|While the heat bakes outside, we hide out in our air conditioned floating bubble.|
Still here. Still hot outside. In preparation for this heatwave, we made plans to go on "vacation". I put that in quotes because truth be told, between my freelance art job, and Travis' self imposed boat work schedule, we are already living a life with minimal schedules and obligations. Most days already feel like a vacation, as we don't have alarm clocks that jarr us awake, or much job stress. These last few years, however, have been so much about persevering through this boat restoration, that now, as our to-do lists grow shorter and the light at the end of the tunnel shines brighter, we feel the need to step back and see clearly where we have come and where we are going. In other words, time to relax and dream again.
And so began our retreat from the heat. Four days of no obligations greater then taking the dog for a walk. Four days of air conditioned comfort aboard our lovely Tara, made soo cush by Travis who has been diligently working on both boats dealing with things like oil in the water of Mr. Perkins, new wiring for Tara's AC, and a stubborn mercury switch for the new-to-us oven in the new-to-us galley in Me Voy. Four days of writing, re-writng and editing our continued quest for a simple and self sustaining life. Four days of talking about things we want, and things we don't want. Four days of watching mindless movies just for fun, four days of afternoon meditation and four days of a clothing optional existence (except for the dog walking). Yup, a vacation at home is just what we needed. I have not yet processed all that we are coming up with, but in the meatime here is our life.. for now.
|I'm refinishing Tara's transom. I've learned from last years experience and decided to spray the varnish. This makes a four hour job into a half hour job.|
|My mom and dad came to hang out with us last weekend|
|Judging from the arrangement of his glasses, this is where I get my 'creative' from|
|We moved our kitchen from below deck to the upstairs deck. I love cooking outside! And I love it even more when Travis cooks outside!|
|We LOVE our community garden and strongly support urban gardening efforts.|
|Now that summer is here our garden is producing quite spectacularily again! This made a wonderful and fresh salsa.|
|Chopper is unconcerned about the future. He trusts us completely to take care of him.|