Wednesday, October 15, 2008

October: Preparation Month!

I was rather busy this month! Between getting Ally to school and back from the marina, I spent my days provisioning: buying engine spares, generator spares and numerous other mechanical systems spares, plus enough food to last 6 months and then some while Ron worked. I made lists, checked them twice, thrice and then revised them many times more, as items were purchased and stowed aboard, systems were inspected, suspect items rejected and replaced, experts called in for advice. The boat was hauled, zincs replaced, fresh bottom paint applied; I coordinated mechanics and cleaners. Throughout it all, I inventoried like a fiend, organizing the spares, food and last-minute tasks as best I could, and occasionally wondered where Murphy was going to play a hand in proving all these attempts at preparation to be in vain.