We are no longer homeowners as I mentioned last week. Now, there’s still a lot to do to get ready, but we can work on the sorting, shopping list creating, etc. on the weekends and evenings without having to worry as much about house projects too. I still need to mow, but it’s a lot… Continue reading
Things are getting real
There’s been a lot happening in the last 10 weeks. Let me explain. In early July, Sandy was looking on Facebook and found a house for rent that looked like it might be a good fit for us. We could have the dogs, there was a fenced back yard, rent was comparable to our current… Continue reading
Right now, we are undergoing a ton of transitions it feels like. Our oldest son is starting his second year of college. He didn’t really care for dorm life, so he got an apartment and a job to help pay for it. We are selling our belongings on a massive scale. The house is up… Continue reading
The last post I talked a bit about how it was confidence building to get the sails up and sail on our own. But the whole trip was really a confidence booster. We had opportunities, even though we didn’t sail much, to practice a lot of other skills and really show ourselves that we can… Continue reading
Wind (?) on the open water
We got to the spend the week on a sailboat in the Pacific Northwest. I’m pretty deliberate about saying we spent a week on a sailboat, because to say we sailed for a week would be a bit of an overstatement! In typical Lever fashion….we were lacking wind or when we had it, it was… Continue reading
Certified…or Certifiable Sailors!
We wrapped up our American Sailing Association 101 and 103 courses, with the Victoria Sailing School, a couple of weeks ago. What this entailed was taking our last practical lesson, which was on a J/30, so it was about eight feet longer than the other boats we’ve been on and taking our two tests. First… Continue reading
Learning to Dive
After I wrote about our experience scuba diving, I said I would write a bit about the training. It’s been a minute or two since I said I would do that, so I’m getting to it. Now that the school year is out, and even though I still have work to do, I have a… Continue reading
Once we decided that we would set sail, we all agreed that for both practical and pleasure purposes, scuba would be a good skill to have. There will always be under the boat work to do, such as scraping growth off of the hull or maybe even untangling line from a propeller. Beyond that, it… Continue reading
Money is a renewable resource…Time is not — Ben from Sailing Nahoa
I’ve actually tried about five different versions of this post. It’s about money. One of the more common questions I get is, “How can you afford to live like that?” I understand at the heart of the question is, how can you afford not to work. As I’ve written the previous versions of this, I… Continue reading
An English diarist and naval administrator. I served as administrator of the Royal Navy and Member of Parliament. I had no maritime experience, but I rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, diligence, and my talent for administration.