Taking time off to work

Taking time off to work. Now that’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one. But it’s really happening. We had a busy summer. We took a road trip, rode out a tropical storm on the boat, evacuated the boat for a hurricane, and endured a broken finger. Now it’s time to  take this season off of sailing to stay in one place and work.

getting the boat ready for hurricane Matthew

getting the boat ready for hurricane Matthew

As you already know, we took an impromptu road trip that lasted about 8 days. After that, we prepared ourselves for tropical storm Hermine. We removed all the canvas from the boat, and got her as ready as possible for come what may. Fortunately it never turned into a hurricane. We sustained some high winds, but overall it wasn’t too bad. Not long after that, we learned of a hurricane headed our way. Once again, we removed the canvas from the boat and did everything we could to secure the boat. We had plans of staying off the boat for this storm. All was going well, but just before the storm hit, Keith had an accident with an angle grinder. The backing plate flew off when he started it up, and cut his finger, breaking the bone in the process.  We spent 5 hours in the emergency room getting it stitched and splinted with instructions to follow up for surgery. Unfortunately we would be evacuated from the east coast before that would take place.  We, along with the rest of the southern  east coast, drove until we found a hotel with a vacancy. For us, that ended up being Callaway Gardens.  It wasn’t the most relaxing for us. We were worried about the boat, and concerned about Keiths impending surgery.

Fast forward 4 weeks. The boat did not suffer any damage during the hurricane. That was such a huge relief. Keith has had his surgery and still sports 2 wires sticking out of his finger and a splint that goes from his forearm to his fingertips. When it is all said and done, he will have had his hand in a splint for 8 weeks. To say he is frustrated would be an understatement.

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remnants of hurricane Matthew.

remnants of hurricane Matthew.

post surgery

post surgery

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Hurricane season is now over. But we aren’t heading south. We decided this summer that we would both get jobs and work as much as we could. That means sitting the season out. We will work up until october of next year and save up as much as we can.  Once Keith gets his splint off and can use his hand, we will be able to work on boat projects again. I’m not sure what the next year will hold for us, but we will work towards our goal of getting to sail next year. As for being here for the next year, Jekyll Island is a great place to be. Life is still good.

………..A great big thanks goes out to our son Taylor for getting my blog back up and running after I let it expire and lost everything. He did all the leg work for me to get it back up and running. I thought I had lost 3 years worth of blogging. What a relief it is to have it back!