Wow, a lot has happened in the last 5 months. The big project of getting out of our house and storing what we want to save has come and gone. We sold/donated/passed on about half of our personal property. What wasn’t purged is now in a 300 square foot room we enclosed in our basement. Hopefully the basement won’t flood and the house won’t burn down, but at some point I have to give those worries up and concentrate in the new ones I undoubtedly will create for myself while we are at sea.
We have been on the boat full time for a month. The boat definitely feels cramped with all of us, our gear not fully stowed and the dog on board. The good news is we have a definite plan for the dog and although we have her for the next month on the boat, my aunt and her family have agreed to take her while we are away. Yeah! Huge item crossed off the list.
The most recent development is that Mike learned his thyroid cancer has returned in his lymph nodes. First thought, super scary, but his doctors all have convinced us that this is a battle we will most certainly win and although he will need to have surgery, he will fully recover and the good news is will most likely not need more radiation. If nothing else this has reinforced our desire to cast off, life is short and we are grabbing all it has to offer while we can.
For the last month we have started a very loose homeschooling schedule. Twice a week for one hour a day. You’d think I was doing root canals without anesthetic! The whining and bartering that goes along with an hour of work is quite remarkable. That said, there is almost a noticeable decrease in the amount of complaining this last week from last week before. Baby steps! By September it may be even bearable. Did I actually just write that uncharacteristically optimistic line about homeschooling? I have yet to get through the mountain of homeschooling material I have to sift through, so baby steps are preferable at this point.