The Ride of Life

Hello, Mentally Sailing readers!

It’s another Tuesday, and here we are, still writing!  This is our 22nd blog post, can you believe that?!  It’s hard for me to believe that 22 weeks ago Steve and I had just set sail for our first long trip to Urbanna in July and now the weather is cooler, the sun goes down hours before it did then, and our boat is simultaneously in better and worse shape than it was then (better because of all the work we did, worse because of the hole – obviously).  It’s been the best journey, but a hard one too.  We’ve had a lot of ups and downs, some figurative and some literal, but we’ve learned a lot.  Unfortunately, we’re still waiting to find out where this next phase is taking us.  The insurance company is supposed to call soon with their “coverage decision”, which we figured out (we think) is just whether or not they will cover it.  They still haven’t connected with the boat yard to get the estimate for the work to be done, which the yard doesn’t even have yet.  So is the boat totaled or not?  We have no idea. 

We’ve talked about going somewhere for a couple of months and getting long term Airbnb’s, or getting an apartment for a year, and so many other things.  Honestly, I’d love to have a plan, we both would, but right when we find an idea we really like we realize that we can’t exactly commit to anything until we know what’s going on with the boat.  The waiting game continues.

In the meantime, we’ve been spending quite a bit of time with family, which has been lovely.  We were planning on being in NC for Thanksgiving anyway, so we drove down last week.  The difference?  This time we’re in a car instead of on our boat.  It does suck, because we really wanted to meet up with some friends and take them sailing, or get my brother and sis-in-law on the water with us, but it’s just not going to happen this time.   We’ve began to look at the plus sides, like getting more time with friends and spending extra time in NC. 

We’ve taught mom and dad how to play Turkey Foot, which we play with Steve’s family, we’ve cooked lots of food, watched Driskill play in Wilmington, and will be celebrating Thanksgiving with so much good food and family in a couple of days.

Overall, we’re happy to have this time, and the flexibility with Steve working from home has been so nice, even though “home” has changed multiple times over the last few weeks.  We’re looking forward to new adventures, whether it is with SV Batland or without.  It’s all still an adjustment, but we’re together.  Life, after all, is meant to be lived fully.  It’s supposed to be loud and messy and fun and completely unexpected.  That’s what we’re all in the middle of, we just have to enjoy the ride, so don’t forget to do that for yourself.

Enjoy today.

Published by skyepage

"She always had that about her, that look of otherness, of eyes that see things much too far, and of thoughts that wander off the edge of the earth." -Joanne Harris

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