Date: 27 May 2016. Hoops and Loops.
It is a rough life out here.
Living in paradise is not just about sipping refreshing tea from a
glass brimming with ice cubes while the sun marches across the sky.
It requires effort just to get through the tasks of daily life. If
I'm nothing else I am efficient. I like to make things easy for me.
When the chores are easy they will be done quicker. Hoops and Loops
are one component in making my life sweet.
You see I'm retired. This
retirement thing is wonderful. Yes I write and that is fun too. When
I'm fortunate folks actually use the
links found on the top left corner of each page to buy their goods
from Amazon. Hint! It costs you nothing and I appreciate every
purchase. That is my Income.
As the sun moves across the sky I
like to keep the interior of the boat shaded. Sailboats have the
advantage of being able to put up a *boom tent. I don't have a boom
plus I have solar panels that need sunlight.
*Boom Tent: a large piece of
canvas supported by the boom of a sailboat that extends to the
outside of hull covering the cabin. The boom tent/canvas shades the
boat and that makes her cooler inside.
On Katja the boom tent keeps the
deck and cabin cooler.
Thanks for sending this picture Irene.
As the sun moves from east to west
it is a good idea to shade the interior of the boat. I have a piece
of fabric leftover from a previous project. I was using clothes pins
to hold it to the curtain rods. That worked, but it required effort.
Try not to play the violins for
sympathy too loudly. The clothes pins were a pain in the transom.
I'd drop them. Plus they didn't look as attractive as I would like. They did get the job done. There was room for improvement though
and that's where my Loops come into play.
In mother's button box were
several plastic loops about 1" in diameter. I sewed a loop at the
corners. The fabric sheet now hangs quickly with little
You see, if things
are easy they are done. Tough tasks tend to be put off.
For the folks that really Look at the pictures, yes
that is Seaweed the Beanie Baby in the corner leading down to my
cabin. It was a gift from Jon Garret's mom.
This is Jon Garret in Algae.
↓ Skipper is aboard too.
My Skipper loves going on boat rides.
As a matter of safety Jon Garret was required
to learn how to row Algae before he was allowed to use the trolling
motor. I wanted him to be able to bring himself home if the motor
quit. He also carried with him a portable VHF radio.
← More on the photo,
copied again for your
convenience and because I don't like to scroll.
On the right side of this picture you might
note some of my seashells. Those are special ones. The top was
from Ken gathered at 80' during a deep water dive. The second
and third are from Tara who also made me a pair of potholders
that I treasure.
#6 I found when I was a
Seaweed is not just about
life afloat, she's my memory box. Filled with things I love
and enjoy I look at the items and remember the person.
That said, keeping down
the clutter is a constant battle. Many items eventually become
Christmas tree ornaments. Then I can enjoy them during the
holidays. That's always fun.
The reason I'm thinking
of Christmas is because earlier this week I listened to the
radio broadcast of It's A Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart.
I thrive on happiness, banish
sadness, and actively seek joy.
There is no broadcast "news" nor pop "culture" intruding in my life.
Now I'd like to tell you I
purposely made that piece of fabric just the right size to cover the
window and door glass in the pilothouse. Actually it was the last
corner of the fabric leftover from making a quilt backing, bed sheet
and coverlet. That $4 duvet cover from the Salvation Army surely did
provide a lot of wonderful fabric.
I also found an old army screen
tent at a thrift store. It is now the screens for Seaweed. I turned
under the edges wrapping them around the ribbons normally used to
tie the tent. Then at the top I sewed loops using some 1/8" string I
had in my String Box. The loops allow me to easy hang screens when
the doors are opened.
Whenever I need to make something
requiring fabric the first place I go is the soft-goods section at
thrift stores. With plenty of time (this retirement thing is
awesome!) I know I'll find just what will work. Best of all the
quality will be excellent.
I am particular about my bedding.
It needs to be soft and not at all scratchy. Thrift stores are where
to find the best stuff at reasonable prices.
Currently I'm looking to upgrade
that fabric shade along with my top sheet and coverlet. They are off
white now. Originally they were a medium green. Years of washes and
sun have faded the cloth to the point where the off-white patches
I get my money's worth out of purchases. This is what
remains of a white shirt:
Next time I will measure carefully
and make sure my rings are in the exact right place to hang over the
windows. I was fortunate
with this sunshade. The fabric currently in use it will be cut into
blocks about one foot square.
The cloth will become disposable
work rags. That is the fate of all fabric that is no longer fit for
any other use. It is nice to have a stack of old stuff to use and
throw away. These are far less expensive than paper towels.
The rags satisfy my Use-It-Up
mentality. I have definitely gotten my money's worth from the $4
invested so long ago. Still, there's a bit more life in the fabric
and like flashlights, more is better.
As for me, the sun is again moving
so I'm going to get up and move the shade over to the starboard side
of the boat. It's not too difficult and I suppose I'll use the
remaining strength to open a bottle of pop on this hot afternoon.
Thanks for reading. Have a
How do you attach your sun shades to the windows?
Do you use permanently mounted curtains/blinds or movable ones?
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