got to the airport, we were told that our work visa had expired and that we had to pay some outrageous amount of cash in order to leave the country. Cash we did not have. So we just dumped all the cash from our wallets onto the table. The boozy-breathed woman scooped up the money and said, "That will be enough." Lou swears he saw her put it in her pocket.

Travel safely.
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Post by: Sherri on May 22, 2015, 04:41:19 AM
Safe travels Val.  I am sure you will be glad to get back to normal!!

Sherri
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Post by: Val on May 25, 2015, 01:49:58 AM
Thanks guys, am feeling uplifted for the first time in months  :yippee:   Still of two minds when it comes to leaving mum, but she is doing better and in good hands. I can find my way back if needs be.
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Post by: doina on May 25, 2015, 02:28:33 AM
I wish your Mom the best, and you to be able to go back to quiet places to start painting.  :flowers: :painting: :flowers:
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Post by: nolan on May 25, 2015, 12:53:53 PM
sounds good Val. Has passport, will travel...
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 25, 2015, 04:08:02 PM
Oh Val - this is great news to read! And what a wonderful first place to stop - New Orleans!! Roaton is on our "must visit list" - may need to move it up the ladder knowing you'll be there soon.

Susan - that's quite the story!!
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Post by: Val on May 28, 2015, 06:15:17 AM
It's official!!!  :yippee: Have all my documents, and flight booked for first leg of my journey home. I will be leaving a week next Sunday  :heeha: :flight:

 :think:    :eek:   I'm gonna need a bigger bag for all my art stuff!   ::)    :2funny:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 28, 2015, 06:50:23 AM
Mazel tov, Val!! This great news is long overdue for you! I can't wait to read the further adventures of PJ back in the tropics - and to see the wonderful artwork you'll be creating as you get re-inspired when you return home! :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Bellarina on May 28, 2015, 08:19:38 AM
Bon voyoge and safe travels Val.
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Post by: ncwren on May 28, 2015, 08:29:14 AM
Bon Voyage!  :twothumbs:
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Post by: Happychappy on May 28, 2015, 12:36:31 PM
All good wishes and everything of the best Val, you deserve it after all you have been through.   Patricia  :flowers:
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Post by: nolan on May 28, 2015, 12:54:05 PM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :flight: :boat:
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Post by: Danielle123 on May 28, 2015, 03:16:23 PM
safe trip, and great adventures. :boat:
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Post by: JayJ on June 03, 2015, 09:33:08 AM
Great news Val...safe trip!
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Post by: Val on June 03, 2015, 09:38:23 AM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, now runnng about like mad picking up odds & sods, and sorting and packing!  :run:      :sweat:

 :think: Wonder if I can work in one more 'visit' to the art shop......  >:D

I am sooooo excited!  :yippee:         :dance:
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Post by: JayJ on June 03, 2015, 09:43:27 AM
Lol! Go for the final visit Val!.....I am like that when I am in the  UK!
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Post by: Val on June 03, 2015, 09:48:34 AM
Ta much Zayn.... I've been trying to talk myself out of it! Not too hard though!!!  ::) ;D   However, since you said it was ok, I'll have to pop over,  >:D I'll just tell Lloyd it was your fault!!!   :2funny:
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Post by: JayJ on June 03, 2015, 09:54:56 AM
 O0 Will take blame happily...because once u are :boat:  no going back to art store with those lovely goodies ::) ,
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Post by: Val on June 04, 2015, 06:15:58 PM
I went to two art shops!!! Managed to escape without too much damage!  :run:     :cost:     :2funny:

Packing like crazy, had  to get a bigger case to get all of my art stuff in!  ;D

Almost there, counting the hours to   :flight:
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Post by: dennis on June 04, 2015, 11:03:50 PM
Have a safe and pleasant flight back home. :flowers:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 05, 2015, 07:48:57 AM
Can't wait to get your first post from Roatan!!! Have a wonderful trip back to paradise!
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Post by: Harwant on June 05, 2015, 11:19:43 AM
Safe trip home. :gl:
Harwant.
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Post by: Tania on June 06, 2015, 04:16:39 PM
 :yippee:  So happy for you! You will be  :boat:  in no time! Have a safe :flight: ! 
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Post by: Val on June 15, 2015, 05:13:27 PM
Hello all, sorry I haven't been about of late. Have been without internet, but will be heading home for the boat shortly. See you all then!  :wave:
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Post by: ncwren on June 16, 2015, 06:25:18 AM
 Glad everything is good with you-I'm sure it will be wonderful to be back home again.
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Post by: Val on June 16, 2015, 08:19:11 AM
Thanks Natalie,  will be arriving back in Roatan on Saturday afternoon!!!

  :flight: Look out honey, I'm coming home!!!!   :yippee:    :2funny:     :boat:    :yippee:    :2funny:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 16, 2015, 12:53:22 PM
You're going to be so happy when you step back on that board Saturday - enjoy the homecoming!
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Post by: Happychappy on June 16, 2015, 02:43:48 PM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:  Great to hear from you Val.  Looking forward to when you will be back with us and settled in your floating home again.  Safe travels and blessings.    Patricia
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 16, 2015, 03:33:08 PM
Nice to hear from you Val, have a nice trip home.
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Post by: BeaSue on June 20, 2015, 05:38:25 AM
 :flight: Almost there!!!

Enjoy your homecoming on the  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 21, 2015, 03:02:50 AM
Safe travels, Val. 

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on June 21, 2015, 07:06:34 AM
 :yippee:   I'M HOME !!!!!  :yippee: Arrived 2 hours late, but safe and sound aboard PJ  :boat:    :smitten:

Lots of unpacking and sorting out today, see you all tomorrow.  :wave:    :dance:
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Post by: doina on June 21, 2015, 07:56:37 AM
welcome home :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: Sherri on June 21, 2015, 09:48:48 AM
Nothing like HOME SWEET HOME!!!!

Sherri
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Post by: dennis on June 21, 2015, 12:14:37 PM
Yaaaaaaaay :clap: :clap: :clap: :flowers:
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Post by: nolan on June 21, 2015, 12:51:15 PM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: Happychappy on June 21, 2015, 01:57:56 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:  WELCOME BACK, WE HAVE MISSED YOU VAL.   Patricia
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 21, 2015, 02:35:33 PM
 :D :clap: O0 :yippee: so happy to read this post, Val!! Welcome home and glad your back on PB - you've been missed!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: sally13 on June 21, 2015, 05:49:26 PM
Welcome back  :) :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 22, 2015, 02:57:08 AM
 :hug: Thank you one and all for keeping me sane this past year. Even though most times I was unable to complete many of my artworks for various reasons, just being able to see and read about all of your adventures with art helped to keep my spirits buoyed.  :thankyou:

I'll really have to knuckle down.....so much to finish and so many excellent new classes! Isn't it wonderful?  :faint: Where to start!    :-\     :think:

Sorry sweetheart....honeymoon's over! ..... I've got  :painting: :painting: :painting: to do!!!  :2funny:
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Post by: BeaSue on June 22, 2015, 03:14:00 AM
Welcome home, Val!!!!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 22, 2015, 04:03:27 AM
YEAH!!!!  So glad you made it safely.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 22, 2015, 04:35:03 AM
Thank you Susan.

Hope you've been enjoying your holiday Mea, how's the sketching going?
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 22, 2015, 01:39:48 PM
welcome home Val, glad to have you back on board  :boat:  ;D.

 hope your arm is good to go.

 :bigwelcome:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 22, 2015, 02:00:39 PM
Thank you Danielle.  :1hug:    Unfortunately it is still going to take some time, but I do have better range of motion than a few weeks ago.  So getting there!  O0
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Post by: jillh on June 22, 2015, 02:24:53 PM
Good to hear that you are home safely!  I'm sure you are enjoying the sea air.
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Post by: Danielle123 on June 23, 2015, 05:33:35 AM
Good to hear that you hsve a better range of motion.  O0 :1hug:
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Post by: Tousabella on June 27, 2015, 11:50:48 AM
Oh, Sweet Girl....so glad you are 'home' safe and on board the ol homestead!!!  Must be a shock to your system for the difference in weather, but your arm will heal so much faster now!!  So glad you are safe n sound. Lloyd must be thrilled to have you there.
Big hugs, and look forward to seeing some of your super work soon. Good luck with the internet, too!! 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 27, 2015, 05:00:48 PM
Thank you much Jill, Danielle, and my ever lovely Bella! It is lovely to be back, even though this past week has seen thunderstorms, rain and storm cells rolling through almost continuously. Today was more settled but another possible thunderstorm looming for tomorrow.

Lots of boatwork to do and get things organized again. Then it will be time to  :painting: :painting: :painting:         :yippee:
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Post by: Bellarina on June 30, 2015, 01:41:54 AM
Fun times ahead for you Val.
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Post by: Val on July 22, 2015, 12:22:41 PM
 :wave:   Robin, guess I'm a bit late responding, eh?  :blush:

My first month back (can't believe it!) has been eventful!  :faint:   I am still washing every piece of bedding, clothing, towels etc. on board. When Lloyd left the boat, the neighbours were looking after the boat, and giving it an hour's airing out now and again wasn't quite enough. Everything is very musty. It has taken quite a while and I'm not finished with it yet,  :pullhair: my spinner gave out, Lloyd fixed that, then the wash water wouldn't drain, minor fix, dodging between the rain storms to dry, I hang it out on lines tied over the foredeck, and the ultraleather upholstery is shedding all over the salon!  :eek: It looks like a snowstorm went through every day! Today, my little vac packed in!  :goofy:
Have port motor repaired (new injector pump), idles reset on both motors.....ah, sounds like stereo!  :yippee: Finally looking like we can move on...until...shutting down port motor, the stop cable snapped...  :eek:    :'( Spent today pulling the cables and running tracers so it's easier when reinstalling new ones. Mechanic is going to see if he can find someone that can make up new ones, otherwise they will have to come from the factory in France!  :cost: So...we will be staying in Roatan for another few weeks it seems. BUT,  not a bad place to be stuck eh?  ;D

Now what was that you were saying about fun times Robin?  :2funny:

Has cooled down a bit today, only 31C (88F) but feels like 35C (96F), thank goodness for our easterly tradewinds, otherwise it would feel much hotter...  :sweat:   You won't hear me complain, much better than  :cold:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on July 22, 2015, 01:46:55 PM
Wow, Val, just reading all that you have gone through and had to do, makes me feel exhausted.  I hope everything goes fine now and that it will be plain sailing for you guys.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 22, 2015, 02:17:43 PM
Well, Val, lucky you have a sense of humor about everything.

Hope all the setbacks are behind you now and you have smeeth sailing ahead.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 22, 2015, 03:52:04 PM
Every day is always a new and exciting(?) experience!  ;D   

Patricia, Mea.... if we can keep this little secret between us..... I am actually sleeping with my art supplies. Seriously! In order to get the forward cabin emptied so that I can air and give it a good cleaning, all of my boxes, papers, easel, paintings, etc., had to be moved to the back into our cabin.   >:D Nowhere else to put it...except on Lloyd's side of the bed! So....he is now in the aft cabin in the other hull until I get everything properly disinfected and move all of my supplies back up the front! He volunteered! Really! Seems he's not as dedicated to my art as I am!  :eek: Go figure!   :2funny:
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Post by: ncwren on July 23, 2015, 05:25:34 AM
Yikes...busy lady! I hope you get a chance to do some art with all of your new supplies.
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Post by: Val on July 23, 2015, 07:31:43 AM
 :painting:   That just inspires me to work faster!  :run:     ;D
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Post by: nolan on July 26, 2015, 03:24:47 PM
 :crazy2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on July 26, 2015, 03:35:18 PM
What a clean up Val.  Bysy, busy lady.   Hope all goes quickly.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 27, 2015, 08:47:49 AM
Val - just back from our trip to Chicago - love reading the update on your move back to the boat! Hope Lloyd has made it back to your bed by now! Where do you head next after everything's fixed again?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 27, 2015, 12:39:40 PM
Nolan, you express my thoughts on this cleaning business exactly!!!  ;D

Danielle, when it comes to this type of cleanup it just can't go fast enough! I try to work as much as I can cleaning the walls, ceiling, and storage bins under the berth as early in the mornings as possible before the sun comes up. It very quickly gets to over 100F in there once the sun is up.  :sweat: We try to get all of the heavy work jobs done in the mornings before it gets too hot.

Today was good. I cleared out another bin under the berth, we replaced the fuel tank, fuel lines, and filter for the dinghy motor, finished cleaning and reinstalling the carburetor on the dinghy motor (I love mucking about with motors), and it is running nicely! Well....until the propeller spun out. I really dislike these new props that have a rubber fitting instead of the old shear pins. The shear pins were so easy to replace and you were on your way, now if you don't have a spare prop...you're rather stuck until you get a new one, or find a shop that can press in a new fitting.  :tickedoff: I know where I can get a new prop in Guatemala!!!
I diddled my way over to Fantasy Island where the fresh veggie truck comes on Mondays, bought my veggies for the week, no monkey visit today.
Lloyd cleaned out the burner in the bbq, and voila! It is working again, so bbq tonight!!!!  :yippee: Won't have to put the oven on!!!  :yippee:    :yippee:

Sharon, just a bit more work to do and then I can move my art stuff back where it belongs. Can't wait!  Hope you had a lovely time in Chicago, and rested that ankle!  :knuppel2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 27, 2015, 12:58:26 PM
Sounds like great progress, Val!  Enjoy dinner tonight.  Sounds like you deserve it!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on July 28, 2015, 06:30:38 AM
Is it okay to ask what PJ stands for?    :blush:
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Post by: BeaSue on July 28, 2015, 09:38:05 AM
I am exhausted just reading this!  :stress: I really admire your endurance, Val.  :not_worthy:

Sounds like you have more than enough to keep you out of trouble. Maybe a few of those little monkeys would be happy to earn some pocket money helping you clean?  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on July 28, 2015, 04:35:34 PM
I understand for the heat, we have had a lot of days lately of inferno heat over 32 + humidity.   I try to go for walks arround 8 am and I can only do a fraction of what I normaly do. 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on July 28, 2015, 06:42:20 PM
Up to 100F where Val is  :sweat: :sweat: :sweat:  Viva la siesta!

32C in Gatineau  :sweat: :sweat: :sweat: - this is a killer with the humidity. Danielle,  I hope you have AC.

Val, are you sure you will manage to salvage that mechanic?  It sounds like every pieces of it is failing you.  Would not want to hear that you are stuck in nowhere.

... and it is winter for Nolan and Dennis  :cold:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 28, 2015, 09:39:29 PM
Thanks Mea, we did have a delicious dinner.  :licklips:   However...  :eek: when I went to shut down the bbq, I found the regulator, and the hose were covered in some kind of oily substance! After disconnecting the regulator....it leaked a yucky yellow ochre oily residue. After researching and talking to a couple of propane distributors on the net, turns out our tanks were filled with bad contaminated propane!  :doh:   We now must take our tanks and the hose and regulator to a propane company to have the tanks emptied, flushed, purged, and refilled, IF it hasn't ruined the tanks!!!  :o We have special fibreglass tanks so that they don't rust... US$185 each!!!  :cost:   Not sure if they can do anything with the hose and regulator. Just glad we didn't have it hooked into the onboard system as that could have ruined our stove and oven.  :faint:   Close call !  :sweat:
Should find out more tomorrow and hope  :pray: we can resolve the situation without too much expense.

You know, if this continuing saga wasn't so sadly absurd...I'd probably have to just sit down and have a good  :'( . Not much point in that though.... Just another day in the life!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 28, 2015, 09:47:37 PM
Annie, PJ is short for the name of our boat.... Puddle Jumper!  ;D

No fears Annie, I just see it that we were fortunate to have our mechanical 'breakdowns' before we put out to sea. So even though it may take a while to find parts and services (if required), we will get things put to right.... just takes a bit of steadfastness, and persistence.  :fight: We'll get things sorted, but oy.... it certainly is putting a strain on my very limited espanol!!!  :2funny:

Now I may just go and have my own breakdown...  :goofy: right after my cup of tea!  :coffee: Can't keep a good Brit down!!! :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 28, 2015, 09:49:44 PM
Yes Danielle, the heat and humidity certainly do take a toll when you have to get things done.  :sweat:   Just keep drinking lots of clear fluid, find a fan, and soldier on!  :strong:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 28, 2015, 10:02:37 PM
Oh, on the upside, we did find an old prop, for the outboard, that we put away a few years ago....just in case! It isn't quite right, but it works better than the damaged one!!!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on July 28, 2015, 10:11:35 PM
Val,

Yes, lucky that things that have gone wrong have happened on land, not at sea.  Glad you are keeping your sense of humor through it all.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 29, 2015, 07:10:29 PM
Oh Val - quite a lot of adventures lately to add to your posting! One day you may want to take all of these and write a book - I think it would be brilliant!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 30, 2015, 05:13:39 AM
Spot on Mea, if things are going to break it's best to be where you can safely look to the repairs. Doesn't always work that way though......  :eek:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 30, 2015, 06:30:41 AM
Should I ever 'retire' from sailing perhaps I might do that Sharon. I only keep logs when we are underway, if I kept daily logs ashore as well....I'd need a barge to store them all in!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on July 30, 2015, 10:00:43 AM
Val - I thought PB was your log!!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 30, 2015, 12:43:28 PM
 ;D Sharon, I guess it seems that way sometimes! I have handwritten ship's logs which are recorded every hour when underway. Let me tell you there are some stories in there!!!  ::)    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on July 31, 2015, 04:26:37 AM
Those logs will be useful to you one day, Val.

During the 6 years we lived in Namibia, I kept an almost-daily journal on my computer. I had hundreds of pages of our daily activities and my reactions to them. I did this, in part, as an aid to processing those new and often confusing experiences. Also because I knew I would never remember all the details. I'm so glad I did. When we returned to the States, I was able to use those journal entries as the basis of my book, Choosing Africa. http://www.amazon.com/CHOOSING-AFRICA-Midlife-Journey-Mission/dp/1601458681/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438345339&sr=8-1&keywords=choosing+africa (http://www.amazon.com/CHOOSING-AFRICA-Midlife-Journey-Mission/dp/1601458681/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1438345339&sr=8-1&keywords=choosing+africa) (I don't intend to hijack your link with shameless self-promotion  ::) Just thought you might be interested.)

You write in such an engaging manner, Val, that I do think you could do likewise.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on July 31, 2015, 11:50:40 AM
Thank you Susan, perhaps one day I shall take up writing again.  :1hug:

I don't have a problem with 'shameless' self-promotion. The reviews of your book sound great.  O0    :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 06, 2015, 10:04:43 AM
I have to write this quick as we've been losing the net consistently past few days. Apparently the generating station blew up one of their generators so they've been shutting power down in various areas for 5-8 hours every day. We seem to lose ours between 12-1230 until 1800-2000 and even that's not always a solid bet. No power, no internet.  :faint:   Missed most of Nolan's class last night, guess I'll be playing catch up for a while as no one seems to know how long the generator will take to repair/replace.

Just another day in paradise!  ::)     :2funny:

Have a great day everyone!  :wave:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 06, 2015, 10:58:37 AM
Yikes, did Nolan have a class yesterday and I missed it?  What?

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 06, 2015, 05:09:05 PM
Mea it was the 'How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Business course. Not to worry, you didn't miss an art class.  O0
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Post by: mea hamo pena on August 06, 2015, 05:45:00 PM
Pheww, thanks, Val.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 11, 2015, 08:33:23 PM
 :urwelcome:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 11, 2015, 08:36:41 PM
Received word today that our cables could not be made by the fellow here.  :(   Roatan really could be 'Hotel California' !!! Our departure date is becoming more fluid by the moment. Just like our travelling plans at this point...carved in jello!!!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 11, 2015, 10:48:10 PM
Bummers, Val.  You give Murphy's Law a whole new dimension!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 12, 2015, 09:36:40 AM
If I ever find old Murphy I'm going to help him rewrite that law!!! ...  :fight:         :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: CSebesta on August 26, 2015, 10:04:15 AM
Hope things are going better!

Have been to Roatan a number of times on cruises.  There doesn't seem to be much there for someone stranded.

I live very close to Houston, if you want me to chase parts down for you here I will be glad to.  Electricity is up here and phone calls are free.

Charles
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 26, 2015, 01:21:56 PM
Thank you so much Charles, you are a love!  :1hug:    :-*   

We have our old cables back and have just measured them and have an old cruising friend in Florida looking to see about getting new ones made. Keeping our fingers and toes crossed! If he can't find someone I'll definately forward the information to you if you don't mind.

Now that project is finally (hopefully) underway, we removed the corroded fuel shut off valves to be replaced. Hoping  :pray: they will be back by the weekend, as we now have no power mobility if needed.  :eek:   At least we won't need the stop cables at the moment... no start, no stop!  :2funny: ::)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: CSebesta on August 26, 2015, 02:05:02 PM
Sure let me know if I can help out.

Ever been to La Romana, Dominican Rep.  My next project is a coastal photo that I took several years ago at a golf course called Teeth of the Dog.  The colors out of the camera were so good that I couldn't improve them in Photoshop.  We will now see how they respond to a paint brush!

Sounds like you are turning PJ around and will be Jumpin Puddles in no time!

Charles
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Post by: Lisafromoto on August 26, 2015, 05:10:37 PM
Val you could write a very entertaining book about your adventures  ;D it would be a best seller!!!
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Post by: thegrindre on August 29, 2015, 06:07:27 PM
Val you could write a very entertaining book about your adventures  ;D it would be a best seller!!!
In agree,  :coolsmiley: you have the talent to do that. It would be a best seller.  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 01, 2015, 03:15:22 PM
La Romana.... no didn't get there, what part of the island is it? Our stops were on the north side of the island, most of our time was around Luperon. We didn't spend too much time there as we were racing the hurricane season clock. But, when we got back to the Spanish Virgins, and the BVI's, well the sailing was nice and we had to stop in and say hello to our island buddies..... we ended up two months late getting down to Grenada, spent a week there and had to run on down to Trinidad as a hurricane was heading our way and only 3 days out! Funny, but some of the best sailing I've experienced has been a few days in front of a hurricane!  :crazy2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 01, 2015, 03:16:52 PM
Lisa, Rick.....  If and when we go ashore and swallow the hook.... I'll think about it!  :whistle:      ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 01, 2015, 03:46:48 PM
We have our new shiny fuel line valves back and installed!  :yippee:   Don't feel quite so 'penned' in now. Waiting to hear from yet another company on the mainland about our cables. I'm about ready to string some fishing line!  :knuppel2:    ;D

So.... in between having a natter on PB, I've been stretching my paper! It's getting closer!   :yippee:    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on September 02, 2015, 01:39:36 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on September 02, 2015, 02:08:25 PM
Yeah, its much better to have ship breaks in port rather than at sea.  That can generate 'creative engineering' episodes.

Part way though a 8.5 month USN Med Cruise a bearing wiped out in a ventilator motor for the Commodore's stateroom on a Adams Class DDG.
One bearing took out the second on on the opposite end of the rotor.

Fleet freaking wide we could only get the second bearing.  I think we changed that second bearing three times.

One time, during an evening at war games, after dark we finished putting the thing back together again after, of course, re-balancing the rotor so it didn't bind.

We're so blasted exhausted.  We used a stanchion crane and a chain fall to get it onto the main deck onto a dolly.

We just started moving the thing and having a battle lantern on so we could see to move it along the deck when an officer came up and told us to turn the light out.

I didn't have the patience for this and, I think, snapped back that this was the Commodore's stateroom vent motor and did he really want us to tell the Commodore he wouldn't get any air until daylight?

The officer shut up and moved out of our way.


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lisafromoto on September 02, 2015, 11:22:14 PM
 :knuppel2: :fight: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on September 04, 2015, 03:28:59 PM
:knuppel2: :fight: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:

Glad you got a chuckle out of it, Lisa.  Officers don't always win.  ;)

Thing is; if the officer had insisted we wait until morning we would have complied with nothing other than an "OK".

It wasn't as if the Commodore was hounding us about the matter or if any of us would have gone forward to talk to him.

We just wanted to finish the dang job, since we had the tools and personnel at hand.  That was it, as we were buried in jobs.  To break off and have to pick it up later would have taken more time.  For us to spot the "8 ball" we would have needed the Hubble telescope (which wouldn't exist for decades).
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 11, 2015, 04:51:56 AM
A fellow cruiser became ill a few weeks ago and had to be air lifted to hospital on the mainland. We received news of his passing a couple of days ago. The marina owner here has arranged for a service for him this morning, and we will help tomorrow to disperse his ashes out at sea.

"Wrap me up in me oilskins and yonkers,
No more on the docks I'll be seen.
Tell me old shipmates,
I'm taking a trip mates
And I'll see you someday on Fiddler's Green"
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 11, 2015, 07:38:06 AM
Oh Val, what a sad post to read. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend.  I bet he loved his life in Roatan and your poem is most fitting for this kindred spirit...may his memory forever be a blessing and an encouragement to keep living your life on the sea...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lisafromoto on September 11, 2015, 04:46:16 PM
 :( Very sorry to hear that Val. Sending thoughts and love your way  :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on September 13, 2015, 12:08:39 PM
sorry to hear :'(
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 13, 2015, 04:29:49 PM
Thank you Sharon, Lisa, and Nolan. Much appreciated.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 14, 2015, 05:20:02 AM
Val, I am so sorry to hear of your fellow cruiser's passing. It is always heartbreaking for us left behind, however, we have memories to keep us going.  I am a bit late in reading and responding to posts as I am on my second and last week of vacationing in Florida. Anyway, just wanted to let you know that my thoughts are with you at this sad time.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 17, 2015, 10:10:17 AM
Thank you Patricia, he lived doing what he loved most until the end, so for that I am pleased.

