May 19, 2017

Friday Funny 05/19 (Sunburn)


Pop Pop! (I love popcorn!)

Yes, it does actually get sunny enough in Wrangell to get a sunburn. So, even though we live in the largest national rainforest, the Tongass, Nat'l Forest, the sun does make appearances.

Don't get me started on Alaska land ownership, that's another discussion, for another day. (Soapbox)

I'm still in the scrubbing mode, and this week, while the sun was shining, I was in the inflatable dinghy floating around Denali Rose. My project this week was to clean, and polish the hull. We have a painted hull, not a colored gel-coat. 

I tied the dinghy off to the stanchions, and worked on a section at a time. The order of my cleaning: wet it down with water, use the toothbrush to clean the green stuff out from under the edges of the metal on the rub-rail, put on Spotless Stainless on the stubborn rust spots, use a small bit of Soft Scrub to clean the hull, rinse off, apply FSR on the stubborn stains on the paint, rinse all of the remaining cleaners off, apply Awlgrip polish, buff, (by hand), push back, admire, move dinghy to next set of stanchions. 

Supplies laid out in the dinghy.

The blue bucket is just for carrying everything, the red bucket has fresh water to rinse the sponges, each sponge is for a different cleaner, and the white container, is a hand-pump pressure washer. 


Tied off to the side, even with this, it's an arm/shoulder workout to hold next to the hull, while pushing against it as I clean.

This is where the sunburn occurs.....

A "farmer's tan".
After a day in the dinghy with the sun reflecting off of the water, (I sort of forgot), this is what my arm looked like the next morning. Ouch. I wore long sleeves after that.

Polished!

It's worth the effort for Denali Rose to be clean. She looks much better!

I took a break from scrubbing, to repair a neighbor's fly-bridge cover. Bill is still pulling wiring inside, so I set up my sewing machine on the dock. I attracted quite a bit of attention as people walked by. 

Sewing on the dock.

Organized chaos.

This is where my sewing table is usually located. When you pull up the sole, (boat talk for floor), you see all of the spare parts that came with Denali Rose. Bill is inventorying them, and deciding whether to keep, put in storage, or sell. 


Meat burning.

As soon as I get my sewing machine back in it's place inside, I can get back to sewing the new sail covers, and weather cloths. I'm looking forward to seeing Denali Rose in her new colors, all clean and shiny.

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May 15, 2017

The Rest of the Story - Swimming

Did she or didn't she? I know the tension, and suspense is unbearable!



I started swim lessons three weeks ago, with classes every Wednesday, and Saturday. I filled my water time with lap swim on Tuesdays for practice, and water aerobics on Friday. I feel fully water-logged.

In addition to the goggles, and swim cap we received at our first lesson, we also got a snorkel tube at our last lesson. Neat-o swag.



We did different kinds of drills over the course of three weeks. We practiced breathing techniques with rotation from side to side, and kick boards, (breathe in with your mouth, out through your nose). Learned proper underwater gliding form, (arms extended, chin tucked in, legs together). Treading water means "egg beater legs", with swirly arms/hands.  We trained with flippers, and without, for leg kicks that are done at the hip joint, not at the knees, and "loosey, goosey" ankles.

We used a pull buoy, which is a float you grip with your thighs, helps your legs to float while you concentrate on your stroke with your arms, (get those elbows up, and skim the water with your fingers).

It's a cool training device, it works!

I learned that if I felt things weren't going right, (too much flailing), I could stop, float, reset my position and my mind, and start up again. I didn't have to feel tense, I could just relax, take a moment, catch a breath, and know it's all okay. I don't need to grab the side, or stand up. This is a big step for me.

My classmates were fun, and we enjoyed the camaraderie. I couldn't have attended this class without you, Kathy, and Maria! We spent some of our water time laughing with each other. (Notice I said with, not at.) Our instructors were helpful, knowledgable, and encouraging, Wrangell has the best! Thanks Kate, and Bruce, you were awesome! I remarked to them, that even though I have had swim lessons before, I've never had anyone break down the steps, and give such complete instructions. I have a really good understanding of how it all works now. Head knowledge, which needs practice, practice, practice for that muscle memory.

The last lesson, required a jump into the pool at the deep end, come to the surface, tread water for a minute, and swim 25yards, the length of the pool. Did I do it???????


Well?!?

Did I get a t-shirt, and what did it look like?



Learned to swim!

