Sunday, January 11, 2009

Is it Really January?

We had beautiful weather yesterday, here on Ocracoke. That's us on our skydeck under a gorgeous full moon that was actually way bigger than it looks in this photo.

Last night was warm and humid. Lovely. Brian grilled babyback ribs and I sat on the porch steps drinking a beer and taking pics of this brilliant, moonlit night. I have to say here that I went vegetarian about two weeks ago and I did not eat any of these ribs. Brian went Vegetarian too, but not completely. He has had meat every now and then. These ribs were in our freezer and he couldn't bear to give them away. So, this was kind of his last supper. Interestingly enough, Brian has noticed the side effects from eating meat as a part-time veggie. He noticed when he eats meat he feels more bloated, heavy, slow, gassy, and just generally yucky all around. So, that's kind of a cool experiment.

The island that we are lucky enough to live on has very little tourism in the winter and a year round population of about 800 - 1,000. We live in a neighborhood called Oyster Creek.

Most of the houses around ours are rental homes, so they are vacant in the winter. It's nice and quiet. Our dog, Charlie, loves to sit by the canal and watch for the otters that live,play, and hunt here.

Isn't that full moon incredible!? It was a good night. We even slept with the heat off and the windows open. It felt wonderful.

All of the houses in Oyster Creek are built on little canals that lead out into the Pamlico sound. It's a really fun place to live. We are working on some boat projects on Puff, our Bayfield sailboat, while we are living in this house for the winter. We have until March to really make some progress on Puff's upgrades. We will put in a new diesel engine, sew new canvas, polish stainless, apply new non-skid paint to the deck, varnish the teak, and Brian already made new propane tank storage boxes.

Some of our other goals for the next three months include making daily work-outs a habit, eating vegetarian, creating a commercial travel website, making significant progress on my novel, and for Brian to complete plans, materials, and cost lists for our house in the Bahamas. Some background info on this is that we purchased a lot on Long Island, Bahamas in 2006. We have been saving money to be able to build ever since. We should be able to begin construction of our tropical island home in Fall of 2009!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Commenting on my own first post, you go girl!

  2. Look at this blog! How fun. Can't wait to keep up with you. xo, Casey

  3. hi, i'm here from casey's blog! let me just say: girl. you're living the dream. WOW. i am REALLY looking forward to reading your blog. cheers!

  4. Hi! I am from Casy's blog too. You guys are living the life! My husband and I love the beach. I look forward to keeping up with your adventures! Have fun!

  5. Hey there - from Casey;s too. We're not too far from you in Raleigh. I bet Ocracoke this time of year is awesome without all the crowds. Can't wait to read more of your blog - good luck!