I tend to have a bit different outlook regarding life and death than most. In my mid teens during my travels I lived a number of years on various Indian reservations in Canada. I spent quite a bit of time with the elders, they have wonderful teachings for those willing to listen. It was put to me that tears are shed at the birth not only in joy, but in sorrow. Joy at the continuance of the family, sorrow for the knowledge of the pain and many hardships this child must overcome during their journey through life. Tears and smiles at the death are of sorrow and joy/happiness. Sorrow at the parting, joy that this person has no more pain, no more struggles to endure. It is a celebration of their life's journey, and of reconciliation with their ancestors. The spirit lives on and is never totally gone.

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 17, 2015, 10:13:23 AM
Returned from my trip to town to get my extension at immigration. I was lucky and got through quickly. Sometimes it can take hours when the cruise ship(s) come in. Only one early arrival today so timed it just right!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 18, 2015, 12:22:17 PM
I had a bit of a run in with some kind of wasp while waiting for the taxi yesterday. My arm was a bit stiff and slightly swollen yesterday, this morning it is very swollen and affecting my whole arm and hand. Typically it is my left again  :faint:   So won't be finishing my painting for a few days.  :'(

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 18, 2015, 01:10:37 PM
Dang, Val - that must have been a monster wasp!! Do you have calamine lotion for that? You sure must have tasty blood - looks like the bugger spent a lot of time feasting on you!
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Post by: BeaSue on September 18, 2015, 01:14:36 PM
Oh, nooooooo!  :eyesclosed:  This looks so painful, Val.   :stress:   I am terribly sorry, and hope this will soon subside. :pray:
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Post by: Danielle123 on September 18, 2015, 02:32:49 PM
Nasty bite, hope you are ok and went to see the doctor that looks realy bad for a bee sting.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on September 19, 2015, 11:56:32 AM
That really does not look good. Hope you get over it real quick :flowers:
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Post by: Val on September 19, 2015, 02:39:04 PM
Thanks guys, the benadryl wasn't working so switched over to triple antibiotic cream yesterday and it seems to have improved a bit. Ice packs help as well. Not doing much for my painting I'll tell you!  :eyesclosed: This one won't be great, keep dropping the brush...numb sausage fingers.  :pullhair: It's not a big one so I just look at it as practice. I've wanted to do a larger version of this one for a while. No I'm not telling what it is other than it lives under the sea.  :whistle:

Dennis, you can tell Nolan I've reverted back to his one and only w/c lesson...... I'm counting my drops and swirls to get my colours right. So simple yet effective.  O0    ;D

Onward and upward..... break time is over.   :painting:
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Post by: stoney on September 19, 2015, 04:19:52 PM
If I ever find old Murphy I'm going to help him rewrite that law!!! ...  :fight:         :2funny:

Murphy was an USAF Captain in the late 50's involved with the test lab, or something similar, for the Flight testing new experimental jets.

He'd be easy to find, I'm sure, but he won't talk.... ;)
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Post by: sally13 on September 19, 2015, 04:24:42 PM
Whoa! That is seriously the biggest bite ive ever seen. I hope it goes quickly, thats scary.
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Post by: thegrindre on September 20, 2015, 03:34:18 AM
OUCH!!!  :heeha: That's gotta hurt...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 20, 2015, 07:56:25 AM
Coming along slowly, but improving a bit each day. Another week should see me through.  :sweat:

Thought I'd add a happier note, last week when we went over to get the grocery bus I finally met up with my monkey troop. Nice to be remembered! Lots of chattering, hugs and monkey kisses! Love these little guys.

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on September 20, 2015, 09:13:29 AM
Coming along slowly, but improving a bit each day. Another week should see me through.  :sweat:

Thought I'd add a happier note, last week when we went over to get the grocery bus I finally met up with my monkey troop. Nice to be remembered! Lots of chattering, hugs and monkey kisses! Love these little guys.


Awwwwwww... Very sweet!  :smitten:
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Post by: nolan on September 20, 2015, 12:46:22 PM
at least I can say I have done a w/c lesson ;D

Glad the arm is getting better O0
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Post by: Lisafromoto on September 20, 2015, 10:41:10 PM
Ow, just ow!

Great photo with your little mate  O0
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 21, 2015, 02:18:56 AM
Yikes, Val.   Hope your bite heals quickly.  Happy to hear that your little monkey friends are around to keep you company,

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 21, 2015, 06:51:07 AM
at least I can say I have done a w/c lesson ;D

Yes you did!  :heeha:       You made a good job of it too! Still can't make you switch eh?  ;)      :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 21, 2015, 06:57:24 AM
Susan, Lisa, Mea, thank you for your well wishes. Improving every day, not long now.

It's such an honour to be allowed to experience a little piece of all these beautiful creatures I've been able to meet. These little fellows are just so amusing..... oy! and some of the antics they get up to! Trouble on the move!  :2funny:
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Post by: Danielle123 on September 21, 2015, 08:14:16 AM
Lovely photo ,  you are living the life to the fullest.
I do not recal Nolan teaching a WC. Which one is it?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 21, 2015, 08:43:21 AM
Before there were any online lessons, I am sure I was driving Dennis and Nolan to distraction with my questions regarding w/c., and everything else actually!  :2funny:
Nolan made a short video for me through one of the old newsletters. Showing me how to mix my paint & water to get the same strength of colour. He did actually paint a w/c lesson. Dennis was teaching the class, and Nolan was a student just like the rest of us. He decided he wasn't going to continue with w/c, no idea why  ::) , it was all great fun and he honestly did an excellent job.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: nolan on September 21, 2015, 12:41:35 PM
! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60htFGZoVOA#)
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Post by: Val on September 21, 2015, 03:10:31 PM
 :heeha:      :yippee:    There it is!!!!  I've just watched it again, for those interested in seeing the segment it is at just over 7 minutes in. I found it especially handy when mixing colours and I hadn't made enough.  :doh:   Not that I do that so often any more....  :whistle:      :2funny:

Thank you Nolan!  :-*
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Post by: Danielle123 on September 21, 2015, 04:46:13 PM
 :thankyou: Nolan and Val  now I recall this segment  but I thought from the notes below that Nolan had made a WC painting
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 22, 2015, 03:46:05 AM
Yes he did Danielle, he did. A white flower if I remember rightly......  :think:   wonder if he kept it......

What of it Nolan, did you keep it?  I thought it was beautiful.  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 22, 2015, 05:55:25 AM
Just got back home to Canada and still trying to settle in but had a look around at our PB posts and was horrified to see a picture of your arm Val.  It must have been one mighty wasp to do that to you and I hope that by now, it has calmed down and everything is back to normal.  The picture of you and the little monkey is adorable. I just love those creatures for they are so human like. I also enjoyed reading about your time spent with the elders on the Indian Reservations and your outlook on life which is a good one.  Val, you should write a book for you have a wealth of information to impart.  Don't leave it too long for as you age, your memory dulls and it would be such a loss of interesting facts. Get well and take care.


Patricia
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Post by: Val on September 22, 2015, 06:55:38 AM
 :eek: I have a perfect memory Patricia, it's the recall that's down the tubes! I need to re-order my filing system!  ;D

Thank you so much for your thoughts, my arm is doing much better. Almost back to normal size, just a bit of sensitivity in the skin, and pleased I no longer have sausage fingers! Much easier to hang onto the brush.  :painting:   Good thing I wasn't using my thumb for measuring perspective....I'd be in trouble now that the swelling is down!  O0     :2funny:
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Post by: C.Bodine on September 22, 2015, 12:21:55 PM
Wow, Val! That looks terrible!!! Glad it's getting back to normal!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on September 22, 2015, 12:48:37 PM
When Dennis started the wc classes I was hoping to also paint / learn along, but life didn't allow me the time at that stage. Here is the cosmos that I did from the class:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: thegrindre on September 22, 2015, 02:23:23 PM
YES!!! I remember that vid, too. I just DLed to add it to my off-line watercolor laptop.

 :thankyou: Nolan.  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 22, 2015, 02:24:33 PM
Val, you crack me up  :2funny: .  I have always enjoyed your sense of humour and I am so pleased that your arm is almost back to normal.  Good stuff.




Nolan, your Cosmos are just too beautiful.  Art is in your blood for sure.




Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 22, 2015, 04:45:14 PM
 :heeha: That's the one! It was the white flower that gave you troubles.

When Dennis started the wc classes I was hoping to also paint / learn along, but life didn't allow me the time at that stage.

Does this mean you'll be joining us in the next live class?  >:D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on September 22, 2015, 05:19:54 PM
Absolutely gorgeous Nolan.  You should make more WC you master that medium too. :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 23, 2015, 02:49:37 AM
Beautiful cosmos, Nolan.

I remember that lesson well..  I was so new at it that I mixed up my paints and did it with both oil and watercolor.  Somehow, though, it was beautiful.

Hmm, just tried to put the painting here but cannot figure how to cut and paste with this tablet.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 29, 2015, 04:54:35 AM
 :heeha: Had an interesting happening yesterday..... 4.8 earthquake about 40 miles NW of the island! Just enough to let you know it was there. I was sitting watching Dennis painting and I felt a rumbling vibration through the floor. I thought Lloyd had fired up one of the motors and it was running incredibly rough! No, no motor....  :confused: Then Mike the marina owner came down and told us about the earthquake.

Glad it wasn't a bad one.... and no.... no salsa dancing was involved!   :dance:       :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on September 29, 2015, 11:07:56 AM
Hope you are writing a journal and that one day you will write a book about your adventures.

Happy you are fine. :hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: thegrindre on September 29, 2015, 08:11:00 PM
I left California cuz of those things. YIKES!!!  :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 30, 2015, 05:33:35 AM
Thanks Annie, I have thought about writing a book fleetingly (at the suggestion of others). At the moment I am enjoying seeing and learning as much as I can about all of the wonderful things that cross my path. Believe you me, these Clark Boys continually put plenty in my path!!!  :heeha:

Perhaps once my travels decline and I have a home base I shall be still and write......in between paintings, drawings, scratchboards......   :2funny:
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Post by: Val on September 30, 2015, 05:39:55 AM
Rick, we've had quite a few rumblings about the Caribbean in recent years. A month or two ago the submerged volcano "Kick 'em Jenny' on the east side between Grenada and Carriacou started grumbling again.
Being the daredevils that we are  ( well I am) we sailed over Jenny a number of years back.  ::)    :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on September 30, 2015, 06:45:01 AM
Perhaps once my travels decline and I have a home base I shall be still and write......in between paintings, drawings, scratchboards......   :2funny:

"still and write"...  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: 

I like to say:  I expect I will finally settled down 6 hours after death!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 01, 2015, 06:47:39 AM
I like to say:  I expect I will finally settled down 6 hours after death!
Funny you should say that Annie.... my dear departed dad used to say, "They'd best nail the lid down or they'll never get you under" !  :2funny:

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on October 01, 2015, 04:31:14 PM
Yeah, the planet's full of "shake, rattle and roll".

Spent 3.5 years at a Mojave Desert (in California) USAF base and felt lots of shaking.  Have no idea if any of them were earthquakes as there was a cement company in Victorville, which was always blasting.

It was almost ten years after I had relocated to Oregon went through two of them about four hours apart and they were on two different unknown faults!

Upon investigation they found out the Klamath Basin was like a sheet of shattered glass.

There's even a 'bouncing baby volcano' forming under a lake about 25 miles north of me.  I'm surrounded by the silly things.

Good thing, Val, it was a small one.  There could be a problem if it was larger, as lots of places have found out. ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on October 04, 2015, 08:43:24 PM
didn't think you would feel it in a boat
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: ncwren on October 05, 2015, 09:47:41 AM
I hope your arm is better Val-that looked very painful. I love the picture of you getting monkey hugs-too precious.  :smitten: Here's to you avoiding quakes and stings!  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 11, 2015, 02:50:39 PM
Hello All,

I am going to be offline for a few days. Have had not good news on a few fronts from Canada. Just need a bit of time to regroup and sort things through.

I'll just pop in to see if everyone is keeping up with their lessons,  :knuppel2:   so feel free to PM me if you need anything.

Cheers.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 11, 2015, 02:57:30 PM
Oh Val - fingers crossed things in Canada get settled - glad you're taking time for you. Sending positive thoughts your way...xoxo
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: C.Bodine on October 11, 2015, 04:08:47 PM
Val, I'm sorry to hear you have had bad news! :-\  Sending :smitten: your way!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 11, 2015, 04:29:31 PM
Sending positive thoughts your way, Val.  Hope everything is going to be okay.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Lisafromoto on October 11, 2015, 11:43:56 PM
 :smitten: and good wishes coming your way  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on October 12, 2015, 11:42:14 AM
oh dear :-\ :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on October 13, 2015, 06:42:20 AM
Thinking of you :1hug:
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Post by: Danielle123 on October 13, 2015, 04:38:40 PM
Thinking of you too.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 13, 2015, 05:55:33 PM
Thanks much everyone, I appreciate your good thoughts and wishes.

Mum has had a bit of a setback, my son is helping look after a friend's daughter as her mother was attacked and threats made against both of them, and my sister-in-law has been diagnosed terminal, and my brother is not well.

On pins and needles waiting for news........ 

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Post by: mea hamo pena on October 13, 2015, 07:38:08 PM
Yikes, Val, sounds like everything came at once.  I admire your resiliency.

Sending positive thoughts.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 13, 2015, 08:19:56 PM
Oh Val - such tragic things happening simultaneously. I'm so sorry. Take deep breaths and know we're all thinking of you and we're here if we can help in any way...
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Post by: Lisafromoto on October 14, 2015, 10:39:39 AM
 :( :hug:
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Post by: Danielle123 on October 14, 2015, 10:45:16 AM
That is a lot to swallow,  sorry Vall you have to go through that.   Thinking of you.   :1hug: :-*
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Post by: Annie. on October 14, 2015, 02:30:36 PM
Val, my thoughts are with you and yours in these difficult times.
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Post by: BeaSue on October 15, 2015, 03:21:46 AM
Oh, Val. I'm so very sorry that so many distressing things are happening to those whom you love.   :hug:
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Post by: jillh on October 15, 2015, 06:34:01 AM
Thinking of you Val.  Will keep you in my prayers.
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Post by: dennis on October 15, 2015, 11:52:57 AM
Just seen this post. So sorry to hear of the difficult circumstances you are going through. Will keep you in my  :pray: .
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Post by: Val on October 15, 2015, 03:10:40 PM
Thank you so much for your thoughts and support, very much appreciated.  :hug:   I have learned to accept that normal for me seems to be a state of ongoing total chaos!  :crazy2:   

At this point I am pretty much a sounding board and helping each through their various situations by listening and offering suggestions where I can. Thank goodness for skype.  At this point nobody wants me to fly north again for which I am grateful, but will be on the ready if necessary. So until such time, you all shall just have to put up with me   >:D ..... oh you lucky lot!!!  ;D
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Post by: Lisafromoto on October 15, 2015, 09:56:48 PM
 :yippee:   :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 16, 2015, 08:22:04 AM
That's great that you can be a support to your family from afar, Val.

Hope all resolves itself.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on October 16, 2015, 04:06:48 PM
Val, I have just seen these posts and I feel sick in the stomach for you. I pray that everything will resolve and settle down again. Just try and keep a positive mental attitude and know that we are all behind you lifting you up in prayer. Please keep us informed. 


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: sally13 on October 16, 2015, 10:08:26 PM
I am sorry to hear you have troubles again Val, im sure you are a great support via skype. We are all thinking of you and your family..
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 17, 2015, 03:33:01 AM
Thanks so much Mea, Patricia, and Sally. Would be lovely to have a tardis like Dr. Who to travel back and forth. So difficult being so far away and airfares are so far out of line nowadays. Still recovering from the last bout.
Not much else to do but soldier on and do what I can from where I am. Skype is fine and a wonderful thing, but just can't replace the touch of a hand or a hug.
The sun will be coming up soon, time to put on the kettle.  :coffee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: doina on October 18, 2015, 03:46:37 AM
Oh Val, I am so sorry to read of all your troubles! It looks like when rains, it pours! I'll keep you and your love ones in my prayers. :flowers: Doina
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 06, 2015, 09:46:31 AM
Hello all,

We are moving the boat over to Fantasy Island for the next week to finish preparations for heading back to the Rio Dulce, Guatemala. Will not have internet for day or two.
Be seeing you soon!

Cheers,
Val
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 06, 2015, 09:55:44 AM
Happy travels and prep time! Excited to read about your next stop!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 06, 2015, 10:16:09 AM
There really is a place called Fantasy Island??????

Safe travels.

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on November 08, 2015, 12:12:43 PM
safe  :boat:
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Post by: KathyKuz on November 09, 2015, 06:55:36 AM
Val:  Hope your new adventure goes well and there is internet.  Have a wonderful Holiday season.  Kathy
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on November 09, 2015, 08:13:26 PM
Hi Val!


I see you are once again out of internet access.   :'(


I crawled out of the woodwork here and I can't get away now!


I wish you a safe adventure on Fantasy Island.   :)    :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 11, 2015, 12:40:54 PM
This is the first chance I've had to get onto the net. Have had torrential downpours for past few days and not looking like we are through yet.  :tongue:

I should have mentioned this move was only across the lagoon to Fantasy Island...  :whistle:   We may be here for a couple more weeks than planned as we wait for antifouling paint and a few other items to arrive. Will definately make Rio Dulce before Christmas (we hope), to get hauled and bottom(s) painted. Perhaps Christmas will be Belize or Cuba this year. Either would be nice, or perhaps Antigua in the mountains of Guatemala.

Internet will be a bit sporadic here as have to run down a muddy road to the resort lobby to access...and there are some lovely big puddles along the way ..... which I just can't resist!  >:D :2funny:   So will be dodging the downpours for a while, will pop in when I can, be good and keep painting!  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on November 11, 2015, 01:52:08 PM
Hey, Val! Good to see you back, if only for a little while.

Glad to know that you are getting your bottoms  :painting: for the holidays!  :tooth: :2funny:
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Post by: Annie. on November 11, 2015, 03:23:25 PM
Hi Val,
Nice hearing from you. I have exactly what you need to cheer you up.  Had to come home to Canada for short time and we had light snow 4 days this past week.  Time to leave for next leg of my year trip.
Cheers Annie
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 11, 2015, 03:55:40 PM
I can see the signs posted now - MUD SPATTER PAINTINGS by Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on November 12, 2015, 05:43:28 AM
Mea don't give Val any such ideas :confused:   Remember when you suggested getting 'loose'   :o  :knuppel2:  It was frightening but okay we had fun.

What if she ... cannot think of it... soil is solid here.  What about painting on snow with food dyes!!!

Might just as well paint with fingers while blind folded  :crazy2: :idiot2: :2funny:

I need to move South.  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 13, 2015, 09:43:45 AM
 :2funny: Glad to see you guys are all having fun! Mud splatter painting Mea?  :think: Might make an interesting 'challenge'  :idea:    :2funny:

Just battening down for a strong storm heading our way....great day for kite flying! Weeeeeeeeeeee

Still not able to upload the challenge photo...Will try again tomorrow. Keep  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on November 24, 2015, 05:56:58 PM
Val, I know you were expecting lousy weather but I do feel worried about you as we haven't had any word from or about you since the 13th November. Pray everything is O.K. and that you and Lloyd are safe.  :pray:


Patricia
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Post by: nolan on November 25, 2015, 11:44:36 AM
 :-\
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Post by: JayJ on November 26, 2015, 10:16:15 AM
Hope all well your side of the world Val!Sending good thoughts your way!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on November 27, 2015, 12:35:58 PM
Just logged on and saw your post. Thank the Lord you are O.K.  I am soooooo relieved.    Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 27, 2015, 12:39:43 PM
 :wave:   Thank you all for your kind thoughts, well wishes, and notes. So very much appreciated.  :hug:

We have been inundated with heavy rains, and everything from no wind to more than we like to think about! We have been shut in more than we like, but finally got a break today so made an escape up to the resort lobby!

Since we got here, we have had to move our gear further inside as the wind and rain returned and was blowing in on the computers. Great fun moving everything while keeping an eye out on furry adopted family of monkeys who are also seeking shelter here in the lobby! Oy, what they get up to!!!  :2funny:   But that's another story for later on.

We are delayed from leaving for the Rio Dulce due to severe flooding, roads and bridges washed out, some villages being swept away. The river is running too fast and dangerous with debris to attempt making a run up, so we will stay here for another week or two and then if necessary head over to Belize until things settle down.

While we have been 'incarcerated', I have been sorting out clothing, bedding, utensils, and a few toys I've managed to scrounge. We'll take them up for distribution up the Rio.

More later!

Cheers!!!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 27, 2015, 01:08:07 PM
 :hug: :hug:So relieved to hear that you are safe, Val. 

Hope everything works out for you soon.,

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on November 27, 2015, 04:10:28 PM
Despite all, you are still thinking of other first.
I admire you very much.  Hope your Mom is stable.
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: CSebesta on November 27, 2015, 05:12:20 PM
WOW! You are alive and well, sort of, but full of spirit!

Looking forward to a time when everything is stable and we can hear the details (at least the ones you want share)!

Stay safe!


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Post by: nolan on November 27, 2015, 06:00:38 PM
glad you guys are okay :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 28, 2015, 12:26:48 PM
Thanks guys, you are all the best family I could hope for.

I am just going over to set up the challenge headings, I can't believe all of the amazingly brilliant works I'm seeing here!!!  :heeha:   AND the new lessons!!! WOW!!!  :yippee: :clap: :clap: :clap:

It will take me ages to catch up, but so looking forward to the effort!  :squareeyes:   I should be boss-eyed by the time I get done!!!  :2funny:

Weather is much improved today, hoping it lasts for a bit...we could really use a good dry out!  Be talking again soon.  :wave:
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Post by: JayJ on November 28, 2015, 12:50:58 PM
Glad  you are okay Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 28, 2015, 01:02:45 PM
Thanks Jay..... good to be home!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on December 06, 2015, 03:23:38 PM
Hopefully, y'all are drying out.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on December 08, 2015, 06:44:48 AM
Still raining.... almost solid this past week! I actually enjoy the rain....but sheesh, enough already! Supposed to clear up late this week. Definately getting waterlogged.

The floodwaters of the Rio Dulce are finally going down, so ready or not we want to get moving by the 15th  :pray:

 :heeha: A bit of excitement two days ago.... we donned our sou'westers and headed out to help in a rescue effort to pull a sailboat off one of the outer reefs. The rain was so intense the dinghies were filling almost as fast as we could bail them! The seas were not too bad, but the odd one would swamp the dinghies, and as they say...there's nothing faster than a Newfie with a rubber boot in a sinking boat!!!  :2funny:   After numerous attempts, and help from the rising tide 'Free Spirit' came free which under the circumstances was minimal damage.  :yippee:   We always try to answer the call of another sailor in trouble, after all, you never know when your turn will come. It's good to know the brotherhood (& sisterhood  :whistle: ) of the sea is still strong.  :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on December 08, 2015, 06:50:33 AM
Wow Val - that's quite a story! I think Ron Howard could make a movie out of some of these rescues you write about! Glad to hear you'll be moving on to the next leg of your journey soon!
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Post by: Val on December 08, 2015, 06:55:19 AM
Can't wait to get  :boat: again!   :yippee:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 08, 2015, 08:02:12 AM
Thank goodness, Val, that there was a happy ending to that adventure.

Hope all is well for the Dec. 15 head out.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on December 15, 2015, 04:38:11 AM
 :detective: Well we are watching the weather and only a couple of days before we head out  :boat: . Looks like Christmas will be in Guatemala! Looking forward to seeing old and new friends.

Unfortunately, may not be able to do the land travel we had hoped for due to the steady decline in the Cdn$. Ah well, with any luck it will rebound soon.

I will miss my little furry buddies when we leave, but Lloyd has captured about a thousand or so photos of me and my playmates so we may see a bit of 'Monkey Mania' in the challenges this coming year!  ^-^    ;D
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 15, 2015, 05:37:20 AM
Val,

Safe travels.  I know you will keep us posted when you can.

Mele Kalikimaka.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on December 15, 2015, 02:35:10 PM
Mele Kalikimaka Mea, and Felice Navidad!

Our travels may be on hold.... I seem to have put my back out!  :eek:   I'm unable to sit or stand up straight...or crooked for that matter. Not sure what is going to happen at this point as our immigration is up on Friday! Never a dull moment in the life aboard PJ!  :doh:    ::)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 15, 2015, 04:59:06 PM
Yikes, Val.  Sure hope you get that back straightened up pronto.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on December 16, 2015, 03:29:24 AM
Oh! Val, so sorry to hear that you have put your back out and pray that soon it will be mended. Safe travels to your next destination and a very Happy Christmas to you, Lloyd and your family and hope that the New Year will bring you calm sails, good health and happiness.




Patricia
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Post by: stoney on December 18, 2015, 04:21:41 PM
Ouch ouch ouch.  Back troubles are a pain in the tail.  Hope it remedies itself swiftly.
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Post by: Val on December 18, 2015, 05:18:55 PM
Thanks Mea, Patricia, and Stoney.

Lloyd went to immigration today....I was given 30 days extension (for a price), Lloyd will have to pay a rather hefty fine when we leave!  :faint:    :cost:

I am doing a little better each day, but between my back and the weather forecast, looks like we will be here for a couple of weeks.
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 18, 2015, 06:52:47 PM
Val I hope your back is getting better, take care and rest that back.    Merry Christmas and Happy new year.  Safe travel.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 19, 2015, 11:38:42 AM
Well, Val, hope all is smooth sailing now.

Keep us posted.

aloha

mea
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Post by: stoney on December 20, 2015, 11:51:22 AM
Thanks Mea, Patricia, and Stoney.

Lloyd went to immigration today....I was given 30 days extension (for a price), Lloyd will have to pay a rather hefty fine when we leave!  :faint:    :cost:

I am doing a little better each day, but between my back and the weather forecast, looks like we will be here for a couple of weeks.

