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Windows, and Sun Shades, and Ladders - Oh My!

Greetings all - We've gotten some things done this week and some not.  But that's life sometimes, right? I leave to go home tomorrow, so I figure now is a good time to get a post up.  Sometimes it seems that time just flies so quickly. In looking through all that needed to be done to paint the motor compartments, we decided that we needed to first reinstall the swim ladders on the transom of each hull.  That's because the mounting for the ladders comes through into the motor compartments and we didn't want to do that work first and then drill back through it and mess it back up again.  Silly us, we thought that would be a pretty quick job.  LOL Last year at this time, on Mother's Day in fact, John woke up sick and it turned out that he had a pretty bad cellulitis infection in his left leg.  Two round of antibiotics cleared it up.  Guess what happened this year - yep, a cellulitis infection in his right leg.  It didn't make him as sick, but with all the cramped m
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The Bittersweetness of Mother's Day

 Most women I know have many feelings about Mother's Day, some sweet, some sad, some happy, some bitter, the whole gamut of feelings I think.  Lot's of reasons for that I'm sure, not the least of which is the 'traditional' view of what makes a mother. In my book, while conceiving, gestating, and giving birth certainly creates many mothers, it isn't the defining factor in being a mother.  It's hard to say what I feel clearly and simply, but I think it's mostly about how you take care of and care for others that truly makes a mother who makes a difference.  That makes many women who haven't given birth mothers and I've been blessed to have many of them in my life. First and foremost, of course, is my own dear Momma.  Odetta Garder West. For me and my two brothers and two sisters, she was an amazing mom.  She gave us magical experiences and a very rich up-bringing.  She was ALWAYS there for us - attending every single event, performance, game, and s

Learning Electrical Lessons - Sometimes the Hard Way - and WHY AREN'T YOU DONE?

 So many ask us where we are at and when we will be 'done'.  More and more we laugh when that questions gets asked because we are unsure sometimes of exactly what done will look like - LOL!! What we can tell you now is what we're working on and why.  Can you guess? Yep, it's all about the electricity.   As we've been working through (and by we, I mean John), getting the wiring for the electric motors, controllers, batteries, inverters, charging, measuring, . . . figured out and installed to meet the manufacturer's specs, we have found some - or many - issues with the existing wiring on the boat.  Plus, as far as we can tell, we are the first system to have dual motors, dual helms, and dual controls at each helm, so there isn't any pre-developed drawings or anything about how all the parts go together.  Plus, we've found a few weirdness things in the specs where they call out one thing, but what they sent won't fit that spec.  No worries though, we

Spring is Breaking = Back to Boatwork!

 After a long, cold winter, it's finally time to get back to it on our boat!  John came back in February to check things out and get things organized.  I got here last week and we're going through the wiring to figure out what stays, what goes, and how to get the new wiring in place.  It was totally gorgeous when I got here mid-week last week, I even did my last few meetings on Friday out on the marina picnic grounds, and then a cold front blew through on the weekend.  And it was brrrrrr cold!  But today is beautiful and sunny, it's still cool, while it is supposed to warm up all week. Before he picked me up at the airport last week, John picked up some of the Victron equipment that we will need to manage our battery charging and to monitor our battery status.  Now comes the fun puzzle part of figuring out where everything is going to be mounted and how to get all the connections figured out. One thing that is making it tricky for us, is that we haven't found anyone els