Great read, Janice! Good, hard won, wisdom for all of us to take to heart. But..."Of course you are different. You are smarter than the average and thus should merely read for amusement at the shenanigans some of us get into." 😄
As I get older I have come to realize that hand rails are my friend, my very good friend!
Love your backyard!
Great article. Looking back, I have broken all of your Rules for Life. Some I have broken multiple times. Some I am still paying dearly for. We are supposed to be able to learn from our experiences. We are supposed to be able to learn from the experiences of others. I used to think I was kind of smart. As the finish line comes clearly into view I now realize that this may not be the case. But I really do appreciate you and your articles. You are a gift from God. Thank you for sharing.
Basically test occurred before the lesson though honestly I should not have to say "don't step into an open bilge" however...! The light to dark thing is real. Frankly I do so much by heart (from memory) that I need to stop.
Fortunately I do a lot of safety conscious things by rote, like one hand on a boat when stepping aboard or between vessels. And I always have a way to get back aboard from the water. Too many do not! Those people like me who used to be nimble aren't quite so much anymore.
The lack of physical strength is one reason why I am going to have a tuna door installed. Climbing over the cockpit into Seaweed is fine enough today however this task will not get easier as I approach my 70's, 80's and hopefully 90's. 😀
Life aboard my Seaweed is wonderful. My job is to enjoy her. In order to do that I need to ensure safety features are installed. In that regard I have a swim platform, a ladder that extends 3 steps into the water, and grab rails and handles everywhere. There will be more, like the tuna door. I want these things BEFORE they are needed so I can build muscle memory into their use,
I am rambling Pam. Thank you for your comment. It is appreciated.
When I first bought Seaweed every time I reached for a hand hold, if there wasn't one I added it. I have added three in the last year. They help, and make my life easier. Thank you for your comment Rob. It's nice to hear from you.
I loved that our house had the trees. Between the trees and the canal (a drainage ditch, but a wide o e!) our home was cool. I did have a ceiling fan in every room. That helped. It was a great place to raise kidlets. Ours was the one the neighborhood was at, at least for the younger ones. Older boys were a couple blocks over. 😀
Thanks for your kind message. Yes, these seem more critical as we get older. My bounce is more like a thud! I am grateful for all the good I have had, and look forward to sharing too. Your friend, J.