Go me! You're never to old to learn!






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May 12, 2017

Friday Funny 05/12 (Mother's Day, of course)



With adulthood comes realization.

Happy Mother's Day to all Mothers everywhere. 

I found some funny downloadable cards for you, just in case they fit your need.

Maybe your Mother likes wacky humor. 
Here is the website you can download from, and they have more if one of these isn't quite right.

People magazine published an interesting article about the origins of the day. Anna Jarvis, in her home state of West Virginia, was focused on trying to prevent infant mortality by improving sanitary medical conditions for women and children. In 1868, she created Mother's Friendship Day in West Virginia to bring Confederate, and Union mothers together. After her own mother died, she created a Mother's Day, and started the tradition of sending white carnations. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the second Sunday of May as the official Mother's Day. Then the greeting card companies, and florists got ahold of the holiday, and commercialism took over. Anna Jarvis spent most of the rest of her life boycotting, and organizing protests against Mother's Day, saying that commercialism had kidnapped the real meaning behind the holiday.



Since I am unable to actually speak to my Mother, I still honor her anyway. I have previously written about my parents, and the way they have influenced my life. I don't remember if Mom enjoyed boats, but I'm sure she would have welcomed the adventure of a visit to Denali Rose.

Happy Mother's Day Mom!

Mom's love never ends.

I also honor my beautiful daughter-in-law, who takes care of her family, through my son's active military career, my three grandsons, and is studying for her nursing license. She's a BUSY women.

Happy Mother's Day Veronica!

The hidden cape goes with the "eyes in the back of the head". Roni, I know you have one of these!

Here's a suggestion to avoid the commercialism

A sweet sentiment.

However you celebrate, with an e-card, a phone call, a restaurant meal, or a day away from chores, have a good one!

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May 11, 2017

This is for the birds...

We are now classifying Eagles as another hazard to navigation [instruments at least...]
The following photos were taken of a friend's boat from our deck yesterday evening... [If all those lights and instruments have to be replaced he is out ~$800 + a fun trip to the masthead...]
What about our boat? So far the eagles are into us for $650 as they took out our wind direction indicator [part of anemometer…] We haven’t installed the solid state no moving parts eagle-resistant replacement yet and its cable yet…












May 5, 2017

Friday Funny 05/05 (Scrubbing the Boat)



Yup, the boat.

After our two weeks out of the water in the work yard, Denali Rose was filthy. Our neighbor was sandblasting, and even though he had tented it off with visqueen, and duct tape, so much dust still came our way.

We have a small electric pressure washer, and it has taken me three days to do the deck.

Pressure washed vs not pressure washed, you can see the difference.

Now, I'm getting out the cleaner, and using the scrub brush.

Hard at work.

Here is our selection of brushes. They are a variety of stiffness, and some fit in your hand, while others screw onto on a handle. I'm sure we have too many, because I have only used the blue hand brush, and a sponge, and none of the rest.

Do we need nine brushes?

The non-skid, and deck paint are in need of a refresh, I think that the day it's totally white again will be the day we repaint it. I vote for grey though, I'm done with white. Re-doing the deck is on the "project list", but not this summer's list. It's about priorities, and we can only do so much, and then it is time to get off of the dock, and go enjoy Southeast Alaska.

The stainless is up next, I did one piece, and decided to move on to another project. There is just soooo much stainless, and I can only work on it in small doses before I get overwhelmed.

AND IF, you get all of your chores done......


One set of fender holders covered in cleaner.

Brush it on, let it sit, and rinse off with water. It works fairly well.

The kayaks needed the green washed off, and 303 UV protector rubbed on. I spent the rest of the afternoon working on them. One more scrubbing project done.

Clean and shiny.

Crud, (literally), Bill opened up one of the overhead hatches in the pilothouse to get a breeze. There's a whole new area of green to eliminate that I missed.

Quick! Close the hatch, and hide it!



On a different subject,

It fits!

My replacement Dubarry boots have arrived, and they fit perfectly. I'm really going to enjoy wearing them.

I don't need a Duke to check if they fit.

PS. I don't have a fairy godmother, (that I know about anyway.) If I did, I wouldn't need a new dress, or glass slippers, I would ask her to scrub the boat!

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo!

For those of you who are Cinderella fans, (like me, did you guess)? Here's the video.



What about this? Is Elsie related to Lucifer?

