Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I realize that we can't peddle our boat, but we do have bikes. It will
be seen if we use them to forage for groceries or get to the play at
the park. Lee says that he has put about 5 miles on his year-old-bike. I hope I can beat that record.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Friends and Guests

Susan has sailing friends in Europe and when they visit her, we get
the treat of meeting and sailing with them. Sandra visited from
Austria and brought delightful weather with her.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


It's not often that we get to sail with those who live outside the

region, but a friend brought her friends and brother from Kansas for a

sail. The Spring weather has been cold and wet, but Sumday was warm

and dry--like Kansas.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Crow Foot

A crow-foot wrench is an open or adjustable wrench without a handle, which was created to get in tight places like the area beneath Speakeasy's toerail. The name comes from the shape the wrench makes when a shaft is attached to the wrench--it looks like a long skinny leg with a bird's foot.

Crow foot and Speakeasy are getting together because I haven't found a way to tighten the nut on the new starboard stanchion. My last idea was to cut back the length of the bolt that goes through the toerail. This required taking the stanchion off again, bringing it home to do the surgery, and replacing the stanchion. I had hoped this would give me enough room to get a wrench on the nut, but the wrench handles are in the still in way.

SEARS has reduced it's hardware department to a catalog, computer kiosk, back room, and Efran--the clerk. Instead of browsing aisles, one browses a catalog and chooses to pick up at the store. That's where you tell the kiosk what you ordered and Efran goes to the back room to get it. SEARS has wrenches of all kinds and each wrench has a lifetime guarantee. Now, I have 10 crow-foot wrenches to go with my 25-year old sockets that will last longer than I will.