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With all of us being sick, not much bike riding has occurred lately. Not to worry, I have enough “adventures” to keep me more than busy. This weekend I pulled the Nikon D3100 out and clicked away. I am enjoying playing with the camera, learning more and more how it works. I can’t wait until the summer when I can try taking a photography class. Until then, I practice away.

My Hopeful Flowers

My Hopeful Flowers

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First time climbing a tree.

First time climbing a tree.

Prepare to be astounded.

Prepare to be astounded.

Christmas cactus finally after all these years blooming.

Christmas cactus finally after all these years blooming.

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Watching through the window.

Watching through the window.

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Cold Rainy Day

Cold Rainy Day

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I know that this doesn’t have anything to do with boats, bikes or camping, but it was an adventure and worthy of sharing.  It’s been a couple of years since I have been to the Faire, so I was excited to be able to return.  At first I was supposed to meet a coworker / friend and her family.  Lo and behold my man that doesn’t “like” these kinds of activities decided he would indeed go with me and Kaelin.  We quietly drove the 60 some miles to Gainesville in anticipation of how this venue would be received.

Immediately upon arrival you are greeted by the town “drunkard” hurling insults and catcalls from the citadel walls.  This formed a slight smile upon my handsome knights face.  We entered the kingdom to the sounds and smells of a delightful faire.  I kept watch on King James’ face to see how he was responding to the crowd and strange sights.  To our delight we stopped at the nearest show called Barely Balanced and barely balanced was exactly what it was.  The humor, slightly raucous, tickled funny bones and the balancing acts amazed and astounded.  Jim warmed to the affair quickly.

The day consisted of sight seeing, a Maypole Dance for Kaelin, fair food fare from the faire (I know “Boo”, but I couldn’t resist), our very first jousting tournament (our guy won!) and Kaelin trying to ring the bell with the heavy hammer.  We never did see our friends, however, we saw some of the most interesting characters.  All in all it was a very nice day.

King James’ verdict:  “Surprisingly, Not bad.”

Can’t wait until next year:  I plan on dressing up.  Jim doesn’t believe me, but wait and see!

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A beautiful picture of Hot Dot. Chrysler 26

A beautiful picture of Hot Dot. Chrysler 26

Apparently I’m not real good at including a link in my blog. I’m going to try to just type it in here and see what happens. If not please feel free to copy and paste it in the url window.
To view the website go to: http://www.sailboathotdot.com
Remember it is still under construction.

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Since my surgery and the cold weather we haven’t gotten to do a lot biking. But a break in the chill creates a brief opportunity to visit the Greenway. Jim gave Kaelin the go ahead to be the leader today. And of course where does he head us – the playground. The best part of many bike trails is the playground and the Greenway in Ocala is no exception. This playground is very popular. A wonderful stop for a little boy to burn off energy, a mom and dad to rest, and of course photo opportunities.

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Of course the playground is what it's all about!

Of course the playground is what it’s all about!

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Kaelin on the Marjorie Keenan Rawlins Greenway Trail last weekend

Just taking a break, Mom!

2 miles / post surgery / very sore but so glad I did it.

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blue bottle

Some changes are in the making. First, Jim is going to sell Hot Dot. However, never fear, sailing is still in our future. (I’m so relieved, I do truly love it.) He has suggested we buy a smaller sailboat, one we can take out more frequently. His thoughts are we could go day sailing at the many lakes nearby or perhaps even go on a weekender. We won’t be able to do anymore 48 day sailing trips, but I think this could work. It would be nice to say on an unexpected sunny weekend, “Hey, let’s go sailing.” And then just go! At this moment he is working on building a website (www.sailboathotdot.com) to put information about Hot Dot out there. So more to come on that…..

Another change will be all about my photos on this site. My wonderful husband (aka Santa) brought me an awesome DLSR Nikon D3100 camera. It is fantastic. Little by little I am learning more and more how to use it. I hope to take a class sometime in the future. What fun. Now if the weather would warm up (I’m not as hearty as a blogger I just found is) and I could continue healing from a recent surgery we could hit the bike trails and I could take REALLY good pictures!

And the last change….well I’m not going to say much, except that June could be an important month.

Sailboat for sale: Chrysler 26

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Little Biker

Kaelin getting to ride on a sunny day.

So yes, I’m finally playing with the blog site again! New camera, new chances for blog material.

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