OK. I admit. I’ve been REALLY silent, and all-out-absent, on this blog for the past several weeks.
But I couldn’t write… Because, as the title of this post intimates, “If you don’t have anything nice to say… don’t say anything at all.”
People close to us have been “in” on our complete situation. And, I have not wanted to rant Online over things I cannot control.
However, I want to sincerely THANK all of my friends that I have seen in-person over the past several months, because they have graciously allowed me to vent to them.
We wrote back in the beginning of July last year about how “Plans Never Survive First Contact.”
It seems like I am telling that same story…. 8 months on.
We intended to sail to Cuba in December, and then off to the Bahamas. We decided to sail through the Keys in order to give Dr. No a taste of the warm weather, and to show him the Florida Barrier Reef system before jumping off to Cuba. We filed our USCG Form 3300 in November, so that we had it back in time to plan our Cuba trip in December.
However, in November, the Veteran’s Administration contacted me and said they needed to see me for some medical appointments related to my retirement compensation and pension.
THEN…. WE WAITED…
[trying NOT to rant...]
So… I finally got my appointment on 13 February [did I mention that they said they wanted to see me in November?]. And… it was in Gainesville, Fl [did I mention that we were in Key West?]
Two-day car rental, one night in a hotel and over 16 hours in a car over the course of two days. For a 45-minute appointment and some X-rays at the VA Hospital.
So…. [NO ranting...] the VA has its information, and we are now free to continue on with our lives.
But now, we have other business to attend to in Annapolis. So…. for all of our Annapolis friends, we can’t wait to see you!
I have totally admit… I was in such a funk over the past few months over this thing. I did write one blog post at New Year, venting a little.
However, after getting the VA medical appointments taken care of, we got underway from Boca Chica. We had a great time at the Miami Boat Show with friends from Sail Away Catamarans.
Then we anchored in Ft. Lauderdale for a couple days to catch up with our great friends Phil and Kaye. They dinghied to our boat for pizza night, then we tied up at their apartment complex dock to visit, pick up Dr. No from FLL [that story merits its own blog post], and have some great Chinese take-away.
With Dr. No safely returned, we motored to West Palm Beach, where we met other cruising friends who were waiting for a weather wind to cross to the Bahamas. It was a great day with them; great dinner, great wine, and great conversation!
Then we saw James’ dad in Daytona for a couple of days, and then continued on to St. Augustine to see a great Navy, Annapolis, and, sailing friend, who we hadn’t seen in almost 5 years!
It’s been great to catch up with so many great cruising friends as we travel, and happy to be catching up with family. Honestly, I needed it! This travel up the Florida coast has been absolutely therapeutic, and reminds me of WHY we went sailing: to make friends, to spend quality time with friends, and to make time out of our days to see our friends. Life is too short; I value these times and relationships we’ve made.
And now that I am out of my “VA-Funk,” I will get back to posting about life, liberty, and the pursuit of a good rum punch!