Sept - Dec 2005
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September - December

Surprisingly the past couple of months have gone by quickly.  Our daughter had a to-do list for us to work on while we were staying at their place.   I spent most of my time refinishing the Corian countertops in the kitchen working a few hours each day.  They were in sad shape with a lot of scratches so I had to first wet sand with 180 grit then stepped through 360, 400, 600, 800, 1200 grit to get the shine back.  Then I buffed the counters with 3M rubbing compound followed by a Corian polish.  The end result looked really good.  

Ugne helped redecorate our grandsons' room and then worked on the her big project, sewing an enclosure for Vilkas' cockpit. 

Over the Labor Day weekend we went camping with our oldest daughter and her husband in the Tennessee mountains and had a great time.  Our grandson, Hunter, was in his first year of playing football so we made sure we attended his games.  They had a good season ending up in second place with a 6 - 2 record.  Our granddaughter, Kelsey, is into horses and started riding in her first competitions. She is quite the horsewoman and is doing really well.

After Thanksgiving weekend we drove to Ft. Pierce to check on Vilkas.  She was pretty wet when we peeled her and is taking her good old time drying.  I ran a moisture meter over the hull and found she was about 80% dry but still has some very wet spots.  We then drove down to Key West where we stayed in a Bed & Breakfast, the CONCH HOUSE HERITAGE INN  , for the weekend to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.  The Conch House was a good choice. The staff was very friendly and the facilities were great.  The owner was having his annual Christmas party that weekend with 200 of his closest friends and we were invited to attend and thoroughly enjoyed the festivities. Key West has always been one of our favorite destinations and we had a great time.  It had been over 10 years since the last time we were there and found that it had changed quite a bit.  Most of the changes having come about because of the cruise ships visiting almost everyday.  While there we did visit the Goombay Festival that was rescheduled because of Wilma.  We also had front row seats for the Key West Christmas parade.

After Key West we drove up to Marathon and spent a few days with our very good friends, Richard and Judy on their trawler. Then back to Ft. Pierce where we exchanged our shorts and tees for warmer cloths as we were headed north for the holidays. 

Our first stop was Charleston where we visited with our son for a week and then we drove to Baltimore where we are currently to spend the holidays with Ugne's parents.  It is a good thing that we picked up the warmer cloths as the it has been chilly up here with lows in the 20's and highs in 40's each day.  They even had this funny white stuff on the ground.

We did make our pilgrimage to Annapolis and had some of the best crab soup anywhere at McGarveys Saloon & Oyster Bar, our favorite restaurant in Annapolis.

After New Years we will drive back to Atlanta to stay with our oldest daughter for a couple of weeks before heading back to Ft. Pierce.  Hopefully by then Vilkas will be dry and ready for us to put on the new bottom and get her back in the water.  We are hoping to be back in the water around February 1st.

Ugne sewing Enclosure

Enclosure is ready

Hunter in action

Kelsey ready to ride

Christmas Parade Party Time

Here comes Santa

Cruiseship Key West

Annapolis Harbor

Family for Christmas

What I hate doing, should be sailing