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On the Journey Again

Hi everyone,

 Thanks for all of your kind words and thoughtful prayers to get the margarita southbound again.

Ed and I bought all of the cleaning supplies to tackle the mess of our engine room.
I told Ed that our tyvec suites were our Halloween costume.

The fire extinguisher made a real mess do to it was triggered do to the heat that was detected in the exhaust hose.

Thank god the burning was inside of the exhaust hose, which didn’t burn any wires or anything.

It was just a real mess, black suite all over everything.

Ed put his mind to it and got the huge 4 foot hose off with a lot of muscle, patience, persistence and determination.

He ordered a 12 foot hose and had it cut down to the length he needed and he is going to put the other piece on the starboard engine at another Time.

We truly learned a lot about this, which we both were  amazed at.

Ed cleaned the hose clamps that were on the previous hose which were 8 3/4 inches,
When he got the new hose the hose was 1/4 inch thicker and the clamps were too small.

After Ed thought and thought and thought some more he modified the clamps so they would reach around the hose which is 8 inches.

Omg, the cat guy that delivered the hose couldn’t believe what Ed was doing,
He was really, really, really slow to use his imagination.
I just cracked up inside because I knew what Ed was doing.
They don’t call him mickgivor for nothing.
He had all of his tools everywhere, uknow how fast he works when he has to get a job done, stay out of his way.

Then he says,  Meg, find a way to return the rental car, we are out of here first thing in the morning.
We have to get off this dock… And get on way…

I had asked Anna, the women that runs the Marina if she would be kind enough to follow me to enterprise.
There is no uber  here it’s 45 minutes out, we are out here…

Anna was wonderful, she even brought me to her home to show me the cool pieces that she picked up while walking the beach in front of her home.

I mean wicked cool pieces of glass, poetry pieces from pirate ships and Spanish pieces.
It was really cool.

Ed and I had a great time thou in between cleaning driving around this entire area,
Really interesting sights that we went to, which I loved.

The lost colony, 
Elizabeth gardens,
writesville  brothers monument,
and drove down the OBX and walked out and saw the wild surf at hatteres it was unreal.
Popped in to a cool spot for food and the Canadians were filming and writing the events of the wind sailing, what a sport to watch, the wind was whipping and these kites are huge, like bat wings, they get up to 35 miles an hour, really something to see. They were there for two weeks shooting.

The crab down here is off the charts delicious.
Lump crab,sooo good.

Well we still have to purchase this monster fire extinguisher that is hooked up to the system in the boat.
Ed just purchased two large ones to have on board.

It’s 70 degrees out and the wind is calm, seas are beautiful.
Prayers it stays that way.
We are heading to Moorehead city.

Happy Halloween!

We are safe!

Ed and I had a rough ride on the crazy Chesapeake yesterday, 
But we got through it and we tide up to a marina, fueled up, washed all of the salt off the boat and filled the tanks with water.
Went out for some food and left this morning at 6:30,
We are southbound in north River.

I made us on way some nachos along with guacamole,
We were cruising along and it was gorgeous out…
Behind us is a boat called la scappa.

We have been cruising with them back and fourth all day talking on the radio ect.
I was in the pilot house and Ed was up top and the boat was cruising along beautifully.

Then I heard an explosion scared the shit out of me.

Ed’s saying,  what was that he didn’t here it as loud as I did, do to he is up top and he has only one ear.

La scappa was hailing us in the radio asking margarita are you guys alright, come back 
The back of your boat is pouring black smoke out, 
Do you have a fire?

I didn’t want Ed to go down in the engine room,
As he opened the hatch the smell was horrific,
Dark black smoke was pouring out is the engine room.

We opened all of the doors to air the boat out and we grabbed the fire extiquisher,
Thank god the engine room wasn’t on fire,
Which I thought it was.

I was so scared, but grateful la scappa was following us.

He was so concerned and pulled up to us to making  sure we were all right.
Ed was shook up as well as myself…
We explained to him were ok , just a little I was shook up ….

