Date: 14 March 2015. Spring on Pi Day (copper advice)
As the geeks among you know, Pi is
3.14 therefore Pi Day
is celebrated on 14 March. It's a personal favorite of mine. That's
because the date generally finds spring-like weather
has arrived. A favorite website visitor, Pam in Minnesota, told me
even in the north the temperatures were rising. And here in
Now a local, Mr. Reality Check, informs me that
one more cold snap will come through. You see, I'd washed my trench
coat and winter bedding and was preparing to put it all away until
the fall. The very next day the temperature dropped into the 40's.
I'm not washing winter gear again until I hear an
all clear. And I am ready for springtime.
Decorating aboard Seaweed is simple. I buy a dish
towel to match each holiday. This time I found a cute little Easter
bunny and a second one with fresh pears. I've already hung them in the
galley from the bar on my stove.
The beautiful hand towel on the
right with the teal crocheted top was my Christmas gift. Deb lives
in Carrabelle Beach and she is a real nice gal. She picked one of
the accent flowers in the towel as the yarn color for the top. Made perfectly, it's a
treat to own.
The towel is located in the galley
by the stove. I find myself using it all the time. What a nice present!
Boat gifts are tough to find for
those of us fortunate enough to live out here. The limited space
dictates that knick-knacks are not generally useful and breakables
will break. Deb nailed it: something that is not only useful, it's
also easy to store. And it's so convenient, I find I'm using the
pretty towel all
It's a definite keeper. Thanks
Beside the towels and bolted to the front of the
cabinet is an old Avon duck head. I use it to hang the trash bag
when I've just returned from the grocery store.
Getting rid of packaging is a priority in life
afloat. If it's just me I might leave the trash bag out for a
day or two but generally I tidy things up immediately.
No one, not even me, wants
to look at an untidy mess.
A small bit of effort makes all the difference in the
world. After all, I might have a visitor and like to have my home in
ship-shape. In 23' when stuff isn't put away it's glaring. And
today... well, my counter could be better. Much better!
All this talk (er, writing)
about being tidy caused me to look around and see what I knew
needed doing. The small area in front of my bookcase is a
magnet for junk. Things that are going to be needed, in use, or
need a home end up there. It's my all too visible junk drawer.
Sometimes I get irritated with myself. I
knew half of the stuff on that shelf could go someplace else.
Instead, for some stupid reason left it there. Soon it piled
up and became an untidy mess.
The photo on the right is
the mostly cleaned up version. I've got three rechargeable batts
that need to be re-upped. I'll do that in a few minutes. A while back I bought from Amazon a
12-volt or AC powered
It works well.
The shelf still not
perfect, but is much better than it was. A half dozen washers
are put away. The electrical stuff is back in it's special
box. Snaps, a shackle and more are put in the box under my
tool bag. A bunch of pennies have relocated to the useful change box.
1-cent trivia: Pre-1982 pennies were
95% copper, 5% zinc.
Pennies minted after 1982 are 99.2% zinc with a 0.8% copper coating.
Old timers put a few (pre-1982) pennies into
our intake strainers. In salt water, the copper dissolves and
prevents marine mollusk growth. Your pennies will turn pink. That's
when it's time to replace them. If not old pennies, buy some 1/4"
copper pipe and place pieces in your strainer basket.
When actively cruising, versus swapping engines,
being able to be underway immediately is top priority. And even now
I like having a home that is welcoming. When stuff is chaotic I am
That doesn't mean that a gal
cannot get used to looking at one magnificent piece of stainless
sculpture. Of course I'm referring to my new manifold. Designed by
Jerry at Just Right Marine, it's a gem.
Addendum for Deb, Pam, and Mr.
Reality Check: Should you desire to find this article
again some day, look on the front page of my website. In the
right column, under Topics, find Characters. Click Characters.
Scroll down (folks are listed alphabetically) and there will
be a link to the specific article -- this one! In case you
were curious that is...
Has spring arrived in your locale?
Do you do any decorating for this season? Are Leprechauns or Easter
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