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23 January 2012 @ 09:24 pm
overdue update  
I intend to get back to my normal interval after not posting here since late December...

Fortunately I've added some entries to Facebook since then. Here they are repeated, to serve as an approximate record of what's been happening since then:

8:00 PM, Monday, January 23rd, 2012:

This is "Lenny", a large and very friendly cat who's lived at North Shell Marina for about four years. He has begun to spend all his time around me and my boat whenever I'm in port. (He wants to live on the boat with me and Ghost but that is not practical.) Ghost is quite depressed lately, because he thought the marina was his little kingdom when we got here, but Lenny is bigger and controls where Ghost can and can't go now. — at North Shell Marina near Deland, Florida:

Sunday, January 15th, 2012 -moored to little island just outside North Shell Marina:

8:09 PM, Saturday, January 14th, 2012:

The several days I spent completely on my own acre were fantastic. In the mornings I crossed the river to catch the morning sun on the panels. Then I returned to the landing and took Ghost for long walks in the bright forest. A playful but shy otter likes to follow us and watch. Yesterday I used Google Earth and GPS to get the short distance to the extensive trail network in Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge, which borders my acre on the north. I memorized the way now so I can find those trails without GPS but it sure was handy the first time

7:55 PM, Saturday, January 14th, 2012:

The fall and winter and spring are compressed into December and January here next to the water and a half mile inland summer never ended at all. Spring just started and it now looks like early April near the boat. The pollen has abated, replaced by tiny bright green leaves.

6:50 PM, Tuesday, January 10th, 2012:

Tonight for the first time, due to the dryer conditions that will probably last until I return to Ohio, my car is parked here near my boat on my own property, rather than at the marina. The land is open and beautiful, so creation of no paths is necessary. Normal shoes are fine. My new boat landing here is now the northernmost "civilized" spot in Deland, Florida on the water, 1/3 mile further into the Alexander Springs Wilderness than the marina. This wilderness extends twenty miles north before another human-built structure will be found, at a little place named Manhattan, interestingly enough. It makes me imagine my little mooring light is a beacon at the edge of the world.

9:30 AM, Saturday, January 7th, 2012:

seaplane visits the State Park:

Photos by Mike Monett, Jan 6, 2012 - About 2 PM on this Friday, right when the tour boat and a fishing boat were also arriving, this bright seaplane landed on Spring Garden Run at DeLeon Springs State Park and coasted to the dock.

9:30 AM, Saturday, January 7th, 2012:

Here are five pictures -the first ever of my boat at my land during the more normal shallow river levels which will remain until Spring:

boat at new lower-water landing:

Photos by Mike Monett, Jan 5, 2012 - Pictures taken at my now walkable, un-flooded property on the Zieglar Dead River near North Shell Marina, Deland, Florida: At mid-day on Thursday, January 5th, 2012 -the gage height at the Whitehair drawbridge at Route 44 and the Saint Johns River is now down to ...

9:30 AM, Saturday, January 7th, 2012:

It's been almost a week since I wrote anything, but it's OK -being away from the Android and notebook is healthy. We had a sunny but cool snap. It dropped to 25 one night but the boat stayed comfortable due to excellent insulation. Water is 1.8' lower than when I got here so I can only enter my harbor with the little boat now. For the main boat I made a landing. I can walk around the whole acre now.

10:30 AM, Sunday, January 1st, 2012:

Florida and certain persons here have been drawing my attention strongly, almost like a Shangri-La. Even living totally in the present moment can be overdone so I'm checking in here because I haven't done so in a few days. I'll pay some bills and do some other boring online things to get back in touch with my more familiar self and who and what I will always care about. I won't let new joys sweep me away. I'll stay balanced.