Carpe Diem

Whenever, I get the chance, I love to ask other sailors about their boat name. Our name, Carpe Diem, may seem self evident. However, it really goes much deeper than just “good advice”. A few years back, Scott was told he had less than 6 months to live. Colon cancer had gone undetected for too many years. After 6 months of intense chemo... he finally made it. Then a few years later, complications from a double-by-pass almost killed him again. Today he doesn't let his BP and severe diabetes slow him down. Two years ago he lost most of his vision in one eye and partially in the other...and the list goes on and on and on.

Having a boat to work on (along with a regiment of insulin and dozens of medications) keeps him sailing and out of the ER. This boat probably saved his life! I often think “SURVIVOR” would be a good name for our boat. But that would be a constant reminder of the past struggles. So, for now we try to live one day at a time, and carpe diem, “seize the day”.

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January 28, 2007

2009 Here We Are! (But Where are We)

Well, I still can't believe that we really did it. We talked about it for a few years. We argued, discussed (and cussed.) But somehow I never thought it would really happen. Yet, here we are living on a boat! It's so far out. You see, I am a hobbit who wants to stay home and bake cookies. My idea of a big adventure was camping out (in the RV) with my grandchildren.
It all happened so fast. Closing our business, selling or giving away everything. Packing an RV and hitching up the little McGregor sailboat. Then saying goodbye to family (especially our precious grandchildren) and to our last cold Kansas winter. (If only we could bring all the grand kids along, everything would be perfect. I've invited them all to come live with me!)
I will attempt to chronicle our oddessy as we go. Life is so full of adventures and surprises. For instance, like keeping a blog. Here I am living on a sailboat, and I am a grandma with a BLOG! Truly amazing. Isn't life fun!
By the way, they say you can't be lost if you have no particular destination.