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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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My bIMG_0572rother came to our house for Christmas which was a special gift. A week later, we received another gift from him – a box of perfectly custom-made bronze genoa stop screws*! He is a professional machinist so this job was nothing for him. He’ll have a website up soon, as we’ve urged him to start a side business machining custom parts for our fellow salty dogs. In the meantime, he can be reached at sharpe3006@gmail.com.Genoa stop screw

*Translation for our non-sailing friends: A genoa is a sail on the front of the boat that complements the main sail. It’s sheets (ropes) are attached to an apparatus called a genoa car that is mounted on a genoa track that is mounted on each side rail of a sailboat with such sails. Genoa stop screws hold the genoa car in place based on how you want the genoa sail to interact with the wind. When the screws are twisted up (to remove the tension), the car moves smoothly along the track. Get it?

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I had this awesome idea for a surprise Christmas present – matching coats for Kim and I with our sailboat’s name embroidered on them. For years I have purchased my EMT Reserves’ uniforms from a local shop, Encore Uniform and Apparel, and they’ve expertly completed all my orders, so I knew this was a job they could handle. (more…)

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