Sunday, April 19, 2020

Yep, I'm Still Kicking

For years I maintained two blogs. This was my personal, semi-anonymous blog.  I also maintained one for work. About two years ago, I decided to merge the two blog, so if you want to know more about what's going on with me, go here:

But since I had this blog for so many years (going back to 2004), I occasionally want to post something here. So let me tell you a bit about winter sailing and gardening.  Until the COVID-19 outbreak, I did a lot of sailing, mostly on our clubs J24s during the "Frostbite Series." On Facebook, I took a lot of grief about "frostbite" in Savannah, but it can be quite cool on the water, especially with high winds. Many days, I was wearing bibs and rain jackets and regular wrap around life jackets (as opposed to CO2 type vests that allow a lot of movement and inflate when they hit the water). The CO2 vests are nice in warm weather, but not when the wind is howling and the temperature is in the 40s. Here's a few pictures:

Yep, we went out and did well (but only 4 boats showed up and only two completed the course)

waiting for the race (look at the whitecaps)

another rough weather day with spray coming over the top

the last race before COVID-19--pretty mild day
  I have enjoyed having a garden here (a plot in the community garden) for almost four years. I can generally get two crops a year. In the winter, I grow several types of lettuce, red and green cabbage, rutabaga, turnips, mustard, Swiss chard, beets, parsnips, cauliflower, and onions. In the summer, I plant several types of tomatoes and peppers, egg plants (regular and Japanese), okra, squash, and pickling cucumbers. I'll be harvesting crookneck squash this week!  After early to mid-July, most of the garden will go dormant in the heat except for the eggplant, okra and peppers. They seem to thrive on hot weather. Here are some pics of my garden and some of my products:
A couple weeks ago, garden transitioning to summer crops

One day's harvest: beets, a cabbage, kale, lettuce and Swiss chard

This got accidentally posted on Facebook as "beer and parsnip soup... but it's beet

A friend learning and helping make sauerkraut

2 months later, my yearly supply of sauerkraut
I used 14 heads of cabbage this year from kraut. It gave me roughly 2 1/2 gallons! 

In other news, I haven't kayaked since January, but I think I'll make up for that this week. On the other hand, I have been doing a lot of bicycling (especially since the fitness center closed). I've been writing some and reading a lot (you can catch up about that on my other blog. I have some book reviews to post along with a story about a trip to Austin, Texas in early March, just before everything shutdown. Stay safe everyone!

Monday, February 25, 2019

I'm still on the water

I thought I would drop a quick post to let people know I'm still around. Today, you will find me mostly posting at "".  I invite you to join me there.

Can you tell there is land a few hundred feet away?
And, just in case you are wondering, I'm still spending time on the water. This past wee, it was pretty foggy here in coastal Georgia, but it didn't stop me from paddling out to Little Tybee Island (about 8 miles from where I launched at Landings Harbor Marina). You couldn't even see across the Wilmington River, which may be a 1/4 of a mile wide. I had to do my navigating by compass. It was a little scary crossing the Wassaw Sound and I wouldn't want to be miss the island, for the next land would be Bermuda or Europe.
Another 24 waiting for the start of the race

On Saturday, we were racing with the Savannah Yacht Club. It was foggy but with wind, which made it a challenging sail. We were the third J24 to finish (out of six) and forth overall (but when they adjust the time, we might move up a notch, for the top boat was a J109, which  has a higher rating and while they won the race, we were only 2 minutes behind them (and there were two closer J24s to them). Two weeks earlier, when we had really high winds, that boat blew us all out of the water. With winds in the low teens, we were able to stay close to her.

Remember, check out my other blog, "" 

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Where in the World?

I'm mostly posting these days at www.thepulpitandthepen.comThe Pulpit and the Pen, but this is one I'll post here, too:

Where in the World Blogfest

Prompt: If you could go through the Earth and end up in another country, where would you go?

Bubba and Squirt’s Big Dig to China by Sherry Ellis

 Of course, this isn’t possible. The Russians dug the deepest in the ground and it was only 40,000 feet, not even deep enough to break through the earth’s thin crust. That was done in Siberia, where they had a lot of available labor for digging (and drilling). They must have knocked off early in the afternoon and got into the vodka. After all, they only had 20,858,240 feet more to go to break through the other side.

If I could dig straight through starting here in Savannah, according to a really neat website (, I just might find the missing Malaysian airplane (Flight 370). Of course, I better hold my breath when I pop up on the other side of the earth because I’d be about 1000 kilometers west of Perth Australia (where they think the plane went down) and under 1000s of feet of water. But wouldn’t that be something. And think of the dire consequences for our planet as water rushes into the core and cools it off. But that geyser in the middle of the Indian Ocean would be something to behold. But enough nonsense. I don’t feel like digging this afternoon. I’ll put it off for a week or two.

Of course, if you have kids or grandkids who are curious enough to wonder what they’d find as they dig through the earth, check out Sherry’s book!  It sounds like it’s a lot of fun.

Page Count: 93 
Digital Price: 3.99 
Print Price: 7.95


BLURB: Squirt doesn’t believe Bubba can dig a hole to China. But when the hole swallows them, the kids find themselves in Xi’an, China, surrounded by Terracotta Warriors.

It gets worse when the ghost of the first emperor of China appears. He tells them they can’t go home until they find his missing pi. The kids don’t know where to begin until they meet a girl and her grandmother who promise to help find the pendant.

Soon they realize they are being followed. And they are no closer to finding the missing pi. Will Bubba and Squirt ever make it back home?

About the Author: Sherry Ellis is an award-winning author and professional musician who plays and teaches the violin, viola, and piano. When she is not writing or engaged in musical activities, she can be found doing household chores, hiking, or exploring the world. Ellis, her husband, and their two children live in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Meeting Ed

I've been traveling the past ten days--first to a meeting in St. Louis and then up to Iowa City for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.  Along the way, in Southeast Iowa, I had lunch with Ed.  We have been reading each other blog since 2005! This was our first time to meet face-to-face. It was a pleasure to catch up with him.

Ed doesn't use his real name in his blog (his name is taken from Edward Abbey, an author we both enjoy). Nor does he show facial photos, so I figured a handshake would suffice. 

Remember, most of my blogging these days can be found here.  

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Long time, eh?

I know I have been quiet lately. I have never used this site to discuss my "work" but maintaining two sites was just too hard.  You can find me here

I will keep this blog open and will probably post here occasionally.