Everything was going so well, and the winds were so calm, that after a 10 hour cruising day, Joe didn't even go looking for some well protected place to anchor. We just pulled off the channel near Biloxi in the Mississippi Sound and dropped the anchor. As we went to bed we noticed that we seemed to be feeling quite a bit of motion from the waves. As the night went on, it just seemed to get worse. Evidently, the winds and tide change - and our location near an inlet - were all wrong. Instead of being gently rocked to sleep, we were tossed to sorta sleep. The anchor held and we certainly were in no danger - but we didn't get a whole lot of sleep either!
We started out the next morning thinking it would be another nice day. Shortly after we'd started out, thought, dense fog closed in. Really dense fog. One of the thrills of cruising in the fall. Thankfully, the AIS and radar were both functioning, so we felt our way along for a couple of hours before the sun finally broke through. At the end of another 10 hour day, we anchored in a well protected bayou near Pensacola and had a good night's sleep.
After a few hours, we arrived at our canal near Pensacola, and tied up behind our house.
In October, we had contacted our realtor and decided to put the house up for sale. We'd had it rented for more than two years and really didn't foresee living there in the future. Our current tenant had not been cooperative with the realtors, so we'd given him notice and when we arrived the house was empty - and also under contract. The contract negotiations had started the day after the house went on the market and taken place while we were on the Mississippi with only sporadic cell service.
One winter Joe had planted fruit trees - key lime, lemon and satsuma oranges. The poor satsuma tree was bending to the ground under the weight of its delicious fruit. Family and friends helped us unload the branches and we managed to get three pies from the key lime tree. We'll miss the fruit.
The repairs had been going well, with a few bumps along the way from our buyer who seemed to be making some unrealistic demands. A junction box in the attic that needed a cover plate could not be taken care of by Joe - it had to be done by a "professional" electrician. The breakers that the electrician said were fine (the problem had been an overloaded circuit,which he took care of), had to be replaced anyway. But that's okay, we'd taken care of everything to her satisfaction and even taken care of some things that weren't on the list. By Thanksgiving all that remained was a repair to the gas cooktop.
We plan to stay in St. Pete for about three months and then...we'll let you know.
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