I case anyone is wondering if I drove off the edge of the planet... not quite yet!
With my new job (and their blocking of all forums), its been hard to keep up with all the builds, but I do creep on once and a while to check things out.
My family is doing great, enjoying Old Black Rum a lot during the summer (its under about 4' of snow in it's shelter right now).
A few updates:
We bought a new-built home in October, sorta an 'unplanned opportunity' popped up near our current home and we ended up making an offer, taking 2 weeks vacation (in Floriday/Disney), coming home and finishing all the outstanding home renovations on our existing home (13 years of unfinished home projects), de-cluttering, TEN trailer loads of junk to the land fill (including a fair share of left over wood scraps, unfortunately), then showing, showing, showing, bartering, packing, moving, packing, moving, buying new furniture, window coverings, beds, bedding, tables (after looking at the samples a few dozen times 'at home' just to be sure)... and then unpacking, waiting for new furniture delivery, etc etc. In about a 2 month window. NOT RECOMMENDED. But worth it.
It's nice to have a new place and be able to finish off a few things.
The important part.... it has a good sized garage. Not as big as my old one, but better insulated. I already built rows of shelving and a work bench in the garage.
I am also going to finish the walk-out basement (2 stories above are done). Yard needs landscaping (spring), and I desperately need to build a tool shack in the back (lawn mower is in my basement).
So... not much time for dreaming about boat building... in fact it's been hard to think about Old Black Rum at all with how hectic I've been lately. That said, the winter reminds me of the long nights I spent in the garage building my Malahini and it never fails to bring a smile to my face and joy in my heart.
Spring is a few months away... like 3 to 5 depending on how mother nature feels up north... however I already have a few little things to add/tweak on Old Black Rum and I have a extra week of holidays I intend to spend on the water this year.
For those of you picking wood slivers out of your hands.... #salute and keep it up, its worth it.
For those of you waiting for spring like me... #beer&cooler and we'll catch up with you later.
For those of you currently boating... #yourkillingme and try not to rub it in too much