I’m sure if you’ve been alive for longer than five minutes you’ve heard people poke fun at western Washington weather. I mean, who would want to live somewhere where the record of sunny days in a year limits out at 58? Honestly though, I kind of love it. The wind, rain, occasional hail storm and the special “snow years”. Today it’s blowing out of the South with 41 (now 50) mile per hour gusts and it’s completely exhilarating. I actually had to wait to wash dishes because the boat was rocking so much I kept losing my balance. I walked out to the point with my crazy dog running everywhere and just watched the storm happen. It was beautiful. I feel like not a lot of people get to see water act like that. The colors of green, blue, and an angry stormy grey all rolling together, it was amazing. When we lived on Shaw we were on the edge of a fairly sheltered bay, and yes the water would get bad but our main concern were the trees surrounding our house, and we thought that moving our mattress downstairs to be further away from falling trees was an adventure… Now we check lines, fill water tanks, make sure everything is properly fastened and fendered, and thank God that we have lots of good strong line and that the dock isn’t that old.
We got a lot of mixed reactions when we decided to live aboard. Everything from “That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard,” to “Wait you did what?” The number one question people ask is if we stay warm, which is perfectly reasonable. But to be honest I don’t really think of that. I think about whether or not we’ll find another leak this week, I hope that the water hose doesn’t freeze, and I PRAY that we catch the mouse so I can use my drawers again.
That being said, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity, that we could pretty much only do right now. It’s an adventure without even stepping out our front door, unlike Bilbo.  So even though I did find another mysterious water mark and an infuriating mouse poop today, I’m thankful. We’re cozy. We have layers, and we have each other. And we’re learning so much about taking care of things and living with less, and we’re going to come out of it with tons of stories to tell our kids some day. Probably more than they will want to hear. 


Sandy Point gust free.


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