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We’ve taken one more step to launch us in the direction of living full time on Sundown, our Hans Christian 33t sailboat. (more…)

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Clay and I are celebrating our 12-year anniversary today. In some ways it feels like we got married only a couple years ago. In another, it seems we’ve always been together. Either way, it’s all great! (more…)

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Where in the world is the galley?

When people ask, “How’s the boat renovation progressing?,” I cower and feebly mumble something I think will appease their curiosity like, “Oh, you know, it’s a big project” or “It’s coming along.” If they say they want to see it, I cringe and politely change the subject or pray my phone rings so I can feign annoyance that we’ve been interrupted and will have to set a viewing date another time.

I react this way because s/v Sundown is a mess (view more photos in the gallery). There’s crap everywhere. It’s dusty, dirty and greatly disturbs the sense of order I need to feel balanced. But I’m reading a book that’s giving me a new appreciation for the boat’s disheveled, nasty state (more…)

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I wrote the title of this post with “Raspberry Beret,” a song by Prince, playing in my head. While Sundown won’t wear a cute little French hat (which is just a silly thought because sailboats don’t wear hats), she will wear these shiny, freshly painted dorades. I love visible progress like this. Stay tuned for more!

 

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Teaching TS101

While we’re still land locked, bicycling is a big part of our lives. As League of American Bicyclists certified instructors, we often teach Traffic Skills 101 classes. As Bicycle Ambassadors, we give presentations in our community on the same subject. I also am a member of a women’s bike commuting team sponsored by Hottman Law Office. (more…)

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detile8We’ve been accomplishing much work, both in the boat as well as in our community. Boat work includes a new, hinged refrigeration compartment lid; galley sink fixtures, remaining marble tile counters and teak counter edging installed; companionway stairs are being remodeled; shower tile is being removed; shower pump is installed; aft and forward water tanks are plumbed; and interior woodwork is being stripped and prepared for new varnish. You can check out much of this work in the Photo Galley. (more…)

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It’s winter time in the Rocky Mountains. A Siberian cold front has settled over Colorado and temperatures have been cold! That hasn’t stopped Clay from working inside our sailboat, Sundown, however. With a propane heater blasting, he’s been rebuilding the former icebox compartment, making it more accessible with a hinged top. We plan to add a refrigeration system to it, too. Check out the photos of his handiwork  I added to the Photo Gallery.

I’ve been busy knitting Christmas gifts, but I can’t display them publicly yet. Doing so would ruin some surprises. I also have been working a lot, including shooting a fun TV show about how to maintain healthy habits throughout the holidays. It was taped on location at The Cupboard, a wonderful kitchen and foodie store in Old Town Fort Collins. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed hosting it.

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One of this summer’s big projects was repainting Sundown’s bottom. It was quite the job, but the results are so gratifying because the progress is visible.

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Most of the steps are documented in the Photo Gallery. They included: (more…)

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That’s right! After experimenting with a 3M product meant to chemically remove paint from the bottom of Sundown, we decided that the results weren’t satisfactory and we’d spend a lot of money only to have to go back over her bottom side with scraping tools. So we sharpened the chisels, sucked it up and went to work. We spent about 10 hours total scraping off all the old bottom paint. (Check out our Photo Galley for several photos of the job.) (more…)

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Needing a break from the daily grind, Clay and I took off for the hills with Seren, our Golden Retriever. With backpacks loaded, we “sailed” up the West Branch Trail in the Rawahs (more…)

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