Tuesday, March 25, 2014

I’m starting a new Occupation!

A ‘Dream Job’!

I’m going to be a Riverboat Pilot, maybe even the Captain!


I have my license….


when should I pick you up in my riverboat?

My girlfriend, Kim at Snug Harbor found these at an Estate Sale and she shared with me, and sent me ONE! (this is her pic of all three)


What a surprise to get a big package in the mail and find out she and I (and Chablis, too) are all Riverboat Pilots now! heehee!

Watch out!

The waters will never be safe again.


“Riverboat pilots, particularly on major rivers like the Mississippi, were the most respected people on a riverboat's bridge because their ability to "read" the river as it shifted its course from one minute to the next kept the riverboat from running into something that was going to, in their words, "kill" the boat.  When a pilot took a riverboat down the Mississippi, say from Vicksburg to New Orleans, he would encounter a set of obstacles.  Conditions on the river shifted so much, though, that when he reversed his course and went up the river, by that time he was presented with a whole new set of obstacles that he had to steer around.” source


I’m planning to hang it on the wall but I’m enjoying it on a bookshelf now.


Thanks Kim and Chablis!


Montanagirl said...

Fun post! There's that Waterlogue feature again. I was all set to order an iPad, and day before yesterday my clothes washer crashed. New one is coming this afternoon or tomorrow morning. Oh well.

Kathy said...

What a fun find! We have river pilots here that get on the big container ships at the mouth of the Columbia River and bring them up river to port and then back out again. I have seen some documentaries on it and it is quite a harrowing job. There are some women river pilots, too.

Tina said...

Oh, how fun is that and to recieve it as a gift is even better!
Have a great day,

Cranberry Morning said...

Haha! What fun, Diane! We're all going to be flocking to your place so you can take us on a ride down the river. or up the river. :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Diane! Or should I say, Captain Diane? :) How fun and wasn't that so nice of Kim to send you one. I'm a little jealous seeing your watercolors. I downloaded that app and it wouldn't work for me. Then I found out it was only for Apple products! Shoot!
Be a sweetie,

cucki said...

Aww so much fun dear captain :)
Sweet hugs xxx

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a fun piece to have!

PatC - All is Bright said...

Wow, learned something new about the riverpilots. Sounds like fun though. What a sweet friend, but then you have thousands of sweet friends. You bring out the best in so many of us.

Sweet hugs!

Vee said...

Oh we laughed reading your comment this morning and now we know the rest of the story. Perhaps we should start calling you Diane Twain!

Stephanie said...

How fun, sweet friend :) You can pick me up anytime and we shall sail the river!

Hugs to you, Diane!

Wendy @ Ravenwood Whimzies said...

Hehe - I'll be right down...I could use a nice, restful ride on a riverboat!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

I'm so glad you enjoyed your surprise gift. Now you need a cute little riverboat captains hat! xo

Susie said...

Aye, aye, captain. What a sweet gift. I wonder about the licenses of people piloting any water craft now...too many oil spills. Enjoy your day, xoxo,Susie

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a fun gift! I'll be your co-pilot and what fun we will have!

valerietilsten59.blogspot.com said...

Salute to you Captain Lavender Dreamer):-
such fun.
I like it on your bookshelf.
Lots of talking will be going on during your summer nights entertaining.
You will have to think up some stories.
nice post.
val xxx

Jeanne said...

What a neat gift. There is so much history and lore on the Mississippi.

Lorrie said...

Aye, aye, Capt Diane! What a fun piece of history to own. You could offer riverboat cruises to your blogging friends all over the world!

Lady Linda said...

Such a nice gift from your friend! Don't you just love to get something in the mail, eps a surprise! i like your friend's comment about riverboat cruises for your friends!
Have a good week,

TexWisGirl said...

how very cool. :)

Linda H said...

I'll be ready for pickup whenever you say you'll be here. I'm packing now... Can you be here before our next storm hits (tomorrow)?

Ariadne said...

Ay ay Captain!AriadnefromGreece!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

What a fun job ... I'll expct you to be here picking me up as soon as the ice is out of the lake :)

Vintage Gal said...

What a great piece~ you'll have to travel a long way up the Detroit River to come and pick me up ;-)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

What a fun gift! Okay, Captain, just cruise on up the Mississippi to St. Louis and I'll buzz down the interstate and hop on board! Wouldn't that be fun, a blogger's cruise?

Unknown said...

Let me know when the boat leaves, I'm ready to travevl.

Heather said...

I agree! Blogger Cruises! Love it! This is so cool! Love it! Love the frames on them as well. Lovely wood!

Take care!
Love and Hugs!

Celestina Marie said...

Hello Captain Diane!! What a fun post. How wonderful to be gifted with this wonderful piece. It does look great in your bookcase.
I'll meet you at the Mississippi river as you travel by to pick me up!! LOL
See you soon, still in central Texas but will be back shortly.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

How awesome, Diane! That is a neat treasure. I'd love to be a riverboat captain:). Twyla

September Violets said...

Ok, so once you get your riverboat out to the Atlantic, turn north and I'm connected to waterways all the way from the St. Lawrence River ... shall we say 6:00 next Tuesday? ;) Very cool find, and very nice of your friend to pass one along to you. Wendy x

Neesie said...

ALL ABOARD! Just one question...will I need my sea legs before we set sail? ;D
What a giggle Diane and such a wonderful find.

Pamela Gordon said...

Congratulations Diane! LOL That is pretty fun to have.

Olive said...

Cool gift. My SIL has an old stock on her wall that was once worth a lot of money but sadly is worthless. Thanks for the visit. I have been away as i said. I will have a normal month soon-I can hope. xo, olive

Buttercup said...

This looks great. I'm not much for steering so I will gladly join you on your cruise. Wouldn't that be fun!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I am not a water person..never have been. I like to look at it from afar..and that's about it so I would never make a Riverboat Captain..
So nice of the ladies to share... :)

NanaDiana said...

What a really neat piece to own, Diane. You have some great friends!!!! xo Diana

camp and cottage living said...

Well aren't you the smartie!
I was raised on the shores of the Mississippi River. My Dad was a commercial fisherman there. I have ridden on the Riverboats before, so I know just how hard your job is Diane!! :>)

cynthia lee designs said...

Captain Diane...I'm so ready to go on a trip down the river. What a wonderful surprise to get in the mail!!

Musings from Kim K. said...

I've always said you have the best adventures. Now, I really believe it!