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Old 01-12-2014, 01:47 AM   #31
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These look very good! I'm glad you have seen the merit in this. Has anyone else thought of a name for the book besides Cat?

I like "DC On The Black Sea" myself.

Thank you!

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So do I. DC has a lot of international members. So DC and Black Sea are very international together.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:27 AM   #32
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That will work, unless we get some other ideas.

They've got the hull onto the barge. A cable snapped during the transfer, but the others held and she is fine. She's anchored down with heavy chains to the barge, and she will begin her journey home to her new life tomorrow.

The old Catina will live on in several other boats also, so she will sail on for a long, long time! This is wonderful! It's as if I get many Catinas now!

I wish I could be there to see this! Uckk, I'm stuck on land!

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Old 01-14-2014, 12:16 AM   #33
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She has gone nearly 5 miles today! There have been no mishaps and everything is fine. It's just going to be extremely slow and of course, we're always at the mercy of the weather.

The tugs pushing the barge have to make a stop in about 3 hours to fill their tanks, but that won't take long. And on she goes! The ice isn't too bad, and they are getting through it very well but again, very slowly.

I spoke with Papa tonight, and he's so happy! He's tired, for he had much to do today with the list I sent him of things to be given away of Catina. He misses me! And I miss him too.

So far, this is going very well!

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This project is moving along very smoothly for you. I'll say a little prayer that it continues that way.

When you mentioned the storm that you had to pilot the boat through, it reminded me of how quick the weather can change on a lake or sea. The water depth is so much shallower than if the boat were out at deep seas, and that makes such a big difference. You did a great job keeping her and her men safe.

Another vote for "DC on the Black Sea". Then again, I'm a sucker for rhymes.

Finally, my recipe contribution. I might come up with more, but this meal is cheap, filling, and nutritious. My Mom played with all kinds of variations of Ham and Bean Soup and this is the delight that we've made for years.

Mom's Ham and Bean Soup recipe

Best use for a ham bone I've ever known! And the ingredients are either cured (ham, bacon), canned (tomatoes), dry (beans), or root veggies (potato, carrots). Since the recipe was made to accomodate 5-6 hungry tummies you'll need to do the math to make sure it feeds dozens of ravenous men.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:24 AM   #35
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Cat, I can vouch for the Ham and Bean Soup. It is a delicious, stick to your ribs, hearty meal in a bowl that seamen can appreciate. And so easy to make. Served with a hearty dark bread such as pumpernickel and you will have one happy crew doing a happy dance. Just make sure that enough is made for all the shifts to be able to get at least two bowls of it. Or they may just mutiny!
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This project is moving along very smoothly for you. I'll say a little prayer that it continues that way.

When you mentioned the storm that you had to pilot the boat through, it reminded me of how quick the weather can change on a lake or sea. The water depth is so much shallower than if the boat were out at deep seas, and that makes such a big difference. You did a great job keeping her and her men safe.

Another vote for "DC on the Black Sea". Then again, I'm a sucker for rhymes.

Finally, my recipe contribution. I might come up with more, but this meal is cheap, filling, and nutritious. My Mom played with all kinds of variations of Ham and Bean Soup and this is the delight that we've made for years.

Mom's Ham and Bean Soup recipe

Best use for a ham bone I've ever known! And the ingredients are either cured (ham, bacon), canned (tomatoes), dry (beans), or root veggies (potato, carrots). Since the recipe was made to accomodate 5-6 hungry tummies you'll need to do the math to make sure it feeds dozens of ravenous men.
You're correct about how these storms flash in so quickly. When I was 10, I think, one came up so fast Papa barely had time to yell for to secure the deck and get below and put on the suits. Luckily the nets were on board, and a wave crashed through the side window of the wheelhouse, shorting everything electric out except the lights and the radio.

It was at night. Papa ordered me below but I refused. I did put on my survival suit but I stayed with Papa and manned the radio. He went to the sextant and pushed her as fast as she could go to the nearest harbor away from the storm. We made it with only a broken window, but the harbor he was headed to was Sokhumi, Georgia, where they were having a civil war!

The harbor master confiscated Catina's papers, and armed troops came aboard for an inspection. We stayed in the wheelhouse watching this, and then the leader of them came up and spoke to Papa. Papa was so calm and answered all his questions quietly. Then the leader gave the papers to Papa and told the armed men to allow us to dock for repairs.

It took all day to replace the window and some armed men stayed aboard Catina, watching us. But they were very nice and treated us very respectfully. The Gizzi cooked extra meals for them, and they seemed to be very grateful. One of the armed men liked our cats and he was the one who stayed in the wheelhouse watching Papa and me. He played with them!

