We have moved onto the boat~ now what?

We made it.  We arrived in Brunswick December 28th at 0200.  We were beat, had a decent sleep then welcomed friends from South Dakota aboard at 1100.  We have been here a week and a day, now, it feels like longer and I want to get out of the marina.  The boat work continues and we still need to provision.

 

I’ve been reading Sailing Totem (veteran sailors that have been cruising with their kids for over 10 years) posts on provisioning and feeling a little less anxious.  She really tries to buy fresh food where they are, but takes into account the high cost of destinations.  The Bahamas are a high cost destination.  All produce is imported, as well as everything else.  Since the thought of doing without “fresh” produce almost consumes me, this has been a good blog to be reading.

Ok~ enough~ what have we been doing?

Getting “stuff” put away, organizing, changing our minds and reorganizing, Mike has gotten the solar up and wired, but now finds that our old panels from Summer Breeze are working marvelously, while the 4 new panels are barely working at all.  He has fixed a leak in our hanging locker and gotten the dingy outboard running smoothly.  I got the safety net put up and feel like it looks pretty good (I was skeptical).  Have bagged up dog food and made a few decisions on how to stow that (huge endeavor with 2 large dogs on board), made lists and more lists.

 

Matthew has made 2 friends, Max is 15, Wyatt is 9.  The younger one and Matthew seem to have really hit it off.  We hope to see this family in the Bahamas later.  Based on the current outlook, they could be behind us a couple weeks.

So, what’s left to do?  The lists is as follows:

-fix the diesel leaks, there are 2

-finish the solar

-install the refinished handrail on the aft deck

-put trim pieces on the kitchen sink counter

-provision

-replace boom lift block

-Replace the traveler block

-jerry can boards

-install closet shelves

-investigate DC power for the fridge

-install a pvc pipe to house the small propane bottles for the grill

Still a list…. granted several of these can be sorted in a day, but the big items have taken over and demanded more time than expected.  Add to this that I have had a cold and have now shared it with my Dad and maybe Mike this has slowed us down somewhat.  Matthew has not succumbed and has kept busy with his video games and toys when not working on school work.  We have taken the kayaks out some and he has fished off the dock with Max and we went down to the Yacht Club on New Years Eve.  We aren’t the social butterflies most cruisers are, so the New Years Eve celebrations were fun, for about an hour, then we went home and played Phase 10.  I’m sure we will make more trips to the club events before we leave.  They have an exercise class most mornings at 0900. I’d like to take part in that, but can’t seem to get myself moving with this cold to be in public by that time.  Yesterday, after we finished up school in the library in the club house,  I visited with a gentleman about the benefits and draw backs to homeschooling and how well (or not) homeschooled kids do as adults.  He shared some statistics I hadn’t known.  It was an insightful conversation.  I appreciate meeting these people from so many walks of life, their views and experiences are always interesting.  I also had a great homeschooling conversation with Wyatt’s mom.  She is using a curriculum we considered (ABEKA) and loves it.  I’m storing all this information for when we make curriculum decisions next year.

 

Right~ so, while I am getting whiny about sitting here not sailing, we are networking and making friends and learning from other sailors.  We have made acquaintance with 2 separate people because of the dogs, alone.  Weimaraners stand out and draw attention.  Something we have learned with the dogs on board, is that not all stowage areas are dog proof……  Hard lesson learned.

So~ until next time~

Slainte’

 

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We are in the 1 week count down for leaving South Dakota for the boat for the next 6 months.  This last few days has been constant review of lists.  Provisioning list, general packing list, how bills will be paid, what bills there are, having the dogs taken care of to get into the Bahamas, having the camper ready to be left while we are gone and most importantly spending time with family we won’t see for awhile.  Of course, we are trying to do school in the midst and Christmas is around the corner.

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Last week we were in the Bahamas on a vacation that had been planned before we owned a boat or had a definite plan.  It was nice to relax without all the preparation we have been doing.  Mike has barely been home (in SD) as he has been working the ER in Pierre then travelling to the boat, otherwise.  He has been working like crazy and I was so happy he had to take a break- he needed it.

