Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I wish I lived life more…

A hospice nurse would on occasion ask her aging and dying patients, “What would you have changed in your life or maybe wished for?”  The number one answer was, “I wish I lived life more”. 
One thing I learned very quickly is how precious life really is.  I’ve seen life first-hand drift away in a matter of seconds, gone forever. We hear about tragic things on the news daily that brings thought and concern to our hearts. To some, life is time spent, the clock ticking away.  To us, life is meant to be lived to the fullest.  Don’t dream your life, live your dreams, whatever they may be.  Helen Keller said it best, “Life is either a great adventure, or nothing”.
So many of us get caught up in daily life, careers, making money and spending it on  material items as true American consumers.  I admit it, we were there as well at a low point in our lives.  Making great money, spending money, creating debt, and focusing only on careers.
 Though we were following the excepted path of society norm, slowly we could see ourselves creeping away from the life we truly wanted. Family time was now career time, happy time was spending money at Costco, and weekends were spent washing cars and mowing the lawn. Day in and day out, like an unforgiving cycle.
Clearly material items did not bring happiness, just the desire to want more, buy bigger, and keep up with the Jones family.  Something had to give and we as a family made the decision to change our lives and our lifestyle.
Extreme by some and misunderstood at times, by moving aboard our boat and simplifying life we have gained so many things. By getting rid of meaningless material items we gained strength in what truly matters. By living an ever-changing lifestyle of adventure with the ocean as our backyard we have escaped the concrete prison many poor souls call “home”. 
At any given hour there is someone staring at a computer screen saver at work inside their office, dreaming and wondering if they will ever experience life the way they want to. The choice is yours and it is up to you to make those decisions, as difficult as they may be.
Live life now…don’t wish you lived life when you’re talking to the hospice nurse.


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Filling the boat with water...

So a quick reminder to me: When filling up our water tanks (in excess of 120 gallons) make sure you turn the water off when the tanks are full.  Better yet, make sure you are actually on the boat and not at Safeway getting groceries, nearly four miles away.

Yes, I overfilled...or should I say overflowed the water tanks. This action in turn spilled numerous gallons of water into the bilge providing a nice bilge cleaning process.  At lease we know our bilge pumps work...

Monday, February 11, 2013

What Power Outage?

Last night on the menu was breakfast for dinner.  A family favorite.  I assigned Hannah to the toast detail.  Nothing a five year old can't handle, right?  She was so proud when she handed me the plate full of toast... Half of the toast was done and the other half appeared as if it were fresh out of the bag.  I figured this is just what you get when you ask a five year old to toast bread.  I nonchalantly took the untoasted bread and proceeded to stick it in the toaster, pushed down the lever, nothing.  We have a problem.  I immediately go into trouble shooting mode.  Is the toaster plugged in? Yes.  Did I trip the circuit breaker?  Maybe.  I looked at the AC panel.  It's dark, no lights whatsoever.  I begin flipping switches.  This immediately gets Jake's attention.  Clearly I have broken something that he will have to put on his list to fix.  Lucky for me, there was a simple explanation.  The power was out citywide.  Oh well, dinner must go on.  I really don't think you can go wrong with any meal involving bacon. The kids didn't mind the untoasted toast one bit.

In the middle of dinner we get a phone call.  The next day we get emails.  How did you guys do with no power on the boat?  Well, let's see here.  I looked outside and it was pitch black in the houses surrounding the marina.  We had lights (dc operating led cabin lights).  We had heat via propane heater, and a fully functioning stove and oven also operating off of propane.  So pretty much had the toast not been toasted, we probably wouldn't have noticed that some dummy took out a transformer box at 100 mph (that's probably not what happened, but it sounds exciting).  So there landlubbers, score one for living on a boat. 

Friday, February 8, 2013

Welcome to!

To our family, friends, and anyone else who would like to follow our adventures.  The crew of sv 'Ohana welcomes you to our blog which will provide insight to our lives aboard a 41' cruising sailboat. In preparation for offshore voyages we will share our experiences, in cruising to destinations we will share our adventures, and in growing together as a family we will share our lifestyle...