What did life on a boat look like for September 20-26? Well, summer officially came to an end. We hung out with friends, ate lots of good food and worked on boat projects.
Voting on a boat
Monday was election day. After hearing about long lines in parts of the country, I was a little nervous about what we would find. I don’t know if we beat the rush or our polling station just wasn’t as busy, but we literally walked in and got our ballots and were out of there in 5 minutes. And after all that, absolutely nothing changed. Same government, same minority status and and same opposition.
Cocktails on a boat
Monday Night Football featured the Detroit Lions losing to the Green Bay Packers. At least it was a good distraction from the election coverage. Living in B.C. it’s pretty much all over before our polls even close. And since my Detroit Lions were playing football, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy our new favourite cocktail – theLast Word.
Handsome Hubby found the recipe for the Last Word a few weeks ago. Since it was originally created in Detroit over 100 years ago he thought, correctly, I’d want to try it.
Then he found out one of the ingredients is green chartreuse, which has a long and bizarre history that boils down to basically two monks know the recipe and they have taken a vow of silence. So he was hooked too!
Being a curious soul, I did some more research, and found that it was created by the Detroit Athletic Club. Their building is visible from the Detroit Tiger’s current stadium, which we’ve both visited. And the drink faded from relevance after WWII, only to be brought back by a Seattle (a city near and dear to us) based bartender in 2004.
All in all, a tasty cocktail with many connections.
We also realized we have made more cocktails and our “bar” is better stocked than when we lived on land
Cleaning on a boat
Cleaning Shiloh’s interior was priority #1 for Friday morning. Three weeks of cruising and another of week of laziness left her a bit of a mess. Dusting, cleaning out the dehumidifiers, scrubbing the shower stall and doing a deep clean on the floors took most of the morning.
Sadly, while on my hands and knees in the galley, I caught a whiff of the unmistakable odour of urine. Opening up the floor hatch in the galley confirmed the smell. Since we had recently installed a new composting head and holding tank this did not seem like a good development.
Once handsome hubby came home, he found the source of the leak – luckily it wasn’t as bad as I feared – one of the transition pieces had a uric acid build-up, so everything was backing up. We got that cleaned up and are looking at options to remove that transition piece to avoid this problem again
Fixing engines on a boat
On Saturday morning, Handsome Hubby replaced the spark plug wires on our port engine. We had some knocking issues while we were out this summer. A big block expert on Salt Spring Island recommended we upgrade them ASAP. We plan to install a new ignition system this winter, but since we had the spark plug wires already, we decided to put them on to make sure everything is running well now.
Fun on a boat
Friday night, I made an Apple Brown Betty to share with some fellow liveaboard friends. They joined us for a couple of hours of dessert, games and laughter.
On Saturday, we rewarded our productivity with lunch at one of our favourite breweries. Barnside Brewing in Ladner is an actual farm-based brewery with the motto of Good Beer, Grown Here. They have great beer and while the menu is small, every morsel is made with fresh ingredients and oh so tasty.
The highlight from this visit was their “2021 Farm. Fresh. Hop. IPA”. Just released, it features their own hops harvested in the morning and put into the kettle later that day. And like its name, “It’s. Just. So. Good”. And an added bonus, it was available for growler fills, so with that in both growlers, I tried their English Oat Stout as well. Now I have a new favourite dark beer too.
The “professional” pizza on the left and my recreation on the right…
After spending most of the summer with boating friends, we ventured onto land to visit some good friends and watch the latest UFC bout. We decided to order dinner and I was so excited we decided on my favourite pizza joint. I’ve spent the pandemic (currently at 19 months) trying to recreate their pizzas.
So, imagine my disappointment when it wasn’t up to their normal standards. Or maybe my pizzas have gotten that good. No, it was the pizza – the crust was barely cooked and quite soggy. So some sadness there. But catching up with friends – absolute happiness.
Exercise on a boat
I started the week determined to get moving again. After four weeks of not running while we were cruising, just 3.5k felt a little on the rough side. And the slow side 🙁 Oh well at least I’m moving again.
I had scheduled 5 runs for the week but ended up only doing four for a total of 14k. I’m looking to increase that next week.
Food on a boat
This week’s recipes
Classic Hamburger (The Wholesome Dish) – I use about 1 1/2 tbsp Old Bay seasoning instead of the seasoned salt
Oyster Pot Pies adapted from the Tin Fish Gourmet cookbook – I made the following changes: no bacon or egg wash; added basil, parsley, pepper, salt & red pepper flakes; used oat milk, plant based butter and individual ramekins
On Sunday, I put a roast in the slow cooker (Dinner Then Dessert) early in the morning for dinner and handsome hubby’s sandwich meat for the week. I also prepped his egg casserole (mushrooms, potato and onion) and Greek salad. With leftover bread (Vegan Richa) from the weekend, I didn’t need to bake any buns, so it was a quick meal prep day.
Looking ahead to next week
So that’s life on a boat for September 20-26. Now it’s time for a road trip!! We’re heading to out this weekend to see handsome hubby’s mom. We haven’t seen her in a bit – this summer’s forest fires cancelled our plans to visit.
Once we’re back on the water – it’s always weird when we spend time on land – it’s time to tackle all sorts of boat and volunteer projects. If I can keep the momentum going, it will be a busy and rewarding autumn.