As for goodbyes, my very sweet Bible Study group had a bon voyage party for our last night of study.  We made sailboat tree ornaments and they blessed my with food for the boat. I had complained enough about the provisioning prospects.  I strongly dislike shopping and the thought of buying roughly 6 months of food in one trip was making me nauseated!  I took home a kitchen sized garbage bag (double bagged) of soup mixes, baking mixes, muffins and more to take!  About 50# of food!  This was an amazing send off!  Of course, we had delicious snacks, as well.  One of these ladies won’t be here when we return, so it was a two fold going away gathering.  I will miss these Sisters in Christ immensely!

 

 

Our Pastor also called us forward last Sunday the congregation to pray over us.  What a comfort to know so many people will be lifting us up!  We are truly blessed.

This next Sunday we will have a get together with Matthew’s birth family, who have all been like family to us.  We will have supper at a pizza joint that has an arcade and the kids can play while the adults visit.  We are going to miss these people like crazy!

We had an early Christmas celebration with my brother’s family this last Sunday.  They will be traveling to WA state this weekend, so we had to say farewell to them a little early.  I’ve always thought Jamie and I were very close, we have some sort of communication daily.  He has been away on deployments with the military, lived on the other side of the state, that sort of thing.  He now has a lovely wife and beautiful 1 year old baby as well as their older kids and it seems a little harder.

My dad, as mentioned in other posts, will be going with us.  The plan is he will spend our first 3 weeks with us on the boat, then fly home.  Our son, Sean will fly down and visit for a weekend, then the 2 of them will fly home.  Dad will be a help and I will delay a couple of goodbyes for a few weeks.  I really am not sure how the full time cruisers deal being away from home…. maybe they already were, so it’s not so jarring?

Mike has seen to Voyager having several updates.  I wanted him to do a separate post on all of this, but he only gave me his list.  Mike is a man of lists… He has lists for everything.  So, take my word for it, he has done a ton of work.  There has been a new kitchen sink installed, a big (for a boat) farmhouse style stainless one.  The faucet was already a newer one, so it’s overall gorgeous, now.  He has gone through countless hose clamps, fixed the windless, repaired the voltage regulator and alternator, flushed heat exchangers, wired the solar panels, built bimini gutters, among several dozen other things.  We should certainly be ready to throw off the dock lines!  There will be a stop a day or two out for a haul out to paint the bottom, but we should be underway shortly thereafter.

 

Matthew began taking guitar (for the 2nd time) about a month ago.  Last night he played his first recital.  He has done well and we look forward to his playing on the boat.  He still plays piano and has practiced that everyday at the house when we are doing school.  I love to hear him play and hope he will continue into adulthood.

 

Matthew will also be in charge of some posting as part of his writing assignments.  Look for these special blogs in the future.

I think I’ll go ahead and close out here.  There’s probably more news, but I’m short on attention span.  I would like to write more regularly as we go as I would like to see our growth while sailing.  I know there is so much to learn and comfort to be gained.  Bare with us 😉

Until next time~ Fair winds

Here are my precious people-

 

 

 

Life as We Know It

 

I have come to realize that although I am not an opponent of change, I am not a proponent of going through the transition.   My current wish would be to jump to January and be living on the boat full-time or go back to, say, March and be living full time in our (Sean’s) house, with kids running all over the place.  Overall I haven’t minded the 35 foot 5th wheel camper.  I have loved what time we have had on the boat so far.   As we get closer to our move time, and the weather is turning colder and the holidays approach, I find myself getting more apprehensive about everything.  There are a few challenges of living in a camper when it’s cold.  Frozen pipes and drains to name the most obvious.  Homeschooling takes up more room that I was prepared for.  It’s also more time-consuming and requires more organization and steadfastness than I thought.  I truly believe this will become easier as we endure the initial growing pains.

Last week, we were on Voyager and Matthew was in his second week of being sick.  Matthew has not been sick before, beyond a couple of fevers that lasted maybe 24 hours.  He had never been on an antibiotic before.  Strep throat was diagnosed the week before, by Mike.  He had picked up some antibiotics for Matthew and M had been taking them.  His fever had come down, he seemed to be feeling mostly better by the time we got to Brunswick, other than extreme fatigue.  Then Monday night he began itching.  There were “no seeums” thick around the boat and we thought he was just scratching do to them.  By Tuesday morning it was apparent that this was not due to insects.  He was covered head to toe in a hivey, red, blanching rash that itched like crazy.  His face was also swollen, eyes, cheeks and most alarmingly, his lips and mouth.  We kept a very close eye on him, dosed him with Benedryl and stopped the amoxicillin.  Because of the fatigue that continued and his raspy voice we questioned whether he might also have a virus; mono maybe.  Mike explained, when a body is so amped up fighting a virus, then an antibiotic is introduced, the body can sometimes fight the medication as well and you get the rash and allergy type symptoms.  Regardless, he will not be taking Amoxicillin again.  So, now, into our 3rd week, Matthew still has a light rash and is still spending an inordinate amount of time sleeping.  Yesterday, before we got through with school, he begged for a nap and slept 3 hours.  This meant we were wrapping up math and science at supper time.

