Merry Christmas To Family and Friends!

This is officially our first tropical Christmas. Having resided in the Midwest for most of my life, it seems a bit strange to see holiday lights on palm trees and walk around in shorts enjoying temperatures in the 70's. We have been trying to enjoy the diversity of the season by attending holiday events like the local boat parade. All types of boats are in the parade and they are decorated with lights and ornaments. The event attracts a huge crowd and is a big hit. We did decorate a port light on Mary Rose and also with lights on the new bow pulpit along with a couple of bows but we choose to NOT be in the lighted boat parade. I just do not like to put Mary Rose in tight quarters at night with other boats that I have no experience with. We were glad we did not as one of the boats cut an anchor line of another boat anchored in the harbor and it washed ashore and the boat that cut it was stranded because the anchor line was wrapped around the prop shaft. We also attended the Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Ballet. It was a beautiful performance. We were invited to several holiday parties and enjoyed a dinner cruise in the ICW last weekend. So this tropical Christmas stuff is really alright!!!!!!!!!

This past year has been a real mix of blessings, challenges, grand experiences, huge learning curves, deep personal loss and still all is well. We are exactly where we are supposed to be surrounded by the people we are supposed to be surrounded by doing the things we are supposed to be doing.

We have about 45 weeks to go until we leave on our voyage. We will do a better job of weekly updates as we proceed to week zero. We will let you know what we are working on and what we have accomplished. We will also let you know how we are doing with regard to our trips purpose of "Soles for Little Souls".

But for now we just want to wish each and everyone of you a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year!

The Admiral and The Captain


Sea Trial To Venice!

We had a great 4 days of sailing with great friends from Kansas City. Father and son, Paul and Mike DeGeorge came to visit over the weekend and join us for an extended sea trial to test the work we have completed in the recent months. They arrived late Thursday evening and we had a late dinner at the local marina then off to bed. The Admiral had to
work Friday so "da boys" went sailing on Tampa Bay for the day. We returned to dock early in the afternoon and the Admiral joined us and we headed for Egmont Key to drop anchor for the night. We had a delicious talapia dinner en route prepared by the captain/chef. We sailed under the Tampa Bay Sky Way bridge after dark and had a beautiful view of the lights! We arrived at Egmont Key well after dark and dropped anchor at a familiar spot on the southeast side of the island. It was a rather calm night and we awoke refreshed for an early start to sail the Gulf of Mexico south to Venice Florida. Winds were not as strong nor the direction as favorable as we had hoped but we did manage to get some time in under sail but we had to motor sail most of the way. Motor sailing was not a bad idea since we wanted to give Mr Perkins (the engine) a good test due to all of the work recently completed. We arrived safely in Venice in time for a nice long walk on the beach and hot showers before dinner at the Crows Nest restaurant. The meal was superb! We had Grouper, Scallops, Lobster and Shrimp. We have had great meals at this restaurant and we highly recommend it to all. We headed out to the Gulf early on Sunday morning with strong winds holding 20 - 25 knots steady. Even though they were of good strength, the direction was not favorable for a trip back north to Long Boat Key, where we intended to spend the night at anchor. We sailed well out into the gulf hoping for a shift and maybe being able to get a good tack angle to sail to Long Boat Key. Well, it just did not happen. We ended up sailing back to Venice and tucking inside the barrier islands and following the Intercoastal Waterway (ICW) north to Sarasota and dropping anchor on the southeast side of Cortez bridge. It is a safe well protected anchorage with good holding on the bottom. We planned to be ready to leave early and pass through the Cortez draw bridge at the 6:40 AM opening. The published openings for the Cortez bridge are on the hour and every 20 minutes past the hour. I called for an opening and was informed that the opening schedule had been changed due to construction and the first opening would not be made until 9:30 AM that morning. We pulled anchor and headed for longboat key bridge which would allow us to pass on demand out into the Gulf of Mexico and we would sail north to the Tampa Bay entrance. The approach and pass at Longboat Key is a bit tricky and was additionally challenged by a strong current against us as we made the pass. We were pushed to the edge of the channel and we actually bumped the bottom a couple of times before we made it to deep safe water. Once again we had strong winds but they were right on the nose again! We did manage to get a couple hours under sail but we had to motor and motor sail most of the way back to the marina. It was a great time and all systems worked well and the captain and crew were well fed. We all pitched in and gave Mary Rose a good scrubbing before we headed to the showers and then to dinner. We dropped Paul and Mike at TPA and then the Admiral treated the Captain to a great concert by Celtic Thunder. We highly reccomend them and they have some great videos on utube. Take a look and enjoy there work! Be sure to check out all of the photos by clicking on the Photo Album button on the front page of the blog. All in all it was a very successful Sea Trial To Venice.............................Florida


