We took the long drive from Montana to Orange Beach, Alabama to escape the dreariness of winter and to take a break from the stresses of getting Noodin ready to travel. We brought a couple of projects with us but we were able to forget most of the work that awaits us when we get home. The weather was sunny and warm which was a welcome change from the cold and darkness of the Hellgate Canyon where we currently live. All in all, our time in Alabama accomplished what we hoped.
On Valentine’s Day, Phebe and I renewed our marriage vows on the beach on Perdido Key. There were many couples with us that day but to us we there there alone. It was very fitting to renew our commitment to each other as this new stage in our lives unfolds.
Alabama is now behind us and we look forward to all that lies ahead.
I retired in November and Phebe retired at the end of January. The day after she retired we set off with a Hyundai Sonata packed to it’s maximum weight limit and left Montana for a month’s stay in Orange Beach, Alabama. We have a condo rented here overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. It’s low season right now so it’s reasonably affordable. We brought some boat projects with to keep busy but mainly the idea was to just get away for a while.
Brought a little home brew to cut down on expenses….
We’ve had long walks on the beach and have watched many a sunrise and sunset. Just what the doctor ordered. We had the good fortune one night of seeing our first “green flash”. What a treat. Sorry, no picture, but they really do exist!
Sunrise from our balcony
Sunset from the beach in front of the condo
Phebe has been working on new covers for our interior cushions. The 1989 blue denim was nice in its day but needed to go, especially with Noodin being our full time home. The new upholstery will be a tremendous improvement.
Laying out patterns
I’ve been working on getting this blog going and also on splicing up some dock lines and an anchor bridle. I had originally planned on buying the Mantus bridle but wasn’t completely happy with their choice of stainless steel components. I was able to buy a galvanized chain hook from Mantus and sourced the rope and other components elsewhere. This was my first real attempt at splicing 3-strand so I warmed up splicing eyes in some used anchor line and turning it into dock lines. All in all, I think the bridle turned out pretty good. Phebe will sew on some nylon webbing for chafe protection on the junction splice when we get home.
Spliced eye on a galvanized thimble
Leg junction splice
Back splices for a finished look and to hold chafe protection on
We went to church this past Sunday at the Flora-Bama. We thought it would be something different because of its location on the beach at the Flora-Bama lounge. Entering the packed tent and finding “Honky Tonk Hymnals” on two of the last chairs raised the anticipation level a bit more. The praise band was excellent and we had a special appearance from a celebrity. Not your typical church service but a lot of fun.