Right.  Last week on Voyager we were attempting to get several projects knocked off the list.  Our “project time” was somewhat compromised due to interrupted attempts at school and checking on Matthew.  We did get quite a bit accomplished, but Mike opted to fly back to her yesterday and get some more done.  So, we were up at 0330 getting him to his flight.

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The ever being edited to-do list….

Matthew and I are spending time in Sean’s house for school, so we can spread out and have access to water.  I used to go to the gym in the mornings when I took him to school.  I’m at a loss now as to when I should go.  CrossFit Kids is on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, so that seems like a good time for me, but what about the rest of the week? Why is this such a hard thing to  accomplish?  Since I am not coordinating trips to town, I seem to be at a loss as when to go.  This is so strange to me.

Since “retiring” (this still doesn’t seem like a word that should apply to me) I have been trying to make a conscious effort to see my friends and make them a priority.  I’ve succeeded with some friends more than others.  As farewell time gets closer I’m getting more emotional about it.  Mike and I have set ourselves apart, isolated ourselves, even.  We have spent so much time together, working, travelling, etc that we haven’t left a lot of room for others for quite a while.  I recently completed a Bible Study on friendship (We Saved You a Seat by Lisa Jo Baker) that opened my eyes to several aspects of friendship I hadn’t thought of.  I’m trying to implement what I learned and be a better friend.  I also know that “time” is my love language and what I value from others.  This is ironic as it’s also what I have withheld to those closest to me, I believe.

I can’t really think about the upcoming 6 months without my family nearby.  My dad will leave with us, so that will help.  We have had a friends family say they will be near Brunswick when we are just getting there and we may be able to meet up with them.  This will make me so incredibly happy if it works out.  I hope that our kids and other family are able to visit, also.  I have visions of us reserving our condo at Harborside in the early spring and our guests staying there if they aren’t comfortable on the boat.  Since we are mobile, we could meet almost anywhere within reason.  Think about it- is a trip to the Caribbean in your future??

We are 5 months into retirement and although we have been exceedingly busy, I still haven’t found my “purpose”.  I guess homeschooling is the major purpose, now.  I’m hoping that once on the boat, it all comes together.  I have enjoyed having my quiet time, although interrupted, most days.  I’ve been creative and completed a few artsy projects.  I have been able to take a girl trip (Mom and Lynn and I visiting Scottsdale and seeing writer Diana Gabaldon) which was so much fun.  Last week alone I read 5 books!  3 of them on Audible.  Audible is amazing, it’s definitely one of my all time favorite things.

Diana Gabaldon, mentioned above, wrote the book Voyager for which our boat is named.  This is the 3rd of the “big books” in the Outlander series.  At the end of the book, the main characters are shipwrecked and wash up on a beach in Georgia.  This year is also the 25th anniversary of the release of Voyager.  Since we found our Voyager in Georgia and it is an apt name for a boat, we went with it.

Well, this has been a scattering of thoughts for a blog post…. if you’ve stuck with it, thank you.  As we mentioned from the beginning our blog is a journal of events for us to reflect on as much as anything.  If anyone is entertained by it or interested in any way, we are appreciative.  We realize this is an alternate life and not everyone understands why we are doing it.  Sometimes I don’t know why we are doing it.  That’s ok.  The world needs us all, different lifestyles, loves and passions.

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Megan and Lucian- because they are adorable. Luc had just trick or treated at a house blasting scary noises. He remained like this the rest of the evening.

Slainte’

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.

Proverbs 4:25

Homeschool….. game on!

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Dad is in charge of science and math

The last few days have been a bit of a whirlwind.  On Saturday Matthew had his last soccer game of the season.  His team played against the parents and siblings of the team.  It was a really fun time, despite Matthew being kicked in the calf by a dad….ouch.   He is fine, but was out for several minutes of the game.  He had a swimming party that afternoon to celebrate the conclusion of the season.

