Happy 2018 from the TIMBALERO crew!

We have so much to be thankful for.  2017 was an interesting year and the treasures for us have been the people we have met this year, the relationships we have been fortunate to hold and acquiring our new family member: TIMBALERO. We are blessed and grateful for all our friends, family and an abundant…

Cortado: Safe in Jacksonville

“Irma-gawd!” … wins for the best spray-painted hurricane-barrier sign of the storm. I wish I had a photo of it. So clever, and it is not easy to be clever in a time of panic. Mother Nature always wins. Hurricane Irma was gigantic, powerful and packed a brutal punch on the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, (et…

Adventure-Schooling in South Florida

Our two-week Christmas break is officially over and we have returned to school with great energy and enthusiasm!  *I would love to know if teachers feel the same about vacation-time from school:  When we take a break, I have noticed the kids come back with an excitement to learn that is passionate and infectious. They are…

Cruising Cortado and Christmas 2014

We started out writing this blog, as a way to communicate with our families in Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and New York. This may explain why some posts are not about ideas or newfound wisdom, but just a glorified, public diary of our journey. Please understand at this time, we are just figuring things out. Our…

Christmas Prep from Miami to Marathon

 School work and art time onboard CORTADO. Miami has been full of school, holiday surprises, and meeting new friends. What great fun (and equally, great CHALLENGE) to try to  create and replicate our old ways of celebrating the Christmas season without the comforts of our house, decorations, friends and traditions we  know and love so…

Get Organized and Go Fishing

“PORT out! STARBOARD home! POSH with a capital P.O.S.H.” Remember the grandpa, father of inventor Caractacus Potts (Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang) and his melodious tune? Well this is exactly what I sing to myself sometimes as I try to keep everything straight on board.  Never in all my mid-western years did that little ditty ever make a…

JENNIE MAC + CORTADO

We did it! We managed to pack all our things, fly down to Jacksonville and bought ourselves a beautiful Huckins yacht. As Tony says, “this is a dream we never knew we had…” These photos are of the transom being hand-lettered by Larry Dillon who has supposedly painted most every Huckins transom for the last…