THIS is What I Signed Up For

ALL the past winter, between bouts of tears and sniveling, I griped: “This is NOT what I signed up for!!”

THIS is what I signed up for:  It’s 9:00, and I’m relaxing in the cockpit in shorts and a tank-top, a fuzzy blanket throw across my lap to ward off the cool breeze, watching the cat stalk along the deck under a moon made fuzzy by the high clouds moving in and listening to the spring peepers. I’ve just finished a delicious and healthy dinner and am sipping a gin and tonic (to cancel out the healthiness of the dinner, of course) after a long day of work on the boat on a sunny, warm late spring day.

The perfection of the day is just the cherry on top of the sundae of the past weekend, though, when we motored down to Harness Creek on Saturday and anchored out with our friend Kristin, and sailed back in unexpected sun and 15 knots of wind on Sunday.

Lots of firsts this past few days:  anchoring the boat, trying to find a spot in a crowded creek, actually taking the boat somewhere else and anchoring it, commuting by dinghy, sailing the boat with all three sails at once, actually going somewhere under sail, motoring for hours without overheating (much) . . .

And now there are ducks mating just off the port stern, flopping about and making a heckuva lot of noise 10 feet from my seat.  That’s another first.

5 thoughts on “THIS is What I Signed Up For

  1. Sounds good. The jealousy will start to kick in if you have much more of that.

  2. Well, last night I woke up several times to close hatches and set out pans to catch drips during downpours and make sure the anchor wasn’t dragging in the wind. I’m shattered this AM so the buzz is gone. Feel better?

  3. Getting up in the middle of the night is part of it, so just remember that wonderful buzz. Nice canvas work!
    Fair winds & Smooth sailing,
    Elaine & Lawrence Leonard S/V Elle & I

    • Thanks for the compliment on the canvas; I think that what is still good is the result of hard work by my stepmom, Stef. A lot of the older stuff is falling apart and we’re planning to replace it bit by bit with grey Sunbrella so it doesn’t clash so much with the new boat color!

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