Simple, Slower and Chores

Stephanie and I have been living full time on our Floating Home for 4 months. We faced our first ‘medical challenge’ as Stephanie was getting bad headaches and migraines. She spent the last two weeks in PA seeing different doctors and visiting her parents and three of our kids. The good news is we think we have a handle on what’s been causing them and yesterday she took the train back home!

With just me and Blue living on the boat I’ve had more time than usual to reflect on this new way of life and in the process, I came to realize, and appreciate, a few things.

Simple. Life on the boat is totally simple. It is relaxed and at least while we’re tied up in the marina, there isn’t a lot happening. We both enjoy the sunrises and sunsets and I love watching other boats leave the marina. If I’m sitting below and hear an engine start, I usually run up to the bridge to see what’s up! I know I get that curiosity from my mother!

One of my simple daily pleasures is taking Blue for a walk. In addition to the beautiful surroundings, I’ll typically pass several boaters on the walk up the dock. I enjoy getting to know our boat neighbors, especially those that have traveled south in the winter like we’ll be doing.

Slower. For years, Stephanie would tell me that my ‘theme song’ was a country song by the group Alabama, “I’m in a hurry to get things done – I rush and rush until life’s no fun!” I have always been someone that moves quickly but believe it or not, I am starting to adapt to the slower way of life. For the most part, we don’t deal with traffic or construction noise. In the past, I would sometimes tell Stephanie that I wanted to slow the merry go round so I can get off for a while – haven’t said that in at least four months!

Chores. For the last few years I’ve made it clear to Stephanie that I was done with yardwork, shoveling driveways, chopping up downed trees and the hundred other things that go with owning a home. It seems to me that when we had our home, I would try and get through the chores quickly because there was always something else to do.

Here on the boat, there are chores to do, but there is usually no sense of urgency. The boat has to be cleaned, there are routine maintenance items to be done and there’s always something that needs to be fixed. But for some reason, I do not mind these chores and honestly, if it takes me two days to clean the boat instead of one, who cares!

My business is going well and we are about 6 weeks from my next event which we decided to do right here in Rhode Island. It is not only convenient for us, Rhode Island is a beautiful place to visit.

So, all in all, living on a boat has been a great experience, with some nice benefits. We’d love to see more of New England such as Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island, but with our departure now six weeks away, we’re beginning to think about coming back here next summer!

One added blessing of being in New England for the summer is reconnecting with my cousins. Too often these relationships rely on the occasional wedding or funeral to reconnect, but days like we had this past weekend, on the “Cuz Cruise” make up for a lot of lost time!

Finally, while I think Blue and I did a good job taking care of things on the boat while Stephanie was in PA, there was one casualty. Evidently, I do not have a green thumb. I had to laugh when my brother Jeff says to me, they need water – you live on water!!

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