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03 June 2016

May In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left hand corner: (1) I desperately wanted this My Little Pony pinata, but I resisted; (2) Some friends left a can of their local beer from Stevens Point Brewery in Wisconsin for me to try. Delish!; (3) Turning a t-shirt into a tank top; (4) My new computer. Life is better with a working computer; and (5) Birthday donuts. Yum!


Every month, I do a random sort of recap in numbers with miscellaneous facts and figures that happen to pop into my head. So, without further ado, here's what happened last month, by the numbers.

  • 49 – Number of nautical charts I scored from the free table at our marina. From what I can tell, they’re worth around $300. Our cost – $0. I love the free table!
  • 7 – Number of hours I spent inventorying our free nautical charts and daydreaming about places we can sail to one day.
  • 50 – How many years I’ve now spent on Planet Earth. I think my mom may be more stunned by this than me. After all, now she has a 50 year old daughter. Hah!
  • 2 – Number of times I visited a sick friend at the VA hospital in West Palm Beach during the past month.  If you’re ever feeling a bit down about your life, spending some time at a VA facility is a sure fired way to put things in perspective. Talking to veterans about their experiences is eye opening and very humbling. (Non-American readers might not be familiar with the VA, which stands for Veteran’s Affairs. They provide medical care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents.) 
  • 2 – Number of potlucks we had at the marina. One of the things I love about potlucks is trying new dishes. One of the ladies made the most amazing pineapple salsa and banana pudding. I had never had banana pudding before and neither had the others. Turns out it’s a southern dish and us northerners have been missing out. This stuff is seriously delicious. Of course, I’m not sure you can go wrong with bananas, custard and nilla wafers.
  • 980+ – Number of followers on our Facebook page as of the end of May. I’m actually blown away that we have so many people like our Facebook page. Wouldn’t it be cool to get to 1,000? Oh my goodness, I’ve become one of those people that gets excited about reaching Facebook milestones. What’s happened to me?
  • 8 – Number of meatless days I had. Do you ever have meatless days? 
  • 12 – The number of books I read during May. Some were for the Around the World in 80 Books challenge, others were mysteries set in the States and sci-fi set in galaxies far, far away.

We hope you had a wonderful May full of good food, good company and good books and that this month is off to a great start and gets even better as the month goes on.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite blog posts from last month:

Boat Cat Adventures: Tales from the Crazy Cat Lady
A Fair Maiden’s Quest for a Filter of Fuel & Magical Boat Spells
The Well Traveled Can Opener

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25 comments:

  1. I can't seem to get past those donuts. I'm hungry and they would go so well with my morning coffee.

    Have a fabulous day Ellen. ☺

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    1. They were so good - such a decadent treat. Now the trick is not to go back and buy more.

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  2. I love that pony! And also am dead jealous of that free table. I've been on the lookout for west coast charts for when we go south. So far, none have turned up for free. Or even for a modest sum. I better turn up the heat on my magic! Banana pudding is one of my favorites. I grew up with that being a special dessert. So special that I could probably eat the entire thing. which is bad. Very bad.

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    1. I think we have the best free table in all of North America :-) I'm kind of glad I never had banana pudding before now, otherwise it might have been a problem and I would have sought it out at all opportunities.

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  3. Not so many meatless days this month, but I do love them as they push me to be more creative for our meals... nice tanktop idea!

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    1. If you're not used to cooking vegetarian, it really does require some creativity. I have a few tried and true recipes I always make. I could probably do with adding a few more to the repertoire.

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  4. Seems I missed a birthday? Happy Golden Jubilee!
    The Glasgow Gallivanter

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    1. I'm not sure whether it sounds better or worse to think of it as m Golden Jubilee :-)

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  5. Started following you during the Challenge. Finally having time to catch up with your posts since then. Though not a sailor, never really learned to swim properly, I loved your approach to blogging and the presentation of your "stuff." I'm posting a series of posts this June on the summertimes of our youth and how to recapture some of those moments. Hope you have time at some point to check it out. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks so much Stepheny! I'm glad that sailing/boat stuff comes across okay to people who don't know much about it.

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  6. Since We recently made a major dietary shift to vegan for health reasons, we've had nothing but meatless days for three weeks now!

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    1. Do you feel the difference, mentally and physically? We always feel better when not eating meat for a few days!

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    2. Good on you for going vegan! That's impressive. I don't really feel a difference when I have meatless days. I feel more of a difference when I don't eat junk (like cookies, cake etc.).

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  7. ReaLily enjoyed your numbers post. I love winning books, too, though there's not an extra inch of space in my apartment for one more book.

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    1. Thanks Carol - glad you enjoyed it! All of the books I've won have been e-books which is great as I don't have any room for any more paper books.

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  8. You are the master finder of the free table. Congratulations on your almost 1,000 Facebook followers. Wow!I am at 70, I think! :-) Long way to go. Don't think I will EVER make that number. We usually have two meat-free days a week.

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    1. It's a good time of year for the free table as people come back from the cruising season to store or sell their boats and put all sorts of stuff up there.

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  9. Oh, i almost forgot: happy belated birthday, Ellen!!! I hope you did not have to celebrate it alone... xxx

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  10. Happy Birthday!! Love the t-shirt to tank top, so creative!-Lucy

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    1. It was a creative idea, but the execution leaved a little bit to be desired. Oh well, it was one I wasn't wearing anyway so no harm done.

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  11. Good things, especially banana pudding! Hope you had a good birthday

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  12. I think that 50 is the new 30 :)

    And I totally want some banana pudding!!

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    1. I definitely think 50 is the new 30 now that I've turned 50 :-)

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