Sistah Sistah!

Today was a great day! My sister Pat and her daughter Tammie came for a visit. They were in Melbourne, Fl for the week visiting a new grand/great grandson. Tammie's' son and wife are the proud new parents. I was thrilled to see them and grateful for their effort to make the long drive. We had a great lunch at the Chatterbox Grill in downtown St Petersburg. This little diner reminds us of the Dinner Bell in Kirkland, IL where we grew up. After lunch we went to the marina and had a nice long visit aboard Mary Rose. Many thanks to Pat and Tammie for making my day wonderful. Come back soon! You are a great Sistah, Sistah!


From The Pulpit!

We refitted Mary Rose with a new bow pulpit last week. You will notice in the before photos that Mary had a very short single rail pulpit on the nose of a very long bow sprit. There were safety concerns with the original pulpit for crew going forward. We decided to have a custom two rail bow pulpit built to increase safety at sea.

Remember the three rules?

1. Keep the water out.
2. Keep the people in the boat.
3. Don't hit any hard stuff around the edges.

This project clearly deals with rule #2. As with all boat projects, you can never do just one thing. There are so many systems, devices and structural components that are tied together that one involves many. So to say we refit Mary with a new bow pulpit is a gross understatement. With the refit we also replaced the old incandescent bow navigation lights with a really slick tiny LED. It will use only a fraction of the energy to light and it is a two mile light replacing a one mile light. We also had to alter the length of the stainless steal cable life lines that were replaced by the new extended pulpit. Since we had to pull the roller furler for the head sail, we had to tune the rig. While we had the old pulpit off we took the time to refinish the teak on the bow platform. She looks really snappy now and is a very safe boat for working the front deck at sea.

We are down to a very short list of remaining work.
1. Install a new boom gallow.
2. Install a new Stern tower to support wind generation, solar panels and radar.
3. Install wind generation.
4. Install solar panels.
5. Install charge controllers for solar and wind.

We will be leaving on our multi year extended cruise in 52 weeks.

Mike DeGeorge and his father will be here this weekend so we can give Mary an multi day sea trial to test the new systems.

We will all enjoy the view from the New Pulpit!

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One List is Complete!

Yet again, this post is long over due! We are happy to report that lots of good stuff has happened. We have also had do deal with a health issue for the Admiral. She had abdominal surgery for a minor preexisting condition with a successful outcome. She is doing well and should be back to a regular schedule next week.

The new fuel tank finally arrived and the time to prepare it for installation took about seven days. It is aluminum and I sanded and primed it with a special aluminum primer then a heavy coat of rubberized undercoating. After allowing a good amount of dry time, I brushed on two coats of machinery grade enamel and then two coats of white rustoleum. Of course there was at least 24 hours of dry time between each coat. I was beginning to think that the tank was going to be too big to fit with all the added coatings. However, it is important to make sure that NO moisture, especially salt water be allowed to reach the bare aluminum. It will cause corrosion and there is a high probability of electrolysis which will cause rapid decay of the aluminum tank.

