I think everyone around here has just about had it with this particular New England winter. Now, November was pleasant but then December dug it's icy claws in and never let go. With life so busy and weather so unpleasant it can be easy to get down. There are some really cool days I've always noticed during the final days of February into March, just nice enough to lift your spirit a little. Today was one of those days. The wind was strong and steady out of the North, and there was brilliant sunshine that lit up the whole river, clear out to Prudence Island.
I've committed to getting on the bike more as well, almost my way of trying to physically will winter away at this point. I've noticed that my general level of happiness seems to tie in with how often I am able to fly around on one. It's cool to see a couple of nice steel bikes out and about, it's a sure sign of spring.
This week will see me hopefully working on the list of projects. I've begun to sand and will be getting varnish on some of the teak interior, which will need to be taken outside and sanded on pleasant days. I've got some electrical work to do with the bilge pump as well. The wider list includes:
- inspect standing rigging, chainplates
- replace running rigging
- paint mast
- install chartplotter
- install raymarine tri-data
- install tillerpilot
There's more on the list that will be covered later on. It's a fair amount of work to do, and I'm raring to get into it in March.
I've told a few people that have asked me about TrueNorth that as much as anything I'm trying to form a good writing habit. That's how you become better at anything after all right? Make it something you do everyday. That's how you craft a skill, an art, or anything really.
Later this week, I'll be talking about a big trip planned for this July.
Looking South out over the Warren River on a brisk bright day
Back on bikes, watch out for that sand.