I have been given snow days, early dismissals and delays this year and, yes, teachers love them as much as students. However, with this cold weather comes problems when working on a boat. Matt is now in the stage where he needs things to set and harden, not to mention he needs to be able to use his hands and that is increasingly difficult in below freezing temperatures. That puts boat work on a side burner.
Inside a nice warm house, I have started to work on skills that will come in handy once the boat is nearly complete. I am learning to use a sewing machine and gaining confidence with every project. I finished a t-shirt quilt, am making an apron and just got volunteered to make curtains for our classroom.
This skill will help me when it comes time to make the sheets for the V-Berth and secondary cabin beds and make the covers for our sails. It will also help when we upgrade to a stronger machine for sail patching and repair.
I like this new challenge and I feel like 2018 is going to be a year of challenges. Even before the boat is complete, we have had to learn to juggle work time, boat time, and together time. Now, included, is more time spent with my family, which has increased now that we are living back at my parents house. I see my sister, niece and nephews more and we eat dinner and hang out with my parents almost every evening. I love routine and I know that falling into one is good and I also know that it will be hard for me to change again when the boat is ready for water. Hopefully, time spent on the boat after its completion will teach me to be able to adapt to change like wind in my sails. …or maybe I will just roll with it a little better. Just as long as I can stay afloat, I think I will be alright.