Wednesday, April 30, 2008

SeaDog 2008 Launch

Our boat, SeaDog, was put into the water on Tuesday and we decided to check on it this past Saturday. It's at new dock space so we weren't sure how well it was secured. We were glad we checked. With the wind blowing out of the East, the bow of the boat was rubbing up against the dock. We tied a temporary fender until we could get some rubber edging material (I'm sure there is a boater's name for this stuff, but it escapes me.) Sunday we returned to install the dock edging material and the bow and dock are doing just fine.

SeaDog is a 1970 Mako 17 with a 2000 Yamaha 90 outboard. She's docked in Westport Point, MA. Sally's parents live in Westport and she has many fond memories Summering there (and living there for a time.) When Sally and I met she was living at "The Point", so the fond memories extend to myself as well. Westport is our home away from home. Gramps and I are looking forward to many good fishing expeditions this year aboard SeaDog. I'm also looking forward to the day Una takes her first ride on the boat.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Spring has sprung?

Well, we finally had a nice weekend where we could get outside and do some work in the yard. Oh, did I mention we got a nice fence to keep our little Bucketeer safe? Yep. A nice stockade fence in the back for a little privacy and a nice picket from the garage to the house. Una now enjoys running freely around the backyard.
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Saturday the Three Bucketeers hit HD for a few necessities; shrubs to go against the new stockade fence, a new screendoor for the back door, and a very cool pedestal sink for a later project. Oh, and landscape timbers as I want to build a raised bed in the garden. Believe it or not the rest of Saturday was spent on installing that damn screendoor. It could not have been more difficult -- Geez!!! While I slaved away at the door, Sally took care of scraping and repainting the two Andirondack chairs. They look great. The screendoor was completed close to 6pm, but I must say, it looks great. It adds alot to the rear entrance to the house.

Sunday was also a nice day so we spent about an hour or so Sunday morning painting the stockade fence. Chatham Fog is the color. We think it looks pretty good. After cleanup it was off to Westport to enjoy the afternoon with Nana and "Gamps". It was so nice that we were able to grill and eat on the deck. Fun time. Oh, and Una just loved her new BigBird. Thanks, Nana.

All in all a good weekend. If feels good to do something with your hands. Very rewarding. More work to be done in the yard, and I'm already looking forward to next weekend (or a little evening work).

That's it for now...John