Next the coast guard hailed us on the radio ,
They had a report of fire on a vessel which is margarita,
Are you in destress?

what is our position
Do we have boat us, 
and how many people on board, ect, ect.

We dropped the anchors and tried to get our bearings,
Then Ed went down in the engine room.

The exhaust hose blew a monster hole in the port engine and the fire extinguisher released, black soot covered the entire engine room as well as the stern of the boat.

Ed and I spent three days cleaning the engines before we left for this trip.
La  scappa, said to Ed this happened to him on his boat and it’s a huge mess down there to clean up.

He hung out with us and asked if he could do anything and he was so great,
A guy just like Ed, very informative , kind and knowledgable and calming to us.

Ed explained to him that he was going to fire up the starboard engine and limp the boat into a dock which is off the alligator river.

Well that’s what we did,

Ed called the caterpillar mechanic and I guess we our really out in no where,
We are safe and I am happy that we didn’t have a fire on board, which I thought happened.

We are at alligator marina in Tyrell country, North Carolina, Columbia , NC.
We called the mechanic and he will see when he can get to us,
We rented a rental car tomorrow, which is 35 miles away,
We are out here in no where, no where and no where.
We are inland from the outer banks,

But we are safe and no fire,
And I am grateful,
We have a beautiful view out into alligator River,
And the sun is beautiful,

We will keep you posted.
My birthday is nov 3,
Our 30 year wedding anniversary is nov 7
This is our journey and,
Like I said before,

It’s always an Adventure!
Love and hug

Southbound on the Margarita

Hi everyone,
Having an amazing journey,when we left mystic river marina we cruised the entire Long Island sound in glass,
sunny skies, for October 21, 2017
really amazing weather  we have been having for the month of late October.

Ed was hungry so I decided to make some pasta salad and as I just was tossing it together in our big windows I see flashing blue lights, 
I thought that I was imagining things,
But no ,

The coast guard wanted to board our vessel,
Wow, an amazing crew of hard bodies, young and on a mission,
I explained to them you just did our inspection at sandy hook, NJ, in May …..

Well do you have the papers?
We retrieved them and we were all set, 
Then they said, we love your boat, it’s so beautiful, I replied, thank you….

When I told Ed what they said to us, he replied 
” I think they just want to look at the inside of our boat ” 

I cracked up….
Well we were off again…
We entered the East  River, NY
My favorite ride and you have just entered energy of the new state of mind, my kind of people…

Let’s rock and roll,
Just ahead of us was tug pushing nine barges carrying stones taking up the entire river,
As we approached hells gate which the water is boiling at this point and pushing us 3 more knots which we love but not behind a tug with nine barges, and on the other side a huge ship traveling against the tide, going extremely slow do to the current…

I told Ed , just try to keep you distance, which is very crazy when the river has no mercy for a boat.

Well, when the ship slowly pasted us Ed made his move to pass this huge barge and we were cruising again…

Then we entered the Hudson River it was wild, just like the city is water taxis traveling back and fourth packed with people, tour boats going every which way, helicopters zipping up and down.
Day trippers on their boats zipping around, it NY and I love it…
Then approaching the shipping lane with the monster container ships from Singapore, Taiwan , England, you name it you saw it tons and tons  of them,anchored out , traveling cruising it’s wild and every which way the world is on the move.
We love to consume..

I just just wanted to take pictures of our Statue of Liberty and Ed yelling at me,

Don’t you have enough of those pictures ?
No, I love this view it blows your mind being so close to our Statue of Liberty , it still takes my Breath away every time he bring me through this area….
Meg, please 
Just help me with where is the next marker, 
Too much confusion,
A lot of traffic .
I just think that I am a New Yorker , I love the energy,
I can feel it even on the boat just passing throu…
Even though I always get Yelled at to pay attention ,
It’s hard because, I love NY and I always will…
Traveled this day 120 miles, 12 hours.

