Time to go

The sail arrived this week and we plan to leave Tuesday morning. It’s time and we’re ready. This is a quote from Mark Twain that I’ve been thinking of for quite a while, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” We’ll check in soon, friends!


So close

Our sail is going to be delivered tomorrow! Ralph has worked hard on the curtains and they are almost done. Today we loaded up our folding bikes and some other gear. We’re almost there.



Ralph, the seamster

Hi again.  Ralph is in the throes of making window coverings for Toga.  I think they are looking great.  I am down to the bottom of my “to do” list, finishing some legal/financial business and upgrading our boat first aid kit.  I moved almost everything I want to bring on the trip aboard this week and we also finished a first aid class together.  Just as I was typing this, we got a call from the sail maker and our sail will be here by the end of this week!  So, departure is looking more and more real.  Yeah!




Good week

We had a good week.  Although it is frustrating to be waiting, it does give us time to do things that we didn’t think we could get to.  Ralph replaced the port lights and built a railing for our clothes area.  I have been organizing things at home and wrapping up other loose ends.  I had a nice visit with Amy when I took the car to her in LaJolla on Saturday and we had a nice mother’s day celebration Sunday with our crew.  Our new target departure date is May 20th.


New port lights!

New port lights!

guard rail for clothes

guard rail for clothes

Excitement and anxiety

Hi friends! We had a fun bon voyage party last weekend (I will post some photos when I get them from my family) – I still feel elevated from all of the blessing and good wishes we received.  I never grow tired of answering questions about our trip and the live-aboard lifestyle.  Some of my favorite questions: “where is the microwave?” (not going to happen on our sailboat), “where is the TV?”(there isn’t one), “where are you going to put your clothes!” (probably several places!).  Unfortunately, our departure date is still uncertain.  The soft target of May 10th is going to pass.  There are a few issues that need to be resolved before we can leave here, one of which is the delivery of our new head sail.  Ralph’s goal was always to leave here in during the recommended time frame of May/June, so he isn’t worrying about anything.  I have to admit that I am anxious and would like to get going soon.  I still have a lot to do, however, so I am going to focus on being as ready as possible. 

It seems like excitement and anxiety are two sides of a coin, or the edge of a line I walk.  I am bouncing between the two, and I wish I was more relaxed.  But I am happy and I am trying to ride the wave as it comes – always a challenge for me.  Hugs!