Nothing Worthwile is Easy

Just sayin…it is time to leave the unfinished business behind!  All One good thing I learned from my career was the importance of setting deadlines. Without them, time seems to just slip away, and before you know it, plans need to be firm. So we have set a deadline for when we will set sail for the warmer climes of Fl and the Bahamas. Hmmm…I also know that deadlines can be moving targets…and sometimes they move so fast you just cannot intersect with them no matter how hard you try. But a little retrospective soul searching could prove beneficial toward making that deadline more fixed. So what if there are multitudes of unfinished projects in our new home…and in spite of that, we have managed to get most of the highly desirable boat projects finished or almost finished. So, it is just going to have to be o.k. With our neighbors that our bright work is not finished, or that there is moldy foam on our lifelines…but it does have fresh bottom paint and a new cockpit enclosure. Enough is enough. It is past time to just go sailing. 

We are busy trying to get ducks in a row … Not an easy task!  They just waddle all over the place, and refuse to cooperate. It is a bit like rounding up a heard of stay cats! Paperwork will be the death of us all! 

About 4knots

Old sailor, new adventures. Lived in Washington, DC and area from Spring 1966 to Spring 2012 when I moved to Knoxville, TN. I began sailing in 1992 as mental therapy after the death of my beloved husband, Tomas, in 1991. I had become a workaholic, and sailing breezes gave me new life. I became an avid sailor, racer (including frostbite races), and a sailing instructor in Annapolis, MD, and in DC. I helped begin a community sailing program in DC as well as Baltimore, and taught underprivileged DC children to sail. I met my current husband, Ken, at a mutual friend's island home in the Chesapeake Bay. I was writing a poem while watching a storm role in as I sat on a bluff overlooking the Bay. He stopped by and we chatted for a bit. Later in the evening I was watching people dance and he commented that we were the only ones not dancing, so we danced one tune, but he was not a dancer. Later that night my friends wanted to row around the anchorage and say hello and go aboard to see other boats and continue the party...the boater's excuse to say. "my boat is better/bigger than your boat". One of our boardings was "Anisette", a Pearson 30' owned by Ken and his friends. A few weeks later we met again at a ski club summer event, a boat raft-up, and Ken became a pest that night and annoyed me to no end. He later sought me out and apologized, and invited me to go sailing as part of the apology. His boat partners were along and we had a lot of fun, even though it was too hot to be sailing.' Ken volunteered to crew for my race boat...afterwards I told him I did not need him as crew--he knew how to sail, but he did not know how to race, and I was use to winning. Our paths kept crossing, and at some point he showed up as a sailing instructor where I was teaching. My son was in college so I decided to advertise his room for rent, and Ken applied, and because I already knew him I accepted, but 2 or 3 months later he move out because his girlfriend, someone he worked with, wanted him to have his own place. Meantime, my son was coming and going, and I would meet interesting sailors who who were coming to Annapolis to learn to sail, as well as aduring the boat show weeks. Ken and his girlfriend broke up and he wanted to know if he could move back in and keep his boat at my dock. It was literally years later I learned he had been passing me off as his girlfriend before I was...and that finally explained a few odd comments from his boat partners and others that made no sense to me at the time. Well, in the end, everything happens for a reason. We eventually sailed aboard our Caliber 35, Harmony, on the Chesapeake and Delaware bays as well as up and down the east coast. We sailed through NY where we saw a sea plane flip over as it was trying to land at the Wall Street sea plane landing, where it floated belly up. We saw the pilot climb out. A barge with a big crane arrived and a diver attached a chain to the tail of the plane. The plane was hoisted out of the water, but before it could be swung onto the barge, the chain snapped and the small plane nosedived deep into the dark, murky water. At that point we moved on to where we anchored for the night: behind Pauper's Island. And the events of that 3-night anchorage is another story worth telling. We also sailed aboard a 44' cutter through the Caribbean from Puerto Rico to Columbia and explored the many islands in between. Ken proposed in Puerto Rico and, acting against my inner voice, we were married in St. Vincent in 2005.
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1 Response to Nothing Worthwile is Easy

  1. 4knots says:

    Oh, yeah, we will do our early voting duty on Oct. 12, then head North to Harmony. We plan to be seriously sailing by Oct. 17 at the latest, and will meet up with a few other boats along the way, the first of which is Oct. 21 and by the 22nd our little flotilla will be complete and heading rapidly south at 4 knots.

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