November 22, 2011 , Halifax
Dave spent a good portion of the day yesterday at the garage, getting winter tires on our car. Tires that will propel us through the winter months with prudence and caution and a grinning smile as we sit in comfort, watching the white flakes fall on our windshield, knowing we can arrive safe and sound as we drive the roads with tread. Something that was dangerously non-existant in my previous tires.
We've kept them anyways (the old tires), although he doubts that they would have much more life left in them... a month or two perhaps. I personally think it was all them there trips to Chester to check up on our lovely Banyan, ha ha, that did them in.
The good nes was the fact that the garage was sold-out of the advertised promotional tires, so they one-or-two-or three upped the deal, and gave us much much BETTER ones, for the same low low price.
Now that's good ole fashioned customer service.
Isn't that always the way though ? You get way ahead of yourself (way to go !!) and feel damn right proud of yourself, for being so way ahead of yourself, and marvel at the way those winter tires look, way cool man, and lo and behold, the weather report comes on and the weatherman indicates that it's going to snow tomorrow.
SNOW ???!!! TOMORROW ?!?!?!?!
Lots and lots and lots of snow supposedly. In fact, it's written in banner-style in bright red letters across the weatheroffice website webpage : "SNOWFALL WARNING IN EFFECT" .
So not cool. So not the way to go. For the weather I mean.
So cool and SO THE WAY to go and so grateful for my hunny who got 'er done in time. Grin.
I sure am glad that Banyan won't be needing any winter tires.
November 20, 2011
Albeit a truly very windy day we opted to go for a bit of a Sunday Drive with a mission... head up to East River Marine just to see if our lovely Banyan had been shrink wrapped and ready to withstand winter... we got there to see that she hadn't, but the wooden frame was up, so she's definitely next on the list and ready to go, so here's hoping that that happens this week sometime.
Since we were in the area and needed some (ok, lots) of exercise after our Sunday Chickenburger feast, we drove across the way to Graves Island Provincial Park.
This past summer we had spent a lovely evening anchored in Scotch Cove overlooking the Park... We had dinghied ashore then but never got to do a full island walk-a-bout and voila, here we were today...
Surprisingly it took us close to one hour to do the whole walk-a-bout, a nice walk on a gravelly path, with a fantastic ocean view no matter which way you turned. As always, great to breathe in the salty air combined with the cedar muskiness of the woods, while walking among the spectacular almost winter colours.
At the top of the hill we found ourselves staring down at a concrete slab establishing that particular spot as Canada's First Geocache Plaque (date stamped June 2000). We're not geocachers, but admittedly stumbling upon this plaque in the middle of a campground, was a bit of a surprise. I can easily see where the thrill of actually geocaching would be addicting, especially if one is picking up/leaving behind objects of desire.
All in all a Sunday full of Surprises. Totally fun.
November 19, 2011
One of the many chores on our list of things to do was to bring all of Banyan's Sails to North Sail to have them checked over, and checked over again, just to make sure that, when they get re-installed in the Spring, they will be good to take us across many waves of the Great Big Blue. So they were ready to be picked up this week and we were happy to learn that they were still in "great shape" - other than a few minor restitching areas, and bonus, we now have a complete brand new set of Ticklers on them.
In the sailing world Ticklers are tiny telltale pieces of plastic/wool that, sown at intervals on the side of the sail, should be positioned blowing straight back, to indicate without a shadow of a doubt, that your sail is properly trimmed. I just love the word "ticklers" - it's one of those "fun" words...
We're still working hard on our Amateur Radio Course, and have another month to go before the Big Exam. Every class is chock full of information, almost overwhelmingly so, and almost every lesson is taught by a different instructor, which makes for great variety and never a dull moment. They are obviously all specialists in their particular individual subject matter, and it's always great fun to attend, even though most times takes a few readovers of the chapter material to fully get a grasp of what all that technical stuff means. As with all things, a completely unknown subject (to me) is becoming more familiar, and now I am starting to understand the concepts. I love learning, I hope that with time and our travels, this never stop.
Given the great weather at the beginning of the month, Dave managed a few extra trips out to East River Marine to check up on our lovely Banyan. She was scheduled to be shrink-wrapped this week, so perhaps one more trip out there to make sure that it is (well) done, and then that shall have to be our fix for the next long cold six winter months.
So between ticklers, shrink wrapping, and the study of electrical components and concepts, we have been quite happy with our progress these past few weeks. It is not making time go any faster though. It's hard to Live the Moment type of way, when all you want to do is get going on this great big adventure... and although life is all about the journey, not the destination, we know... the impatience is quite prevalent at times. Just need to make sure that OUR ticklers are properly positioned to make sure that we're heading in the right direction.
As Dave would say "outstanding". Indeed.
November 11, 2011 , Halifax
The inspiration for today's post comes from the people who have served, given, lived, before us.
And left their mark that allows us to be grateful for every single thing we have, own, live in and with, today.
There is nothing that can be said, that hasn't already been, in fact, the silence is overwhelming and says it all.
May the gift of awareness allow LOVE to prevail, always.
November 1, 2011 , Halifax
I sit here at my desk and look at the change of page on my desktop calendar and am aghast, mouth agape, uncomprehending how on earth it be possible that today be November. Already.
I distinctly remember flipping the page, yesterday as it were, to October and being quite giddy with excitement... it was going to be a great month, the weather was perfect, we were still sailing, the need to put the boat away still "off in the distance" as it were...
A flip of the page later and well, we sailed (litearlly) through Thanksgiving, we celebrated Birthdays, we enjoyed Sunday dinners and Ghoulish Goblins, we walked and jogged and YOGA'ed our way to losing a few pounds, and our gloves and mitts have come out of their storage boxes.
We disassembled Banyan and she now sits pretty in her cradle. Dave is figuring one or two more visits and she be properly secured and ready for shrinkwrap. And, last night we used our fingers to count out the very long months till we see her again. 6 or maybe 7.
MONTHS ?? Now THAT really puts things in a OMG type of perspective of how long our winter season is, and how dreadfully short our summer sailling season is.
October 29, 2011 , Halifax
Got a package in the mail today. They were my SMILE cards ordered from SMILE a truly pay-it-forward type of organization, which, well, makes me SMILE. The cards were free, and arrived within 4 days of having ordered them.
They started a few years ago (2003) with SMILE cards appearing all around the world, it's a type of TAG game, where you're IT because someone, anonymously, has done something nice for you. I've not ever seen the cards myself, but thought it would be great fun to start using them.
So once you've been tagged, it's then your turn to do something nice for someone else...
It's a pay-it-forward type of philosphy that I firmly believe in. Even, if, on some days, it's as SIMPLE as a good morning, and a smile. It's CURIOUS to watch how many people actually think you're up to NO GOOD, if you're smilling and happy. Try it, you'll see !! Or better yet, click on the SMILE link above, and order some cards, and then have some FUN !!
I've done anonymous "stuff" before, mailed out surprise packages, paid for the person behind me's coffee, randomly left behind a TOONIE for someone to find ('cept this time I can leave it with THE CARD). It's the idea that GIVING is ten times, no, a hundred times better, than receiving !!
Is kindness truly contagious ?? Let's start playing, TAG, you're it !!
PS: Lots of "boat chores" done today - sails were picked up and are now stored safely at home, ready to go for next year. In order for that to happen, the spare room in the house had to be readied, and a million and one trips had to be made up and down the stairs, and down and up the stairs...really looking forward to the fact that there are no stairs to be found on our lovely 40 foot Jeanneau !!!