*David took me to Brandywine Restaurant for my 56 Birthday.
*3 weeks - Sailed to Marigot, Phillipsburg, St. Maarten, St. Barths, Nevis, Saba and Anquilla with Britt, Scott and Gretchen on ALYRANDIA a 53’ Tayana. Had a great time though nothing worked on the boat. I Wrote several articles for Nautical Scene on places we visited.
*David had a really wild 55th B’Day party on our private ANTARES dock.
Everyone came - the wild group--katie, Chris, Darralyn, Jay, Robin, Etc.
Jay tried to burn down the dock with Pussers Rum.
FEBRUARY AND MARCH
*David and I sailed the BVI for six weeks on ANTARES, gunkholing where ever we went. Lots of fun and I got a lot of cruising out of my system.
*BVI Spring Regatta. David got an all male crew and did the regatta on HOT FLASH. Since it has no motor, I was to push it out of the harbor on the dinghy. On the morning of the third day I ran into an anchor that was out over the dock and was knocked unconscious. I had to stay flat on my back (that was Saturday) until Tuesday when I flew to Mississippi for Greg’s wedding to Stacy and an MRI cat scan.
Michael picked me up at the Pensacola Airport. It was the first time I had seen him in four years. He seemed sweet enough. He is living with a woman named Karina who has a three year old daughter named Rachael. Dr. Buckley said that I had a major concussion and shouldn’t do anything. Right. The wedding was lovely and Stacy is beautiful and I like her.
We moved ANTARES to D Dock as they are tearing down our private dock. Boy do I hate that. I started writing for All at Sea as well as Nautical Scene. I had massive headaches all month from the concussion and couldn’t do anything physical.
I spent most of the month at the Nanny Cay swimming pool. Paul Bonge was in the islands on SEA CLOUD. David and I took the dinghy over to see him which was great. I also spent a lot of time in the office but I still had headaches like mad.
David and I sailed ANTARES on weekends. Hurricane Bertha hit on the 8th. We holed up with Tina Pederson in the Nanny Cay condos. I slept during the entire thing. Hurricanes are so depressing. Fortunately we had no damage but Nanny Cay was a mess and so is ANTARES. We are living out of a storage bin. David has become obsessive about hurricanes. All he does is live think and watch weather. Really too much after Luis and Marilyn last year.
David and I sailed ANTARES for six days during Festival Week and then moved into #9 Pieces of Eight. Best thing we ever did. Love the place. Lots of water, space and friends. Annie and I had rented a condo at Sea Cow's Bay. We were going to split the rent but she was going to live there. I would use the back room for a studio and to get off the boat. Annie was in Newport so I just moved in and I liked it -- in fact I adored it. I called Annie and she said to keep it which is just what I did. I really have had it with living on board at Nanny Cay and hurricanes. There were hurricane warnings all month--Eduard, Fran. We did the Anegada Race with Lynn Tilley on ANTARES. That was fun. I covered it for Nautical Scene. August 22 Christian Terrell was born in Gulfport. August 11, 96 - what a cute little doll he is.
On Aug 8, David Hewes called and said that he had the key to #9, a condo in Sea Cows Bay for me. It became available Aug. 1 and Sandy said she would give me first choice. Well, after living on a boat for two years, I loved it. Absolutely perfect. Annie is also looking for a place so we came to the agreement that she would live there in the big bedroom for $600 a month and that I would take the smaller front bedroom as an office to use during the day and stay on the boat at night. We both think that arrangement will be perfect.
I picked up the key and went to the condo. What a great space. I moved in some of my things from storage The next two days were spent in cleaning and fixing. I worked entirely too hard and had a terrible headache so I couldn’t go to Foxy’s with him on the night of the 10th, which is something we had both looked forward to. I had the use of Annie’s car so that was a treat. The Bronco has been inoperable for six months and we both miss having a car. I really did have a terrible headache, whether from my concussion and lifting boxes I am on harmones and Lanoxin (heart) I am also taking massive vitamins. Something has to give.
On Sat night I took a strong pain pill for my head, plus the regulars and some wine. I really enjoyed being alone in the condo and just decorated everything, moving furniture, lamps, pictures and plants. Judy Carell had been keeping all of my plants, which she brought over. (the picture above is of Judy and Paul with their family in Alaska) They are so pretty and healthy and it is so nice to have my things around me once again.