Sunday morning found us on the road to Midland for Kyuss’ baptism.  He is one of the children who has lived in our home.  Last Wednesday was his “gotcha day” and we were able to celebrate his baptism with his family.  We were named his godparents, which was an amazing privilege for us.  We picked up Lynn, Kadrian and Kyrihn and all travelled together.  It was like old times, having them all together, again.  We are so incredibly blessed by these boys and their families!

Homeschooling began yesterday.   So far Matthew is excited and ready for this.  We are having trouble understanding the new ebooks we got for teachers manual, however. We will be getting 2 hardcover books from BJU so that will be nice.  I’ve spent some time on the phone with tech support and some of our issue may be our wifi, which is our mobile hot spot as we don’t have good, reliable internet where we are.  So, maybe I’ll go into Megan’s house later and try it there.  I’m sure once we have all this under control, we will all feel better about it.

We have also been working (mostly Mike with Jon’s help when he can be here as well as Sean on his days off) tirelessly on the future house.  It’s looking less like a hay barn everyday!

I had some special time with my grandson, Lucian on Saturday.  We don’t get time, just the 2 of us, very often.  While Matthew was at his soccer party, Luc and I went to the DC Booth Historical Fish Hatchery.  We spent an hour exploring and looking at the fish and various pieces of history on display there.  This is a treasure to be enjoyed if you are in Spearfish.  Granted, it is off  season, now.  The museum, rail car, and house are all closed, but the ponds and wildlife are still on display.  The bright colors are in their glory.  If you find yourself in Spearfish, this is a beautiful, FREE activity that is family friendly.

That’s the news for now.  We are pressing on.  Upcoming plans include a master provisioning list for the boat and a trip to see her November 1!  SQUEE!!  Our friends in the marina report that she is pretty dirty and in need of a good bath.  I will be happy to oblige!

Slainte’ Mhath

Winter Weather

I’m afraid I don’t have a ton of information worth sharing at present, but am feeling compelled to write something.

We have been living in the camper for 4 full months, with 2 1/2 to go.  Mostly I don’t mind.  However, when the 3 of us are here, plus the 3 big dogs, I find I feel a little short of breathing space.  Megan’s family comes on Tuesdays generally as they are both off work that day, that makes 6 of us for supper plus the dogs.  I can’t complain about our self imposed tiny living, but sometimes I’m tempted.  I take my time doing laundry at Sean’s, folding the clothes and enjoying what feels like wide open rooms.  He wouldn’t mind if we were up there more, but it’s his house now and I don’t want to take advantage.  When I have had big things to cook, I’ve used his kitchen, besides laundry that’s the extent of my coveting our old house.  He stops in after work several times a week and I can’t pretend that I don’t love seeing more of him.

We have been working on the apartment to some extent.  The work really goes easier when Jon and Sean are able to help.  My back has been giving me grief, so I haven’t been on hand as much.  When I’m feeling short on patience with our living situation, I look at Pintrest for kitchen ideas, that seems to keep me focused.

The last few weeks have been wet, snowy and cold.   Today is October 16th.  I look at the temperatures in Brunswick, then Nassau almost daily.  We watch our favorite sailing YouTube channels and anticipate our travels coming up in just a few months.   We haven’t set a course as of yet, but I’m looking forward to getting on the boat and making those plans.  I’m missing the warm weather, already.  I envision it being cool in Georgia when we get there in December and then the trek down the ICW being gradually warmer each day.  I don’t know if that is, in fact, how it will go, but in my mind it is.

We will start homeschooling Matthew next week.  We decided to start at the beginning of the 2nd quarter rather than wait until the big move.  We are a little apprehensive.  Matthew seems to have an overly romantic view of how wonderful it will be.  I pray my patience level is adequate.   Mike and Matthew have already decided that Mike will teach math and science and I’ll do the rest.  I like this idea, being fully aware that if it is observed, or voiced that Mike is a better teacher, he will take over.    It may save headaches if he would just do it, haha!

