We had a great Christmas
here in the mountains of Western NC.It snowed twice a few days before the big day, but we just missed having a "white Christmas
The jolly old elf was very good to me this year.He must've been watching when I ran aground in the Marquesas
and limited my cursing to a minimum
I usually drop a lot of hints pryor to Christmas about nautical treasures I desire, but usually come up short handed. I open the boxes of new jeans, socks, etc.,and like Ralphy in the movie
"Christmas Story," I toss them aside looking for my equivalent nautical prize to the "Red Rider" BB air rifle.
These are the treasures I found awaiting for me under the tree this year:
*** "The Mariners Book of Days" - What can I say? I love this little book that I keep handy on my desk.When suffering from the winter time lack of sailing blues, the little book can always bring a smile to your face.
***" Master and Commander" book by Patrick O'Brien. I've just now starting reading the O'Brien series of books
. I need an interpeter for some of the script, but I am enjoying them.
***Old Captain fishing
from a rowboat statue. It's a really cool statue. My living room is done in nautical decor, and it fits in nicely with my 150 gallon saltwater aquarium,compass rose carpet,and other nautical treasures. Hey, I wonder if the statue will float in the aquarium??
*** Portable MP3 player/recorder. O.k., it might not be truly nautical, but my son whom gave it to me, said when I opened it," I thought you could use it on the boat.You can carry hours of music
on this little disc, "as he helped me rip open the package and plucked out the wafer thin disc for my inspection
."It'll work great on the boat!" he said. I couldn't agree more!
My oldest brother and his family
will be coming to visit my mom today since they couldn't make it at Christmas. They usually give me something nautical. Perhaps they will be bringing me a present??? Hmmmm??
I hope everyone had a great Christmas, and a Happy New Year!!! Fair winds to you in the new year!