Date: 28 January 2016. Personalizing
predisposed to want my trawler to be pretty. Having her clutter
free, neat and tidy are all important items for my contentment
level. Being able to leave immediately is critical to my happiness
quotient. Yet for my Seaweed it's the small added touches that turn this
boat into a home.
home can be made better with effort. Last autumn on the beach in St.
Pete there was a community yard sale. While wandering the streets I
met Frank and his lovely bride Marie. I told her how much I admired the
iron work at the front of their house.
That is when she told me it was her husband
Frank who made it.
Frank does custom iron work in addition to the "normal" stuff.
I loved the
little fish swimming along at the bottom. The dolphin he crafted in
those round insert bubbles are because his wife Marie likes them.
That is love.
How nice it
is that their personality is displayed in such a unique way. Cool!
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It's adding the "finishing
touches" that brings pleasure. In that regard that railing makes a
welcome sight to those coming to visit the couple. Onboard Seaweed I
want folks to feel the same sort of welcome. To reach that goal I've had fun
pretty for my home was a gift from Cheryl on S/V Island Time. She made
for me this gem:
It's a Spirit Shower. I do so admire folks with the creativity to
personalize gifts. This one has "me" stamped all over it.
Seaweed is written in beads along one side. Look how
pretty it is:
See how Cheryl added the name of my boat on that top row of beads?
And the seahorse has a special meaning to me as well.
You see, years ago I met a
couple named Jim and Kathy. They had two sons, Jim Jr. and
Kathy gave me the seahorse
you see to the right for the locker under my bunk. I loved it
because it was pretty and nautical.
She mentioned it was something her son Josh had given to
her. A few months later her Josh was out of the hospital
between cancer treatments. He came aboard my boat.
Immediately he spotted the seahorse. I told him his Mom had
given it to me. He said it belonged to him!!!
offered to take it off the locker if he wished. Instead he
said I should keep it. So I thankfully did retain the
About a year later Josh lost his battle. That seahorse is
making the journey for Josh that he so wanted to make for
Yes, I know I'm dorky. However seahorses mean a lot to me and
I'd like to think that the spirit of Josh visits Seaweed
and is living the life he dreamed of...
The Spirit Shower made by Cheryl has a lot of meaning. The beads are
special and that they were picked with me in mind makes it all the
more a treasure. At night there is a subtle ring as the beads tap
together when the boat moves. It's quite musical.
I love it.
Thank you Cheryl. Truly you have talent. I love the choices
you made and the artistic way it turned out. Thank you!
Another pretty that has been on the front page of my website for
practically forever was made by Cap'n Kim back in Carrabelle. Taking
a small glass ball and filling it with miniature bromeliads, this
unique landscape is pretty as a picture. I like how the blue water
beads add a sparkle of color contrast to the plants. Very pretty!
This photo was taken before Manatee's spiffy new
On a boat
we don't have the space to have huge decorations. That is why small
touches add so much to my happiness quotient. I love visiting other
boats and seeing what they have done to personalize their home. Ted
and Sarah on Manatee [see
article] have manatee cups, cushions and more.
returned from dinner at
Sea Breeze Island Grill & Raw Bar with them and another fellow. It
was great to catch up on our lives. The seafood was good. I'm so
stuffed I feel like one of those conch fritters I ate.
dock behind the restaurant that can accommodate larger boats. Until
next time, I wish you lots of tasty foods and good friends to share
What have you done to personalize your home?
And, was it a do-it-yourself item or something you found along the way?
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