As far as curriculum, we plan for now, to keep using the resources from his current school, Black Hills Christian Academy.  BJU (Bob Jones University) is used for most subjects, with Purposeful Design and Words Their Way.  We will see how we like it for the rest of the school year, then decide how to proceed for 5th grade.  We have talked to a few homeschooling families and watched several reviews and tutorials on You Tube trying to decide what to do.  It seemed this is the most straight forward and he’s already used to it to some degree.  We can always make adjustments as needed.  If anyone has pointers feel free to share in the comments.  We really are open to suggestions or to learn from your experience.  We will hopefully have a handle on routine before we get on the boat.

Since we will be starting the homeschooling process sooner, we plan to take a short trip to the boat in early November.  One friend who is keeping an eye on her says she needs a good washing.  So far Hurricanes Florence and Michael have both bypassed the Brunswick Marina.  We are super grateful for this, of course, but are itching to go see her and make sure all is well.

I have been brainstorming ideas with a friend, Jennifer,  from church on small gifts we can keep on the boat to share as we go along.  Again, if anyone has ideas, share them, please!  We are thinking some tea bags with a scripture, or some sample oils, etc.  Mike and another friend, Larry,  talked fishing tackle, which Larry graciously donated.  I’m, also, trying to come up with a [business/boat] card design.  I need to find a program that I like to design it, then print.  Mike is repairing our bimini cockpit cover that we brought home and is customizing it for solar panels.  We have lists for provisions that we are always adding to,  but I think this is a never ending project.

I’ll write more as the Spirit moves.  I’ve included just a few pictures from the last few weeks.  Just life, messy and uncensored.

Slainte Mhath~

FYI~ YouTube sailing channels we love:

Sailing LaVagabond

Delos

*Sailing Zatara

*Sailboat Story

*Sailing Britican

**Sailing Doodles

Distant Shores

S/V Ruby Rose

*Children onboard

**dogs on board (at least in the beginning)

 

On being “homeless” and a gazillion pictures

We did it!!  we closed on both houses this month and are officially “homeless”.  This seems like an odd thing to have aspired to, but we have, at least temporarily.  We are still in our little 5th wheel camper and still own 10 acres of land.  There will now be a slow progression to building a small apartment for ourselves after finishing one for our daughter’s family to live in while keeping an eye on our “home front”.

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As per our usual, we had signed papers with the Savery’s for the Blunt house, spent a day packing up and when we went to leave, the battery was dead in Mike’s trailblazer.  While it was connected to the charger, we went to the grill and had a steak, thinking this would be ample time to let the car charge….wrong.  Right.  Joe and Bethany were gracious enough to let us hang out during their supper, while further charging of the battery happened.  I’m telling you, this is a sweet family.  We finally were able to embark on the journey home at 7:30pm.  Two hours later, with a loaded to the ceiling car and a flatbed trailer also loaded, Mike struck a fairly good-sized deer.  We had already joked that there were signs we weren’t supposed to leave Blunt, but this was toooo much.  I had been following in the Conestoga (aka mini van).  I hadn’t seen the deer right away, but quickly figured out what had happened when I drove past it and Mike was stopping on the shoulder.  Thank God the radiator and other mechanical parts weren’t harmed!!  As it was, the passenger side headlight, fender and inner wheel well, and door were damaged.  The frame where they attach was also bent.  So, in true Mike Preys fashion, he pulls out a few straps and a rope, pry’s the fender off the tire, ties it all up and we went on our way.  By midnight, after arriving home, he had located and messaged someone with a trailblazer they were parting out. Then he had all the necessary replacement parts by 5pm Saturday. He also has a few extra parts, in true Mike Preys fashion…..  Sunday, between church, taking care of grandson, Lucian and an event at church, he managed to get all the broken pieces off the car.  Today, Monday he has just about everything replaced.  He is finishing up the bumper and will be done.  Don’t anyone say the cobwebs have time to collect on this man!

 

In other news…. Matthew is adjusting at his new school.  It’s been slow going.  His grades have not been what we are used to seeing, but are improving.  There have been a few other issues that I won’t dwell on, but suffice it to say, things are looking better.  He is playing soccer in Spearfish for the first time this season.  His team, while not showing any inclination to win, yet, seems to get along pretty well and his coaches are also very nice.  He plays mostly defense and is good at it.  On Saturday, he ran 4 miles for a jog-a- thon that benefits his school (if interested in donating/supporting get ahold of me) then had a game immediately after.  His Birthmom, Kristi came and ran with him.  What a blessing she is for him!! We picked up Luc and headed to Kyrihns birthday party in Rapid City in the afternoon.  He was able to spend the night with Lynn and the boys.  Everyone was exhausted and I was in bed by 8:30~ unheard of!

