Date: 16 March 2017. Sharing Plants.
Tuesday was Pi Day. That is a
special date because nine years ago on 3-14-2008 I bought my
Seaweed. Life is wonderful aboard her. I am leading the life now
that I dreamt of way back when. It's been a journey and I know I'm
fortunate. The best part is that this could be your life as well.
Often people want to go sailing
in paradise. It is a fantasy filled with warm waters, cool drinks,
favorable breezes and a sailboat cutting along easily through the
crystal clear waters. Watching dolphin play beside the boat while
sea turtles poke their heads out of the water is truly delightful.
This is Janet and Keith's boat. They enjoy sailing.
The reality is that I
am not getting any younger. I know, it was a shock to me too!
Stamina that I took for granted in my youth has slipped away. And I
want to boat.
The how was a hurdle. Though I had grown up aboard our 40'er, I had
dreams of purchasing a sweet little NorSea27 sailboat and making her
my home. I imaged landings in
Tahiti and beyond. The photos of the South Pacific islands are
gorgeous. I was smitten.
This is the 40'er I was born and raised aboard. She
was home and a dandy one at that!
The boat is 40' and Daddy built her of steel the year before I was
born. She took nine months from first weld to underway. I arrived
ten months later. It was a cold winter, but not every night!
The back-story about Daddy's boat can be found in
The Fishing Boat
Though born and raised aboard a power boat I still dreamed of
sailing. The idea of "free" propulsion appeals to the thrifty side
of me. That of course discounts entirely the costs of rigging and
When reality set in I realized that cruising was not the part I liked
best about being a boat brat. I liked the stopping. I loved diving
off the flybridge, chasing fish underwater, playing pirates and
Indians by myself on deserted islands, going off exploring new areas
in my dinghy, reading books and painting.
This is one of the paintings I did a while back:
For the cruising life I sought the best platform I could afford on
a limited budget. I set about finding my Last Boat. I found and
bought her within a week, closing on Pi Day 2008.
A few years into the journey
an online friend suggested I create this website. So I did,
uploading the initial article on 29 August 2013. If you are curious
is the first piece I published.
Since then a lot has happened. I have made friends.
Life is very good afloat. My prayers are filled with a score of
people who have helped me in my journey. Folks are so nice. They
really are. And boaters are a special breed for certain.
often plants are a way sharing friendships afloat.
|This is Kim.
When I was leaving Carrabelle Kim gave me an
aloe plant with a succulent growing in the pot. Both continued
Since then the aloe has
sprouted hitchhikers (new shoots with separate roots) which I
have shared with other boaters.
Kim's, then mine...
Meet Janet & Keith
Janet is one the folks I met as a direct result
of my website. I shared an off-shoot of the aloe with her to
remember me by. She recently sent a picture shown in the
Her aloe is getting big.
I still have two more aloe
plants growing. At some point I will no doubt share another
aloe with a boater. I'll always keep one to remember Kim by.
The legacy Kim began years ago continues... I am honored to
be able to share plants, all because of Kim's talent,
kindness and green thumb.
One of the best parts of boating is
sharing. Plants are a way women do that.
I would not go so far as to say women always share plants though I
have found the practice quite common. Mementos are lovely. Plant
gifting suits my budget. A small aloe is often welcome. I enjoy
sharing and the costs are minimal. Plus I like green stuff.
My website has opened me up to new friendships near and far. I post
and folks read -- nearly 3 million hits so far! That total is beyond
amazing to me. I am flabbergasted and delighted. Truly I am
Coming soon: picking a boat when
you are like me,
i.e. older than dirt and not physically perfect
Thank you for being a part of my
success. It is appreciated more than you can imagine.
Have you ever been given a plant for your boat?
Are you growing any produce, spices and/or flowers aboard?
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