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I’ve heard people are starting to get a little worried about me. So I haven’t posted in 12 days, this doesn’t mean I’ve jumped ship and joined some hippy commune.
We have been busy with family and prepping the boat getting ready for the Caribbean season. Carl’s family lives here and we hang out with them pretty much every other day. The girls are getting completely spoilt and are enjoying the extra hugs and ice cream. Carl has been busy welding lips on all the lower hatches, hinging the engine room floor hatch, changing oil, building stools for the table and lots of other odd jobs. I’ve been taking stock of all the food we have on board and making sure we have all the necessities for some hot winter fun: swimsuits, sunscreen, Christmas gifts etc.
We’ve finally perfected, well nothings perfect, our daily schedule. Wake up, eat breakfast, clean up shower, 9-11am school time for the girls while Carl works on projects, lunch, family and/or errands. It’s been working out pretty good and I think the girls are enjoying more of a predictable schedule but I think they’d toss that in a blink of an eye for boogy boards and beach time.
One of the major projects (from my point of view) when we got here was the installation of a new washing machine! Wooo-hoo! We opted for a compact washer instead of the marine combos that most boats go for. We have no need for a dryer so why spend the extra money for one. Our washer is 23.5” wide so we could get it into the aft master cabin. She is wonderful! and my husband is WONDERFUL for installing it for me. You have no idea how much laundry with go through with 3 kids. Our life had suddenly started revolving around our next Laundromat visit. Plus the expense was crazy! We were washing in a bucket in the Bahamas before the baby came which was working out but with all the extra laundry it was becoming a miserable chore. We are hooked up to shore power and water at the moment so I do laundry anytime – weather permitting. When we leave here in a few weeks its another story. I’ll have to time my laundry with either charging the batteries or water making because it’ll need the generator to run. The washer actually uses less water than what we would use doing it in a 5 gallon bucket so no worries there.
Above is one load of laundry. I love my washer.
We are thinking of joining NARC (North American Rally to the Caribbean) and making the trip to the Caribbean via Bermuda with everyone. We were thinking of the Caribbean 1500 but didn’t pay money and feel pressured to sail with everyone even if we felt the weather wasn’t favorable. This way we can have the companionship of other sailors and maybe find some crew members to help us along. They will be leaving Newport RI the start of November and hopefully we can keep up with the Swans.
We have also been (seriously) dabbling in the idea to do the Northwest Passage next summer. Are we crazy? The kids and I would fly to Alaska part way through the journey so they wouldn’t have to endure the cold offshore stint of it. We love the thought of doing the passage but it’s pretty much a means for us to get to Alaska. We would love to spend a year in Alaska, yes that does mean the unforgiving winter, and put the girls in school. From there we would head south and make the Pacific crossing.
BAM! That’s us for the next 3 years, who would have ever thought I could plan 3 years out. We are always looking for extra crew so keep your calendar open.
Pri helping dad out, sorting and putting away spare hoses.
Before and after of the table legs with stools. We are planning on wrapping the aluminum legs with rope to give it a softer feel.
On the bubba front. Our little man is sitting up by himself for long periods of time and we have 2 teeth. Yep I’ve had limited sleep due to 2 teeth coming in at the same time. The teeth also came along with an ear infection and then a cold and probably another ear infection due to the cold. I NEED TO SLEEP PEOPLE!
Yes the boat ALWAYS looks like this. Spot the baby!
All I can say is what a trip! We left Massachusetts around the middle of June and headed north to Nova Scotia. We discovered the brilliant Bras d’Or Lakes and circumnavigated Newfoundland in 2.5 months and with 3 kids under 5. Suffering from some form of dementia? Probably so.
So what was it like cruising with our now family of 5? I won’t lie it was tough. I thought we had it bad being on a boat with two kids but you toss in a baby and your life just went down the head. Our little man is a fantastic baby as far as babies go but you must remember that he’s still a baby. He always wants to be entertained and would prefer to be attached to my breast 24/7. I tried getting back into a little bit of homeschooling with the girls, they’re still quite young so it consists of reading books, worksheets and practicing letters, but eventually decided to take the summer off because every time I got set up to do an activity of course the baby needed my attention. He’s getting more into a routine now so I’m hoping to pick back up on the school work in a couple of weeks.
Other issues we found were that the kids didn’t really understand colder climates, they still wanted to run around with their panties on and refused to wear jackets. So for majority of the trip the girls didn’t want to be out on deck so were cabin bound until we went to shore. But when we went to shore oh boy did we have fun. Newfoundland has so many beautiful hiking trails that are so well kept that I swear they have little machete fairies lurking about. Oh and the whole island smells like Christmas. Everyday I would inhale and feel like I’m home – the smell of Christmas trees always makes you reminisce of your childhood Christmas’. Now I’m just rambling.