I don't understand why there'd be a fine, much less a hefty one, when there's a medical problem.
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Post by: BeaSue on December 20, 2015, 01:14:13 PM
Oh, dear!  I am so sorry you have injured your back.  :(  But glad to know you will be able to stay in place for a while.  :sweat: Please take good care, Val. I'll remember you in my prayers and I send you all good wishes for healing.
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Post by: nolan on December 20, 2015, 01:55:11 PM
you will just have to sit back and be served your dinner this Christmas then :whistle:
get better soon :flowers:
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Post by: dennis on December 20, 2015, 05:12:55 PM
Sorry to hear of your back problem. Get well soon :flowers:
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Post by: njnjgirl on December 21, 2015, 09:58:24 AM
Gee, Val, don't know how I missed this,,but now that I am up to date on your recent events, I can wish you  a speedy recovery from your back injury!  Paint basket is not same without our Val being around!  All my best! :1hug:
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Post by: Annie. on December 21, 2015, 12:11:34 PM
Hi Val,
Christmas dinner au-lit... sounds even better then petit-dejeuner au-lit

Still would prefer to hear you are improving and up again.
Best wishes for speedy recovery  :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: and :coffee: with something special in the coffee 😏
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 02, 2016, 07:46:55 AM
Val,

Your new avatar is fabulous!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on January 02, 2016, 12:06:32 PM
agreed O0
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Post by: dennis on January 03, 2016, 03:24:34 PM
Val, don't keep us in suspenders - how is your back now?     Getting better, I hope!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 04, 2016, 01:38:02 AM
Thank you Mea and Nolan. Thought it might be nice to put an up to date photo! Sorry about the blinders  8) I can't go outside without them.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 04, 2016, 01:54:34 AM
Sorry for not updating Dennis, things have been a bit crazy of late....but why would that change?  :crazy2:    :2funny:

My back is doing much better thankyou. Not needing to use my hiking pole anymore, just having to be careful not to over do  :whistle:

We have moved back out to the anchorage a bit sooner than we thought as we had an unwelcome 'guest'. A rat had decided to host a rat pack party in our mainsail cover. Chewed a number of large holes in the luff and a few smaller ones, chewed the reefing lines, and left a horrid mess of decaying leaves behind along with deposits of rat poo larger than any deposit I've ever had in my bank account!  :eek:    :stress:     :faint: :2funny:   Won't be any speed breaking sail to the Rio Dulce, just  headsail or motor.  :yawn:

There is an excellent sailmaker in the Rio that will be able to clean the sail and repair the damages.... :cost: . looks like no trip up to Lake Atitlan or Antigua.  :(   Very disappointed. Oh well.... there's always Cuba!  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on January 04, 2016, 06:25:32 AM
My dear, this is way pass a bit crazy.  Good thing you have your WC between your life crazy moments.

Happy to hear your back is healing. It takes time, doesn't?
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 04, 2016, 07:08:31 AM
Yikes, Val.  Your saga never ends. Hope the sailmaker gets you fixed up quickly.

Glad to hear the back is healing, though.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 04, 2016, 10:36:34 AM
Oy, Val - your adventures are what movies are made from! Glad your back is doing better and hopefully the rats will find another party home rather than yours...
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Post by: dennis on January 04, 2016, 11:05:36 AM
Have you ever thought of writing an autobiography chronicling all your adventures? ;) ::)
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Post by: Val on January 05, 2016, 07:44:21 AM
Dennis..... who would believe it?   :doh:     :2funny:

Received word last night that mum had taken another fall. Was rushed in for emergency surgery last night. Waiting to hear news today. One more and we should be good for the year.....  :pray:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 05, 2016, 08:33:36 AM
Oh, Val.  So sorry to hear about your mom.  Hope she's going to be okay.

Hang in there, girl.

aloha

mea
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Post by: BeaSue on January 05, 2016, 10:05:27 AM
Sending prayers and good wishes for your Mom, Val. I lived far away from my parents, too, and every time I received a call that one of them had fallen and been taken to the hospital, my heart flew into my throat. I know what you must be going through. Blessings...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on January 05, 2016, 12:16:53 PM
Oh! Val, just read your post about your Mom.  The storm cannot last forever as the sun has to shine through and it is now long over due for you. My prayers are with you for your Mom's full recovery. Keep positive thoughts.


Patricia
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Post by: nolan on January 05, 2016, 01:27:11 PM
oh dear :-\
Let's hope for a speedy recovery :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 06, 2016, 11:59:58 AM
Thanks for all of your good wishes, they certainly paid off  :yippee:   The surgeon decided they couldn't do the full surgery as required, so used pins and thinks she will be fine with that but will have to learn to walk again with her walker. The biggest worry at the moment will be how far the dimentia may have advanced. We are happy we didn't lose her, she has such a strong heart and passion for life.
Many thanks once again.  :not_worthy:

I'll post later with this mornings adventure....you must see the photos to believe it!   :faint:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 06, 2016, 12:52:33 PM
That's good news about your mom, Val.

Now we are anxious to hear about your newest adventure.

Heck with writing a book - I want to watch the soap opera!

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on January 06, 2016, 02:45:29 PM
 :clap: glad she is going to be okay
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Post by: C.Bodine on January 06, 2016, 04:29:23 PM
So happy to hear the good news!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 07, 2016, 01:24:19 AM
Internet isn't letting me upload photos but I'll fill in about our latest 'visitor' from yesterday morning.
Lloyd's reaction upon discovering this one...  quickly went from  :eek: to  :o to  :pullhair:   He is not what one could call big on reptilian lifeforms. He's done well with getting used to turtles, iguanas (preferably under 3')..... but I doubt will ever have any great acceptance to slithery beings without legs. You got it.... he was getting the dighy ready to go ashore when he spotted 'something' laying alongside the hose on deck. It was brought to my attention as "Val, we have a situation!" Now, keep in mind that 'situation' usually means serious trouble.
I went out on deck and had a looksee to what it could possibly be. Much to his chagrin my face lit up  :heeha: followed by a..... oooooh isn't he beautiful!!! I am as with most living things, a lover of snakes. I years ago had a lovely Boa (not of the fluffy variety  ;) ), named Beauregard (Beau for short) with whom I cohabited quite comfortably. He was donated to a large zoo when my landlady of the day decided he was no longer 'cute' at a length of only 4'. As of my last visit there a number of years ago he was quite content with being used for holding and petting by school children as an aid to learning of the reptilian kingdom.  :)

Back to present day. After my initial "oooooh isn't he beautiful!!!", I immediately retrieved my camera to take a couple of quick snaps! Well what else is a girl to do?  :whistle: :2funny:   Lloyd of course was not thrilled with my reaction and asked how we were going to get it off the boat?! I stated quite simply that he'd obviously eaten within the past day and was just having a rest before continuing across the harbour. Quite a docile state, so I'd just  take him behind the head, wake him gently, lift his body and gently lower him over the side. Easy-Peasy!!! Needless to say the Guvna wasn't having any of that, so to calm the situation I said fine...I'll get the boat hook. I lifted the snake's head, apologizing for interrupting his nap and speaking softly to him. Lloyd was not the least bit impressed by my calling this fellow 'Sweetie' as I was shifting him to the side. Well, Sweetie knew it was time to move on, and I just lifted his body over to help him over the side. I wasn't about to just drop him 5' to the water was I?  ;D Then we watched him swim off towards another boat, so I radioed over and told the fellow there to go to the bow and just have an eye in case 'Sweetie' decided to have a visit there. Fortunately, Sweetie just kept on going right to shore. They are excellent and very quick swimmers!

Needless to say that since moving out to the anchorage I was missing my'Cheeky' monkey so this encounter just made my day!  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on January 07, 2016, 04:30:22 AM
Oh, my!  :D  Val, if that had been my husband, he would have been overboard in no time. (Just last night, he had another of his frequent snake dreams, and woke us up, yelling.)

So glad to know that your mum is faring better than you'd feared.

It never ends, does it? Hugs!
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Post by: Happychappy on January 07, 2016, 10:54:38 AM
 O0 Val, I am so very pleased to hear that your Mom's fall wasn't as bad as thought.  Wonderful news.


As for your little "situation" ... rather you than me for in SA we were swamped with the most poisonous snakes. In fact, if you were bitten by these mamba's you had 20 minutes within which to get to a hospital otherwise you were dead meat. While my children were still young, we had two IN OUR HOUSE and I had to call the protection services to get them out.  What's more they were 6 feet long!!!!   Scary stuff. 


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: JayJ on January 08, 2016, 03:04:36 AM
Sorry to hear about your back Val!Praying for a speedy recovery!
Glad your mom is better.
Your posts are so interesting...yes, would love to see aTV serial about your adventures!:)
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Post by: Val on January 08, 2016, 04:32:01 AM
Thank you for the well wishes for mum, as of yesterday she was guarded but doing well. Not sure as yet how long she will be in hospital but hopeful she will be able to return to the nursing home and more comfortable surroundings soon.

Susan, so sorry you and your husband must deal with nightmares. I consider myself very fortunate with not having to deal with those. From what I know of suffering recurring nightmares, I'd much rather put up with my sleepless nights.

Patricia, yes dealing with poisonous snakes is definately a more scarier situation. We had one case while in the Rio just over a year ago. A Coral snake had decided to take a dip in the little pool at the marina. My dear cruising friend was the unfortunate soul to discover it after she got in the pool. She only knew it was a snake and screamed bloody murder! The workers came and fetched it out and took it away. She was quite distraught until I said her scream had actually silenced the Howlers!  :2funny:
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Post by: Kelley on January 08, 2016, 01:23:19 PM
Always an adventure with you Val.

Glad your mum's going to be okay!
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Post by: nolan on January 08, 2016, 02:50:21 PM
that would be a "situation" in my books too, except there is nobody in my household that would have the guts to come near it, we would all just abandon ship
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Post by: Happychappy on January 09, 2016, 02:30:41 PM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  Nolan, that would be me too. I think having grown up in SA we have a healthy respect for these creatures. A friend of my sister's went camping and when she climbed into her sleeping bag, she felt something wiggling ... yes a snake .... she was lucky to have not been bitten.


Patricia
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on January 09, 2016, 02:52:24 PM
Great news about your mom's situation - fingers crossed the dementia hasn't progressed.  I think it might be time to get a new boat - this one seems to be attracting all sorts of unwelcome creatures lately!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 10, 2016, 03:36:50 AM
I can see the boat is listing on the .... no way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks am I going near that thing! It's getting lonely over here on my side!  :boat:

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 11, 2016, 04:18:30 AM
 :boat: We should be heading out to Guatemala tomorrow morning.... although the weather isn't looking as forecast this morning. Hoping it will clear up for next few days as it will be a slow trip for us without the mainsail.

Hope everyone enjoys the live class tomorrow (VIP) these classes are invaluable to sort out any issues you may be having from brushes, to paint, to pencils and paper! I will get the next one for certain!

Cheers all and I hope you take advantage of this unique opportunity as no one else offers anything like these lessons.  O0
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Post by: JayJ on January 11, 2016, 04:25:44 AM
All the best Val!
will miss u in the live class...this time it is soft pastel with acrylic gel ....sounds interesting!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 11, 2016, 06:29:23 AM
Have a safe journey, Val.

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on January 11, 2016, 12:13:05 PM
safe  :boat:
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Post by: dennis on January 11, 2016, 07:32:13 PM
May the journey be a breeze :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 12, 2016, 05:49:12 AM
 :heeha: Surprise!!!  :2funny:

Still here! After spending the whole day down in Coxen Hole trying to get checked out we have only succeeded in getting halfway done.  :tongue: PJ is clear to go....but we are not.  :faint:   Hoping our weather window will hold open a while longer.  :pray:   So back to immigration again today.  :run:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 12, 2016, 08:05:37 PM
Success!!!  :yippee:   We are finally clear to go. Will be leaving tomorrow morning and will be out of communication for a couple of days.   :boat:     :wave:
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Post by: Kelley on January 12, 2016, 09:51:39 PM
 :yippee: Safe travels.   O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 17, 2016, 03:25:38 AM
 :heeha: We're here!!! We arrived at Tres Puntas, Guatemala Thursday and spent a lovely night. I was greeted in the early morning hours by the roars of the Howler monkeys. Then a short trip over to Livingston to check in. Lots of changes in Gov't. and procedure. All good! Motored up the river through the gorge and saw a few new buildings, but still not much changed.
We spent Friday night anchored in what is known among cruisers as Gringo Bay. So peaceful, I felt filled with an inner peace I haven't felt in quite a long time. As we cleared the Golfetti we started to see major changes....a lot more 'houses' built, quiet isolated bays were now lined with large overbearing houses and docks. Seems the Americans are buying up everything they can with their US$. Such a shame.
The one bright spot was as we passed what used to be our old marina, (Mario's, now deserted) who should appear but a great white egret, landed on the end post where our boat used to be....Edgar?!  :heeha: I'd like to think so.
Saturday afternoon we arrived at NanaJuana marina where we will be hauling the boat to paint the bottoms and various other 'boat jobs'.  :tongue:
Internet seems pretty good here.....so far!  :whistle:    ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on January 17, 2016, 06:00:25 AM
Oh, Val, so glad you arrived safe and sound. And Edgar was there to greet you!  :yippee: I understand that wonderful feeling of inner peace. I hope your back is feeling better Where will you be staying while the boat bottom is being painted?
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 17, 2016, 09:07:24 AM
What a wonderfull adventurous life you are having.  Be safe and have a nice trip.   
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Post by: nolan on January 17, 2016, 11:06:04 AM
glad you had a safe trip,  :gl: with the paint job. It would be interesting to know what the locals think of the "upgrades"
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Post by: Happychappy on January 17, 2016, 12:41:59 PM
So relieved to hear you are safe and sound and especially having that tranquil feeling of inner peace which is absolutely wonderful Val.  Also to be greeted and welcomed by Edgar is really something isn't it?  All makes for a happy stay. 


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on January 17, 2016, 10:51:34 PM
Yeah, you are safe and back online.

aloha

mea
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Post by: dennis on January 18, 2016, 02:37:26 AM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 18, 2016, 04:41:21 AM
Nice to be online and not having it disappear every few minutes!  :yippee:

Yes Nolan, I will be asking around and see what impact it is having on our friends here. I am concerned how it is affecting our 'illegally' adopted family now that Mario's Marina is closed down. They employed quite a few from the little village behind and elsewhere. There has been quite an upheaval. I hope all of these changes will not destroy the culture of the local villages as we have witnessed in other places. It would be a great and very sad loss.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on January 25, 2016, 03:34:40 AM
 :tongue: Sorry I haven't been about too much for commenting and spreading the words of wisdom...  ::) :whistle:    :2funny:   but on the upside the boat projects are coming along. We hauled late Friday afternoon and with the help of a local team should be back in the water within (hopefully) two weeks.  :sweat:

I haven't had time to pick up a pencil...other than to add things to the work list  :doh: , but have managed to take a kaleidoscope of photos around the yard to add to the pool of challenge photos. New subjects, complex and simple, live and inanimate! I think this year is going to see some really exciting works!  :heeha:

 :cold: It is freezing here! Temps of 54-74F   :o   Have had a big cold front come through, have had to dig out more sheets AND blankets!!!  :faint: Should start warming up again today, until the next one  :ban: ;D
Well, sun will be coming up shortly so time to put the kettle on.   :coffee: See you all soon!     :run:   
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on January 25, 2016, 12:22:51 PM
have fun toiling away ;D
we need a shovel smilley... :-\
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on January 25, 2016, 02:28:00 PM
You are freezing at 54-74F!    :confused:

Girl, you are getting spoiled on your adventures  :whistle:

Have fun.
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Post by: Val on February 03, 2016, 04:28:40 PM
have fun toiling away ;D
we need a shovel smilley... :-\
:eek: Not trying to bury me already!  :o   Good luck with that one!!!    :run: :2funny:

Actually, due to still working through my frozen shoulder, and poor Lloyd's bad knees we actually hired some fellows to do the main bull work on the hulls/bottoms. Scary as we've always done our own work. Getting old is going on the back burner, guess I won't be going quietly!!!  :knuppel2: :2funny:
We are still servicing our own engines/winches etc., I must go up the mast and inspect the rig top to bottom and find out why our anchor light isn't working. Also have to install a new deck/steaming light. Really hoping it isn't a wiring issue. Good wire is expensive and hard to come by here...almost as hard as finding a good art supply!  :crazy2:   I've found a couple of lines need replacing so will have to dig out my splicing toolbox.

I did get to do something arty today! One of my students from a couple of years back called me to help her with her graphite portraiture! Was fun showing a few techniques for shading and softening off, lost and found lines. Once we get back afloat we'll have a serious day of refreshers and drawing exercises. It feels so good to be back!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 03, 2016, 04:47:46 PM
You are freezing at 54-74F!    :confused:

Girl, you are getting spoiled on your adventures  :whistle:

Have fun.

Annie, we have made up for that these past few days...today had us at 100.4F.  :sweat:    We'll be heading back to the deepfreeze here again in the next 2  weeks! Low 60's at night and only low to mid 70's in the day!  :cold: High tomorrow is forecast for 82F dropping to 68F!!! Later in the week to 59F  :faint: Winter woolie time.... so glad I kept my furry mountie hat!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 10, 2016, 03:46:03 PM
This is the closest layout to ours that I could find. Few minor differences but it'll give you the idea.


I'll add some up to date photos of her once we are cleaned up and back in the water....which hopefully will be this weekend!!!   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 10, 2016, 03:49:54 PM
Hmm... you are brave souls!!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: thegrindre on February 13, 2016, 07:06:21 PM
And you're sailing 'around the world' in that thing??? Boy, it must be fun.  :yippee:
How many years is it now?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on February 14, 2016, 07:08:54 AM
Rick, we've been sailing aboard Puddle Jumper for 10 years now. We had planned on a circumnavigation but due to my not so great eyesight and the odd health issue, decided it would be prudent and safer just cruising around the Caribbean Sea and coastal waters.

To put it in short, simple terms..... it has been and is a BLAST!!! Meeting so many different people from different cultures has been amazing. I don't find the language an issue as such... it's great fun trying to communicate and learn different languages which I tend to forget most of in short order!  ;D
In any event it certainly amuses the locals and we all have a good laugh!  :2funny:

The sailing is beyond description at times, sailing on glass, rising and sliding 10-15' waves (which we'd rather not),  :boat:   as usually quite steep and stormy by that time! Riding on gentle rolling swells is like flying with the birds gliding on air currents. Helps me breath easier just thinking about it.  :cloud9:

We launch on Tuesday, can't wait!!!!   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 14, 2016, 08:14:20 AM
WowVal,

What an adventurous life.  Your description of your travels sound exciting.  I've seen movies like what you describe and your living it! Double Wow!! :boat: :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on February 14, 2016, 09:30:21 AM
Bon voyage, Val.  Safe travels.  fair wind and following seas (I think that's the saying).  And a good painting from every port!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: thegrindre on February 14, 2016, 09:43:00 AM
Yeah, 10 years ago. I joined about 5 years ago and followed you around here.  ;D As a ex-sailor (USN), I loved the sea, too.

Have fun!!!
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Post by: nolan on February 14, 2016, 11:05:58 AM
wow, what a life :heeha: :envy:
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Post by: dennis on February 14, 2016, 11:50:07 AM
Safe sailing :flowers:
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Post by: Val on February 14, 2016, 02:35:54 PM
Thanks everyone, before we can venture outside the river our next job is fixing the 'rat' holes he ate in the main while in Roatan. So we'll just be playing on the river, lake and Golfetti for a while. Have to find line for new reef lines as well...must have been a hungry little dickens!  ;D

I have loaded the photos of our 'cuddly' visitor (as it turned out when measured 7' Boa) on the laptop. However, something strange happened today...my screen has flipped sideways  :confused: and I don't know how to get it back! If anyone has any ideas, let me know, I've never seen this happen before. Once I get it sorted I can upload those and some photos of our trip up the gorge.

Since it's still drizzle, rain and cold....I think I'll get out my sketchbook.
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Post by: dennis on February 14, 2016, 04:29:58 PM
Great for lying in bed while you work the computer :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: thegrindre on February 14, 2016, 04:33:22 PM
nVidia has a control panel you can use to flip it back.
Do you have a nVidia graphics card? Try going into the control panel and check that option out.
What version of Windows are you running?
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on February 14, 2016, 07:36:51 PM
Love the boat layout - so glad you shared! i truly do hope Yuill wrote a book about this one day. It's an adventure many of us only dream about having (minus the rats of course!)
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Post by: Val on February 14, 2016, 07:40:54 PM
Found it! There's a rotation in a drop down when I right clicked on the desktop. Who knew?  :crazy2:   Thanks anyway Rick.  :-*

I'll put up the photos tomorrow... I'm going to bed.  :yawn:   Night all   :wave:
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Post by: Val on February 15, 2016, 03:25:54 AM
Ok, for those who like elongated reptiles....here is our morning visitor, which I wasn't allowed to keep.  :'(


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Post by: Maryna on February 15, 2016, 04:32:47 AM
oh gosh no thanks.  :o

We have found lots of night adders in our yard over the past few weeks. We have to get rid of them as they are deadly to pets. (just mentioned as you got a snake there)  :thumbdown:

But sorry if I step on toes, wild animals should not be kept as pets. :fight:

Are you guys docked that it got on the boat?
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Post by: Val on February 15, 2016, 04:38:10 AM
We were anchored out at French Cay in Roatan, Honduras. This fellow got tired swimming across the harbour and climbed aboard for a rest.

I agree with not keeping wild animals for pets Maryna, any I've had have been rescue missions. They go back to the wild if possible, or to sanctuaries if unable to fend for themselves.  O0
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Post by: Maryna on February 15, 2016, 04:46:13 AM
Your life sounds so exciting!

I have to ask, aren't you afraid of every getting kidnapped (taking hostage) or something like that?
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Post by: Happychappy on February 15, 2016, 05:28:03 AM
Oh! Val, that Boa was a hefty guy ... rather you than me ... I have had enough of snakes to last me into eternity. I think most of us who hail from SA have a healthy respect for those reptiles, which often times could mean 'death just waiting to happen' for us as a large number of the snakes were deadly poisonous. 


Please take care.   


Patricia
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Post by: C.Bodine on February 15, 2016, 05:33:30 AM
O....M....G!!!(gracious!) I would have  :faint: and then when I woke up, I would have :run: ! I would never be able to :sleep:  again!!  :eek: 
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 15, 2016, 07:08:28 AM
Y-I-K-E-S!!!!

Lucky there are no snakes in Hawaii.  And there is a $25,000 fine for bringing one in just to help keep them out.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on February 15, 2016, 07:28:03 AM
Rather lovely face on the photo!

Patricia, Bodine, no fear we can sleep soundly at night. None of those venemous beat in Canada, and the winter kills all the mosquitoes...  just keep sleep with your mittems and socks to avoid frostbites.   Hang on Winter will be over soon.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 15, 2016, 08:16:36 AM
Oh the Boa is a handsome guy.  So how do you safely get him off the boat?
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Post by: C.Bodine on February 15, 2016, 08:23:50 AM
Actually, I'm from Florida. Further down south, we have a tremendous problem with pythons! During Hurricane Andrew, a breeding facility was destroyed and the snakes(which are definitely not native) were never recovered. We now have an estimated population of over 100,000 in the Everglades and they have nearly decimated some species. The largest found was 18'8"!
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Post by: nolan on February 15, 2016, 11:01:34 AM
OMW, I will just leave, the snake can have the boat, my clothes and everything else on the boat... :run:
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Post by: JayJ on February 15, 2016, 11:24:17 AM
That would be exactly my reaction too, Christina!..... Your life is full of surprises.and adventurous  Val!!!How do you stay so calm !?
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Post by: Annie. on February 16, 2016, 05:56:06 AM
Christina, I may never go see Mickey Mouse again without being self concious of surrounding swamps 😱

I am with you Nolan, "children and women first!"
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Post by: Kelley on February 16, 2016, 07:36:23 AM
It may depend on MS Windows version, but try [Shift]+[Alt]+[arrow key].
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Post by: Val on February 16, 2016, 03:58:11 PM
Thanks Kelley, got it sorted. It was a right click on desktop, drop down rotation.  O0

As for the rest of you lot... never fear, Val is here!  :knight: I'll keep you safe from the meanies!  :knuppel2:    ;)     ;D      :hug:
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Post by: Val on February 16, 2016, 04:27:07 PM
 :yippee:   We're afloat!!!!!  :boat:   Launched this afternoon and feeling sooo much better!  :yippee:   Lots of photos to sort and post..... soon.  :yawn:
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Post by: thegrindre on February 16, 2016, 07:55:38 PM
I'm with you, Nolan.  O0 I think I could have walked on water if necessary... or tried anyway.  :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 16, 2016, 08:59:42 PM
YAY - happy sailing, Val and Lloyd.

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on February 17, 2016, 11:37:27 AM
have a safe journey :boat:
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Post by: Val on February 20, 2016, 09:50:14 AM
 :( Received sad news from up north this morning. All treatment has been terminated for my brother's wife. Nothing has helped to slow the cancer. She is home and receiving morphine to keep her comfortable. My brother and sister are taking her to a Blue Rodeo concert tonight as it is her favourite band. Not being a huge country fan myself, she is glad I won't be there with my earplugs, book, and flashlight!  ;D

Mum is not doing well, another possible surgery is looming.  :(

My son is weathering more serious health issues.  :(

I feel much better now, not sure if PB's site emits positive energy to me....or is it just radioactive waves buzzing my brain?!    :squareeyes: :2funny:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on February 20, 2016, 10:12:25 AM
Oh, Val.  Such sad news about your sister-in-law.  Hope she enjoys the concert.

Hope things work our well for your brother and mother regarding their health issues.

