Friday, November 24, 2017

Giving Thanks

This year I am once again thankful for a family that can just go with the flow! We had planned to enjoy our four days off of work and school on the hook in Chesapeake Bay, but a quick check of systems Wednesday night left us scratching our heads over a hydronic heater that just wasn’t kicking on. We haven’t used it in a few years, and with lows around freezing at night we need it at anchor. Time for...

Plan B! How about Thanksgiving at the dock? We started the day with fresh, hot donuts from The Country Bakery in Deale, MD (if you stop in Herring Bay, definitely worth getting a ride to see these guys!) and lazily cooked, played video games, and watched football. Somewhere in there Frank found the misaligned valve in the hydronic system and topped off its fluids.

Cooking a big meal on the boat is always an adventure and this year didn’t disappoint! My little turkey breast was still too big for our oven, so I shifted to the pressure cooker. I used essential oils in place of some fresh ingredients (and got amazing flavor!), and even with only two burners I managed to bust out a decent traditional feast—turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, deviled eggs, and gravy! I made my own for the first time!

One of my helpers!
DoTerra Wild Orange in the cranberries!
DoTerra Rosemary for the herbed butter
Darn thing barely fit in the pressure cooker!
Using my 2 burners to keep 3 pots warm.
The boy made the eggs!
The happy (hungry) crew!
Ta da!

We ended the night with a movie, Star Wars Episode 7. I am so very thankful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hatching a weekend plan

It was a blustery, gusty weekend on the Bay so we decided to tackle part of boat chore list. The big winner? New hatch seals! We’ve had a leaky one and with 10+ years on the others it seemed like a good idea to replace them all. After reading some blogs (“It’s so easy!” and “It’s horribly difficult.”) and watching some YouTube videos, we were ready! We used genuine Lewmar replacements to increase our chances of success and figured the extra expense was worth it. We learned a lot on the first one and took time to clean up the frames and seal tracks. It took a lot of muscle, and getting the windows back on took some patience, but they turned out great!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The addition of a non-essential

That never happens. You NEVER bring stuff onto the boat that you don't really need, right? But what if it's sentimental? What to keep and what to get rid of is a big struggle for any family, but it can be gut-wrenching when downsizing this drastically. I have hauled this chunk of wood around since early 2004. It's not a remarkable chunk of wood, and it wasn't even a part of holiday memories. But, it was hers. I moved it and I stored it. And now that I've taken a paddle bit to the underside of it so that it can fit over the pot holders on the stove, it is part of our home and my memories of her are reinvigorated. Welcome aboard, Virginia Rose.

This was my grandmother's cutting board. I love it, and I love the extra prep area!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

On the Rhode again!

It's sort of a family tradition. When we all hop in the car to head somewhere, someone calls out, "on the road again!" This weekend we are enjoying the other "road," the Rhode River in Maryland. During our last time living in the area the Rhode was a favorite destination--good holding for the anchor, little road noise (though sometimes in the arrival path for BWI!), abundant wildlife, and a quick jaunt from our home marina--so it was a no-brainer as we headed out for our first over-nighter since returning. We anchored before sunset, had a great family meal on deck, watched the moon was perfect. I am at peace here this morning, anticipating a very lazy return trip in light air. But my mind is also on my friends in FL and fellow boaters across the Caribbean in the wake of Irma.

Friday, September 1, 2017


We have been back abooard for six days now. Six glorious days! It is admittedly a challenge to get the boat put back together while working full time and 2-3 hours of commuting daily, but we are making it work! The remnants of hurricane Harvey will slow us down a bit this weekend, but i have high hopes of a little underway time!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

We are getting there!

I know, it's been a while, but I think we are finally almost home! After a month on the hard in Mississippi, a quick truck ride north, and what is turning into almost a month on the hard in Maryland, our crew is finally almost home! New jobs/locations are underway, and new classes/schools start soon!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Project time!

With a few months left in a house, it's time to get serious about boat projects. Before I tackle the cushions, I decided to make a Lifesling cover to get back into the swing of things. I'm pleased! I haven't fitted it to the boat yet, but i love how it turned out. I really love the Phifertex pocket and bottom.

Monday, May 1, 2017

I'm back!

Between living in a house for a bit and the Blogger app no longer being supported, I took a long break. Trying a new app now...