Lucifer, the stepmother's cat.
Comparison:

Elsie, (black cat), and Gus, (tabby), awaiting their escape through the companionway doors.

Do you enjoy scrubbing? 
Are you doing spring cleaning? 
What is your favorite Disney movie? 

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April 28, 2017

Friday Funny 04/28 (Swimming Lessons)

My swimming ability.

I can swim a bathtub length, but since Denali Rose doesn't have one, I'm out of luck.

Wrangell has a really terrific Community Center, and it's very reasonably priced for membership. Once you have joined, most lessons, and activities are free, and you certainly can't argue with that. In the past when we have been in Wrangell, I joined, and used the weight room, and exercise machines. 

Just recently they advertised that they were giving adult swim lessons, and Bill encouraged me to go. I have had swim lessons three different times in the past, and have sort of learned how to float, side stroke, and dog paddle. I don't really consider that swimming, though that will probably help in saving myself if I accidentally fell in the water.

I never learned to swim as a child.
A. Anchorage didn't have a swimming pool when I was growing up.
B. One of my first memories is falling off of the dock at Big Lake, seeing the underwater piers, and having my 5 and 7 year old brothers pull me out. Sort of colors my brain for being in the water. The story goes that Ralph was hanging onto me calling for David to help, and David had to tie up his toy boat first. ;-0

Always wear your PFD!

I have been going to water aerobics three times a week, before they advertised the swim lessons, so in addition to exercising, and meeting new people, I was getting used to being in the pool. Who knew???

Wrangell's pool, it's different, that's saltwater in there.

I went to my first lesson last night, and it went well. I back floated, (wearing fins, to practice correct kicking), all the way to the far deep end, and back. Whoa! Who goes into the deep end on their first swim lesson? ME! 

The instructor gave each of us a pair of swim goggles, and a latex swim cap, we get a t-shirt at the end of the course. One of the other students complained that her best pair of swim goggles just broke, my burning question is; "why are you in a beginning swim class if you have a best pair of swim goggles?"



So, just like me, you will have to wait to see the outcome. Will I learn to swim, will I finish the class, and most importantly, what will my awarded t-shirt say?

Do you know how to swim, have you taken lessons, did you get a t-shirt as a prize? 
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(And incidentally, I HAVE taken piano lessons too, and don't really play. Chopsticks anyone?) ☺


April 23, 2017

Snags in the boatyard...

We are just wrapping up our first maintenance haul out of the boat since she became ours in mid 2014.

It was time to refresh the bottom paint, replace the cutlass bearing [one in the strut], replace the bellows on the dripless prop shaft seal, and install the new forward looking SONAR.

This post is about how the little things can be costly... In this case, a set screw that refused to budge...

A boat buck [and 3 extra days in the boat yard] took care of that 40¢ screw alrighty...

Following is my first attempt at embedding posts from our Denali Rose Sailboat Facebook page, where these events were originally chronicled... [Along with several others...]

I do this out of pure laziness with total disregard for what you might prefer... [and because, well, we are still on the hard and very busy...]

Please let us know what you think of this approach. [Not that we will do anything about it...]







April 21, 2017

Friday Funny 04/21 (Wrangell upcoming events)

Very True

This will be another quick one since we are still awash in boat projects on the hard.

Sign at the Reliance Harbor.

The Wrangell King Salmon Derby is coming up, and I hope we get a chance to participate this year.

The artwork of Ray Troll

Ray Troll lives in Ketchikan, (south of Wrangell Island), and he has terrific artwork, designs, and clothing. Check out his website for more fun! His artwork is everywhere in Alaska.

Salmon Sister's have a fun clothing line, as well, as Octopus Ink.

The Fourth of July Celebration plans are ramping up. Who would like a Wrangell T-shirt, the boat races will be back this year after a hiatus. Wrangell Chamber E News. (this will give you a taste of our small-town happenings)


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April 14, 2017

Friday Funny 04/14 (On the Hard)

Denali Rose is out of the water and sitting in the Wrangell Boat Yard getting some maintenance done.  (Sailor talk: being on the hard). I haven't had much time to do my usual Friday Funny, so please enjoy one of my favorite singer/songwriter's version of "The Hard".





The Hard

Yes, we are still living onboard, the yard workers tend to quit hammering, sawing, welding, and painting by about 7:00pm, and all is pretty quiet. We're taking showers at the laundromat across the street, and the yard has a restroom. The boat is connected to power with a 30amp cord, so we have electricity onboard.