Saturday, January 31, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Still trying to sell the truck - and Michael has some folks interested in buying a big scuba tank (he's gonna replace it with a smaller one - again that limited space thing). Still waiting on health insurance - though it looks like the boat insurance is just about done. One down - one to go!
Today's agenda - a meeting with the attorney to finish up some stuff; storage unit filling (today is the rest of the furniture to see what really fits) and starting to do fuel runs for the boat. Michael's been doing lots of boat projects (installing a new lock on the hatch; putting our lights and whistles on our new life jackets; and organizing.)
On Sunday - I hauled his butt up the mast - and made him make all kind of promises to me(before I would bring him down!)...he changed the tri-color light bulb to a LED (energy saving); strung several yards of fishing line to keep the osprey off(didn't work); checked all the rigging; put on the radar reflector; and put stainless wire over the spreaders to keep birds off(did work). Off to the attorney, more later!
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Anyway. Sitting on the boat this morning listening to the Cruisheimers net on the SSB and will send this out after the net. We have heard from Jack and he is making good progress, I hope we can catch up to him sometime soon. Todays projects include a thorough emptying of the garage and cleaning it out. Then if time permits a trip up the mast to replace the mast head tri-color light with LED bulbs. We really are trying to get completely out of the house by Wednesday. We will see!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Provisioning continues - the once clean front room is filling up with bags and bags of food stuffs. (Sorry about all the plastic landfill - we will recycle - but even we don't have enough canvas bags to cover this kind of shopping.) The med kits and first aid lockers are done and on-board. The meat is bought. Froze the steaks, burgers, pork chops, pork loin, pork tenderloin and chicken. Cooked a lot yesterday (a roast beef, pork loin and meatloaf) and packed, sealed and froze those. Don't know how much the freezer will actually hold - guess we won't be taking the much loved Ben & Jerry's.
Today just got back from another provisioning run, coupons in hand. Needed two carts by the end...filling them with lots of canned goods (of every ethnic original for menu variety), side dishes, soups, oatmeal, veggies etc. Taking a lot less canned soups and veggies this time - though right now it doesn't look it.
It's been a frustrating few days - still dealing with insurance companies (which we are beginning to really hate). You have to jump through so many hoops to give them your money. It's just crazy.
More runs to CASA (charity) with clothes and household stuff; on freecycle.com with things like slide trays to give-away etc. Michael has the garage in pretty good shape now. That was his project the last few days. We also have started the clothes (part deux) purging. Michael's done most of his - Barbara is struggling more (mostly because she anticipates a change in sizes through the trip - hopeful? perhaps - but last time it worked!)
Michael has discovered a much needed storage area on the boat - a big space between the lazarette (aft lockers) and the aft cabin. It takes some struggling to get there - but it's great for things like a scuba tank, toilet paper, paper towels and perhaps some "sucked down bags" of towels and linens or our cold clothes once we get out of Florida.
Truck is being advertised on Craig's list and in the paper...hopefully we have it priced for a quick sale (though we need it through next Friday).
The work continues...next Sunday is when we'd like to leave (pending all the insurance, truck sale etc.) Time is definitely ticking and we can't wait too much longer and go the route we intend. Hope the stars start aligning for us.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Plus Michael is the proud owner of some new flip slops - but not just any kind...these can open a beer bottle! Yup - the latest in must have summer attire. Thanks to Sandy, Bill, Richard and Rene.
We will toast you as we sip your gifts in different ports and try to capture the moment and blog it. You guys are all great and we'll miss you.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Barbara made the run to the local CVS and Walgreens to finish out our supplies. Our mantra is if we have it on board we won't ever need it. Lots of stuff, but we can always share it if we don't need it. We also have someone looking at the house tonight. Keep your fingers crossed.
This is the first attempt to send from our email system on the boat. We sure hope this one works. We will see.
We had a great going away party last night. Our best friend Richard and Rene were kind enough to throw it for us(it is turning into a ritual, they threw us the last one in 2000). We had a great time and got to see lots and lots of our very good sailing friends, tell a few stories and share some great memories. Now for some new ones.
Thanks again to all that were able to attend.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009
We will be keeping the old one "up" on the site for a little while, but it will be shut down in a month or two. As soon as this one is up to our minimum standards: it works from the boat and is readable. We will not be posting new entries to the old one, so if you have bookmarked the old blog page, change to this one.
Sorry for any confusion and work on your part - but we're working out the kinks. You can always get to this link through the web page http://www.sailastarte.com/ - and don't forget to check that out as well. You can see where we are when we are actually underway. The countdown is on - the cleaning, storing, address changing, meetings, insurance getting, good bye events continue.