A friend of ours is a folk singer/song writer – and in fact we bought Sionna from him too. One of our favorite songs of his includes the line “Everybody puts their cookin’ hat on when you tell ’em you’re leaving in the morning.”
And we’ve been quoting that line a lot lately, because it seems like the last couple months have brought a constant stream of friends and family asking us to dinner or something, wanting to check in and wish us a good voyage. Not just close friends, either – some are folks we haven’t seen or heard from in years, like former class mates from HIGH SCHOOL, for goodness sake (thanks Linda and Susanrachel!), relatives we haven’t seen in 30 years (and you, Amy!), along with new friends from the cruising community.
All of which is delightful and fun, but which is making the preparation for our actual departure take way longer than we expected. This is NOT a bad thing – we’ve gotten a kick out of reconnecting with all these folks – but it is an aspect of departure we hadn’t planned on. Saying goodbye takes time, particularly when it includes saying hello first.
And then there’s the packing – again! We just went through the agony of downsizing, which I’ve written about before. Now we have to sort through our remaining possessions and decide what of that relatively small collection we want WITH us for the next 8 months, and what portion needs to be here in Maine for when we come back next Spring? We’re not going to be able to bring much with us on the driving round-trip from Florida next summer. We’ll need to leave enough clothing and tools and such behind to live with when we come back to the RV in May. Doubtless we’ll not get it perfect this first commute, and we’ll have to replace something that we already own because it’s in the other “house” – but we’re hoping to keep that to a minimum. Time will tell.
In the mean time, the RV looks like a bomb went off again, and I can’t find the oregano for the pasta sauce I’m canning to take aboard – must be on the boat already. And speaking of canning, I’m learning about using a pressure canner too, since that may be coming with us. More as a cooker, but if we suddenly have a bounty of pasta sauce or something come floating by, we’ll know what to do!
So that’s been the last week – visiting, collecting things, resting up from the SSCA gam last weekend, celebrating Nicki’s 50th birthday, and generally just trying to keep focused. Whew! I need some time on a boat to recover!
Oh wait… …that’s what all this is for…