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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June 4, 2012

Nothing says "Well Done" like Old Scotch and Good Cigars!

Always a new project. The tools were not stowed away for long this time. Our son, Evan, from New York came down to help his dad with a wiring project. He should have known it was a trap! One project turned into many. He will know better than to volunteer next time.

First, he help us wrestle our dingy up on the dock so we could clean the bottom. Then, a leak was found, in the it has to be replaced. Another trip to West Marine. (Yikes. It never ends.) So stay tuned for the blog titled  "New Dinghy" (it will be right under the chapter titled "bankruptcy!! lol.)  

Wiring projects were also on the list. Evan's young eyes were so helpful.  For a young man with a doctorate in Medical Pathology, he sure knew his way around the systems on the boat! 

We also had some fun, did some sightseeing, and more scotch and more cigars. We had to celebrate his graduation from med school. He followed in his sister's footsteps. She became a doctor 2 years ago. So now we have 2 doctors in our family. Yes, we are very proud of them!!