Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The cabins have been redone.

Our girls came home last night after 3 weeks with family in South Carolina!!

 This was their 4th summer flying solo across the country and the first time we all burst into tears after being reunited. Something about this summer had us all missing each other badly. While they were gone one of the many projects we had was to work on remodeling their cabins. Before they left, neither felt very comfortable in their cabin, as to them it was still someone else's cabin. Nothing some paint, fabric and decorating ideas couldn't fix.  Now, they're both loving their new cabins!

Emma's port side cabin...before and after.


I used fabric to sew colorful cubby curtains. The curtains will keep everything in place while under passage and help add some color to their rooms.
With thin elastic cord, their goodies are still accessible. 

I made hammocks for their stuffed animals...they need to relax in style too.

An easy way to add some style is with vinyl stickers.  There's no real commitment, if you don't like the sticker simply peel off and throw away.  Vinyl stickers also allow you to move the sticker if you decide you either didn't put it on "right" or you want the sticker somewhere else.                                                                                                                          

      In lieu of a closet, Emma's cabin has very tall cabinets under her bed providing lots of storage. It's kinda funny that the shortest person ended up with a bed that practically requires a ladder.


How cool is this? My mom had Oriental fabric from covering a sofa over 30 years ago. I used the same fabric to cover the hatch in Emma's cabin to prevent light from waking her in the morning. 

Jessica's starboard side cabin before and after.

The girls picked out what colors they wanted painted before they left.

I couldn't resist the cheesy "porthole"stickers....this is Flora, Jessica's seal.

Jessica received her mermaid picture from grandma and grandpa almost 10 years when they visited Hawaii. She's happy to give it a place in her cabin.


 Jessica's vinyl sea turtle.

Happiness is hanging out with your sister playing games on a Kindle.

Reusing a sign that hung by our pool at our hold house. It's now in the girls head.

Master cabin before and after.

Being a 36 year old boat, she's got lots of beautiful wood. Not all the wood in our master cabin was original nor beautiful. Feeling that we needed some color of our own, I painted the back walls using the same blue as I used in the girls cabins. I made porthole covers that easily flip up when opening the port to allow airflow. 


One of my favorite stickers is definitely the octopus coming out of the master cabin.

None of the remodeling would have happened without Murphy. He was in the way, every step of the way!

Up next....finishing the outside of the boat. We've made some solid progress by removing fiberglass and the hideous dragons that were on the bow. We're also finishing up the settee in the salon and the cockpit cushions. As soon as the projects are done we'll post pictures.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sailing with PRIDE

For our last kidless weekend we ventured to San Diego Pride with friends and watched the parade. What a fun time! Numerous people were in attendance, from politicians, corporate sponsors, civil servants to people just interested having a great time. After a few hours of parade watching we left for an afternoon in San Diego followed by a trip to the Bali Hai restaurant. Fantastic weekend for sure.



Ever fly in or out of San Diego? It's a scary ride for everyone. Sometimes you can look up and swear that you could touch the planes overhead. 

Nancefact: Jessica and Emma attended their first Pride Parade 2 years ago in Washington DC by accident. Having walked out of a museum with grandparents they found themselves in the middle of the parade.  Keeping up with our girls, we had to go and see what all the fun was about.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mondays with Murph

My name is Murphy (named after Murphy's Irish Stout) and I'm the boat cat here at the SV Terrapin.  I remember my first night like it was yesterday. It was September 1999, I was living at the Blind Tiger bar in SC.  Only a few weeks old I hoped into Aimee's lap and fell asleep. Next thing I knew Aimee and Phil were stopping at the Piggly Wiggly around 1am to buy me food and liter. I'd like to say it was " love at first sight" but I clearly remember the next day.

"Holy crap we brought a cat home from a bar!!"
"Talk about beer googles!" 

One of my favorite memories over the past 15 years is from 2003.  We were living in Denver, CO during a crazy snow storm, mom was pregnant with Jessica and we were snowed in the house for days.  On day 3 dad was clearly loosing his marbles as he served me a beer and dealt me a hand of poker.  Crazy fool..... I have no opposable thumbs and by then he should have known I'm a Scotch and rocks kinda cat.  

So here I am, 15 years, 8 homes, 3 states and 2 kids later...... On a boat, ready for the next adventure. 

Have no fear, my parents are putting protective netting all the way around the boat. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Childless struggles

It's been 10 days since the girls flew to South Carolina for 3 weeks. It's been rough but we're managing. In an effort to make it without them, we've tried new places for happy hour, discovered one of the best Taco Tuesdays ever and spent 4 days at a festival in the Sierra's featuring our all time favorite band.

We're hardly getting by.  How will we survive the next 11 days? Thankfully we have lots lined up, you know,  to pass the time.  If pictures speak a thousand's a few for your enjoyment from our festival.