When we received the clearance for departure, all the armed men shook hands with us and wished us well. One told Papa, "Get out of here as fast as you can, sir. Go with God." The one in the wheelhouse gave me a kiss on top of my head when he left, and told me I was very brave. I was! I didn't cry or panic on the outside, but inside I was terrified. I felt very shaky and scared.

When we reached Constanta about 5 weeks later after the season, Papa took me for lunch at a nice restaurant and we talked about the search and what all had happened. He explained about governments and peoples' rights and all those things I didn't understand. Then he took me shopping and bought me a pretty dress, some candy, and some stationery with kittens on the papers!

Oh I'm talking too much again!

I think that ham and bean soup is perfect! Thank you! I've copied it already along with the others. The cuisine aboard the new Catina will be wonderful! These will make them very happy.

With love,
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Old 01-14-2014, 03:55 PM   #37
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You're correct about how these storms flash in so quickly. When I was 10, I think, one came up so fast Papa barely had time to yell for to secure the deck and get below and put on the suits. Luckily the nets were on board, and a wave crashed through the side window of the wheelhouse, shorting everything electric out except the lights and the radio.

It was at night. Papa ordered me below but I refused. I did put on my survival suit but I stayed with Papa and manned the radio. He went to the sextant and pushed her as fast as she could go to the nearest harbor away from the storm. We made it with only a broken window, but the harbor he was headed to was Sokhumi, Georgia, where they were having a civil war!

The harbor master confiscated Catina's papers, and armed troops came aboard for an inspection. We stayed in the wheelhouse watching this, and then the leader of them came up and spoke to Papa. Papa was so calm and answered all his questions quietly. Then the leader gave the papers to Papa and told the armed men to allow us to dock for repairs.

It took all day to replace the window and some armed men stayed aboard Catina, watching us. But they were very nice and treated us very respectfully. The Gizzi cooked extra meals for them, and they seemed to be very grateful. One of the armed men liked our cats and he was the one who stayed in the wheelhouse watching Papa and me. He played with them!

When we received the clearance for departure, all the armed men shook hands with us and wished us well. One told Papa, "Get out of here as fast as you can, sir. Go with God." The one in the wheelhouse gave me a kiss on top of my head when he left, and told me I was very brave. I was! I didn't cry or panic on the outside, but inside I was terrified. I felt very shaky and scared.

When we reached Constanta about 5 weeks later after the season, Papa took me for lunch at a nice restaurant and we talked about the search and what all had happened. He explained about governments and peoples' rights and all those things I didn't understand. Then he took me shopping and bought me a pretty dress, some candy, and some stationery with kittens on the papers!

Oh I'm talking too much again!

I think that ham and bean soup is perfect! Thank you! I've copied it already along with the others. The cuisine aboard the new Catina will be wonderful! These will make them very happy.

With love,
~Cat
She left out part of that experience. I was in Constanta with my younger sister and her kids visiting, when we heard on the news a fishing boat had been taken by the rebel forces in Georgia. The footage was fuzzy, but it was definitely Catina. My brother called a moment later, but we couldn't get in touch with Catina. The whole family, all our friends, and the fishing fleet waited for 36 hours holding our breath and praying.

Finally I got a call from the harbor master, saying he had released Catina and all hands were well and on their way home. When Catina was farther out to sea, PapaCat called on the ship to shore radio and told us they were fine and were going to resume fishing. He had asked the harbor master to call me, for he knew we would be worried.

When Catina put in, she was escorted by five other fishing vessels. Cat was the first one down the gangplank, clutching her huge stuffed cat, and the other boats set off their horns and rang their bells. I grabbed her off the last step and held her so tightly, bawling my eyes out. To hell with bravery and poise. Then the crew followed, and there was such joy and relief. The crew's families were there waiting also, so you can imagine the hugs and tears.

PapaCat came down last. For a moment there was silence, utter silence, as he walked down, and as soon as he stepped onto the dock, all the horns and bells started again, and there was applause everywhere. They received a hero's welcome, and richly deserved it was!

I like this recipe, too. I think it's perfect!

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Any other recipes please for this?

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Old 01-16-2014, 09:52 AM   #39
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I thought I had posted this before, but I couldn't find it. I hope its not duplicated

German Potato and Sausage Soup

I had this soup in Potsdam, Germany, when DH and I were visiting three of our former German exchange students, so it has special memories for me. I was so tired from traveling and the time change, and so excited to see them, and this soup really hit the spot.
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Here's one!

Rosemary Chicken and White Beans
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