Stay strong.  Sounds like you are going to need all the strength you can muster.

aloha

mea
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Post by: dennis on February 20, 2016, 10:19:58 AM
Deeply concerned with what you are going through at the moment. :( Look up, and we at the Paint Basket will carry you as much as we are able to O0 :flowers:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on February 20, 2016, 11:26:31 AM
Oh Val, I am so sorry about you sister in law, mother, and son.  My heart goes out to all of you. Yes, There is a positive energy that is shared on the PB forum. Draw from that love and energy. Sending love, prayers, and comforting energy to you and your loved ones. :flowers: :hug: :pray:
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Post by: Danielle123 on February 20, 2016, 04:42:50 PM
Val I am sorry to hear all those sad news, know that we are all praying for you and your love ones.  Be strong and keep your chin up and great sence of humour.
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Post by: Annie. on February 20, 2016, 07:06:08 PM
Dear Val, my thoughts and wishes are with you during these difficult times.  Good palliative care is even more valuable then good onco care.  Even when bad things happen to good people, one could hope for the best possible outcome.  Whatever it will be and even when we cannot control the outcome.  One day at the time.  Share, it will divide the burden.  Best of all, Annie
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Post by: Val on February 22, 2016, 04:39:03 AM
Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. I did not mean to burden anyone with my share of life's issues. It just lightened the load as it were to 'let it out.' I had actually meant to remove the post yesterday but was unable to access the site. Who did that?  ;D

Oh well, if I am a bit slow answering your texts you'll know I'm not ignoring you, just a bit preoccupied.

I'm getting off now as I must gather my thoughts to speak with my brother soon. Thank goodness for skype!  :smiley6600:
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Post by: Happychappy on February 22, 2016, 10:29:03 AM
Val, I am so sad to hear the news of your loved one's health issues. While in my prayer time last night, strange to say but your Mom came into my mind and I prayed for her as well.  I shall add your sister in law and son to my list. Just keep positive thoughts and stay strong.


Patricia
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Post by: JayJ on February 22, 2016, 10:59:59 AM
I am really sorry to hear that Val! It's enough to weigh anyone down!Sending good thoughts and prayers to you and your family!
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Post by: Judy Weeks on February 22, 2016, 02:09:29 PM
Val, I'm very sorry to hear the immense load you are carrying.  :( Sending energy & prayers your way.
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Post by: Val on February 22, 2016, 03:47:48 PM
Thanks much Patricia, Zayn and Judy for your kind thoughts and wishes.  :hug:

We are just waiting for a final prognosis.
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Post by: nolan on February 23, 2016, 12:23:11 PM
stay strong Val :flowers: :hug:
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Post by: jillh on February 23, 2016, 03:46:26 PM
Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.  Stay strong!
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Post by: Class Mac on February 23, 2016, 06:11:31 PM
Val, I'm adding you and your family to my prayer list. One family member suffering is bad enough, but three at the same time....not good.
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Post by: BeaSue on March 02, 2016, 02:55:42 PM
Val, I am a little late to this gathering, and want to tell you that I am so sorry to learn about all that your family is enduring just now.  :( I know how much it helps to share the load. Know that we are all holding you close in our thoughts.  :flowers:
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 02, 2016, 04:14:51 PM
thinking of you Val, be strong.
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Post by: Tania on March 02, 2016, 04:50:48 PM
Praying.  :hug:
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Post by: Val on March 03, 2016, 06:24:56 AM
Thank you all. Haven't heard any news in past few days.... dislike not knowing. I deal much better when I know what I am facing, good, bad, or indifferent.
Haven't done any drawing past few days, feeling too antsy I suppose. Spent best part of yesterday scrubbing the decks! Got overheated so went to the pool and swam lengths and did physio exercises.
Raining off and on today....guess I'll attack the inside and wear off some more nervous energy...  :nunchucks:
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Post by: NHC50 on March 03, 2016, 07:30:10 PM
Val just read this. Sorry to hear what is happening to you and your loved ones. Just remember you are loved.  :hug:

Nina  :flowers:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 03, 2016, 08:43:34 PM
Thank you all. Haven't heard any news in past few days.... dislike not knowing. I deal much better when I know what I am facing, good, bad, or indifferent.
Haven't done any drawing past few days, feeling too antsy I suppose. Spent best part of yesterday scrubbing the decks! Got overheated so went to the pool and swam lengths and did physio exercises.
Raining off and on today....guess I'll attack the inside and where off some more nervous energy...  :nunchucks:

I agree Val, about dealing better with a situation if you know what you are facing. I hope you get news soon.  :hug:
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Post by: Win on March 08, 2016, 06:33:44 AM
Blessings Val,  for you and your family. 
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Post by: Annie. on March 09, 2016, 05:59:54 AM
Just back and I see you are still for news.  The only approach to waiting is to keep busy.  So paint, clean, teach, do volunteer work... whatever it takes to keep you and your mind occupied.   :flowers:
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Post by: Val on March 09, 2016, 06:08:01 AM
Thank you all, if I was predestined to chewing my nails....I wouldn't have any left!  ;D

Just received a short note saying news was in the offing. Hope it comes quickly!   :sweat:
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Post by: Val on March 10, 2016, 05:14:49 PM
News from my son is not great. He is now having more problems with his legs, will be seeing physician next week.

Mum is not doing well, but I did get to talk to her for a few moments on skype. Physical condition not improved, and the dementia is advancing more rapidly.

She asked me to paint her a Monarch butterfly, so I will do that foremost and have it couriered....  :think: couriered, now that will be a challenge!
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 10, 2016, 08:57:59 PM
 :( I'm sorry, Val, that the news from your son and mother is not good. Are the problems in your son's legs something that can be corrected?

 I'm glad your able to video chat with your Mum. Isn't Skype and FaceTime a wonderful thing. I will look forward to your post of the monarch, if you are posting it, before you send it off. She will treasure it.  :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 10, 2016, 09:44:45 PM
Val, hang in there.  Sorry the news was not more positive.

Wish we could do more than just send best wishes and pray.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on March 11, 2016, 04:57:34 AM
Ta much Mea, just seeing your works and smiling face when I come here does wonders in lifting my spirits. I love to see how far each person takes their talents...far beyond mine I dare say!  ;D   On-On!!!
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Post by: Val on March 11, 2016, 05:04:28 AM
Thanks Kathy, another case of wait and see I'm afraid. They (physicians) have been 'experimenting' with his meds this past while. So he thinks (hoping) it is just that and can be reversed by a change. I pray that's all it is.

I will post the Monarch when done. I hope to have it done next week...and let me tell you, to start and finish a painting in a week is really pushing the mark for me!  :crazy2:    ;D   I know it may not be a masterpiece (ya think?), but time is more important at this point. I did do a small one last year for her, but it apparently got lost in the shuffle. Hopefully this one will be better!  :painting:
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Post by: BeaSue on March 11, 2016, 05:17:59 AM
Hugs, Val.  :hug: Painting that Monarch butterfly will be as comforting for you as it is for her. And I hope your son's situation improves soon.
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Post by: Annie. on March 11, 2016, 12:14:26 PM
The monarch butterflies will be a master piece in her eyes, no doubt.  A painting is not just about colours on paper (that is only the technical part of it), it is also about emotions and love.

Thank you again for helping me sorted the basic of WC, specially in such time, you are most kind and wonderful to others.

And don't talk down your own artistic talent  :knuppel2: , or we won't be able to trust you when you tell us to be positive  :smitten:
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Post by: Class Mac on March 12, 2016, 02:39:11 AM
The artwork is something special for your mum and will mean a lot to her. My Mum was taken into hospital last year and Rachel just happened to have crocheted a little teddy for her. Mum held onto that teddy the entire time she was in the hospital...
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Post by: Happychappy on March 12, 2016, 01:02:52 PM
Oh! Val, I am so sorry to hear that things are not as one would hope. It seems a terrible year to date with health issues for so many of us.  However, keep positive and I continue to lift your mother, son and sister in law up in prayer.


Patricia
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Post by: nolan on March 13, 2016, 11:17:54 AM
hang in there Val :hug: :flowers:
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Post by: musika on March 13, 2016, 11:21:51 AM
You are in our thoughts, Val.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 13, 2016, 12:48:49 PM
Dearest Val - I've been so focused on my show I haven't had a chance to log in an see how your doing. I'm so so sorry to read about all of the challenges facing your sister-in-law, mother and son.  I'm glad you feel comfortable enough to "download" to PB - we're you're family, too and are here to support you emotionally any way we possibly can.  I love that your mom has asked for a painting of a Monarch butterfly from you! They are beautiful yet fragile - as is life. A butterfly reminds us to enjoy the moments we have now. Sending lots of loves and hugs! Stay strong!!
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Post by: Annie. on March 13, 2016, 03:01:48 PM
Thinking of you and all the kindness you have shown to all of us, and hope that we could return it by supporting you through this difficult time.

Warmest  :hug:
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Post by: Val on March 13, 2016, 06:48:35 PM
Thank you one and all, you are each very precious to me. Whenever I need a lift here you are!  :flowers:    :thankyou:

Some good news at last, my son is now sharing an apartment with an old school chum. I am already noticing a lighter tone in his conversation even though it is usually just email. Apparently there are four cats in the apartment so plenty of company for him when he can't get out.  :)

Not much change for mum this week, and my sister-in-law is pretty much confined to her bed but still keeping up a good front. I am concerned for my brother as his health has not been good of late.  :-\

Sharon, when I did the butterfly lesson with Dennis, and the help of my beloved 'Artisticat'  ::) mum wanted that particular painting. She loves butterflies. It hangs in her room at the end of her bed so she sees it when she wakes up. Will get started on the Monarch Tuesday.

Keep well everyone, and keep drawing and painting!!!  :painting:    :knuppel2:     ;)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 13, 2016, 09:27:34 PM
Val,

Glad that things appear a bit better for your family.  Guess there'll always be some ups and downs as that's the way life goes.

We're here for you!

aloha

mea
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Post by: JayJ on March 13, 2016, 10:35:13 PM
Happy to note some good news...sending positive thoughts!
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Post by: nolan on March 14, 2016, 11:23:36 AM
good news :clap:
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 14, 2016, 03:33:31 PM
Great to see that thing are looking better for your son.  Hope all will get better for the rest of your family.  :1hug:
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Post by: Val on March 14, 2016, 04:58:29 PM
good news :clap:

Hold that thought Nolan....  ::)   Just not focusing today I guess...  :doh:

Well, it seems I may be staying close to the boat for a bit. Nicked my foot on a bit of pipe and fractured my toe. When we got back on board it had a balloon popping out of the joint. Crap. Sent Lloyd to bring me a popsicle stick, blue tape and a cryopac. Grabbed my toe, gave it a hell of a pull and the bulge disappeared...hurt like hell ! Broke the popsicle stick to right sizes, one on each side and taped it up to the toe next to it. Started to swell a bit so wrapped my foot in the cryopac and tied it on with a tea towel. The height of fashionable footwear! The drugs help!  :injured:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 14, 2016, 05:22:17 PM
Take two aspirins and call me in the morning, Dr. Val.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Danielle123 on March 14, 2016, 06:26:28 PM
You ladies crack me up.    :2funny:     
Val you have to learn to walk.   :injured:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 14, 2016, 09:17:35 PM
 :injured: oh yikes, Val. ouch! I'm sure this part of the adventure you could do without. I hope it heals quickly. Guess you'll have to spend more time painting and visiting with us :painting: :deal:
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Post by: BeaSue on March 15, 2016, 03:08:12 AM
Ouch, ouch, ouch!!!  ???
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Post by: Val on March 15, 2016, 03:26:58 AM
 :think:   There is a bright side to this.... it certainly got my mind off of my troubles!  ::)     :2funny:
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Post by: nolan on March 15, 2016, 11:34:42 AM
we'll have to send you some safety boots ???
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Post by: Val on March 15, 2016, 03:08:04 PM
Safety boots might be a good thing.... perhaps another set of lookers for walking?     :think:   I keep this up I'll have more specs than Imelda Marcos had shoes!!!     8)     :squareeyes:    :cool2:    :coolsmiley:    ^-^        :2funny:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on March 15, 2016, 06:29:22 PM
Oy vey, Val!!! Take care of yourself - no more injuries allowed!
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Post by: Happychappy on March 16, 2016, 07:38:17 AM
Geez, Val, if it is not one thing it is another hey.  Anyway, fantastic news about your son but am now worried about your toe.  I continue to lift your son, Mom and sister in law up in prayer and will now add you to the list ... as you say, always room for one more!   :-*


Patricia
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Post by: Val on March 16, 2016, 01:48:55 PM
Hopefully no more problems for a while.

I cut off the makeshift splint today...to hot and uncomfortable and other than a dazzling display of black & lovely violet-purple, it's looking pretty good. Just need to ice it a few more times, swelling is way down and it no longer looks quite so much like an ogre toe!  :2funny:
I'm just going over to check out that gorgeous schooner Nolan has provided in the drawing lessons so should keep me out of trouble for a while.  :whistle:

Thank you Patricia, your blessings will come back to you three fold.
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Post by: Annie. on March 18, 2016, 06:53:04 AM
Maybe a safety hat and butcher net gloves should be added to the parcel.

Keep an eye on all the beautiful colours you toe will have in the next couple of week.  Done same, right little toe, in Nov but could not straighten it myself and nobody around me wanted to try.  So ended up with a permanently enlarge and discoloured toe.
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Post by: Val on March 27, 2016, 04:21:47 AM
Ouch Annie!   :think: Broken toes....now that would be a 'challenge'  ;)    :2funny:
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Post by: Val on March 27, 2016, 04:24:05 AM
Have been speaking with my brother past couple of days. The best outlook for my sister-in-law is anything from weeks to possibly a few months.

Waiting for some test results for mum.

My son is going through more difficulties as they have upped his meds dosage yet again.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on March 27, 2016, 07:38:22 AM
Thanks for the update, Val.  Will continue the prayers for you and your family.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on March 27, 2016, 10:38:36 AM
 :pray: Thoughts and prayers to you and your family, Val.
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Post by: BeaSue on March 28, 2016, 04:47:53 AM
Surrounding you with love, Val.  :hug:
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Post by: C.Bodine on March 28, 2016, 05:19:58 AM
Just a roller-coaster for you and your family here lately!  :hug:
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Post by: Happychappy on April 02, 2016, 12:48:19 PM
Val, just noticed on the Challenge thread that you haven't been well.  I pray that it was nothing serious and that you are feeling better.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.   Patricia   :flowers:
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Post by: Val on April 04, 2016, 03:22:44 PM
Thanks to Mea, Kathy, Susan, C. & Patricia.  It has indeed been a roller coaster ride.

Mum is doing better. Thanks for all your well wishes, good thoughts and prayers.

Sadly my brother had to take my sister-in-law to the hospital the other night as she was in so much pain. She is being kept in with morphine drip. Not certain at this point if she will be able to go home again.

I am doing better, thank you Patricia. I suppose I let myself run down a bit with all the goings on. No fear, I shall be back up in  :fight: form shortly.  :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 04, 2016, 05:25:07 PM
Thanks for the update, Val.  Happy to hear that you mum is doing better.  Saying a prayer for your sister-in-law.

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on April 07, 2016, 01:47:28 AM
 :thankyou: for the update :flowers:
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Post by: Happychappy on April 07, 2016, 03:14:47 AM
 :thankyou:  Val for the update. I continue to uplift you all in my prayers. Hold on to positive thoughts and keep smiling.   Patricia
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Post by: Val on April 10, 2016, 05:23:57 PM
Our time is up here in Guatemala so we must leave. We will be starting out tomorrow morning to Gringo Bay for a night to make sure all systems are functioning properly. Then head downriver to Livingston to check out. We will cross over to Tres Punta for the night and head up to Belize where we will spend 2 months cruising the barrier reef and islands.

Internet may be spotty but hoping it has improved since our last trip there 2 years ago....my that was an adventure!  :o    :2funny:

Just having a poke about to see what's been going on   :nosey:   Will check in here tomorrow before we leave.   :boat:
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Post by: stoney on April 10, 2016, 05:53:37 PM
Safe journey. :)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 10, 2016, 06:46:42 PM
Safe travels.  Sounds like quite the adventure.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 10, 2016, 07:00:35 PM
I wish you a very enjoyable and safe journey, Val.   :boat:

Since I am still fairly new to PB, can you tell me how it is that you've come to do all this lovely traveling? I've read back a bit on PJs adventures and it seems that you have quite a lot of fascinating stories. I especially like the snake ones.  :heeha:

I look forward to your posts as you are able.  :peace:
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Post by: JayJ on April 10, 2016, 09:32:26 PM
Safe journey Val!
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Post by: dennis on April 11, 2016, 01:30:15 AM
Have a safe and storm free journey :flowers:
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Post by: BeaSue on April 11, 2016, 04:02:59 AM

Godspeed, Val.

:boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat: :boat:
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Post by: Val on April 11, 2016, 04:16:35 AM
We'll be off in a couple of hours, just having one last PB fix before we go!  See you all in about a week's time.    :boat:      :wave:
 Be good and keep drawing/painting!  :knuppel2:

Adios mi amigas y amigos!  :wave:
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Post by: Val on April 11, 2016, 04:17:48 AM
Last PB fix for a bit. See you all in about a week's time.   :boat:       :wave:
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Post by: Happychappy on April 11, 2016, 04:41:09 AM
Safe journey and calm sailing Val.   Patricia
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Post by: Annie. on April 11, 2016, 04:58:50 AM
Safe sailing Val 🌞⛵
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Post by: nolan on April 11, 2016, 12:38:24 PM
have a safe trip
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Post by: Win on April 12, 2016, 05:06:42 AM
Safe and fun sailing Val. :boat:
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Post by: Val on April 15, 2016, 01:58:40 PM
 :heeha:   Hello All,   :wave:   I'm BACK!!!  :attacked:      :2funny:

Nothing very adventurous this trip, just the usual headwinds and seas....one of these days we'll get some good sailing again  ::)

We arrived in Placencia, Belize yesterday PM. Spent a couple of nights in nearly deserted anchorages on the way, lovely and peaceful...except for New Haven, where we were trapped by mechanical problems for a week on our last trip up. There they have an over abundance of ‘Tabanidae’, which are an incredibly aggressive biting fly. The bites are painful, itchy, can cause serious swelling and they are voracious! Since I seem to be particularly tasty to anything that bites....I am always the choice 'beef' as it were.  :faint: Came out quite well this time...only two bites before we closed up.  :sweat:

We will be cruising the barrier reef here which is second only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Can't wait to get out there and swim with the fishes!

I will be popping back in every chance I get, not much internet out there  :(   so may be needing a hand with the next couple of challenges...just in case we don't find any internet handy. PM me if you would like to help out. We will be here in Placencia for a few days yet.

I'm almost done my schooner! Will post a photo just now.  ;)      :promise:
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Post by: Happychappy on April 15, 2016, 02:11:38 PM
Thank the Lord you are safe and sound Val ... sorry about those "biting" flies who seem to enjoy having a snack at your expense.  Wish I could help with the Challenges but we are off on a much needed vacation, leaving on Monday. I haven't even had a chance to do one of the challenges myself this month for life has been crazy.  Anyway, hope to hear more from you when you are able to get onto the internet.  Take care.   Patricia
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Post by: mea hamo pena on April 15, 2016, 06:39:46 PM
Safe travels and give a shout if you need help with the challenges!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 15, 2016, 08:26:30 PM
Oh Val - what an amazing adventure you're having! I loved the 10 days we spent in Belize. Lucky you to have 2 months! So glad you didn't get too bitten by those nasty bugs. Be safe and keep popping in with those updates. You're going to love swimming with the fish in those waters!!
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Post by: Val on April 16, 2016, 10:48:04 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia, enjoy your vacation. Relax and have a great time.

Thank you Mea, will do. Once we get our plans sorted a bit I'll let you know. I must get some palm photos for you, so many varieties here!  :1hug:

Sharon, it is so nice to be back in the waters of the sea. The deep ultramarine blues to a touch of alizarin crimson in the cloud shadows, from viridian to turquoise to cerulean! I love to walk out back in the morning and just fall into the sea. Just good for the soul.   :cloud9:
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 16, 2016, 04:24:32 PM
Val - I love how you describe the sea colors - just like an artist!
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Post by: stoney on April 25, 2016, 05:47:22 PM
Let me guess....on those biting critters 'comment cards' they complained that margarita's weren't offered and there wasn't any salsa..... ;)

Smooth seas and a hefty tail wind. 
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Post by: Val on April 26, 2016, 01:02:37 PM
 :2funny:
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Post by: Val on April 26, 2016, 01:30:50 PM
Well, it has been a glorious time so far, the cays we have visited are just little mangrove islands that we tuck in behind to anchor.  There seems to be a problem with one of the seals on my underwater camera so cannot take any underwater photos this trip.  :( heartbreaking...  :'( I am taking lots of photos of the Cays and other wildlife when we find it.
I have seen many Cushion Starfish of glorious colours and patterns, large French Angelfish, breathtaking corals of riotous colourations!  :yippee:
Have had a few dolphins playing about, and saw a manatee this morning as we left the anchorage.

So much to take in all while I bob about on this wondrous azure sea.  :cloud9:
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Post by: musika on April 26, 2016, 02:54:01 PM
There seems to be a problem with one of the seals on my underwater camera...

Are you sure it's a seal and not one of the dolphins in fancy dress?
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Post by: Tousabella on April 26, 2016, 05:06:04 PM
So glad to hear you are safely 'tucked in' and have arrived there. Was a lil apprehensive with all the crazy weather reports.
Angel wings for you and your family. They will wrap round you all, keep you safe and ease your pain.
Take care, and sending big hugs.
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Post by: Val on April 28, 2016, 12:40:18 PM
There seems to be a problem with one of the seals on my underwater camera...

Are you sure it's a seal and not one of the dolphins in fancy dress?

Ray, should I see one I'll be sure to get a snap for you!  :2funny:
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Post by: Val on April 28, 2016, 12:50:15 PM
Thanks so much Bella, hoping you are well and able to play with your pastels, paints and such. I'll be settling in to some serious drawing/painting when I get back and settled. Have collected so many photos it's going to be difficult to choose a few!  :D Lots of fodder for the challenges!  ;)

This afternoon we arrived in Caye Caulker, Belize for a nice break of a few days to relax, get caught up with laundry, wash the salt off PJ, provision..... but first I think I'll just go fall in. Will spend a day just loading and sorting through the photos I collected on the way up. Can't wait to get in to some of these!  :heeha:    Will be doing a lot of sketching/drawing for the next while, then decide which ones I want to paint first  :-\    :confused: !

Lots of photos coming your way shortly!
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Post by: stoney on May 01, 2016, 07:29:04 AM
There's always maintenance to be done.  It's good you've gone into 'stop the world I want to get off' mode for a day, or two.  :)
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Post by: Val on May 01, 2016, 01:24:39 PM
Will be here in Caye Caulker for a few more days as this system blows itself out. Loaded more photos so will have some to show soon.
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Post by: KathyKuz on May 06, 2016, 01:48:31 PM
Val:  Your adventure must be exciting.  Good for you.  I am too old to venture so far. Can't be away from my doctors. 
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Post by: Val on May 06, 2016, 03:54:21 PM
Ran out of internet a few days ago and the company we are using was not available on Caye Caulker!  :eek:

We sailed up to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye this morning and luckily  :sweat: found an outlet for our internet here!  :yippee: We are anchored about 1/2 mile off the shore and 1/2 mile from the barrier reef. It is gorgeous!!!  :smitten:   We will spend the next week here as we will have to renew our immigration for another 30 days on the 12th. Sharing a golf cart tomorrow with cruising friends to tour around the island. Lots more picture taking in my immediate future.  ;D

Will be posting photos for you shortly!
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 06, 2016, 03:58:18 PM
Sounds like fun, Val.  Enjoy!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on May 06, 2016, 03:58:43 PM
KathyK, we have found some of the medical in these 'third' world countries exceeds what we had back home and costs less! Have had a few issues that plagued me for years corrected easily without use of drugs!

We are considering Belize as a possible place to retire to when we finally swallow the hook.  :hang:   But then again...I love Martinique, and Grenada, and .....   :D     :2funny:
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Post by: dennis on May 07, 2016, 02:37:22 PM
Val, you have sea water instead of blood in your veins :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
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Post by: Annie. on May 07, 2016, 03:39:49 PM
Close enough ... both have 0.9% salt   :clap:
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Post by: stoney on May 07, 2016, 05:17:31 PM
Val and Lloyd salt their morning eggs by brushing their shoulders..... :)
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Post by: Val on May 08, 2016, 09:42:03 AM
Dennis, you're not the first to say that!  :think:    :idea:   Say...you live on an island, and I haven't been there yet..... how's the neighbourhood?!  >:D    :2funny:
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Post by: Val on May 08, 2016, 09:43:04 AM
Annie, Stoney..... too   :2funny:
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Post by: dennis on May 08, 2016, 10:01:58 AM
One has to be careful what you wish for :whistle: I used to live more than 600 km from the sea and for over 50 years always said that when I retire I wanted to live on an island and by the sea and could not see just how it would happen. Living for 75 years on a large continent little did I know that it would actually come true :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: And we love it here on this coastal town of Wanganui, in New Zealand, and in our own home :yippee:
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Post by: Val on May 08, 2016, 10:16:43 AM
I had already decided at the old age of 5 that I was going to sail the seas and here I am!  :boat:   I am madly in love with the tropics...unfortunately that includes all of the islands, cayes, and lands we've visited!  :faint:   How does one decide when and where to stop?  :-\

I hope to keep sailing for a few more years, but my vision is not quite as good as it was and I know I 'should' be realistic and plan for the inevitable (horrible as it may seem to me) moving ashore. I know as long as I can feel the breeze, feel the spray, and breathe the salt, I will be happy. The problem will arise with... the where.  :-\
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Post by: Annie. on May 08, 2016, 10:16:52 AM
Happy your lifelong wish came true.  It is good to pursue one's dream... not reserved to the young of age but to all the young of heart.
 :1hug:
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Post by: Annie. on May 08, 2016, 10:21:24 AM
Val,
 Why all or nothing?  Maybe a house boat is an option.  Maybe you will need to hire help to go from A to B.  Maybe you worry about things that may never happen.  Enjoy the moment, plan for the worst, hope for the best!
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Post by: Val on May 08, 2016, 01:57:34 PM
Thanks Annie.  :flowers:

It's never all or nothing  >:D ..... it's everything with me!!! Just can't get enough experiences. I must rule out a houseboat though, not conducive to the places I would want to live. Too much motion on the ocean!  ;D   
There are times when I would dearly love a 'studio' that doesn't bounce, rock & roll!   :2funny:
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Post by: Val on May 13, 2016, 04:34:16 PM
Had a lovely easy sail back down to Caye Caulker today. Almost perfect clear skies, very little wave action, 15-20kts., (NOT on the nose!!!) and a pleasant 80F. Three Manta Rays came by to see us off. We moved back here for some added protection from high winds due to arrive Monday.
Anchor is set and well buried, swam out to check it and went in between the hulls to check for any growth and was met by a 4' Barney (barracuda). Such a lovely toothy smile....  :eyesclosed: . Actually they are somewhat shy, but very nosy!   :nosey: They'll sometimes follow you around to see what you are doing. You must keep an eye on them though, as they can get a bit aggressive at times, especially if you are moving in on their shade! They love our boat!
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on May 13, 2016, 08:59:51 PM
 :heeha: Wow Val! Your adventures are endless. I would have never guessed that a baracuda was shy but nosy. You got to see Manta Rays too? That is so cool.  :coolsmiley: I love reading about your experiences in your travels. How is it that you began this fabulous adventure?  :boat:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 14, 2016, 07:07:44 AM
Val,

I guess the expression, "Whatever floats your boat," would apply to you!