Even with all the beautiful hiking trails we noticed a lot of the locals in the smaller villages were quite unhealthy, fresh produce up there is not so much on the fresh side and the meat is quite expensive. Leaving NL I was happy to eat my last slice of stale bread in a while. I know I could just make my own bread but with 3 kids under 5 my mornings are a little full. If you’re planning on heading up to NL make sure you provision your boat with dry goods and clothes, things are pretty scarce on “the rock”
We didn’t stop much on the west coast, we were tracking icebergs and wanted to get all the way to the tip in order to catch them before it got too late. Sailing up the west coast was great, a little gusty but good. Everyday the weather report called for 15-20 knot winds and we got 25-30 everyday, but that’s ok our tank needs some wind to get her going. Up the west coast is where I decided that we needed a new boom, I bent that baby up real good. What can I say I’m a shitty sailor.
Icebergs! ICEBERGS! They were magnificent!!! Made the rush north all worth while. And it wasn’t all that cold up near them. We definitely do need to get better protection in our cockpit. We don’t have the typical sunken in cockpit, our deck is all one level so when those icy winds come howling there is no escaping them. We spent majority of our watch time sitting on a 2” ledge of our companion way. We put up our mosquito screen to try and help block some of the wind. It did pretty good but it was still bloody cold at times. I have now replaced the netting with clear plastic we picked up at a hardware store.
After the excitement of the bergs we didn’t really have a plan. Do we beat into the wind and retrace our steps back down the west coast or do we continue around and circumnavigate NL? the guide book mentioned that only real adventurous sailors circumnavigate and we thought that’s definitely not us but screw it we could catch the Labrador current down the east coast and make good time. Maybe we should have done our homework better. We motored majority of the way due to poor wind, from all that money we saved in free dockage we made it up in diesel. We wouldn’t change a thing, from the west to the north to the east to the south coast, Newfoundland has so much diversity. The west coast had the small towns that rarely saw visitors, the north had the icebergs, the east had the larger towns and beautiful buildings and the south had the outposts and waterfalls. Whales on the west, puffins on the east, caribou and moose in between.
So what have we learnt from the trip??
* I want a washing machine, and we WILL be getting one in Massachusetts
* You can never wear too many layers
* It is possible to mistake a high of 60 degrees for a heat wave of 95
* Always ALWAYS put a preventer on when sailing downwind
* Not all rocks are charted
* When it takes longer to pump out your poop then it takes to actually poop it’s time to rebuild the head
* Breastfeeding while trying not to puke on your baby is never fun
* Babies and kids may slow you down but they make you life more the richer
We didn’t find many blogs with information about cruising in Newfoundland so I hope if there are any cruisers looking for info on NL or NS that my blog helps out.
For now we are planning on coming north again next summer and maybe even further north. But plans are just plans, they could change once, twice, 10 zillion times – like our kids changing outfits in a day.
Today was a HUGE day to say the least. We started out the morning wishing Wes a safe trip home, he was a huge help and will be missed. I’m sure he’s ready to be home and can get some peace and quiet.
Today our plans included a checkup at the local doctors clinic, hardware store and grocery shopping. We thought it would be best to take along the stroller because the grocery store was maybe about a mile or more away and little Wags would be getting tired. We were all set to leave. Everyone was dressed and peed, the stroller was on the dock and Carl had just lifted the girls to the dock waiting on me (as usual). Carl then realized he had forgotten his wallet so he got back in the cockpit with his eye on the girls to let me know to grab it. It took all of 3 seconds for Pri to get into the stroller and Wags to push her off the dock, falling 4’ into the water. Luckily Carl was right there and like a great dad fetched Pri, the stroller, baby doll and sippy cup out of the drink. Pri did really well, she initially went under with the stroller but came back up to the surface kicking like a pro. She’s had swim lessons and we’ve continued to teach her but her leg muscles still aren’t strong enough to tread water for long. I think out of all Wags and us were the only traumatized casualties. “wags why did you push me in the water?” Wags cried for about 10 minutes afterwards that her baby doll fell off the dock. Kids!
