|We're enjoying the SSCA perks, better fly the flag!|
When we're traveling day after day, things are different. We don't do much housekeeping other than the maintenance types of things, cleaning out the cat box, bagging up the trash, wiping up messes as they occur... We don't even try to do any type of deep cleaning or projects. Those things are put on the back burner, seemingly forgotten... but not really. They're just waiting there... for their turn.
How many of these things can we get done in a month? That remains to be seen, but I think we have made reasonable progress... hey, we're on permanent vacation! We can't be expected to work ALL the time!
|Yes, I clean with a toothbrush!|
We've recently had some roach sightings and I've declared war upon them... I cleaned and put out roach poison and threw away bad cans that had sprung a leak... Ick! It was a mess!
I don't know how old the upholstery in our boat is... it was there when we bought the boat, but I don't think it was the original material. The boat sat for a year before we bought her, and since then, it has been sat upon, spilled on, sweated on, barfed on...and who know what other evils have befallen this fabric...
We used my home made laundry soap that contains Tea Tree Oil for the job. In my mind at least, this magic elixir imparts an acceptable level of cleanliness that soothes my soul...
|Jezabelle kept an eye on our progress...|
This was a hard job, but well worth it in my mind. Maybe we'll do it annually from here on out!
It's always nice there in the shade no matter what the weather is... And we've had some HOT days, as well as some relatively cool ones.
|Jezabelle practicing for a life with the circus...|
|Doesn't look any different, but it IS!|
Our next project was to do something about the broken pull on our freezer compartment. The old push button mechanism just came out one day several weeks ago... you might remember that we used a plunger to open the freezer door and I worried that it would be the permanent solution. Well, it has taken us some weeks to get back to work on this. We ordered a replacement from Catalina, but it was cheaply made and didn't fit the hole. Nor would it lock the door down... so we're returning it and had to figure out a Plan B.
The two salad dressing bottles are being used as weights to keep the door from springing open. We had to use a 30 lb. gas shock to replace the old broken 20 lb. one because they evidently don't make the 20 lb. model anymore. So now, we will need to figure out how to keep the door down, but that is a project for another day...
It isn't perfect but it works. I've had to let go of a lot of my compulsions for perfection since moving onto this boat... Sometimes, "perfect" just isn't possible...
Now we just need to find some kind of mechanism for keeping the top from popping up... (other than weighting it with salad dressings). We are leaning towards mounting a barrel bolt if we can find screws that will work on this countertop material without cracking it... Wish us luck!
|The shelf is oddly shaped to fit the compartment.|
|Bottom is done, now for the tubes...|
|Waxing the hull for speed!|
|Left side dirty, right side clean...|
We decided to remove all of the old leaking patches upon patches and go back to the beginning.
But we had to wait for a new supply of hypalon patch materials to arrive in the mail...
Our next few days called for rain! We still have plenty of things to do inside however...
Venue 8 Pro. It's a small tablet that works like a touch screen, but has real Windows. Now Bruce can do his spread sheets on Excel AND check his sports scores... all on this tiny little computer.
I'm sure once he figures it all out, we will love it... But for now, it's back to hours of fighting with the computer for Bruce...
Even though there is still a portion of the old hose high up in that closet, I CAN'T SMELL IT! And Bruce says that my nose can smell a mouse fart, so I'm calling this one a success!
Dataw Island where we visited a marina and had a very nice dinner.
I felt really badly about it... But everything you read says that it is unlawful to board a boat without the permission of the owner. There is controversy about this, as many owners would say that if someone noticed that THEIR boat was in peril and nobody did a thing... it would be bad... However, there are plenty of scenarios in which the owner would NOT like someone boarding their boat, even if it was to help...
|Rick in the kayak looking for identification.|
I don't know for sure, but I think they're some kind of krill...
Since we didn't finish, I guess this job is going back on the to-do list for later in the week... Oh Joy!
Bruce reclaimed some storage compartments beneath our salon floor where we had kept canned goods. We've eaten enough of those original provisions that the remaining few could be consolidated into another storage bin, allowing Bruce to move back into these lesser accessible spaces with some of his lesser used garage stuff. We were both happy with our newfound feeling of tidiness!
|Thank you RICK!|
|Super Moon High Tide|
|Super Moon LOW tide!|
|HIGH High Craziness!|