It has become very evident that there is really never one item that gets fixed on a boat. The systems are so interdependent that many items must be removed, repaired or replaced to fix the primary item. In this case we had to remove the cockpit floor, hot water heater, leave the exhaust manifold off from the rebuild of the fuel injector pump and other items which left us basically stranded at the dock until the new tank was installed. Installing the tank was not an easy task in itself. There simply was not enough room to slip it into the space for which it was designed. Installation required cutting the fuel tank support shelf in half length wise and removing it. The piece of shelf was replaced with West System Epoxy after the tank was installed. It is now stronger than it was before the surgery. Much like the Admiral!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Removal of the cockpit floor also required the removal of the propane fuel system, the cockpit seat and seat brackets as well as the cockpit stereo speakers. Are you starting to see that it is virtually impossible to just fix one thing without involving many related and unrelated systems???? The main reason for this is because there is a high premium for space on a sailboat so everything is condensed and close together. However, I realized that if I cut the cockpit floor into two pieces, I would be able to remove the forward piece without having to remove the propane fuel system, the cockpit seat and seat brackets as well as the cockpit stereo speakers. Seemed like a good idea but I was apprehensive about the process and the potential for creating leaks. After agonizing too long, I decided that I would tackle the project and then be able to have easier and more frequent access to the engine compartment. This would most likely cause me to do more through and more frequent preventative maintenance that requires access through the cockpit floor.

So here is a list of all of the items and work performed recently.
-replaced closed system coolant pump
-replaced raw water cooling pump
-adjusted valves
-rebuilt fuel injectors
-rebuilt fuel injector pump
-replaced all fuel lines
-installed new fuel tank (port)
-installed new fuel vent through hull
-replaced engine fuel filter
-installed a new water filtration system
-installed a new vented wet exhaust loop
-replaced stuffing in stuffing box with dripless synthetic material
-installed a engine stop solenoid controlled from cockpit
-installed two new nylon/fiberglass reinforced scupper drains in cockpit
-re plumbed hot water heater
-modified cockpit floor into two pieces

Best of all.................One List is Complete!

The work to be completed on the engine is complete!

We now have a very short "A" list and there will always be a "B" list.

Yes I did a little dance in the cabin when I realized the the engine list was complete. PHEWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


Henry David Thoreau -1854 | The Simplification of Life | Sailing

Henry David Thoreau -1854
Conclusion #5

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Cap'n Don


Tropical Cyclone Tracking Site!

Big thanks to Ross and Terri Whiteside for the Cyclone tracking web site link. It is an exceptioanal site and has more info than you can imagine.
Check it out!

Click Here For Tropical Cyclone Tracking


Mary's Head Before & After

Now that the Galley is complete ... we couldn't leave the head undone... right?? We installed new cabinet tops. We sanded down the wood trim and walls.. Next we added a little stain and poly on all the wood ... primed and painted the walls. Moved position of faucet so we can open the cabinet door, installed new faucet. Sanded, primed and painted our wonderful floor... Added a few personal touches and VoilĂ  !!! Feelin like home!!

Enough Already!

Hi to all!! We hope this new post finds everyone healthy, happy and peaceful. As for us.. we continue to stay focused and work hard to prepare for our journey. I was preparing dinner one evening when something occurred to me ... not sure if any of you have noticed this as well but most of the work we have done to Mary recently has been mechanical as well as focusing on keeping the water out. Yes .. yes I understand the importance of it all.. but what about my moldy galley and poorly functional head?? Enough already I told the Capt one day... let's do something pretty for Mary!! The Capt being the understanding fellow he is... accommodated my request as we continue to wait for the new fuel tank to arrive. We went to a private cabinet maker here in St Pete, L & R Cabinets...Thanks Ron for all your wonderful help!! Ron just happened to have some scrap laminate that we loved. He sold it to us at a very reasonable price. We took him the measurements and he trimmed it for us as well as offered many helpful ideas for installing it. We then went to Lowe's in search of a back splash... we just couldn't find what we were looking for so back to Ron we went. He once again offered the perfect suggestion .. a laminated back splash with a beveled edge. Instillation went well without complications. Next we sanded and re-finished the wood around the sink. The final step was to do something with the cabinet top that covers the stove. Since day one we both agreed that it would be perfect to turn this into a chopping board.. so off to Bed Bath and Beyond. Where Capt Don just happened to find the perfect sized board on the clearance rack.. what are the chances!! WOW!! A updated galley at last!! Sure makes cooking meals much more pleasurable! Thanks Capt Don!!

Mary Rose Recieves Dialysis!

Yes it is true! This is a brief update on what we have been working on. If you have been following the blog for a while you will remember some of the major projects that we wished to complete this year before an extended cruise after this year's tropical storm season.

