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Blueberry Ketchup

by the First Mate


Sitting here enjoying a piece of fish out of the oven smothered in blueberry ketchup.  My lunch is accompanied by the the start of Chuck's Street Beat radio program on KFSK. Heading in shortly to the clinic for my Wed. afternoon shift.

Chuck spent the morning on the phone trying to find some replacement Yanmar belts for our engine.  Have you ever heard that saying "you can't get there from here"?  Finding the belts themselves, although a bit more difficult than we would have thought, isn't the issue.  Having lived in Hawaii for many years we are familiar with the challenges of shipping from the mainland (or lower 48) to Hawaii and Alaska.  One web site we checked quoted $127.00 shipping for $47.00 worth of belts.  Most sites won't even ship to Alaska.  Still working on it.

Chuck is finished with the Williwa series and will spend his summer converting our website over to WordPress thus making our site mobile friendly.  It seems we must, somewhat, keep up with technology. (Thank you Tom for all your help and support.) At this point we have so much video "in the can" it is hard to know where to start.  Since we are committed to stay in Petersburg until next spring we must use our time wisely.  Things need to be done on the boat but most of them need the facilities of a boatyard and we won't be seeing one of those until we hit Port Townsend. 

House sitting again in the same home as last Summer.  Chuck and I have been out berry picking and I already have a dozen jars or jam made with at least that many more to make.  Rhubarb, salmonberries and Blueberries out of the garden supplemented with purchases of peaches and apricots at Chelan weekly market. I will be busy for the next few days.  Made another batch of Blueberry Ketchup which is already half gone, plan to make alot of that this year.  Lily the Cat is just as personable as last year although a bit slimmer.  She has managed to lose nearly 4lbs and is feeling much friskier these days. 

We have been very busy at Waterways and Dr. Hill and I start gearing up the veterinary vessel Hallie tomorrow for another trip to Thorne Bay and Coffman Cove this weekend. Summer is in full swing.    

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