What an exciting life.  Lloyd and you are so resilient and resourceful!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on May 14, 2016, 07:59:48 AM
Pleasant 80F...  :smitten:
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Post by: stoney on May 18, 2016, 03:48:56 PM
Thanks Annie.  :flowers:

It's never all or nothing  >:D ..... it's everything with me!!! Just can't get enough experiences. I must rule out a houseboat though, not conducive to the places I would want to live. Too much motion on the ocean!  ;D   
There are times when I would dearly love a 'studio' that doesn't bounce, rock & roll!   :2funny:

Cue up on the metaphorical turntable "It's only Rock and Roll" by the Rolling Stones.... ;)
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Post by: Val on May 19, 2016, 03:50:28 AM
  (http://int.Quebles.com/content/50281/1507851.GIF)   
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Post by: Val on May 19, 2016, 04:14:08 AM
(http://int.Quebles.com/content/50219/1507439.GIF)I received word late last night that my sister-in-law is back in hospice and my brother was told the tumors have doubled in size and she most likely won't last a week or two at the outside. I did get to speak with my brother very briefly and I worry for him. It isn't real for him yet, and I know the reality is going to come down very hard on him. I wish I could be there.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 19, 2016, 07:46:38 AM
Oh, Val, so sad to hear that.

Will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on May 19, 2016, 08:15:53 AM
 :'( Oh Val, That is such sad news. My heart goes out to all of you.
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Post by: stoney on May 19, 2016, 10:52:29 AM
Oh, no.  :\
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Post by: dennis on May 19, 2016, 11:51:51 AM
So sorry to hear the unpleasant news :pray:
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Post by: KathyKuz on May 19, 2016, 12:35:25 PM
Val:  Sorry to hear about your sister-in-law.  All you can do is offer moral support and an attentive ear.  He will know how much you care about them.












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Post by: JayJ on May 19, 2016, 03:08:26 PM
Am so sorry to hear the news.No matter how prepared u are, you are never really prepared when the reality hits:(
Sending positive thoughts to you and your family!
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Post by: BeaSue on May 20, 2016, 04:03:49 AM
Val, I am so sorry.   :'(
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Post by: Happychappy on May 20, 2016, 10:58:51 AM
Oh! Val, terrible news to have to hear. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family at this awful time.


Patricia
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Post by: nolan on May 23, 2016, 02:37:24 AM
oh no  :-\
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Post by: EmmaLee on May 23, 2016, 04:52:55 PM
I'm so sorry to hear this Val.
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Post by: Annie. on May 24, 2016, 05:33:43 AM
I am very sorry to hear this Val.  My thoughts are with you.
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Post by: Val on May 30, 2016, 05:10:20 AM
You are all so kind.

I have been out of touch for a bit, and now feel quite rejuvenated thanks to a lone fisherman and a couple of his friends. You'll be meeting them shortly!  ;)

Getting more internet time today and will be set for the challenges.  Also a new drawing to show shortly. It's just the preliminary for  the comm. will put that up shortly.

See you all online tomorrow!   :wave:
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Post by: Annie. on May 30, 2016, 05:30:05 AM
Good to hear from you Val.

The live session is in 3 days... Thur in Canada, at 5pm Toronto time, 2pm Pacific (if this helps).
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Post by: mea hamo pena on May 30, 2016, 08:20:22 AM
Thanks for checking in, Val.  Glad you are safe and refreshed.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Win on May 30, 2016, 10:52:08 AM
Blessings for your sister in law, brother and yourself Val.

Win
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Post by: Val on May 30, 2016, 01:56:25 PM
Thanks much guys, you are the best.  O0   
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Post by: Val on June 04, 2016, 05:30:03 PM
Have received word that my sister in law passed away at 0600 this morning. She passed away at home with my brother and the local nurse in attendance.
God bless Caroline, you departed much too soon.
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Post by: stoney on June 04, 2016, 05:32:39 PM
My condolences.  :\
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Post by: BeaSue on June 04, 2016, 05:34:39 PM
Oh, Val. My condolences to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.  :'(
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Post by: KathyKuz on June 04, 2016, 06:02:17 PM
Val:  My condolences to you and your family.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Post by: JayJ on June 04, 2016, 06:08:35 PM
Oh Val really sorry to hear that!My condolence to you and your family.
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Post by: Annie. on June 04, 2016, 07:39:58 PM
Sincere condoleances to you, your brother, and family members.

Your brother should find peace that he was able to keep her home and have her pass with him at her side.  Precious last few moments.

It is so sad when one has to face death alone in an hospice.  Remind him of how well he did.  :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 04, 2016, 08:27:27 PM
Sincere sympathy to you and your family, Val.  She was so fortunate to be at home with her husband when the time came.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 04, 2016, 10:49:09 PM
 :'( I am so sorry of the passing of your sister-in-law, Val. Blessings to you, your brother, and loved ones.  :flowers:
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Post by: Happychappy on June 05, 2016, 03:18:06 AM
Oh! Val, how sorry I am to hear of the passing of your sister in law. I feel as if I have a rock in my stomach. My sincere sympathy to you and your family at this very sad time.   Patricia   
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Post by: Win on June 06, 2016, 01:30:29 AM
So sorry to hear this news Val. Many Blessings for your brother yourself and all her loved ones.

Win
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Post by: Val on June 06, 2016, 06:26:25 AM
Thank you for all of your good wishes. They are well appreciated.   :hug:
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Post by: dennis on June 06, 2016, 10:53:39 AM
Just heard the sad news. Please accept condolences from Anna and I. :flowers:
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Post by: Fiona on June 06, 2016, 11:20:37 AM
So sorry to hear your news Val. My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours at this sad time  :flowers: :flowers:
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Post by: Tousabella on June 06, 2016, 11:47:52 AM
God bless you and your family. Many prayers for you all.  So sorry to lose your sister in law so soon and hope your brother is doing well.
Look after you, dear friend, and will wait to catch your next up date.
How is your son doing? Hope he is better.
Hugs
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Post by: Val on June 06, 2016, 06:30:13 PM
Many thanks Dennis, Anna, Fi, and Bella. In this instance it was a blessed release, thank you for your thoughts.   :hug:
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Post by: doina on June 06, 2016, 07:01:54 PM
Val I just read the sad news. Please receive my condoleances.  :flowers:
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Post by: Ribezla on June 06, 2016, 09:34:53 PM
Val, I am sorry to hear that about your sister in law.  :( I hope your brother is doing well.
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Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on June 07, 2016, 02:45:26 AM
Oh Val - my sincerest condolences on the loss of your sister in law. May her memory forever be a blessing to you and your family.
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Post by: TennMom on June 07, 2016, 06:00:02 AM
Val, I am so sorry for your loss.
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Post by: Val on June 08, 2016, 02:06:38 PM
Thank you for your kind words and thoughts Doina, Sarlota, Sharon and Linda.  :hug:

I spoke for an hour with my brother this morning on skype. Actually got him to laugh out loud. So wish I could have been there with him.

Very stressful day for him today, Caroline's service was this afternoon.
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Post by: Annie. on June 08, 2016, 09:06:02 PM
Val, you were there for him.  Very few people spend one hour one-to-one with love one the day of the funeral.  Find peace in your heart.
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Post by: nolan on June 08, 2016, 11:55:48 PM
sorry to hear of your loss Val :-\ :'( :flowers:
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Post by: Val on June 10, 2016, 05:18:50 AM
 :thankyou: Annie, and Nolan.
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Post by: Val on June 10, 2016, 05:28:49 AM
Received email from my son yesterday. he was unable to attend Caroline's service as he had long awaited dr.'s appointments. Some things are looking a bit better for him, but a tumour was found in his upper arm. He's to have an MRI next week. He's pretty freaked out over it, has been researching on the net, not good in this case as he's kind of scared himself. I told him not to get panicked over it, no sense worrying until you know there is something to worry about. One day I'll wake up and there will be peace...just not today, still having thunderstorms!  :tongue:
I must have been very bad in a past life!  >:D
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Post by: mea hamo pena on June 10, 2016, 07:27:44 AM
Val,

Do hope your son will be okay.  You've had enough bad news.

aloha

mea
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Post by: KathyKuz on June 10, 2016, 07:42:07 AM
Val:  Sorry to hear about your son's tumor.  They say we all have our share of sorrow but some seem to hav it all at the same time.  Will pray for you and your son.  Hope for a good outcome. 
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 10, 2016, 02:23:39 PM
Oh Val, I'm so sorry that you've had more "possible" bad news. I hope the things that are going better for your son will continue to improve and that the MRI shows nothing abnormal. The internet is not always the best place to go when we are worried about health issues. We tend to hang onto the worst possibilities we read when we are scared. Sending calming and good thoughts to you and your boy.  :-*
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Post by: BeaSue on June 10, 2016, 04:30:44 PM
I have found, from personal experience, that Internet self-diagnosis can induce unnecessary panic...but it's so hard to avoid doing. I will hope that this turns out to be something very benign and treatable. And you try not to worry too much yourself, Val. Sending love  :smitten: :smitten: :smitten:
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Post by: Happychappy on June 10, 2016, 04:50:23 PM
Oh! Val, I often wonder just how much a person can take? If it is not one thing, then it is another. Life is just darned hard. I too, am having a worrying time with my eldest daughter who has a tumour on her ovary and has just been sent for an ultra sound for a mass in her breast. I refuse to let it worry me as I have handed everything over to the Lord. Just try and keep a positive mental attitude and I will keep praying for you, your son and family. Just know that we are all thinking and uplifting you in our prayers at this awful time.


Patricia
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Post by: Annie. on June 10, 2016, 05:11:30 PM
Dr. Google indeed creates lot of misery.  :pullhair:  Trust your doctor, he/she did study for 10-15 years to acquire something called clinical judgement.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: doina on June 11, 2016, 10:51:17 AM
I am so sorry to here about the avalanche of bad news that came over you. I pray that your son and you will have better news better soon  :flowers:
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Post by: Lisafromoto on June 11, 2016, 08:35:40 PM
Val, I am so sorry to hear about your family troubles most especially my condolences for the loss of your sister-in-law.  :'( I truely hope things turn around for you and your family and things become as bright as the wonderful places you visit on your travels. Thinking of you and your family  :hug:  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 12, 2016, 05:57:02 AM
 :flowers: Many thanks to you all for 'listening'.

We are obviously meant to stay put here in Belize a while longer. One tropical storm that left us with not nice conditions for the past week and more. Weather window opened up for a couple of days so went to catch the water taxi over to the next town to check out. The fellow at the taxi company informed us that immigration and customs is closed on weekends! Never heard of such a thing! So...we are here until we can check out on Monday. Worked out well because the weather window closed, high winds, more thunderstorms, and our usual 'lightshow' every night! Bad weather or not, we'll have to leave after that, when time is up...it's up. Should be back in the Rio for the next live class.  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 12, 2016, 06:14:57 AM
Safe sailing and see you in live class.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 12, 2016, 07:05:08 AM
 :o Wow Val. Your adventures do carry their risks. Please travel safely. I'm hoping for perfect weather for sailing.   :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 14, 2016, 03:52:22 AM
0550 here and getting ready to haul anchor.

See you in a few days.  :wave:          :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 14, 2016, 08:42:54 AM
 :boat: Travel safely, Val! Look forward to your return to PB when you get to your next destination.   :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on June 14, 2016, 11:30:49 AM
Safe sailing to you and Lloyd O0 Look out for the squalls
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 14, 2016, 03:02:53 PM
Only nice gentle winds...   O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 16, 2016, 10:03:51 AM
(http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125382/1512432.gif)  We're here!!!  :yippee:   Sailing wasn't the best, but spent a lovely calm night anchored at Tres Puntas, Guatemala. Some Mayan kids paddled out in their dugout and sold us some coconuts. Need to work on my spanish again!  :doh:     ;D

Cleared in to Guatemala yesterday morning, and came up through the canyon and anchored in my favourite bay (Gringo Bay) for the night. So calm and quiet, just the birds and animals.....we had the whole bay to ourselves other than the locals that live there. My soul is restored!

Unfortunately missed the live class  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/129055/1514099.gif).   See you in the next one.  :heeha:   
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 16, 2016, 10:07:29 AM
 :clap: So glad you made it to your next destination, Val! So I am really curious as I am a newer member. How long have you been sailing to all of these interesting places? How did it all start? Where is your home base? I love hearing of your adventures and just wondered how it all began.  ;)
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Post by: BeaSue on June 16, 2016, 12:46:52 PM
 :welcome: to your Happy Place, Val!
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Post by: Val on June 16, 2016, 06:11:25 PM
 :thankyou:   KathyS. Susan, I do love it here. There's just something about this place that takes me and holds me. I have some photos to show you, just have to resize them. That will be tomorrow.

Kathy, I don't know if you've been crazy enough to read this ongoing saga from the start, but I think pretty much the whole story is there....somewhere! lol  Here's a condensed version....

Have wanted to sail the seas since I was 5 and decided then to grow up and be Blackbeard's daughter. At the age of 8+yrs. I used to 'hitchhike' rides on sailboats. Met Lloyd and decided there was indeed a sailor inside screaming to be let out...he just didn't know it. I took it as my job to show him!
I was diagnosed in late teens with a rather rare eye disorder and underwent experimental surgery. Seemed the right thing to do as I was on borrowed time anyway. It proved successful, just no guarantee how long it would last. It is not as good as it was, but not to worry...I've still got a few left I'm sure....just a bit distorted.
The sailing really came in when Lloyd decided I should have my dream of sailing the sea. I had to give up my idea of sailing around the world, but he was determined I should at least sail and see the Caribbean as long as I could.... and here we are 10 years later and still sailing!
Plus he's my greatest encourager to keep on with my painting and sketching... even when i get so frustrated I feel like binning it.
That's it in a nutshell... you'd have to read from the start to hear about our adventures.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 16, 2016, 09:02:30 PM
 :heeha:  :thankyou: Wow Val! Thank you so much for sharing your story. I have read many of your past postings but couldn't piece it together. Your condensed version has filled in the gaps!  ;)

You are an incredible woman, Val! You have beared a lot with the eye disorder, surgery, and the uncertain future. Yet you carry on with the most amazing sense of humor and support to your family and all of us at PB.   :not_worthy:

 :twothumbs: You sure picked a good man when you found Lloyd. That is wonderful that he has chosen to share your dream of sailing. I must say, your  playful spunky personality and traveling adventures makes me think of Pippi Longstocking.  :D My favorite book as a child!  :smitten:

I wish you many more exciting years of sailing!  :boat:  :-*


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Post by: Lisafromoto on June 19, 2016, 12:43:55 AM
 :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 19, 2016, 01:35:22 AM
Sorry couldn't upload the photos yesterday, net was running too slowly. It is now 0334 so going to try and get some kip.   :yawn: See you when the sun comes up!  :sleep:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lisafromoto on June 19, 2016, 01:36:43 AM
 :cloud9: :cloud9:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 19, 2016, 09:26:17 AM
Here are a few photos..... just to see if they load properly.

The first is the entry port of Livingston, Guatemala


Next is entering the gorge at the mouth of the Rio Dulce


A couple of Howler Monkeys from the troop that bed down about 1/2 mile from the back of the marina yard.


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 19, 2016, 10:57:54 AM
Beautiful places.  Safe travels.  Thanks for sharing, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 19, 2016, 12:34:20 PM
Beautiful, makes me dream, but I don't have a steady foot nor stomach on boats.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tousabella on June 19, 2016, 04:11:57 PM
All Right!!!  You are "back home"!  Put you back on the river on my google map. Glad you are safe back at anchorage. How's the thunder n lightning shows? All over? You were saying you must have been bad when you were little....I don't know about bad, but I'll lay money you were one of a kind scamp! LOL   I love your notes about your life, and am so proud to count you as my friend in this wonderful 'family'.
Take care, guys, and I hope the volcano is a long ways from you.
Hugs.....
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 19, 2016, 04:40:00 PM
Love the photos, Val. The waters look so calming.  :boat: I would love to see the monkeys up close. 🙈🙉🙊
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: JayJ on June 19, 2016, 06:58:49 PM
Beautiful place Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 19, 2016, 08:02:33 PM
Thanks all. I'll have to try posting more. Should any photos posted in this thread take your fancy, feel free to use them as you like.  O0

I don't know what it is about this place, it just feels magical to me. Although... reality does sometimes give one a surprise wake-up call! Like a lady the first year we were here wanted to see the Howlers up close. I told her to go early in the morning up a certain tributary...but to be forewarned to watch out for the crafty ones. They wait until you are underneath them and 'christen' you with a good dollop of monkey poo!  :eek:   She thought I was being rude... but found out otherwise!  :whistle:   Come on down Kathy... I always take an old umbrella if I'm venturing up the creeks in the early hours!  :2funny:

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 19, 2016, 08:07:13 PM
Love you Bella!  :-*   We are still getting thunderstorms and lightshows pretty well every evening. Had a wicked one late yesterday afternoon, bolts dropping and fork lightning crackling across the sky. Quite spectacular! Thunder claps shook the boat!!  :boat:   The forecast says we can expect it to continue right through next week! Oddly enough very little rain.  :idiot2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 19, 2016, 08:39:43 PM
Thanks all. I'll have to try posting more. Should any photos posted in this thread take your fancy, feel free to use them as you like.  O0

I don't know what it is about this place, it just feels magical to me. Although... reality does sometimes give one a surprise wake-up call! Like a lady the first year we were here wanted to see the Howlers up close. I told her to go early in the morning up a certain tributary...but to be forewarned to watch out for the crafty ones. They wait until you are underneath them and 'christen' you with a good dollop of monkey poo!  :eek:   She thought I was being rude... but found out otherwise!  :whistle:   Come on down Kathy... I always take an old umbrella if I'm venturing up the creeks in the early hours!  :2funny:

  :o on second thought, I will just admire them from afar, thank you!   :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 20, 2016, 05:23:15 AM
Come on Kathy, I'll keep you safe  :angel: .... you can even hold the brolly!   :whistle:     :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on June 20, 2016, 12:08:03 PM
Oh! Val, what a life ... monkey poo and all!!  Just love hearing about your adventures, I hope you are making notes for a book one day. Thanks for showing us the beautiful photos.  Keep safe.


Patricia
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Post by: Annie. on June 20, 2016, 06:44:48 PM
Come on Kathy... it is an adventure!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 20, 2016, 06:58:13 PM
Come on Kathy... it is an adventure!

 :eyesclosed: okay Annie! You can go first and I'll be right behind you.  :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 20, 2016, 08:32:45 PM
Come on Kathy, I'll keep you safe  :angel: .... you can even hold the brolly!   :whistle:     :2funny:

 :eyesclosed: Hmmm.... I'm a little suspicious, Val!  :o
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 21, 2016, 02:57:58 AM
:eyesclosed: Hmmm.... I'm a little suspicious, Val!  :o


Of moi?  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512039.gif)                    (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125382/1512434.gif)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 21, 2016, 05:37:21 AM
Kathy, you mean way way behind?
P.S. yes Val, I suspect of toi .   Not that finding a mammouth snake on the deck of PJ would have anything to be suspicious of... after all you would be sleeping in different quarters :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 21, 2016, 07:25:37 AM
Kathy, you mean way way behind?
P.S. yes Val, I suspect of toi .   Not that finding a mammouth snake on the deck of PJ would have anything to be suspicious of... after all you would be sleeping in different quarters :whistle:

 :D I will be on snake duty! Having raised 3 boys, I've had plenty of experience. No worries, I've got you covered, Annie.  :knuppel2: You take the monkey poo and I'll take the snakes.  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 21, 2016, 07:27:26 AM
:eyesclosed: Hmmm.... I'm a little suspicious, Val!  :o


Of moi?  ([url]http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512039.gif[/url])                    ([url]http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125382/1512434.gif[/url])


Uh huh....  ::)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 21, 2016, 10:03:37 AM
Wires crossed,  okay with snakes and monkeys... it's the spiders  :heeha:  May never sleep again if I see a tarantula outside a zoo .
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on June 21, 2016, 10:20:03 AM
Wires crossed,  okay with snakes and monkeys... it's the spiders  :heeha:  May never sleep again if I see a tarantula outside a zoo .

 :strong: Not a problem. I'm okay with spiders too. I even will do catch and release.  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on June 21, 2016, 03:07:48 PM
Nice pics.....One day, you'll be able to find a 'duty victim' to introduce to the monkeys.  :D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 22, 2016, 11:55:05 AM
That could be fun Stoney!  ^-^
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 03, 2016, 06:17:39 AM
It's that time again.  :doh:

Tropical Storm Earl seems to be coming closer our way after all. We have been upgraded to Hurricane Warning this morning. The experts have their take on it, and I have mine! I like mine better so we'll stick with that  ;)    ;D

So we've already had a short blast of wind and a couple of downpours, safe to say we're gonna be 'wet as the monkeys' for a few days. (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50337/1508202.GIF)       (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512040.gif)

We're well set for anything that comes our way. Lines all checked, decks cleared, backdrop rolled up and secured. No loose stuff outside. Just need to remember to bring in 'Vera' if the wind gets too strong. Vera is my somewhat overgrown aloe vera plant that has managed to survive the past 10yrs. aboard PJ... with me! Let me tell you that is a feat in itself! Just ask Lloyd!    ::)    :2funny:

Sad to say the net is running too slow to get the challenge photos up, so check in to the challenge for the surprise subject for August.... come on, you'll like it!  :eyesclosed:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on August 03, 2016, 06:36:53 AM
Val, right on.  An expert opinion is just that, an opinion.  In doubt trust yours but still, be careful and don't take risks.

Just hope the challenge won't be about hurricanes and tornadoes  ::)
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Post by: Val on August 03, 2016, 06:43:24 AM
 ;D No Annie, no hurricanes or tornado paintings... unless you feel so inclined!  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/129003/1514029.gif)    :2funny:

Never fear, I have our hurricane plan safely printed on my shirt....

1. Grab the rum.

2. RUN!

(http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512040.gif)

I feel a hurricane party coming on!!!  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512035.gif)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on August 03, 2016, 06:45:07 AM
 :sweat:  good, none of the Aug.  challenges is a photo of a hurricane!   Stay safe and dry if possible.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 03, 2016, 07:19:35 AM
We had our near miss from Hurricane Something (actually downgraded to a Tropical Storm) last week, so I can appreciate your situation.

My husband was impressed that the hurricane is named after him, only he spells his name -- EARLE.

Stay safe.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 03, 2016, 07:47:23 AM
Is this why they created "rum runners" - the drink you consume while running away from Caribbean hurricanes?!? Be safe!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 03, 2016, 10:06:26 AM
Is this why they created "rum runners" - the drink you consume while running away from Caribbean hurricanes?!? Be safe!


              (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125927/1512040.gif)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on August 03, 2016, 12:05:53 PM
Be safe Val, dont drink the rum before you run..... its for after "Earl" has left  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 04, 2016, 07:02:31 PM
Earl turned out to be a non event for us here in the Rio. Roatan only minor damage overall.

Two of the lovely islands we visited in Belize were very hard hit. Have not heard anything much about Belize city as yet.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on August 04, 2016, 07:11:11 PM
Most kind of you to keep us update.  Relived too know you are find but cannot help wonder about villagers who may had suffered.

Now you just need to get PJ's deck dry... so you can paint.
 :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 04, 2016, 07:27:43 PM
Val,

Thanks for checking in.  I was thinking about you today when CNN was talking about Earl.

Stay safe.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 05, 2016, 04:57:49 AM
 :thankyou: guys.  :hug:

It was very sad to hear of the deaths and damage suffered in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. It seems they never get the chance to fully recover from one to the next.

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Post by: Gita on August 05, 2016, 05:47:27 AM
Take care, Val.  :)  :smitten:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Tousabella on August 09, 2016, 05:38:25 PM
Oh Val, I'm so glad you and Lloyd were battened down. I keep an eye out for where you are when I hear about "big winds" your way.  I sure keep you in my prayers.  These are something else this year!  One right after another.
Love ya girl....take care.....And, when the swells die down, you can finish your swan!  LOL  It's really coming along beautifully.