Day 2, October 22, 2017

We anchored out at Sandy hook our really cool spot..
Got up and headed out to the New Jersey shores 

The fire ball was unreal, just magical and the run down the NJ shores was spectacular.
I’m making eggs and Ed yells out , Meg , a huge whale just shot straight out if the ocean and breached directly in front of our boat !

I was so mad that I was cooking I went up on the bridge and I was happy to see the whale  blow and slap it’s tale, but missed the huge breach that Ed saw.

What a sight, Ed never stopped telling me  about what he saw and I was bumped.
Oh well, it was for him and his message and not for me at this time.

We arrived at Utsch Marina,in cape may at 5:00 pm.
We needed to fuel up, 
we were running on empty, 
but it was worth it,
I like to go and Ed is more conservative.. With fuel…

The owner was really cool, yes he has lived here in cape may his entire life and gifted us with a bag of home made soap, cookies ect. A really  nice welcoming package.
Ed and I went out for some food and had great time local caught fish.

October 22, 2017

Heading across the Delaware bay the skies got a little black and they were saying a nor’easter may come so we drove the entire day but I wanted to be at a dock if a nor’easter hits, so we pushed on and the Angels were with us.

We pulled Into Annapolis yaught basin and tide the boat up, I love this place and I was psyched to be her, it’s a really cool town, a town a fantastic sailing community as well as the navy academy is here and harbor is just so beautiful.

we went out for  food and as we were walking around the Marina with 90 ft boats plus,
They were rocking and rolling like toys 
Do to the. Weather .

We came back to the boat and the water was all over the streets and the wind was howling.
Ed and I got the huge boards out as well as our  bumpers and fastened down our boat,
I said, it’s squeaking like crazy, rubbing and I don’t like that noise…

Ed said, get me some dawn….
He applied it to all of the dry boards and like magic , gone…
I now he does magic as well…

We went to sleep and Ed sleeping like a rock,
Me on the other hand is saying, I wonder how fast that wind is really ripping, so when I got up,
It was 35 miles an hour on our gauge in our boat, so I went outside ! yes it was wild and crazy..
Which I think CT is getting now.

Woke up to 74 degrees sunny skies and amazing and beautiful day, 
Heading to see our friend in Virginia tomorrow….
Journey on  and safe travels,
Remember , 
No Reservations !

Meg and Ed 

 

Northbound On Margarita

Hi everyone,
Well Ed and I are traveling on the Margarita northbound this week.
Ed and John started the week heading north out of ft. Lauderdale, fl last Sunday.
I flew into Charleston, SC, where they drove up and got me.
John had to fly back to Boston, due to his wife Pat had an a appendicitis, she is out of the hospital and doing fantastic.

Ed and I drove back to where they left the margarita at St. Simons island in Georgia.
The marina is Morning Star, where we had went to that nice restaurant for Ed and John’s
Aunt just last month. A lot of Ed’s cousins live on St.Simmons, it’s really beautiful here.

We decided to go up to the restaurant and eat some of this fabulous shrimp that Georgia is know for instead of cooking on the boat, which was a great choice. We had a lot of laughs with some other boaters traveling to Jacksonville, fl.  The shrimp here as everyone knows this is local shrimp, it’s amazing.

The next morning we got on way and started traveling north, saw our favorite dolphins, Eagles and Ospreys.

A little weather was rolling in at the end of the day on Thursday,  so we decided to stop at 6:0O pm at another, morning star marina in Savannah,which was a  perfect spot. Purchased some diesel and Ed and I cleaned out our engine strainers, they were chuck full of sand, which was a great time to do this work.
Ed said, Meg lets just walk across the street and get some dinner considering we have been running all day and the day before I was up from 3:00am until midnight.
It was another great time out, we found a small independent bistro and the food was really done fantastic, even purchased a homemade brownie to go.

