Friday, July 31, 2009

Million Dollar View....well not quite.

I was walking down the dock on my way to work today, and as usual, the sunrise was glorious. Every day I say I should take a picture so today I decided to go back and get my camera. Before I went below to grab my camera I sat my purse on the seat in the cockpit and placed my cell phone on top of it.

With my camera in my hand and purse over my shoulder I stepped off the boat and onto the dock. That's when I heard the PLUNK!

This is the picture that cost me my cell phone.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

I love my new home.

At 5am the alarm goes off and Harley and I set into motion. Just like any other work day, we shower, get dressed, and head out. What we are finding though, is that we can do it all a lot faster now. I couldn’t figure it out at first but I am now convinced that it’s because we are not wasting time running all over the house. For example: the kitchen, bathroom, living room, bed room, and closet, are all within arm's reach or at the very most three steps away.

I love it! It’s like living in a comfortable cocoon. There is still a lot of organizing to be done but we are getting there. There is extra stuff that we don’t need as well. We packed far more clothes than we need for one thing and I think we counted 14 coffee mugs and 12 wine glasses. The microwave and T.V. are going to be tossed out as soon as we cast off as well.

Today we are working on small projects; I’m putting some non-skid tape on the steps and cleaning the cockpit, and Harley is modifying the anchor locker so we can hang two anchors off the bow.

The countdown is on now. All going well, we will be off the dock by August 20th.

Can’t wait!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

It's official. We are now boat people.

Life has been absolutely insane lately but, like every other hectic time in our lives, we handled it better than we thought we could.

On July 1st we met with a very nice couple who were interested in renting our house. After a few minutes of us telling them what our plan was, and them telling us their story, we knew this was going to be an arrangement that works for everyone involved. We couldn't be happier with Frank and Lisa and look forward to a pleasant landlord/tenant relationship. Again, luck is shining on us.

The last 10 days have been spent packing up our house. Now, to most this would seem like plenty of time but don't forget Harley and I work full-time. We didn't miss one minute of work. The biggest challenge was trying to fit everything we had into a little room that Harley had made in the basement. As it turned out, we had to leave some of our furniture behind for Frank and Lisa to take care of. Luckily they were o.k. with this. Another challenge was trying to figure out what we needed to take to the boat. I especially found it difficult figuring out what clothes to bring. After all the stuff we jammed into it, it's a wonder the boat still floats.

Dropping Rocky off at his new home was particularly hard as well. Luckily we have a lovely lady (Jeannette)taking care of him for the year. She seemed quite excited about having him, which makes me very happy. We delivered him yesterday and we have already had an update today.

Did I mention how lucky we are?

Yesterday we spent our first of many nights on the boat and we are now so pumped we can't stand it. We still have to work for another month but that's o.k. This way we should be well organized by the time we leave. Right now you should see the mess we are in. It's now time to get creative as we try to find places for all our stuff.

Tomorrow I will start to takle that. Right now I think I'm going to crack open a beer and put my feet up.