Sunday, June 24, 2007


This is a picture of the boat that we had just five years ago. My husband and I started out with a pontoon boat and had a couple of fun years with that. We learned that the Chesapeake Bay or any river is not a good place to run a pontoon boat. We decided to sell that and get something that would be more "safe" as we ran our boat in the bay. We bought this boat, a 27 ft. Rinker. It slept 4 people and had a little kitchenette below. We had so many wonderful times on this boat and I am so thankful that my husband and I got to share about four or five years doing our thing on the two boats. It was a relaxing way to spend time together once the work was done. Of course, to get to the point of being ready to take off is another story. The boat had to be cleaned before and after its use. And he thought that I got much to involved in the cleaning process. He would be just so happy to go down to the boat, open it up and take off. NOT!!!!! Boats are spider and insect attracters. And from one week-end to the next, those insects took over and did a number on everything. The spiders poop and make a terrible mess. So, before I was going anywhere, that boat had to be de-bugged! EW...EW...EW!!! I hate me some spiders, is all I can say!

We bought a dingy because when we would go to certain places, we would anchor out and spend the night there. I don't know how much sleep either one of us ever got. But, for all intents and purposes, we didn't really care. We were out on that boat, anchored out and it was so wonderful to be afloat! We would take the dingy to shore and there was a nice little restaurant there that we would eat at. And I have to laugh, because on the way back to our boat, it was dark and a little scarey moving across the water, just the two of us. We'd make it back to the boat and sit and talk for a while. When it was time to turn in, he'd put some "smooth jazz" on the radio and it would lull us for a little while.

My hubby took this picture of me standing on the back of the boat, after doing something with that dingy. I don't look too happy. I didn't have a smile on my face then. But I can't remember the situation....I could have been irritated about something. Most of my memories of our boating experiences are really good ones. We had so much fun doing this together.

This is a picture of Hailee and Kelli. Hailee was only about 4 months old in this pic. We brought her on the boat a number of times when we were just docked out. She was such a good little girl.....and still is. I wish that she had memories of the boat, but she was only about 18-20 months old that last boating season that my husband took ill. She does however have memories as early as two years old.

This picture is of my hubby holding Hailee when she was a baby. He adored her. I couldn't find a picture of him on the boat as I still haven't unpacked a lot of photo albums. I just wanted you to see how he looked as he held her. This man was filled with love for this sweet little girl. And if he were still here, he would be over-joyed at all of his grandchildren. He would also have two great-grandchildren now.

I hope that you have enjoyed a little bit of history about me and the love of my life. And I hope to share even more with you as time goes by.

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Sandy said...

Oh big hugs to you for posting this...and letting us share more of your life. I love that picture of you...You are so pretty. And what wonderful times you must have had.

It was great seeing your husband with Hailee. I wouldn't know how to deal with what you have had to...I can't imagine Mike not getting to meet and see all his grandkids.

Thanks so much..As soon as I get my post up in the morning for Monday show and tell, I'll make sure to link people over here to read and see your pics...((((Brenda)))) ...thanks... sandy

Sandy said...

Great looking boat too!!! How I would love to have that..sandy

Travelling Goddess said...

Dear Bj,

I have tried to comment several times, but, for some reason, mouse freezes when I come here.

I enjoyed reading about the boats, we have one with friends in the FL Keys and it scares the hell outta me....I have to learn to walk on water, then maybe I'll be okay.


Marsha said...

Great photos of the boat and the beautiful (smile or no smile) mistress of the boat :-) I also was happy to see a photo of your husband to put a face with all of the lovely memories you share! These show and tell Monday's are fun!

The Crusty Crone said...

Very nice boat... very nice, indeed. And big enough to have a dingy. Yes, thats a nice boat!!

Wanda said...

Oh BJ: This was such an excellent post. How I loved reading about you and your special hubby, and your boat. What special memories. I feel like Sandy, I cannot imagine by life without Don. You are such an inspiration!!
And you are beautiful then and now.
Being gone a week, gets me so behind in reading posts....bear with me I will get to all of them.
Love and Hugs

Barbara said...

All your pictures are so full of love!