on the last days of 2011.

This is what we have been doing.



no santa.

so, i’ve been slacking in the ‘foto friday’ department, and pretty much on the blog itself.

hopefully this photo heavy post will make up for it.

ah well. we’ve been busy:

picking and eating carambola (starfruit).IMG_20111127_082738.jpg

dancing with mocko jumbies at jump-up (sorry, crap photo, they move too fast).IMG_20111125_201457.jpg

dinghy riding around the anchorages in puerto rico.IMG_20111206_124444.jpg

bathing in the cockpit with cookie monster in ensenada honda in culebra.IMG_20111206_123707.jpg

carrying mom’s water bottle with a goggles strap.IMG_20111209_144707.jpg

playing with the best toy from auntie kiki.IMG_20111215_085013.jpg

practicing “sticking up his dukes” for when he meets uncle john and his grumpa again. and has also acquired several muscle tees after mom cut the sleeves off most of his t-shirts. IMG_20111212_173715.jpg

drilling at our mooring in pela.IMG_20111215_163924.jpg

acting like cookie monster – and growing teeth (9 total now, including two top molars!).IMGP9502.JPG

eating snacks at flamenco beach.IMGP9506.JPG

swimming with dad at flamenco beach.IMGP9507.JPG

checking out the tanks at flamenco beach with mom.IMGP9540.JPG

reading lots of books with dad and shaggy (rudder’s favorite thing to do, especially when teething).IMGP9586.JPG

going snorkeling with the turtles and barracuda at culebrita.IMG_20111213_151019.jpg

hiking to the culebrita lighthouse and geocaching.IMGP9566.JPG


trying to get a good family self-portrait up at the culebrita lighthouse since it has amazing lighting.IMGP9577.JPG

getting back rides from dad.IMGP9579.JPG

making tortillas from scratch with our new (6 months ago) press.IMGP9548.JPG

rudder eating black olives from his fingers like his mom used to – okay, she still does.IMGP9552.JPG

making our christmas tree out of a hanging fruit basket we were about to throw away. like that storage on the inside?? 🙂IMGP9562.JPG

buying new $40 kicks from journey in fajardo since we haven’t gotten our boxes with our tennis shoes from tucson yet.IMGP9608.JPG

running around in his new t-shirt-turned-muscle tee. he thinks it’s pretty funny. mostly because he loves ketchup, and knows there is ketchup on his shirt.IMGP9627.JPG

so yeah, we’ve been busy.

internet is always spotty when we are here (in salt river in st. croix, not in culebra – 3G is amazing in culebra)and if there is no wind, the batteries don’t get charged…..when the batteries don’t get charged, no computer!

we have been in puerto rico since early december and the christmas winds have been around, meaning there has not been a lack of wind this month. which i am mostly grateful for since we get to run the fridge.

yes, we have a fridge. and it’s awesome. it makes ice. and freezes otter pops for teething toddlers. IMGP9591.JPG

and you can put magnets on it! i was giddy about this discovery.IMGP9488.JPG

there were a few days where i was wishing for the wind to at least mellow out since it makes for really wet and crazy dinghy rides.

oh yeah, the title of the blog.

rudder has not seen santa yet this year. i’m bummed.

we are in ensenada honda (an anchorage near isla de culebra) near the town of dewey. there is a christmas gift thing for the kids today at 2pm, so i’m hoping some form of santa claus will be there. i had a few opportunities when we were in st. croix, but one i forgot about because we were doing this:IMG_20111127_160728.jpg

and the other was at the botanical gardens, and i didn’t see santa anywhere. IMG_20111204_155235.jpg

so that’s what we have been up to the past three weeks. pretty fun stuff. we plan to be back in st.croix before january 7th to watch the crucian christmas adult parade.

though i could stay here forever.

it will be a nice laid back christmas. i have plans to make some sushi tonight and possibly a pumpkin spice cake (because s/v willow has an oven!) today or tomorrow.

oh, and bacon wrapped water chestnuts! these were a favorite of my brother john at christmas and one of the things that he would make. i felt i needed something to remind me of home other than the canned smoked salmon (which we do not eat at holidays).

no pierogis this year….the dough has never held up in this weather, and with only three of us eating them, seems like too much work!

merry christmas.

’til then.





We are in culebra, PR right now.  Its a nice little island where the groceries are somewhat limited, but super cheap, at least compared to the USVI. 

We took an hour + ferry ride over to fajardo on wednesday.  It only cost $2.25 per person!  Fajardo is where the action is- walmart, marine stores, mall shops. Its like what ketchikan is to wrangell.  So naturally we hit up the walmart to get some odds and ends- fabric, tools, etc. that you can’t find in st. croix.  And ran across the street to west marine as well for some over priced boat crap.

Yesterday we put our new little gas generator and sewing machine to work.  It worked great and we were able to complete a few projects.  The most important being a sunshade for our cockpit.  Ol’ annalisa (the old boat) had a nice canvas bimini to shade from the sun, willow (which the spanish speaking people pronounce wee-yow) has a huge unprotected cockpit.  I made a shade to hang over the boom using some discounted $2 per yard walmart fabric, some webbing, and d-rings.

We also made some pockets to snap onto the bottom of the interior benches for rudders toys to free up some space for more books in our book shelves.

The weather has been a little cloudy.  There has been some thunder and lightning in the evenings.  I enjoy the much needed rain – i set out the dirty cloth diapers and let the rain wash them to conserve our fresh water.  And the deck gets washed!  Win, win.

I will post pictures of the pockets tomorrow, along with some headliner work we did today.

’til then.

Little traveler.


At four months old(he’s six months now) rudder had been to 13 states (most of them driven through) and a US territory.  And this is not counting layovers in airports.

We sailed over to puerto rico on saturday where he got to show his passport for the first time.  We went from the US to the US, but since we arrived by sea, all crew have to check in.  and he is crew.  🙂  so add a commonwealth to his list!

It was also his first sail (and mine on our new boat), and it was quite a roly one.  He did well, but did not like being left alone when I had to be on deck to help his dad.  He took lots of long naps.  I think he will be like me and won’t be able to keep his eyes open on boats!

We spent two nights in culebrita.  One of the days was a nice wet one.  The anchorages are really beautiful over there and there are turtles everywhere, though it has become a popular spot, especially on sundays.  We sailed to the same anchorage two years ago and it was quiet.  It was just us and our friends on their boat.  Now there are mooring balls for boats to hook up to meaning lots of locals and BEES!  The bees were so bad we had to put a towel over our companionway.

’til then.