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Downsizing

It started years ago for me.  I found myself looking at the stereo equipment in my living room.  This monstrosity of a metal box with lights and buttons and dials and jacks, and the wires coming out of the back of it reminded you of some alien mothership with it’s tentacles and connections to other massive equipment and speakers.  There was a VCR and DVD player, a game console and a 400 disc CD player.  A 400 disc CD player that was half the size of a small refrigerator practically!  And the speakers were four feet tall.  My TV was…
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Big Plans! Big!

You may be wondering why I haven’t written in a while. I know that springtime for us can be filled with lots of things to do, house chores when the weather improves from winter’s stranglehold, various boat projects du jour, and finally getting out on the water for some relaxation. Have I been overcome by a bout of writer’s block? Don’t I have anything to say? I promise you that nothing of the sort has happened! In fact, I have written a lot in the last couple of months, but I haven’t felt like any of it was worthy of…
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Ready for Spring!

Wake up!  Wake up I keep telling myself!  It’s springtime and I need to break out of my winter hibernation-blues.  Time to go to the boat!  Bits and pieces of our next boat projects are arriving on our door step, we’re making plans and lists of things to do, and the snow is finally melting.  Even daylight savings time starts this weekend, so everything is telling me that it’s time to go to the boat and get started on our spring projects!  Time’s a-wasting!  We’re not going to let what happened last year happen again, we deserve more than 2…
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2016, Where has the time gone?

Where has the time gone?  The future seems to roll over us at 1000 miles an hour with little regard to our plans or desires.  While I’m excited for the future and we have many exciting plans, we all continue to be plagued by the ordinary tasks of achieving or maintaining our everyday existence while our grand plans get the leftovers in terms of savings and energy and time.  I wonder how many of our most sincere hopes for ourselves and our loved ones will succumb to the steamroller of time and the inevitability of wishing for too many things…
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Gypsy Spirit

It’s the first weekend of Fall and Wandering Toes is beginning to accept that our time playing in the water is almost over for this year.  We have had a fun summer as best as we could given everything that has happened outside of our boating life. We took trips to the Apostle Islands with friends, over to Houghton, Michigan for a week, we sailed to Duluth with my dad aboard to see the Duluth Tall Ships Festival in August, and we tore our boat engine apart and almost completely rebuilt it in order to replace a leaking timing cover…
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One Year Of Sail Wandering Toes

Wow!  Marge and I are sitting in a coffee shop in Bayfield, Wisconsin, sipping on our Mocha’s and just being a part of the world.  We spent last night tied up to the City Dock here in Bayfield after a sleepless night in a rolling anchorage the night before.  It’s a beautiful Friday morning on the eve of the Labor Day weekend and the touristy town on the shore of Lake Superior in the heart of the Apostle Islands National Lake-shore is buzzing.  We’ve been out sailing for the last week in our home grounds of the Apostle Islands and…
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Time in a Bottle

Gregroy Hugh Effinger, 12/6/1951 – 8/14/2016 Sometimes you just don’t know where to begin. A week or so ago, on Sunday August 14th, we lost our brother Greg. He passed away in his home sometime on Sunday or late Saturday. His brother Tim had been looking for him to play golf on Sunday and was unable to reach him. Tim was able to get the police into his apartment late on Sunday night getting us the bad news. We raced to town and have been quite at a loss since. At a loss for words, thoughts, emotions, directions, and feelings….
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Spring Boat Projects, Part 2

It’s summertime now here in northern Wisconsin! We have finally wrapped up all of our projects with getting our new radar and instruments installed, and getting the mast up and all of the wiring connected.  The good news is everything works!  All lights, horn, radar, instruments and sensors are doing their thing and work perfectly. We got Wandering Toes (and Baby Toe) out on the water for her first sail over the 4th of July weekend and had wonderful weather. We met friends out in the Apostle Islands and were able to anchor together and visit and we had a…
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Spring Boat Projects, Part 1

Hi all! We wanted to check in with everyone and let you know that we’ve uploaded our latest new video to YouTube!  We’ve been working like crazy on our boat projects every spare moment for months.  It’s been fun, tiring, exciting, terrifying, slow and furious all at the same time.  And through it all, we have done our best to capture at least some of our adventures for you to see.  There ended up being way too much for one video, so I titled this one “Part 1” and will try to tell the rest of the story in the…
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The mad, mad month of May

We have a sad announcement. Marge’s Mom, Angie Effinger passed away on May 2nd early in the morning. The entire family was gathered for services and it has been a sad time for us. Angie lived a very long and full life and passed away in her sleep after reaching her goal of living to 100. That’s a feat of unimaginable strength and she will forever be in our hearts. And so our plans have been scattered along with our emotions as we pick up the pieces. We are a bit off schedule, but not off track. As Marge always…
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