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An Ode to My Tevas

Barb Here (Of course)

Why Tevas?

Seriously, when we set sail for parts south, I had to find a boat/outdoor/walking sandal that would work for our lifestyle, fit my foot, not mar the boat, and provide some support on easy to medium hikes. I went through two brands of boating sandals before discovering Tevas, and while there may be others that would work, I love my Tevas.

Women (over 60) Just Want to Have Fun

Barb here. 

Lynnelle will be here soon!  

Lynnelle and her Sweetie and the littlest Pablo are coming to St. Augustine. My sweetie, AKA EW is excited (I think he misses Pablo) but he also loves Lynnelle like a brother and likes her sweetie as only a good brother can. (First with narrowed eyes and some reservations, but now with a firm handshake and ready smile.) 

Divas in Paris: Our Home

…in Paris is confirmed!  


First things first. From 15 to 19 October 2018 our home in Paris is in the 12th Arrondissement, near the Place de la Nation.  It’s a 4 bedroom, 3 bath apartment with a beautiful private terrace.  The kitchen is small, but perfect for making coffee and heating a baguette in the morning – or an evening in testing a wonderful French onion soup recipe.

Our apartment in Paris’ 12th is surrounded by outdoor French food markets, supermarchés (supermarkets), boulangeries (bakeries), restaurants, cafés and les magasins de vin (wine stores).

As we continue confirming an itinerary the pricing will be posted.  For those who’d like a ‘ballpark’, use $2,250 (not including airfare). This is based on the cost of lodging, estimated meals, metro/transportation, tour/museum/show entrance, etc.

As always, please let us know if you have questions or would like more information in the meantime. Here’s the Paris page with a trip summary, to-date.

More to come.

Halloween: BOOOO!!! or BAHUMBUG

With ghost tours, a plethora of workers in period costume, and pirates on every street corner, St. Augustine is made for Halloween.


Barb here:

On any given day it’s impossible to wander SA without seeing a Spanish soldier from the 1500s riding a bike to work, or a woman in a long dress from the 1800’s giving a tour, or two Jack Sparrow wanna-bes having a drink at a street-side pub. Last year, on the morning after the Halloween revelries, EW and I wandered into town for a walk and upon meeting a colonial pirate wench I commented, “You know, here it’s impossible to tell whether she’s coming home from a very good party last night or going to work in costume.”

St. Augustine. It’s that kind of town.

One of the pleasures of living on a boat that’s moored close to downtown is that we can be as involved or not involved as we want. Also, I use the excuse of small closets when people suggest we attend a costume party, “Oh, thank-you.  We live on a boat and just don’t have the room for costumes.” This would surprise many of our fellow liveaboards who’ve worn excellent costumes to Halloween parties over the years. We simply choose not to do so.

St. Augustine has been celebrating Halloween since Friday. The wait staff in the bars have been dressed as Popeye, Medusa, and a drag queen with triple EE bosoms (to name just a few). We walked out to one bar on Saturday because we wanted to hear the local Grateful Dead tribute band and elected not to dress for the holiday. We were not alone, and the bar was a curious mix of folks like us, Little Bo Peep, Betty Boop, Snow White and a Dwarf, and folks of all ages dressed as Deadheads. (At least three probably had been Deadheads and still danced like it.)

In our mind, the best costume went to the couple who arrived dressed for a wedding. In addition to costumes and garb, this town is known as “A Wedding Venue”; there are weddings from Wednesday- Sunday in the season and EW and I joke about it all the time. At the bar, the “bride” wore an off-shoulder white gown, and the “groom” a tux with a soft orange boutonniere, cummerbund, and bow tie.  EW and I chuckled at the subtle humor in their costumes—until we heard them say, “Yes, we just got married at The Barn, and this is ‘our bar’ and we wanted to come here for a nightcap.”

St. Augustine & Halloween. It’s a normal day.

As for EW and me, we’re celebrating the holiday beginning at 11:59 when the local arts theater is showing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show”. We will take an umbrella and a few other props and will dress as ourselves because we live on a boat. We will do the Time Warp—but didn’t need this dorky demonstration to learn the steps.

NOTE for Photos.  I found them on the web so we need to credit the organizations.

Dionna-grace Tackett likes to dress in pirate garb to go out on the town with other “Pirates”, and is part of Ye Royal Krewe Keepers of the Code  NO LINK AVAILABLE I’ve looked.

The Black Raven Pirate Ship offers pirate adventures to children of all ages

Ghosts and Gravestones offer ghost tours year round.

Fort Mose is a state park that presents historical re-enactments year round

Lynnelle here.

BAAAAHUMBUG. I got nothing to add. Hopefully I’m not becoming one of those old, grumpy old women, but I haven’t enjoyed Halloween in over 45 years.  It’s for little kids, under 13. And cute little dogs. 

Rather than look for a fun costume, decorations and parties, (total honesty on this blog… wait for it…) I look for somewhere to go so I don’t have to be home. THERE. I said it.  

Tonight, I’ll go over to my sister’s house. They may have trick or treaters, but likely only a few. It’s kind of fun when there are 2 or 3 little goblin groups that come by, I’ll admit it. But that’s it for me. Maybe it’s because I didn’t have kids. Maybe it’s because I don’t want FORCED to participate by the media.  Who knows.  

Want to have a costume party? Fun! Just don’t do it on Halloween. 



Divas in Paris: Art & History 1

Preparing for a trip to Paris is almost as wonderful as actually being there. I’ve created a web page to document my research and keep you all posted of the agenda possibilities. I hope you’ll let me know if you’re interested in visiting Paris with me and what you’d like to see and do while there.

Until then, I’ve outlined the 3 areas of focus for our agenda:


  1. Art and History
  2. Photography
  3. Culture

You’ll see this post on the Divas in Paris page and all future posts, as well. As we already posted – I love Paris and hope you’ll see why.