We hosed the salt of Pri and we were on our way again with a dripping wet stroller. First call was the clinic. They said fill out the form and we’ll have you straight in. Hmmmm “island time” straight in meant waiting over an hour with two kids that wanted to tear down their Christmas tree and open holes in the floor where loose wire was located. They played doctor for a while and we counted toes, fingers, eye balls and whatever else we could. The doctor finally appeared and he was great. A Canadian from Toronto. He understood our pain with the girls bouncing off the walls and wanting to stick their fingers in his used syringe bin. He was very thorough and I’m still a healthy mumma. He pulled out his rough looking ultra sound equipment and got excited to show us our newest family member. I’m currently 29 weeks pregnant and the babe is measuring at 31 weeks. Carl was excited to think the baby would come early but I told him no that just means it’s BIG and bound to be over 9lbs like Wags. The doc was happy to inform me of its large head. NICE! I have actually lost 5lbs since my last check up a month ago so I was a little worried that the baby wasn’t growing but the stomach to head measurements are completely normal, I guess it’s just me getting skinner. I’m hoping to come out of the pregnancy looking like a fit supermodel (ha!) Including the ultrasound our bill was $115, pretty nice.
It was way after lunch by the time we go out of the clinic so we took the girls a few stores down for them to tear us someone else’s place as we ate a quick lunch.
After lunch we set out to find a marine store for some parts and a hardware store for those great buckets they make with the clear bottoms, now we’ll really have some fun on our dingy runs. It felt like we were walking forever to find the grocery store, we were all hot and tired. The store was larger then expected and the air conditioning was a welcome change. We mainly stocked up on fruit, veg, bread, lunch meats and some dairy. We even bought some cheap icecream ($12). All up about $170. We packed everything in the backpacks, buckets and stroller and we were off again. Only making it to the end of the car park where Carl hailed a taxi. Ok ok I know we should have walked. All boatys walk back but we were exhausted and each carrying 40lbs on our backs. The way we like to think of it is that we spent $10 to save the $12 icecream.
We arrived back at the boat happy with our adventure and celebrated with some high fructose corn syrup – the cheapest drinks at the grocery checkout. Job well done family!
Marsh Harbour. We sent Wes up the mast to take some shots. He was still hung over from New Years so he didn’t last long at that height.
The girls playing doctor – jamming those popsicle stick things down each other throats.
Mmm all the great fresh fruit we got. The bananas were advertised as “green bananas” I’m hoping it just means they’re not ripe yet or is there such a thing as bananas that stay green? I read somewhere that if you cover your banana stems with cling wrap they last longer, we’ll see.
Oh and I forgot, when Carl jumped in to save Pri he also took our extremely expensive sat phone with him. Bugga!
Don’t we all just hate those irritating group emails that typically come from family members? But there is about 1 in every 100 that are useful. Check out all the uses of peroxide below. Maybe we’ll keep a bottle on the boat, or 10!
I googled the info (because google is the god of all correct answers). Here’s what I came up with:
The Many Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide-Truth! Fiction! & Unproven!
Hydrogen peroxide’s chemical representation is H2O2. It has uses in industry in it’s purest form but the product available to most of us over-the-counter is usually only 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. It breaks down quickly when exposed to light so it generally comes in brown bottles that filter out the sun’s rays. It is known for its antibacterial qualities. The pure stuff is dangerous if not used correctly. There are also 30%-35% high strength solutions on the commercial market, typically found in health food stores but also sold as a disinfectant.
There has been continuing controversy over using hydrogen peroxide either orally or through injection to treat a variety of internal ailments including arthritis and cancer. Proponents say that the oxygen released by the breakdown of the hydrogen peroxide is medicinal. Opponents say there isn’t good evidence of the health benefits and that there are circumstances in which hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved those high strength hydrogen peroxide products for use internally and considers them dangerous. In July, 2006, the FDA issued a warning about the high strength hydrogen peroxides, saying they could lead to serious health risks and even death. A warning from the BC Cancer Agency in Canada said that over a three year period 6 children were seriously poisoned and one died from drinking the high strength hydrogen peroxide. They report one near-fatal case of an adult ingesting high strength hydrogen peroxide.
Let’s go through the claims of the eRumor one at a time:
1. Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and
hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. (I do it when I
bathe or shower.) No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter
without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash-Truth! But Limited Use!
The Merck Manuals recommended diluting the 3% hydrogen peroxide 50 percent with water, but suggest it as a rinse and part of a treatment for trench mouth, for example. The FDA has approved 3% solutions of hydrogen peroxide for use as a mouthwash. Most sources said to use it only for a short time, however, such as part of a treatment of a mouth infection. A report from Well-Connected (written or edited by physicians at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital) recommended against extended use, saying that overuse may actually damage cells and soften tooth surfaces. We were not able to find any authoritative information about hydrogen peroxide and canker sores.
2. Let your toothbrushes soak [in] a cup peroxide to keep them free of germs-Unproven!
We didn’t find anything authoritative about soaking toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide. Because hydrogen peroxide degrades quickly when exposed to light, if you do soak a toothbrush, do it in freshly poured hydrogen peroxide. Just keeping an open cup of the stuff around won’t do much good.
