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Is two masts for sailing. ♪♪
Mixing my songs, but you get the idea. We took Raven in on Friday to have her masts put on–she’s a Ketch, rather than a single masted sloop or cutter. And they got on the Mizzen on just fine, but when they went to step the main, it was discovered that the new part that was added to the bottom, to replace the portion that had dry rot, was a bit too big to fit in the slot. We have to go back next week to get the rest done. A bit anticlimactic.
Showering has turned into an interesting adventure. I can shower on Raven, but the water pressure is low and hot water doesn’t last long. I tried the shore showers recently and they are amazing–much better than the one at our apartment. It’s always warm in there, the hot water never runs out and the water pressure is good enough to pick your teeth, if you know what I mean. Getting there is ok. I bundle up in sweats and a jacket and take a basket with my shower stuff up there. I can’t quite shake the feeling that I’m doing the walk of shame though, with my hair all messy in the parking lot in my jammies. I know everyone does it, but it will take some getting used to.
The weather has been very up and down lately. Cold and clear (20°F), making me wish for thermal mittens, balmy and overcast or rainy, 50° or even as high as 68°. It’s been hard to figure out how to dress. Today there’s a lot of water in the air and I had to work at a different branch, so I don’t have my usual backup stuff with me. About 2 hours in, my pants ripped in the usual place and I had to put my rain pants on to finish the day. No pics, sorry ;)
The freezing weather is over for now and the rain has begun again. I’ll miss the sun and blue skies, but it’s nice not to be cold all the time and have my hands freeze on the way to work. I’ve brought back Lucille as my main bike to ride and I found that I missed her. I was feeling guilty leaving the Surly out in the cold, but Lucille can be folded, put under the dodger and the soft travel bag can be added over the top as a layer of protection. The cold last week inspired me to buy some really heavy duty mittens.
And of course they arrived today when the low is 40° instead of 20°. I’m sure they’ll still come in handy this winter.
Currently I am having a Doctor Who (Season 5) marathon on Netflix. Chris is working late and won’t be home until late. I’m cozy and enjoying hearing the occasional rain on the deck. I did a little sewing when I got home, just fixing a couple of small things in the sewing projects from earlier in the week. A lee cloth for the middle one’s bunk (to keep her from rolling out) and making the waist on my skirt a bit more snug. I also made a yoga mat bag, but that didn’t need fixing.
Earlier today I was at the “What’s New in Young Adult Literature and How to Use it in Your Program” workshop put on by the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). If you are a YA librarian and you ever have a chance to go to this, do. It is excellent. I’ve heard tons of book talks and this is the most useful program I’ve been to in years. My hold list is now 100 items long and I have many new ideas for volunteer projects.
We moved on the boat officially last Saturday and we got a few days in without anything interesting happening. There’s a lot of condensation, so we ordered some small quiet dehumidifiers. They don’t really work though, so we need to get a bigger one. Occasionally the breaker would flip, so we have learned how much we can power at the same time.
Then, the freeze came. The temperature dipped into the 20’s and has been hovering there since Saturday morning. There was snow in my dingy! Click through for more snow pics.
Chris was adventuring in New York with his oldest daughter, so I was on my own. The cold was challenging, but manageable and the sky was beautiful and clear. The wind was a bit rough though, as seen in this video:
The propane to the stove stopped working, so I figured that the tank was empty and I figured out how to switch tanks. It turned out that something else was going on, but I still feel accomplished.
On Sunday, when leaving to pick up the crew at the airport, I had a frantic moment when I thought I had locked myself into Raven. It was so windy the night before that the swinging doors would not stay closed, so I put in the panels and slid the hatch closed. In the morning, the hatch was stuck and there was no way to remove the panels since the hatch covers the opening where they slide out. Finally I got enough friction to move it. What a relief!
Then I went to scraped the windows and heat the car, but when I got back in the door would not close. You can’t drive a car with the door unsecured. Finally that fixed itself after much pushing and pulling of mechanisms and locking and unlocking of the doors.
We had our first visitors that night. First our friends that also moor at Shilshole stopped by to see Raven and say hello. Then some of my family came for dinner. It was a challenge to cook everything in the right order, but I think that it went pretty well, and only 20 minutes behind schedule. I made black cod with basil cream sauce and green bean and cauliflower casserole. I’d also successfully made french bread that day to accompany.
Then yesterday, the water pump wouldn’t stop running, so we had to turn off the power to it whenever we weren’t using it. Chris went and got a new one and put it in and water is now running smoothly again. One thing about plumbing on the boat, everything is a lot simpler than it is in a house.
This morning the breaker kept tripping, even after we went around and turned off everything unnecessary. I finally ran into our neighbor on one of my trips to the breaker and he told me it was happening to him as well, so probably something with the overall power rather than something with the boat. It makes us look forward to wind and solar power.