Changed my avatar again...was "40" again for three months....naw...I'm more comfortable at grey haired 80!!  LOLOL
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on August 10, 2016, 04:48:42 AM
Retta, your mature avatar photo is so much more lovely.  You have beautiful eyes, I see kindness in them.  Be proud of those few white hair, you worked for them  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 07, 2016, 11:06:29 AM
Well... it's that time again. We are off to catch the launcha to Belize tomorrow morning to reset our visas. Hopefully back before the next live class... don't like to miss those.  ;)

Should be back on the 12th. See you all then! (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/125382/1512429.gif)
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 07, 2016, 05:29:20 PM
Good luck, Val!!!

aloha

mea
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Post by: nolan on September 08, 2016, 02:24:59 AM
 :gl:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 08, 2016, 03:47:34 AM
Put up the winners for August. The drawing challenge was close this month! Thought I was going to have to put in  the tie breaker....  :sweat:   

See you all next week.  :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 14, 2016, 04:40:14 AM
Arrived back on the river late yesterday afternoon. You have all been very busy by the look of the gallery O0 will begin wading through all of the news to see what you've been up to.  ;)    ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2016, 02:00:35 PM
Val, I have just seen the news about the awful Hurricane Matthew threatening the Carribean/Florida/Carolinas and I pray that you are safe. I feel concerned about your safety so please let us know that you are O.K. when you can. We left Florida just in time  :sweat:    Am not sure where you are at the moment but pray that you are safe.  Thanks Val. Patricia
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Post by: Val on October 05, 2016, 02:50:23 PM
 :wave: Hi Patricia,
We are fine and well out of the way. Matthew didn't come far enough west to cause us any bother. We are quite well protected up here on the Rio Dulce. So no worries, alright?  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on October 05, 2016, 03:26:00 PM
Praise God.  What a relief and thank you for putting our mind's at rest Val.  Take care and continue to be safe. 


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on October 05, 2016, 06:40:31 PM
Glad to hear that you were away from Matthew's impact.

Stay safe, my friend.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on October 06, 2016, 01:42:03 PM
 :flowers: Yes, I am glad you are safe, Val.   :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 07, 2016, 04:05:58 AM
 :hug:     :thankyou:

We have so many friends in Matthew's path that we are waiting to hear from. We have heard of a few boats in the Bahamas that had broken loose and ended on the rocks. One we have known for a number of years. Very sad but to be expected if you choose to stay in areas known to be hit and offer limited if any real protection. That is reality. We all know (or should know) the risks, and this is why we take every precaution to be where the hurricane is not... because you can't reason with hurricane season.  ;)

Now we wait to hear from friends up and down the coast of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas.

I sent an email to Pat (patindaytona) as he lives in Daytona where Matthew was aiming. I sincerely hope any and all of our other PB members are safe and secure.
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Post by: dennis on October 07, 2016, 12:02:15 PM
Quote
I sent an email to Pat (patindaytona) as he lives in Daytona where Matthew was aiming. I sincerely hope any and all of our other PB members are safe and secure.

The Paint Basket Team echos this. Please keep safe :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: JayJ on October 07, 2016, 01:38:47 PM
Have been thinking of all people who are on the path of Mathew.Pray all are safe.I know what it's like when family or friends live in one of these areas!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 01, 2016, 06:40:06 AM
 :flowers: Apologies to any whose paintings/drawings I may have missed of late. Faulty internet, and I have been a bit sidetracked of late.

My brother who lost his wife a few months back is not doing well. His condition has deteriorated considerably. Never fear I shall have your challenges up for this month as quickly as I can.  :run:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on November 01, 2016, 07:05:25 AM
Oh Val - I'm so sad to read about your brother doing poorly so soon after losing his wife. Life does indeed keep throwing us curveballs - sending healing thoughts.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on November 01, 2016, 07:28:23 AM
 😔 Val,  I am so sorry about the passing of your Sister in law and the ill health of you brother. Please don't worry about our challenges. Your family come first. Sending electronic hugs,  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on November 01, 2016, 08:37:05 AM
Val, so sorry to hear the news regarding your brother. 

Our challenges can take a back seat for now if it's overwhelming right now.

Let me PM you about an idea.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on November 01, 2016, 10:05:43 AM
Oh! Val, I am so sorry to hear about your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you.  This has been the most horrific year in our family too with death and illness - I can't wait for the year to end.


Patricia
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Post by: doina on November 01, 2016, 01:27:42 PM
I am so sorry Val about your sad news. I'll keep you and family in my prayers. :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on November 01, 2016, 05:32:45 PM
Dear Val,
Thinking of you in these difficult times.  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: JayJ on November 01, 2016, 08:50:19 PM
Really sorry to hear that Val!Thoughts and prayers with you and your family!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 02, 2016, 11:38:41 AM
Thank you, you guys are just too lovely  :hug:    I have the photos ready to go....just trying to get the net to upload. If not I'm working on some other ideas that won't involve uploading photos. You should have something up by tomorrow so keep an eye out!  :detective:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on November 03, 2016, 06:33:56 PM
Our :pray: with you and yours :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: TeresaM on November 05, 2016, 07:33:49 PM
Val sorry to hear about your family  :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 06, 2016, 12:33:30 AM
 :thankyou: Dennis and Theresa, much appreciated.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on November 30, 2016, 05:57:02 AM
I have been somewhat inactive of late but would like to thank you all for your kind words, thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated.

My brother has improved marginally and we are hopeful for some further improvement.

I received word that mum has reached her final stages. She is being kept comfortable and that is all I can ask. I wish with all my heart that I could be with her, and pray for a quick and peaceful passing.

Thank you again for your messages and emails.


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on November 30, 2016, 07:32:05 AM
Val, you have had so much family sadness. My heart goes out to you and your family. Much love, Kathy
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on November 30, 2016, 12:38:27 PM
Thinking of you and your family Val. Lots of Blessings for you all
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on November 30, 2016, 05:07:38 PM
Oh! Val, I have just read this post and I am so sad to hear of the dire situation with your beloved mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this horrible time.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Danielle123 on November 30, 2016, 05:59:23 PM
Val I am so sorry for the loss of your daughter in law, your brother's health and now  hearing about your mom.  So many thing at once, My prayers are with you and your siblings.   :1hug:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on November 30, 2016, 10:23:48 PM
Oh, Val, so sorry to hear this news.  As you say, as long as your mum is being attended to so that she does not suffer, that's all that can be done.

I know how hard it is to live thousands of miles from loved ones during difficult times.  God bless you.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Val on December 02, 2016, 12:54:51 PM
Kathy, Win, Patricia, Danielle, and Mea, you are a true comfort.

My sister held her phone to mum's ear so I could speak to her. All I heard was a wow from the nurse, and my sister told me her whole face changed, "she knows its you." I had a bit of a meltdown, highly unusual for me, but then I'm usually at bedside. Much harder from a distance.
Mum is still holding on and I hope when I speak to her again I can provide some form of release.

Thank you again for your support   :flowers: , now back to work!  :knuppel2:
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Post by: Annie. on December 02, 2016, 03:12:16 PM
Yes Val, must have been difficult.  But you put a smile on her face and that's all that count    :1hug:
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on December 02, 2016, 03:15:58 PM
Kathy, Win, Patricia, Danielle, and Mea, you are a true comfort.

My sister held her phone to mum's ear so I could speak to her. All I heard was a wow from the nurse, and my sister told me her whole face changed, "she knows its you." I had a bit of a meltdown, highly unusual for me, but then I'm usually at bedside. Much harder from a distance.
Mum is still holding on and I hope when I speak to her again I can provide some form of release.

Thank you again for your support   :flowers: , now back to work!  :knuppel2:

Wow Val. Your post touches my heart. How precious that you could speak to your Mum and brighten her day a bit. Yes, the distance must be so hard. I hope you will get to speak with her again. Sending love.  :1hug: :flowers:
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Post by: Happychappy on December 02, 2016, 05:18:46 PM
Val reading your latest post makes me want to meltdown.  It is really a tough time you are going through and it brings home memories of when my beloved Mother passed on and I was thousands of miles away from her with no hope of getting to her.  She was my best friend and I adored her so I understand what you are going through. Lifting you up in prayers and praying for your peace and comfort and for you Mom too.


Patricia
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Post by: Gita on December 02, 2016, 08:31:29 PM
Val, I am sorry to hear this. My thoughts are with you.  :flowers:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 02, 2016, 09:49:56 PM
Val,

In my mom's last days, we called all her friends and family on Mom's speaker phone and had them say good bye.  We cried as we saw her eyes light up with every call.  It meant so much to her and us.  We could tell by her body language that she knew each caller.

Sounds like you mom is in good hands and knows you are there in spirit.

aloha

mea
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Post by: stoney on December 03, 2016, 10:57:29 AM
Just caught up.  Oh, my.  :\
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Post by: BeaSue on December 03, 2016, 12:22:00 PM
Val, I haven't visited PB very much these past few months, and have not been keeping up as I should. I am so very sorry about the sadness besetting your family at this time.  :'(  Your mother knows how much you love her. I wish her a peaceful passing. And I send you love  :smitten:  as you keep vigil. Yes, even at a distance, you are doing that, and it is very hard.
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Post by: Val on December 07, 2016, 02:22:34 AM
Sorry I have not responded to your messages a little sooner. I love and appreciate all of you more than I can express at the moment.

Mum passed away at 2230 ET last evening.
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Post by: dennis on December 07, 2016, 02:48:18 AM
I am so sorry to hear the bad news. We will keep you and the family in our prayers at this time of your bereavement. Keep strong at this time. If there is anything we can do, please don't be afraid to ask.
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Post by: Gita on December 07, 2016, 02:56:30 AM
I'm so so sorry to hear that you have lost your beloved Mum, Val. I wish you strength during this hard times. Take care.
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Post by: Annie. on December 07, 2016, 05:38:24 AM
My condolences in these difficult times of loss.  Hope you will find peace in the good memories.
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 07, 2016, 09:46:21 AM
Val,

All the good memories will flood back and make it easier to move on. 

Wish I could be there to give you a hug.

sincerest aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on December 07, 2016, 10:47:49 AM
Val, my sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. I know exactly what you are going through right now but console yourself for she has run the race that we still have to finish.  Just remember the poem which your Dad used to quote by Canon Henry Scott-Holland if I remember correctly.  Take comfort that we will all meet again.  You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.


Patricia
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 07, 2016, 12:03:54 PM
Val all of my condolences on the passing of your mother, my thought and prayers are with you and family in these difficult times.   Like Mea says i can not give you a hug in person but here is a virtual one :1hug:.
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Post by: doina on December 07, 2016, 02:29:49 PM
I am so sorry to hear the bad news about your mother passing. please receive my deep condolences.
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Post by: BeaSue on December 07, 2016, 03:16:53 PM
Ah, Val. I am so sorry. Having lost both my parents and my husband within the past 7 years, I understand the grief and sadness that you are experiencing. As I have been wisely counseled, take all the time you need to mourn this loss. Allow yourself to be sad. May you be comforted in the knowledge that your many friends here love you and surround you with care and prayers.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on December 07, 2016, 03:44:30 PM
 :flowers: Val, I am so very sorry about the passing of your Mum. There are no words that relieve the pain of such a loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones. As Susan so eloquently stated, allow yourself the time and space to grieve and openly feel. Much love and hugs.  :1hug:
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Post by: Val on December 08, 2016, 06:07:43 AM
I would love nothing more than to sit and write(that dates me!  ;) ) type each and every one of you my personal heartfelt thanks for your support, thoughts and prayers. Alas I would be here for days writing what would surely be a tome!

I am sad, yes. It is the tangible physical being that is no longer there that I will always miss. But I can smile, happy in the knowledge that the pain has ended and her spirit is ever present around me. Energy taking a different form. She is reborn waiting just around the corner.

 :hug:
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Post by: Happychappy on December 08, 2016, 07:08:30 AM
 :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:  Val what an uplifting and comforting outlook you have and this alone, will get you through this sad time for as you said she is "waiting just around the corner" and you can take comfort that she is no longer in pain but in glory. 


Patricia
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Post by: mea hamo pena on December 08, 2016, 07:49:02 AM
That positive attitude is just what you need to move on, Val. 

My mom's spirit is in my studio everyday watching over what I do.


I want to redo this drawing some day with the skills I have acquired since then.  This was done from her high school graduation photo.

Hope our moms meet up.  We'd have double-angel power behind us!

aloha

mea

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Post by: Win on December 08, 2016, 03:39:52 PM
Sending many Blessings your way Val during this sad time  :flowers:
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 09, 2016, 03:20:09 PM
I am sure that your mom is there with you.  I felt my mother's presence many time, and I think she protected me from a close accident one day.   Thinking of you Val, be strong and most of all keep you positive outlook on life. :1hug:
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Post by: Val on December 10, 2016, 02:02:26 AM
Many thanks   :flowers:

We will be offline for a few days as we are leaving Guatemala and will be sailing up to Belize. Hoping to get online once more before we depart. If not, see you in Belize!   :boat:       :wave:
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Post by: Gita on December 10, 2016, 05:07:47 AM
Have safe sailing Val. Until soon! :1hug:
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Post by: Win on December 10, 2016, 12:53:44 PM
Safe Sailing  :boat:
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Post by: Danielle123 on December 10, 2016, 02:46:43 PM
Smooth  :boat: Val
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Post by: dennis on December 10, 2016, 05:28:17 PM
Stay safe. Look out for the squalls - no need to tell an experienced sailor that, I guess  :2funny:
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Post by: stoney on December 11, 2016, 10:31:14 AM
Sorry I have not responded to your messages a little sooner. I love and appreciate all of you more than I can express at the moment.

Mum passed away at 2230 ET last evening.

My condolences.
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Post by: JayJ on December 12, 2016, 11:51:03 AM
Oh Val...didn't realize.My heartfelt condolence to you and your family.Mothers are so precious and hardest to see them in pain and suffer.May her soul rest peace.Ameen!

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Post by: Val on December 17, 2016, 03:18:15 PM
Many thanks Stoney and Zayn.  :flowers:

Stay safe. Look out for the squalls - no need to tell an experienced sailor that, I guess  :2funny:

Ah Dennis.... the portent your message has carried! A new story is in the offing.....
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Post by: Happychappy on December 17, 2016, 04:11:22 PM
Oh! Boy, Val, Thank the Lord that you are safe. I am so relieved.  I was feeling quite worried about you as a week had gone by since we last heard and I thought that you should have been in Belize already, for you said it would only be a few days   :sweat:   Thanks for putting our concerns to rest.  Welcome back!!


Patricia
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Post by: Val on January 01, 2017, 01:25:01 PM
Here is our view from the anchorage New Year's Morning. Hope everyone had a lovely time with celebrations, may everyone have a glorious 2017 full of life, love, laughter, and prosperity. AND...... lots and lots of artwork!

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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 01, 2017, 01:43:52 PM
What a beautiful sight to start the new year, Val.
Happiness and good health!

aloha

mea
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Post by: Annie. on January 01, 2017, 06:12:06 PM
Happy New Year!

Still shoveling ourselves out of the snow...  so I am drooling over your New Year view.
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Post by: Kathysutterlin on January 01, 2017, 11:53:31 PM
Happy New Year To all my friends at Paintbasket.  :hug: You have all made such an impact on my life this last year.  :thankyou: to each of you.

Val, the view you have from your boat is gorgeous.   :boat: What a lovely way to bring in the new year.  ;)
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Post by: Happychappy on January 02, 2017, 04:22:09 AM
 :thankyou:  Val for the New Year wishes coming from a beautiful scene surrounding you ... what a way to start the new year.  I wish you, Lloyd and family good health, much happiness and prosperity too and that wish is for our entire PB team as well.


Patricia
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Post by: Danielle123 on January 02, 2017, 08:11:57 AM
Lovely view Val, no SNOW lucky you. Here it has been snowing on and off for a while.  Pretty though and it makes for nice snowshoeing in the forest. Enjoy the new year and may it be a great one.
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Post by: stoney on January 05, 2017, 01:58:04 PM
Lovely view Val, no SNOW lucky you. Here it has been snowing on and off for a while.  Pretty though and it makes for nice snowshoeing in the forest. Enjoy the new year and may it be a great one.

We had 16 inches of the white stuff (snow) yesterday.  Fortunately, it was powder and not the wet heavy stuff that hit West of us.  Southern Oregon, almost from the coast, was socked in and power out all over the place.  It'll be weeks before everyone gets their power back on.  The Interstate highway {Dual Carriageway} from Reading, California to exit 14 in S. Oregon was closed.  Traffic was held in place.  It was requested by the state of California as road conditions were that bad.  Think the closure and holding was for 16 hours.

It nailed Northern California the same way.  This morning it was -6F.

I'm sure Val's not missing this.  :)  But then the sea has it's own 'variants'.  And when the seas are heavy in a small craft things can get 'interesting'.  Heck they got that way on an Adams Class Guided Missile Destroyer (DDG) that was around 350 feet long and, what, 55 feet wide?
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Post by: Val on January 07, 2017, 08:09:38 PM
We may not have the snow and cold....but we are getting the cold fronts coming through.

We moved PJ from the anchorage into the lagoon yesterday to sit out this current one. Winds just started to pick up, currently 35kts. sustained, expecting higher gusts through the night. The rain squalls are starting to move in. I've got anchor watch so will pull out the sketchbook to pass the time.

Have a good night everyone.   :boat:
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Post by: stoney on January 22, 2017, 03:40:05 PM
I do hope you've a nice cuppa hot tea at hand.  :)
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Post by: Val on January 27, 2017, 02:32:19 PM
Always Stoney!  :coffee:

Well, spent the past 2 days on the move. Spent our first night out at a lovely little mangrove island called Garbutt Cay, much nicer than it sounds!  ;D We made friends with the lone fisherman that lives there in a tiny shack on stilts. We ran our watermaker last year and filled his water barrel for him as there hadn't been any rain in a while. We topped up his barrel again this time and I gave him some veggies as I remembered when last we had been there he had none. Just a couple of onions, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and a bud of garlic. Plus a little bottle of rum (medicinal  ;) ). He turned up the next morning with freshly caught lobster. He went out and dove for them that morning. He paddled out and knocked on the hull to present them to us... EIGHT!!!  :faint:   Thank goodness our little freezer wasn't packed full! He had them all cleaned and ready for cooking, they will last us a couple of weeks. Going to shop for a new shirt for him in Mexico and bring back. Such a sweet fellow. The Mayans are amazing people, most are a bit shy at first...but then they are as bad as me! If they like you, they'll adopt you!  :2funny:

Our second night (last night) we spent off of a large mangrove cay called Middle Long Cay. Today we arrived in Cay Caulker which we'll base from until about mid February when we hopefully will make the long trip up to Mexico.  :yippee:

Oh, and I'll soon be posting the Gannet in Flight lesson! Almost done!!!  :heeha:
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 27, 2017, 09:37:48 PM
Val,

Your adventures are so exciting.

aloha

mea
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Post by: Happychappy on January 28, 2017, 04:52:02 AM
Val, your life is so interesting and one day you should write a book going through this thread as a reminder of what you have done, where you have been etc. Bless you for your kindness to that lone man and what a lovely thought to give him water, fresh produce and to think of buying him a new shirt. So nice of him too, to return the favour with crayfish which he dived for. Just shows how he appreciated your kindness. It is so heartening to know that there are still good people around. You are special. 


Patricia
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Post by: BeaSue on January 28, 2017, 05:36:10 AM
Val, I think Patricia has a good suggestion. Does writing a memoir of your experiences interest you? (I kept an almost-daily journal of the 6 years Lou and I lived in Africa, and later wrote a book about those years.) Your adventures would make a marvelous memoir.

What language does your Mayan fisherman speak? How do you communicate?
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Post by: Val on January 28, 2017, 09:27:19 AM
Mea, I am truly blessed for the life I lead. If we can help anyone along the way I feel doubly privileged.
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Post by: Val on January 28, 2017, 09:46:33 AM
Patricia I could never begrudge anyone something that most take for granted. Clean potable water.

We always ask him what we can give to him in return, and the reply is always the same. "Your friendship and company is enough and all I need." What can I do.... I have to give him more!

Lloyd showed him my Gannet I had been working on in the cockpit and he was amazed. So I will be doing a painting of his little house on his tiny piece of paradise. I want to have it framed so he can hang it on his wall. We will drop it off with some extras on our way back down in a few months.

I'll post a few photos shortly.
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Post by: Val on January 28, 2017, 10:02:18 AM
Thank you Susan, I sent you a PM.  :1hug:

As to communications, the some of the Mayans speak multiple languages. There are a number of Mayan dialects which vary even by country, not all are understood by the various groups. Some can speak English, and some can speak Spanish, and then there are some who speak several languages.

In Guatemala there are 21 Mayan dialects, and if I remember rightly about 8 more in Mexico! The one we are most familiar with is Kekchi. I would love to learn it, but I struggle quite enough with my Spanish!  :faint:    ;D
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Post by: Val on January 28, 2017, 04:35:25 PM
Here are a couple of photos of Byron's house, and one of him setting off in his dugout canoe to go fishing.



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Post by: Happychappy on January 28, 2017, 05:35:27 PM
Oh! Val, looking at Byron's house and his dug out canoe, how truly blessed we are and we still have the audacity to complain.  Bless you for what you have and continue to do for him.  Thanks for showing us the pictures.


Patricia
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Post by: mea hamo pena on January 28, 2017, 06:44:47 PM
What a beautiful setting.

aloha

mea
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Post by: JayJ on January 29, 2017, 02:38:40 AM
Wow ...your adventures are so amazing and your caring heart shines thru!!
Book memoir Val!!!
Yes Patricia...we take so many things for granted and complain for such frivolous issues!!!like no electricity for two hours and hell breaks loose!
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Post by: Happychappy on January 29, 2017, 05:14:51 AM
You are so right Zayn, we just don't realise how fortunate we are.   Patricia
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Post by: BeaSue on January 29, 2017, 05:19:12 AM
What a beautiful place! I know he will be so touched and grateful for your painting of his home, Val.
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Post by: Val on January 29, 2017, 06:53:05 AM
Thank you guys. My pleasure to share.

The towns and places we visit are fascinating, but it is these more remote places that truly capture my heart. Where people like Byron have  the absolute minimum, but are proud and willing to share what they have. Byron like many others, are some of the happiest people I have met. They may be desperately poor by our standards, but they are happy because nobody told them they were poor. They have what they need with little interference from outside. They are wealthy beyond words in the things that truly matter. There are lessons to be learned here.
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Post by: Happychappy on January 29, 2017, 09:11:06 AM
Val you are so right, they are wealthy in the things that really count and as you said, while they have the bare minimum but are proud and willing to share what they have which is admirable and yes, there are many lessons to be learned here. They also appear to be very friendly and not violent which is another plus.   Thanks again for sharing.


Patricia
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Post by: Val on January 29, 2017, 10:50:27 AM
In all of the places we've visited in regard to the Mayans, they have been somewhat shy at first, but very friendly even if we could not speak with each other. I think we are great entertainment to them with our charade like attempts!  ;D When all else fails...I bring out the pen and paper. I'll tell you, all those drawing lessons are sure paying off!   :2funny:
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Post by: dennis on January 29, 2017, 11:02:28 AM
hieroglyphics?  :2funny:
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Post by: Val on January 29, 2017, 11:37:52 AM
hieroglyphics?  :2funny:

 :think:      :idea:    That would be most helpful Dennis! Brilliant idea, I'm in, sign me up for the course!!!  :heeha:     :yippee:
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Post by: Happychappy on January 30, 2017, 04:34:03 AM
 :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  You are all so comical.  Just love it.    Patricia
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Post by: stoney on February 18, 2017, 05:27:36 PM
Always Stoney!  :coffee:

Well, spent the past 2 days on the move. Spent our first night out at a lovely little mangrove island called Garbutt Cay, much nicer than it sounds!  ;D We made friends with the lone fisherman that lives there in a tiny shack on stilts. We ran our watermaker last year and filled his water barrel for him as there hadn't been any rain in a while. We topped up his barrel again this time and I gave him some veggies as I remembered when last we had been there he had none. Just a couple of onions, potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and a bud of garlic. Plus a little bottle of rum (medicinal  ;) ). He turned up the next morning with freshly caught lobster. He went out and dove for them that morning. He paddled out and knocked on the hull to present them to us... EIGHT!!!  :faint:   Thank goodness our little freezer wasn't packed full! He had them all cleaned and ready for cooking, they will last us a couple of weeks. Going to shop for a new shirt for him in Mexico and bring back. Such a sweet fellow. The Mayans are amazing people, most are a bit shy at first...but then they are as bad as me! If they like you, they'll adopt you!  :2funny:

Our second night (last night) we spent off of a large mangrove cay called Middle Long Cay. Today we arrived in Cay Caulker which we'll base from until about mid February when we hopefully will make the long trip up to Mexico.  :yippee:

Oh, and I'll soon be posting the Gannet in Flight lesson! Almost done!!!  :heeha:

Way cool!  People helping each other is always fantastic to hear.  :)
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Post by: stoney on February 18, 2017, 05:28:52 PM
Patricia I could never begrudge anyone something that most take for granted. Clean potable water.

We always ask him what we can give to him in return, and the reply is always the same. "Your friendship and company is enough and all I need." What can I do.... I have to give him more!

Lloyd showed him my Gannet I had been working on in the cockpit and he was amazed. So I will be doing a painting of his little house on his tiny piece of paradise. I want to have it framed so he can hang it on his wall. We will drop it off with some extras on our way back down in a few months.

I'll post a few photos shortly.

That painting will blow his mind.  :)
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Post by: stoney on February 18, 2017, 05:30:20 PM
Here are a couple of photos of Byron's house, and one of him setting off in his dugout canoe to go fishing.




What a vista to see on a daily basis.  Wow.
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Post by: stoney on February 18, 2017, 05:42:12 PM
In all of the places we've visited in regard to the Mayans, they have been somewhat shy at first, but very friendly even if we could not speak with each other. I think we are great entertainment to them with our charade like attempts!  ;D When all else fails...I bring out the pen and paper. I'll tell you, all those drawing lessons are sure paying off!   :2funny:

I'm sure they find the attempts to communicate in their language amusing.  Appreciative amusing, not the negative sense. 

Several years ago I was on my way home, from wherever in the local area and there was a broke down car at the side of the road.  The person raised a hand, and I had the time, and stopped.

Over the decades of non usage I'd forgotten all but a few words of Spanish (turns out my instructor was from the Basque region of Spain, but that's another story).

I had room in my truck for two and took the gentlemen (leaving two I think it was at their car) to a garage.

No one could communicate and that was frustrating for all concerned.  Based on the unknowns the garage wanted to tow the car in, but they were at a loss as how to communicate this and get permission.

I grabbed a pad of paper and rough sketched a tow truck towing a car.  The gentleman agreed and went off with the tow truck to get his car.

