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Things are picking up and looking up. Today it cold, windy and dreary. This description could apply to most days here so far in 2014. It has been the coldest winter here since 1983. But today should be the last of it as it will warm up and commencing on Valentine's Day, normal temperatures are projected for the foreseeable future.

Saturday brought nice weather for three days and I got together with my friends. One guy had recently married a Mexican lady and a dozen people spanning four generations of her family had flown in from Mexico. He and his brother live next door to each other. There was a barbecue encompassing the two homes that was attended by about 40 people. Mucho eat, drink and be merry was enjoyed. We played a lot of dominoes and pool. The scrumptious food was Mexican in the truest authentic sense. A considerable amount of beer and top shelf shots were imbibed.

Sunday provided my first potential opportunity for success in fishing. It warmed up into the sixties and the wind had switched to being from the south on Saturday. I tried a couple of places and never got a bite. I think that it was simply a matter of the water being too cold.

A friend of mine who is chef (part time now, full time during tourist season) went with me on Monday. My attempts on Sunday were in the estuaries on the north of the island. On Monday we went out to a fishing pier in the gulf. It is normally ten bucks but is free M/T/W this month. Nothing, not a nibble. I did have an interesting conversation with a Canadian guy who came down here from Toronto on vacation... poor fellow. He and I talked mostly about the sea birds about. He bitched about the Canadian geese taking over the Toronto parks and goose grease being everywhere.

We had bait left over, shrimp and octopus that I thought was squid that I got from the super market. So my pal made us a tasty dinner out of it. But the fact remains that we ate our own bait.

I located some community gardens around here yesterday and and will look into getting a 4' X 8' plot. It costs $35.00 for a year and one is a few blocks away. I went and checked it out. The garden has raised beds, great soil and mulch piles. Many cool crops are growing and look pretty good despite the poor weather. There is even pens for chickens and goats there.

I need to get on it soon as it will be in the seventies beginning next week. I sent out email queries but no replies. However, they will have a booth at the farmers market on Sunday so if worse comes to worse, we'll connect there.

I finally called my daughter for the first time since October because I have been out here for a month and a half and she still hasn't sent me my seeds yet despite promises to do so. There is no excuse for it beyond laziness. I told her, that if nothing else to just put the lettuce and spinach seeds in an envelope and mail them to me for now. Polite conversation leads me to refrain from using the adjectives I would normally use to express my opinions of her flakiness.

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Feb 11 @ 1:53PM  
Things have finally dried out until starting tomorrow or Thursday when we're expected to see a little more snow. After that we're due for some more snow Monday. By Wednesday next week, we're expected to get up around 52.

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