‘Member That Time We Lived in Florida For a Month?

That’s kinda’ how we feel about it.  Like we posted up, and lived in Vero Beach, Florida for one month and a day.  Crazy how time flies.  But, we got so much done and had a blast…  Here is a list of a whole bunch of memories, so that we never, ever forget :) Enjoy and add your own if you’ve got ‘em…

‘Member when…

  • I got all excited about the Dirty Santa gift exchange and took the dinghy out in that crazy wind just to post the sign in the lounge?  And only 3 other people participated (love you, Sue)…
  • JR drank all of Wade’s rum at our 3rd Cruiser’s Happy Hour, and JR ran out of cash because he kept going to the soda machine to get more “pop?”
  • Ed and Christine came to visit and got us blasted on Dark and Stormies at lunchtime?
  • JR finished building his water maker?  And the 300 trips to Orchid Island Ace to get the final little fittings…
JR making water for the first time!

JR making water for the first time!

  • We went over to Colleen Mae and played Farkle with Sea Major, and Mitchell made the Farkle comeback of the century?
  • The pump-out boat promised to come because the broken part was being over-nighted but then didn’t show?
  • We got up uber early to catch the 8:10 bus to Wal-Mart, but it came early so we missed it?
  • Leo traded his Snuggie for a Sarong?
Florida is sarong time!

Florida is sarong time!

  • That random guy came and tied up to our boat in the dark of the night?
  • We met those crazy kids on Sea Major and instantly fell in love?
  • Andrew at West Marine tutored JR in fishing rods and then promised to pick JR up to go fishing but didn’t ‘cause his boat trailer got jacked?
  • Somebody got Dale and JR mixed up?
  • JR went to the clinic ‘cause he didn’t feel good :(
  • We had dinner with Magnolia and Eleanor Q and then they left and made it to the Bahamas while we were still in Vero?
Dinner with 2 sets of crew who are already in the Bahamas!  (Photo straight up stolen from Eleanor Q's blog :)

Dinner with 2 sets of crew who are already in the Bahamas! (Photo straight up stolen from Eleanor Q’s blog :)

  • Natalie called and invited herself over at 8:30 at night!?
  • We had sushi with Bob and Sue and ordered our beer by the bucket?
  • That dude that fell out in the middle of the bus floor and smiled big when we asked him if he was alright?
  • That guy that anchored in the channel?
  • Natalie bought Leo some cat toys because she loves him (and misses her kitty boo)?
"I love my new mouse, and my new Auntie Natalie."  -Leo

“I love my new mouse and my new Auntie Natalie.” -Leo

  • The kayakers came through the mooring field all lit up and singing in a Christmas parade?
  • Wade and Theresa had us over for supper and served it on BONE CHINA!?
  • We had a car for a minute?
  • Got in an argument driving with Nat and Mitchell and then they dropped us off at that thrift shop and we found JR’s wet suit for $2.99?
Our $2.99 score.

Our $2.99 score.

  • That dang Basset Hound both irritated the bejesus out of me, and amused me at the same time?
  • JR kept nagging me about putting my paddleboard on deck?
  • I completed THREE boat sewing projects in one week?
Parts to the anchor riding sail I sewed (or assembled) in Vero Beach.

Parts to the anchor riding sail I sewed (or assembled) in Vero Beach.

  • We ordered fleece sheets and everyone made fun of us for having them but then it got cold and we were like, “Ha ha.  Who’s laughing now!?”
  • We dingied to the beach and JR was all nervous about leaving it unlocked?
  • Those various sets of young cruisers came through and didn’t talk to us!?
  • We saw the “Wrapper Trapper” at Mulligans and I thought it was the coolest thing ever?
  • The guy at Lowes knew we were cruisers and picked us out again even after we had a car!?
  • We were about to leave that first week?
December 19th.  We thought we were gonna get outta' there quick!  Ha!

December 19th. We thought we were gonna get outta’ there quick! Ha!

  • We searched everywhere at the beach for the public bathroom?
  • I made JR go to the farmer’s market every Saturday except that one?
  • Magnolia made us leave Cruiser’s Happy Hour early to go to dinner (we NEVER leave a party first :)?
  • They sold palm trees at Home Depot?
Palm trees at Homer D!

Palm trees at Homer D!

  • Wade and Theresa brought us cinnamon rolls for Christmas?
  • The DJ effed up the New Year’s countdown?
Enjoying New Year's at Riverside, despite the crappy DJ.

Enjoying New Year’s at Riverside, despite the crappy DJ.

  • We lit sparklers on the deck at New Years and the grumpy guy made us throw them over?
Before the grumpy guy came and ruined our fun!

Before the grumpy guy came and ruined our fun!

  • Natalie came over to play with the paddleboard and we tied her to the boat so she wouldn’t blow away?
Guest paddler, Natalie.

Guest paddler, Natalie.

  • That time I made JR run to the farmers market but then bought a latte and refused to run back?
  • We decided we had to switch to cheaper beer?
  • JR kept taking swigs of Singani because he thought it was water and I refused to put it away properly?
Read the label, darling!

Read the label, darling!

  • We visited White Pepper and Carl called the ice cubes “Titanics” and JR thought that was awesome?
  • Had a big old dinner on Sea Major and had yummy pasta with all of our CFFs (cruising friends forever)?
  • Leo jumped on the dinghy for a quick minute?
Baby steps...

Baby steps…

  • We got ice cream twice (only twice!) at that boardwalk place?
Cute sign at the ice cream shop.

Cute sign at the ice cream shop.

  • Got packages at the office for like 8 days straight?
  • JR got his pole spear and dive knife?
  • Natalie passed out straws (or utensils) whenever she heard a Journey song?
Oh Natalie!

Oh Natalie!

  • We went to Nino’s for pizza with Sea Major and I was the only one who drank beer!?
Our CFFs <3

Our CFFs <3

  • We ate at Maryland Fried Chicken and they had the best hot sauce ever?
Who knew there was a place called Maryland Fried Chicken?

Who knew there was a place called Maryland Fried Chicken?

  • We went to that Nautical Flea Market with Natalie and Mitchell and it was a bust?
Us at the Nautical Flea Market.

Us at the Nautical Flea Market.

  • We saw that rainbow from end to end ON the drawbridge in Ft. Pierce?
Waiting on one of those slow-poke sailboats!

Waiting on one of those slow-poke sailboats!

  • I left to go do laundry and JR got really distracted with his weather faxes?
  • We saw that Christmas tree that had Baby’s Breath in it?
  • Natalie and Mitchell inadvertently taught us about the stages of being drunk?  I’m consistently a 4!
  • Leo fell in love with outside water?
  • JR got all of his beautiful, long, blonde hair hacked off?
Jake's lovely locks...

Jake’s lovely locks…

Yeah, I remember living in Florida for a month…  It was kinda’ rad <3

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