A busy week

It’s been a busy week. We have had some cold windy days followed by nice sunny days followed with more cold windy days. Work still has to be done. I’m content to lay around and read a book but Keith has never been one to let the grass grow under his feet.

So each day we get up and have our coffee and if we are fortunate enough to have wifi, we will check out the world news and see what’s going on in Facebook world.
Then it’s time to go for our walk and discuss our daily tasks. Mine are fairly easy. Cook, clean, do laundry, cook, clean, polish teak, cook again and set things up for the next day.

nice laundry facilities

nice laundry facilities

Keith has been working on electronics for the last 4 days. His job requires having the boat in disarray for oh, about 8 hours.  That’s 8 hours a day for the last  4 days. I guess I could be doing things like polishing the stainless steel outside but I’m not a big fan of cold and wind!  I did promise to do it when it wasn’t so windy. So I do things like bake and shop, fill the water tank and stay out of the way. None of those are hard things to do.

the joys of electrical work

the joys of electrical work

We tend to shop for a few days at a time. We are fortunate in that we have a farmers market next to the marina. Still I shop too often. I will be the first to admit I have a milk habit. Unfortunately it requires several trips to the store a week. Yes, I realize once we do set sail, I probably won’t have milk as often. I’ll just have to cross that bridge when it happens.
I am really over this wind though. With it, usually comes cold temperatures. The two together are enough to make me not want to be outdoors. We really need to get to somewhere warmer. Once we haul the boat out to have a thru hull repaired, fix the engine exhaust problem and figure out why our solar panels hate our VHF radio, we should be good to go.

installing the windlass

installing the windlass

doing some engine work

doing some engine work

The Great Exodus

We have been back on the boat for 12 days now. Just in time to see everyone leave. Okay, not everyone. But some of the folks we have gotten to know and like. Like http://catamarangrace.blogspot.com. George and Doris have become great friends.

For the last few days, we have watched several boats leave the marina for good. Sometimes as many as three boats a day will leave. You know where they are going. They are going south. Where it is warmer and the water is blue.
It’s an odd emotion watching them leave. One of jealousy and sadness. Jealous in that we aren’t going too and sadness in that they are leaving us. But we aren’t ready yet. We knew that it would be pushing it to be able to leave this soon. We are still getting the boat ready to make the long voyage. That means getting the engine running good, repairing the sails, learning how to provision for a week, or several weeks at a time. Not to mention, we are still outfitting the boat to meet our needs and make better use of what we have. I’m guessing our families will be happy to know we are purchasing safety equipment as well. Things that, heaven forbid, we should have a man overboard, will have the proper life vests that send out  a beacon to find our poor souls.
Since we have basically decided to stay put until the first of the year, we have decided to do some navigational studies and learn more than we know now.  We know nothing about reading actual charts. We could rely on GPS alone, but that could be dangerous if our GPS failed us or lost power. And there’s this little thing about weather!  Actually there is a lot to learn about weather. I’m convinced most sailors could be meteorologists.

The good thing about staying put, is that we hope to take small, (not to us) trips to Cumberland island or st. Mary’s and get a feel for anchoring and living off of solar panels. One thing we really need to do is figure out how to reduce our trash outflow. There will be times when we can’t empty our trash for several days. Or even a week or more. I have grown accustomed to being able to take 2-3 walmart bags of trash up to the trash can everyday!
Sometimes when I think of all there is still yet to learn, I get overwhelmed. Keith and I are hands on learners. I’m guessing it’s going to take just getting out there and doing it, to learn.  Unfortunately that means learning what not to do as well.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, baby steps. We are still living our dream and if it takes a while to do the things we want, then so be it. We made the first step and the rest will follow in good time.

Words I never thought I’d hear

Being back home and away from the boat had its advantages. It allowed us to visit parents, siblings, friends and our kids.
We got to do some hiking with our kids as well. I love spending time with the kids. And look forward to christmas when Daniel and Kayleigh get to come home from Alaska for two weeks.
One thing we got to do several times was to have dinner with the kids and have them do the cooking. They are all good cooks and I’d like to say they got it from me, but I’m smart enough to know that’s not true. Ok, I did teach them how to make the best cheese eggs!
One thing I find crazy is our daughters quest for new recipes. That in itself is not crazy. The crazy part is that most of these foods she would have turned her nose up if I had served them when they were younger.  She uses seasoned garbanzo beans instead of ground beef in her tacos. (Who is this girl, and what have you  done with my daughter?) The other day she made dinner and served spaghetti squash. Something I never fixed. She actually told me I didn’t have to eat it if I didn’t like it. How funny to hear those words from one of your own kids. That was always my comment. Well, I did eat it and it was very good.  I’m just glad she didn’t fix cauliflower. It’s like she moved out of our home and started cooking things I never would have dreamed of cooking. I’m proud of her. I’m proud of all of them. My boys can fix their share of dinners. I like it when they cook for us. It’s nice to sit back and watch them cook and realize that we did a pretty good job as parents.

Christa and Taylor cooking dinner

Christa and Taylor cooking dinner

So now we are back at the boat, trying to figure out where to put everything. Its time to get creative with our recipes as well.  Having a much smaller oven than I am used to is a challenge.  Picture no microwave oven and no crock pot. I can still make biscuits and pretty much everything we are used to cooking. Just in smaller quantities.  Thank goodness for all the boating blogs out there that share cooking ideas. I wonder if I can get my kids to come cook for me on the boat……

homemade biscuits

homemade biscuits on the boat