I had to leave and tried in what little Spanish I recalled to tell the one gentleman that his friend would be back in a few minutes.  I think he understood, if memory is correct.
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Post by: Val on February 19, 2017, 12:50:28 PM
Yes it's always a challenge Stoney when travelling in non english speaking countries. But always great fun on both sides in our experience.
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Post by: Val on February 19, 2017, 12:58:15 PM
I'm sad to say sailing to Mexico is no longer in the cards for me. Due to continuing vision problems and a few other issues my sailing will be limited to shorter daytime only hops. So it looks as though Guatemala, Belize and its beautiful coast and cays will be my cruising grounds. Hey..... could be worse.... at least there's no snow!  :yippee:
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Post by: Happychappy on February 19, 2017, 03:22:52 PM
Gosh, Val, I hope it is nothing serious. Anyway, as you say, it could be worse and you are lucky not to have snow, so I guess we should count our blessings. 


Patricia
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Post by: Val on February 19, 2017, 04:24:55 PM
Thanks Patricia, just an issue that has been ongoing for many years. I just count my blessings I have been able to enjoy these past years, AND... I'm not done yet!!!  ^-^      :2funny:


:boat:
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Post by: Happychappy on February 20, 2017, 03:06:30 PM
Val, I am so pleased to hear that it is nothing serious and besides, you love the spots you sail to and that is what life is all about, doing what you enjoy.  Mexico will always be there for perhaps some later date.


Patricia
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Post by: Val on February 21, 2017, 05:37:10 AM
I have two words for Mexico....  :heeha:   Land Trip.....  :eek:    IN REVERSE!!!     :2funny:

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Post by: Annie. on February 21, 2017, 11:47:22 AM
Why go anywhere else when you can go to beautiful Belize... the birds, the flowers... and yap, no snow 🏊
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Post by: Val on February 22, 2017, 04:58:36 AM
Ah Annie..... still so many vistas to be seen. The horizon ever beckons!
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Post by: Val on February 22, 2017, 11:58:39 AM
Quote From Annie:
 Val, if I followed your travel correctly, you are now heading for Belize and not Mexico.  Will you be able to get your art supply?

We are in Belize now Annie. According to some of the local artists I've met here, the majority either have supplies shipped in or preferably have someone bring them. Duties can be very expensive.

Lloyd has found a way we should be able to get the boat up to the most northern part of Belize, and close to the Mexican border! Chetumal is a large city just on the Mexican side....hope springs eternal!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 28, 2017, 06:32:00 AM
 :wave: Hello all. I managed to 'slip out of school' for a few days without being noticed!  :whistle:      :boat:       ;D

Magnificent entries in the challenges!  :yippee:    :clap: :clap: :clap:

Decided it was time for a change while the weather was settled for a few days. We sailed down just north of Long Caye and crossed the barrier reef out into those lovely caressing Caribbean Sea swells I've been missing. Such a sense of contentment and utter freedom! We crossed back inside the reef and anchored on the east side of St. Georges Caye for the night. The next day we headed out across the channel to Turneffe Atoll. Getting through that reef was a bit more tricky. Some spots are only 6' deep, and we draw 4'.  No seas running so we were quite safe to cross, just had to have an eye for the odd bits of coral. Spent a few days thoroughly enjoying the crystal waters along the reef, and whacking the tabinos before the attacks! If there is a biting bug within 3 miles... it's going to find me! We had the most glorious sail on the trip back back to Caye Caulker yesterday.

Have been experimenting with a few things (art wise) while I was gone and will be posting some soon.

Lots of new fodder for the challenges!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on March 28, 2017, 08:03:12 AM
Well, that explains why things were quiet here for a few days.

Sounds like an idyllic few days away.

Look forward to seeing what you are working on.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 28, 2017, 08:12:13 AM
Thanks Mea, just charging the camera batteries and I'll post a couple.

Funny, but it seems I need a few days of solitude now and again to keep me going. I suppose it rejuvenates me and lets me see with refreshed eyes on the world.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on March 28, 2017, 08:39:30 AM
Sounds fabulous Val . Good to have you back, you were missed  :)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on March 29, 2017, 05:09:22 AM
Thanks Win.

Off to Belize city on the ferry today, then have to clear the decks for the next front coming down. Crazy winds this year!  :tongue:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 01, 2017, 11:05:01 AM
I'm sad to say sailing to Mexico is no longer in the cards for me. Due to continuing vision problems and a few other issues my sailing will be limited to shorter daytime only hops. So it looks as though Guatemala, Belize and its beautiful coast and cays will be my cruising grounds. Hey..... could be worse.... at least there's no snow!  :yippee:

I'm sorry to hear about the vision 'gremlins'.  Hopefully, with time, the gremlins will vanish.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 01, 2017, 11:06:44 AM
Quote From Annie:
 Val, if I followed your travel correctly, you are now heading for Belize and not Mexico.  Will you be able to get your art supply?

We are in Belize now Annie. According to some of the local artists I've met here, the majority either have supplies shipped in or preferably have someone bring them. Duties can be very expensive.

Lloyd has found a way we should be able to get the boat up to the most northern part of Belize, and close to the Mexican border! Chetumal is a large city just on the Mexican side....hope springs eternal!  :yippee:

Getting creative.  Fantastic.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 01, 2017, 01:12:36 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the vision 'gremlins'.  Hopefully, with time, the gremlins will vanish.

Thanks for that Stoney, unfortunately I'm stuck on a one way street. I'm doing far better than anyone ever  imagined. This past year has just been the biggest slide in quite some time. The light is far from out and I shall persevere.

we should be able to get the boat up to the most northern part of Belize, and close to the Mexican border! Chetumal is a large city just on the Mexican side....hope springs eternal!  :yippee:

Getting creative.  Fantastic.

The weather has not been cooperating with us in order to get up there. We must clear PJ out of the country by the 16th of April for a while. If necessary we'll try and do a road trip up to Chetumal once we get PJ settled away for hurricane season. Still so much to see and do!  :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on April 02, 2017, 05:13:14 AM

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I'm sad to say sailing to Mexico is no longer in the cards for me. Due to continuing vision problems and a few other issues my sailing will be limited to shorter daytime only hops. So it looks as though Guatemala, Belize and its beautiful coast and cays will be my cruising grounds. Hey..... could be worse.... at least there's no snow!  :yippee:

Hum, right you have no snow  👏 and we have no hurracane ...  decision, decision 😞😞😞  Nowhere with perfect condition (Hawaii comes close ☺ in my books ).   But perfect weather and no seasons would be booooring.

We are all riding on a one way street, but the scenery is beautiful if you positively look at our environment and make it beautiful, beautifuller, beautifullest 👍
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 02, 2017, 05:48:46 AM
Right you are Annie. But hurricanes are more of a rarity, whereas winter and cold are a certainty.  :coolsmiley:
I just really, really don't like the cold.   :cold:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on April 02, 2017, 01:52:11 PM
I'm sorry to hear about the vision 'gremlins'.  Hopefully, with time, the gremlins will vanish.

Thanks for that Stoney, unfortunately I'm stuck on a one way street. I'm doing far better than anyone ever  imagined. This past year has just been the biggest slide in quite some time. The light is far from out and I shall persevere.

Oh, my.  :\  Good on ya for the perseverance.



we should be able to get the boat up to the most northern part of Belize, and close to the Mexican border! Chetumal is a large city just on the Mexican side....hope springs eternal!  :yippee:

Getting creative.  Fantastic.

The weather has not been cooperating with us in order to get up there. We must clear PJ out of the country by the 16th of April for a while. If necessary we'll try and do a road trip up to Chetumal once we get PJ settled away for hurricane season. Still so much to see and do!  :heeha:
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So PJ is stored for hurricane seasons?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 02, 2017, 02:03:22 PM
We will be taking PJ up the Rio in about another two weeks. We'll do some mucking out and other small jobs then most likely come back to Belize and stay in the southern Cayes. We'll keep watch on the weather and if anything threatening comes along we can be back up the Rio in a day.

We'll most likely tuck her in for the season sometime in July unless there's a threat.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on April 03, 2017, 04:01:44 AM
Sure Val, but extreme weather seem to be more frequent all around the world.  Enjoy and stay safe  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 14, 2017, 05:12:47 AM
Well, we are off to the Rio.  :boat:

Will be offline for a few days until we get things sorted and set up once we get there.  :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 14, 2017, 06:39:33 AM
Safe travels, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on April 21, 2017, 03:08:01 PM
 :wave: Hello All,

Just arrived back in Fronteras,  Rio Dulce. Lots of stories to tell!!! Just have to get our internet sorted. See you all shortly.  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on April 21, 2017, 03:56:00 PM
Can't wait to hear the latest adventures of PJ & Val!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 21, 2017, 08:49:43 PM
Yay, Val.  Glad to have you back.

Looking forward to hearing about your adventures.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Kathysutterlin on April 22, 2017, 02:52:56 AM
 :boat: It looks like you've been out having some fun, Val. Looking  👀 forward to hearing of your latest adventures.  :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on April 29, 2017, 07:07:53 AM
Glad you told me about this post. Val, I was the most terrible sailor... seasick and useless for 20 years, but I loved the life. I sailed with my "boyfriend" of the last 40 years on two boats - a roomy 24 foot Swarbrick(West Australian design) with an outboard motor from Fremantle W.A. around the top end of Australia to Sydney, and then he built a Martzcraft 35 (Almost a copy of the Roberts35 except it has an aft cabin... in fact Roberts sued Martz for copying his design but lost the case) and we sailed on to Tasmania, and stayed here. We never left Australian waters because we had a Dog, and Australian quarantine laws are very strict regarding rabies. They quarantine the animal for a minimum of 6 months on your return, and prefer to shoot them if they are on a boat! You may have heard Johnny Depp and his girlfriend smuggled their dogs in illegally a while back... Poor little Pistol and Boo were nearly shot, but Depp got special celeb treatment and was allowed to fly them out.) We met some fascinating characters, rode out a few storms, came close to being wrecked once or twice and were nearly run down by a fishing trawler, and later by a cargo vessel.  The ship came so close we could see the rust marks in the paintwork on the side. I don't think they even knew we were there. When the Dog developed prostate problems I moved into a house so it was easier to take him ashore at the night, and never moved back on board again. Apparently he was quite relieved not to have to tie me on all the time, and was tired of emptying seasick buckets and scooping out the sink. So now I live in a strata title unit and he continues to live on his boat, but loyally visits me at frequent intervals. It works out quite well. Although we lived in one another's pockets for years, we both took great joy in having solitary time away from each other. (How else would I be able to paint now?) I was also quite ill and weak for about 15 years after that, and living on a boat would have been difficult so the incentive to return to the sailing life diminished.  I still miss the freedom, the space of swinging at anchor, the independence of power supply and lack of bills like land rates, electricity and water, not to mention the minute amount of housework required to keep the boat spotless. Ahhh.. the good old days...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on April 30, 2017, 07:19:49 AM
Wow linlley.plester cool memories!!  I wish so much I could live on a boat. It's on my bucket list for sure!

Val I read some of your adventures my I envy your life on the boat . So simple. And you visit some of the places I love so much! I wonder if being in this stupid ole wheelchair would be that much of a hindrance. I can use a walker at times. Hell with dreaming about traveling in a RV I got a new dream now!!! :2funny:

Val I hope your safe and sound and come back soon to tell of some new adventures.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 01, 2017, 07:20:15 PM
RobynAnne: I've met people confined to wheelchairs who live permanently in RVs, especially 5th wheelers. They usually have a lifting ramp added, although one bloke (Australian for man) Had a ramp he could drive his mobility cart up.  And I've read about wheelchair bound folk who sail the seven seas. So your dreams are not impossible. Good luck.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 02, 2017, 05:27:02 AM
Robyn, I have met a few people with mobility issues sailing, if the upper body is strong... it is possible. A small catamaran is ideal.

I never thought I'd have the chance to see and sail the Caribbean.... and here I am doing just that! (I have Lloyd to thank for that). I also never thought I'd be able to draw/paint again, and here I am...(albeit not the quickest down the slope) I have Dennis and Nolan to thank for that. Keep the faith and never, ever let anyone steal away your dream.  O0
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on May 04, 2017, 06:16:44 PM
Thanks Linley and Val. My dreams were gone until I found art. Art brought it all back for me about 5 years ago. It all started when I went into a scrapbook store and saw decorative paper. omg I fell in love and from there it progressed to this obsession with painting. and I mean obsession! I was a professional dancer before I was in a horrible motorcycle accident When I found art all my creativity came back to me. Now that I'm old an almost gray lol, I find I want more time, time to learn as much as I can absorb and paint. To travel. To travel and paint, now wouldn't that be amazing!I envy you a lot Val. But it's cool to know I can read of your adventures and live vicariously through them. lol 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 04, 2017, 07:54:40 PM
Hi Robyn... I too thought the world was lost to me until I found ART. I suffer pretty permanent chronic fatigue which is one of those diseases that looks as if there is nothing wrong, but severely limits your activity. On top of that I suddenly developed low thyroid problems which was so debilitating I could hardly move... Now that's been cleared up I'm suddenly more energetic, although I still have to be careful not to push myself too far. Art has kept me positive. Maybe we can paint our dreams.... You must have led a very active life as a dancer, and so this disability would be doubly bad for you.  I hope you have good memories of your former life.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on May 05, 2017, 09:36:32 AM
Linley, I have some wonderful memories. I lived in Tucson, Arizona and belonged to a Trope who traveled all the western states. I loved loved it. Dance was my life. When they told me I'd never walk again, let alone dance I went into a three year chronic depression. Long story short I met my current husband and moved to Indiana (which I do not like, lol) and  found Art. I'd say Art saved me from falling backwards. Most days I paint. I have to. I don't feel right if I don't. I'm a Paintaholic  :2funny: Glad to hear your feeling better. I think Art is the biggest healers of one's soul. Except for dance I have never found anything like it and I have been around the block a few times. lol
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 05, 2017, 10:42:58 AM
Hey guys! I have been somewhat amiss at getting on with writing and keeping up here.  :oops:

We are about to embark on a new adventure starting tomorrow. We are heading for the mountains to beat the heat for a while. Off tomorrow morning to Antigua for a few days, and then on to Lac Atitlan for another few days. Pulling out all of our Canadian winter clothes! It is 20C lower than the temps here. Quite the change!!! Antiqua is 1530m above sea level. Have been wanting to go there for years and it is finally happening!!!  :yippee: Will have internet up there as it is a major tourist destination so will be in touch. Just pulling out a tube of paint, a w/c block, and a brush to do some sketches for paintings when I get back. No Nolan I haven't fogotten you....already have my pencil box and sketchbook ready to pack!  :heeha: HB to me!!!!  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 05, 2017, 02:19:13 PM
Have a fabulous time, Val.  Make lots of sketches.

If HB means what I think it means, have a happy one! (Hauoli La Hanau)

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on May 05, 2017, 02:32:38 PM
Canadian winter gears at 20C  :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  😅😅😅😅😅  Boy, you make me laugh to tears  :yippee:

You have been away from Canada way too long.   20C, yay, it means shorts, coacktail in the backyard and bikini sun tanning time!!!

Have fun and enjoy yourself ☺
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on May 05, 2017, 02:39:47 PM
Have fun Val! Looking forward to your sketches!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on May 05, 2017, 05:02:48 PM
Have a fabulous time Val. I can't wait to hear all about your adventures!!
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Post by: dennis on May 05, 2017, 07:29:09 PM
Safe sailing  :boat:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 08, 2017, 11:16:16 AM
Bon voyage - keep living the dream!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on May 08, 2017, 02:47:45 PM
Awesome  :)   :boat:.....hope you have lots of exciting adventours.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Lillian on May 08, 2017, 03:05:13 PM
Hi there, Val !!!


Just thought I'd pop in and say hi  :wave:   


I've become quite a stranger here I know but still a few might remember me.


I see you're heading to the mountains to get away from the heat.   Well, you could take a trip home and enjoy some good old Canadian snow.   :yippee:   It's been snowing  :cold: [size=78%]and snow mixed with rain all day here by the St. Lawrence River which is roaring.  Lots of floods too and you could enjoy some good [/size] :boat: [/size][size=78%].[/size]


I'm still in love with Paintbasket and enjoyed watching Dennis's watercolour live still life painting of the pomegranate and glass.  Also, I've started Nolan's hobby to business classes.  Those guys are still going strong!   :congrats:


Val, enjoy the journey, both art wise and sailing wise.  Be safe and enjoy!!!


Lillian
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on May 08, 2017, 03:16:47 PM
Lillian, so nice to hear from you.  I agree the weather is crazy in Canada. In the West we had snow last week, this week it is like summer.  I have friends and family in the Ottawa valley and the flood is a big issue.  The Atlantic are not more gifted weather wise.  But we are Cannuck... we will survive.

Val will be just as fine.  She is a surviver ☺

P.S. Danielle are you outside the water flood zone?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 08, 2017, 03:55:55 PM
Lillian,

So happy to see you back.  We have missed you.

I am off to Las Vegas for a week.  Will try to pop in as I can. 

NO GAMBLING AND NO SHOWS.  Just quiet visit with an old friend who gifted me this trip.

I hope to see one of your paintings when I return.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 08, 2017, 04:04:23 PM
 :eek:   WOW! Remember I said something about a volcano erupting?..... It's happening!!!  :faint:   

We missed the big lava spewing eruption which happened May 5..... we arrived in Antigua May 6. Have lots of photos of massive columns of ash being spewed out from the volcano. Can see it from our rooftop terrace! Amazing!!! Will be posting when I find my cord for the tablet.  :doh:

Have taken about 1,000 photos since we got here! Fantastic magical place, can't wait to show you.  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on May 09, 2017, 09:47:30 AM
Glad you told me about this post. Val, I was the most terrible sailor... seasick and useless for 20 years, but I loved the life. I sailed with my "boyfriend" of the last 40 years on two boats - a roomy 24 foot Swarbrick(West Australian design) with an outboard motor from Fremantle W.A. around the top end of Australia to Sydney, and then he built a Martzcraft 35 (Almost a copy of the Roberts35 except it has an aft cabin... in fact Roberts sued Martz for copying his design but lost the case) and we sailed on to Tasmania, and stayed here. We never left Australian waters because we had a Dog, and Australian quarantine laws are very strict regarding rabies. They quarantine the animal for a minimum of 6 months on your return, and prefer to shoot them if they are on a boat! [ snip]

Yikes on the sea sickness.  Yeah, the UK had, probably hasn't changed, the six month quarantine, too.  At one time, I had orders back (USAF this time) to the UK and had to check into that aspect.  Sadly, a few months later a whole bunch of orders cancellations came in and that assignment was one.

Years earlier I was USN and was home ported in Scotland for a year and a half.

The advantage for you was you knew where you were going next.  Once I transferred to a DDG (Guided Missile Destroyer) we had no idea where we were going until we arrived at our destination.  :D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on May 09, 2017, 10:08:10 AM
:eek:   WOW! Remember I said something about a volcano erupting?..... It's happening!!!  :faint:   

We missed the big lava spewing eruption which happened May 5..... we arrived in Antigua May 6. Have lots of photos of massive columns of ash being spewed out from the volcano. Can see it from our rooftop terrace! Amazing!!! Will be posting when I find my cord for the tablet.  :doh:

Have taken about 1,000 photos since we got here! Fantastic magical place, can't wait to show you.  :yippee:

The volcano knew you were coming and wanted to welcome you with a bang.... ;)

Yeah, not a good situation for the folks there.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on May 10, 2017, 02:54:33 AM
Yikes! Fire and brimstone!!! Can't wait to see your photos, Val. Methinks I see a Volcanic Challenge coming up.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 10, 2017, 07:52:32 PM
What a brilliant idea, Sue. Looking forward to those photos Val.
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Post by: EmmaLee on May 11, 2017, 03:11:59 AM
So awesome, Val!  :heeha:  I can't wait to see the photos!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on May 11, 2017, 06:17:07 AM
WOW - Lava and Vegas, all on the same page! You ladies are living exciting lives - keep us posted!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 12, 2017, 01:43:10 PM
After 2 days in Panajachel, I am so glad I brought my winter clothes! We took a boat across Lago Atitlan which is a huge crater lake to Santiago Atitlan, fascinating place and breathtaking scenery everywhere!!!  Guatemala is definitely an artist's dream.

Will be back too Guatemala City Sunday for "ART SUPPLIES"!!!!!!  :yippee:         :cost: :'(              :2funny:
                                                                                                         Val                   Lloyd

Back to PJ on Monday or Tuesday depending on bus connections.  :think: Going to need another bag to pack my supplies!  :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 12, 2017, 05:16:22 PM
That's it, Val. Shop with attitude! Lloyd probably  thinks he'll have to carry the extra suitcase... or, if he's like my skipper, he worries about overloading the boat! Let us know if you get any special goodies.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 13, 2017, 02:08:13 AM
Will do Linley....  hoping for pastels, pastel paper, w/c paper for my classes to use, and some for me. Would be nice to find a new w/c colour for me to try as well....  :whistle:       ;)     Will be my first art shop visit in 2 years   :faint:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 13, 2017, 02:37:32 AM
Val

Happy art supply hunting

I picked up new supplies while here in Las  Vegas.

Strathmore 400 series mixed media pads (140lb) is perfect for line and wash. So smooth.

On sale - buy one and second one is half price. Then used my 40% off coupon to get WC paper for my senior citizen

My suitcase is bulging!  Heading back to Hawaii today!


Aloha

Mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 13, 2017, 04:04:51 AM
Val: I love St Cuthberts Mill blocks (140lb/300gm) and Daniel Smith water colours. DS is expensive (esp over here in Oz) but the colours are well saturated and most of them granulate, if you like that effect. I'm told M Grahame watercolours  and Schminke stay moist for longer, but you apparently can't use the M Grahame in pans. But I guess it will really depend on what is in stock at your exotic location.  :gl2:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 15, 2017, 02:49:07 AM
Thanks Mea, hoping the shop is still in the same place. It has been 4 years since we were in Guat. City and we are seeing some serious changes.  :pray:

I do envy you all those big artshops with discounts and coupons...... such rapture!   ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 15, 2017, 03:02:54 AM
Hi Linley, yes I do like St. Cuthbert's Bockingford. Sadly just not available to me here. My favourite is still Arches which I buy by the roll when I find it. It's the most economical way for me and lasts me a long time since I'm a wee bit of a slow painter!  :whistle:     ;D

I use Winsor & Newton almost exclusively. I have a few DS which I picked up on a promotion while in Canada a few years back. Quite like them but I found it a bit of a hassle trying to decipher all their names to find the colours I like to use. Still have a few tinyl tubes of Daler Rowney which I picked up in Grenada several years ago (that was all that was available) 3 colours if I remember rightly! Plus some acrylic brushes as that was the closest I could find to w/c brushes. What a haul!!!   :2funny:   Some rough beginnings for this artist under sail!  ::)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 15, 2017, 03:21:56 AM
Good luck with your shopping. I remember well how difficult it was to get things in remote ports when we sailed around the top of Australia. Mail order isn't really an answer unless you are staying in port for a long time. If you are on visas or wanting to move on before the hurricane season, you can't always wait around for the mail. We ran out of methylated spirits for our stove when we were in Weipa (on Cape York Peninsula - the big pointy bit on our map). Weipa was a company mining town, and fortunately we were working there and so could wait for deliveries. We were scrounging from anyone who had it. Cups of tea and coffee were strictly rationed and all meals were cold, or as cold as you can get in the sub-tropics.  Supplies came in every two weeks by barge, but we had to wait for 3 barges before a supply finally arrived! The local supermarket were really curious as to why we were so desperate to get it.. and looked really shocked when I said we used it for cooking... they thought we used it as a sauce!   ???
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on May 15, 2017, 11:18:46 AM
wow you guys. I was just flitting around the net and I heard the word "Shopping" coming from this end of the net and had to come and see.   I'm a shopaholic but have to hide half my haul usually and bring it out a little at a time unless hubby's not looking! :2funny: Usually that week we eat a lot of pbnj's. I tell him it's good for digestion. ahduh! Val wait for me I want to go shopping with you!! :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 15, 2017, 03:47:32 PM
Me too, Robyn-Anne.... can you imagine us all descending on some poor little shop in Guatemala, all excited and chattering and all asking questions.....It would be an expedition to die for... Val, I want to know how you store a roll of Arches in your boat? You couldn't put it in the bilges or the sail locker, it might get wet. Do you perhaps chop into smaller pieces and put it in the chart locker? No wonder Hubby groans!  ::)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 15, 2017, 08:37:29 PM
I finally got my shopping spree in 3 yes 3 art shops!!! It took all three to find a few of the bits and pieces I was looking for. Here's what I ended up with after walking a good 5+ kilometers, the last two in a deluge. (Took a cab back to hotel.) Just got back with literally a minute to spare before Dennis' VIP class started!  :sweat: Which I might add was fantastic!  O0

1 w/c block (no arches to be had)
1 pastel paper pad
Mungyo Pastel set (48 1/2 sticks)
Staedtler Pastel set (48 full sticks) + a few extras  :whistle:
1" w/c flat brush
1/2" w/c filbert
Masking fluid
Gum Arabic
w/c sketch journal

None of the above were any of my usual brands so the experimentation continues!

I keep my roll of Arches stored standing on the small bench seat behind the door in our cabin. I cut pieces as required and load up my stretcher boards.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 15, 2017, 10:33:32 PM
Great haul, Val.

Looking forward to seeing some stunning art works from you in the near future!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 16, 2017, 12:08:02 AM
You were lucky getting the filbert... I have one on my wish list. Our "cheap" art shop is closing down and they have run out of filberts. Everyone else seems to charge an arm and a leg for them.  I thought of Dennis's Amazon site, but shipping from the USA to Australia is both slow and astronomically expensive, so I'm procrastinating for a bit. Pastels were banned from our boat as soon as the skipper saw the dust they generated. I don't really like them much anyway although I'm astounded at the quality of the work other people produce with them.  :gl:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 16, 2017, 07:35:35 AM
Me too Mea!  :heeha:

 :( Sadly it will have to wait another couple of days. I seem to have caught a chill or some such, and I guess being out in the rain yesterday really kicked it off. Have been quite ill since yesterday afternoon. Lloyd says we stay put here for another day or two as he doesn't think I can handle the 6 hour bus ride so here we stay.

