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03 February 2017

January In Numbers

Clockwise from upper left: (1) Our new Caframo fan in the aft cabin; (2) Our alternator; (3) Stubby the Screwdriver; (4) Winches badly in need of servicing; (5) Redoing the hatch lenses; and (6) Scott hard at work on the engine.


It's time for the monthly recap in numbers - an assortment of odd tidbits and random thoughts that popped into my head when I was reflecting back on the month. January was all about boat projects. Endless boat projects. Boat projects without end. Boat projects which take far longer than you think they will. Boat projects that never cease. Boat projects which cause other things to break, requiring more boat projects. You get the idea.

  • 0.24 - Number of amps that our new Caframo fan in our aft cabin draws at high speed. We have to monitor our energy usage carefully when we're away from the dock. This fan works great without having a huge energy draw. It will be essential once we're no longer plugged into A/C.
  • 2 - Number of exhaust elbows we bought for our Thornycroft engine and had shipped over from England.
  • $150 - How much each exhaust elbow costs. 
  • 10 - Number of times we changed the oil after we hydrolocked our engine.
  • 6 - How many cans of tomatoes we ate. 
  • 2 - Number of times we went to Taco Tuesday at JR's Saloon. They raised the price of tostadas from $1.50 to $2.00, but it's still great value and a tasty treat. Theyalso  raised the price of happy hour beer from $1.00 to $1.50. Boo.
  • 2 - Number of times we took the wires off of our alternator and put them back on. Once to tighten the belt and once to get access to the impeller. After each time, something went wrong the engine which was completely unrelated to the alternator. It's like a strange little metal harbinger of doom.
  • 6 - Number of Beddar with Cheddar brats we ate. I've really fallen off the healthy eating wagon lately. They are better with cheddar, but not as good as I remembered.
  • 2+ - Number of weeks Stubby the Screwdriver was trapped inside of a cupboard wall. Scott finally rescued him and we stuck him in some vise grips and put him straight to work on changing out the impeller. 
  • 3/8" - The thickness of the plexiglass we bought to replace the old, cracked plexiglass in our hatches. 
  • 2018 - The year when our flares expire. Yay, they're still good! One less thing to spend money on.
  • 7 - Number of packs of chorizo we bought at Aldi. This stuff doesn't need refrigeration until opened, making it a perfect provisioning choice as we get ready to sail to the Bahamas.
  • ? - Number of days until we finish our boat project list and head off to the Bahamas. Your guess is as good as ours. 
  • 0 - Number of books I read during January. Considering that I usually read 10+ books a month, this will give you an idea of how busy and exhausting things have been.

In case you missed them, here are some of our favorite posts from last month:

Running Water is for Sissy Babies
Five Frugal Things | The Gorilla Tape Edition
Back from the Brink | Hyrdolocking Our Thornycroft Engine


How was your January? What are you looking forward to in February?


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18 comments:

  1. Poor Stubby the Screwdriver. I'm glad he was rescued. Prices have been going up here, too. A lot. I wonder if this is a worldwide problem. I hope all your repairs are finished and you get to go to the Bahamas soon!

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    1. Stubby was so happy to be let out of that dark, scary and cramped space :-)

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  2. I would like to request a short story on Stubby's two weeks in the wall. Did he despair? Did he make ant friends?
    January is a month I am glad is over.

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    1. Surprisingly (and thankfully) we don't have an ant problem, so poor Stubby was all alone.

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  3. Sounds like the two of you have been putting in some overtime. Hope the number of days until you live for the Bahamas is short rather than long.

    We love Chirizo! We just bought some the other day that was on sale. :-)

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

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    1. Chorizo is great. You only need a little bit and you get a lot of flavor.

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  4. Ack! No books read in January? I'd be suffering from withdrawal. :)

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    1. I'm definitely suffering from book withdrawal :-(

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  5. You have been busy.
    Shame on them for making you pay more for tacos and beer!

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  6. That's still pretty cheap for Taco Tuesday. Way more expensive here, but California isn't cheap.

    Lots of work getting ready for your trip. You'll be ready soon.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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    1. It's actually a really great value. We can walk out of there with full bellies for cheap.

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  7. Aldi stores are great. So affordable and they even have a decent organic selection now. We love them and their simplicity. Unfortunately, we haven't seen any on the west coast yet. In Belgium, they have been around forever, so you can imagine my pleasant surprise when I found out that they exist in the States as well, about a year ago. I hope that question mark soon changes into a real number!

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    1. We used to go to Aldi in the UK, so it's nice to see them in the States. The selection isn't huge, but that's good in a way that you don't have to decided between 101 variations of every product.

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  8. I don't think I could go a month without reading, even if it is just 5 minutes before bed. You must be really dedicated to your chores. I just read a mystery that was based in Wrangell! Fun read, "Crow in Stolen Colors", by Marcia Simpson.

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    1. That sounds good - I'll have to check it out when I have time for reading again.

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  9. You usually read ten books a month! Wow!

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    1. Between 8-10 a month. Perhaps I had too much time on my hands before.

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