As you might remember, it’s been a while since I got married. She is my forth choice and yet it is not a drawback. I had had some valuable experience that I now gladly share with you. That’s what I started with – to our mutual pleasure.
First of all, I checked and cleared the chain locker and all the closets, chests and lockers. Everything that’s going to be thrown away I put under the keel-block.
Then, recovered after the emotional outburst of the first meeting, I grasped the nettle and washed every inch of her, checking in between braces strength or any birds or mice lying around. While in tropics, these little creatures can serve me a dirty trick, and there will be no Dr. Dolittle to help. That’s why I checked and washed EVERYTHING.
In between, as long as the weather allowed, I checked and dried the sails. Well, not out this world, but quite decent ones. In 2003 Sasha and I had much worse sails; still it didn’t put a crimp into our Five Thousand Miles of Happiness. These sails are quite fit to go around the world!
Yesterday all the cushions and couch bask-rests were taken for reupholstery and I finished painting the forepeak. The price for having all the couches and cushions re-covered (that’s 12 pieces plus seven curtains) is $1, 350, which is the best price in town given that it’s the professional who REALLY knows his job.
That’s what I was doing for the first two weeks, my dear friends. It’s a shame that I could only spend three or four (sometimes only one or two) hours a day, because, you know, I have other business to do. But the thing is – I did at least a little something every day! So and no other way will we push forward to our dream. Although it’s also crucial to choose your Miss Right, who of course has to be an orphan to avoid such further announcements as:
- Dear seismologists! Please be so kind as to inform about all big coming earthquakes in advance. My mother-in-law is choosing a country to go on holiday.
After you sweat your guts out, it’s great to sit and think:
“How freaking good! Thank God for this wonderful gift”
And as usual – a short video for you to make sure that we’re inching along to our dream.