The Adjustable Rate Mortgage

My 3/1 ARM adjusted for the first time.  Yes, I am still going to try and get a loan mod so I can get this monster fixed, but the news for this year is very good.

My rate adjusted down 1.75%.  It will stay at it’s new lower rate for the next year, and it will save me $375 per month.  I’m thrilled!

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One in a Million!

I have never seen anyone as loving, tender, sensitive, tough, strong, hard wording, or sweet as my mother.  She puts up with my bad behavior more than she should.  I am still her little boy; I know that.  Ask Marcela, I guess I never grew up.  I am Marcela’s boy too!  🙂

Mother, I love you so much.  Thank you for loving me and being the absolute best mom in the whole world.  There is no way I could have asked for a better example of how to care for others.  Sometimes I think you put too many people ahead of yourself.  I wish you would be a little bit selfish every once and a while and do your thing.  But you insist on putting your own needs and desires aside to care for others.  Without a doubt, you are one in a million.

I will be on shift this weekend, so I will miss spending Mother’s Day with you for the second year in a row.  Sorry for that.  Be blessed in all you do and have a special Mother’s Day.

-Mom “What am I going to do with you?”

-Little boy Phillip “Keep me!”

Blue Ridge Parkway

Mom and Phil at the Blue Ridge Parkway

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Pulled Pork Sammich

Here’s an easy recipe if you like shredded pork BBQ sandwiches like I do. I just made it this week. BTW, I love crock pots!

Take a large crock pot, put a layer of onions on the bottom, place a whole pork shoulder on top, cover with another layer of onions. Add some salt, pepper, about 1 cup of white vinegar, and a couple cups of water. Place the lid and cook on low/medium for about 10-12 hours. After cooking before completely cooling, remove the broth (it’s probably great for cooking greens or beans), discarding the onions and fat. Remove all the skin and fat from the pork, the meat should fall off the bones. The skin can actually be fried up a little crispy if you like to chop it up into your meat. The pork will easily shred with two forks.

In a sauce pan, I mixed a few cups of apple cider vinegar, about 1/4 cup or less of lemon juice, some minced onion, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and sugar to taste. Make it as sweet as you want, and simmer it for a fe minutes to get the pepper flakes and sugar infused well.

Put some of the shredded pork in a frying pan with just a little oil, salt and pepper, and a little of the vinegar dressing to moisten, and fry it up nice and hot, browning it just a little. Pile it on a hoagie roll, or onion roll, or your favorite sandwich roll and you can add some more of the vinegar BBQ dressing, or some traditional BBQ sauce if you like.

Let me tell you, this makes some of the cheapest, easiest, and tastiest BBQ pulled pork sandiches I have ever had. You can freeze the leftovers too.

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Kayaking in North Key Largo

Here’s a brief report of my Friday activities:

I met Dave V and family at Jack’s down in Florida City on US 1 at 10 AM and we headed down Card Sound Road, made for Key Largo and swung into the old ramp just beside Garden Cove. We put in one kayak (for me) and a large tunnel hull canoe for Dave, his wife, and two little ones around 10:30. It was very breezy out, so the waves were a little on the choppy side. Dave hooked up a 45 lbs thrust trolling motor to his canoe, and tied mine to the back and dragged me across the channel, then we abandoned our plans to head to the barge and beach due to the rough weather. But we did stay in the creeks and flats protected from the wind by the mangroves and it was very pleasant. I made sure to lather up with SPF 35 waterproof sun block so I wouldn’t fry. Inside the creeks we saw lots of mangrove snapper, a few very big snook, and even a black stingray with white spots. At one point, Dave tied off on some of the mangroves and went for a swim in the surprisingly cool water. I let him use my snorkel gear since I wasn’t going in and in the course of exploration he located a honey hole of a lobster spot. According to Dave, the ledges were jam packed with lobster of all sizes. I believe him because he dove down and came up with a lobster in his bare hands. He also reported seeing a French Angelfish and plenty of tropicals. After all that, we headed to the grass flats and tied off the canoe and kayak while we ate lunch. Dave also showed me that the upside down jellyfish all over the grass flats are almost completely harmless. Just about the only way their stinging cells can effect you is if the are left on your most sensitive skin, like the inside of your are or your neck. I actually handled a big one with absolutely no problem. I’ll post the video later.

As the tide continued to go out, we almost got stuck in the grass/sand flats when they actually were out of the water. We cleared the flats and made our way back to shore and headed for home around 3 PM. When I got home, I realized that the sun had burned a stripe on both of my knees where I missed putting on the sun block.

Overall, it was a beautiful day, though a little windy and we had an excellent time. Friday night, the plan is to go back for a little night excursion to do some fishing. We shall see how that goes.

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Wednesday Quotable

The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

-Poet William James

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I quit blogging!

I quit blogging every day, that is. The truth is that it got to the point where it was more of a responsibility to make sure I had a blog entry every day than it was originally. I am going to continue blogging, but not every day. Being away and unable to make a daily entry let me realize that it’s not that big a deal if I don’t blog. Maybe I’ll take Kelly’s advice and post more pictures on my blog than I do. TTFN!

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Bus drivers in Cayman Islands also provide entertainment!

While we were in the Cayman Islands on the way to snorkel the barrier reef, our bus driver showed us how talented he was.  Safety first!  LOL

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