Pastels not allowed but I do have my pencil and notebook to play with... But I have looked in the boxes!  ^-^ :angel:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 16, 2017, 07:42:51 AM
Both of these brushes are synthetic, made by Simply Simmons. I had a small brush from them and it was pretty nice and they aren't too expensive.

Shipping costs are plain silly here to bring anything in as well. Never sure it will arrive, things have a way of disappearing enroute down here.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on May 16, 2017, 08:07:59 AM
Take care of yourself, Val.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on May 16, 2017, 03:11:07 PM
oh no Val, take care of yourself. need my adventure fix soon..
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 17, 2017, 06:34:22 AM
Just popping in for a minute. Still in Guatemala City as still too ill to go on the bus. Looks like Lloyd has picked it up from me, not quite as bad thank goodness. Looks like we'll be stuck here for yet another day at least.  :(
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: musika on May 17, 2017, 01:27:33 PM
You were lucky getting the filbert... I have one on my wish list. Our "cheap" art shop is closing down and they have run out of filberts. Everyone else seems to charge an arm and a leg for them.

As I have mentioned before Jackson's art in the UK offer free worldwide delivery on brush orders over £20.

https://www.jacksonsart.com/brushes (https://www.jacksonsart.com/brushes)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on May 17, 2017, 03:07:03 PM
Val, I wish you and Lloyd a speedy recovery.  While in Florida three weeks ago, I got the most terrible cough and cold and just can't get rid of it ... I still have it which kind of spoilt my vacation.  Hope you haven't picked up what I did.   


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 17, 2017, 03:58:50 PM
 :flowers:  Get well soon.  Do be careful with the dust from the pastels, Val. We don't want you to end up with" Artist's Lung".....I'm quite serious... It's not only the filler/medium that creates the dust, there are also some very carcinogenic chemicals in the pastels. Many potters who used similar dusts while mixing glazes have died of aggressive lung cancers. Some of my favourite artists, so sad. Use a vacuum cleaner if you can, don't sweep.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 18, 2017, 06:16:05 PM
You were lucky getting the filbert... I have one on my wish list. Our "cheap" art shop is closing down and they have run out of filberts. Everyone else seems to charge an arm and a leg for them.

As I have mentioned before Jackson's art in the UK offer free worldwide delivery on brush orders over £20.

https://www.jacksonsart.com/brushes (https://www.jacksonsart.com/brushes)

Thanks again for that Ray  O0   This may be your answer Linley!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 18, 2017, 06:18:23 PM
I don't know what it is Patricia but it had me reminiscing of a time when I had pneumonia. If it doesn't clear off over next couple of days I'll be paying a visit to the clinic in town.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on May 18, 2017, 06:26:59 PM
Thanks Linley. I am mindful of the various ingredients in some of the pastels. I'm always aware of the makeup of my w/c paints as well as I often had some of the local children come to my classes. I'm hoping to do more of that through the hurricane season this year. Great fun!  :heeha:   Keep that in mind as well if you have 'helpful' pets when you draw or paint.  O0

Always a good reminder Linley,  :thankyou:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on May 18, 2017, 11:17:34 PM
Hi Val & Ray... I'll check out Jacksons website.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 12:10:15 PM
While I'm waiting for the 'Mist in the Valley' lesson (8 more days!  :goofy: ) to open, I thought I'd post a couple of photos from our recent trip to Antigua.

Volcan Agua (dormant)


Volcan Fuego (Active!  :heeha: )


Valcan Fuego Close-Up


These were taken from our private rooftop terrace at the apt. we stayed in. Will have to load more photos, only 1,000 in first four days!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on June 08, 2017, 02:18:47 PM
Wow spectacular Val. Must have been awesome to see.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on June 08, 2017, 03:41:02 PM

[snip] We were scrounging from anyone who had it. Cups of tea and coffee were strictly rationed and all meals were cold, or as cold as you can get in the sub-tropics.  Supplies came in every two weeks by barge, but we had to wait for 3 barges before a supply finally arrived! The local supermarket were really curious as to why we were so desperate to get it.. and looked really shocked when I said we used it for cooking... they thought we used it as a sauce!   ???

Bet they were wondering how you could use that much sauce..... ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on June 08, 2017, 03:44:40 PM
:flowers:  Get well soon.  Do be careful with the dust from the pastels, Val. We don't want you to end up with" Artist's Lung".....I'm quite serious... It's not only the filler/medium that creates the dust, there are also some very carcinogenic chemicals in the pastels. Many potters who used similar dusts while mixing glazes have died of aggressive lung cancers. Some of my favourite artists, so sad. Use a vacuum cleaner if you can, don't sweep.

Indeed.  I was warned about pastel dust, years ago, by my old oils instructor.  The dust killed several of his friends who worked in it.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: stoney on June 08, 2017, 03:46:52 PM

[snip]

Valcan Fuego Close-Up


These were taken from our private rooftop terrace at the apt. we stayed in. Will have to load more photos, only 1,000 in first four days!  :2funny:

It was frantically waving 'hello'...... ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on June 08, 2017, 04:27:15 PM
As long as it only waves from a distance....that kind of wave is a bit like the tail of a Labrador near a low slung coffee table in an old lady's lounge room. ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 08, 2017, 05:18:40 PM
Cool (well H-O-T maybe)

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 08, 2017, 05:19:42 PM
Shame we missed the lava flow... it decided to throw that show the day before we got there. Lloyd said that was my fault....I was supposed to have been there for my birthday. That would have been quite the welcome! Better than fireworks!  :2funny:

Some days there was so much ash in the air it was hard to see any of the volcanoes or mountains. Quite spectacular non the less.  :heeha:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Cath on June 09, 2017, 05:01:28 PM
Amazing experience Val. Was that in March this year?
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 09, 2017, 07:05:46 PM
First week in May this year Cath.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 13, 2017, 12:08:06 PM
We had our first day off the boat in over a week! Mind it was to go to town and hunt down a new inverter/charger as ours went 'poof' in one of our nightly thunderstorms. The lightning has been incredible! :eyesclosed:

We came up empty handed but one fellow in town may be able to get us one within a couple of weeks.... but OY! the price!!!  :cost:    :faint: May have to dig into my art fund.  :'( But no power....no daylight lamp, no daylight lamp, no night time artwork. Can't have that so I guess the cause is just.  ;)     ;D

Lloyd took me to lunch to ease the pain.... and blow me didn't I get bitten by one of those nasty bitey bugs just below my jaw and wham... the side of my face blew up like Harry Potter's aunt!

Back onboard now and loaded up with antihistamines.  :tongue:   Kind of makes all the artwork look funny 'cause my glasses are all skewed!       :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: BeaSue on June 13, 2017, 12:29:26 PM
Ohm NOOOOO! Double-NO. No charger + Nasty Bitey Bug.  :o I hope the antihistamines work quickly, Val. (You're sure this isn't an excuse for getting out of the June Special Challenge?)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 13, 2017, 12:44:12 PM
 :nono:   Susan, I'm still going to continue to work on it. So far it's the best of the three.... (which isn't saying a lot  :whistle: )
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 13, 2017, 01:20:12 PM
Yikes, Val.  You must be a sight!

Hope the swelling subsides quickly.
And the power gets fixed soon.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 13, 2017, 05:05:54 PM
Thanks Mea, cold packs seem to be helping a bit. Another good dosing of antihistamines should hopefully see the swelling gone tomorrow.  :flowers:

Did you see Nolan's pencil lesson? I can't believe I missed it!  :'( I had been counting the days!  :doh:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on June 13, 2017, 05:13:30 PM
Shooks, no, Val.  I missed it, too.  I didn't see any notice about it.

I'll go check it out.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on June 13, 2017, 05:18:38 PM
Me neither.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on June 14, 2017, 03:47:32 AM
Poor Val!  The price to pay for living in the paradise islands...

It is very warm and muggy on your TO this week.  I am not used to that humid heat anymore.  It makes Tokyo's last week feel like Spring.

Hope the swelling is almost gone now.
 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 14, 2017, 06:24:28 AM
 :oops: Forgot to mention the lesson was on the OAL site.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Cath on June 15, 2017, 08:30:12 AM
Oh dear Val -  hope the swelling subsides quickly and that you'll have power asap!


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 15, 2017, 10:00:12 AM
The drawing lesson was a beautiful horse! Sorry I missed it, will watch on youtube.



Thank you Cath, swelling is almost gone.  :)            The power issue remains unresolved for now.   :(
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Win on June 15, 2017, 02:00:31 PM
Oh dear! Val, that is not a nice thing to happen so sorry,  :( glad the swellings almost down.  I hope that your electrics get sorted asap and that the cost doesnt eat too much into your art funds :thumbdown: 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on June 15, 2017, 02:24:39 PM
Take care and get well soon Val- :flowers: glad that your humour is not affected...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on June 15, 2017, 03:33:25 PM
 >:( Humour?! Humour?!! I look like a lopsided chipmunk....need to stuff something in the other cheek to even things out!  :2funny:   Love ya Gita  :-*

Thanks Win, almost back to normal.  >:D   Scary huh?    :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on June 16, 2017, 12:14:03 AM
 :2funny: I am trying to associate  a lopsided chipmunk with your avatar photo, Val...
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 16, 2017, 12:58:01 PM
Just popping in for a quick boo and what a surprise! Wonderful new website.

Will have a tale for you all about the trip, but in New Orleans, now have internet, and oh my stars and garters are you guys going to be busy in the upcoming challenges!  :heeha:      :2funny:    This place is fantabulous!!! Be talking to you soon.   :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on August 16, 2017, 03:19:56 PM
Val, enjoy yourself in New Orleans and safe travels.  Looking forward to hearing all about your trip.    Patricia
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Post by: nolan on August 16, 2017, 03:59:09 PM
have fun :flight:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 18, 2017, 08:18:50 AM
Have a great time in New Orleans! Collect lots of beaded necklaces!! Can't wait to see the photos! Have a beignet and cafe au lait at Cafe Du Monde!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 18, 2017, 08:42:35 AM
Thanks Patricia, so exciting being here! I was last here.... 40 odd years ago! Quite a few things have changed, but so far most of the things I remember and hold dear are still about. Everyone should visit here if they can.  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 18, 2017, 08:48:26 AM
 :heeha: Beignet and cafe au lait yesterday morning at Cafe Du Monde! That was always the final stop of the day/night on my previous visit....nothing like beignets after a round at the clubs and bars!  :drink2drop:     :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 18, 2017, 08:57:33 AM
yum and haha!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on August 18, 2017, 06:50:27 PM
okay once again I'm jealous! and what's a beignets? anything like Bagels and Loxs? :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 19, 2017, 03:24:46 PM
Beignets are like a fried, yummy croissant - covered in powered sugar.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on August 24, 2017, 04:13:16 PM
Hi Val, I have just watched the news and there is a horrible hurricane about to make landfall which seems to be making its way towards New Orleans at some point within the next couple of days. Evacuations have already started and I just pray that if you are still in New Orleans that you are safe and that all our other members like Lynn, are safe too.  Please take care, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 24, 2017, 05:09:33 PM
Val, please check in when you can and let us know how your sea legs are doing on land.

Hope you, Lynn, and other PBers are not in the path of the hurricane.

Stay safe.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 24, 2017, 05:34:28 PM
I had the amazing pleasure of speaking to both Val and Lynn on the phone today!! It was really cool, as Lynn was driving Val to an arts supply shop in New Orleans. Sure wish I was there with them driving around - so jealous they got to meet each other in person! Made me think we need to have an International Paint Basket conference sometime so we all could meet!

I looked up info on the hurricane and it's supposed to hit Texas pretty hard. Not sure if New Orleans will be in the pathway but I saw nothing in the news that mentioned it.
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 24, 2017, 06:15:59 PM
Oh, how exciting that Val and Lynn are together and that you got to talk to them, Sharon.

Hope they post an accounting of their shopping trip!

Have fun together, girls.  You know we'd all be there if we could.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 25, 2017, 12:17:26 PM
 :heeha:    :wave:   Hi All !  Yes had a marvelous time yesterday in the art shop with Lynn. Lynn is a wealth of knowledge and so helpful guiding me through the maze of lovely, lovely art stuffs!  :yippee:   Lloyd was just a wee bit worried I would have bought the store  :cost: , but I was very restrained and focused on what I was after. It was such a shame I forgot my list  :doh: but Lynn helped fill in a few gaps by rhyming off a number of supplies!  :2funny:   I'll have to lay out all the goodies and post a photo. The best part was Lynn presented me with an incredible 'care' package! I was up most of last night reading one of the books!  :yawn: More to come!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on August 26, 2017, 12:25:19 PM
Val,

I think we are all so happy for you and wishing we could have been there too.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on August 26, 2017, 12:28:44 PM
What a fun day! Can't wait to see the photos of your "loot"!

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on August 27, 2017, 05:49:18 AM
Just 2 more packages to come!  :yippee: I'll do a post of what Lynn donated to the cause  ;D
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: thegrindre on September 04, 2017, 08:24:32 PM
Used to live in New Orleans many many years ago. Worked on Bourbon Street in a bar called, The Red Garter. Lived on Decatur Street above Bonaparte's Bar.
Used to eat Beignets with coffee a few times a week. YUMMY
Sure hope you're enjoying yourself.  :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 08, 2017, 03:16:42 PM
Val, I have been so nervous to ask where you are at present with the horrible Hurricane Irma. I pray you and Lloyd are safe and still in New Orleans. I am also worried about Puddle Jumper.  Pray that all is O.K.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 09, 2017, 02:29:42 AM
 :oops: So sorry Patricia, I have just been busy trying to keep the challenges and photos sorted, I hadn't even thought to update anything here. We are just north of New Orleans in Prairieville. All is well here.

PJ is safely tucked up on the Rio Dulce in Guatemala awaiting our return. We are scheduled to fly out of New Orleans this coming Thursday. Our connecting flight is in Atlanta so will have to wait and see what happens with Irma up there. Not expecting any real delays but as I said it will be a wait and see. Biggest problem is getting all this 'stuff' packed!  :doh:    Thery're going to love me at the airport this year!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 09, 2017, 04:42:38 AM
 :thankyou:  for your response to my message Val. I am relieved to hear that you are still in New Orleans and that you and Lloyd are safe as is Puddle Jumper.  What a relief!!!  Just keep safe always.


We are due to go to Myrtle Beach next Friday 15th for a week and I have tried to persuade my husband to delay the trip for a week or two but he is adamant ... golf comes first!!  Just hope that the weather has settled by that time.


Thanks once again for putting my mind at rest and safe travels.


Patricia




Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: liz on September 12, 2017, 08:37:09 AM
 :) Happy to have found you here, VAL!  So glad to find you here and learn that you're high and dry!  Pat evacuated from Daytona and I haven't heard back from him yet. God bless you! -Liz
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 13, 2017, 01:19:34 AM
Thanks Liz, I did send a message back to you but seem to be having some difficulties getting things to post. Could be this tablet come computer.... it has been doing some strange things of late.  :hammer:

Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 13, 2017, 01:32:06 AM
Just noticed my photo of 'contraband' didn't post.  :doh: Will try getting it up later. Everything is packed away ready for take off early tomorrow morning.

  :heeha:   Customs should be fun.... had only one bag checked  and two carry-ons coming down.... Three checked bags, four carry-ons and an extra going back!  :whistle:    After all.... it's my first real art supply run in 3 years!   :cost: :2funny:

Lloyd does have one bag of stuff.... and there is some boat stuff too...  ;)
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: nolan on September 14, 2017, 12:14:41 PM
have a good trip
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Post by: mea hamo pena on September 14, 2017, 01:12:06 PM
Safe travels, Val.  Make sure you have a sketching kit in your carry-on!

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 14, 2017, 03:58:57 PM
Bon voyage, Val! Glad you're returning with a full load, lots of art supplies, and leaving when the weather has calmed down. Can't wait to hear some updates from your boat!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Annie. on September 14, 2017, 06:27:05 PM
 :)  Safe travel.
Sure wish we could send you a little love art parcel once in a while.

I may be in New Orleans in Dec, never been there and would love to go especially after I read of your adventure.  Invited and trying to fit it in my schedule... maybe.  Been in San Antonio few times in Dec and I love eating lunch outside.  No Canadian have the concept of having lunch on an outside terrace in DECEMBER!!!
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Post by: dennis on September 14, 2017, 07:33:20 PM
Safe trip back home   :flowers:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on September 14, 2017, 09:44:06 PM
Wish you a safe and comfortable journey back home, Val! 💼👜🕶👞👙🎨🚝✈️🛳⛵️📖
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 15, 2017, 03:31:05 AM
 :flight:   Arrived back in Guat. City yesterday afternoon. What a trip! More about that when I get back aboard PJ.

The crowds were already out celebrating in the streets yesterday when we arrived. Horns blowing, parade, bands, music playing! Wow, they really missed me!  :heeha:     :2funny:   
Actually, it is Independence Day here in Guatemala...Mexico, basically all of Spanish Central America!  :yippee: We will be staying here in the city until Saturday, chances of getting through to the Rio would be a nightmare with all of the ceremonies and parties going on! Will dig out my camera and hit the streets today and see who/what I can capture.  :dance:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 15, 2017, 09:54:52 AM
Happy you arrived safely and in a hail of fanfare, Val.

Have fun.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on September 16, 2017, 01:47:35 AM
 :welcome: back
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 17, 2017, 06:51:00 AM
So relieved to hear that you are back safely Val. Hopefully,you will now have time to play with all your art purchases.   :yippee:   I have been wanting to ask you how you like the Lucida projector which I think you purchased some time ago?  I use the grid method to enlarge but heck, it is time consuming.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 18, 2017, 01:58:10 PM
 :heeha: Well, you can tell I'm back on the Rio..... internet has been down!!!  :doh:       :2funny:

Thank you all for your good wishes.  :hug:   All of my best wishes are with the islands in the east Caribbean today as another hurricane (Maria), passes over them yet again. We still have not heard from some of our friends and illegally adopted families on the chain since Irma passed over. I fear that with all of the loose debris still about, this one could prove even more dangerous.  :pray:

On a happier note, I am so happy to be back aboard PJ!   :boat:    :yippee: Even if we've had thunderstorms, torrential rains, and HEAT!!!  :sweat:   It will be a few days before we have everything sorted and all of the systems up and running properly. BUT.... I fully intend to sneak a few hours here and there  ^-^   to muck about with my beautiful new pastels!!!  :heeha:   I am so excited to get stuck in and watch all of Dennis' lessons..... best get some ear plugs Dennis.... we are going to be having a lot of discussions!!!  :2funny:

 :oops:   Before I move on, Patricia bring out the bat!  :knuppel2: I was supposed to post about the Lucy along with a photo.  :doh: I'll get on that as soon as we get sorted. 
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 18, 2017, 02:51:03 PM
Val, it is so lovely to hear your news and to know how happy you are to be back on PJ.  Also looking forward to seeing what you do with the pastels.  You will love them, I am sure. As for Lucy .... I could not remember the proper name,  :crazy2: , there is no hurry at all, I was just interested to know what you thought about it and if it is worth purchasing. When you settle down and you think about it, I would be so appreciative if you could post a message to let us know so that if anyone else is interested, it would benefit them too.  Many thanks,


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on September 18, 2017, 10:01:15 PM
Master pastelist in the  making  :clap: :clap: :clap:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 19, 2017, 06:06:48 AM
 :thankyou: Patricia, don't hesitate to give me a nudge.... as Lloyd says, put a pencil, brush, or anything that makes a mark in her hand and the whole world goes to pot!  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 19, 2017, 06:24:34 AM
 ;D   Dennis, I love your never ending optimism! I have been reading myself silly   :D so many different ways to apply the pastels.
OH the colours!!!  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50479/1509412.GIF)So bright and vibrant, it makes me happy just to look at them! (also gives me itchy fingers wanting to touch them!)  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/50136/1507125.GIF)
I am entranced.  (http://d326oobcc22bax.cloudfront.net/content/129055/1514100.gif) We are going to have so much fun together!  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 20, 2017, 05:08:35 PM
 :doh: Just remembered I was supposed to post a photo of some of the 'stuff' I received! So here is some...

:oops: It's on the tablet!   :doh: Tomorrow for sure  :blush:   .... maybe?   :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 24, 2017, 08:49:00 AM
Finally found the photo of Lynn's "Starter" Package!  :heeha:   Unbelievable!!!  :faint:


Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 24, 2017, 09:40:02 AM
Oh, my goodness.  Lots of fun ahead.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: dennis on September 24, 2017, 09:51:38 AM
We have many caring members  :yippee:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on September 24, 2017, 10:30:04 AM
WOW - this is a great package!! Can't wait to see what you create first!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on September 24, 2017, 04:09:13 PM
FANTASTIC starter pack Val.  Bless Lynn for putting you on the road to what is going to be a wonderful experience. Have fun.


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 24, 2017, 05:32:07 PM
I don't mind saying I almost fell over when I saw this lot! I kept asking 'Are you sure?' My goodness it felt like Christmas came early!  :santa:   

I have read both of the books twice, on my third time through the 'Pastel Workbook' by Jackie Simmonds. Has shown me new techniques for the pastels. I pulled out a box today and started getting the feel for some of the different brands. There really is a difference! I have decided I don't like the scratchy ones at all. Even some of the really good brands have the odd colour that feels scratchy, so I just make note not to replace it and find another brand that matches and feels right.
Between Lynn's over the top generosity and my other purchases, I think I have enough to keep me in business for a few years!  :yippee:
Lynn was such an amazing help explaining the different papers and sharing her experiences.  :smitten:

We have another violent thunderstorm firing up so must shut down. Laters!   :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: mea hamo pena on September 24, 2017, 08:58:43 PM
How wonderful of Lynn to get you set up with new supplies.  I am excited for you and look forward to what you will share with us.

aloha

me
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 25, 2017, 10:15:13 AM
 :eek: That was quite a dose we received last night! Lightning much to close and the thunder shook the boat  :boat:

Still sorting systems on the boat that had problems when we came back.... don't want anymore! We're getting through slowly.....  :crazy2:

Just time to pop in quickly today and have a boo.     Laters!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on September 25, 2017, 12:24:09 PM
Ohhh once again I'm so jealous. I started to look at some of Dennis's Pastel lessons but I don't have all the colors so I called my local art supply store and they were suppose to get them for me but never did. I'm going to go on a hunt for them and try to start. I need some of the soft and hard pastels. I've got a cheapy small set. You've put the bug in my ear my dear Val... My hubby doesn't have to know about this does he?? :2funny:

I hope your safe and sound....
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on September 26, 2017, 06:10:17 AM
 :stress:   mums the word!   ^-^      :whistle:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on September 26, 2017, 12:16:19 PM
Feel I should include myself in all this pastel talk, Val! Great stuff! Wish you a safe journey and a happy pastel time!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 02, 2017, 11:31:09 AM
Ta much Gita.

Unfortunately I've been spending most of my time the past few days running about every hardware tienda in Fronteras trying to find a plumbing fitting to fit our new drinking water tap.  :run:   Living here is like being on a permanent scavenger hunt!  :detective:   Always an adventure.  :crazy2:    ;D

I am dying to get stuck in with my pastels, papers, and pencils. So knackered by the end of the day I feel a bit like Brian's entry in the spooky drawing challenge..... zombiefied!   :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 11, 2017, 10:25:53 AM
I haven't been on too much lately, wish I could say it was because I was busy painting.  :(    Having another flare up with back, but hopefully will not be too long lasting. Will pop in now and again to see if any problems. Keep  :painting:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: KathyKuz on October 11, 2017, 11:11:21 AM
Val:  Hope your back gets better soon.   :1hug:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Gita on October 11, 2017, 02:00:31 PM
. So knackered by the end of the day I feel a bit like Brian's entry in the spooky drawing challenge..... zombiefied!   :2funny:
:2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: linley.plester on October 11, 2017, 02:49:27 PM
Oh dear, Val. We miss you.... especially your humour. I bet Brian is quite flattered... so someone will feel good, even  :2funny:if it's not you! :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Sacgal/Sharon on October 12, 2017, 10:26:18 AM
Val - take care of that back! We need you back here!!!
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 12, 2017, 02:46:42 PM
 :thankyou: Kathy, Linley, Sharon. It's improving a little each day. I'll be sleeping/laying on a wood board for a while, but I'm honestly more comfortable that way. I always used to sleep on the floor.  :sleep:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on October 12, 2017, 03:51:32 PM
Oh! Val, I can sympathise with you for some mornings I get up and feel as though I am crippled and can hardly walk. Please take care of yourself for we really miss and need you. It is not the same without you and your infectious humour as Linley mentioned.  I am also missing Mea whom I know is away for a few days so please get well. :flowers: :flowers: :flowers:


Patricia
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Val on October 14, 2017, 05:50:00 AM
Ta much Patricia. Able to sit a bit longer, actually got through sorting some of my colours into my pastel box yesterday. I know they're going to be a right muck-up until I get them all in, can't wait to see all the colours laid in! What a rush to snap the long ones in half!  :2funny:      :heeha: That means it won't be long now!  :yippee:   I've decided I'll just do small paintings to start, got to make that paper last!

Off to have a boo about the site to see what everyone is up to  :nosey:     Laters!  :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: robynann on October 17, 2017, 05:07:47 AM
I'm glad your starting to feel better Val. For awhile there I thought we would be bunk mates at Hooverwood rehab Hospital.  :2funny:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: KathyKuz on October 17, 2017, 05:16:18 AM
Val:  Glad you are feeling better. Don"t over do it. :wave: :wave:
Title: Re: PJ's Adventures....
Post by: Happychappy on October 17, 2017, 12:26:56 PM
 :clap: :clap: :clap:  Great to hear that you are feeling better Val. Hope you have got the pastels all sorted out. O0


Patricia