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Published: November 9th 2009
on the hard
One of many on the hard at Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga NY
Well, for many of us, fall is the time when we all have to divide our time between numerous fun projects such as raking the leaves and finishing some of the outside projects on the house. For those with boats we also have to add in the project that we all dread which is “winterizing”. It isn’t that we dread it because it is such a difficult task, but because it “finalizes the season” and we must wait for the winter to pass until the next boating season. This year this process is with mixed feelings as it is still true that we hate to see the sailing season end, but this time we know it is the last one for a long time in Upstate NY. As a result it means that our dream will be coming true in the very near future, but we will also be leaving our friends and neighbors in the TBurg area. Besides the normal list we have for winterizing, we also have a very long list of other projects that we want to get done before setting off next summer. As a result we have arranged to have our boat stored indoors this year
Draining the water system
Part of the winterizing process in draining the water system, clearing items off the boat for storage and winterizing the engine - the water is being drained now, still have a few more things to finish
so we can have time to work during the winter on some of these to be sure that we are ready. That is the plan - we will see how motivated we are when the winter is upon us. Currently Tsamaya is “on the hard” at Beacon Bay Marina in Cayuga NY. As you can see by the photo she is outside now, but will be moved indoors before winter is upon us.We will keep you posted on our blog so stay tuned!
People ask if I have been enjoying my retirement - the answer is yes, however, I still have not found time to actually sit down and relax. I have now sanded and painted the front porch floor, raked the yard a number of times (thanks to our Norwegian maple that refuses to drop its leaves all at once), scrapped one of the walls of the garage & painted, run numerous errands (not sure how these got done when both of us were working), cleaned out cupboards to find those numerous treasures for our yard sales. One real bonus however has been that Bob and I have actually had time to eat breakfast together every morning which
Still working on outside house projects
Bob always working on the outside of the house - putting up some new siding so we can get it painted
has been a really nice plus. This is great as well as it still gets me up and going early so I can get a chance to cross things off of my “to do” list. This next week will be the first time I am taking time to have lunch with a friend from Cornell which will be great fun - I hope to do more of this in the future.
A new time commitment this fall has been going through the house and starting to determine what we will store, what we will give away and/or donate and what we will try to sell. We have now had 2 fun-filled Saturdays holding a yard sale (this was an especially favorite event for Bob!) We were very fortunate to have good weather both times and as a result we were able to pass on some of our items to others. One great side benefit of having the yard sales was getting to meet some new people as well as catch up with some friends and neighbors that stopped by to find a treasure! Even with having 2 very successful yard sales we are realizing we have a long way
getting house ready
We knew we couldn't do it all so hired someone to paint the house - front was just completed - now have to put the shutters back up. Always thinking about getting it ready to sell in the Spring
to go to de-clutter our house of 35 years of accumulation. We really have filled the space that we have and will have quite a job ahead of us to get down to a 40’ sailboat. Wish us luck!
Things we are doing in the future that we already have planned: 1) we are both taking a 3 day diesel maintenance class in March in Massachusetts 2) heading to the Miami boat show in February - Bob wanted to have a special treat when he retires the end of January & this will be it 3) signing up for a weather class, 4) working on learning how to use the radar we installed and etc…. Stay tuned for updates to the blog as we move through the process of getting ready to leave.
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Will the raking end?
Lots of leaf raking this fall - Bob mentioned that this may be the last time I rake leaves for a very long time - a very nice thought indeed
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