Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Six Months.....Wait, What?!?

Didn't I just have my one year freakout last week?!?  Sure seems like it. 

I can only imagine the stress, anxiety and worry that I'll endure this next year as we prep and leave. Being notoriously bad with change, I'm sure it won't all be pretty, but you know what? I can't wait!! Because along with all that drama and stress (on my part) will come new discoveries, adventure, memories that will never fade and, darn it, a whole lotta have FUN!!

After five (yep, F-I-V-E) years of planning and always feeling like our departure was in some far-off time in a fairy-tale land I'm a bit perplexed by how quick our estimated date of departure is approaching. If five years can go by that fast, this next six months is gonna be nothing but a blip on the radar.

Oddly enough, the closer it gets the more ready I get...that's gotta be a good sign, right? I mean, if five years can fly by like nothing, then we've got some livin' to do and that livin' starts in T minus 6 months (with maybe a little before then ;)).

With each passing day we get a little closer
Here's to hoping this new year brings you fun and adventure of your own!! Cheers!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Santa Was Good To Skelton Crew

From our crew to yours - we hope you had a VERY Merry Christmas!!!

This year was a bit different for us in the fact that we actually got each other presents. The last couple of years we decided to save some money and forgo the gifts to one another, but not this year. And I forgot how much fun it is!

We had only one rule and that was that it had to be stuff that we'll take with us on our trip. I'm not going to mention the budget part because I totally went overboard in that department, although it was all stuff we wanted for cruising. You just can't beat some of those (online) Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, which we'll miss next year so it was a 'now or never' mood that struck. And I didn't hear Ron complaining too much about it.

A couple of our 'necessities' haha

Gettin' down to bidness with my gloves and bear spray
Sorry about the unfortunate face I'm making

So many toys and so little energy

The 'big' gift
We also got some more clothing, gear and galley stuff from our families that we can't wait to try out! We just might actually be ready to go when the time comes :)

Although we'll miss our families next year, we may have talked a few relatives into meeting up with us somewhere warm for the holidays next year...unless that was the champagne talking. ::Fingers crossed!::

Friday, December 19, 2014

Strays On Board

I think we have some hitchikers on board. I'm not too surprised by the discovery, but what kind of devil bug does this to someone's cushions?!? Can you say guh-ross?! We found this little mess on the back of one of our cushions, under some trim. There was no other 'traces' anywhere else and no corpse on which to place the blame, which makes me paranoid that the little perp is still running loose on the boat excreting all over it. I really hope not. 

I immediately thought I had hours of soaking and scrubbing ahead of me as I removed the cover and brought it home. I soaked it in warm, soapy water for a good hour and imagine my surprise when, with scrub brush in hand, I couldn't find the stains anywhere. Nothing.Zip.Zero.Zilch. I guess they're not lying when they call this outdoor 'stain resistant' fabric, I love it!
Okay, it's not as major as the first picture leads you to believe,
but still gross
I rinsed and wrung it out and it looks as good as new...which is good because it pretty much still is. Gee, I can't wait to get to the tropics where the real bug issues are at....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Magic Ezy 9 Second Chip Fix


We've got a few dings and dents around Hullabaloo, some from us, some not. They kind of drive me crazy every time I see them and I"ve wanted to get them fixed but wasn't sure exactly how to go about doing it and wasn't sure how much work it would take. So I just put up with them.

Then this past summer I found this stuff online that was supposed to be a super easy, super quick fix for fiberglass chips. I watched the Youtube clip and read reviews and, naturally, as I was trying to buy it I found out that it was only sold in Australia at the time. I begrudgingly moved on, but made a mental note to look it up before we left, hoping that it would be available here.

As I've heard over and over in the sailing/cruising world; things have a way of just working out. It must be true because wouldn't you know it, a couple months later I get an email offering to let us try the same exact stuff out! Uh, yes, yes I would like to try it.
MagicEzy is a manufacturer of a unique range of ‘world first’, nano-technology-based surface repair products that provide solutions to time-consuming and difficult DIY surface repair problems.
We were asked to complete the review by the end of the year and time was tickin', fortunately we have been having a bit of a warm spell lately so we took the chance to get up to the boat and try it out on a couple of our numerous chips while the temps were in the right ballpark.

We followed the directions, except for using the hairdryer/heat gun to heat the area and/or dry it. We sort of forgot the extension cord. Oh, and we couldn't find the heat gun either. 

I tried squishing and squeezing the tube to mix up the contents before using it but was left with some inconsistent consistencies when I tried to initially apply it. So I wiped of the area, squeezed some into a paper towel until the consistency seemed to even out and reapplied. Ezy peasy. 

Although my leveling abilities left a little to be desired, I think it came out pretty well and am very happy with the color match. With Hullabaloo's creamy color I wasn't sure how well the cream color I chose would match, but match it did! 

We didn't sit around and wait for it to dry so we'll have to check out the final product next time.

Some of the lighter, more liquid-y stuff I wiped off
A little blurry but it matches!
There is plenty of the chip fix in the tube to patch up our current and future chip-fixing needs and will undoubtedly be coming along with us on our travels.
I'm also looking forward to trying out the Hairline Fix product on our hairline cracks around the mast, stanchions, all over really, I'll keep you posted on that!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Nobody Likes A Complainer

I'm going a bit stir crazy. It's dark, it's cold and there's not much else to do..besides complain about it. Well sure, I could start sorting and going through all our stuff to make things easier on myself later, but did I mention that it's cold and dark? Plus my Seasonal Affective Disorder is in full swing, so it can wait.

Of course the arrival of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday purchases doesn't help either. We've got brand new gear just sitting around begging to be taken out of their boxes and put on the boat. But like us, they have to wait too. Bummer. As if we didn't have enough to whine about already (*wink*), we'll also have items from Christmas that will soon need to be added to our gear pile, so until Spring we'll just have to keep complaining about all the fun boat stuff we have occupying our small home.

For real though, complaining is one of my pet peeves (kinda like the term 'pet peeve') so if you don't buy into my serious, heart felt complaints above maybe you'll enjoy this clip; something that Ron and I like to say to each other when one of us bellyaches a little too much.

For the record, I won't be the one complaining about the heat, that would be Ron's department.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Change of Seasons

NOT our current season. Bummer.
If whiling away another winter weren't bad enough, it would be infinitely worse if there wasn't a simultaneous changing of the seasons elsewhere, you know, the kind that doesn't suck. Up here in the cold climates we've had our boats packed up, winterized and stored for the onslaught of winter for a couple months (hence the lack of posts-sorry). So very sad.

BUT for those geniuses in the south, this time of year signals the end of hurricane season and the start of the cruising season. Let the vicarious living commence!! If it weren't for those out cruising now and being able to blog-stalk them I'd be in a real world of hurt; deep, dark, depressed hurt.

So, if you're out cruising and taking advantage of this change of season know that I most likely will be stalking you like prey while simultaneously loving and hating you all at once. That said, I CAN'T WAIT to read all about your travels!!! Adventure on my friends, and write about...and maybe have a sundowner for me every once in a while!