The short "A" list of projects that remain is:
1. A Two rail extended bow pulpit.
2. New stern enclosure that will accommodate solar and wind energy generation.
3. New reserve fuel tank installation.
4. Installation of solar and wind generation.

We have been very busy since our weekend shake down cruise a few weeks ago. This post will document the new fuel filtering system that in now completely installed and working. One of the malfunctions that occurred during our sea trial was the diesel injector pump. I noticed a small amount of diesel fuel on the top surface of the pump. I decided to remove it and take it in for repair. I am so glad we did. It needed to be completely rebuilt. The repairman was shocked that the engine was still running because the pump was in such poor condition. So we now have a new rebuilt injector pump and all four injectors were rebuilt as well. They have all been replaced but we have not started the engine because the manifold is still off waiting for the installation of the new fuel tank on the port side of the engine compartment.
Another new major modification is the addition of an electronic method of shutting down the engine from the cockpit. The previous method required us to go to the companion way and reach inside the galley and pull a "T" handle to shut down the engine. We can now do that with the push of a button from the cockpit. This modification required a bit of engineering and design. We installed a solenoid and built a bracket to mount it on the engine block. The next thing was to bend a threaded rod so that it snaked through the fuel injection lines to the shut off lever on the throttle control of the new injector pump. It works perfectly and can't wait to try it out on the next sail.
We also replaced the cabinet tops in the head and the galley. We will post on each of these projects with pics later.
Now on to the new fuel management system. The new system allows us to dialyze our fuel to make it free of contaminates and water. We can do this any time the engine is not running. One of the major problems with diesel fuel is that it builds contaminates over time while sitting in the tank. These contaminates generally settle to the bottom of the tank and sit there until you are in rough water and then get agitated and mixed with the fuel. These contaminates then clog your fuel filter and choke your engine off due to fuel starvation just when you need it the most. Then you have to head to the engine compartment and try to replace the clogged filter while the boat is pitching violently in rough seas. Not a good option and not necessary if you can prevent it. So this system is one of prevention. I also added a vacuum gauge to the filter so we will know when the filter is becoming clogged and change it before there is a problem.
So Mary Rose is in fact receiving Dialysis treatments


Fay Update

All is well! The storm turned northeast well south of us and we had very little rain and winds never topped 30 mph. It was a good exercise and gives us a good idea of how much time is required to secure our vessel for a storm up to a category II hurricane. Keeping a watchful eye on Fay as she could head back out to the Gulf of Mexico after crossing the northern part of Florida from east to west.

Watch for updates!


Tropical Storm Fay - Prepare, Wait and Watch

We have had several calls regarding Tropical Storm (TS) Fay. We are well and the main storm will pass well to the east of us. TS Fay will be a wind and rain event for us. We prepared Mary Rose for Category I hurricane force winds but it looks like the sustained winds will be well below those levels. Here is an abbreviated list of tasks performed as we prepared.

1. Remove stay sail and store below to reduce windage.
2. Securely wrap head sail and secure sheets.
3. Remove sunshade canvass to reduce windage.
4. Add extra dock lines in a "spider web" fashion to reduce and absorb shock from wind gusts.
5. Remove extra project tools and supplies from Marry Rose to prevent damage from them being tossed to the cabin sole.
6. Cover and duct tape air conditioner in forward hatch to help keep blowing rain out.
7. Place extra bumpers on dockside of Mary Rose to prevent damage should dock lines stretch and allow her to rub the dock.
8. Dog all hatches and port lights tightly to prevent water penetration.

This covers most of the major tasks as we prepared for this tropical storm.

There is a noticeable difference in tropical storm winds and winds of the same speed and direction from our regular weather system. Tropical storm winds seem heavier. They are moisture laden and they are sustained. Normal system wind velocity is more widely varied and tend to oscillate directionally. Tropical storm winds do have gusts but they do not dip to lower velocity levels. They are sustained and they slowly clock directionally from right to left when the eye of the storm are to the east.

