June 23, 2017

Friday Funny 06/23 Cracked Window

Nope, not this kind of cracked window.

Windows might be cracked, (or crack?) for some, but not for us. We use Apple/Mac products on Denali Rose. I know others may argue that decision with us, but it's our preference. Case closed.

Not this kind of cracked windshield either.

The front windows in our pilothouse are made out of tempered glass, and are very strong. They would protect us in the event of a large breaking wave over the pilothouse. That's called taking on green water. If any of them were to crack, we would have to replace it immediately with boat bucks. (B.O.A.T. = Break Out Another Thousand)

See that etching, (amidst the raindrops), that means the window is certified tempered. All of the windows have that etching.

Buh Bye scale.

We have a scale onboard, but I don't know where it is, and I don't want to know. We know what clothing fits, and what doesn't, and we're working on that. The swear jar is not a good idea either, well.... because:

Here's the cracked window I AM talking about. I might have said a few of those swear words when I did it.

I taped it closed.

This is the center front window on the dodger. (def: dodger, also known as a spray hood, is an enclosed structure that protects your cockpit from harsh weather. from Sailrite.) 

We were anchoring this past winter, in the dark, and I had to open this piece to see the hand signals that Bill was using to tell me what to do at the helm. It was cold, and I heard it crack.

We are planning on replacing the whole dodger assembly, but we're not going to get to it this summer, unless, all we want to do is work, and not actually use our boat to go somewhere. So I was thinking... I know, a bad sign. We really can't see out the front, it's old, cloudy, and damaged. I thought that maybe I could take off the front piece and just replace the vinyl window for now. I'm a little afraid that I won't get the right dimensions, or the proper stretch, and then it won't fit the frame anymore. We had someone else put on a leather rub strip, and it totally tweaked the fit. I had to move all of the zippers in order for it to be reinstalled. What a pain! This time, I'm planning to not use any zippers, just one full vinyl glass window, so less margin of error. (optimistic thinking)

I'm ordering my supplies today, so add another project to my list. Hopefully it will have a positive outcome.

FYI, one piece of the medium grade 54" x 110" is $178.95. That's why spray suntan lotion, bug spray, or anything chemical next to these windows is strictly forbidden. I only use the IMAR cleaning line, as recommended by "Practical Sailor" magazine, and the purple microfiber towels are the only ones that are allowed to be used to clean and wipe.

The best absorbent microfiber ever! I get them from FlyLady.

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June 16, 2017

Friday Funny 06/16 (Blogging)

I had that block.

Seriously, this block was on my desk, (actually table), this week, and I couldn't come up with anything to write about. In my defense, I had the flu, and still put together a post about Captain Ron and Suzie visiting us in Wrangell. I hope I didn't give it to them, Bill did the cooking, so I'm trusting they escaped.

Kitties keeping me company.

While I was aching all over, and napping in the salon, this is how Elsie, and Gus kept me company. They never sleep together, they're not that good of friends. Bill always says that they know when you don't feel well, and cuddle up, to help you feel better. I also never nap, so if I fall asleep in the middle of the day, you know I'm ill.

This is the salon table where I work, with my mug of coffee, and Elsie curled up on her sheepskin.
Pay no attention to the differences in cushions. I did one cushion to see if I liked the color, and the rest will wait to be an indoor project this winter.

Gus likes the Captain's stool, hmm, should we read anything into that?

My blogging friend Stephanie, recently posted about how she sometimes finds it hard to write, Inspiration Can Be Overrated.   (They have a beautiful boat, and it's for sale.) It's a little ironic that her lack of inspiration was inspiring. 😁

There are also blogging friends like Ellen at Cynical Sailor & His Salty Sidekick, who pretty much posts content three times a week. Her posts are funny, and she frequently receives plenty of comments. It takes me too long to write a draft, and then I have to wait a day to go back and edit out the glaring errors. I'm not a whiz at grammar, and it helps to wait awhile, and look at it fresh. If I posted that often, I wouldn't get anything else done. Ellen is an author though, and she's good at it.

If you want to know about other blogs we have subscribed to, look at the right hand column under "Sailing blog/sites we enjoy". Normally you only see the last five that have a recent post, but for this week, I have changed the setting to see all of the blogs at once.

It's cathartic.

This blog started out as a way to let friends, and family know, and record our whereabouts, and doings, but it has sort of morphed. (We described this in the Prologue tab.) I found I enjoyed writing, even though I sometimes struggle at it, and I use an online dictionary/thesaurus all of the time. Bill is extremely knowledgable about all things sailing, and is a member of several forums. People ask him questions frequently, and he records our technical "stuff" in the right hand column under, "Stuff we have and use". That way he can just refer questions to the a particular blog post, and only has to type it once.

I always say, "Bill writes the technical posts, and I write the goof-ball stuff".

Google hosts this blogging site, and though we do get statistics about how many hits in a day, how many hits on each post, what country they are from, and what kind of browser was used. We don't know how many receive a notification of posts through email, or rss notification, or who you are. See sidebar to the right for how to "Subscribe to our nonsense".

Me too

A word of caution:

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