E. Early Days

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Early Days

In the early days of owning the new boat, we were all eager beaver for everything to be easy peasy. Of course, the early days are the hardest!

Lessons learned in the early days

Stacked plates, hanging mugs and utensils; tiny house living
Stacked and hanging: We attempt to use all available space without feeling too cluttered.

  • Stacking everything! We tried to make our various favorite glasses, pots and pans work. However, we quickly realized that stacking is king. So now everything has to stack in order to maximize utility.
  • Power management: We can't use the toaster and the electric kettle at the same time! So we boil water for tea first, then use the toaster. Otherwise, the breakers flip and we have to reset the system. I had to re-learn this lesson many times!
  • Using the breaker box: We turn everything on and off at the breaker box when not being used. This reduces various risks (pumping all your pressure water into the bilge if there is a leak, etc). However, it's a pain when you are staring at the electric kettle wondering why it's not boiling. It's tragic when you wake up in the morning, excited for your camera batteries to be charged and ready to go, then realize the power wasn't going to the outlet. I keep re-learning this lesson too!
  • Enjoy elevenses - and sundowners too! We're pretty good at "treating ourselves" We have learned not to work non-stop on projects, but to take time every day for a breather. Sunset = all work stops, time to get out of grimy work clothes and enjoy the respite. Everyone from the Bible to the Water Rat agrees there's no point in finishing boat projects: 
    • Once one project is done, there are 7 more waiting to take it's place, like a cast out demon. (Matthew 12:45)
    • Or, as the Water Rat would say about boat projects "you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular; and when you've done it there's always something else to do, and you can do it if you like, but you'd much better not." (Grahame, 1908)

Daily Dictionary

  • Early days = early days!
  • Eager beaver = very excited, ready to work
  • Easy peasy = very easy
  • Elevenses = mid-morning snack attack
Grahame, K. (1908). The Wind in the Willows. UK: Methoen

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  1. These are amusing. Boat life is kinda like the old Monty Python skit about the Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things, yes?

  2. I don't think I've ever heard the expression elevenses, but easy peasy is spoken often around here (followed by its lesser known cousin "difficult, difficult lemon difficult").


    1. Ooh! I have never heard the difficult, difficult lemon difficult" before. I'm going to have to use that!

  3. I love the boat project quotes!

    I think there was some sort of bar I used to eat in the UK called the Elevenses. Or maybe that was just their marketing campaign. I always thought 11:00 was way too late for the first snack of the day. Mine were always Nineses.

    Cheers - Ellen | http://thecynicalsailor.blogspot.com/2016/04/e-is-for-epirb-nancy-drew-investigates.html

  4. I love it that you can call it quits when it is time for a break. My husband and I both have the tendency to not stop a project until it is finished, just because there is more work the next day - expected projects and unexpected ones. I can't count the many times we - unfortunately - had to skip the sun downer part of the day! I LOVE stacking plates and stuff to fit in the cabinets. Keeping it tidy in a small space...

    Liesbet @ Roaming About – A Life Less Ordinary

    1. Thanks Liesbet! For me, taking a break often means I can refocus and re-energize - and sometimes realize a better way of tackling a project. Sometimes there is that need to just keep at it until it's done; like you say, there's always another project waiting! - Lucy


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