'Til the butter melts

Pursuing the cruising dream in 32' of sailing ketch



I know, I know… this was supposed to be a sailing blog, but lately there’s been damn little “sailing” in it. I hear you cry.

On the other hand, keep in mind that this is supposed to be a Sailing LIFE, but there too, there’s been damned little sailing in that, either!

But there has been progress, (and needles and scalpels and sutures to go with it), so here’s a quick, G-rated update on where we and the good ship Sionna stand. Never fear, there will be no gory pictures – this isn’t Facebook.

On January 22nd Keith had his last (fingers crossed!) major eye surgery. The word from the surgeon afterwards was “Challenging” – meaning he earned his pay. The silicone oil that’s been in the eye for over a year was flushed out, a hyper-mature cataract was removed, a new lens implant was installed, and the healing process has begun. The new expectation is for uncorrected vision of about 20/100, correctable to near 20/20. Some people come out of cataract surgery with nearly 20/20 vision uncorrected, but those folks aren’t described as “Challenging” by their surgeon.

As for the rest of the winter, and sailing…

The recovery period looks to be about 3 weeks, so we’re here in Maine until mid-February, anyway. Then we can travel, but the Doc says he wants the eye looked at again at 7 weeks or so, so that’s a visit to the eye doctor in Florida in mid-march.

Of course our original “plan” (HA!!) was to spend a few weeks in the Bahamas this winter, but this is real life, and we’re watching that intention melt away like a sand castle at high tide. It just ain’t happening.

Disappointing? Yeah, a little. Frustrating? Not so long ago, it would have been mightily frustrating, but there’s a point where you either let go of the illusion that you control your life, or you become an angry, bitter old cuss that nobody wants to spend time with.

So we’ve been doing a bunch of visiting, seeing old friends, staying warm, and reading, including Eckhart Tolle’s latest, “A New Earth”. In it, he delves deeply into the workings of the ego and it’s creation of suffering for its own ends. Worth a look if you’ve ever wondered why fear and anger seem to rule our modern world. And if you’re a cruiser, and you’ve been through periods of depression and frustration and just felt like you needed to scream – yeah, that’s what he’s talking about.

Ask me how I know.

The Bahamas will still be there next winter, and with a bit of luck and following doctor’s orders, I’ll get to see them in stereo. Meanwhile Sionna’s had company, and someone’s keeping an eye on her ’til we get back home.

We’re doing alright.

Author: s/v sionna

Living the dream in 32'. We left Maine on August 18th, 2016, and have gradually worked our way south until we felt warm enough. After spending the summer in Maine, working to replenish the cruising kitty, and rehabilitating an old house. we’re headed back on the boat, bringing Sionna back home to northern waters. Follow our blog here!

11 thoughts on “Updates!

  1. Went through something similar three years ago. Glaucoma in left eye. OCB put a bilge pump in the left eye and I’m fine. Watch out for newly lost depth perception. Rest and don’t do any heavy lifting, you’ll be back on the water in no time. My biggest headache is I can’t get the dock when we come alongside. Usually off by a few inshes. Step gently!

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    • I quickly reached peace with docking “close enough”. Nicki never screamed, so I guess I did ok in that way. Amazing to me how the brain learns to compensate for such things…


  2. Your blog is a good read, sailing or no. Wishing you a speedy heal.

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  3. Surely you wouldn’t want to be considered anything LESS than “challenging,” now, would you? Let’s get together again… I know this isn’t where you wanted to spend your winter, but the Bahamas’ loss is our gain!

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  4. I’m glad the surgery went well and your eye is on the road to recovery.

    When it comes to blogging, I figure you should just write about what you want to write about. You write well, and lead an interesting life wherever you are and whatever you’re doing (although I know you’d rather be sailing), so I don’t think you should worry about what “category” your blog falls into. Just keep blogging and keep us entertained 🙂


  5. If the doctor gives the ok in March you still have enough time to do a month in the Bahamas. A lot of people don’t go till April when it’s warmer. If you did that, though, I would buy a DAN evacuation policy which we have anyway. Glad it turned out well.

    SV Kintala

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    • Too tight for our taste. Having to stick to a schedule always decreases our enjoyment, and having to plan ahead for a possible emergency repatriation… nah. We’d much rather wait, and go when our time is our own.


  6. SO glad to hear that your eye surgery was successful. This has been the season of changed plans for many cruisers, either due to extreme weather, health issues or boat/van repairs. You are being very positive and looking to the future, which is a very good thing.

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