Friday morning we planned on getting on way early the next morning and get some miles under the boat, well the current was going in the wrong direction all day and was slowing us down a lot. I mean a really strong current.

We decided to push on until a little after dark, we found a marina up Jeremy creek, in McClellanville, SC.

The marina was Called Leland oil company and marina and it had great reviews.

I rang the marina and a guy called Rutledge answered and said , no worries just park your boat on our dock and I’ll see you in the morning.
I couldn’t believe his name was Rutledge, I never heard of a name like that before, I had him spell it because I thought that would be a last name.

So I asked, how do you spell that?

Mame, my name is,  Rutledge, you know how polite those  southern boys are.

When Ed and I arrived in the dark a huge shrimping fleet was there, a really nice looking young guy walked over and grabbed the line for me, in his white flip flops.

As we were talking, he said, yes, I’m the captain of  that  boat, pointing to the boat that was on our stern. I take it out long lining, he said, we send outl20 miles of line with hooks attached. It is wild he said, I’ll go get you a Mahi.
Today it got too rough out there , it was blowing 40 mph,  that’s why I’m here waiting it out.

His name was Brian and he explained to us that he captains the vessels behind us from SC up to Maine and lives to fish.
His wife doesn’t love it too well, but he loves to be at sea.

Brian told me us the three boats that are directly behind us tied together are owned by an ER doctor out of Willmington , NC and he is only one year older then me, I’m, 38.

Also he told us that we have arrived in McClellanville  and tomorrow is the largest shrimp fest just walking distance from us, all of the shrimp dishes made all types of ways, bands and events, then the blessing of these fleets.
I asked Brian, where are you originally from ?
he said, Windsor, Ct and he went to Cheeney  Tech, in Manchester, for welding, then joined the coast guard where he fell in love with the ocean.
Ed and I couldn’t believe it that he is from our home town,
What a riot, but like I always say it’s ten degrees of separation.
That night we made food on the boat and called it a night so we could enjoy the fun the next day.

Friday morning, Ed saw a young guy walking the dock and Ed said to me,
I think that must be Rutledge?
I replied no way, I don’t think so, he’s too young.
Well Ed was right it was Rutledge Leland The fourth.
His dad is, Rutledge Leland the the third , and he is also the mayor of McClellanville.
We both just started cracking up.
We went to the shrimp festival and walking along the streets everything had a name on it of  McClellanville on it, then we saw a famous authors plague that lived here and his name was
Rutledge,
I guess that’s where he got his name, it was really cool.

The town is really cool, very historical and the homes are so unique.
The shrimp fest was a really great time.
I met another person  at the little craft show at the festival which I loved her honey and her soaps . I want to sell her stuff in my shop, when I asked her where she is from, she told me I’m from Danielson, CT and my husband is stationed in Groton, CT, I started cracking up. It was just so funny to me.
As we were walking around checking out everything , I saw a really cool old house on the green and a really nice looking girl walks off the porch.
I asked Ed, what’s in that house?
The young lady turned around as she over heard me and said, that’s where I live, that’s my summer house, Do you want o see it?
I started cracking up, I said, sure,
Ed said, I’ll be over near the water, he doesn’t like to get involved…

Well she was having a huge party in her summer get away house and it was really cool.
She told me that she loves this town because it reminds her of mystic, ct.
I said, that’s my. Favorite place,
I can’t wait to get back there.
She told me that Kevin Costner stayed here, he rented this home while he was shooting his movie, Patriot, which was filmed right here.
She hopes not too many people catch on, and rune this town.
Well it was three o. clock and Ed said ,
lets get going and head out and see how far we get.
I agreed and we headed out on our journey north.

We drove until dark again and I called a marina that I liked the name it sounded really cool,It was called  Waca Watcha marina.
I was happy to catch someone before closing.

