Where the Heck Have I Been?
Well, it's official. We bought a new boat. We moved into a new boat. We're cleaning the new boat, and cleaning, and cleaning... It seems to be a never ending job and right now it's a bit overwhelming. How does this make it "our" boat? I peed in the toilet and now it's mine! Isn't that what cats do when they mark their territory? They pee on something! So, I did.
You probably thought I sailed off the edge of the earth. Not quite, so let me tell you a little bit about what I've been doing with all my spare time!I should be ecstatic and doing the happy dance, but I got to tell ya, it's got me shaking in my flip-flops!
Although not brand new, LADYHAWK - a 38 foot Irwin center cockpit sailboat - is new to us and at 40 feet overall with the bowsprit, is like a Pirate Ship in comparison to our little NIRVANA! Remember "Captain Ron" with Kurt Russell and Martin Short? Rent it sometime and think of us! Gorgeous wood trim and solid louvered doors. Lots of wood. Did I say lots?
There's so much to do and fix and make it homey. John is fine with the way it is, but I like a little comfort, a touch of home. I don't want to feel like I'm camping like we did for 4 years in NIRVANA. He hung up a couple strands of rope lights around the master stateroom and now it looks awesome! Yes! We have 2 staterooms and we can have company again! Hey! I turned the faucet on and HOT water came out of it! Buckets and buckets of the HOT stuff! You really have no idea how happy this makes me! OH, and a SQUARE bed too! My LLBean sheets finally fit after all those years of a V-shape! I have walls to hang family photos on, not just a calendar.
Two Heads, No Waiting!
I have 2 toilets (heads)! No waiting! There's a table that can stay down all day and night now. We don't have to fold it up when John goes to bed anymore. Counter space galore! The stove has 3 burners and not just 2. HOWEVER, it's not a brand new shiny Easy-Bake-Oven like I had with electric pilot lights. I have to turn the gas on each time and light the burners with a match or a torch. Plus, we found out the oven doesn't work. YIKES! I NEED the oven to do my job! So, after I post this, I'll be heading to Newport to buy a new thermocoupler and John will install it tonight. Then I can get back to baking and cooking!
Three Burners so I Can Cook More!
A Bigger Oven so I Can Bake More!
After years of saying we needed a bigger boat, I'm sad. I cried the other night as I moved the rest of my belongings out of NIRVANA. Literally cried like a baby and then fell asleep in the V-Berth with a wet tear-stain around my face. No one was there, the boat was empty and I dozed off. I'm not sure what the problem is, whether it's that I'm so emotionally attached to that teeny boat that we lovingly took care of for 4 years or that we are so totally exhausted from trying to clean 2 boats and move from one to the other.
All I know, is that I feel like we've let down our best friend. Like a faithful dog or a child. We betrayed her and now we're passing her off to who-knows-who. Hopefully someone that will love her as much as we did. Someone that will enjoy the custom cabinetry my son-in-law built, the curtains my daughter and I made together and my Easy-Bake-Oven. John is gonna have a hard time too, but he won't admit it. He just spent the past week cleaning and painting NIRVANA'S bottom, waxing and buffing her hull and dressing her up like the new gal at the dance. He's after me to list the ad in the paper, online, anywhere. But I can't bring myself to do it. One thing's for sure...we can't have TWO boats!
Forgive Me For Not Writing!
So, that's what I've been up to for the past 2 weeks. I don't have a working oven at the time and I've been too busy to post about much of anything. I've missed two Tuesdays With Dorie projects and countless other things. Forgive me for being so lax in my writing. There is hope and light at the end of the tunnel. John will fix my oven and I can back to some normalcy with my cooking, baking, pictures and writing about it all. Thank you all so very much for sticking with me through this. I promise you more photos as things get put away and it looks like a real yacht instead of a storage unit!