Mary Rose is rocking pretty good right now and we are seeing sustained winds in the 15-20 mph range with gusts of 30-35. Certainly we have had much more severe wind conditions with passing squalls but these conditions will continue to increase over the next several hours and then slowly dissipate to normal conditions over the next 24-36 hours. Fay has slowed down considerably and will soon deposit several inches of rain. We are glad that we installed a new primary bilge pump and also a high output secondary bilge pump. These two pumps give us an output capacity of close to 5,000 gallons per hour. We also have a manual bilge pump in the event there is a 12 volt DC power failure. Both 12 volt DC pumps have visual and audible alarms which will give us an early indication if the water tight integrity of the boat is compromised in any way.

The most intense impact from this storm is on the east coast of Florida. The Admiral and I are very familiar with the east coast locations that are being reported on as we sailed the entire length of the east coast of Florida just 8 months ago. The Weather Channel is reporting from Lake Worth, Florida. We remember Lake Worth as it was perhaps the most beautiful and peaceful anchorage on our east coast trip. You would never get that impression from the images that the Weather Channel is showing.

The power of mother earth is remarkable and it is an awesome experience to witness the phenomena safely.

So check back for TS Fay updates as we Sit, Wait, and Watch. Just as the birds are doing in the photo.


My Hero...

Hello to all! The Capt and I were fortunate enough to have a few days off this past week-end. I'm sure no one will have a hard time figuring out what we did with our rare but very appreciated free time... WE WENT SAILING!! YEAH BABY!

We had a great 3 day sail down the coast of FL. A quick over view of our trip to follow in the next couple of posts:

Day One... Plan was to awaken early and get out of St Pete as quickly as possible so we could make our way to Punta Gorda in our guesstimate time of 13-14 hours. Well.... first we over slept..which may or may not have been planned :) We then had a leisurely breakfast and showers to find that we under estimated the amount of time it would take us to prepare Mary for the journey. We have learned.. slowly but surely how important it is to buckle down the hatches prior to sailing off. Capt. Don prepared the top side which included giving the deck a good swab down, securing any loose objects and removing the air conditioning. My job as Admiral..was to secure all items below deck. Clean the galley and prepare GPS for our adventure. Finally after 3 1/2 hours we are ready to shove off... so much for our early morning departure.

We were motoring out in the bay for just a short time when the engine alarm started to sound. Now since these alarms are new to us we are not accustom to the sounds of these alarms yet. We both hear the alarm... the Capt looks at me and yells, "turn down the squelch!" Ohhh OK! At last he realizes that was a big oops. With a bit of fine tuning to the alarm settings all was well and off we went again.

The day was beautiful..sunny, 88 degrees, fresh squid on ice for fishing and a nice 15-20 mph breeze. Ahh life is good!

Then at approx 1030am dark ominous clouds began building behind us. After careful observation we came to the conclusion they were moving away from us. Whewww! A short time later prior to crossing beneath the Sunshine Bridge we noted another set of building dark clouds ahead of us. It was obvious that our luck was about to run out. Within minutes the clouds formed into a black wall that engulfed the bridge. Now for those of you who have seen the Sunshine Bridge.. engulfing it is not a minor task. Visibility dropped to zero.. and here we were in the middle of a large shipping lane!! Mighty frightening not being able to see what is in front of you and hearing the reduced visibility horns on huge shipping freighters! Like a scene out a Steven Spielberg movie! Capt Don found his way to an area northeast of the Sunshine Bridge via out trusty GPS. This area is reserved for anchorage for ships carrying explosives. Luckily there were no ships at anchor... Huge fine for entering this area when there are ships at anchor. This area provided us refuge from the fast approaching storm. It provided an area large enough to circle in with adequate depths and a clear magenta line. As Capt Don guides Mary in graceful circles I head down below to verify that everything is buckled down .. I say a quick prayer, then assume my duties standing in the companion way to man the GPS. The wind began to increase in strength... 25 mph .. 30 mph..40 mph... Mary began to heel over slightly and continued to playfully dance through the choppy water... Yeah.. this is fun huh??!! Then the rain began... just a drizzle in the beginning, then a sprinkle, turning into a steady down pour.. at last ending with a gushing down pour as well as 50 mph winds that turned the rain into what felt like shot gun pellets beating the poor Capt into shreds! Times like this make me thankful to be but a mere Admiral. The winds topped out at 54 mph.. with approximately 3 inches of rain. Woohooo that was an experience... good experience, a challenging experience, a scary experience.. but all the same an experience that we will need to be comfortable in before we set off on our long distant sailing adventure. Mary handled very well in these gale forced winds.. she stood tall, maintained her integrity as she danced through the water. She eliminated any doubts in my mind if we would be safe sailing the high seas with her. The Capt as well stood strong showed no fear and made secure, unwavering decisions. I am blessed to have him as my Captain and instructor~~he is truly my hero.
The rest of the day was without incident... we sailed south till we came to Anna Marie Island. Here we dropped anchor and spent a beautiful evening relaxing and watching the sunset.. closing yet another day.
This anchorage is special to us.. this was our last anchorage during our original move from Amelia Island. That nite was a bitter sweet nite.. we knew the next day we would reach our final destination and Mary would be tied to a dock as we began the restoration process.. it was the end of our journey. This time was different... it symbolized the beginning of new journey... soon Mary will be free as we sail across the deep blue in search of whatever adventures will come our way.
The day closes peacefully... another marble out of the jar.. a new memory in our hearts.
Peace to all!


