Yes, we are still alive. I know that I've been pathetic at putting anything together lately but frankly I've been drowning in work and life and boat. Lots going on though and hopefully enough to get us on the way soon here. Today Keith and I worked on the engine, changing out the oil, oil filter and the fuel injector pump. Yes, fuel injector pump....I didn't know what that was yesterday or that our boat had one even! Kind of an adventure for us sailors who don't know too much about engines. Thankfully the old Lehman is a big old beauty that seems pretty simple. Plus there are lots of owners out there that have created blogs and websites with information which is greatly appreciated. I had this flashback today of being a kid and helping my dad with car stuff. I was a bit of a tomboy but it was great because I grew up knowing how to change my own oil, change a tire and I even changed my own brakes once....with dad's guidance, of course.
Last week Lisa from Samurai Seamstress delivered our main sail cover and the boat looks pretty nice with all its new matching canvas, I'll have to grab a photo here soon. We are just waiting for the new furling jib and those big projects will be complete. Lately we've been struggling again with the electrical, it seems our shore charger went kaput - and this is pretty frustrating. Just when we think we are making forward progress the rug gets pulled out and we are dropping money we didn't expect to on a new charger. Ah well......not much to do but grrrrrroooooowwwwllllll and move on. Keith is getting anxious to head down to the Channel Islands, I'm hoping to grab some time off to enjoy it fully with the gang before picking up more grind at work which has really, really had me hopping lately. I truly love my job and I'm a big big workaholic but even I need a need couple weeks mental break...and it's coming up soon.
Keith and I were reminded last week as to why we are doing this (yes we DO question ourselves on a regular basis!!!). The family headed down to the beach for some fresh air and exercise...it was one of those rare gorgeous warm evenings here in Santa Cruz not marred by fog. The boys started out with just getting their feet wet but quickly "accidentally" managed to fall in and were soon just having a grand old time. Having your family around you 24x7 can be stressful, especially our family, but it's moments like this we remember so well why we chose to live on our boat (which feels pretty small with five aboard it). I can't wait to share more moments in time like this with them before they are all grown up and off on their own.
I'm the wife of the captain, a mother of three boys and a PM in the corporate world. This blog is my view of life and activities related to our boat.