We sent out Christmas cards last week, and I feel that we’ve left some people off our list. I’ve really enjoyed writing this blog this past year, and know that there are people in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA who regularly visit, even though we might never meet in person.
So this blog post and virtual card is for you – happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!
For family and friends who received a physical card, I thought you’d be interested to know that your card may have endured several trips in our dinghy. The cards were eventually mailed by my husband and our friend, Karl, who drove from Miami to help us out.
Some of our Christmas cards fell victim to the elements. For instance, an entire package of “Let it Snow….But Not Here” cards became stuck to themselves after getting wet in our dinghy. Most of the cards in this package had to be thrown away. If you’ve received this type of card, know that your card is an at-sea survivor.
And, in many cases, the humidity caused the envelopes to seal prematurely. So I used a knife to slice these envelopes open, and then resealed them with tape. Some of the envelopes will present like insider mail theft. But it’s just me loading the cards aboard our boat. I like to think they were sealed – at least originally – by the sea air.
Here is a little bit about our Christmas plans. Currently, we are anchored out in Tavernier, in the Florida Keys.
We are in a sheltered spot, roughly half a mile from a slim channel lined with mangroves.
We are at the beginnings of a winter storm, brought about by a tangle of winds, creating treacherous sailing conditions. But, we are quite comfortable, bobbing along on our anchor, and wearing warm clothes for the first time in months. I baked some homemade shortbread this afternoon, which suited our mood perfectly.
We are preparing to go to the Bahamas, waiting for a good weather window. We listen to an SSB radio channel for weather information every morning. It’s our 6:30 am wake up call. I like the sense of ritual that it brings, as we hush our kids and listen to other boats calling in from afar to check the weather in their area.
Thanks again for reading. Happy holidays!