Betsy, said, yes we have space, no worries and a new restaurant just opened and it has a one man guitar entertainer, if your interested.
That’s all she had to say to me, music, I’m all about it.
Perfect timing we rolled into Waca Watcha just about darkness, went to the restaurant and the owner husband and wife introduced themselves to Ed and I.
Thanking us for coming when I asked are they locals, no.
She is from NY, and he is a doctor from Philadelphia, which never thought he would be accepted in the south, really nice people, we will be back.

We are cruising still north bound,
It’s the journey,
Not the destination !
Can’t wait to be back and see everyone at mystic river marina.
Sea you soon,
Love,

Meg and Ed

 

11 Years, Always With Us

11 years, always with us, 9/28/2014

 

Like it was yesterday…

Light a candle for Dot once she was here and now she is gone. A blink of your eye the memories that pass bye, all of the sweetness, innocence, pride, love, laughter, kindness, generosity, compassion, caring are all fond memories when I think of you. You taught all of us so much and each of these emotions I hold in my heart and share them with those that are dear to me.

A day, A minute, A year, A date, A birthday,

Those triggers always reminding me how close we are and will always be.

Our memories I deeply cherish. Life is so fragile so fast that it soars by, like all of those birds that you always send to me.

They make laugh….

They make me wonder …

They make me and live in the moment

Just for today…

The butterflies, dragonflies, hummingbirds, the creepy crawlers those beautiful flowers that bloom so frequently and unexpectedly.

 

The tears, hugs, love, laughter, and struggles we shared together.

I can go on and on, but when you appear in my dream and told me to remember 923 it was so real, as can be.

I know that you are guiding my vessel and keeping me strong. Like the survivor that you were when things went wrong.

I know in my heart that you had to go so I could soar and illuminate like the Eagle that flies to the highest plains.

I feel you and share all of your messages with those that I love,

 

You taught me the most valuable thing

 

LOVE is the strongest force in the universe!!!

 

That is what keeps me going and I thank you from my heart.

Our love is endless …

Your loving Daughter

You are my light that keeps me shinning bright.

 

Meg xo

 

Sending You Much Love

Our Mother Earth certainly has a way of bringing us to our knees…

Forcing us to reflect on what is truly important to us during these trying times. I feel that it always keeps going back to our center, our heart, with love and gratitude, faith, family, and friends. Love for the air that we all breathe, and the water we drink. Kind words, huge hugs, a friendly phone call just because…

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My Mother’s Love

September 28, 2012

Mom, this is for you.

Nine years ago today you left us.
You are so missed everyday, but I feel your presence and love inside me.
I hear your laughter, always cracking me up.
I am so grateful for all the messages of inspiration that you sent me.
You gave me so much;  more than words can say…

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Cat Scratch Fever

September 17, 2012

I sat at our kitchen counter writing out a card to my angelic husband, Ed, for his birthday. Sambucca was sitting next to me, when all of a sudden she started going crazy scratching the window. She was on her hind legs hissing and just going wacko, clawing the glass. Continue reading

A Personal Note From Meghan

August 3rd, 2012

Meg offered to give me a ride home after working at her store. As I opened her car door, I was not surprised to see that Meg carried a giant broomstick right in the center of her car.

Now, I’m used to Meg saying things long before they actually happen, telling me when to be cautious because ‘the moon is in Retrograde’, and revealing shockingly accurate specks of insight…

But now I’m a little suspicious that Meg might actually be a witch. A good witch!

Like those ones you see in movies, who fly around on broomsticks and cast spells and inspire people and help those is need. I’m not sure if there are actually any witches like that ever in movies… but that is Meg. The good witch.

Only Meg would drive around with a broomstick in her car!

Angel Wings in a Cup

The Creativity & Expressions Workshop with the Angels, hosted by Vanessa and myself on July, 18, 2012, was absolutely amazing. We all left the workshop feeling inspired and more in-touch with our angels.

Here are some of the beautiful creations made in this workshop:

While cleaning up from the workshop, we poured out a cup of water that we were using for the paint, and found THIS was at the bottom of the cup! Can you see the angel wings?