3. Clean your counters, table tops with peroxide to kill germs and leave
a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray
it on the counters-Truth!
4. After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to
kill salmonella and other bacteria-Truth!
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizer.
5. I had fungus on my feet for years – until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture
of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry-Unproven!
We were not able to find any authoritative source about foot fungus and treatment with hydrogen peroxide. Again, we are assuming she means a 50/50 mixture of water and 3% hydrogen peroxide. An actual 50/50 mixture of pure hydrogen peroxide and water would be too high a concentration to be safe.
For many of us, hydrogen peroxide was one of the first things we put on a cut or a wound, but that is less recommended nowadays. The reason, according to numerous medical sites, is that there is a downside to the hydrogen peroxide as well. It also damages healthy cells that are needed for the wounds to heal and hinders them from getting to the area where the healing needs to take place. The HealthFinder publication of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says don’t use hydrogen peroxide on a wound because it interferes with healing. The U.S. Gymnastics team has followed the recommendations of researchers and uses soap and water for cleansing wounds and not hydrogen peroxide. The National Safety Council’s First Aid Pocket Guide (1996) says “DO NOT use hydrogen peroxide It does not kill bacteria, and it adversely affects capillary blood flow and wound healing.” The Mayo Clinic gives the same advice.
7. Put two capfuls into a douche to prevent yeast infections. I had
chronic yeast infections until I tried this once or twice a week-Disputed!
Interestingly enough, hydrogen peroxide is naturally produced in the vagina to deal with bacteria. There is conflicting opinion among the experts, however, about whether douching with hydrogen peroxide is helpful or harmful and even some voices that doubt whether douching is necessary at all under normal circumstances.
8. Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and
keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system
like bleach or most other disinfectants will-But be sure you put the mixture into a bottle that filters out sunlight. Also, it appears that hydrogen peroxide does not harm septic systems. Again, this is probably a mixture of 50% water with the other half being 3% or 30% strengths of hydrogen peroxide.
9. Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture
whenever you have a cold, plugged sinus. It will bubble and help to kill
the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes then blow your nose into a tissue-Undetermined!We couldn’t find much about this in terms of research. Again, if you choose to do it, this is probably referring to a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide with water.
10. If you have a terrible toothache and can not get to a dentist right
away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten
minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly-
11. And of course, if you like a natural look to your hair, spray the
50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You
will not have the peroxide burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde.
It also lightens gradually so it’s not a drastic change-Truth!
One of the classic uses of hydrogen peroxide is to bleach hair. The concentrations are between 3% and 6%. This suggestion to dilute with water probably applies to those solutions.
12. Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils,
fungus, or other skin infections-Undetermined!
The half a bottle probably refers to a 3% solution.
13. You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of
whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there is blood on clothing, pour
directly on the soiled spot. Let it sit for a minute, then rub it and
rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary-Truth! But Careful!
The effectiveness of this method is a matter of experimentation, but the principle is sound. Some of the so called “oxygen” bleaches contain hydrogen peroxide. Be careful about the suggestion to use it on spots. Hydrogen peroxide is a bleach!
14 This list didn’t have it, but I use peroxide to clean my mirrors;
there is no smearing, which is why I love it so much for this-Unproven!
The original hydrogen peroxide eRumor did not include this. Some of these were added by people along the way.
15. Gargle with hydrogen peroxide, put drops in the ear and nose to end
colds, flu, chronic sinusitis (including polyps], and infections.
A repeat of some previous information.
16. Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize
We don’t know about the chemicals, but there are several credible references about the use of hydrogen peroxide on fruits or vegetables. Research published by the Journal of Food and Science in 2003 showed effective results of using hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate apples and melons that were infected with strains of E.coli.
17. Disinfect your dishwasher or refrigerator-Undetermined!
18. Use it on trees and plants as a natural fungicide, insecticide, and
as a weed killer-Undetermined!
We found no research on the use of hydrogen peroxide as an insecticide, fungicide, or weed killer.
19. Clean with hydrogen peroxide when your house becomes a biohazard
after its invaded by toxic mold, such as those with water damage-Truth!
In a publication about “Healthy Homes,” the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) listed hydrogen peroxide as among the substances that can be used against mold, but also said there had not been enough research to recommend its use. It is not known what molds hydrogen peroxide is most effective against or what the human health hazards may be from using it so extensively. Also, since hydrogen peroxide is a bleach, be careful where you use it in terms of preserving the colors in your home.
Source: Truth or Fiction
Hi, I'm Carly. I'm a mum, an Australian, a wife, chocolate lover and often a seasick sailor. I like keeping a blog for us to look back on all our adventures. If you think this lifestyle would fit your family please contact me and I can tell you the good, the bad and the ugly. Read More…