I swam a lot, which will help get the ole bod back into shape. I covered the porch chairs (I had covered the bar stools the day before). I watched several good movies - Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” and the story of the “Jackson Five” as Michael Jackson is one of the most talented people on the planet, in my opinion.
Aug. 12 - I awoke feeling great, naturally, about 8. I felt rested and at peace. I had two cups of coffee on the terrace and then began my day. David picked me up, in a very good mood, and I dropped him off at the office so that I can have the car for the day.
I decided that it was time to see Mike and Greg so I flew to the Coast for a couple of weeks. I was glad I did as I did get to see all of Greg's old friends and Michael and Karina were there. They are living in Pensacola and picked me up at the airport. I spent two nights with them and they seem very happy. Michael was really sick with the flu. I rented a car and drove to the coast where I stayed with Suzanne and Dennis (her new boyfriend) for the hospital tests and wedding. I was really beat when I returned. I am loving the condo--fixing--etc. I really wanted a home. Vegetarian, mediation.
Middle of September until the middle of October I went back to the coast for the birth of Christian Terrell. Beautiful baby. In the time between the wedding and Terrell's birth Greg and Stacy decided to move back to Hawaii and Michael and Karina moved to the coast where they had jobs at the casino. I stayed with Greg until he left and then stayed on and emptied out my storage bin. I gave most of Mother's furniture to Michael and shipped my china, pictures and books to #9 Pieces of Eight, the condo. What a job.
I still had headaches (for almost seven months). Michael and Karina share a house in Ocean Springs with her three-year-old daughter. Ten of my old friends had a luncheon for me at Mary Mahoney's in Biloxi. That was lots of fun. Plus, I went to Millie's new house and Leif's and Myra's. She lives on Lovers Lane. All in all, it was wonderful being back on the coast and seeing all of my old friends but I missed the BVI and was glad to return to David and our new home.
DEAR BUD, AM LEAVING FOR PENSACOLA IN TWO HOURS. WILL STAY WITH MICHAEL TONIGHT AND TOMORROW NIGHT AND THEN ARRIVE IN BILOXI ON THURSDAY. I WILL THEN STAY WITH EITHER GREGORY OR SUZANNE, DEPENDING ON HOW IT WORKS OUT. I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL. A COUPLE OF THINGS NEED TO BE DONE BEFORE I ARRIVE. I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR TAKING CARE OF THEM FOR ME.
1. I HAD A REALLY BAD HEAD INJURY ON SATURDAY BEFORE OUR ANNUAL SAILING REGATTA. I HAVE BEEN FLAT ON MY BACK WITH ICE SO THE SWELLING HAS GONE DOWN. I SAW A DOCTOR HERE AND TOLD HIM THAT I WAS GOING TO THE STATES FOR MY SON’S WEDDING AND COULD NOT PUT IT OFF. HE SAID FOR ME TO HAVE A HEAD X-RAY WHEN I ARRIVED. CAN EITHER YOU DO THIS ON THURSDAY AFTERNOON LATE OR CAN RICHARD BUCKLEY DO THIS. I WANT FOR THE WEEK-END TO BE PERFECT. YOU KNOW ME I ALWAYS FEEL GREAT AND I NEED SOME COMFORT FOR THIS HEAD. THANKS, THANKS, THANKS!!!!!!!
2. I TALKED TO SAM LAST WEEK AND HE SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN MY TAX PAYMENT FROM YOU. I SAID THAT YOU HAD A LOT ON YOUR MIND AND IT HAD PROBABLY SLIPED YOUR MIND. AS THIS IS THE LAST YEAR THAT YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO DO THIS, WILL YOU PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT HE HAS IT BY THURSDAY AT 1:00 AND I WILL STOP BY HIS OFFICE ON THE WAY TO SEE YOU FOR THE X-RAY AND SIGN THE TAX FORMS SO THAT THEY CAN BE SENT IN. AS YOU KNOW, THEY ARE ALREADY LATE. AGAIN, I THANK YOU.
3. WHAT ARE YOUR FEELINGS ABOUT SUZANNE COMING TO THE WEDDING? I HAVE NOT ASKED HER BUT I KNOW SHE WOULD LOVE TO SEE EVERYONE AGAIN. I WON’T SAY ANYTHING TO HER UNTIL I SPEAK WITH YOU ON THURSDAY.. WILL SEE YOU THEN.