Haul Out Day
17 April 2019 | Laying out 200' of chain on deck
"I always feel like The Ghost from Christmas Past when we do this exercise of hauling the heavy chain out on our side deck to rinse it and let it dry." On our primary alone, we have 200' of chain and 120' of rope. Then our secondary anchor has 200' of rope and 30' of chain.
Haul out went smoothly , so now we are in a race with the clock to check off everything else on our "Putting Sapphire to Bed" list before we fly out tomorrow. Everything gets washed and stored away in vacuum tight bags with dryer sheets to try to keep the mildew at bay.
We leave the fans running all summer, powered by our solar panels, to keep the air circulating. Cupboard doors are all left open with mattresses standing on end. Tinfoil covers ever hatch and port light to attempt to keep the interior a little cooler during the hot summer months ahead. If we get it looking like a cyclone has torn through, then we have pretty much accomplished our purpose.
By the time we were finished and lugged all our stuff back to the apt, we were dead tired. Moby just lit the gas stove and happened to leave the box of matches IN the oven. And when doing our wind down crossword puzzle together, I said " Oh , I've got this.... Sonny & Cher song _____ You Babe" I tried writing in, "It ain't You Babe!" Moby, even in his exhausted state, had to laugh..."That's got to be one of the all time great love songs.. "It ain't you Babe!" Try "I've Got You, Babe" .
Now I can't get "It ain't You Babe out" of my head."
Thoughts on leaving: As much as I try to live in the present, I'm always looking ahead to the next adventure, the next occasion that we have to look forward to. I've missed my workout buddies, tennis friends, my family and especially my sons. Happily, my eldest son, Nick, is flying home for Easter weekend, and Tyler will be home too, so we will all be together again, at least for the weekend. Nice homecoming. Lots to get done in the one week we'll be home before I take off with my League team for our tournament down in Kiawah