‘Tis the Season for…Goats! December 18, 2012

The Christmas lights continue to shine brilliantly in St Marys. On Tuesday evening all of the local churches gathered to perform the town’s annual Live Nativity. We joined Scott and Kim for the event which was quite a production! The location, in front of Orange Hall, was beautifully decorated with white lights and a barn and manger scene. Osborne Street was closed and bleachers were provided to sit and watch the show. The Nativity was narrated and the actors and actresses, adults and children, played their parts magnificently as shepherds, angels, wise men, and of course the all-stars Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. The nativity story was acted out twice; between there were musical numbers performed by carol singers and instrumentalists.

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But nothing really captivates the warm fuzziness of the holiday season quite like adorable, cuddly (but not actually friendly) goats, sheep, and donkeys! These special guests were the highlight of my evening as Brian, Scott, and Kim can attest to. I was giddy watching the goats scamper when the audience clapped. They head-butted one another occasionally and stood at attention at the most appropriate times. The little shepherd boys discreetly poked at the goats with sticks while pretending to listen attentively to the angel proclaim the holy baby’s arrival. The donkey did a fabulous job of halting mid-entrance and also halting mid-exit as Mary and Joseph walked alongside. St Marys truly has Christmas in the air!

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Out with the Old, In with the New

When we began the process of building a new exhaust system. One piece that had to go was our muffler. Here it is welded out of stainless steel.

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After reading up on how the exhaust should be installed, all the experts agreed that after water was injected into the exhaust line it should run downhill all the way into the muffler. That makes the elbow on top of this muffler a real problem. It is on the inlet to the muffler, so the exhaust gases have to push the injected water uphill at least a little bit. In addition the welds were starting to rust on the bottom of the muffler, possibly leaking a little bit of salt water. We decided to replace the muffler with one better suited to our boat.

After speaking with Centek about the correct muffler for our engine we had a plan. We were going to replace our metal muffler with a fireproof, rust proof, fiberglass muffler. In addition we could get a muffler that had the inlet on the side, making it easier to mount the muffler below the water injection point. Just before calling Centek back to place the order I contacted Defender to see what their price was for a similar muffler. They had the exact same muffler listed for a much lower price. Unfortunately they didn’t have it in stock, but they could have Centek ship it directly to me…I don’t quite understand the pricing, but I’m happy to keep the extra dollars!

Here is the new muffler safely installed in the engine room.

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Now all we had to do was come up with something to do with the old muffler. We came up with a lot of ideas, but we’re starting to think this muffler-like object isn’t really good for anything anymore.

We tried using it as a dumbbell to keep us in shape since we’ve been anchored for so long.

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We tried using it as an anchor for the dinghy…

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We tried using it as a watering can for our new thyme plant..

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We tried using it as a teakettle…

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We tried using it as a new musical instrument, very tubalike but without any pleasing sounds.

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We had it try out for “The Wizard of OZ” but they found a better tin-man…

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However our muffler was most successful as an internet billboard to deliver this message!

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Photo Fun and Movie Night

Brian and I were honored to be selected as this year’s photographers for Scott and Kimberly’s annual Christmas card. We had a beautiful setting for this year’s theme “Stuck in St Marys.” The tide was just right, the lighting was perfect, and so we set off in the dinghy armed with cameras and rubber boots.
Merry Christmas from Anthyllide!

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We decided to top-off our weekend with a movie night. Thanks to the convenient, low cost movie rentals via Red Box we thought we’d keep with the times and finally watch Brave. Our convenient Red Box is a mere 2.5 miles away and we had received a promotion code in our email to save $ .50 – what a deal! So we suited up for the day’s run to be to/from the Red Box.

We arrived at the Dollar General where the nearest Red Box is located. We did a quick, alphabetical search for Brave and…SOLD OUT! Well, what’s another mile? Onward to the CVS Red Box (another .67 miles said my trusty GPS watch when we arrived).

Catching our breath while we scanned through the CVS Red Box’s movies…success! Brave was available for the taking. Brian entered the promotion code into the touch screen keyboard. “Promo Code Error” What!? Brian entered the code once again, then a third time interchanging a presumed letter “V” for the letter “U.” “Promo Code Error” UGH! Now I fully understand that cruisers are cheap, but Brian looked at me and said, “Well…” and before he could utter the rest of his question I promptly responded, “Well we just RAN 3-miles for this movie, it’s here, and it’s only $ .50 for Pete’s sake, just rent it!”

On the way home we passed the baton (aka DVD) every mile or so. Our movie excitement was dwindling as our legs began to notice that we’d run nearly 6-miles. But we had run over 6-miles! This was our second long run in the past week! On the one hand, we rarely ease into things…a week of running after 7-months and we’ve gone 29-miles plus a long bike ride for Brian to the boatyard. On the other hand, oh how the marathoners have fallen to call 6-miles a “long run” and not a warmup.

Back at home we whipped up some tacos because we were ravenous! Then settled into Brave which was quite entertaining but certainly not How to Train Your Dragon.