Sunday, October 27, 2013

Like Sand Through The Hourglass.....

I can NOT believe how the time just keeps slipping on by...I have not been a good blogger. I'm sorry guys....I promise the blogs will be more frequent when we get moving but now...we're in the marina. Working on the boat. All day. Every day. I just haven't felt inspired to write lately....I'm working on it. Writer's block I guess.

Scott putting the finishing touches on the varnish
Scott has varnished almost every piece of wood on this boat...inside & out. It looks amazing.

The varnish is just one of a gazillion projects. We've had the transmission rebuilt,

New transmission going in.....big bucks. Still not perfect....hopefully we will totally fix this week...

bought new dinghy's (yes, "dinghy's"... plural...we have an extra dinghy at this point,

Towing our newest dinghy home.

Scott rebuilt the fridge, the oven, put in an SSB (super hero of all radios & a 2+ months long project) & so much more!! It really is a full time job keeping up with the boat.

Scott also built flower boxes & planted herbs which have fully blossomed into our beautiful herb garden

My most favorite improvement of the season is our newly rebuilt (by my hubby) oven. It is sooooo awesome to have an oven! It's sort of one of those things you can easily learn to live without...but once you have it....YAY!!!

Fresh home made bread
Home made pizza


Wish we could install a washer & dryer...but that's still me. Our car is kaputz & the laundry mat is not within walking distance so I do what I can by hand but we have a major mountain of laundry piling up. Something I must deal with this week. I have so many other pics to share....I gotta get in my blog mode.

One new side note....our sweet Jib woke up the other morning & could not walk. & Scott were pretty upset. It SUCKS to see your pet hurting. As the day went on, Jib moved more & more but not enough. We took him to the Vet that afternoon. Jib has the equivalent of a strained or possibly torn ACL. Our Vet said strict rest for 2 weeks & then we'll re-evaluate. If it's strained, Jib should get better with rest. If it's torn, he'll need surgery. Which is unbelievably expensive. Poor Jib. He is basically on "house arrest" & it's driving him nuts.

While Jib is rehabbing...he surrounds himself with his best buddies. He's always found the most comfort from his toys..


Stay tuned's only gonna get more exciting from here. We're hoping to set sail in 2-3 weeks!!! I CAN NOT WAIT!!!!

Panama or Bust!!

Love...Michelle, Scott & Jib


Friday, October 18, 2013

Fitting In

Ok....I've been back on the boat for 2 weeks. I could lie & tell all our blog followers, friends &family, that it's just been sailboat bliss for the past 14 days. One thing I'm a good liar. I love my husband. I love our boat. I love our dog. I love the ''cruising life''.

So....why is it so hard to be on this boat right now?!!

No matter beats working...&'s been an adjustment for the three of us (Michelle, Scott & Jib) these past two weeks. I think what it boils down to is that, 24/7 with your family....on 38 umm...anxiety provoking?!! Maddening...Intimate...lovely...nails on a chalk get the picture. We're adjusting...with love. I drive Scott crazy. He drives me nuts. We're learning to live together again after 3 months apart. We're learning to do that on a 38ft sailboat. Hmmm...wish all couples had a chance just do this. It's hard. It's awesome. Which end of the spectrum do you think you would fall into?

Jib is Switzerland. He loves both of us. Well, he pretty much loves everybody but we like to pretend we matter more to him than others.

I had this whole other blog planned with pics of all our new & exciting "stuff".. But I'll post that another day. The boat is looking beautiful. Scott has done so much work. I cant wait to get off the dock & go sailing.

Sailing..take me away....

Love, Michelle


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On The Blog Again!!!!

Malaika's home for now.....and yes...that's our pumpkin

Well Hello everyone!! It's been a long time!! I've missed doing the blog....I just havent felt too inspired these past months. However, I had a great reunion with my hubby

We celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary Oct 3rd

& my sweet Jib (after 3 months apart),

moved back onto the boat, and writing instincts have kicked back in...sort of..

Sunrise 30,000 ft up...heading home..

It's been quite an adjustment learning to live on the boat again. I can't believe how a few months away has made this feel like such a foreign place.....and yet, it feels like home too. Scott has been on the boat since the end if July. Upon my arrival home It was suddenly very clear that he & Jib have made their comfy little home...without me. Scott has done so much work & made so many changes that I felt a bit out of place. I keep forgetting little things....conserve water, turn off the propane when done cooking, turn the fridge on once the sun has been up for awhile, turn the fridge off before the sun goes down.., what's the power at?! Oh yeah...did I mention our car is completely dead? For reals this time. She's a gonner. She did get us across the country 4 times so i guess she did as much as she had left....but now..she's dead & we have no transportation. We're selling her for scrap metal. Some company will come pick her up & everything. They're paying us $300 plus, we're keeping the new alternator & battery we bought this spring. It's not a total loss.

It's great to be on the boat again. Just earlier today the boat parked behind us left for the Bahamas....can't wait to be off the dock & on the move.

Check into tomorrow's blog to see all the changes on Malaika! Scott has been working very hard. We have lots of cool new stuff. The blog is back! Yay!! I've missed it hubby, my jib, my Malaika, & my blog! Welcome to season's officially ON!


Michelle, Scott & Jib