21 September 2015

Life Lately At Indiantown Marina

Today's blog post is a glimpse into what life's been like lately at Indiantown Marina here in hot, muggy, rainy southern Florida. It's been a while since I've done one of these "Life Lately" posts - bits and bobs about about what I've been getting up to and what's been on my mind.

1 - Tree Frog Poo

I spent hours on Saturday scrubbing the decks - cleaning off the mildew, getting rid of dead bugs and ridding Tickety Boo of all of the poo the tree frogs leave behind. I never really thought too much about tree frogs until we came to Florida. My first up close and personal kind of encounter was when one got stuck in the fan in our Scamp travel trailer. Scott got him out and set him free. One of his legs looked a little mangled so I'm not sure how long his freedom lasted before an alligator got him.

We also had a tree frog get into our air conditioning unit on our boat. We had no idea he was in there until we started noticing an incredibly foul stench. Scott's such a trooper - he opened up the air conditioning unit and got the frog out. Dealing with dead frogs isn't really my thing. Scott put screening around the air conditioner to keep the frogs out. Unfortunately, it doesn't stop them from hopping around your boat at night and leaving their calling cards everywhere.

Did you know rat poo and tree frog poo looks pretty much identical? There you go, something to work into your next cocktail party conversation.

2 - Thanksgiving in September

A couple of times a month I run into Okeechobee with a friend of mine to get groceries at Walmart. When we were last there, he decided that what was missing from his life was turkey. He got all the fixings for a proper Thanksgiving dinner and had me over for lunch yesterday. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn etc. You name it, he made it. Kind of a strange experience to have Thanksgiving in September, but a nice treat.

3 - Who's Your Favorite James Bond?

I just finished reading Thunderball by Ian Fleming as part of the Around the World in 80 Books Challenge (it takes place in the Bahamas). Having seen all of the James Bond movies, it's kind of strange to read one of the books. It wasn't until about halfway through, that Fleming describes what Bond looks like and it got me thinking about who my favorite Bond is. I'm going to go with Pierce Bronsan, followed by Daniel Craig. Who's your favorite?
"He was about six feet tall and somewhere in his middle thirties. He had dark, rather cruel good looks and very clear blue-gray eyes that were now observing her inspection sardonically. A scar down his right cheek showed pale against a tan so mild that he must have only recently come to the island."

4 - Stupid Hatches

If you follow us on Facebook, then you'll already know how much I hate our hatches. We've been having torrential rainstorms lately and our hatches just aren't holding up their end of the bargain. They're constantly misbehaving themselves. I keep telling them to shape up, but they don't listen. They just laugh, stick out their tongues and let water drip all over the place. As punishment, I made them wear these ugly plastic covers, which I taped down with silver duct tape. That will teach them to get water all over the place.

So guess what happened after I put the plastic coves on? Yep, no more torrential downpours, just the usual afternoon thunderstorms. For all you Floridians out there who were getting tired of the rain, you can thank me and my plastic sheeting for making it stop.

5 - Out With The Old & In With The Garishly New

I made new curtains for our head/bathroom yesterday. The old ones were in decent shape and if you like sailboats and lighthouses on your curtains, then these would be right up your alley (you can see what they look like above). But why have tasteful nautical themed curtains, when you can have something really eye-catching, some might even say garish? When I go to brush my teeth in the morning, I'm tired and I want something that will really wake me up. I'm thinking our new curtains are going to do the trick. Now, I just have to find fishing line (which is hiding somewhere in the boat) so I can hang our new curtains up. This should teach Scott to let me pick out fabric unsupervised.

So that's what's been happening lately at Indiantown Marina. What's been happening where you are?

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  1. Living on a boat is a challenge at times. We are looking at new canvas this year. That's not going to be cheap. Oh well.

    I've learned more about tree frogs and rats than I really wanted to know. I hate to say it, but I did laugh.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    1. Canvas is so expensive! I'm glad that the bimini and dodger our boat came with are in good shape and should last for many years before we have to invest in new canvas.

  2. Oh my - between the duct tape and the frog poo and the foul stench, I think I'd be too big of a wuss to do what you are doing! Love the little boat curtains, by the way - they look a bit retro and very fun :)

    1. The smell was horrible! I'm so grateful Scott dealt with the dead frog, I just wouldn't have been able to deal with that. Ick.

  3. Can't wait to see those new eye-opening curtains :)

    1. Once I find the fishing line, I'll hang them up and post a picture. The fishing line is, of course, in one of those pesky hard to get to spots on the boat.


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