Sunday Morning Cozied Up In The Cabin Of TD
24 August 2008 | Hilton Head, SC
Keith, rainy again
After the beautiful day yesterday it is raining this morning so it seems waiting another few days to head south again was a blessing. I already took the dogs for a short walk and made some pita toast and coffee and we're back inside the cabin. I don't think I've got cabin fever even though we've been in here a lot over the past few weeks. I'm kind of a homebody anyway (a homebody who likes to travel long distances as long as he can take his home and dogs with him). Now Jake - he still gets antsy if he's down below for too long. Anne rests without any trouble. The Catalina 36 MKII design is really comfortable for living. It has 14 windows or ports altogether. Not ideal in the middle of the ocean perhaps, but for coastal cruising and hanging out in one place, it is just great. Lots of light and when its raining, the water streaming off all the windows is beautiful. Two of my ports have very slight leaks (a few drips) which don't affect anything that I know of. Otherwise it stays cool and dry in here with the ac going now for almost two weeks. The cockpit is also very roomy and perfect for spending time with the dogs or people. Many of the cockpits on more expensive boats are small and cramped and not at all comfortable to spend time in. I still haven't come across a boat I'd rather have right now than this one. Yesterday turned out to be a very nice day. Late afternoon I was walking the dogs and came across two Israelis who wanted to take pictures of my dogs. Turns out one of them just finished working for the New Jersey "Y" Camp, where I spent several of the best summers of my life. Small world. I can't believe Vinny the cook works there this many years later. I showered and shaved earlier the afternoon, did the dishes, organized the kitchen utensils, and filled up my 5 gallon extra diesel jug and stored it out of the way. I'd eventually like to have four of these on board. Each 5 gallon jug gives me about 10 hours, or 50 miles, of motoring if needed. Did some minor marinetex repair on two small chips along the side of the boat that have appeared recently. Walked the dogs several times over the course of the day and met nice really people at the dog park. Jake and Anne seemed happy as clams to just hang out on deck most of the rest of the day in the warm but not too hot sun. As I've mentioned before, we are like a little tourist attraction with people coming up to visit the beautiful goldens sitting so contentedly on the nice clean sailboat. Made a chicken and rice casserole last night - my first. I think I overcooked it, but it was still decent. The dogs had some in their food for dinner and breakfast and there's still lunch or a few more dog meals. Watched "I am Legend" last night before heading to bed. It was just ok. I've watched about 5 movies in the last week or so, which is more movies than I've watched in the last year or so. Well, it's still raining outside. I'm supposed to meet some people at the dog park in 20 minutes and I had an offer to take the dogs to the beach from some other people. Instead we'll have to occupy ourselves in here until things clear up. Hope you enjoy your Sunday as much as I'm likely to enjoy mine. I think I'm finally learning how to relax more.