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Happy Camper

August 31st, 2015

Mr Chiots is a happy camper, yesterday we got a sailboat from a friend. He’s been wanting one for a while, he did a lot of sailing on this type of catamaran in high school. It’s a Hobiecat 16.
We went to our friend Joan’s house and got the boat in the water. Then we loaded up all the sails and the mast on it and our neighbor came to pull the sailboat to the boat launch.
We loaded it onto the trailer, but of course it wasn’t quite that simple. Mr Chiots and I went down to Joan’s house a few weeks ago to check out the trailer and pump up the tires. When we arrived yesterday one of the tires was flat. Thankfully, Joan had a compressor and we pumped it back up. We crossed our fingers when we loaded the boat on it and headed home. Taking back roads and watching the trailer.
Luckily we made it home without issue. Mr Chiots spent the afternoon putting it all together, checking to see which parts are missing and what needs fixing. There probably isn’t enough summer yet to get it out on the water this fall, but by next summer it should be ready.

Have you ever been sailing?

Fire Delay

July 15th, 2013

Last night, just as we were getting ready to sit down to record Cultivate Simple, the fire radio went off. You have probably heard that Mr Chiots is a volunteer fireman here in our community. When he wasn’t home by 10:30, I figured I should write this post delaying the podcast until tomorrow.
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We would have recorded the podcast in the afternoon, but Mr Chiots was busy checking one of the five things off his list. We went down to a friend’s place and he got his first sailing lesson.
Sailing 1
Sailing 2
Sailing 3
Sailing 4
Sailing 5
Sailing 6
He really enjoyed himself. I stayed on shore getting some much needed rest and relaxation. Looks like I really need to look up a mushroom class or something to check something off my list of 5 Things.

Have you learned anything new recently?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.