We used to live on a sailboat in the water. Now, we live in a tree house. Well, not exactly a tree house. We still live on our sailboat, except now it's on land and you have to clamber up a ladder to get onto it. So it feels like a tree house, except it's a lot less fun.
My mom is going to have a heart attack when she sees this picture. Yes, mom, we climb up and down this several times a day. So far, no broken limbs.
We had always planned on hauling Tickety Boo out of the water and into the boatyard to do the bottom paint and take care of a few other things. But the plan was to do that after this season in the Bahamas. Not before.
We were busy getting ready to head off. Boat projects were coming along nicely, provisioning had begun in earnest, and I dug out my swimsuits. Then we discovered a crack in our hull. No bueno.
Could it be that my latest book, Bodies in the Boatyard, is coming to life? Finding a leak on their boat is exactly what happened to Mollie and Scooter. Let's just
hope that's where the similarities end. I really don't want to stumble across any dead bodies behind our boat hidden under one of our dinghies.
So while we wait for the insurance process to sort itself out, we're stuck in the boatyard, living in our little tree house.
It's kind of an interesting way to live. When we want to fill up our water tanks, we have to tie the hose onto a line to pull it up on deck.
Our gray water from washing our dishes and brushing our teeth drains into a bucket which we have to empty regularly. Don't ask about the toilet arrangements. You really don't want to know.
In the meantime, while we're waiting to see what will happen with insurance, I've been working on the next book in my cozy mystery series, Poisoned by the Pier. Since the last book has started to come true, I'm thinking this one might end up being really boring and be all about a boat that nothing ever goes wrong with. That's the kind of story I'd like to come to life.
Did you have a tree house as a kid (or as an adult)? Does climbing up and down ladders make you nervous?
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