Winter has finally arrived in Connecticut. So far, it has not been as harsh as the winter of 2013-2014, at least not from what we heard about last winter. We missed that one while we enjoyed the warmth of the Bahamas. It has been cold at times, zero degrees and below, but only a couple minor snowfalls …. until this week. A major “crippling and paralyzing” blizzard was predicted, but it fell somewhat short of that hype in New York and western Connecticut. I don’t mind that the weathermen and the politicians become overexcited and overly cautious. It is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to Mother Nature, as we sailors surely know. The storm was much worse, a true blizzard, east and north of us. Nantucket, one of our favorite islands, was hit very hard.
The more curious aspect of this blizzard was its two names. Connecticut’s weather folks at WFSB named it “Blizzard Colbie” after Colbie Caillat, while the Weather Channel called the storm “Juno” based on its 2014-2015 list of storm names. Channel surfing among the options left me confused at first – are there two storms? In my humble opinion, the Weather Channel gets to do the naming. Storms don’t recognize state borders, so why should Connecticut name any storm? Silly, silly, silly.
It’s a good winter to be home, for us. We missed our children and grandchildren last Christmas and enjoyed every moment of Christmas Eve with them this year.
We are vicariously enjoying the cruising life through our many friends who have made the trip south again. Emails, phone calls, Facebook, and blogs keep us in touch. And when they have AIS, we can even watch their progress until they cross over to the Bahamas. Is that considered stalking??
Winter is a good time for going to the movies (“Imitation Game”) and enjoying a quiet evening with Downton Abbey on PBS. Reading is just as good in the winter as it is in the summer on the boat. I have been consuming books at an alarming rate.
But Al rarely sits still long enough to read. Winter is his favorite time to “rip and restore” when it comes to boats. I try to avoid visiting the boat during this time because the sight is just too much for me to absorb. But sometimes I need to check something or measure …… See what I mean —–
There are some very major projects underway, but I will save those photos and details for later when everything is put back together and complete. We call this the “Trawler Transformation.” Al’s projects include, but are not limited to the following:
- Flybridge enclosure (Nautical Needles in Westbrook, CT)
- Helm seat re-design (wait until you see what Al designed for this!)
- Anchor locker re-design
- Holding tank/toilet improvements
- Electrical and electronic upgrades
- Transmission, cutlass bearing and prop overhaul
- Guest cabin renovation
- Galley renovation
- Salon redecorating
In addition to electrical, mechanical, fiberglass, and carpentry projects, there are sewing projects underway —
We used the existing mirror in the guest cabin for the head (bathroom) because there was none there (imagine that.) We really liked a mirror framed in shells at our friends’ house in Maine and decided to create a version for ourselves. Al made the teak frame and I arranged beach finds around it. There is no shortage of shells, coral, stones, and sea glass in our house. Snow Storm Juno provided a perfect day for the project. As the snow fell outside, I imagined myself back on the beach picking up these treasures.
The months are passing by quickly between the projects, our part-time jobs, and just enjoying life. In just three more months, it will be boating season again!! Stay tuned for more on the “Trawler Transformation.”
I’ll end this post with a photo of model lighthouses constructed by 2nd graders in the school where I tutor. They weren’t intentionally designed to be the Elbow Cay Lighthouse, but those red and white stripes caught my eye as I passed by he library.