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Saturday, July 29, 2006

New News is Good News

Sherrell’s feeling much better after seeking some natural remedies to eliminate the hematoma and scar tissue.  In the process we discovered some small stitches that were left behind from when Sherrell removed her own stitches.  We cleaned and flushed everything and the swelling is way down and the redness is almost gone.


The seasonal rains in Mazatlan were a little late this year, but they came in with a bang!  We had night where it POURED.  The streets were flooded and there was water everywhere.  The air was so crystal clear, Sherrell thought she spotted Hawaii!


Our rescued Orange cat we took to the vets had a litter of 5 kittens.  Five!  Now we are going to get her fixed (and her kittens) to re-release them.  It’s a small thing, but we’re doing what we can to help out.  By the way, the black cat we rescued is fully healed and ready to be adopted!  Any good homes out there?

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Heat index of 143F and Sherrell

Sometimes it feels like I’m melting.  Then I see there’s a heat wave in the US and I think, maybe, just maybe they are hotter than me.  Especially when I see that it is 110F somewhere, that’s hot.  It only gets to about 95 or so in Mazatlan.  Then I started to look at the heat index.  Today for example, it is 95F and 87% humidity in Mazatlan.  When I compute the heat index it tells me the outside feels like 143F or 61C.  By comparison in Sacramento it was 103F but only 7% humidity that’s a heat index of only about 104F (even if it was up to 40% humidity at 103F that’s only 116F).  Maybe we are melting.  Last summer in the Bay of LA things were much less humid and those hot days where it was 110F to 120F on land were about 10 degrees cooler on the water and with only 20% - 40% humidity.  That sure beats a heat index of 143F.


Sherrell has been in a lot of pain and unable to really move around the boat without hurting herself more.  So we’ve temporarily moved into her dad’s house while she recovers.  Actually we’ve been here two weeks and I’m surprised they haven’t kicked us out yet.  We’ve tried the advice of her doctor for 3 weeks now and it hasn’t been helping at all.  Now we’re trying some natural homeopathic products and she’s finally not in pain all the time and things seem to be improving.  We’ve been using them for a week and she’s starting to feel better.  With some luck she’ll be able to move back on board the boat soon.


I know a lot of people think we would be more comfortable in a house, but we really aren’t.  Our boat has really become our home.  We prefer staying in our boat to hotels, condos and other houses.  All of our food, clothes, entertainment, and personal items are there along with all of our memories.  No to mention we enjoy living on the water, even if we are stuck in the marina for hurricane season.  The main reason we need to be off the boat for Sherrell to heal is because she keeps using her arms too much and hurting herself.  You do have to be a bit like a monkey on a boat and climb around a lot.  There is also a lot of work we need to do and she’s not quite well enough to start it, but she tries anyway and over-does things.


On the plus side she’s feeling a lot better which lifts both of our moods, however things still aren’t right and we’ll definitely need another trip back to the doctors.  Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Highlights of Southern Mexico

If you've read our stories about traveling in southern mexico and you'd like to see these places with a virtual tour.

Click on this link where I've created a bird's eye interactive view of these anchorages.