We had a chuck wagon supper last night at church.  Our Pastors wife, Cindi had been planning this for eons and it came together amazingly!  There was so much love and time and seat put into it, such a blessing and honor to be able to help the little bit that I did.  It was a free community event and I believe we had around 70 guests.

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Chuck Wagon Event

Voyager has weathered the weather (;-)) well, so far.  We have a few friends keeping an eye on her.  It’s a little harder that we expected to be here and not knowing how things stand with her.   Mike is still toying with the idea of him just flying down sometime to check in and get a few more projects cranked out.  I guess we will see how this pans out.

Things are tight in the camper ( I feel like it should have a name, as well…. masculine maybe; Angus?  Malcolm?).  What we NEED to survive seem to grow…. mostly in shoes.  My  shoes.  I think as long as all our “stuff” is stored in a nearby barn, it’s likely to keep accumulating.  I’ve been trying to keep order to it, but now that Mike and Katniss are home as are our belongings from Blunt, I feel a little overwhelmed.  It’ll come together and I’ll get a system worked out, probably about the time we head south to Georgia.

Anyhoo…. it looks like we might get some September winter weather next week.  We wouldn’t want to get off without that kind of memory to sustain us while sailing.  South Dakota fall storms are notoriously bad.  Mike wants to plant us in the barn (camper and all) before then,  but I can’t stand the idea of being holed up in there for 3 months.  I might be sorry next week.

Stay tuned~

Slainte Mhath

 

Progress

Reader~

So, what’s happening?  We have been frantically working to get the house in Blunt ready to sell.  Our buyers (THANK YOU Joe and Bethany) have been uber patient with us getting things done.  In some future post, I’ll show several before and after pictures.  Mostly, suffice it to say this has been our biggest project to date, and we have had A LOT of projects.  Closing will hopefully happen later this week.  Here’s a teaser of 1 room that we have completed:

 

So-that’s a sample of what our life looks like right now.  Mike is also working at the ER in Pierre, up to five 24 hour shifts per month.  Since Matthew has started school, I’ve been home (in the 5th wheel in Sturgis) during the week and traveling on weekends to help and bring home belongings.  Fall soccer has also begun, so that hampers my travel plans, somewhat.  Of course,  I have had a few small assignments at home.  I’ve loaded dirt from the future apartment ground floor into the tractor bucket.  I’ve also dug a trench for the drain tile.  There’s been a few other small chores, but nothing worth mentioning.  Mostly I’m running errands and taking care of the home front.  When I go to Blunt, I’ve focused on taping and mudding drywall and painting.  I’m ok with a break from the drywall work for awhile, especially ceilings…..

Yesterday we closed on our Sturgis house.  It’s now officially Sean’s.  I miss the house daily, but I am soooo glad it’s staying in the family.  He gets to host the big family get-togethers now!!  I have visions (probably due to my preference for historical literature) of this being a family estate that is passed through the generations.  I really do hope that’s the case.  Sean is single, ladies, with 5 acres and a nice 4 bedroom house and 2 dogs…. see me if interested 😉

A trip to Brunswick to see Voyager was planned for the end of September.  We thought we would take my dad and get further prepared for the “big trip”.  However, with hurricane Florence taking shape, others behind her and the multitude of happenings on the home front, we have decided to wait.  The next trip may not happen until after Christmas, now.  This makes me nervous as that will be when we take the rest of our gear and we had  hoped for the last drive down to be a light one.  I think what will need to happen is we pull a small trailer.  Dad will be with us and maybe he will fly back.  These are things that will need sorted out.

I’m hoping that life will be settling down somewhat now that the 2 houses are sold.  Mike will still need to travel to Pierre for work, but we should be able to put a dent in the projects at home, I hope.  Matthew has some school events, soccer games and piano lessons to attend to.  That keeps us running, besides all the other.

I’m thinking I need to do an entry on books and what everyone is reading.  I’m not really sure how to do this without giving bland book reviews.  I’ve been trying to broaden what I read, so maybe that’s a starting point.  What are YOU reading?

Also, I need a catchy signing off phrase….. whatcha got?

Until next time……..  Fair winds