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Trawler cruising on $14 per day is
Janice Marois, nautical journalist.
Here, I share my views on living aboard a small boat with very limited resources. Hopefully my successes will help others achieve the life. And yes, I'll share the things I did wrong too -- though not everything 'cause a girl's got to have her secrets!
A BIG THANK YOU to Chris, Ryan, Bi, Rita, Michael, Ted and Bill who donated to my Cruising Kitty in 2018. That was so nice of you. Thanks for your support and encouragement!!!
Soloist life aboard Seaweed can be
interesting. One particular thing I enjoy is the variety that each
new day brings. Today I might spend blitzing on new Kindle books,
while tomorrow might find me in the bilges. I believe the mental
stimulation is good for me. Sometimes though I'm a bit too
stimulated. Here's what happened recently.
In front of my
moss are several small containers with scallions. About every two
months I buy a bunch of scallions. I use from the top, leaving the
final one inch with roots intact. That piece I place in water, covering
just the bottom 1/4 inch of the stalk. The scallion will grow again.
Growing some of my own produce helps keep
expenses down. Plus, it is fun to have some greenery around. Each
morning I water the plants aboard Seaweed. That water is the run-off
from rinsing my sprouts.
The goal is to utilize everything, and dispose of nothing that could be useful another way. Sometimes that means simply donating an item to a thrift store. Everything serves a purpose, or it is off my boat ASAP!
Side Note: Folks with limited water supplies do on occasion utilize the same water more than one purpose. In the morning I rinse my sprouts, pouring off the excess water into a plastic bowl. I then use that rinse water to hydrate the rest of the plants aboard Seaweed.
While I like wildlife I prefer it to live outside, not in my boat. Additionally, I have a rather irrational fear of frogs. They give me the creeps. Having this one hop across my hand did nothing to enamor me to it. That frog had to go.
So if you wonder what I do each day, well, sometimes it is not very much at all. Meeting the frog threw me off for a bit. I still wonder how long that critter lived in my moss. There have been zero flies, moths or flying insects inside Seaweed for ages so I'm not sure when Ribbit arrived.
The most important thing is this: He's gone.
Aboard Seaweed I have been busy writing. Thanks Karl for gifting me a Win7 netbook. It is very much appreciated. Win7 is what I need for the Front Page writing program I utilize. A netbook is ideal for me because it does not use a lot of power.
And too, I love my Kindle. Between
the Kindle and the tablet, I can spend hours reading, exploring,
visiting Pinterest, viewing YouTube videos, and wandering around the
Happy boating to you, and thanks for reading.
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Now this is not fancy. Basically I copy off the top three items in my Archive file. That way you can catch up if life gets in the way of your reading fun.
Secret: If you want to know what's what, start in the Archive. It offers you the title, first paragraph and topics (Categories) covered in each article published on my website.
Something a new reader might not realize: Almost every picture on this website can be clicked. The photo will get larger when clicked. Do that a second time and the picture should be full size. Enjoy...
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Topics of Interest:
For years I've been collecting short pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy the weird, go ahead and CLICK!
These are previously posted at the bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.
It's my belief that other folks who boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories, vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life on or near the water. Suggested topics include:
Life has changed so much on the
water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your memories
of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower, and much
slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult we have
become. Here are my two aboard the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
Do you want to help
Often an article for the website will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am looking for some for up-coming pieces:
Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized for emailing. I prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And thanks bunches!
My email address is email@example.com
23' Schucker mini-trawler, circa 1983.
waterways, give a call on Channel 16. I'm always listening.
My home is not fancy by any means, however you cannot imagine how wonderful it is to come back to her after an expedition on shore.
If I can live this life, why not you too?
Aphorism Alert: Begin doing what you want to now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake. Marie Beyon Ray.
Every gift helps.
The Cruising Kitty is what boaters refer to as spending money. There's never enough aboard Seaweed!