The aging of man!

If any of our readers have taken the time to wonder what the aging process can do to the appearance of a man simply look at the photo and scan from left to right. We start off looking good and end up acting great. It just takes time.

How To Age Gracefully!

100th Running Of The Chicago To Mackinac Race!

This weekend is a very big event at the Chicago Yacht Club. It marks the 100th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac web site (www.chicagoyachtclub.org/racetomackinac)

This has been a big event for us for the past nine years as this is the 10th consecutive year that my son, Shane, has been racing in this event.

I was fortunate to be able to join him a couple of years ago and then also be with him as we brought a racing yacht back to Chicago after the race. My very good friend, Mike DeGeorge and his son were also on the MacBack trip.

Shane's sector starts at 12:20 this Saturday afternoon. This will be a busy week for him as he prepares his gear, boat, crew and supplies for the race.

The boat is owned and captained by Clark Pellet of Chicago. The Admiral and I have had a great time sailing with Clark and his crew and they placed 2nd in the Mac race last year.

You can track Shane's progress this weekend as he will have a transponder on the boat. He will be sailing to Mackinac Island on Saturday-Monday July 18-20, 2008. The boat will be equipped with a transponder to illustrate real time location in juxtaposition to the fleet and other boats in our section. The section is the J105 section. Yacht: Sealark Sail Number: USA 349 Captain: Clark Pellett Type: J105

Click Here For Race Tracking

The crew of Mary Rose wish Blue Sky - Deep Water - Fair Winds to the race crew of Sealark!

Get plenty of rest this week - you will need it!

New Panel And More.

The "to do" list seemed to grow faster than we could get items crossed off. Well it finally seems as though the list is shrinking. We have made a final list of items that must be accomplished before we leave this fall for a 1 - 2 month extended sea trial in the Caribbean. The wiring is now complete. Recent improvements include, several new DC outlets (auto cigarette lighter style) so we can plug in chargers, a 12 volt trouble light and any thing else that need 12 volt dc power supply. I built a new engine gauge panel and installed new Murphy mechanical gauges for greater reliability. See Photo. New fans, for comfort, were installed in the v-berth and the galley. We can use the fan in the galley as a exhaust fan to get heat from cooking out of the cabin. A very handy engine compartment light was installed to help make inspections easier. I cleaned and painted the engine and completely re-wired the engine. See Photo. The new cabin lights are installed. They are really sweet. Each light has a high and low setting in both red and white. The red is a must for night sailing to keep from damaging your night vision ability.

The big items remaining are:

- new extended double rail pulpit

- new stern enclosure to support wind and solar energy generation

- security alarm

- new laminate on galley and head counters

- finish the wood and bright work on the cabin top and companionway

- install new potable water lines

- install new fuel take and revamp fuel supply system

This list will be completed by November to ensure a safe and comfortable sea trial and winter vacation. We will keep you posted on progress.

Well, the blogspot is not letting me upload photos right now so I will place the photos on later.