Monthly Archives: May 2014

Sail Past … KNOT!


It’s spring and sailing is in the air! The “CAPTAIN has been preoccupied with preparations for a sailing trip circumnavigating Vancouver Island. Of course he has!  The pristine 40 foot Beneteau that he and two other “CAPTAINSwill sail at month’s end takes priority. Needless to say, our adequate 28 foot Catalina has been left somewhat neglected in the wake of all the prepping and planning frenzy.

When you belong to a YACHT CLUB, there is always an annual SAIL PAST.  For all of you non-boaters, this means that yacht club members board their boats and do a SAIL PAST to salute their club’s COMMODORE bobbing in her vessel out on the ocean.  Now, in most clubs, one might expect this to be a rather stuffy event with everyone fully attired in traditional navy jackets with crisp white shirts and pants.  However, you don’t know this Yacht Club if that is your vision.  It was first called SCUM. (Just how stuffy can it actually be with a name like that? Am I right?) In fact, SCUM originally stood for Schooner Cove United Mariners. (Well, that makes sense!) Of course, any Yacht Club with the acronym SCUM couldn’t possibly be that pretentious, could it? The answer is noSchooner Cove Yacht Club (present name) is the most welcoming and inclusive club one could ever join, but it’s members do share two common traits: pride in belonging and pride in their boats.

You’ve probably figured out the dilemma.  Three days before the SAIL PAST and the Catalina still docked in a shameful condition. You get the picture … I know you do! This is when the crew (that would be me) got busy and took on the entire task of cleaning and polishing both inside and outside the sailboat, single-handed. On the second afternoon, after hours of diligent polishing,  a flyer was spotted on the marina bulletin board with an eye-catching caption, “ANNUAL SAIL PAST POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER“.  As my arthritic fingers stiffened and my knees creaked, I ranted off the bow of our dazzling Catalina, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”  to any passer-by who cared to listen.


Clean Sailboat

Although I was disappointed, I  felt secretly smug for tackling and accomplishing the clean up of the lovely Catalina all by myself. (Probably the best polishing it had ever had!) What hurt most was that I had bought a new nautical outfit for the event, and now I’d have to save it for another 3 months.  (I know I said we were a relaxed club without airs, but a girl has to do what a girl has to do, right?)

Nautical Shirt

You have had some disappointments or regrets from time to time in life, I’m sure.  How about sharing them with us? Please leave your story in the comments section.





I can’t stop chuckling, as I review some of our Caribbean Cruise holiday pictures that were taken back in February.  We had arrived at our last port, Key West, early in the morning.  It was a brilliant sunny day and I had awoken charged, anticipating a romantic walk down memory lane with my husband of 15 years.  That’s right, we had eloped down to Key West (I joined him from Vancouver and he met me from Toronto.) during March Spring Break.  I visualized us leisurely strolling arm-in-arm through the town, reminiscing about our wedding day (City Hall- oh, so quaint! NOT!), the ocean deck/beach for our wedding photos shoot (People hanging over the deck as we waded through the surf with a pro photographer snapping shots, mistaking us for a couple celebrating their 25th anniversary- certainly NOT a WEDDING!), the perfect restaurant where we dined on that momentous night, the unique art gallery where we purchased “HAPPY PAINTINGS” for our eventual home together, … you get the picture.

This statue near the dock, gives you an indication of the romantic thoughts running through my mind. Now really people, does the guy posing with this couple look like a man who has given one solitary thought about a romantic stroll through our wedding town?  (Could it be that he was put off by the fact that I disembarked and immediately found some high-end clothing shops that needed my attention and credit card?  Or could it be that it was sweltering by 9:00 a.m. and our clothes had already started to stick to us?  Or perhaps it was that pesky arthritic toe of his starting to throb?)  Hard to say what got this glorious day off to such a bad start, but it seriously never really recovered.

2014-02-22 11.32.13As we walked the Outdoor Artisan Fair (another special venue that made my groom of 15 years exceedingly happy), I discovered this bush growing out of a concrete wall.  It seemed symbolic of our day in paradise together.  It was obvious by 11:00 a.m. that we were struggling to survive the day with such disparate expectations. But I wasn’t to be deterred, no way!  All we needed was a little respite from the  heat and a refreshing slice of KEY LIME PIE, right?  Surely that would uplift our spirits.

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Sadly, the KEY LIME PIE did not work it’s magic and lovely husband of 15 years did not come out of his funk.  Of course we continued on, seeking out the gallery where we had purchased our honeymoon paintings. Well, that didn’t happen, did it? Key West had changed so much!  Where there were only one or two galleries during our previous visit, there were now at least 20 of them.  As we plodded our way back to the ship through the crowds and sunshine, feeling self-absorbed and disenchanted with the outcome of the day, it became clear to me that it is as THEY say, “You can never go back.” 

After  a refreshing dip in the cruise ship’s pool and an ice cold beverage, I realized that the let down wasn’t over the fact that Key West had changed (It was more beautiful than I remembered.), but perhaps had more to do with the timing of our visit.  I think my darling husband of 15 years was possibly already feeling some glumness over the fact that we would be disembarking the ship the next morning in Fort Lauderdale (The cruise was coming to an end!) and actually had nothing to do with him lacking romantic memories of our lovely wedding day, not so long ago.

I’m sure there are some fun anniversary or wedding stories out there.  Why don’t you share them with me?  Please leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you.

Dog Friendly Travel Ideas


Summer holidays are fast approaching and we all seek great ideas for traveling with our families (human kids and fur kids, alike). What you may not know is that is a site that offers Travel Tips for everyone, including FUR KIDS.  In fact, the site is so popular that Lorraine Hawley has published a book jammed pack with great ideas for the entire family: Product Details

Explore theme-style activities and adventures. “Themetrips,” are activity ideas that you can use to create your own memorable and interactive family fun while at home or on vacation.

Check out her recent Dog Friendly Post, as there is an AWESOME  SURPRISE!  Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog is recommended  (BK. #1 of the Frenchie Series) with suggestions for what makes this novel a perfect vacation read for tweens. Check it out at .

Read Tank’s (Lorraine’s fur kid) perspective on the fun read about the 13 year old tween who will do anything to own a French bulldog puppy.  Follow Ethan’s blog posts (FBF- Frenchie’s Best Friend) of daily misadventures, as he attempts to deceive his overworked, single mom by setting a secret scheme in motion to own a Frenchie puppy. Get ready for lots of laughs!

Happy vacationing with your pet-loving tweens! The novels are easily downloaded to Kindle from Amazon. FBF


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Let me know what you think of Theme Trip and Tank’s page recommending  Frenchie’s Best Friend- Follow the Blog.  Will you take this series along on your summer travels or send it along with your grandchildren, nieces, nephews or family friends? Please leave a comment, I absolutely love to hear from YOU!