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Maternal Guilt and Mason’s New Off-Off-Off-Broadway Roles!

Maternal Guilt and Mason’s New Off-Off-Off-Broadway Roles!

To be completely honest with all of you, I've never been keen on parents who get their kids into show business. Could the money be great for his future? Sure. But, shouldn't kids be allowed to be kids? To have a "normal" childhood? …

When People Become Emotionally Attached to Their Vehicle…and Their Books

When People Become Emotionally Attached to Their Vehicle…and Their Books

I took all three of them to their very first days of Kindergarten in that car! Our daughter got car sick for the first time in that vehicle (I didn't tell the woman that part). And, at age 28, she still gets queasy when she sits in a back seat. Our son spilled chocolate milk on the floor in the back that I swear stank for two years (I left that part out during the sale, too)...…

Going Cold Turkey!!

Going Cold Turkey!!

On that Thanksgiving Day in Florida, eight years ago, it was probably in the 60's outside and we Mainers were LOVING it! Our southern family members, however, were NOT. As the day progressed, after they bundled up in sweaters, and wiped their running noses...…

Max’s Hilarious (or Disturbing???) Halloween Costume!

Max’s Hilarious (or Disturbing???) Halloween Costume!

It's not so much the costume (which is adorable), nor the Mr. Bean mask (which is kinda creepy). It's the sheer size of it. That is one a GIGANTIC Teletubby! And, how does a velveteen costume wearer fare in Florida's 86-degree heat???…

The Guy Who Got Bit by One Snake SIX TIMES!

The Guy Who Got Bit by One Snake SIX TIMES!

We took Max (now 18) and Mason (13) to Reptile World Serpentarium in St. Cloud and, man oh man, did we get an education we weren't expecting!…

What in the World Makes a Boat Smell Like THAT?!

What in the World Makes a Boat Smell Like THAT?!

I'm desperately appealing to all you mariners out there (or anyone mechanically inclined) for your expertise in this manner. There is a boat on our dock that has a HORRIBLE odor. To be very specific, it smells like...…

My Clumsiness Causes an Oil Explosion

My Clumsiness Causes an Oil Explosion

When I returned from the doctor, Capt. Brian was on the floor in the galley, meticulously washing and wiping all of our canned goods, which are stowed on a shelf under the stove. I cocked an eyebrow at him, wondering why he felt the need to clean the canned goods...…

Our Managing Editor Said “No More Storm Photos.” So, I changed his password…

Our Managing Editor Said “No More Storm Photos.” So, I changed his password…

Last night, one of the boats on our dock got struck by lightning. I was looking outside when it hit and, man oh man, those lightning bolts look REALLY big when they strike that close! The instant thunder aftershock made me jump about a foot off the bed. Then, I had to go change my underwear...…

First Guitar Lesson Injury!

First Guitar Lesson Injury!

Mason taught me how to slice a finger WIDE OPEN with his newly learned guitar playing technique!…

Anchor Crash!!!

Anchor Crash!!!

For about half an hour, Tanny was beaten up pretty good. It felt like it had when we had the mast out. Then, Max yelled, "We're hitting something!"…

I Caught a Shark! A SHARK!!

I Caught a Shark! A SHARK!!

He ran once. I could tell it was big! He was a fighter! Oh, MAN! I was SO EXCITED!!! Was this the trophy fish I'd been dreaming about my entire life? Would I be able to land him all by myself?! How many dinners would this monster make?!…

She smiled! SMILED!!!

She smiled! SMILED!!!

Well, okay...not in THIS picture but I swear she did! And, then I told her she's now old enough to...…

Mackenzie’s VERY Stressful Entry into the World

Mackenzie’s VERY Stressful Entry into the World

Ali was determined to not have a c-section. She'd had a very long recovery time after the previous one almost two years prior...and we would find out later why. The facts were VERY disturbing, to say the least.…

My Foot Found the Hole in the Boat Floor!

My Foot Found the Hole in the Boat Floor!

Falling in the bilge can be very dangerous. There is metal, potentially some dirty, stinky, tetanus-laden water (after rain), and even rust. So, I am always hyper-vigilant. Except, apparently, when I am carrying groceries...…

Another Falling ON the Boat Accident! (Yes, really…)

Another Falling ON the Boat Accident! (Yes, really…)

I was pulling with all my might on a line to stop Tanny from going too far forward and I tripped on the boom, which was on the port side deck. Brian had warned us all to watch out for the boom. Heck, I'd been tip-toeing over it for three months. But, down I went and...…

Mac and Cheese and Bad Guitar Music, Please!

Mac and Cheese and Bad Guitar Music, Please!

While toddler Jack was sitting at the table eating macaroni and cheese and green beans, I pulled out my guitar to practice. And, he was completely uninterested until...…

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